Surely Harry Reid can come up with a better way to fund the S. 1845: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act rather than fleecing "Gandma". How about a tariff on goods entering the U.S. from all of those countries that took our jobs due to Bill Clinton's NAFTA and other one-sided trade agreements like CAFTA, GATT, KORUS and the WTO, or taxing the rich folks and corporations that benefited handsomely from these one-sided agreements that killed jobs in America and lined the pockets of the 1%.
If the American people think unemployment is too high now and good paying jobs are hard to find, well I'm here to tell them it will get worse, much worse, if the top secret, big business friendly TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) supported by both political parties including politicians like Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama, is passed.
Huffington Post "America’s hospitals have grave concerns about the Murray-Ryan proposed budget agreement and urge Members of Congress to oppose it," Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, said in a statement. "The budget agreement threatens access to critical health care services for seniors by trading off Medicare cuts for increases in government and defense spending today. Rather than providing relief to the arbitrary Medicare sequester cuts, this agreement maintains the current cuts and extends these cuts into the future. It sustains bad budget policy under the guise of solving real mandatory spending issues facing this country." Huffington Post. Read more.
Mitch McConnell is doing what he does best yet again. He just cannot stand the fact that Democrats have come up with working budgets that call for sacrifice from folks like himself and do not call to balance the budget on the backs of working Americans and the most vulnerable among us. And while the Paul Ryan budget that Republicans preach like gospel creates a $5.7 trillion hole for the middle-class to pay for, McConnell and his Republicans just ignore that fact. Instead he seeks to attack a balanced plan that addresses the jobs crisis and calls for some sacrifice from everyone.
Fresh off their humiliating defeat in the debate about what has really caused the problems that have beset our country Republicans just cannot give up on one thing. Using the debt they ran up with their failed wars, tax cuts for the very rich, deregulation that crashed the economy and three decades of trickle-down economics to convince Americans to allow them to steal the social safety net we try to enjoy. Indeed in their selfish little world they will blame everything but the real problem for our debt and deficits. Their own greed.
Now that the "fiscal cliff" dive has been diverted without Republicans being allowed to pick Medicare and Social Security clean the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell is fuming. He was forced to raise taxes on a few folks like himself and lost a huge opportunity to steal from more working and retired Americans. He did not get to raise the Medicare age, the Social Security age and did not even get to gut benefits for current retirees. Yes, all in all it was a very bad deal for Mitch McConnell and the party of greed and idiocy he "leads".
Despite the continuing stalemate some good seems to be coming out of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. While we appear no closer to a bad deal it appears one thing is finally happening. Democrats are banding together against "compromise" with Republicans. Compromise that included the stealing of Medicare and Social Security from younger generations.
Even with our big election victory Progressives have much to fear. Democrats have long been good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and managing to capitulate in the name of "bi-partisanship" even when a vast majority of Americans want them to fight for what is right. Sadly, in the fiscal cliff negotiations Progressives must again be very afraid. Will Democrats sacrifice Social Security and Medicare to "compromise" with Republicans??
During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations we have heard all kinds of ridiculous statements from Republicans as they try to absolve themselves from sacrifice and balance the budget on the backs of the working poor, seniors, children and the disabled by stealing away Social Security and Medicare. They believe that if they are to raise the debt ceiling and ask themselves and those they truly represent to sacrifice to the problems they created that they should get something in return. It appears as if redistributing all the America's wealth to themselves in the last thirty years is not quite enough. Now they insist on stealing away social programs that have long kept millions of Americans an inch above poverty.
Today House Republicans saw fit to insult America with their "counter-offer" in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Well, not to be outdone the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell had to add his own personal insult to Americans. You see, Republican "leaders" care nothing about the will of the American people or America itself as long as they can keep the good times rolling for themselves.
We are seeing it now. The culmination of decades of Republicans "starving the beast" in order to do one thing. Be able to cry wolf about time-honored government programs causing huge deficits driving up our debt so that they can begin the process of phasing out and eventually eliminating Social Security and Medicare. The worst thing possible Democrats and grassroots Americans can do is let them.
With much fanfare and eventually gnashing of teeth most of the Affordable Care Act was upheld this last week by the Supreme Court of the United States. For me it it was a little of a pleasant surprise. The same Supreme Court that voted to let the wealthy elites and Corporate America buy our elections actually upheld some form of Universal Healthcare. Indeed, the same Chief Justice that was appointed by the worst President ever actually took his power seriously and used it for the better of the country.
Paul Ryan hit the airwaves in the GOP weekly address to argue for his draconian budget. He touts his plan as a way of "saving America from a diminished future", but what this plan really seeks to do is extend the failed policies of the past, only this time on steroids. And while he pays lip service to the future for American children one thing becomes quickly clear. Paul Ryan wants to bribe senior citizens into stealing the social safety net from anyone under 55.
Not only will we send your job to place where people will work for nothing, we'll accuse you of not bathing and call you lazy. Hell, do you really believe we want to pay folks what their worth, provide a safe work place, healthcare and a pension plan like the members of the US congress and do you think we really give a $hit if your skies are blue and unpolluted? It is time for the American worker to grow up, face the facts and realize this is a global labor market and if you don't want to work for nothing that is your problem. Yes the time has come for all you lazy a$$ American workers to get down on your knees and thank God you live in a country where you have the opportunity to work for nothing. Job$, Job$, Job$!
If Congress doesn't act before January 1, 2012 Medicare will cut payments to Physicians 30%. What does that mean? It means get your old ass ready to be thrown under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate bus.
Medpage Today WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued its proposed changes to the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including a long anticipated -- and long-feared -- plan to cut Medicare pay to physicians by 30%.
One thing we all feared when this "Super Committee" to cut the federal debt was announced was that one of their main solutions would be to slash the social safety net of millions of Americans. Well sure enough instead of asking the wealthy and the folks that crashed our economy and caused our debt to sacrifice for their own greed reports are that this "Super Committee" will pursue cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Luckily, it appears as if they will not do so without a fight.
With President Obama pledging to veto any bill on debt reduction that does not require the wealthy to pay their fair share one cry from right-wing blowhards is being issued once more. Class warfare. Just mention one word about anyone but the middle-class and the poor sacrificing for our country and you are a "class warrior" in these folks minds. Not that class warfare does not exist. As we have been pointing out here for a long time it does, the upper classes have been warring on us for a long time and they are unfortunately winning.
Kentucky Congressmen Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Geoff Davis and Hal Rogers were critical of the plan. Congressmen Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth were supportive of the plan.
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell had this to say about the plan prior to President Obama's speech:
The Washington Post “This isn’t a jobs plan; it’s a reelection plan,” McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, said Thursday morning in remarks on the Senate floor. “That’s why Republicans will continue to press for policies that empower job creators, not Washington.”
My wife received this from the National Processing Center. The top of the envelope said: IMPORTANT: PROJECTED MEDICARE CHANGES. The bottom of the envelope said, with fainter print: NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY. When my wife opened the envelope it contained a card talking about proposed Medicare cuts. It appears this mail out was intended to fool senior citizens into thinking the mail was coming from the Federal government's National Processing Center and to gather information, including a telephone number. I hope my fellow seniors don't fall for this. Click here to see what we wrote about this in 2010. Photos of the mailing are after the fold.
Republicans have been making one thing clear. No matter what it costs our country and those within they simply are not going to allow themselves and the elites they represent pay their fair share to bring down the debt they ran up or breath life into the economy they crashed. Instead they are going to ask every group but the wealthy to sacrifice. Now, Eric Cantor is telling young Americans to forget ever having Medicare.
We have all seen how Eric Cantor is a crybaby, who throws temper-tantrums on cue for the greediest and least patriotic among us. In trying to wring huge budget cuts he is clearly showing he will sacrifice all Americans and cares nothing about really saving money but merely shifting costs onto those who can least afford it. One need merely look at the cuts his office has proposed to see that not only is he childish, he is just plain uncaring about anyone but the wealthy he represents.
It has gotten past ridiculous and is becoming downright insulting. After working so hard to elect a leader that would enact a much needed Progressive vision in 2008 we have been constantly disappointed by a President who concedes all our goals both before and after sitting at the table. One really begins to wonder if this President ever was serious about a Progressive vision or has just sold us out.
Since Paul Ryan introduced his draconian "roadmap" for cleaning up the mess he and his cohorts caused on the backs of working Americans the Republican lie machine has been spinning in high gear. They have the tough propoganda sell of telling Americans that they should sacrifice anything the government does for them so the wealthy can horde more money. With their sophisticated network to do just that and many complicit Democrats they have set out to accomplish just that task. However as always in right-wing fantasy land the facts are against them.
When Republicans swept into the House in the last Congressional election they promised Americans one thing. Jobs. However, after they were elected they pulled the ole bait and switch and instead of creating jobs went onto bigger and better things, like trying to steal your Social Security and Medicare and giving themselves and their ilk huge tax breaks. In fact it was much worse than just not delivering the promised jobs. Yes, the modern Republican Party has actually voted over and over to KILL jobs.
It is real easy to see what "values" Republicans hold dear. All one needs to do is look at Paul Ryan and what he considers an "expert opinion" on Medicare. It should not be surprising. You see the man who is serving as Medicare Grim Reaper, trying to kill the program altogether is giving kudos to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Yes, the same felon Rick Scott who was forced out of Columbia HCA for doing what Republicans do best. Stealing from the rest of us.
While stuck in traffic waiting for a train to pass I noticed a young lady in the car next to me trying to get my attention. I turned on my iPhone and started shooting video of the young lady. She was trying to tell me she really liked my truck window graphic. I told her she was going to be on Youtube and that seemed to make her day. So here you are young lady. You're on Youtube.
Oh my, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is quoting pseudo Democrat Bill (NAFTA) Clinton. Cigar loving Democrat Bill (NAFTA) Clinton is snuggling up to Republican Paul Ryan (watch out for that cigar Mr. Ryan) and Democratic bull-$h*t artist Steny Hoyer is telling us cuts to Medicare will be on the table in debt limit negotiations, being held by Democratic Vice President (being used as a stooge) Joe Biden."
Mitch McConnell, Republican leader and Senator for Communist China has some nerve. We are talking about a man who "led" one of the most tragic six years for American policy in American history. A man who rubber-stamped the wasteful wars in Iraq, doled out hundreds of billions of Corporate welfare, spearheaded the continued theft of real American rights, deregualated everything in sight crashing the economy before bailing out the bankers. They now laugh from a distance as we all suffer.
One thing I can promise and history will bear out. When Mitch McConnell wants something he usually gets it and it is always something that is very bad for the well-being of our country as a whole. That is why when you hear him talking about how divided government is the best time to do "big stuff", watch out. He is planning on stealing his country and the people within it blind once more and knows very well that no matter what party has been in control for last few decades he always gets what he wants for the worst element in our society as they finish destroying our country.
As if we needed another example of rank Republican hypocrisy. Remember when the Republicans sent tea-party zealots into townhall meetings on the healthcare law to make idiots of themselves by spewing lies and propoganda? Well, after that shameful display now Republicans are crying foul. Why?? Because on Easter break they got a taste of their own medicine. The only difference was instead of lies and talking points Republicans were forced to defend the truth of their attempt to destroy Medicaire.
It seems as if for now the Medicare may be safe from the scheme that would destroy it. Luckily for all of us, America has risen up and in no uncertain terms let Republicans know that they do not support the dismantling of Medicare. Unfortunately for America, bad Republican ideas do not die and Republicans will do all they can to end this program again. All one would have to do is look at their history to know that they will be trying to sacrifice seniors for the wealthy once more.
