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This isn't new, but it's a good reminder post-Memorial Day.

RWJF:

Key Findings

• An estimated 40 percent of uninsured veterans have incomes that, under provisions of the ACA, could qualify them for Medicaid coverage.
• Whether or not veterans could qualify for Medicaid under the ACA depends on whether--and which--states opt to expand Medicaid.
• Most of eligible veterans will have new coverage options if they live in a state that expands Medicaid.

The one page summary is here (March 2013):
Provisions in the ACA would help extend coverage to uninsured veterans and their spouses. While the Medicaid expansion was not designed specifically to help veterans and their spouses, many among this group stand to benefit.
Ezra Klein (May 2014):
It's a relief to see so much outrage over poor access to government-provided health-care benefits. But it would be nice to see bipartisan outrage extend to another unfolding health-care scandal in this country: the 4.8 million people living under the poverty line who are eligible for Medicaid but won't get it because their state has refused Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

As appalling as the wait times are for VA care, the people living in states that refused the Medicaid expansion aren't just waiting too long for care. They're not getting it at all. They're going completely uninsured when federal law grants them comprehensive coverage. Many of these people will get sick and find they can't afford treatment and some of them will die. Many of the victims here, by the way, are also veterans. So here are 24 health-care scandals that critics of the VA should also be furious about:

Joan McCarter also discussed it yesterday.

More politics and policy below the fold.

Richard A. Friedman:

Mass killers like Elliot Rodger teach society all the wrong lessons about the connection between violence, mental illness and guns — and what we should do about it. One of the biggest misconceptions, pushed by our commentators and politicians, is that we can prevent these tragedies if we improve our mental health care system. It is a comforting notion, but nothing could be further from the truth.
NOT SATIRE. Joe the Plumber: "your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights." http://t.co/...
@tomtomorrow
Pew:
From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century
Margaret Sullivan wrote an excellent critique of the Michael Kinsley review of Glenn Greenwald's book:
Here’s my take: Book reviews are opinion pieces and — thanks to the principles of the First Amendment — Mr. Kinsley is certainly entitled to freely air his views. But there’s a lot about this piece that is unworthy of the Book Review’s high standards, the sneering tone about Mr. Greenwald, for example; he is called a “go-between” instead of a journalist and is described as a “self-righteous sourpuss.” (I’ve never met Mr. Greenwald, though I’ve written about his work, as Mr. Kinsley notes.)

But worse, Mr. Kinsley’s central argument ignores important tenets of American governance. There clearly is a special role for the press in America’s democracy; the Founders explicitly intended the press to be a crucial check on the power of the federal government, and the United States courts have consistently backed up that role. It’s wrong to deny that role, and editors should not have allowed such a denial to stand. Mr. Kinsley’s argument is particularly strange to see advanced in the paper that heroically published the Pentagon Papers, and many of the Snowden revelations as well. What if his views were taken to their logical conclusion? Picture Daniel Ellsberg and perhaps the Times reporter Neil Sheehan in jail; and think of all that Americans would still be in the dark about — from the C.I.A.’s black sites to the abuses of the Vietnam War to the conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the widespread spying on ordinary Americans.

Paul Waldman:
How Conservatives Will React to Obama's New Climate Regulations

You'll hear Republicans call these regulations "lawless" over and over. Here's why that's bunk.

ICYMI: Dem strategists tell me red state Ds are bracing for next big political war: EPA rules: http://t.co/...
@ThePlumLineGS
Mother Jones:
Something Is Seriously Wrong on the East Coast—and It's Killing All the Baby Puffins

Why would the veteran puffin parents of Maine start bringing their chicks food they couldn't swallow? Only because they had no choice. Herring and hake had dramatically declined in the waters surrounding Seal Island, and by August, Kress had a pretty good idea why: The water was much too hot.

Ryan Cooper:
Why a more liberal Democratic Party would help both Democrats and Republicans

Time to free up some policy space for non-nutty conservatives

Seems obvious but let's reiterate: When you slash family planning funding, the abortion rate goes up.  http://t.co/...
@LEBassett
Adrianna McIntyre:
Some states aim to expand Medicaid on their own terms, and are exploring the idea of charging some enrollees a small premium for the public program.

Those terms, it turns out, could scare new enrollees off.

Charging Medicaid patients monthly premiums — even if those premiums are as low as $10 — causes people to disenroll, according to a new study in the Journal of Health Economics.

