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% increase in insured under poverty line via ACA
See Harold Pollack link below
Aaron Blake:
Black voters played a huge role in delivering Barack Obama to the White House in 2008 and 2012. And in 2014, they will play a huge role in determining whether the president's party can stop Republicans from taking the Senate.
Jonathan Capehart:
The Post’s Aaron Blake has a terrific piece listing the four ways “black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015.” He writes that “[s]ix of the 16 states with the highest black populations are holding key Senate contests in 2014.” The key nugget in the Blake post: “Basically every black voter who stays home is a Democratic voter who stays home,” he writes. “Black voters generally vote more than 90 percent Democratic, so just about every drop in turnout among black voters pretty clearly comes at Democrats’ expense.”
More politics and policy below the fold.

I'm sorry...let me rub my eyes and read this again...WHAT did Mr. Bundy say?! http://t.co/... http://t.co/...
@CharlesMBlow
The Upshot:
Despite strong dislike of President Obama’s handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern states – Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

The poll also found that a majority of Kentucky residents – and a plurality in a fourth state, Arkansas — said they thought the health care marketplace in their state was working well, even as they expressed strong disapproval of the health care law. More than twice as many Kentuckians say their state exchange is working well than say it is not.

The findings in the four states — all with political races that could tip the balance of power in the Senate — underscore the complex and often contradictory views of Mr. Obama’s principal domestic legislation four years after it became law

We should just call it Palincare in the South. And while we're at it, Obama should endorse all the GOP candidates for the Senate. They'll vote against them because Obama is for them.

Meanwhile Gallup has O at a bit of a rebound. Noisy data, but not plunging numbers for the WH.

Harold Pollack:

Work to do on Medicaid expansion

I can speak to health reform, whose great tragedy remains states’ refusal to expand Medicaid. As Jon Gruber noted here last week, Medicaid expansion is a great financial deal for states, with the federal government initially providing 100 percent of the funding, and then reducing the subsidy to 90 percent. Nonetheless, conservative states have chosen to shut 5 million people out.

A recent Urban Institute report from the Health Reform Monitoring Study quantifies the obvious consequences. The [top of post] chart shows the percentage-point increase in insurance coverage among Americans with incomes low enough to qualify for ACA’s Medicaid provisions.

Jonathan Chait:
Imagine that God were to appear on Earth for the unlikely purpose of settling, once and for all, our disputes over economic policy. And suppose that, to my enormous surprise, he announced that every empirical claim advanced by conservatives was correct. Cutting taxes produces such great economic growth that even the poor benefit. Privatizing or eliminating social programs like Medicare and Social Security will cause the elderly to save more money and enjoy higher living standards. Slashing regulations, by eliminating unintended side effects, actually does a better job helping those whom the regulations were intended to help than the regulations themselves. Suppose that God presented these conclusions so convincingly--if his stature alone did not suffice--that everybody immediately accepted them as truth.

How would liberals respond? No doubt by rethinking and abandoning nearly all their long-held positions. Liberalism, after all, claims to produce certain outcomes: more prosperity and security, especially for the poor and middle classes; a cleaner environment; safer foods and drugs; and so on. If it were proved beyond a doubt that liberal policies fail to produce those outcomes--or even, as conservatives often claim, that such policies hurt their intended beneficiaries--then their rationale would disappear. It may be hard to imagine liberals advocating capital gains tax cuts as a way to lift up the working stiff. But that's just because there's no evidence to show they do. If the evidence were to change, so would the liberal mindset. The point is that liberalism has no justification other than the belief that liberal policies produce beneficial outcomes.

Now imagine the opposite were to happen. God appears in order to affirm liberal precepts: Current tax levels barely affect economic incentives, social programs provide tremendous economic security at modest cost to growth, and most regulations achieve their intended effects without producing undue distortions. Would economic conservatives likewise abandon their views? Some certainly would, but a great many would not. Economic conservatism, unlike liberalism, would survive having all its empirical underpinnings knocked out from beneath it.

Reuters has a "Citizens United comes to Connecticut" piece:
The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates.

The group said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut that the state unfairly treats independent money spent on ads and other political messages by the national group as contributions to particular candidates, and thus subject to campaign finance limits.

"Connecticut's campaign finance laws ... conflict with Supreme Court First Amendment precedent and place a cloud of uncertainty over what DGA may say or do without fear of prosecution," the group said in a lawsuit asking a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking the State Elections Enforcement Commission from enforcing its rules.

