79% of food workers say they have no paid sick time. 79%!
79% of food workers say they have no paid sick time. 79%!
Dang. I’m definitely going to get a flu shot now.
This is serious
This is how the #GOP treats the heroes and victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Paul Ryan has many in the media hot and bothered with his raw virility:
The Week Magazine gushes, “So dedicated is Rep. Paul Ryan to his body-sculpting workout program, P90X, that he leads a daily class for about a dozen fellow Congressional staffers.” The main article describes Ryan as “The ripped new GOP vice presidential candidate” who “catches catfish with his bare hands.“
Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy can barely contain his passion:
“Paul Ryan does this workout everyday. And, subsequently, you know, number one: he used to be a personal trainer. But, number two, he could be the most ripped – Paul Ryan…And, when you talk about fitness in office, he could define it.” — Fox News Host Steve Doocy, who has a track record of attacking Michelle Obama’s fitness initiatives, suddenly thinks fitness is praiseworthy. (via: dropfox)
It’s great that Ryan works out daily and leads a ‘class’ (your tax dollars at work?) of 12 fellow staffers. What would be ever greater is if Ryan also did this much work in his day job as a Congressman. No wonder he’s only passed two bills in his 13-years as a public servant.
So dedicated is Rep. Paul Ryan to his body-sculpting workout program, P90X, that he leads a daily class for about a dozen fellow Congressional staffers.
Your tax dollars at work: he’s only sponsored 2 bills that passed in his entire 13-year career but uses how many work-hours each day to lead this class?
Literally favourite meme ever.
This is fucking adorable
Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed points out Romney’s flip-flopping, caught on tape, from April 2010: “Mitt Romney yesterday said in an interview with CBS News that the individual mandate was a tax, while the plan he put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty, and not a tax. In a video from April 2010, Mitt Romney praised some similarities between his plan and President Obama’s. Romney said he liked the individual mandate, the portability of the insurance, the requirement that insurers cover people with a preexisting condition, and the similar exchanges. Romney said his plan was different because it was state plan and his plan did not raise taxes, and did not cut Medicare. (As a Governor, Romney had no authority to cut Medicare.)”
A reminder from ABL: “Conservatives seem to think that even though the highest court in the land ruled the mandate constitutional under Congress’s taxing power, it doesn’t matter because nyah! nyah! —President Obama said it wasn’t a tax! […] Actually, I’ll be fair. I don’t know if he was lying when he said it was not a tax. Maybe he thought it was a tax, but knew the word “tax” causes immediate brain meltdowns among the wingnut class. Or maybe he thought it was a penalty. Or maybe he understands the difference between a tax and a valid exercise of Congress’s taxing power. (I’m betting on the last option.)”
Video: Mitt Romney explaining the “personal responsibility principle” (individual mandate) in Massachusetts (Romneycare)…
A couple of days ago I posted that on Monday, the Romney campaign was in agreement with the President that the health care mandate was a penalty and not a tax. I also said:“Of course this opinion can (and probably will) change at any minute, so prepare to shake the Etch-A-Sketch.”
It took an entire 48 hours, as Raw Story reports: “Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday reversed his campaign’s position that mandates to buy health care are a “penalty” and not a “tax,” telling CBS News that “the majority of the [Supreme Court] has said it is a tax, and therefore it is a tax.” “They have spoken,” he said. “There’s no way around that.” Romney’s new position is the exact opposite of what the campaign was saying on Monday.”
Raw Story also helpfully points out one important difference between Romneycare and Obamacare:
The Raw Story reports that “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is arguing that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be repealed because rights come from “nature and God,” not the government. During an interview on ABC, former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Kennedy, told host George Stephanopoulos that the Supreme Court had made the right decision by upholding the Affordable Care Act. Ryan’s response:
“We’re going to repeal the entire law and then we’re going to advance patient-centered reforms that address these kinds of issues.I think this at the end of the day is a big philosophy difference. What Ms. Kennedy and others were saying is that this is a new government-granted right. We disagree with the notion that our rights come from government, that the government can now grant us and define our rights. Those are ours, they come from nature and God, according to the Declaration of Independence — a huge difference in philosophy.”
This man’s a loon in a political party filled with them. Let’s vote them out and take back our government. Enough with this foolishness.
