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Rick Perry writes another letter.
The most recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that Texas has one of the highest uninsured populations of any state in the union. As of 2010, it was 25 percent. Yes, a quarter of Texans don't have health insurance, and aren't on Medicaid.

So what does that MENSA candidate of a governor they have there in Texas do? What else but reject Medicaid expansion AND setting up an insurance exchange to make insurance more available to Texans.

“If anyone was in doubt, we in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. I will not be party to socializing health care and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government,” Perry says in the letter.
Sigh. Medicaid expansion alone would cut the number of uninsured Texas in half, which includes reducing the number of uninsured adults by 74 percent. The exchange (which will be set up by the federal government whether Perry likes it or not) would bring in most of the rest.

But Rick Perry wants Texans to know that he's gonna be fighting for their freedom. Their freedom from the federal government trying to prevent them from dying before their time because they can't afford health insurance.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM PDT.

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  •  the Republicans are willing to burn... (15+ / 0-)

    the house down to make a point. It is terrorism and it is killing our country.  That may sound like hyperbole, but the facts show otherwise.

    As a nation, the U.S. consumes the most hot dogs per capita. So you'd be wise to never underestimate our powers of denial.

    by jbou on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 02:45:19 PM PDT

  •  the propaganda (5+ / 0-)

    regarding "Obamacare" is intense.

    A lot of Americans are running around thinking that Death Pannels, forced sterilization and forced abortion are apart of Obamacare. The conservatives are scared that the President is going to run after them with a surgical scapel or something. Its crazy. I am so sick of talk radio and Christian 'news' programs.

  •  Molly Ivins on June 24, 2001 (11+ / 0-)
    First, we Texans would like to salute the only governor we've got, Rick "Goodhair" Perry, the Ken Doll, for vetoing the bill to outlaw executing the mentally retarded.

    We are Texas Proud.

    Such a brilliant decision – not only is Texas now globally recognized for barbaric cruelty, but a strong majority of Texans themselves (73 percent) would prefer not to off the retarded.

    Gov. Goodhair's decision – in the face of popular opinion, the Supreme Court and George W. Bush's recent conversion on this subject – is a testament to his strength of character.

    Or something.

    His Perryness announced, anent the veto, that Texas does not execute the retarded. I beg your pardon, Governor. Johnny Paul Penry, now on Death Row for a heart-breaking murder and the subject of two Supreme Court decisions, has an IQ between 51 and 60, believes in Santa Claus and likes coloring books.

    And that's not counting the other six we know about for sure since 1990.

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 02:56:29 PM PDT

    •  redneck (1+ / 0-)
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      I hate to promote the Texas Stereotype, because the majority of people in Texas do not spend their nights dreaming of how they are going to be allowed to legally kill another person, but Perry is either the stereotypical redneck of plays one very well.

      Here is how this works out.  Perry works for those who funds his campaign, and is out to get as much money form the state of texas as possible.  You can at least give him credit for being transparent and unapologetic.  He won the last election, against a man who was a much more realistic fiscal conservative, but scaring the evangelicals into voting for him.  And really that is all his strategy entails.  Scaring the gullible christian masses into voting for him.  

      That he might actually be doing harm is irrelevant.  The responsible fiscally conservative portion of texas simply cannot get together enough votes to defeat him.

  •  wrong. this is so wrong. (4+ / 0-)

    it is not 25%, but 100%. He mixes religion and politics all the time, ergo, if you disagree with either, you are going to hell.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 02:56:34 PM PDT

  •  I heard this on NPR, but if Ricky doesn't do it, (5+ / 0-)

    the feds will.

    That will be better, imo.

    And the number  he doesn't care about is way higher than 25%

    This is, of course, the difference between republicans and human beings. - Captain Frogbert

    by glorificus on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 03:14:41 PM PDT

  •  As long as you are stomping on someone who is (2+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle, mumtaznepal

    down, you have a really good shot at the Texas governorship.  Rick's had a string of electoral successes, which tells you what he's been doing.

    Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

    by ZedMont on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 03:21:35 PM PDT

  •  Texans - your governor has declined to accept (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    the #ACA provision that allows the Federal government expanding Medicaid in your state.  

    Thus, Gov. Perry has decided that you will still be personally responsible for paying for the uninsured and freeloaders via your insurance premiums, your doctor and ER costs.

    So sorry for you.

    I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

    by mumtaznepal on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 05:38:20 PM PDT

    •  PS - you might consider moving to one of the more (0+ / 0-)

      progressive, less-poor states, where the economy is better, and nearly everyone has access to good health care, and you don't have to personally pay for the uninsured and freeloaders.

      I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

      by mumtaznepal on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 05:40:29 PM PDT

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  •  My "steaming pile of dogshit" button is getting (5+ / 0-)

    worn out. Rick Scott, Scott Walker, then back to my governor...
    I see what they're doing. They think they've got this figured out.
    But I have a backup keyboard...

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 08:07:59 PM PDT

  •  Illness for all! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, HeyMikey

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:02:17 PM PDT

  •  Freedom to die from lack of health insurance! (5+ / 0-)
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    CTMET, tari, cocinero, HeyMikey, apimomfan2

    Republicans have a twisted sense of "freedom".  

    •  "The law, in its majestic equality... (0+ / 0-)

      ...forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
      --Anatole France

      "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose."
      --Kris Kristofferson

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:36:08 PM PDT

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  •  Perry is definitely... (3+ / 0-)
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    tari, greenbird, cocinero


    The bear and the rabbit will never agree on how dangerous a dog is.

    by fromer on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:07:52 PM PDT

  •  Rick Perry (3+ / 0-)
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    tari, cocinero, Blue Boy Red State

    I knew Texas was dumb, but really? Rick Perry as your governor for a decade? REALLY?

  •  This is what happens when people don't vote (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, cocinero

    Because of rotten turnout, Perry probably only had about 20% of the eligible electorate cast a ballot for him in the last Texas gubernatorial election.
    Elections have consequences.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:15:22 PM PDT

  •  All these fucktards who are rejecting Medicaid (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, cocinero

    expansion will pay a political price when their constituents see other progressive states benefiting from 100's of millions of dollars of federal money. I think most will come around after looking tough for a while. Federal money will prove more powerful than Teabagger douchebaggery...

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by rclendan on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:15:27 PM PDT

  •  Imagine (1+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year

    the number jobs that would be created providing care to the newly insured.

    Nah. Fuck that.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    by Ex Con on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:15:27 PM PDT

  •  But if you keep all those Texans alive, (1+ / 0-)
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    ...then there won't be any fodder for the super-secret Soylent Green factory complex buried deep beneath the Alamo....

    I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

    by Liberal Panzer on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:16:37 PM PDT

  •  Based Upon GOP Principles... (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Mike Taylor, cocinero, Leap Year

    ...any government policy that will make a positive impact on people's real lives and that will be popular MUST BE OPPOSSED.

    It really is as simple as that.

    The Democrats like the Republicans more than they like me. - Christopher Cooper

    by Wahrheit on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:17:55 PM PDT

  •  This just makes me want to weep (0+ / 0-)

    for the people that would have been helped.  Yes, I know, many of them voted for Perry, but, damn...  I still have compassion for the ones who will suffer because he's making political points.

    Every governor that turns down insurance money for their state should have to give up their own health insurance.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:18:32 PM PDT

  •  The insurance industry should change his mind (1+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year

    they would actually benefit from it. Hey insurance industry - why don't you donate to Democratic candidates in Texas and the other 20+ GOP run States? Might actually pay off for you.

  •  This is just a Perry philosophy extension. He has (1+ / 0-)
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    already shown a disturbing relishing of having people executed in Texas. Now's a chance to inflict pain on lots of poor people by denying them health help.

    •  Actually, Perry is just confused (0+ / 0-)

      He thinks the country is still governed by the Articles of Confederation.  I suspect he flunked 7th grade Social Studies.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:31:48 PM PDT

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  •  An experiment that could backfire... (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Navy Vet Terp

    If these R govs decide they cannot bear the thought of OBAMAcare, then their constituents have to live with it because they put gov R in office.  So, if other states start seeing dramatic improvement in quality of life associated with the ACA, the hammer should eventually coming down on R govs...if constituencies can muster up enough triple digit IQ's.  If not...let the smart ones move.

