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Eugene Robinson, columnist for WaPo
Eugene Robinson was taken by the vice president's debating skills:
Biden succeeded, as evidenced by the fact that the lion’s share of post-debate commentary was All About Joe. Critics said he smiled too much, interrupted his opponent too often, came across as too “hot” for a medium that is all about cool. But these complaints only reinforced the fact that Biden was the protagonist of the evening. [...]

At this debate, the real Biden showed up. At the next, on Tuesday at Hofstra University on Long Island, the real Obama had better do the same.

Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman sticks it to that pair of dissemblers at the top of the GOP ticket:
Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on health care. [...]

Oh, about the voucher thing: In his debate with Vice President Biden, Mr. Ryan was actually the first one to mention vouchers, attempting to rule the term out of bounds. Indeed, it’s apparently the party line on the right that anyone using the word “voucher” to describe a health policy in which you’re given a fixed sum to apply to health insurance is a liar, not to mention a big meanie.

Among the lying liars, then, is the guy who, in 2009, described the Ryan plan as a matter of “converting Medicare into a defined contribution sort of voucher system.” Oh, wait — that was Paul Ryan himself.

The New York Times Editors:
At a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last Wednesday, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California and the committee’s chairman, talked of “examining security failures that led to the Benghazi tragedy.” He said lawmakers had an obligation to protect federal workers overseas. On Sunday, he said more should be spent on diplomatic security.

But as part of the Republican majority that has controlled the House the last two years, Mr. Issa joined in cutting nearly a half-billion dollars from the State Department’s two main security accounts. One covers things like security staffing, including local guards, armored vehicles and security technology; the other, embassy construction and upgrades. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama sought a total of $5 billion, and the House approved $4.5 billion. In 2009, Mr. Issa voted for an amendment that would have cut nearly 300 diplomatic security positions. And the draconian budgets proposed by Mitt Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, would cut foreign affairs spending by 10 percent in 2013 and even more in 2016.

Marc Thiessen, former staffer for Sen. Jesse Helms, speechwriter for G.W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld
Marc Thiessen wants revenge and he wants it yesterday. The torture-monger isn't specific:
In a speech this week, CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan ripped the Obama administration for its feckless response to the Libya attack, declaring it was time for the U.S. to “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

She is absolutely right. Perhaps President Obama has some decisive action planned. Perhaps when the White House is done trying to cover up this terrorist attack, it will pivot to responding to this terrorist attack. That would be a welcome “October surprise” indeed.

But as of now, all the world sees is a president who is afraid to call an act of terror what it is, much less do something about it.

T. Boone Pickens has one big idea to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Would you be surprised to learn it has something to do with natural gas?

John Nichols says Paul Ryan is Cheney II. The snarl is well-concealed on the younger version:
Following the debate, Cheney declared that there ”is no question in my mind when I look at Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on the stage there last night, I think Paul Ryan’s got what it takes to take over as president. I don’t think Joe Biden does.” [...]

The former Republican vice president adores the Republican vice presidential candidate because Ryan is a fresh, young Cheney.

Cheney moved to Washington as soon as he could and became a political careerist, working as a Capitol Hill aide, a think-tank hanger on and then a member of Congress. Ryan followed the same insider trajectory.

Cheney’s a hyper-partisan Republican with a history of putting party loyalty above everything else. Ryan’s an equally loyal GOP mandarin.

Cheney’s a rigid ideologue who has never let reality get in the way of cockamamie neocon theories about where to start the next war. And Ryan’s every bit as much a neocon as Cheney.

Adam Gopnik, writer for The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik focuses on a theme that didn't get much attention in the analyses of the Biden v. Ryan debate—the intersection of a politician's faith and his or her commitment to secular government:
But beyond the horseshit something genuinely disturbing and scary got said last night by Paul Ryan that is, I think, easily missed and still worth brooding over. [...]

Paul Ryan did not say, as John Kennedy had said before him, that faith was faith and public service, public service, each to be honored and kept separate from the other. No, he said instead “I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do.” That’s a shocking answer—a mullah’s answer, what those scary Iranian “Ayatollahs” he kept referring to when talking about Iran would say as well. Ryan was rejecting secularism itself, casually insisting, as the Roman Catholic Andrew Sullivan put it, that “the usual necessary distinction between politics and religion, between state and church, cannot and should not exist.” And he went on to make it quietly plain that his principles are uncompromising on this, even if his boss’s policy may not seem so.