"The Supreme Court has ... held that the right to make independent expenditures is a core First Amendment right."

Lisa Rosenbaum writing on the big Medicare data dump and what it doesn't tell us:
That’s why asking the public to use this information to identify waste belies the complexity of physician decision-making. Do physicians respond to financial incentives? Yes. Should we tolerate care that offers patients no benefit? Absolutely not. But are profit motives the primary drivers of physician behavior? My own sense is that most physicians are primarily motivated by trying to do the right thing for their patients. Combing through these data, however, creates the impression that the pecuniary trumps the humane. What else can one conclude from information that only tells you how much physicians do and what they bill?
You'll find similar themes of what drives doctors in the interview i did with xpostfactoid here:
The subtext here is that for Dr. Dworkin, medicine is always about trying to help patients, and he assumes the same is true for the vast majority of doctors. Of ACOs, he says, "like most physician groups they're trying to do the right thing, and the best way to do the right thing is to try to take care of your patients as well as possible -- the rest follows." Incentives that may induce doctors to over-prescribe are not top-of-mind.
Brad DeLong on Thomas Piketty:
Now everybody has their complaints.

Everybody has 10-20% of the argument that they disagree with, and perhaps another 10 to 20% that they are unsure about. But it is a different 30% for everybody. There is not consensus but majority agreement that each piece of the book is roughly correct. And so there is rough near-consensus that the argument of the book is, broadly, right.

Nate Cohn:
President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance.

It’s not because Mr. Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters failed to live up to its potential. They again turned out in record numbers in 2012. The Democratic majority has failed to materialize because the Republicans made large, countervailing and unappreciated gains of their own among white Southerners.

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  •  African American voters (22+ / 0-)

    Are the backbone of the Democratic party, which is why there has been such a sustained effort by the GOP to disenfranchise them.

    Still, I believe that African Americans understand the importance of the 2014 midterms, not just to the presidency of Obama, but to the nation itself and turn out will be higher than normal.

    This revolution is not scheduled!

    by harrylimelives on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:41:39 AM PDT

  •  Proof # 3,692,785 that Republican'ts lack... (26+ / 0-)

    ...the irony gene.  Here's a guy who grazes his cattle illegally on OUR land, which represents a GIANT GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY, and which gives him an UNFAIR advantage over his law-abiding competitors, lecturing us about "the negro" and how they're a bunch of government subsidy-suckers.  Un. Fucking. Believable!!!

  •  Bundy and Duck (Dy)nasty Phil Roberston (12+ / 0-)

    should team up.  What insult doesn't occur to one of them surely will to the other.  

    Someone please save us from these Tea Party Patriot  types.  

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:44:23 AM PDT

  •  Cohn: a quibble (3+ / 0-)
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    singe, LI Mike, pelagicray

    "But the white shift is nearly as important to contemporary electoral politics as the Obama coalition. It represents an end, at least temporarily, to the South’s assimilation into the American political and cultural mainstream."

    I would say it represents a temporary end to the South's assimilation of the American political and cultural mainstream. The South may have become more like the rest of the country after desegregation, but the rest of the country also became more like the South. Witness suburban and exurban sprawl; witness austerity; witness pop-country music; witness the mania for fried food.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:48:22 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, interesting to find "Southerners" in deep (4+ / 0-)

      Yankee country in ways far from a liking for music and food—specifically racist attitudes. Then bigots in a minority need a rallying point and flag so you can even find "Southern" in those senses in Scotland, England and elsewhere in Europe where "dark skins" are a "threat."

      The greater quibble I have with Cohn there is the focus on "Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters" using the 2012 presidential year as an argument.

      What Democrats and their natural allies have continually failed to do is recognize that electing a president is a bit like picking a once in a lifetime pro quarterback while fielding a line of high school players. We hit on reasons the other side turns out to populate lower levels in off years yesterday. I think the African American voters, particularly the older voters that remember what was, understand this better than the young.

