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Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Feb 27, 2013 - 09:29am PT
stuff that can't be "sequestered":


Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 27, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Nice try, Ken, but the demographics in Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley, and at Children's Hospital Central California (fka Valley Children's Hospital) are overwhelmingly not covered by insurance, but are on Medi-Cal reimbursement. Your generalization has no basis in reality here.


Nice try, John, but you should stick to your profession, instead of making assumptions about others.

Doctors consider patients with medi-cal "insured"....they get paid for the work, they can hospitalize them without fear of bankrupting them, they can get consultations, they can get drugs. With the new boost in Medi-cal rates under Obama (but not by the centrist Repub gov Schwaz), doctors will be paid the same amount as from Medicare, a 130% boost.

So your rich friend is about to get a lot richer.

He deserves so much sympathy.....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 27, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Congressman Mark Amodei:
‎1,400 days since the Senate passed a budget. Since then, national debt up nearly $5.5 trillion, debt is now $16.6 trillion. No Budget. No Pay.

Mountain climber
Feb 27, 2013 - 11:53am PT
so my president keeps an unneeded an aircraft carrier docked and Woodward
calls this smartly done thing madness. Our country is so well liked now the
navy is not needed and should all be parked to save money for social

The poor people need more free homes, schools, cars, and food and should not
work to pay for these needed things when they can be got for free.
3 cheers for our wonderful country!



Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 27, 2013 - 11:57am PT
well yes

very poor Americans can get "food stamps" to stay alive, got a problem with that?

um, no.....they don't get free homes, or free cars

wherever would one get that idea?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 27, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
food stamps? NOT an issue.. 10 BILLION spent on illegals in CALI last year,, definitively and ISSUE.

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 27, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
I agree, Ron

Reagan never ever should have signed his supposed immigration law

he gave outright amnesty to ten million illegals

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 27, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
rong, why should you care what we pay in California on illegals?

Those illegals may have paid $100 billion in taxes!

whine about something else

How about Benghazi! have you uncovered the cover up yet?
Boy were you right, it was Such a big deal that "nothing" was uncovered,

it was just another horrible tragedy that could have been avoided if the Republicans had approved more security for the consulate
But they are more worried about protecting tax cuts and corporate welfare than national Security

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 27, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Wonder where the Dr or Unhinged will score on this little quiz?


94% is the score to beat.
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 05:35pm PT

New Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Think The GOP Is ‘Out Of Touch’ And ‘Extreme’

By T. Steelman


It looks like the rest of the country has caught up with us here at Addicting Info. According to a new Pew poll released on Tuesday, most of America has figured out that the Republican party has been taken over by the crazies. Sixty-two percent of adults (I guess they didn’t talk to any Congressional Republicans) say that the GOP is out of touch and 52% said they were too extreme. Compare that to 46% and 39% who think that, respectively, about the Democratic party.

In every category the pollsters asked about – out of touch, extreme, looking out for the country’s future, favorability and disapproval – the Republicans scored dismally. The only place they did better than Democrats was in the strength of their principles. That’s fair, I guess. When an entire political party is willing to let the country go to hell in a handbasket just to stick to their guns (literal and figurative), I guess they have strong convictions. Because they certainly have no honor.

The Pew poll spoke to 1,054 adults – 366 Republicans and 470 Democrats – by phone between Feb 15 and 18. Other polls show similar outcomes: HuffPo‘s pollster has the Republicans at an average 31% favorability. They also show that half of Republicans disapprove of their Congressional representatives and that a majority of all Americans say that the GOP has moved out of the mainstream.

When you look back at the record of the Republican party, even just the recent record, you can clearly see why their numbers are so bleak. Let’s examine why the GOP is viewed by so many Americans as out of touch and extreme. Here are just a handful of examples:

Richard Mourdock: Mr. “rape babies are a gift from god” cost the GOP a Senate seat in the 2012 election with his insensitive remarks. You’d think that would put him out to pasture as far as electability goes. But you’d be wrong.

Marco Rubio: Ah, the supposed savior of the GOP. They put him in the spotlight to deliver their response to the State of the Union address a few weeks ago, hoping he would improve their image in the sight of the country. Not. Though they were delivered by a newer face they were the same old failed ideas.

Rand Paul: Where to start with this guy? When he’s not insulting Cabinet members, he’s fomenting conspiracy theories. He has no idea what’s in bills he votes on. He’s the guy the Tea Party chose to give their response to the SOTU address. His logic does not resemble our earth logic.

The message: The last election should have been an eye-opener for the GOP but apparently they still have blinders on. They think that it’s the *way* they say it. Um, no. From their attitude about women to their policies on immigration to their stubborn clinging to the Defense of Marriage Act, the Republicans hold views that are so far out of step with the nation that it would be laughable if it weren’t so damaging to so many Americans. Frank Luntz can’t save you, guys. Not this time.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC): As if to prove how backwards they are, this yearly meeting of people who live in the past has invited all of the losers they know. From Sarah Palin to Karl Rove to Paul Ryan, the CPAC folks have invited the flaming stars bags of poop (in the sense of that tired and outdated doorstep prank) that have done so much to embolden ruin the conservative brand. But no invite for Chris Christie. He was a bad boy and does not salute the GOP flag (the one with a dunce cap on it) so he was snubbed this year.

And then there is their continual use of the term “the American people,” as if they have an actual idea (or even care) what the people really want, say or feel. We can pretty much assume that any time we hear a Republican say that, he is relating what his corporate masters want, say or feel. Because if they really did know what we want – 92% want background checks for gun buyers, for example – they would not be trying to destroy the country in pursuit of their ideological and monetary happiness at the cost of ours. Yes, the GOP is out of touch. They are extreme. They are unpopular and, all the gods willing, they are soon to be extinct.