Jill Filipovic says Mitt Romney's wandering position on abortion doesn't mean he would behave moderately in the matter were he to become president:
There are a lot of things to admire about Mitt Romney. His extraordinary number of both homes and khaki-clad offspring (and offspring's offspring). His impressive attempts to emulate the emotions of real human beings. And his campaign's increasingly creative relationship with the truth.

The latest example of Romney's kinda-but-not-really truthiness? His claim that abortion legislation isn't part of his agenda.

Clancy Sigal has had such strong differences with President Obama that he seriously wanted there to be a third-party candidate. But a brush with death and a health-care insurance system eager to get him off its roster persuaded Sigal that voting for Obama matters.

A. B. Stoddard clearly watched a different debate than I did last week, since she thinks Paul Ryan proved he's ready and able to fulfill the post of one-heart-attack-away-from-the-presidency:
It should be noted that Ryan had a terrific night. He was prepared, he was fluent in every policy matter and made no mistakes—crossing the credibility threshold for vice president and, potentially one day, for president. But he didn’t leave Biden bleeding, and therefore Biden has likely stopped the bleeding, at least until Tuesday when Obama faces Romney again at their second debate. [...]

It was too much to ask Biden to clean up President Obama’s debate mess from last week—but he brought the fight Democrats pine for, the passion victory requires, and he provided reassurance to the party that this campaign is not, in fact, already over. But there’s not much left Biden—or Bill Clinton—can do for Obama and if he doesn’t become as convincing as they are, then it will be over.

David A. Graham, associate editor at The Atlantic
David A. Graham wants to know the whereabouts of the debate questions on gay marriage, climate change and housing, among others:
The reviews are in and, with the exception of a few right-wing commentators, everyone thinks Martha Raddatz did a great job moderating the vice-presidential debate Thursday. At the very least, she was better than Jim Lehrer, who ineffectually sat on stage during the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But both debates have skipped over serious, important issues, and have given too little attention, or the wrong kind of attention, to others. Conor Friedersdorf noted the total absence of discussion about civil-liberties issues at the first debate, a pattern that continued Thursday night. But there are plenty more missing.
Kevin Drum, columnist/blogger at Mother Jones
Kevin Drum says Mitt Romney's plans for Medicaid would destroy it by turning it into a block-grant program:
This means the program would be turned over entirely to the states. The federal government would continue to provide a share of funding, but that funding would go straight into state coffers, and states could decide how to spend it. So the question is: Once released from federal regulations, what would states do with their Medicaid money?

Romney's plan represents a massive change in our commitment to providing decent medical care for those who can least afford it.
Some states would probably try some genuinely interesting experiments, though it's unlikely we'll ever discover any magic bullets for reining in health care costs on a state level. But lots of states, especially poor states in the South, don't have much interest in experimenting. They just want to slash eligibility for Medicaid. Given the freedom to do it, they'd adopt what Ed Kilgore calls the "Mississippi model," cutting off coverage for a family of three earning anything over $8,200. For all the talk of fresh thinking and new solutions, what they really want to do is simple: They want to stop providing medical care for poor people.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Board:
The appearance, mostly in Cleveland's predominantly black neighborhoods, of billboards warning against voter fraud is constitutionally protected speech.

It is also insulting, demeaning, belittling speech—coming from people who choose to remain anonymous—and a despicable election tactic.

The billboards, posted here and in Cincinnati and Milwaukee by what has been identified only as a private family foundation, insinuate that the neighborhoods in which they are found are hotbeds of voter fraud, which, of course, they are not.

Fred Kaplan, Slate
Fred Kaplan tries to untangle some myths—he rightly labels them lies—about the Cuban missile crisis that we're hearing a lot about this month on its 50th anniversary:
One of these myths has been thoroughly exploded (though many eminences seem not to know it). This is the notion that President John F. Kennedy got Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to back down and remove his nuclear missiles from Cuba entirely through the threat of force. In fact, as revealed by JFK’s secret tape recordings of his meetings with senior advisers (evidence that’s been available at the Kennedy Library for 25 years now), the two leaders brokered a deal: Khrushchev would take his missiles out of Cuba; Kennedy would take his very similar missiles out of Turkey. [...]

For years, Khrushchev had boasted that his factories were cranking out ICBMs “like sausages.” In fact, though, he had nothing; the missile program was in total disarray. And now the Americans were calling his bluff. [...]

The resolution of the Cuban crisis may hold some lessons for crises today.