      Until all our voters realize that a top official, president or governor, is pretty useless without a line (to use American football terms). Until they realize that what really hits them in daily life (like whether they can vote!)  originates down at local, state and national legislative levels, that their vote for president alone is just shy of symbolic on a practical level, we will continue this damned two step forward, one-and-a-half back dance.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:57:08 AM PDT

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    •  and he failed to mention (2+ / 0-)
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      red moon dog, Josiah Bartlett

      at least in this clip, the massive anti-Obama propaganda campaign from the VRWC wurlitzer. Low information people who only get information from television are clearly influenced by that. And the determination by the Congressional minority to prevent O from accomplishing ANYTHING. And the Republican Governors! etc. It's a sabotage of functioning government that borders on treason.

  •  What a shame (11+ / 0-)

    The Association of Democratic Govs. is pushing to expand Citizens United ????!!!! Fire whom ever came up with that lawsuit What a idiotic thing to do. Awesome way to make the point for the They are all the same and to undermine any intent to curtail Citizens United

  •  A&E cable TV network to offer Bundy a TV show? (2+ / 0-)
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    salmo, LI Mike

    A&E could tie Bundy to the racists on the A&E's Duck Dynasty show - guest appearances, etc.  Have the shows run back to back so the fans will not have to spend energy reaching for the remote.

    Someone at the Bundy daily press conference should ask him if he supports Duck Dynasty's Robertson.

  •  9 points in the Medicaid expansion states? (1+ / 0-)
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    DRo

    All of this machinery and free care via Medicaid to boot, and all we get a grand total of 9 points?

    Could we possibly put together a plan to deliver less bang for the buck?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:57:24 AM PDT

    •  whine, whine, whine (3+ / 0-)
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      chujb, Amber6541, askew

      This will take years.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:47:32 AM PDT

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      •  I certainly hope it gets more efficient because it (1+ / 0-)
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        DRo

        can't get very far if it doesn't.   You may believe that resources are unlimited, perhaps a reflection of your privileged standing in the world. They aren't.

        And don't forget -- we start out paying far too much for health care.  Getting good coverage for everybody -- and silver and gold don't really qualify -- will break the bank if we don't fix the costs.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:56:36 AM PDT

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        •  Whoops! Make that silver and bronze. (0+ / 0-)

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:56:52 AM PDT

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          •  you're mixing medicaid and exchange plans (5+ / 0-)

            but that's okay.

            paying too much for health care is a health care problem not an ACA problem. Was true prior to ACA as well.

            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

            by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:01:24 AM PDT

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            •  Not an ACA problem, but a problem for actually (0+ / 0-)

              reaching the goal.

              And yes, I mix medicaid, medicare, all of it together in part because I don't believe all of those programs should exist.   There should be care.  Period.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:32:26 AM PDT

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              •  the actual report correctly calls it (1+ / 0-)
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                red moon dog

                "a promising start"

                http://hrms.urban.org/...

                "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:25:24 AM PDT

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                •  Little question that much has been promised (0+ / 0-)

                  Let's see how deliveries pan out over time.

                  I just hope that the perception is good enough and the costs are constrained enough to build a sentiment for creating something really good.

                  One big thing that ACA has done -- it has opened the door. There is no longer an argument that we can't mess with the status quo because thunder and lighting will come down from the heavens and strike us all dead in our tracks.

                  OK, maybe there never was quite that argument, but you know what I mean.

                  LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                  by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:28:55 AM PDT

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                  •  true. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                    dinotrac

                    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:35:17 AM PDT

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                  •  hey did you read my interview? (0+ / 0-)

                    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

                    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:36:24 AM PDT

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                    •  You big old KettlePot! (0+ / 0-)

                      All the crap you give me here on the orange page and much of what you said in that interview could have come (3rd person, of course) from me!!!

                      I get the feeling that I'm a lot more optimistic about coordinated care than you are, but...you're right about multiple conditions.  Somebody has to play doctor while the others are doctor consultants.  Collaboration has got to be a good thing.

                      During my family's scare a year ago, I would dearly have liked to speak with an oncologist instead of a radiologist and  surgeon to whom I was referred. One twenty minute meeting could have cleared a lot of crap up -- and saved a pile of money and fear.  

                      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                      by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 09:39:27 AM PDT

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    •  To the tens of thousands (4+ / 0-)
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      chujb, Amber6541, askew, TerryDarc

      of people that now have access to health care, that 9 points means a LOT.
      To the people in red states that didn't take the money for expansion, there will be higher health care costs (the 4.8 million who continue going to the emergency room for care that wastes more money than offering subsidized health care) and  they'll continue to be a drag on state finances and public hospitals.
      The short-sightedness of the red state governors who turned this money down is breathtaking.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:29:27 AM PDT

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      •  Of course it does, and I have no problem with that (1+ / 0-)
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        skohayes

        I just can't help but think there must have been an easier, cheaper and better way to get it done.

