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Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
Change you can believe in, TGT?


Oh you can count of it!

In August over $500 MILLION dollars will be REFUNDED to Americans from health insurance companies, THANKS to "Obamacare"


IN FACT, you moronic high schooler:

so far, over 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS has been refunded to Americans.

MY insurance premium DROPPED $80 a month thanks to President Obama

so suck on it


Millions of health insurance customers are due rebates this year that will total $500 million because of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the federal government announced Thursday.

By Aug. 1, 8.5 million people will get rebates valued at an average of $100 because their health insurance providers spent too much on overhead and not enough on medical care last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under the health care reform law's so-called 80/20 standard, health insurers must devote at least 80 percent of the premiums they receive to medical services, essentially capping the amount they can spend on administration and retain in profits.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/health-insurance-rebates_n_3472978.html
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Emmer is now running for the House seat that will be vacated by Michelle Bachmann at the end of this term.

 More like swapping one whack-job for another
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2013 - 07:41pm PT

9 Ways the Right’s Ayn Randian Experiment Screws Over the Young

Blog for Our Future / By RJ Eskow

June 17, 2013
http://www.alternet.org/ayn-rand-0?paging=off


The decades-long assault on our core social values is on the verge of consuming its first complete generation of Americans.


Conservatives keep claiming liberals want a “cradle-to-grave nanny state.” That rhetoric has distracted us from the real social re-engineering taking place all around us. The right, along with its “centrist” collaborators, is transforming our nation into a bloodless and soulless Randian State.

Their decades-long assault on our core social values is on the verge of consuming its first complete generation of Americans. Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first to be fully subjected to this all-out attack on the idea that we take care of each other in this country, and they’ll pay for it from the cradle to the grave.

Some of us are the parents of Millennials. Who’ll fight with them, and for them?

The Psychosis

The Simpsons made a running joke out of Springfield’s “Ayn Rand School for Tots,” where toddlers fend for themselves in playrooms whose signs say things like “Helping is Futile.” That’s very funny. What is happening to our country isn’t.

A successful social contract has bound us together since the FDR era. The Randian State is an effort to dismantle it, replacing our nation’s web of mutual trust and support with a lifelong helplessness and dependence on the whims and generosity of corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals.

The Randian State is built in the morally depraved mold of right-wing über-heroine Rand, who reviled the less fortunate – and even those who tried to help them – as “parasites,” while at the same time idolizing sociopathic killers.

That last statement isn’t rhetoric. It’s reporting. “He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman,” Rand wrote admiringly of child murderer and dismemberer William Edward Hickman. “He can never realize and feel ‘other people.’”

As Mark Ames points out, this echoes Rand’s description of her hero in The Fountainhead: “He was born without the ability to consider others.”

Hickman’s actions were certainly not those of a “nanny.” But, while most conservatives undoubtedly disapprove of his deeds, the glorification of sociopathic selfishness represents the mentality with which the Administration is perpetually seeking “compromise.” It has infected everything from the Beltway’s “bipartisan” consensus to the content of our national media.

Where’s Julia?

Conservatives went into rhetorical overdrive last year after the Obama campaign released an “infographic” ad called “The Life of Julia,” depicting ways Obama’s policies help women throughout their lives.

A typical reaction came from self-declared moralizer, former Reagan official, and chronic excessive gambler William Bennett. Bennett intoned that “Julia’s entire life is defined by her interactions with the state … Notably absent in her story is any relationship with a husband, family, church or community … Instead, the state has taken their place and is her primary relationship.”

That’s deceptive, of course. The presentation focused on government because it wasabout government. The Obama campaign wasn’t proposing to marry her or drive her to church. But reason rarely intrudes on such arguments. The Romney campaign quickly prepared a counter-slide show and the “socialist” debate was on.

Obama won.

Curiously, “Julia’s” story seems to have disappeared from the BarackObama.Com and Organizing For Action websites now that victory’s been achieved. Old links to it are dead, and attempts to click on this introduction only lead back to the site’s main page.

Anti-Social.

Bennett’s phrasing was drawn from conservative avatar Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher represented a radically un-American vision of life which lacks either our sense of community or our bonds of mutual trust, and which denies even the existence of society itself.

“Who is society?” demanded Thatcher. “There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families …”

Conservatives went searching for evidence that centrist Obama was really pushing cradle-to-grave socialism. The only target they could find for their faux outrage was Michelle Obama’s campaign to encourage breastfeeding, an embarrassing right-wing misfire which suggests there may be Freudian overtones to their “nanny” outrage.