First, antagonists should stay in touch with each other. There was no telephone contact between Kennedy and Khrushchev in October 1962. But they did send telegrams back and forth, and Kennedy maintained a back channel through the Soviet embassy—even as ships and submarines confronted one another, troops were mobilized, and, in one particularly tense moment, a U-2 spy plane was shot down. Without those communiqus, the crisis might easily have escalated into war.

Doyle McManus says what independent voters most want from the presidential candidates are some clearer answers.

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  •  Paul Krugman: Death by Ideology (9+ / 0-)

    is a post in which  I examine the Nobel Laureate's Monday column in which he eviscerates Romney-Ryan

    I invite you to read this post

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:37:11 AM PDT

  •  more pretty pics (16+ / 0-)
    Both polling firms are highly rated by the forecast, and so can sway the model when they appear to show a potential break in the race. Had the The Washington Post and ABC News been included in Sunday’s forecast, Mr. Obama’s Electoral College chances would have been 66 percent rather than 63.2 percent.

    The national tracking polls will also be important in confirming or denying the result from The Washington Post’s poll. It is no longer that difficult to find national polls that put Mr. Obama ahead. As of Sunday, he was up by 1 percentage point in the online tracking poll published by Ipsos, and by several points in another online survey, from the RAND Corporation, which has never had him behind but has shown him expanding his advantage in recent days. Mr. Obama also led, but by less than a full percentage point, in a poll for Investors’ Business Daily.

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:44:28 AM PDT

  •  Hey thiesen (2+ / 0-)
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    What happened to those who ordered the fort hood and underwear bomber.  And 911.  And pres Obama did not bellicosely bark but just bite.  

    wall Street Casino is the root of the problem. Don't call them banks.

    by timber on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:44:59 AM PDT

  •  Biden bounce seems to be afoot!! (7+ / 0-)

    from RCP;

    General Election: Romney vs. Obama    Politico/GWU/Battleground    Romney 48, Obama 49    Obama +1

    General Election: Romney vs. Obama    ABC News/Wash Post    Romney 46, Obama 49    Obama +3

    combined with Rand Poll rise from 1.8 lead to 4.7 lead for Obama since 10/10 and an old song comes to mind...

    Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies..... pushing a drowning Paul Ryan's head underwater with your oar....at least iIthink that is how it goes.....

  •  As long as (0+ / 0-)

    there are lots of sane, rational thinking Republicans, and Independents going along with us, We. Will. Beat. Them....:o) I truly believe this....

    The GOP hate me! I'm black, a woman, disabled veteran, divorced mother and liberal. THEY SUCK!

    by secret38b on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:47:44 AM PDT

  •  Romney is a big fat liar. So everything he says (4+ / 0-)
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    about his non-specific plan for taxes and healthcare is uh bs.  Why can't people connect the dots?  Liars lie about everything including the important stuff.

  •  Today Show opener was a downer (1+ / 0-)
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    saying the Romney is the frontrunner with momentum.

     

  •  Thanks for the roundup, Meteor Blades! (2+ / 0-)
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    I sweartagoddess, I feel ill.  I just read the Clancy Sigal and Krugman articles.  Is the Vulture-Voucher ticket really about to win?

    This is so depressing.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:56:30 AM PDT

  •  My favorite take of the debate (14+ / 0-)

    from the guardian.uk.com

    Meanwhile there's apparently no indication, via polling or anecdotal interviews, that actual voters were put off by Biden's performance.* In a culture steeped in Honey Boo Boo, it's hard to imagine that any brusqueness onstage at a vice presidential debate would make it into the basket of what shocks or puts off America. If years of Nielsen ratings have demonstrated anything, it's that Americans like to watch people fight on TV
  •  Well, if somebody is posting signs (2+ / 0-)
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    about voter fraud in poor neighborhoods, why don't we post signs in rich neighborhoods?  How about pictures of people who have been evicted, laid off or denied health care? Maybe a catchy caption, something like, "Society for the Revival of Guillotines".

  •  As wrong as Stoddard is about Ryan, she's (2+ / 0-)
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    correct that it's up to Obama himself to bring this thing home, and that he's got to recapture the energy he had in 2008 in the rest of the debates, and not come across as a somber professor delivering a lecture.

  •  So would we call Paul Ryan, Dick Cheyneyish (2+ / 0-)
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    or just dickish?

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 05:05:28 AM PDT

  •  Balz on Morning Schmoe....The economy is kicking (4+ / 0-)
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    in........Dontcha just hate that Rethugs?.......Now you're gonna have to double down on trashing the economy.