        Mind you -- I'm still pissed at all of the trouble we had, especially getting our daughter covered, so I'm not exactly an objective observer.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:42:03 AM PDT

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    •  PS (0+ / 0-)
      @markos If GOP wants O-care to cover more ppl, then pass immigration reform. CBO in 10 yrs: Nearly 1/3 of uncovered = illegal immigrants
      @ron_fournier

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:48:53 AM PDT

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  •  chart at top should say Medicaid n/t (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Nance, LI Mike, skohayes, Amber6541

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 04:57:43 AM PDT

  •  Proof of Obama tyranny.... (12+ / 0-)

    He's leaning slightly forward towards Emperor Akihito:

    President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    That's a bow in my book, bub.

    Impeach!!!!!!!!!!

    -

  •  I guess McCain's team must have vetted Bundy (9+ / 0-)

    before all the right wing pundits and politicians jumped on his band wagon. So what is there left to say but "great news for John McCain"  and Bundy/Palin in 2016!

  •  Surprise, surprise... (10+ / 0-)

    Old backward redneck mormon thinks Slavery was awesome. News at 11.

  •  Comment on Cohn's map (2+ / 0-)
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    jrand, sap

    I find it interesting that southern whites in the Texas borderlands and in the Black Belt appear to be less extreme than their compatriots elsewhere. Does being a minority (at the county level) make them more moderate?

  •  Are Capehart/Blake setting black voters up for (2+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, InformedDiva

    blame if the Dems don't win?

    The problem is that Rs don't want us to vote & are doing everything in their power to stop us. Guns have more rights than voters.

    F*ck the Dems if they can't GOTV & f*ck the Rs, period.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:10:43 AM PDT

  •  Red States Strongly Support Medicaid Expansion! (6+ / 0-)

    The support for Medicaid expansion is huge and should be a pillar of the Democrats' 2014 election message. See my diary, Breaking Poll: 74% of Montanans Support Medicaid Expansion,  http://www.dailykos.com/...

    •  What is not widely recognized is that (6+ / 0-)

      substantial Medicaid dollars pay for nursing home care. One would think that Medicare carries the freight, but it's Medicaid that frequently kicks in once 'care and other resources are exhausted.

      •  People in red states (3+ / 0-)
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        LI Mike, Amber6541, red moon dog

        are going to find out what happens when their states haven't expanded Medicaid and they can't put their parent in a nursing home or a rehab without selling everything the parent owns first.
        Some red states have actually taken money provided through the ACA (BE VEWWY VEWWY QUIET), to make home care more affordable, and allow seniors to stay in their home longer:

        Arkansas
        Connecticut
        Georgia
        Illinois
        Indiana
        Iowa
        Kentucky
        Louisiana

        Maine
        Maryland
        Mississippi
        Missouri
        New Hampshire
        New Jersey
        New York
        Ohio
        Texas
        Known as the Balancing Incentive Payments Program, it is one of several ACA provisions designed to keep as many people as possible out of costly institutions. Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas are also participating in the $3 billion incentive program.

        According to a 2010 AARP survey, nine out of 10 older Americans said they would rather be cared for in their homes than in a nursing home. People with mental and physical disabilities, and those who represent them, also have pushed for community-based long-term care options and the ability to live independently in their homes.

        States participating in the $3 billion program receive a higher federal match for all of their spending on home and community care through September 2015, provided they reduce the red tape and confusion that caretakers, elders and those with disabilities typically encounter when they attempt to find alternatives to nursing homes.

        http://www.pewstates.org/...

        Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

        by skohayes on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:41:10 AM PDT

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  •  Why should African Americans vote Dem, (2+ / 0-)
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    LI Mike, askew

    when all we've seen, quite frankly, is white elected Democrats throw the first POTUS that looks like us under the bus every time it seems convient?! The latest the senate candidate in KY. Not just elected Demcrats, but even sites like this have thrown President Obama under the bus.  And yet, this party staunchly defended the last Democratic president when he disrespected the Oval Office. Democrats were rabbit in their defense of Clinton in the 90s. But no where for President Obama from the questioning of his citizenship, to supporting his effort to expand healthcare.  