Evidence based policy, anyone?
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  •  from WaPo (35+ / 0-)
    Americans overwhelmingly side with Hillary Clinton over Karl Rove in brain flap

    Republican strategist Karl Rove may need a different strategy to slow Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    "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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:29:30 AM PDT

  •  Briliant idea (11+ / 0-)

    all military veterans eligible for the VA should be immediately be made eligible for Medicaid

    •  Better idea (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      aaraujo, TerryDarc

      give everybody either Medicaid or Medicare. Everybody.

      Raise taxes a little to cover the increased costs.

      And it probably wouldn't cost much more than what the govt spends now.

      •  Raise taxes on those making over $500K (1+ / 0-)
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        aaraujo

        And yes get rid of the V.A. and put all he vets on Medicare.

        •  I was afraid something like this would happen (5+ / 0-)

          Calls to get rid of the best health care delivery system the United States has managed to develop. Get rid of the VA? Who is going to do the specialized physical therapy, the trauma care, the outreach?

          Some for profit medical group with a capitation plan from Medicare? Hah!

          Look friend, despite it's problems, the VA has the highest patient satisfaction rate in the country and one of the highest in the world. There's a reason for that, and the reason is they are damned good at what they do. Sure, there is a problem getting access to that health care, but once you get there, the actual care is top notch.

          If you want to solve the VA's problems, tell your congress critter to stop underfunding it.

          You're calling for the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater.

          "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

          by Orinoco on Wed May 28, 2014 at 10:44:27 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  But we can agree that everyone deserves (1+ / 0-)
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            Orinoco

            government sponsored and paid for medical care: Medicare/Medicaid/VA.

            The VA serves a unique function for very good reasons - our broken warriors deserve to be treated well. It is cowardly and unconscionable for Reps in congress to deny funding for the VA. Thanks for saying that the VA deserves to be saved, must be saved.

            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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 01:51:15 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Yes, I agree with that (3+ / 0-)
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              mmacdDE, TerryDarc, Amber6541

              It is so backwards of us to spend so much and get so little because thieves and con artists have gone into business as health insurance middlemen.

              BUT! The VA is a program designed for our service men and women. Folding it into a program designed for our poor citizens will have the same effect as means testing Social Security: turning it into a politically suspect welfare program. Love it or hate it, our American idolization of our military provides the political cover for keeping the VA from becoming a rat infested slum.

              Unfortunately, the VA is running on fumes and inertia from back in the day when Republicans offered more than lip service to our veterans and had not all drunk the austerity cool aid. And the VA does a bang up job working with what they've been given, both in terms of funding and patients.

              I've had the experience of getting health care both from the VA and from one of our better HMOs: Kaiser Permanente, and while Kaiser is working hard to reduce their red tape and administrative overhead, the VA has them beat hands down.

              Layers of Bureaucracy, indeed. Have these jokers ever actually used private health insurance?

              "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

              by Orinoco on Wed May 28, 2014 at 03:48:41 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Interesting, thanks! (0+ / 0-)

                Never had to deal with the VA. Kaiser, yes. and they were just fine. I expect that Britain's National Health Service might be similar: impersonal and competent.

                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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 07:21:50 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Kaiser Health Care is just fine (0+ / 0-)

                  but the VA is better.

                  I have high blood pressure: the VA is treating it, Kaiser didn't.

                  I have high cholesterol: the VA is treating it, Kaiser didn't.

                  I had a colonoscopy with both Kaiser and at the VA: Kaiser released me the same day, the VA provided a bed for a day, a staff member to sit with us (about 6 colonoscopy patients that day) in case something came up, removed three polyps, tested them (benign) and gave me an appointment for my next one in 2017. Granted, the polyps may not have been there when Kaiser did the scoping.

                  The VA removed a growth in my ear (also benign) and gave me an eye exam and new pair of eyeglasses. Kaiser charged me for an eye exam, and I got my glasses on-line.

                  Both organizations gave me a primary care physician. The VA also gave me a primary care nurse, nurse practitioner and clerk. They all know me by name without having to glance at a computer screen or chart.

                  I have no complaints with Kaiser Permanente. They took care of me just fine for a long time, which included a car accident which totaled my car and banged up my knee pretty badly. But when I signed up with the VA and got my Veteran's ID card, I felt like I was coming home.

                  "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

                  by Orinoco on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:10:22 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

  •  Don't click it's not Tom Tommorow's site (0+ / 0-)

    It's a hidden URL. A warning, Jesus!
    I didn't want to give that asshole a click.

    Just a guy made of dots and lines.

    by BobX on Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:38:57 AM PDT

  •  LOL Waldman's headline (11+ / 0-)

    How Conservatives Will React to Obama's {fill in the blank}, same way they reacted to {fill in the blank}.

