Thursday, September 03, 2009

Riding the crazytrain

I'm pretty burned out on health reform blogging. Attempting to debate crazy people is exhausting. And that's just my co-blogger from DetNews. At this point I think Heritage Foundation, or someone, is paying LaPlante a hefty sum to fight reform, because he's just blitzing the board with panicked posts. Which I'm taking as a sign that reformers are winning.

Meanwhile, the smaller news and fauxrages of the day are multiplying and these twitbits are worth archiving for futher use in case any of them last more than a day.

My favorite journo markknoller tweeted on a Biden presser. He tells us Saturday is the 200th day of Recovery Act program: so far it's distributed $62.5-billion in tax relief and $1.9-bil in small business contracts. Biden says he's discussed Recovery Act program with every governor but one who is now a former gov: Sarah Palin. He says it "wasn't by design."

Meanwhile, jaketapper pushes back on the fauxrage over Obama's school kid speech and notes in Nov 1988: Ronald Reagan spoke to students, telecast on CSPAN. In q&a talked about opposition to gun control and other issues. Reagan also told the students the nation needed a line-item veto and a balanced budget amendment.

Via buzzflash, I'm happy to see North Carolina Democrats endorse the Public Option.

And Glenn Beck lost more advertisers. Total now stands at 57. I have a theory about his rising viewer rate in spite of this. It seems unlikely his actual true believers increased all that greatly. I'm thinking a lot of new people are tuning in because they never heard of him before the boycott started getting coverage and are now viewing with appropriate horror. Also a lot of lefties watching him to chronicle the crazy.

And of course you heard about the guy who got his finger bit off at a health care rally. This eyewitness account was good. It's too bad we have macho jerks on our side of the battle too but the delicious irony of course was that the guy got his finger reattached using his Medicare coverage. I'm hearing at least one journo has made that connection on air.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does medicare have to do with anything. Not all that are opposed to universal health care oppose every gov't program. That is not a valid argument. Your post are at best op-ed pieces. People have the right to a different opinion than you. I thought dems were for freedom of speech. Oh yeah, only if that speech agrees with their dogma. It is quite clear, in your posts, that you are a liberal BIGOT to people of a different viewpoint. Your out-of-touch observations are a troubling problem with people that live on the east and west coasts. There are a lot of people who live in between. Those people are the walkers. Those people overwhelmingly make this country's various goods. You people are the talkers. What would happen to the talkers if there was no one to do the walking. Bigots like you would not survive.

7:35:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Medicare is socialism. Protesters shouting about socialism and claiming it will destroy medicare. Not bigoted to point out the contradiction.

7:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vast majority of conservatives and liberals do not share the viewpoints of these protestors or condone their behavior. Most people on both sides want healthcare reform. There is just a difference in beliefs on how to do it. It will get done. This is coming from a conservative.

8:57:00 PM  
Blogger ed waldo (Hart Williams) said...

I am sick of you "conservatives." You have set mother against son, father against daughter, brother against brother with your unrelenting 29 years (I'm giving you Nixon, we'll just start with Ray-gun) of unrelenting hate.

How you can bloviate fatuously in the face of the racist crap that declares Obama unfit to speak to school children only proves that you have zero sense of shame, nor honor, nor intellect, nor conscience.

The President of the United States has ALWAYS been fit to speak to school children, and only a traitor would suggest otherwise.

A nutcase in Ventura, California hit a guy with glasses in the face. Where I come from, Wyoming, you do NOT throw the first punch, and you NEVER hit anybody with glasses in the face.

Hell, I'm applauding the biter for showing such *restraint.* I think he's got the right idea in dealing with your out-of-control, over-the-top and long-running assholishness.

Sorry if this isn't PC, Libby, but there comes a time when this crap has got to stop. Now's the time.

7:40:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Exhaustion is the response to posts that are basically all about personal aberrations, instead of issues. Glad you can keep to the real stuff, Libby - and I hope you're better too.

8:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fri. 09/04/09 10:49 AM .Trillion Dollar Lie - Misleading Analysis

See related article

Libby, thank you for the link to the reference to the quote about the "true costs" of H.R. 3200. Without that link it would have taken me a little longer to point out the fallacies of your "Trillion Dollar Lie" blog. The chart that summarized the impact of H.R. 3200 included some very interesting footnotes that you must have overlooked because the print was so small (couldn't have been too important if the print was that small!).

First, the $1.042 trillion increase in the deficit "DOES NOT INCLUDE (emphasis added) federal administrative costs or account for all of the effects on other federal programs", according to footnote a. Given the government's propensity to be efficient (yeah, right), I'm sure those administrative costs will be small. And just exactly what are the effects on other federal programs? Hmmm.

Second, $583 billion of supposed revenue used to offset the cost includes "effects on Social Security revenues that are classified as off-budget", according to footnote d. So this sounds more like moving money from one pocket to the other and then claiming we found new money! In addition to the $583 billion, footnote d states that "the CBO estimates that other provisions in Division B would increase revenues by about $500 million over the 2010-2019 period." For those not familiar with H.R. 3200, Division B deals with Medicare and Medicaid. So, apparently cuts in Medicare and Medicaid are being treated as revenue to make H.R. 3200 look less expensive. I'm sure that will make the seniors and others who rely on Medicare and Medicaid feel good.

Finally, history has shown that if the government thinks something will only cost $1, it usually ends up costing $3 or $4.

SoonerOrLater, Aurora, IL

11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

History shows what the last liar to quote it says it shows.

12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I knew you sounded familiar anon. I was sure you were one of the DetNews crew. Or one the many sockpuppets that have suddenly overrun the forum.

3:56:00 PM  

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