    Then Democrats, with the pushing of sites like this, handicapped President Obama by staying home in 2010. It wasn't Blacks that stayed home in 2010. Where has the so called liberal media been? MSNBC will throw him under the bus when it doesn't look good (Ezra, Ed, Chris, etc), but then stand back almost silently when things turnout well or better than anyone predicted.

    I'm sure I'll have people who disagree. But this is just what I've seen through my African American lens for the last five years. It's been quite disappointing and I've made calls warning elected White Dems about the optics. I'm not sure if I'm going to vote in 2014 because I no longer support Senator Mikukski as I enthusiastically once did. Her best bet is I'm pissed to see republicans trying infringe upon our vote, I hate the tea party, I've always voted every single election (for people who don't look like me till Obama) and I think it's unfair the way President Obama has been handicapped by both parties, but especially republicans. Then there is that part of me that says, maybe Dems need to be in the wilderness, cause they do nothing but capitulate in the majority. Good luck if the Black vote is the key. Somebody should of thought of that five years ago.

    •  Democrats are cowards, at least a good chunk. N/T (0+ / 0-)
    •  sites like this? (7+ / 0-)

      who have you been reading? not me.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:49:14 AM PDT

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      •  take a look at the rec list. on a daily basis (0+ / 0-)

        it's a smear against Obama and if good news gets posted there it devolves into an Obama bashing diary.

        President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

        by askew on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:34:19 AM PDT

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    •  Huh? What you seem to suggest is something (5+ / 0-)

      along the lines of "I don't think doctors and medicine are been very good so I'll just let this easily treatable, fatal disease take over"—and, yes, kill you.

      maybe Dems need to be in the wilderness, cause they do nothing but capitulate in the majority. Good luck if the Black vote is the key.

      Well, by the time "Dems learn their lesson" from such time in the wilderness those TP/GOP types will probably have made sure you can't vote again. Use it or lose it applies to that vote as I said before:

      The post 9/11 Bush years, when the country seemed to go mad and think throwing its core values away could "make us safe," were bleak. At my age I expected to die in a new dark age. Then 2006 and 2008 when people turned out an made a difference. Then 2010, a year earlier in Virginia, when my "allies" and people with truly more to lose, failed to turn out and I now have to endure the madness of the TP/GOP in my state, the House and other states.

      I remember when people with almost no chance to vote and make a difference, when indeed black college professors were "failed" in literacy test by good ole boys that were barely literate by a real standard but ran registrations, had to demonstrate and organize at real risk. Failure to take those gains seriously and protect them vigorously, turn out at every election for a start, has led us to what we see in voter suppression anew.

      Use it or lose it! Indeed!

      Yeah, just keep finding reasons to not get down to the poll and at the least keeping your real enemies from taking full control, appointing judges that will really rip the guts out of equal protection, and learn a "wilderness lesson" yourself of the type you seem to want "Dems" to learn. Let them take us to the good ole days when that Negro college professor or minister I knew as a kid was ruled illiterate with no chance of appeal—and there was literally no recourse to "the feds" because there was no voting rights act, the one SCOTUS and others seem so eager to shred.

      Good plan, really good plan! (Like drinking some cleaning fluid to spite someone!)

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:19:45 AM PDT

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      •  Don't like the lousy white Dems? (3+ / 0-)
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        pelagicray, Amber6541, reginahny

        Not voting won't solve that. Republicans certainly won't be better.

        Vote! And not just in the national general election. Primary those lousy white Democrats. At least vote in the primaries. Vote in the local elections. Organize.

        Look, I get it. Lousy candidates and lousy politicians don't inspire people. Lousy policies don't bring people to the polls. At least not to vote for the people supporting those lousy policies. And that's the candidates fault, not the voters. It's perfectly understandable that people don't bother voting. That doesn't mean it makes sense. That doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. That doesn't mean it'll get the results you want.

        The Empire never ended.

        by thejeff on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:46:44 AM PDT

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        •  You've hit one of my pet peeves with (1+ / 0-)
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          TerryDarc
          Vote! And not just in the national general election. Primary those lousy white Democrats. At least vote in the primaries. Vote in the local elections. Organize.
          Looking at statistics I can only shake my head in miserable wonderment when I see us winning a top spot and losing down ticket spots with vote counts dropping sometimes by double digit percentages. Just got finished with a comment above on that and my considered feeling that this is a particular disease among our "young" voters. Considering my age, about half a century of voting, I think "young" here includes plenty of forty somethings who also did not get intensive civics in classrooms or remember struggles from the Great Depression, war and civil rights movement days.