    Mitt's foreign policy: Double Guantanamo, with cheese.

    by Rich N Mdriems on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:23:02 PM PDT

  •  this made me so angry (1+ / 0-)
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    i live in texas. yeah. so i've been thinking about the national campaign and wondering... i give my money, my thoughts to a whole different outlook to life and perry - govn'r good hair (thank you molly ivins) - totally purchased a campaign.  i don't want that to happen on the national campaign level.  we did not vote for perry - most of my acquantainces did not vote for perry and yet..well there he still is  riding his ass into town and making statements that just curl your ass hair.  sorry - but this has gone too far...i am appaled. i've been here for 10 years and have known from the moment i showed up that something else needs to be done. i cannot beleve that he actually said that out loud! 1.5 million adults and 600,000 children without health insurance PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR 3 YEARS AT 100%.  REALLY?? sorry...i'm yelling. AND FOR 7 YEARS AFTER AT 90% AND YOU - govn'r good hair - say no to that????? WTF. i'm disgusted and have obviously had too much tonight that i cannot form a logical thought, but sheesh man...when can we re-elect? GTFO. dog out

    WE are the music makers and WE are the dreamers of dreams ~ W. Wonka

    by aquadog9 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:31:06 PM PDT

    •  I Want To Cry (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in a state (Illinois) where we get back around 73 cents for every dollar we pay out. There is a part of me that thinks fuck those "poor" states we support. Looking at you Mississippi. Fuck you. But Texas isn't a poor state. I don't even know what to say about this.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:35:45 PM PDT

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  •  "I will not be party to socializing health care.." (0+ / 0-)

    "Heh heh heh, but I'm going to get MINE motherfuckers!"

    Honestly, why this dichotomy doesn't have people surrounding governor's mansion in Austin is beyond me.

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.

    by stvkos on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:31:27 PM PDT

  •  It's the old 'feeding stray dogs' schtick. (1+ / 0-)
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    We know how republicans think. One of them (I can’t remember which one) even said it. “If you feed stray dogs, you just get more stray dogs”
    They want to push the sick and disabled off on other states. I’m not sure this will play out very well for them, but it’s their plan.

  •  Actually he is probably telling most (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, cocinero

    of his constituents to go to hell because this move will make Texas hospitals less economically viable because they will be treating people without federal help. That will drive up the cost of everyone else's health care and health insurance. It will cost insurance buyers including companies that provide health insurance for employees.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:34:17 PM PDT

    •  Point well made. (0+ / 0-)

      Texas is knee-deep in Nobel Prize-winners in medicine, biology, chemistry (and physics and such also), with HUGE medical research and treatment hopitals in Houston (the whole ginormous Texas Medical Center), Dallas (UT-Southwestern and related institutions), Baylor Hospital, and numerous others in Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and El Paso.  those folks will not put up with the burden of caring for the indigent (or simply uninsured, since that becomes the working definition) at the public county hospitals across this state of 24+ million folks.  The local tax burden for this will be astonishing, and will ham-string the pubic hospitals, and the health system generally.

      Rick must be working on a "pay to play" strategy to get money from the medical industry in Texas, in exchange for not being the entire ass he has proven.  Otherwise, he will screw them.  Wait until the Nobel prize-winning rseearchers start leaving the state.  And the bio-tech industry starts hurting.  THEN see the outcry.

      Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 07:32:40 AM PDT

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  •  27.6% w/o insurance as of March 2012 (3+ / 0-)

    Interesting that these Republican governors who refuse to implement ACA are the ones who have the most citizens uninsured and Texas is the leader.

    From Gallup March 2012:

    Texas Widens Gap Over Other States in Percentage Uninsured
    Texas continues to be the state with the highest percentage of residents without health insurance. At 27.6%, its rate is more than four percentage points higher than the next highest state, Mississippi. This is the largest gap Gallup has measured between the first and second state since it began tracking health insurance in 2008.