  •  Voters need to be educated (3+ / 0-)
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    Anyone can manufacture a strong debate showing and embarrass an opponent when you have no shame, no conscience, no hesitancy in lying and no qualms with making up things about your platform out of thin air. .How can young people not vote when Mitt is going to take away their path to a better education, saddle them with new taxes to "broaden the base" and tell them to "borrow money from your parents" to go to college? How can women vote for Romney when he wants to have the federal government shut down vital clinics for their health and have male conservatives lawmakers with insane biological theories write laws affecting the choices of women? How can Latinos vote for Romney when he wants to make life in the United States so bad for them that they will be forced to flee across the border, back to "where they belong"?   -  progressive

    •  Debates are not about education. Debates are (0+ / 0-)

      about the shocking TV moments and how sincere you can be while lying through your teeth.  That is why Reagan was acknowledged to be a good debater.  He was an actor.  Within reason, what you say during a debate, absent a major gaffe, will not really be remembered.  It is the general impression of the viewer, the one liner, the "you're no Jack Kennedy" moment that often tempers the way that vacant impressionable people feel about who was the winner and loser.  

      IMHO, those people who are undecided voters are the vacant impressionable people who are left.  If you haven't made up your mind by now as to who you are going to vote for, you are a vacant, out to lunch, know nothing, who will be swayed by the most shallow portions of the televised debates.  Education will not sink in with them because they will be swayed by the most vapid rhetorical trickery that the debates will offer.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 09:06:51 AM PDT

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  •  Gas House Gorillas 0....Detroit 2.......Dr Dworkin (0+ / 0-)

    weeps in his java......;-)

  •  Big debate laughs (1+ / 0-)
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    How unprofessional!!1!

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 05:11:23 AM PDT

  •  WWGKD (4+ / 0-)
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    I have to take exception to Marc Thiessen's comments about the Benghazi killings.  If we're looking for the appropriate US response, we certainly shouldn't be looking to the historical example set by Clinton.  Clinton was a wuss.

    What Would Genghis Khan Do?  That should be the standard we measure ourselves by.  How would Tamerlane or Attila the Hun have responded to the killing of one of their ambassadors?  How high does the pile of skulls have to reach before we make the point about how dangerous it is for all those savages out there to mess with a civilized country such as our own?

    We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

    by gtomkins on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 05:51:26 AM PDT

    •  I started to get offended (4+ / 0-)
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      by your "Clinton is a wuss", but laughed out loud at your second paragraph- SO TRUE!
      Biden was excellent in pinning Ryan down- "Easy to complain, but what would you do differently?"
      "um, er..."

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:35:50 AM PDT

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      •  Sadly (3+ / 0-)
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        What I worry about is the dead certainty that many, many people will not get that this is satire even after reading the second para.

        Not that we should blame them.  It is getting more and more difficult for satire to outdo its objects.  I had to change the wording on the second para several times to find a pitch different than what would be used by the many wingnuts out there who actually believe that Genghis had the right approach to foreign policy.  I suspect that what I did wasn't good enough, that many will read it and imagine it is intended seriously.

        We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

        by gtomkins on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:50:20 AM PDT

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        •  You hit the right note (0+ / 0-)

          That's really not easy to do, I've sure encountered some very, very bad satire on this board.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:23:05 PM PDT

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  •  Mortgage shysters are at it again. (5+ / 0-)
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    Jessica Silver in the NYT today pens an article dealing with new ripoffs in the mortgage industry titled A Risky Lifeline for Seniors Is Costing Some Their Homes this time in the area of reverse mortgages.

    The very loans that are supposed to help seniors stay in their homes are in many cases pushing them out.

    Reverse mortgages, which allow homeowners 62 and older to borrow money against the value of their homes and not pay it back until they move out or die, have long been fraught with problems. But federal and state regulators are documenting new instances of abuse as smaller mortgage brokers, including former subprime lenders, flood the market after the recent exit of big banks and as defaults on the loans hit record rates.

    The author recounts the pitches of the smiling TV personalities hawking these loans and the promises by lenders of "free money."  She also examines some of the underhanded practices used by reverse mortgage issuers to write these mortgages in a way that practically guarantee their failure.

    The reverse mortgage industry is utilizing the same types of disinformation and hard-sell sales tactics that were evident in the run-up to the current housing crisis, except that large banks have dropped out of issuing reverse mortgages, leaving the market entirely to the private sector that brought us fraudulent loans,  deceptive financing and outsize bonus opportunities for issuers.