Another video flashback of Mitt having an opinion in the past that completely contradicts his current “severely Republican” opinion, which I like to call: “That’s so Romney!“
Video from 2006 of Mitt Romney describing his Massachusetts health care law and the funding Romney describes as a “tax or other penalties to ensure that everybody comes into the system,” compelling the wealthy to buy insurance — like President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. — Buzzfeed
LOL: Ben Smith and Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed Politics (Romney’s online PR firm) would like it very much, thank you, if you’d move along and quit talking about the ACA being ruled constitutional in a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court. They want you to know that you’re not interested in talking about it anymore and neither are they.We’re all so over it.
I just don’t understand, since it was only two days ago Buzzfeed’s own McKay Coppins reported that either way the Supreme Court went with Obamacare, it would be fantastic news for Mitt Romney. Why don’t they want to talk about Mitt’s fantastic news?
Buzzfeed’s own McKay Coppins is terribly excited that no matter what the Supreme Court decides with Affordable Care, it’s going to be great news for Mitt Romney (a “win/win” as he titled his piece):
“If the law is overturned, Romney will spend the rest of the election casting Obama as an abject failure — an economic lightweight who wasted his time and energy on a misguided policy initiative, only to see it immediately dismantled by the Courts. The president has other accomplishments to run on, of course — the auto bailout, Dodd-Frank, etc. — but this was by far the most high-profile.”
“If the law is upheld, on the other hand, Romney will continue promising from the stump that, if elected, he’ll be the guy to repeal Obamacare. Polls indicate that a solid majority of Americans say they oppose the Affordable Care Act, though individual aspects of the legislation tend to poll better when separated from the polarizing legislation. Romney will take advantage of the unpopularity of “Obamacare,” as a political term, and continue his crusade to get rid of it.”
Maybe you’re wondering, like I did, who is McKay Coppins, this “reporter” who’s eager to call the president an ‘abject failure‘ through Mitt Romney? Here, I think this explains everything (about both Buzzfeed politics and Coppins).
Political Wire: A new AP/GfK poll finds that just a third of Americans back President Obama’s health care law on which the Supreme Court is about to pass judgment, but more than three quarters want Congress and the president to begin work on a new bill if the court strikes down the 2-year-old law.
Bob Cesca writes about a major conflict in perception or messaging (thanks GOP!) over health care reform, since Americans hate Obamacare while loving everything about it. He says, “The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll results about the ACA are embarrassing and incomprehensible.”
Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform even though they strongly support most of its provisions, Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Sunday, with the Supreme Court set to rule within days on whether the law should stand.
image: The Maddow Blog
“In other words, Americans hate the law, but they love everything in it. While 56 percent of Americans hate the law, while a plurality of 45 percent of Americans will vote for a candidate who wants to repeal the law, a full 82 percent love the law’s “pre-existing conditions” language. 61 percent support the section of the law that allows kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. 72 percent support requiring corporations to cover employees. And so forth.”
Cesca goes on to respond to those people who base all their objections to the law on the individual mandate: “You can’t have roads without taxes, and you can’t have affordable healthcare without requiring that everyone be involved. Besides, only a tenth of the population is uninsured anyway, so only a tenth of the population will be subject to the mandate. One out of every 10 citizens will be required to buy health insurance with significant government subsidies to make it affordable — or free, depending on income level. And you know what? Tough noogies. If you have moral objections to buying corporate health insurance, then pay the ridiculously low tax penalty. If you don’t want to pay the tax penalty, there’s no enforcement mechanism in the law, so you’ll get away with it. It’s unethical, but you’re the one who has to sleep at night. The secret is this: the mandate isn’t really a mandate.”
The bottom line is that Americans have been conditioned to dislike “Obamacare,” — and it would seem they’re more than happy to go along with The Program, even if it hurts them personally in the long run.
Bill Clinton gives a speech at the Cannes Lions international advertising festival in France on Thursday. (Lionel Cironneau / AP Photo)
The Daily Beast: Clinton says that if the Supreme Court decides to invalidate the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act there will be consequences which aren’t being reported:
“Clinton predicted that if the law is declared unconstitutional, Republicans will suffer a backlash when millions of Americans calculate what they have lost. Before the Affordable Care Act passed, two thirds of all the applications for bankruptcy were because of health-care emergencies, a consequence likely to return if health care inflation again rises precipitously.”