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Lies the Republicans tell about health care

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One of the ways the Republican obstructionists have managed to convince people that the health care bill is a bad idea, even though those polled support most of its individual components, is through their skill at bullshitting.

Here are a couple of recent examples of Republican lies about health care reform: At the summit last week, Mitch McConnell said the US has the best health care system in the world. This is hard to fathom given that we spend the most money but don’t get the best results. For the record, here is where the US ranks on a number of statistical measures, according to the World Health Organization:

Life expectancy: 24th

Preventable deaths: 14th (below Greece and Portugal)

Overall health performance: 37th (we beat Slovenia! U! S! A! U! S! A!)

Here’s more bullshit from a Republican Senator, this time Lamar Alexander, speaking to ABC News (thanks to Thinkprogress.org):

The reconciliation procedure is a little-used legislative procedure—19 times, it’s been used. It’s for the purpose of taxing, spending and reducing deficits.

Here are a few bills for which reconciliation has been used:

* welfare “reform” (1995). This does not by any measure fall under any of the three categories Alexander uses.

* Both Bush tax cuts (2003 and 2005). These increased the deficit by more than a trillion dollars.

Alexander voted yes both times, as well as on two other reconciliation measures.

When you have no allegiance to the truth, you’ll win in politics every time. Republicans have pursued this strategy before, and they’ll do it again. Because they don’t care about governing; as they never tire of telling us, reducing the size of government is pretty much their number-one priority. How do they do that? When they’re in power, they reduce revenue to the point that the government is incapable of functioning except for the purposes it deems worthy, like dominating the globe.  So all they care about is wielding power, rather than governing. If you hate government, it stands to reason you have no interest in governing.

When they are out of power, all they care about, therefore, is obstructing those in power—and they’ll go to almost any length to do so, as the Alexander example above demonstrates—and winning it back.

The Democrats, regrettably, are complicit in this. They are too chicken-shit to call these lies what they are, and to call their hand in the Republicans’ procedural power-plays.

What has happened here is that the two major parties (effectively the only parties, because of the hurdles they erect to new parties emerging) represent the same interests: The corporate interests who pay for their re-election. So they don’t fight over issues, they only fight over power. Those in power get more corporate campaign donations. Then they fuck everything up, and the pathetic electorate—which won’t even go to movies about the wars they finance (let alone follow developments in them with the same acumen they devote to Brangelina)—rejects whatever party is in power for the other one.

Then the cycle repeats.

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March 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Pentagon gunman another right-wing terrorist

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Anyone notice how many of the people who go on shooting rampages in the US just happen to be affiliated with extreme right-wing causes? The Pentagon gunman was only the latest. TPM reports that the man (I’m not going to help fulfill any drive for fame these people may have had by naming them)

was a property rights extremist who railed against the government’s ability to “confiscate the resources of their citizens to fund schemes that need only be justified by lies and deception,” and wanted to “eliminate the role of the government in education.”

This according to an online post (which I won’t link to) the man made in 2006.

Anomaly? Hardly. In 1995, a right-wing former Army private slaughtered 15 people in a day care center because he was pissed off about the FBI’s raids on Second-Amendment absolutists in Idaho and Texas. He was going for the FBI’s local office, but the stupid (he was arrested for driving a car with no license plate), callous baby-killer failed to account for the hundreds of other people in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City at the time he blew up a truck outside of it.

Want more?  The Olympic Park bomber is an anti-abortion crusader who calls the NAACP, which ended de jure desegregation in this country in its argument before the Supreme Court in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, racist. This because it favors affirmative action to redress 336 years of slavery, government-backed ghettoization, and disenfranchisement.

Another: The man who killed a doctor last year because he was providing to women a medical service that is legal in the United States.

Another: The cop-killer in Pittsburgh last year hated blacks, and gun control.

One more: The guy who killed five women in a dance class in Pennsylvania ranted about inter-racial relationships.

Does anyone have any examples of a liberal or a Democrat who has targeted certain people for murder out of of political motives?

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March 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm