Political Blind Items

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Kucinich switched his position on health care reform in the days since I drew this. He is still irrelevant. He’s a fine progressive, but yelling about peace and single payer doesn’t make the legislative sausage. (It makes for good cartoons and blog posts, though.)

On the other hand, there’s Obama, who’s willing to compromise his positions every time a Republican lets out an entitled, vaguely racist queef in his direction. The concessions that dude has made in the name of bipartisanship are too numerous and depressing to list.

Unfortunately, this sad sack of a president who can’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag is the best chance liberals have at getting anything done at least until 2016. It is my hope that passing Health Care Reform will finally get a doctor to help Obama’s testicles descend.

I’m tired of pointing it out, but anyone opposed to HCR because of costs and deficits is a fucking hypocrite pandering to mouth breathers. We’re talking orders of magnitude less than the cost of each of the two wars we’re currently waging for reasons who-the-fuck-knows. That’s not even including the cost-reducing impacts of the bill. You can complain about earmarks and entitlements all you want, but you probably shouldn’t be blowing the gun of a $6.5 million Abrams tank while you’re doing it.

Next Week: Metric System Resistance

15 thoughts on “Political Blind Items”

  1. Wow… do you really think Obama will be re-elected in 2012?


    I oppose HCR because of costs and the deficit.

    I oppose HCR because of wealth redistribution and entitlements.

    I oppose HCR because I want the government in my life as little as possible.

    I oppose HCR because it’s been a disgusting display of politics on both sides of the aisle.

    I oppose HCR because there are actual cost reductions that can be found by smaller legislative acts.

  2. Melissa – Gym. Tan. Fillibust.

    mt – He’ll be the nominee in 2012, and the next presidential election after that is 2016! Math!

    I oppose the rest of your comment for repetition of talking points. And for using “anyways…” as a segue into said talking points.

    If you really opposed the government getting into your life, you’d have posted some lame comment about Obama’s shameful renewal of the Patriot Act. But you didn’t.

  3. I’m from the UK and currently enjoy free universal healthcare. I can have my own private insurance if I like which speeds up certain things but generally offers the same service as free NHS care.

    If I’m taken ill anywhere in my country a state owned ambulance will collect me faster than any private ambulance can in america, where I am treated free of charge no matter the problem.

    I’m not crippled by health bills if I don’t have the right sort of insurance. I have what we Brits call – choice.

    How much does this cost me? Practically nothing. Because many hands make light work.

    Oh and despite what the media in America peddles about how we hate the NHS it’s a small percentage who do, and they are generally regarded as idiots and ignored by the masses.

  4. Didn’t think of that… you are correct about 2016. I was about to make a comment about Obama not running for reelection, showing how utterly selfless he is. But then I found this:

    “You know, if – if I feel like I’ve made the very best decisions for the American people and three years from now I look at it and, you know, my poll numbers are in the tank and because we’ve gone through these wrenching changes, you know, politically, I’m in a tough spot, I’ll – I’ll feel all right about myself,” Obama told CNN’s Ed Henry.

    “I said to myself very early on, even when I started running for office, I don’t want to be making decisions based on getting re-elected, because I think the challenges that America faces right now are so significant,” the president also said.

    As for the Patriot Act, I missed your cartoon/comments on that. The Patriot Act does go too far, and it is an unwanted intrusion into the lives of Americans. And the Democrats had some good ideas to reign in the bill a bit. I also think there should be some FBI agents sitting in jail right now for violations.
    Frankly, the Democrats missed out on an opportunity to highlight the differences between Republicans and the Tea Party, since it looks like Republicans were opposed to the changes.

    R – UK “free” health care costs you 17% of your taxes. There’s no such thing as free universal health care or single-payer universal health care. There’s tax-payer funded universal health care.

  5. I want taxpayer funded universal healthcare.

    I paid for the vacation homes of military contractors on this Iraq thing, and I’m not too pleased about that. I’d rather the money went to ensuring people don’t die, rather than finding quicker and more technologically advanced ways to help certain people die.

  6. Where do you get 17% from? Utter nonsense.

    Per capita spend (that’s per adult in the UK) the cost is £1,774 a year in taxes or around $2600. (Source: Expenditure figures for England – Department of Health, England)

    If £1700 was 17% of my taxes I’d be very happy indeed.

    The USA already spends 16% of its GDP on Health Insurance, Compared to the UK which spends 8% of GDP (Bear in mind that our GDP is lower than the US too, so the £/$ figure is a lot lower!)
    (Source: WHO (May 2009). “World Health Statistics 2009”)

    And the average per adult cost on buying Health Insurance is $7,439 per year (£4,964) (Source: “National Health Expenditures, Forecast summary and selected tables” – Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services”)

    Essentially, when you put your health and the health of your family in the hands of people who answer to shareholders dividends and profits you’re never going to get the same level of service for your buck as you do when the people you have to answer for are the people paying the taxes.

    I have to laugh at certain subsections of the American people – the same people who feel they’re fighting for freedom are the very people stifling their own citizens choice.

    Ironic for me to be quoting this, but James Otis once said “taxation without representation is tyranny” and you’re being taxed on health stealthily but as the money goes to the big healthcare companies you have no representation. Unlike if it was state run, you could have the representation you deserve.

    If you disagree after all that, then you sir deserve to mire in the massive healthcare debt you’ll eventually be lumbered with.

  7. SDC – Donate. And while the Iraq war has devolved into a mess under weak leadership, if you think a weak US military is going to be a net benefit to the world, I don’t know what to say. And as for Iraq contractor costs, how much money would it take for you to work in a war zone?

    R – http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/

    Since it’s not 17% of your taxes, you’re being supported by someone more successful than you. I hope you say thanks the next time you meet.

    The solution here isn’t to put yet another level of bureaucracy in the equation, funded by more taxes and more deficit spending. The solution is to actually try to solve the problem. Find the reason why the US spends 2x %GDP vs the UK on health care.

    Enacting tort reform would help to bring down medical insurance that physicians and hospitals pay, which should lower costs across the board. And would ease the need for doctors to perform defensive medicine.

    Taking care of the supposed $500B in medicare waste and fraud could happen completely standalone of any other action. And if it’s actually there, it doesn’t raise my confidence that the government is going to efficiently handle the increased workload.

    Allowing US citizens to buy prescription drugs outside the US would drive down drug costs. Of course, since the US overpays for drugs (aka subsidizing), that would either raise the price of drugs for everyone int he world or lower overall research.

    And let’s be clear who Democrats answer to. They align themselves with the people who aren’t paying the taxes. And those who do pay taxes but think the world should be more “fair” and are willing to elect officials to reach into other people’s pockets to make it happen. And I guess we’ll see in November if the Democrats are representing their constituents or not.

    It’s just that now, instead of possibly being burdened with my own medical debt at some point in the future, I’ll be burdened with someone else’s. And regardless, I’m already burdened with decades of reckless government spending, to the tune of $41K.

  8. Cheetos Nasty! Wooooo!!! What a slut!

    Also, fuck these other asswipe comments. “Weak US military” up your mother’s asshole.

  9. Okay everybody, let’s shut the fuck up about politics and get back to the important debate about dick and fart jokes.

    Dick jokes are cheap, and don’t earn enough on the open market of comedy. I want money! Boo-hoo! I’m a rich asshole.

    Fart is one letter off from “fat,” which is something Michael Moore is! TAXES BAD!

  10. Well Glenn Beck, after 9 and 7 years, I’d argue with that assumption.

    And defense spending doesn’t drop that much when there aren’t any foreigners to blow up.

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