    •  Good piece, but I disagree with (2+ / 0-)
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      SueDe, mmacdDE
      Even if the state flexibility fails to win over Republicans, it's still a good idea
      Are we one country or what?  How does having 50 separate regulation about carbon emissions control, or any of a number of issues, help this "country"?  IMO it continues the trend to making this nation an ungovernable mess.
    •  To make the next 2 years more bearable (2+ / 0-)
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      musiclady, TerryDarc

      allow me to fill in all the domestic politic headlines:

      GOP to investigate Obama's (scandal)  Gohmert and Issa claim, "BENGHAZI!!!!

      And the other headline:  GOP moves to impeach Obama because of (scandal) and (scandal) and BENGHAZI!!!

      Want the GOP POTUS campaign if Hilary is Dem nominee?

      GOP says Hilary (fill in verb)  BENGHAZI!!!!!  

  •  Re: McIntyre--Welcome to Indiana, where (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Pence's plan LOOKS good on paper, but is designed to screw the poor even more than the Medicaid already in place does.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:39:54 AM PDT

    •  this view is a bit different (1+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694
      Of course, that’s exactly what the right is afraid of. It wasn’t surprising, then, to see both National Review and the American Conservative publish pieces yesterday criticizing Pence for his new policy.

      In the meantime, however, if Pence’s proposal is approved by the Obama administration, 350,000 low-income Hoosiers are poised to have access to affordable medical care.

      http://www.msnbc.com/...

      "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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:46:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Boehner..Issa..Gowdy....Rub-A-Dub...Three Men in (8+ / 0-)
    •  Squirell!!! (8+ / 0-)
      Avoiding partisan overreach -- or the appearance of it -- will be a challenge for the GOP
      GOP will avoid overreach that day they are no longer a factor in national, state, and local politics.  I don't think there is anyway to put the toothpaste back in the tube, the crazy has leaked out and made a mess of the bathroom counter top.  It requires more than a thorough cleaning, it requires an "R&R" - remove and replace.

      Kind of like what they crow about regarding the ACA, but in this case it applies to their whole party.

    •  Yesterday Charlie Pierce wrote a blog post, (1+ / 0-)
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      skillet

      John Kerry Trolls the House regarding Issa's demand that Kerry testify before his committee's investigation into Benghazi.  Since Kerry wasn't Sec. of State at that time, what Issa thinks he can gain from Kerry's testimony is anybody's guess.  But Kerry's office has pwned Issa's demand by making a few rules of its own, the best of which is this:

      ...the State Department's assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Julia Frifield, appeared to go out of her way to pit Mr. Issa's investigation into the attacks against a new one being conducted by a select committee appointed by Speaker John A. Boehner. Ms. Frifield said that Mr. Kerry would testify in June, but that in complying with Mr. Issa's demands, "we believe this would remove any need for the secretary to appear before the select committee"
      The Sec. of State's office is saying that Kerry has time (and I suspect the patience) to testify once, but not twice, and the House can work it out which committee's desire for his testimony is more worthy of hearing what he has to say.
       Way to go, John - split that baby!

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

      by SueDe on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:59:55 AM PDT

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  •  Ryan Cooper -- he's joking, right?? (10+ / 0-)
    In other words, if a revitalized Left could drag the Democrats a few notches to their side (away from what amounts to Eisenhower conservatism), it might free up space on the ideological spectrum for conservatives to move to the center and still remain firmly anti-Democratic.
    Does he actually believe that if we move further left, the GOP will move left too?  Am I missing something because earlier in the piece he says this:
    As Jonathan Chait and Simon Maloy point out, their biggest problem as a movement is the Republican Party itself, which has zero interest in genuine reform.
    in which nail meets head.  

    I simply cannot fathom a scenario in which the GOP migrates leftward.  

    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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:58:02 AM PDT

    •  experiment worth persuing (5+ / 0-)

      win-win either way.

      "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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:01:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  History tells us its inevitable (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, JaxDem

      When the pendulum swings too far to the right (or the left), it's bound to swing back towards the middle.
      If the Republicans lose the next presidential election, I think we'll start seeing it.
      Tea Party dominance is shrinking every day- look at the McConnell primary- he was underwater in his favorability ratings in Kentucky, and still managed to crush Matt Bevin 60-36%.

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

      by skohayes on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:35:40 AM PDT

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      •  tea party dominance may be shrinking, (3+ / 0-)
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        Ohkwai, skohayes, Mokurai

        but their ideology is not .  So-called "establishment" Republicans are now carrying tea party's water - in fact, they're awash in it.  And as long as the teapartiers are still able to mount primary challenges to establishment Republicans - and win - their ideological water will continue to be carried by every House Republican and in some instances, by House Democrats who have been cowed by their local right-wingers.

