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Well the beginning of the end occurred last night in the Senate when the Senate in a 60 to 39 votecompletly along partisan lines allowed the health care bill to come to floor for debate. Blanch Lincoln (D-Arkansas) and Mary Landrieu (D-La) tossed in their support for the debate giving the Democrats the 60 votes they needed to bring the bill to the floor and override the threatened Republican filibuster. The farce that this vote and the manner it came about should be something that brings all the peasants (you and me folks) out to the streets with our pitchforks and torches with tar and feathers added.

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Cross posted from idealthoughts

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Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 12:16 AM PDT

Liars and Hypocrites (with Poll)

by utopia

Well in another piece here I will attempt to point out the obvious. However, I won't be able to point all of the hypocrisy spewed forth by the right wing conservatives.  That should also include some echoed by Democrats as well. Usually, I don't expect conservatives to read this piece. Yet I took great pride a year and a half ago when Real Clear Politics featured an article of mine calling Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) House Minority Leader out for comments he made about those that didn't support George Bush and the war in Iraq. Real Clear Politics is defined by many on the left as a right leaning blog but  hey there is an attempt to give  because there is an attempt to present both views. So once again I hope conservatives surfing the web will at least take time to read this article.

This rant was originally posted at idealthoughts. Unlike many, I believe in political accountability, and I am not an ideologue despite the lack of leadership from the Dems to date there is still a chance. Follow along after the fold to view the BIGGEST LIARS and HYPOCRITES.Maybe you'll agree with me.

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Who are the worse liars ?

41%15 votes
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27%10 votes
5%2 votes
8%3 votes
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As every day the hope that there might be any real health reform seems to drift further and further away, today's little headlines helped me form a great debate forum that we need to hold. Hell it would only last a few minutes, but it should be broadcast nationally on prime time TV  so everyone who failed to support change despite their true dissatisfaction with our health system today. I would volunteer to be on this panel, and I would invite both Sara Palin and Glenn Beck to join in this discussion. My eight year old daughter volunteered to join with me, she wants to be a vet and has some serious issues with Palin, but I decided to be civil and avoid true public humiliation on national TV. The debate would probably be as follows. Follow along after the fold.

The set up is humorous, the facts are not and all too real today.

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Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 01:28 PM PDT

Have We Gone Too Far To Turn Back?

by utopia

Over the weekend (yeah it took me this long to write this), I was scanning the headlines of the blogosphere and a puzzling question kept reoccurring in the back of my mind. Have we gone too far as a society to turn back? It bothered me and in some ways haunts me because the answer has a direct bearing on the world both mine and your children will inherit. Being a skeptic and pessimist naturally my conclusions are a bit darker then most after recent revelations about the secret deals the White House made with big pharmaceuticals, my hopes crashed and burned. With the elections last November I had a brief moment of hope, but as I continue to observe our so called "democratic process", I am struck by the complete hypocrisy and farcical stage show put on by our leaders. It is not only our leaders though, it is a reflection of our population as a whole, from the single voter right up to the media and corporate governors.

Cross posted from idealthoughts

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Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 09:24 AM PDT

One Can Still Dream Can't They?

by utopia

This will not be a lengthy diary but it will give you a few salient facts you have probably covered in well researched diaries posted here on DK previously. There is a link(provided here) that is the source for most of the facts and figures I quote along with some more facts and figures. Finally in a previous diary I had suggested a novel way to pay for a national health care plan for all of us that would cover most of the costs,insure that all Americans had health insurance, and would return money to every tax payer so there would not be an economic bite in the behind.

Follow along after the fold for the promised information:

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One can still have a dream right?

7%1 votes
21%3 votes
42%6 votes
7%1 votes
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Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 10:34 PM PDT

Are We Going To Allow This Crap?

by utopia

Yes it has been longer than I planned since I posted. Sorry, but the world is still here and I am not the cause of any great losses. Now to the point. What the hell is going on people when you are too damned lazy to fight for your rights and allow the U.S. Senate, specifically Max Bacus (D-Mont)to  sink any possibility that you will be ensured of needed health care? So much information and misinformation out there it is confusing right? Wrong! I hope if you are one of those who sits on the fence undecided, or better yet one of those who thinks a public plan is "socialized medicine" that I piss you off. My second hope is that you will sit back and think about this so called debate honestly in simple terms.