    Massachusetts remains the state with the lowest percentage of uninsured, at 4.9%


    These Republican governors are putting party politics over the well-being of their citizens.

    The Republicans will claim that ACA will lead to higher unemployment.

    From BLS as of May:

    Texas Unemployment 6.9%
    Massachusetts Unemployment 6%

    They like to tell us about the Texas Miracle - all those McJobs with low pay and no benefits.

  •  and for Wednesday... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Tomorrow, the Republicans in Washington are holding another vote to try and repeal President Obama’s historic health care law. Instead of spending time on bills to jump start the economy and create jobs, they’re trying to take away health care from our seniors, young adults, and women.

    Who’s leading this charge? None other than Scott Brown and Mitt Romney. Both of these Republicans think that ObamaCare should be repealed.

    They think seniors should pay more for prescription drugs, that young adults shouldn’t be added to their parents’ insurance plans, and that Massachusetts residents shouldn’t have free access to life-saving preventative care.

    They’re two peas in a pod on health care, and we’ve put together a video to prove it.

    Take just a moment and watch the video to hear it straight from Brown and Romney. Then tweet it, post it on Facebook, and forward it to your friends. We have to hold Brown and Romney accountable, and tell the truth about health care reform."

    JULY 10, 2012
    Good afternoon and my sincere thanks to the committee for the opportunity to testify about such an important issue for the American people.
    I come before you today to share the perspective of a person who, thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of remarkable individuals, achieved amazing success in one the most challenging businesses of today, aviation.
    Twenty-five years ago, as a trained mechanic and pilot, my dream was to start an airline in Massachusetts. With one plane, one route, and six employees, Cape Air flew its first scheduled flight in 1989.
    Today, headquartered in Massachusetts, Cape Air operates in 11 states, 4 U.S. territories and commonwealths, and 3 foreign countries. We will carry 725,000 passengers this year, and generate $105 million in revenue.
    Cape Air now offers nearly 1000 full-time jobs, with about 500 of them based in Massachusetts. Nearly 300 of our employees have been with the company for more than a decade.
    Cape Air’s success allowed me, at age 52, to enter government and two years ago, voters from the Cape and Islands chose me to represent them in the Massachusetts State Senate.
    My primary goal is to help government and private businesses partner in ways that make our communities healthier and our economy stronger, and what’s informing my perspective includes 6 years on the Federal Reserve Board’s Advisory Council for New England, Board Chair of one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in Massachusetts and a trustee of the largest mutual bank in the Cape and Islands region.
    From all these vantage points, I’ve come to realize that one of the most important values we must embrace is that every American should have access to affordable, excellent health care.
    We have come a long way toward accomplishing that goal in Massachusetts, and we have done so without stunting business growth, and without cutting jobs.
    I’m here to debunk myths, and dispel fear and misunderstanding about the 2006 health care reform act that Massachusetts enacted with strong bipartisan support. It also is the template for much of the Affordable Care Act now sanctioned as the law of our land.
    From Cape Air’s first day in business, we offered health care coverage, knowing that affordable health care coverage helps us retain a great workforce. This year, Cape Air’s health insurance
    premiums will total close to $3 million, roughly 3 percent of the company’s gross income. The company will pay just over half of that cost, employees the rest.
    In 2007, when Massachusetts health care reform went into effect, there were dire predictions of the impact on businesses like Cape Air.
    Here’s what really happened:
    We added some new dependents under 26 years of age to family plans. Beyond that, the transition was seamless. There was no bureaucracy or heavy lifting in the front office.
    Since then we’ve added a solid 15 percent more Massachusetts-based jobs, with our total revenue growing far faster.
    Health care reform has not stifled business.
    The Massachusetts Health Care Reform was designed to ensure access, not curtail cost. With landmark state legislation now close to passage, building on the success of the 2006 act, Massachusetts is on the verge of implementing new strategies to contain costs, while continuing to provide coverage for more than 98 percent of Massachusetts residents.
    But I can also report that health care costs have not spiraled because of the plan, far from it.
    This year, Cape Air saw a 5 percent increase in premiums – too much, but far from the 15 to 20 percent increases we saw year after year before reform took effect. Last year, our increase was 4 percent. The previous year, we were able to negotiate a 5 percent decrease.
    So Cape Air’s success should be seen in a state context.
    Unemployment in Massachusetts has dropped from 8 percent in 2009 to 5.8 percent in May of this year. This is 2.4 percent below the national average.
    Massachusetts ranks 8th in the nation in job creation this year, adding 37,800 new jobs through May.
    Since January, 2007, Massachusetts ranks third in the nation in economic performance, as defined by our gross state product.
    Meanwhile, additional state spending for health care programs resulting from payment reform only represented 1.4 percent of the state budget in 2011 -- again, with more than 98 percent of our residents covered, which includes a 400,000 net increase in the number of non-elderly insured residents.
    And the Health Connector – the Massachusetts version of the health insurance exchanges in the Affordable Care Act – has reduced premiums in the last 2 years by 10 percent.
    These facts explain why surveys consistently find that about two-thirds of our residents support the state’s health reform.
    As important and positive as enacting the Affordable Care Act is and will be, it’s not the last word. Just as Massachusetts is now moving forward with cost containment initiatives, there will be more opportunities to continue to reform our health care structure.
    Access is only one of the pillars on which great health care is built. The other issues to address are cost, complexity, outcomes and transparency.
    I look forward to a national conversation about all of them, and especially an understanding of the link between a healthy business climate, and access to health care for all.