    Concerns about the multibillion-dollar reverse mortgage market echo those raised in the lead-up to the financial crisis when consumers were marketed loans — often carrying hidden risks — that they could not afford.

    “There are many of the same red flags, including explosive growth and the fact that these loans are often peddled aggressively without regard to suitability,” said Lori Swanson, the Minnesota attorney general, who is working on reforming the reverse mortgage market.

    This industry, scandal-ridden as it's proving to be, will show us whether the new Consumer Protection Bureau actually has the teeth to deal with the threat.
    Although the numbers of reverse mortgages have declined in recent years, the rate of default is at a record high — roughly 9.4 percent of loans, according to the consumer protection bureau, up from around 2 percent a decade earlier. And borrowers are putting their nest eggs at risk by increasingly taking out the loans at younger ages and in lump sums, federal data and a recent bureau report show.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:02:31 AM PDT

    •  Reverse Mortgages have always been about... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...one thing and one thing only: reducing the number of
      homes with little to no mortgage left to be serviced to be passed on to a next generation. It's part of the systematic transfer of wealth "up the food chain" that has been happening for decades.

      For those of you who have positive experiences with Reverse Mortgages, count yourself lucky: you are the exception, NOT the rule.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:27:35 AM PDT

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      •  I've been reading a little (1+ / 0-)
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        about these reverse mortgages, but what is the difference between say, a reverse mortgage and a home equity loan? Wouldn't a home equity loan give you the same cash, but you'd have to start paying it back immediately?
        And with reverse mortgages, you only have to pay it back once you decide to move or you die?

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:44:38 AM PDT

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        •  there are lots of restrictions on reversmortgages (3+ / 0-)
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          The problem (as usual) lies not with the product but the marketing/sales.

          Properly structured this could be many people's salvation.

          One difference being a lack of making payments. But it is true your heirs will make up that difference or the property would go to the bank unless the estate can pay back the loan.

        •  You should read the article (1+ / 0-)
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          Understand how the elderly lady in the story lost her home.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:00:55 PM PDT

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  •  Does the Mississippi model allow (4+ / 0-)
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    penniless adults with no kids on their Medicaid program?

    If so, it's better than Texas.

    I don't know what the cut off dollar figure is in Texas for families, but if you are a single adult and have NO income in Texas, unless you are catastrophically ill with a specifically diagnosed condition, you can't get on Medicaid either.

    In Texas, some members of a family will qualify (the youngest) while children a few years older will not. And forget about the parents also qualifying, even if the kids do. It's not a given. So, your kid can get care while you are too sick to work.

    It's the most convoluted system I've ever experienced.

    And yes, they want to do block grants in Texas too, so they can take ALL the money away from poor people in need of medical care and plop it into their budget shortfalls elsewhere.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:41:02 AM PDT

    •  Texas is the model (4+ / 0-)
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      for the rest of the Republicans. What they're doing is trying to get poor people to move out of their state.
      I think your income has to be lower than $6000 a year to qualify for Medicaid down there now.
      Meanwhile, they're spending millions on cutting taxes for business, and lobbying for the Keystone Pipeline to be finished.
      The state is a perfect example of what this country would look like after 20 years of unfettered Republican rule- huge deficits, infrastructure falling down, wealthy getting wealthier, low wages, lousy schools, and little or no support for the poor.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:57:24 AM PDT

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  •  Just wanted to say goodbye (3+ / 0-)
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    to former Senator Arlen Specter, who died yesterday. I remember him all the way back to when he was a district attorney in Philadelphia.
    A moderate Republican, who used to be quite common back in the day, but by the time he died, was one of the last of a vanishing breed.
    Be at peace, Mr. Specter.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 07:01:24 AM PDT

  •  Biden's votes on Iraq/Afghanistan (0+ / 0-)

    I am not a troll....

    A bunch of postings that are making the rounds on social media with a fair bit of success assert that Joe Biden was lying when he said he voted against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Usually it only takes me 90 seconds or so to explode stuff like this since it is usually absurdly twisted or an outright lie.

    Unfortunately, it does appear that Joe voted both for the Joint Resolution and the subsequent Emergency Supplement.

    So is he misremembering?  Did he get carried away?

    So far I'm not finding anyone on our side who is coming up with a credible answer and I am....concerned......

    Baz

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 10:35:43 AM PDT

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