Instead of pushing “cradle to grave” statism, the Administration pivoted immediately after the election to government-shrinking Grand Bargains. A “sequester” agreed to by both parties began slashing services on both ends of life. And the Administration’s attempting to end the sequester, not by calling for its straight repeal (as it should), but by offering cuts to Social Security at the later end of that “cradle to grave” span.

Come to think of it, maybe that’s why “Julia” has disappeared from the Obama website.

The Manifesto

The Randian State’s first manifesto may have been the startling document produced by Ronald Reagan’s “blue ribbon” education commission in 1983, which proposed to use schools as factories for more effectively turning Millennials – and every generation that follows – into usable raw material for corporate production.

The commission approached American education in a self-declared state of crisis, saying it was asked to address “the widespread public perception” – held by whom, exactly? – “that something is seriously remiss in our educational system.”

The sternly ideological report which resulted was called “A Nation At Risk.” Though right-wing in content, it reads like a Soviet proclamation on industrial production. Students are redefined as inputs in a system to maximize American corporate competitiveness, productivity and profits.

“History is not kind to idlers,” says the report. “We live among determined, well-educated, and strongly motivated competitors. We compete with them for international standing and markets …”

The rhetoric is hectoring and fierce:

“(T)he educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.”

The “problem” was stated in terms that were both militaristic – “We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament” – and moralistic: “Our Nation’s schools and Colleges … are routinely called on to provide solutions to personal, social, and political problems that the home and other institutions either will not or cannot resolve.”

That was an assault on an idea that had been uncontroversial among Americans of all political persuasions for generations: that education can and should help children learn to participate more effectively in society. The authors had more concrete objectives in mind. Like Communist commissars plumping next year’s wheat harvest, their goal was productivity, productivity, productivity.

“Knowledge, learning, information, and skilled intelligence are the new raw materials of international commerce,” wrote the Commission. And by “raw materials,” Millennials, they meant you.

The rest of the Commission’s report is largely taken up by a) platitudes, and b) statistical studies which soon challenged aggressively. But the Randian State moved on, Millennials firmly in its maw. And while A Nation At Risk only targeted students, it soon had Americans of all ages in its sights.

Birth School Work Death

During the Thatcher years a British punk group called The Godfathers put out a song called “Birth School Work Death.” Here are nine ways the Cradle to Grave Randian State is harming Millennials in those four stages of life.

1. Prenatal Nutrition

For some the new regime began even before they were born. The Reagan Administration moved to cut nutrition funding for 600,000 pregnant women, a particularly hypocritical act for a movement which claims to be concerned about the rights of unborn children.

2. Early Childhood Nutrition

The same cuts also lowered food budgets for children in 4.6 million households, eighty-seven percent of which lived below the poverty line.

3. School lunches

The National School Lunch Act of 1946 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 both promoted healthy meals for America’s schoolchildren. Seems benign and even wise – unless you’re a Randian, of course. The Reagan Administration added to cuts in 1980 budget, then passed into infamy when it stated that ketchup and pickle relish could be considered “vegetables” when designing a balanced diet.

Few, if any, parents adopted this approach at the family dinner table. “Kids, finish your vegetables!” never became “Kids, finish sucking the factory produced, sugar-drenched condiments out of those little folding packets!”

4. Cutting education funds.

The Reagan Administration’s cuts to the Department of Education, some occurring under Education Secretary William Bennett, eventually totaled $19 billion.

The right has continued to mount an assault on school funding at every level ever since, from local school boards up to the state and Federal level. They’ve been joined by “centrist” Democrats like Rahm Emanuel in their efforts to demonize teachers and privatize schools.

5. Making college unaffordable.

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center conducted a study for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and found that “Since the mid-1980s” – roughly the start of the Millennial Generation -”the costs of higher education in America have steadily shifted from the taxpayer to the student and family.”

Median family income have risen by 147% since then, while college tuition and fees rose 439%, a tripling of education costs in real dollar terms. The impact has been greatest on lower-income families, sounding a potential death knell for social mobility.

From the New York Times: “Among the poorest families … the net cost of a year at a public university was 55 percent of median income, up from 39 percent in 1999-2000.”

6. Leaving graduates drowning in debt.

The misguided ‘privatization’ of Sallie Mae, the government’s student loan enterprise, led to a series of political and financial scandals. (See “Sallie Mae’s Jets.”) It also contributed to an explosion of student loans, many of which went to highly dubious ‘colleges’ which issued high-cost, worthless degrees. Many other students went to more legitimate institutions, but found themselves drowning in debt.