    JULY 10, 2012
    Dan Wolf is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Cape Air in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He is also a first-term Massachusetts State Senator representing the Cape and Islands District.
    After graduating from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he moved to Cape Cod to earn his private and commercial pilot licenses. He has worked as a community and union organizer in the Boston area and managed the Chatham Municipal Airport, where he also worked as a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic.
    In 1988, Dan and a handful of others founded Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. They began with six employees and one airplane flying one route. Cape Air is currently one of the largest independent regional airlines in the country, serving dozens of communities and hundreds of thousands of passengers annually in regions as diverse as Key West, rural Missouri, upstate New York, and Guam. Cape Air employs nearly 1000 people and is one of the largest employers in the region.
    As a business and community leader, Dan has served on many of the region’s non-profit and civic organizations and boards and is currently the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Caucus. Within the Massachusetts Senate, he currently serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Senate Vice-Chair of Municipalities and Regional Government. He also is a member of the Joint Committees on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture; Health Care Financing; Public Service; Arts, Culture and Tourism; Veterans and Federal Affairs and the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting.
    Among many awards, Dan has received in his business career, Dan
    Entrepreneur of the Year for New England, Ernst and Young, 2008
    The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce small business award, 2005
    The Good Guys Award by the Women’s Political Caucus of Massachusetts, 2004
    Cape Cod Citizen of the Year award, 2004
    Regional Airline Association executive of the year, 2004
    Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce business excellence award, 2000
    yah, it's a lot. couldn't find a link: came to me as an attachment with video info. you no like? don't read...

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    by greenbird on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM PDT

  •  A Governor who doesn't qualify as a crossing guard (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    sit down with his perfect hair and sign death warrants for what could be 100s if not 1000s of people. And nothing can be done about this total incompetent scat brain. Should be held to account for the deaths he'll be responsible for. When he knows, their is a model that works where 98% of people are covered (Mass), so i didn't know or i thought i was doing the right thing, want hold up. He know people will die. What is wrong with this country, we have so many lunatics voting for these prostitutes.

  •  just stupid (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    It's 'gubernatorial malpractice' not to accept Medicaid funds

    Howard Dean said accepting federal money to expand Medicaid would not only help the uninsured, it would also jolt states' struggling economies.

    "This is just stupidity if governors refuse this," said Dean, who served as governor of Vermont. "Because not only does it boost their healthcare sector and insure a lot of people, it raises their gross domestic product, because it increases spending

    There's no reason to suffer through the grave injustice of U.S. universal health care when there's a robust sampling of countries that aren't industrialized and will happily allow you to not experience Obamacare.

    by anyname on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 06:51:43 PM PDT

  •  Why, God, why? (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    Send the locusts, just take back Perry

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:01:15 PM PDT

  •  ACA's approval has increased about 11%. Now it's (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    48%, was 37%. We have 4 months left to better inform the public. Convince them all the things they approve of in high percentages is in the law.

  •  Those 25% don't vote GOP anyway... (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    ...this Perry couldn't care less...

  •  Forced Secession? (1+ / 0-)
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    Can we invite them to just leave?

    How many divisions does OWS have?

    by Diebold Hacker on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:13:51 PM PDT

  •  Terry Branstad (R-IA) too (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave


    Roughly 150,000 people, or about 5 percent of Iowa's population, will not receive Medicaid coverage under the 2010 federal health insurance law if Governor Terry Branstad gets his way. The governor repeated yesterday that he does not intend to go along with the Medicaid expansion, because he doesn't believe the federal government should or will provide the promised funding to cover the cost.
    In comparison with Texas, Iowa has a higher percent of residents with health insurance, about 10%, but that includes the old geezers (like me) with Medicare. More than 26% of Iowans under age 65 do not have health insurance. Gov. Branstad (and Steve King) want to keep it that way.
  •  Texas, Hell... (1+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave

    a distinction without a difference.

  •  perry dog and the other greedy prostitutes actions (1+ / 0-)
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    are perfect examples why citizens have risen up and dragged the filthy greedy rich out of their castles. These wingnuts are rotten to the core.

  •  Perry: Shameless and cruel. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Individuals need to know how to judge truth claims objectively; how to be skeptical; how to be avoid gullibility, nincompoopery, fraudulent and counterfeit promises; how to live with ambiguities and uncertainties." Paul Kurtz

    by Tennessee Dave on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:38:00 PM PDT

  •  Limited government? (0+ / 0-)

    Would that be the limited government that tells you that you can't have an abortion to save your own life?

    Or the limited government that tells two people of the same sex they cannot marry?

    THAT limited government?

    I would say f**k you, but I'll be nice this time.

  •  Ok, this might sound cold, (0+ / 0-)

    but if Rick Perry is telling 25% of his constituents to "go to hell," and I really feel this may be conservative, than those constituents are going to have to stand up and be counted.  They're going to have to give voice.  We can't do it for them.

    And this is the story of the democratic party.  We here and we progressives everywhere cannot make the whole difference.  

    I know how tough life can be, how discouraging life can be. And yet my own experience is a walk in the park compared to what others have lived through.

    Still, I know that many here will not like me saying that being on the shafted side of life is not an excuse to not vote, but it isn't. And if we believe it is, then we demoralize those who struggle, more than republicans ever could.

    This is why I don't count on Texas or other red states that I believe have a constituency that is silent but potentially powerful.  We cannot make up for those who choose not to use their voice at the polls.  We must simply count on those who struggle to do so no matter what.

    And when those in Texas, and/or any other red state, decide to do the ONE THING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE, and VOTE, then all manner of miracles are possible.


  •  Admittedly a frivolous late-night comment, but (0+ / 0-)

    in that photo, doesn't Perry look like he's got his tongue stuck in the side of his mouth while he painstakingly signs his name?

    "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.". Barbara Kingsolver, _Animal Dreams_

    by thea lake on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 09:39:43 PM PDT

  •  The Darwin Prize for states goes to.... (0+ / 0-)

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:53:55 PM PDT

  •  There's a real irony (0+ / 0-)

    WE had great leaders shot dead we put on currency, build monuments to even.. shot dead... These cocksuckers can't get eggs thrown at them...

  •  This may get a flame or two. (0+ / 0-)

    but i can't feel sorry for some of the constituents.  it's kind of like women who keep voting for Republicans.  at some point, yes, you are bringing it on yourself.  

    Yes, I guess i'm "blaming the victim".  but come on.  this is ridiculous.

    The best things in life are free. But you can give them to the birds and bees. I want money.

    by Grindhousepolitics on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 06:54:52 AM PDT

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