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  •  so you felt (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, jefecuatro

    the correct response to my post about the harmful and negative Republicans running this state should be that Jimmy Carter is a humanitarian.

    And the reason you did it is because you now have to buy insurance for yourself and you don't think you should have to.   And if you end up hurting your ankle like my friend,  then you will at least be assured of adequate tests and a good shot at proper treatment, instead of eating too many aspirins and hurting endlessly, and maybe, if in fact her ankle is broken and remaining untreated, eventually having to have it rebroken and surgery to put it back together.  Yes, single payer would be great, but since there are so many states just like Georgia, notwithstanding Jimmy Carter's presence, you won't be getting it any time soon.

    Reality bites.

    •  I live in Maine, and our Tea Party governor (1+ / 0-)
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      is also trying to obstruct the ACA. It's not just the south. But I'll leave the state bashing to the people who live in them.

      I don't like the ACA because it puts people like me who don't make much money and don't have health insurance through my job but make too much to qualify for subsidies of any significant amount in a bad position, and all of that money goes to private business. I'd rather pay a tax. Unlike many people, I actually trust government before I trust private corporations.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 10:09:32 AM PDT

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      •  I don't disagree (2+ / 0-)
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        commonmass, OleHippieChick

        that single payer, a medicare for all system, wouldn't be better, because I believe it would be better as well, more efficient, more economical overall, better for the economy as a whole as well as for each individual's health.

        I am not sympathetic to people who claim state bashing when a limited statement is made.  That is just ignoring what I said.   Some is not all, but in this state it runs to a the vast majority of elected officials.  

        I didn't say I would never live in a place like that, because I do, and I beleive that it would be wrong for every liberal, every democrat to leave a res state. Someone needs to push back, speak up and try to educate friends and acquaintances about the alternatives.  But I refuse to stick my head in the sand and pretend that I can't stand on a street corner in my hometown and be passed every minute by someone who is racist, xenophobic, hateful and very afraid, and that the Republicans in government exploit that to the fullest.

        I have lived in several states, visited many more, and I know there are racists, hate, etc., in all kinds of people in every place I've been. Sundowner towns exist up north.  But it ignores the facts when you cite one or two good people and stack that against the current political climate down here.    How many full size confederate battle flags fly on the pickups in your home town, how many more bumper stickers?  How many Christian academies so white kids don't have to go to school with black kids?  How many people use the N word routinely in conversation with other whites?  How many people in your town believe Snopes is a liberal conspiracy? How many times have you been in the middle of being helped in a local store and had the salesperson excuse themselves to go watch a black person that walked into the store?  How many people can you name that have told you personally that Obama was born in Kenya/Africa (Because they couldn't name the country).  And your teabagger governor, does he refer to ghetto grannies in public speeches and it doesn't even make a blip on the news?  If all of that happens all the time, then Maine might be just like Georgia.

        •  No, when Paul LePage accuses the Majority (2+ / 0-)
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          leader of the State Senate of sodomizing the State "without using Vaseline" it certainly makes news. Google him. He's a thug. Ghetto grannies? He told the NAACP to "Kiss my butt". He threatened to physically assault the news director of MPBN on live television, on MPBN, just weeks before he was elected.

          It makes the news, but yes, it happens here all the time. The difference is that Mainers probably won't re-elect him, and after the Tea Party experiment of 2010, they returned the state legislature to Democratic control. (And thus the attorney general, sec. of state, and treasurer who are not elected by popular vote in Maine, but rather chosen by a vote of the State Senate which means all three of those Constitutional Officers are now Democrats after last year's election. Maine also has no Lt. Governor.)

          As far as black people in stores, it's a rare sight in Maine. We are the whitest and also least religious state in the Union.

          That being said, I also lived half my life in Texas, and I totally understand where you're coming from.

          I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

          by commonmass on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 10:50:02 AM PDT

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          •  my Governor is a Southern Gentleman (1+ / 0-)
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            he would never say kiss my butt in public, but he also wouldn't condemn a segregated prom or investigate a town that wouldn't fix the sewers on the black side of town.  He signed an Arizona like papers please law, resulting in almost killing the farmers( a more than billion dollar industry in this state) who lost all their help, because after all, brown people!If he'd signed a law to help migrant workers get fair employment conditions and hit the agriculture industry in the pocket book, I could be happy with that.  But just to keep people out?

            And that only covers the racist side.  And no one returns democrats to office, they just keep electing the Republicans we have or even more bat shit crazy ones.  We continue to cut back public  education funds as we increase subsidies for private schools, we cut taxes for rich people, have an almost flat income tax and keep working out exemptions for big business so they pay nothing, as we sacrifice fire and police service, road and bridge repairs, cut back true welfare so only a few hundred people statewide qualify, have more for profit prisons than most places,  extremely high drop out rates, high illiteracy rates,  etc., all the other things that go with being a red state.   And an insurance commissioner who gains votes as he denies people the opportunity to get information on health insurance when we have one of the most underinsured and underserved populations in the country.  Heaven may or may not be a lot like Texas, but Georgia is.  

            •  Deal's getting large contributions through his PAC (0+ / 0-)

              to obstruct the ACA. I think Deal's got a problem with this one.

              Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R)’s family and business partner have been receiving payments from a secret Political Action Committee called Real PAC. Half a million dollars of the money donated to the PAC has come from corporate health care interests which — like the governor and Georgia state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens — oppose the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”

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