Ah the hypocrisy of Republicans. Sometimes it is just astounding. From blaming Democrats for the economy they crashed, to giving Bush credit for the death of bin Laden, to inventing "death panels" for their brain dead masses to absorb the modern Republican Party instead of being ripe with any successful ideas has instead become a party of spin and hypocrisy. That is because their ideas for our country are always wrong and at every turn are proven that way. Now Paul Ryan, the author of their draconian vision of the world is showing that rank hypocrisy that has defined the failed Republican Party once more.
I'm currently designing a truck rear window graphic for my 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck. I talked to a local vender today and they said it would cost about $135. The dimensions are 65" wide and 20" high. The graphics will fit into an area of 53" wide and 14" high. The image below is a draft of the graphic I'm working on and may or may not be what I'm going to use. You can also go here to design and order one online. Any input or suggestions concerning the graphic would be welcome. When I get it installed I will post a photo of the truck with the graphic.
We all remember the Republicans campaigning to take back the House on the promise of not allowing any cuts to Medicare. Along with their promise to create jobs, it was one of their main selling points. Of course those of us who see the Republican Party for what it is knew these promises for what they are, lies. Despite all the lofty rhetoric Republican priorities where the same as the failed policies of the past. Huge giveaways to corporations and the very rich, all while breaking the backs of average Americans.
We are continuing a recent theme here today in which two of my favorite topics are going to converge: Social Security and in-your-face political activism.
I have been encouraging folks to take advantage of the recent Congressional recess to have a few words with your CongressCritter about the proposed Death Of Medicare and all the proposed cuts to Social Security...and you have, as we'll discuss...and now we have an opportunity to do something on a national scale, just as we did a few weeks ago in support of Social Security.
This time, we're going to concentrate on fighting the idea that retirement ages should go up before we become eligible for Social Security and Medicare (and elements of Medicaid, as well), and that Americans should just keep right on working until the age of 67 or so-which isn't going to be any big problem...really...trust us.
Now that just makes no sense, and to help make the point we have a really cool video that you can pass around to all your friends-and your enemies, for that matter, since they'll also have to worry about what happens to them if they should ever make it to old age.
It is amazing the lengths that Republicans and right-wingers went to trying to stop the healthcare bill to become law. Now that it is passed they are keeping up the lies in a desperate attempt to repeal. In this propaganda war their weapon of choice has been the "death panels" dreamed up by the wicked witch of the north, Sarah Palin. Now, even though her lie was "lie of the year" in 2009 Conservatives just cannot help but to spew it forth from their poisonous mouths like gospel.
The verdict is coming in on the American people's thoughts on the Republican plan to balance the budget on the backs of workers, seniors and children all while giving the very wealthy another huge break. And while polls show the American people are in a foul mood, and do not approve of President Obama's job performance they show something else also. America thinks a lot less of Republican ideas and Republicans in Congress.
First it was the war on the working-class that they have raged for the last thirty years. Then the War on young people who may vote in the next election. Then it was the war on the folks who were unemployed by their policies. Then it was the war on the poor. Now, Republicans are declaring war on our seniors and children. Yes, for a party so crazed by failed wars both at home and abroad the one war they continue to wage?? The War on just about all of America.
The Republican vision for America is coming to fruition. After Congressional Republicans lovingly rubber-stamped George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in starting two failed wars, doling out Corporate Welfare and no-bid contracts, starving out the middle-class and crashing the economy they have begun to try to make working-class America pay once more for their irresponsible and unethical behavior. Yes, after taxpayers have already bailed out the bankers now we must pay for the debt Republicans ran up on our backs at the behest of Corporate America the last thirty years also.
Ah, the Republican House of Hypocrites. It seems as if this week they will live up to their names. Yes, this will be a busy week. They will undoubtedly be approving a renewing provisions that steal American rights and railing against regulations that protect American workers all while making laughable symbolic gestures at our deficit. Yes, it is just a week in the life of the hypocritical modern Republican Party.