        The only way to stop them, or even slow them down, is for the Democrats to wrest control of the House from them.  Sanity in governance will be a long time returning to the Republican party.

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

        by SueDe on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:11:43 AM PDT

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      •  I think we'll start seeing it (4+ / 0-)
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        skohayes, JaxDem, Stude Dude, Mokurai

        sooner.

        Like right after Nov, because I think the GOP is going to lose - and a lot worse than they think.  

    •  question is how much farther right can GOP go? (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, JaxDem

      As it is, it appears they have jettisoned the bottom half of the 1% (< $3.5M) in order to cater to the top half of the 1%.  So far they have moved to roughly where the Birchers were circa 1960.  How much farther before they embrace WP or the extreme militias (they are all extreme but some are scarier than others) or any other RW fringe groups where they think there may be a few votes?

      •  Flat Earthers (1+ / 0-)
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        entlord

        Not too much further.  They're pretty close to the edge already.

        "Politicians don't see the light until they feel the heat." (Rep. Keith Ellison)

        by mbayrob on Wed May 28, 2014 at 08:45:44 AM PDT

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      •  They have plenty of historical models to draw on (0+ / 0-)

        Like Joe McCarthy or the Dixiecrats or the Copperheads or the Know-Nothings or the Federalists. They are driving out as RINOs anybody even slightly sane on Global Warming, evolution, Keynesian economics, immigration, women's issues, Marriage Equality, income inequality, union rights, the environment, education, racism, war, or guns. The result is that the remaining loony-tuners will get progressively louder, nastier, and more explicit on every one of their hatreds as there are fewer Republicans left trying to rein them in.

        Every time Democrats succeed in expanding human rights for women, minorities, immigrants, the poor, the middle class, mainstream religionists (including Muslims, Pastafarians, and None of the Abovers), the young, the old, LGBTQs, the sick, scientists, or anybody else whom the haters hate, the haters double down, because they are in fact losing their inherited privileges and we are destroying the culture of entitlement that their ancestors created for themselves on the backs of everybody else.

        They are losing millions of their children every year, and we are gaining in the demographic shifts around the country. Soon there will be no path to a Republican Presidency, and Democrats will take the House again. If we just put through a new Voting Rights Act to undo the gerrymanders, outlaw voter suppression, and reconstitute a SCOTUS-proof preclearance list; if we nuke the filibuster on legislationa; if we stand ready to replace Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy when their times come, all will be different.

        Well, no, I lie. Not everything. We will still be human.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Wed May 28, 2014 at 11:45:44 AM PDT

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    •  I'm thinking that the Poe's Law folks (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JaxDem

      May get thrown thrown over-board when they're more of a drag than a help. I wouldn't be surprised if the GOP poses as pseudo-Libertarin when their abortion and gay politics alienates more people that it rallies.

      One of the weird problems is that the Baggers actually think that they're the radical reformers against a Gubmint and a" Democrat Party" that has shifted to the Xtr33m Kommielibrulsocialist Left.

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

      by Stude Dude on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:55:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Florida's redistricting trial entered it's second (8+ / 0-)

    week yesterday and scored one in the "win" column from the state Supreme Court:

    The back-and-forth battle over secret redistricting documents ended Tuesday as the Florida Supreme Court ruled 538 pages of emails, maps and planning documents of a GOP political operative must be allowed into the record in the ongoing redistricting trial – but only if the courtroom is closed.

    The 5-2 ruling by the state’s high court was a victory for the voters groups who are challenging the congressional maps drawn by the Legislature. The groups also are alleging that a “shadow” redistricting process was conducted by political consultants and operatives in an attempt to unconstitutionally influence the legislature’s drawing of the 2012 maps.   ~ Source

    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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:03:26 AM PDT

  •  Gun Violence Killed At Least 80 People Week Prior (10+ / 0-)

    To Elliot Rodger's Rampage

    "There's a grim calculus in the heads of journalists about what makes a shooting newsworthy," said Mark Glaze, executive director of the Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety. "The total number killed and injured tends to be variable one. The role of young people as perpetrators or victims is a close number two." Glaze argued that press coverage was actually becoming more comprehensive, with reporters "actually paying more attention to the 33 daily gun murders in America than they did five or 10 years ago."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    "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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:06:37 AM PDT

  •  Sam Wang handicaps the handicappers (6+ / 0-)

    The War of the Senate Models
    Handicapping the handicapping of the 2014 elections.

    http://www.politico.com/...

    and Upshot wins.