          I come from a time when it was a duty to vote in every election for every office and on every question. With the exception of a couple of times when I was so far "out" that even when my application made it in time my absentee ballot caught up with me or filled out ballot arrived for the count half a world and weeks late I've done that.

          I realize that on a day to day level what Obama does has far less to do with my life than state, county or other local officials. I realize that a president or governor without legislative support is a pretty frustrated and helpless figure with damn little real influence. I've talked with too damn many "young" (even with graying hair) that just don't get those fundamentals.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:10:47 AM PDT

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    •  you may be conflating criticism (5+ / 0-)

      of some of Obamas policies with a failure to have his back. At least on this site. I think if DKos had been around during the Clinton years you'd have seen just as much criticism leveled at his "triangulation" policies as you do now at Obama's. I'm an admitted "Obamabot", I volunteered for both his campaigns and worked hard during 2010 to try and stem the racist backlash. The "liberal" media are a bunch of corporate bootlickers who will shill for conservatives no matter what, MSNBC included now that the new management is in charge. Dont get me wrong, there are a lot of Democratic groups that don't fight for Obama as hard as they should, and there are folks on DKos who I'd classify as racist, but I don't think the majority are, and I don't think the site as a whole fights less hard for this president than they would for say Hillary.
      What I'm saying I guess is don't give up hope on the party as a whole due to a minority of bad actors.

    •  I think you conflate (2+ / 0-)
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      not running on supporting the ACA with throwing Obama under the bus.
      Then you claim that "sites like this" encouraged Democrats to stay home (WRONG), when actually more people voted for Democrats in the 2010 election than they did for Republicans.

      The lower turnout rate among young people was thus a contributing factor to Republican successes in winning a net 63 seats to the House of Representatives
      http://elections.gmu.edu/...
      Black voter turnout was also down in 2010, with 10 percent of blacks voting compared to 13 percent in 2008. Eight percent of voters were Hispanic, with 66 voting Democrat.
      As for Dems being in the wilderness, we had that from 2000 to 2006.
      How'd that work out for you?

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:15:12 AM PDT

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  •  Gutting Net Neutrallity had been Front Paged (0+ / 0-)

    Where are the Major Parties on this? Where is Silicon Valley on this? They sometimes seem to be at odds with Hollywood and the carriers. I wonder about severe hackivism from Anonymous and the like.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:38:21 AM PDT

  •  Shouldn't that graph read: (1+ / 0-)
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    Medicaid expansion states instead of Medicare expansion states?

    •  yes it should (1+ / 0-)
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      as I noted above

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:08:18 AM PDT

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      •  and "against" not "again" or did you mean "agin"? (0+ / 0-)
        We should just call it Palincare in the South. And while we're at it, Obama should endorse all the GOP candidates for the Senate. They'll vote again them because Obama is for them.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:13:04 AM PDT

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  •  Interesting Koch piece: (2+ / 0-)
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    Carter Eskew's "The Koch brothers’ extra baggage" with:

    Enter the Koch brothers and their agenda, which is transparently self-interested. Today, in an effort to respond to Democratic donor Tom Steyer’s statement that he is different from the Kochs because he is isn’t looking for a quo for his quid, a Koch spokesman disputed this characterization of selfishness, pointing out that the brothers have long opposed tax subsidies to oil and gas interests, an example where their mouth opposes their money. But, of course, the Kochs don’t spend money on campaigns designed to kill oil and gas drilling depreciation allowances. Instead they are spending it to kill one of the most promising forms of alternative energy: solar. It is this anti-solar campaign that may awaken part of the Republican coalition and turn it against the brothers and their agents.
    and after noting that in red states solar panels have become "this century’s version of the satellite dish"
    So the dirty little secret of the Republicans is not just that they are “addicted” to the Koch brothers’ money, to borrow Harry Reid’s phrase, but that they are fooling around with people who are only situationally for freedom — freedom when it’s good for their  business. But the message for the young family trying to save money or the guy with 20 acres who is tired of getting jacked around or the small farmer barely getting by is clear:  We will crush your dream. This is not an association Republicans should covet.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:44:29 AM PDT

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