The Mad Doctor Rand Paul was swept into office by a hypocritical, selfish, and uninformed wave. Now, he is ready to take office and do the bidding of Corporate America and the selfish and narrow-minded everywhere. After the lame-duck Congress and President gave him his huge tax break, now he is ready to come to Washington and take a big chunk out of the real problem in this country to him and his greedy enablers, us. Of course, like all the other selfish Republican cowards before him of course he wants to horde his money from you and cut off funding for the government if he must pay his taxes but the last thing he really wants to do is tell you exactly what he is going to cut out of the budget.
Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with a elderly lady. She seemed to be a very nice lady and was very upset about something she had been told. She told me she was worried about Medicare being eliminated. She went on to say she was having trouble sleeping worrying about what she had been told.
It seems that nowadays everyone has some kind of plan for reducing the deficit. Republicans are constantly harping on reduction of the deficit, but one thing remains true. Every plan they have for doing so has failed miserably and only calls for sacrifice from working America, the very group which has paid dearly for the problems our country face and the very group which has been drained dry and has no more blood to give. It is time for America to not only get serious about deficit reduction but also for them to be realistic about it. There is simply no way we are ever going to reduce the deficit by asking only working folks to sacrifice yet again.
Here at this site and in many Democratic circles we have been known to call the Republicans the Party of No. No to healthcare for children. No to healthcare for the sick. No to American jobs that create a middle-class. No to any kind of compassion for their fellow citizens and any concern for their country's infrastructure. No to anything that seeks to foward the interests of America as a whole over the profits of the very few. Besides all this, they are also the party of no ideas, and no vision at least none that they want you to know beforehand.
To be an outsider it sure did not take Rand Paul long to fit right in with the elitist Kentucky Republican Party led by the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell. Far from being "grassroots" or "anti-establishment" Rand Paul has picked up all the bad habits of elitists like McConnell. One of those habits is to work against working folks, and totally ignore their concerns. On that front, Paul has been in rare form lately.
Medicare If history is our guide, the Mid-Term election turn out will be low and the folks turning out will be older than the general electorate, and the politicians will try to muddle the election with 30 second commercials filled with BS and no real substance. That's OK, but it's the responsibility of every citizen to do their own research and find out what the candidates really stand for.
What: Medicare Birthday Celebration. 45 Years Old Where:Phoenix Park. Located on the corner of Main St. and Limestone in downtown Lexington. When: Friday, July 30th from 10 AM to 3 PM Who: Sponsored by IMACK, Improved Medicare for All - Central Kentucky The public is invited and free birthday cake and Highbridge Springwater will be served.
With doctors facing deep cuts in their reimbursements from Medicare unless Congress acts to correct long-standing problems, the President calls on Senate Republicans to stop blocking the remedy and pledges to work toward a permanent solution. The cuts would potentially mean widespread trouble for seniors getting needed care.
Is The 2008 Democratic National Platform - "Renewing America's Promise" worth the paper it is written on? Do elected Democrats take this promise seriously? Did the builders of this Platform "Renewing America's Promise" do it with a wink and a smile knowing full well it was all bull shit? Maybe the Democratic Platform builders could just copy and paste the Republican Platform, because that seems to be what they really believe in. Where were these platform builders and where was their outrage during the Health Care debate? Want my opinion? OK here it is. The platform builders are all words and no action, in other words, bull shit artist hoping and praying we have short memories. Let me make my case.
So what's new? Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie showed their true colors and when they had a chance to stand up for seniors on Medicare they voted "Nay" to kill H R 4213 and allow a 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians essentially killing Medicare as we know it. Geoff Davis was a no show and didn't even bother to vote.