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Cross posted from Idealthoughts
with a cleaner title here

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Sun May 24, 2009 at 07:50 AM PDT

What's A Nation To Do?

by utopia

This is a rather long opinion piece but an important one, as the health care debate goes on and on and entrenced positions seem more deeply entrenched. It is an issue that promises to probably divide an plant some serious seeds of unhappiness if we don't corect one major flaw in all of this discussion. The question is not whether the current systems works but lies in the samantics of the debate. Are we debating "health care"? Or are we debating an industry that seems to maximise profit based on an individual's wellness.

"Health care" cannot be so named if we are to continue to support it as an industry where everyone has there hand out when a person is at their lowest saying, "gimme mine". Follow this reasoning after the fold:

Cross posted from idealthoughts

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So the Obama Administration is like a "banana Republic with tinted sun glasses according to that great sage Dick Cheney. As he and other on the far right continue to try to rewrite history and obscure the crimes of the Bush?Cheney Administration more and more of their criminal doings come to light. However, President Obama's reluctance to prosecute or even investigate puts his Administration at risk for being war criminals and accesories after the fact. How can you convict GI's following orders from the Defense Secretary and lable them a "few bad apples" when their commanders sanctified their activity, and then apply a seperate standard to CIA contractors and place them above prosecution? These and more questions are addressed after the fold.

Cross Posted from Idealthoughts

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If President Obama blocks the investigation and/or prosecution of the war criminals, we should....?

7%3 votes
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Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 11:59 AM PDT

The Day After April 15th

by utopia

Yes this is being posted on April 17th, but I wanted the entire day to pass without missing a moment of it, and to see if the world really ended because of the "high taxes". Did something magically change or was it the typical SOS different day thing. I am still trying to figure that one out so perhaps you dear reader can help me.

Somewhere, somehow things have changed and I don't recognize the country I was born in and I am having trouble recognizing the people as well.

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Earlier today I read the front page here about the Commonwealth of Virginia's Republican part giving all of us Virginia citizens the finger. I was at work and had to go home where I promptly poured my liquid Valium (Jack Daniels and Diet Pepsie) and wrote this letter to the Potomac News Messanger (my area's Northern Virginia paper). Northern Virginia is used to getting screwed by Virginia Republicans, who have blocked every measure put forth by Governor Kain and Mark Warner to improve our transportation woes. (Want an adventure? Try driving I-95 on the weekends with all the travelers. It makes the week day infamous DC rush hour seem like the Indy 500).

Because this paper has a Republican slant I doubt it will be published. But here is hoping the the conservative south west and western Virginia voters aren't too hungry in November to remember who brought this to them.

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Republicans can't help themselves because?

8%5 votes
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12%8 votes
59%37 votes
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It appalled me this morning to read the headlining story on the Huffington Post regarding medical doctors who basically participated in the tortureof detainees at Gittmo. As I read the story, I spotted a link to another story regarding medical double billingand managed to gulp that down without regergitating all over myself what the medical profession has become in this country. Then I reflected over my current job and the way some people in my organization act towards their "choosen profession" and I wonder if we will ever see health care reform. Let me tell you something, it goes alot deeper then price fixing.

This is one nurse's view as the diary progresses.

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Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM PDT

It's So Sad, We've Been Had Again

by utopia

Yes folks it is sad for when a country came together en mass and supported a candidate who promised change, transparency, accountability and reform, only to look at the the solutions offered and see they are the same one's put forth by the previous Administration with just a few steps changed. Or as Paul Krugman  put it, the same ole "cash for trash" plan of Henry Paulson that even Paulson abandoned. With his assumption of the Presidency, what change has Barack Obama offered us? Granted we got SCHIP and stem cell research. Many of the rule changes that Bush put into effect for idealogical reasons rather then practical or scientific reasons have either been reversed, halted or are in the slow government mixer to be rewritten. However we have one big issue affecting us all, and the people Obama has selected to supposedly right the wayward ship of state are the same friggin idiots that got us here in the first place!

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