    According to our statistical election-forecasting machine, the Democrats have a slight edge, with about a 59% chance of retaining a majority.
    Actually, they all do, it's a toss-up!

    "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 Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:09:55 AM PDT

  •  Greedy and grasping (5+ / 0-)

    The world once considered Americans a generous people. Yet in the past few decades, we've lost our generous spirit.  Our adherence to winner-take-all,  free-market economics has made many of us selfish, greedy, and inhumane, valuing money over the welfare of others.  As an atheist, I almost never quote the Bible. Yet the words attributed to Mark (8:36) are nonetheless powerful: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    •  trace it back to the Reagan Revolution (6+ / 0-)

      when naked grasping greed became fashionable and to 9/11 when paranoid xenophobia became foreign policy

      •  I still haven't figured out why? (0+ / 0-)

        The Moral Majority wasn't called out a whole lot over finding "Greed is good" being acceptable and their Southern Strategy antics for not being all that moral and Christian.

        Then again, it's the '80s and most of passes for Conservatism and Liberalism of that era probably needed a damn good choking on sight.

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

        by Stude Dude on Wed May 28, 2014 at 07:09:29 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Falwell called out Bakker during his scandal (1+ / 0-)
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          Stude Dude

          and scolded him, telling him that any minister of God should follow Jesus' example and limit his income to $100K in salary along with the free housing, car allowance and other perks.

          You have to understand that greed for some ministers is different from greed for the rest of us.  For us, $2500 might be a large amount to be greedy over while for ministers, such as the local minister with 6 Jaguars (he has a Caddy for Sundays), $2500 is just pocket change and hence not considered greed to covet.

          (While I don't worry about Christian neighbors coveting my  house, my wife, or my manservant or maidservant, or my ox but I would be concerned if they coveted my ass)

  •  I see Joe the Dumber has weighed into the (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, GoodGod, Amber6541

    discussion of why his right to walk around with an AK supersedes my grandkids' right to live through their childhood and reach adulthood.  I am unimpressed with his claims of having 2 kids since the roster of deadbeat and "full flight" fathers is staggering.  I do have to wonder if he is living with them, and if not, is he current in his payments to his children or is he like so many other deadbeat dads, maudlin on the subject of his children and a tiger when it comes to protecting his checking account?

    So far he is a grifter: http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Despite his military service and his "manly" remarks about his guns and earlier about how the Israelis should deal with the Palestinians, his only documented experience under fire was less than heroic:
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/...
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/...

  •  Should I be relieved... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that "Joe the Plumber" didn't assert that he had a Constitutional Right to kill my kid...yet?

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed May 28, 2014 at 05:56:58 AM PDT

    •  In answer to Joe's claim that (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Amber6541

      my dead kids don't trump his (2nd Amendment) constitutional rights, he must think his constitutional rights are unlimited.  Therefore I dare him to use his constitutional right to freedom of speech to publicly threaten the life of the president.  See how far his constitutional right to free speech actually can be limited - not to mention his right to walk around freely.

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

      by SueDe on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:28:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I dare him to use (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Stude Dude

        his 2nd amendment rights to walk into an airport with an AK 47.

        Bring a couple of friends, also fully armed. Make sure you wave them around a bit so everybody knows.

        It would be a good idea to make sure you've got a good insurance policy as well. And health insurance. Though a prepaid funeral plan might be more useful.

  •  Since Ezra Klein said: (3+ / 0-)
    As appalling as the wait times are for VA care, the people living in states that refused the Medicaid expansion aren't just waiting too long for care. They're not getting it at all. They're going completely uninsured when federal law grants them comprehensive coverage.
    People who live in those states should file a class action lawsuit against the states refusing Medicaid since
    federal law grants them comprehensive coverage.
    Would that force the hands of those red staes?

    People act on the outside how they feel on the inside. If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

    by Raggedy Ann on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:15:05 AM PDT

  •  Medicaid expansion 4 vets talks,gingoism walks.n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  EVERY veteran should get automatic FULL MEDICARE (1+ / 0-)
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    upon discharge from the military.

    And sell off the V.A. hospitals and raise taxes on the wealthy(>$500K/yr)  to pay for it.

    Even if it costs half a trillion it's worth it.

  •  Please Help (1+ / 0-)
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    Please help us and tell Governor (of Aalabama) Bentley to
    expand Medicaid. Here’s his contact (please call)
    number 334-242-7100 or fax (334-353-0004).

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