When I first looked at the trifold card "2010 MEDICARE UPDATE" I received in the mail from the National Processing Center I thought it was from a government agency. After all the National Processing Center (NPC) is the U.S. Census Bureau’s primary center for collecting, capturing, and delivering timely, high-quality data products and services for surveys and censuses at the best value. Services provided include: mail processing, data capture, statistical operations, geographic operations, and call center support, but the fine print on this card said "NON GOVERNMENTAL DOCUMENT ENCLOSED." This is what the card had to say:
April 13, 2010 my wife went to the Dr. When she left the receptionist gave her a hand out signed by all the Doctors in the complex suggesting she call Mitch Mcconnell, Jim Bunning and Brett Guthrie and let them know that a 21% Medicare payments to physicians could force physicians to stop accepting Medicare patients. Click here to view the handout or view it after the fold. We took the Doctors advice and called Senator Mitch Mcconnell (202) 224-2541, Senator Jim Bunning (859) 341-2620 and Congressman Brett Guthrie (202) 225-3501.
When Senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell voted against H.R. 4213: Tax Extenders Act of 2009, March 10, 2010, they voted against folks on Medicare, folks on Medicaid, the unemployed and folks on COBRA. Click here to see the roll call.
Jim Bunning And Mitch McConnell Voted Against The Elderly On Medicare:
Dot Med News The Senate voted Wednesday to delay the 2010 cut in Medicare physician reimbursement. The 21% reduction was to go into effect March 1 till a vote last Tuesday put it off till the end of March. Yesterday's follow-up means the cut will take effect October 1.
Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell voted to allow the 21% reduction Medicare physician reimbursement. Shame on them.
After months of leaving it to Congress to come up with the details of the Healthcare Bill the President Obama has released his own plan for healthcare. The only problem is that it widely resembles the plan put foward earlier by the Senate in many regards. While the House plan was far from perfect it was far superior to the Senate plan in many ways. Unfortunately, the President still seems to think that compromising with Corporate Democrats instead of using the bulley-pulpit for forcing real reform is the best route to go.
Jim Bunning, Mitch McConnell, Geoff Davis, Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield Vote Against Seniors And Military Families.
October 21, 2009 the Senate filibustered (S. 1776). Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning voted against a motion to end the filibuster of (S. 1776), click here to see the Roll Call. This bill would have put an end to the annual cycle of enacting short term measures to stop Medicare and Tricare payment cuts (21% in 2010 and 40% by 2016) caused by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. (See graph after the hump.) Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning voted to stop this legislation against the wishes of, Norb Ryan, Jr, President of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Dr. J. James Rohack, President of the American Medical Association. It seems that Mitch Mcconnell and Jim Bunning would be happy to see Medicare and Tricare wither and die on the vine and can't wait to see Medicare and Tricare payments cut 40 percent over the next 6 years under the current system.
We are coming down to the home stretch on healthcare, and we have seen the results of the first couple of rounds of crazy that have been sent forth in an effort to stop the process.
In addition to the Town Halls, opponents are flooding the email inboxes of America’s “low information” voters with no end of lies. Those emails are getting passed around and around and around, and by now some of them have probably appeared in your inbox.
But it’s summer...and who has time to respond to this stuff?
Well, guess what, Gentle Reader: I’ve already done the hard work for you.
Today’s story is an email response that you can send right back to your “inbox friends”. It’s a reminder of some of the frustrations that we all share in this country and some explanations of what’s being proposed...and a few words about socialism, to boot.
So get out there and copy and paste and forward and reply, and let’s see if we can’t fight the madness, one email at a time.
I don’t know if you’ve been thinking about it, but the costs of long-term care have been on the mind of some friends of mine lately.
For reasons that we won’t go into here, they are in the process of pricing long-term care at care facilities...and yesterday afternoon, we had a chance to have a look at the “menu” of services (the facility's term) that can be purchased at this particular location.
If you are facing this issue in your own family, if you are a taxpayer thinking about how we plan to fund long-term care in the future...or if, one day, you expect to be old yourself...this conversation will surely matter.