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 27, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
King Barry is upset, so let the threats begin!

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You're used to this kind of stuff, but share with our viewers what's going on between you and the White House.

BOB WOODWARD: Well, they're not happy at all and some people kind of, you know, said, look, 'we don't see eye to eye on this.' They never really said, though, afterwards, they've said that this is factually wrong, and they -- and it was said to me in an e-mail by a top --

BLITZER: What was said?

WOODWARD: It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.

BLITZER: Who sent that e-mail to you?

WOODWARD: Well, I'm not going to say.

BLITZER: Was it a senior person at the White House?

WOODWARD: A very senior person. And just as a matter -- I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'you're going to regret doing something that you believe in, and even though we don't look at it that way, you do look at it that way.' I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication's strategy, let's hope it's not a strategy, that it's a tactic that somebody's employed, and said, 'Look, we don't go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don't like, that, you know, you're going to regret this.' It's Mickey Mouse. (The Situation Room, February 27, 2013)
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
No one cares what Bob Woodward says
never have

Social climber
Feb 27, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
I got 89% on my quick blast through the quiz. Some of those questions were tough!
Dave Kos

Social climber
Feb 27, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
At one time - decades ago - Woodward was very relevant.

Now he is struggling to remain relevant.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 27, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
From TGT's link:

You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

It was pretty good, until they started with the capitalist propaganda questions. I got those marked correct by answering incorrectly.
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 07:39pm PT

In Blind Poll, Republicans Choose Progressive Budget Solutions Over Their Own Party's

Of three major proposals, majority of voters choose one least discussed amid "sequester" madness

- Jon Queally, staff writer
Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Common Dreams

When the Business Insider polled registered voters and asked for their preferences among three Congressional plans floated to avoid the looming "sequestration" cuts in Washington, they found that when stripped of their partisan labels, the policies most favorable to the majority were those offered by the progressive wing of the Democratic caucus.

The CPC's 'Balancing Act' proposes a one-year tax credit of $800 for low- and middle-income families and says it could prevent up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, modernize 35,000 public schools, and make infrastructure investments that if sustained could protect 3.5 million jobs by 2020. As it turns out, people like these ideas. Strikingly, the plan offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, called The Balancing Act and introduced in early February, is the plan that has received the least attention in the corporate media's coverage of the ongoing and latest "invented" Beltway crisis.

The poll found that in addition to beating the House Republican plan and the Senate Democrat's plan overall, "more than half of respondents supported [the Balancing Act] compared to sequestration and [only] a fifth of respondents were opposed."

Moreover and "shockingly," a full 47 percent of Republicans preferred the House Progressive plan to the across the board cuts pushed by their party leaders in Washington. According to the Insider, "This means that Republicans supported the House Progressive plan just as much as they supported their own party's plan."

To describe the poll's approach, the Insider explains: "Surveys have found that asking people about just titles of plans or telling people who proposed policy, changes the results, so the point of this poll was to see what people thought of the plans when they were fully explained, but also stripped of partisan labels."

In fact, without the proper labels, the poll found that a majority of Republican respondents rejected the official plan put forward by the House GOP leadership.

So what crazy, socialist, and destructive ideas did these self-identified Republicans endorse?

According to the CPC statement announcing their legislation:

the Balancing Act rectifies the inequitable approach to deficit reduction taken so far. By replacing the sequester with $960 billion in revenue, the Act achieves a 1:1 ratio of cuts to revenue. The Balancing Act would close tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, that pay billions of dollars annually to the highly profitable fossil fuel industry, and that allow tax breaks for yachts and corporate jets. It would also limit deductions from the wealthiest tax payers, close loopholes for hedge fund managers, and close estate tax loopholes.[...]

In addition, the Balancing Act eliminates $278 billion in wasteful Pentagon spending – the amount needed to equalize cuts to the defense and non-defense side of the budget – and invests the savings in our number one economic priority – job creation. By focusing our Pentagon budget on 21st century threats and making smart decisions about the weapons we need in the modern era, we can invest in a one-year tax credit of $800 for low- and middle-income families, prevent up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, modernize 35,000 public schools, and make infrastructure investments that if sustained could protect 3.5 million jobs by 2020.

In addition, the poll found:
•A plurality of people — 28 percent — believed the House Progressive Caucus Plan would have the least financial impact on them personally. This makes the most sense, as only 14 percent of respondents reported having income over $150,000.
•Support for the Senate Democrat plan was weak, with just fewer than half of respondents preferring that plan compared with the sequester.
•Opposition to the House Republican plan was strong, with 57 percent preferring the sequester to that plan.
•Twice as many Republicans supported sequestration as Democrats.
•One-fifth of Democrats prefer the sequester when compared to the Senate Democrats' sequestration replacement plan. About one-quarter of Republicans prefer the Senate Democrat plan to the implementation of the sequester.

Complete results of the poll, with graphs, can be found here.

The results not only disprove (once again) the common refrain that the the US is a "centrist" country, but also speak to the deeper, and possibly more intractable problem: that the best and most attractive ideas to voters and regular people are seemingly the ones most sidelined by the elites who control our money-dominated media and govern our money-dominated democracy.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Feb 27, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
You answered 33 out of 33 correctly

100% suckas!

My MBA is finally good for something.

It was fun to watch, as the questions became progressively more "Republican."

Progressively Republican!?!?!

The Warbler

the edge of America
Feb 27, 2013 - 09:27pm PT

Not bad for a high school dropout with a BS in dirtbagging earned at the College of Hard Rocks.


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 27, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
100% easy peasy..although a couple questions were poorly written.

Again I will try to tell you what the real problem with American government is.

It is supposed to be of the people by the people for the people

it actually is of the fundraiser by the donor for the wealthiest interests.

It's insane to allow donations to politicians.
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