Now 7.4 million students are about to see a doubling of their interest rates unless something is done. Elizabeth Warren has proposed given them access to the Fed’s ultra-low rates for banks, while more modest proposals would keep current rates in place.

The student debt situation for Millennials would be morally unconscionable even if rates remain at current levels. Anything else is shocking to contemplate. The UPI reports today that Sen. Lamar Alexander said the President and Republicans “agree” on what should be done.

That’s not reassuring.

7. Massive unemployment.

There are 10 million unemployed young people in the United States. The official youth unemployment rate is 16.2 percent, the adjusted rate (including discouraged workers) is22.9 percent – not much better than the Eurozone’s – and the anemic ‘jobs recovery’ is even weaker for Millennials.

The crisis covers everything from high-school-age summer and after-school jobs to employment after graduation.

Studies show that youth unemployment lowers income for the rest of a person’s life. That means this crisis is urgent as well as massive. Every passing month harms the future of an entire generation. What immediate, major measures are being proposed to address this emergency?

None.

8. An increasingly inequitable, wage-stagnating economy.

When Millennials do find jobs – hopefully – they’ll enter a marketplace and economy plagued by historic levels of wage inequality and stagnation.

That’s not an accident: It’s policy.Tax rates favor inequality. Right-wing Republicans and “centrist” Democrats have savaged unions, an effective counterweight against growing inequality. And both parties have served the growing financialization of our economy (although the GOP does it with more gusto), making things worse for everybody except Wall Street.

9. Greater fear and insecurity in old age.

Now the President has proposed cutting Social Security benefits through the cynical “chained CPI.” The “Chain” is also a tax increase, but only on income below the highest level, which means it will aggravate the inequalities that are hurting the vast majority of Americans.

Every generation will suffer if it passes, including those who have already retired. But for Millennials it will be a final late-life kick from the Randian State.

A Letter to Millennials

The year was 1984. Wham! and Cyndi Lauper were topping the charts. The top movie of the year was, appropriately enough, The Terminator. And the nation was re-electing Ronald Reagan. Americans are now suffering from birth to death as a result of this triumphal year for Randians, which plunged us deeper into a red-in-tooth-and-claw world and left millions struggling with its social consequences.

As they used to say back then: Have a nice day!

Dear Millennials: We tried to stop them. We failed. We’re sorry. Now we need a party – and more importantly, a movement – that will refuse to allow the continued destruction of government’s vital role in our social fabric.

Until we do, every generation will suffer. But you, the Millennials, will continue to carry the dubious distinction of being the first generation of Americans to have been assaulted from the cradle to the grave. For your sake and everyone’s else, you must fight back.

This Father’s Day, here’s a promise: Some of us will be right there beside you.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 20, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
"Their decades-long assault on our core social values is on the verge of consuming its first complete generation of Americans. Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first to be fully subjected to this all-out attack on the idea that we take care of each other in this country, and they’ll pay for it from the cradle to the grave."


paying for it from the cradle to the grave

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 20, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
We used to take care of each other, families, communities, churches, civic groups.

Now we outsource it to big brother.

Big brother will have his due.

rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 20, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
just when was that specifically?
RedPill

climber
Jun 20, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
fixed that for you

[libetarians are so dishonest]

Let me guess, public schooled, right?
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Jun 20, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Hey TGT,


He's Kenyan, not Egyptian. Everybody knows that.

Curt
Bharata

Mountain climber
Pune
Jun 20, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
Curt you are correct. But if he was what would be the caption reading for the king of kings? To show his total power over the Earth?

A poorly translated saying from dictators in that area of the world reads:

"Let it be clear to everybody that I shall soon make these ignoramuses stoop and grind corn."

rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 20, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
oh look!

another of your team leaders is throwing in the towel...
seems he just could bear to "take care" of the poor anylonger



http://news.yahoo.com/gay-rights-bombshell-why-key-gay-conversion-group-231500535.html
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 21, 2013 - 06:59am PT
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:09am PT
USDA Slashes Food for Women, Children, Subsidizes Wineries Instead


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/20/USDA-slashes-care-subsidies
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:20am PT
TGT said
We used to take care of each other, families, communities, churches, civic groups.

Now we outsource it to big brother.


This is a particularly brilliant form of insanity. Who is the "we" that "used to take care of each other?" And why does "we" not include the government which actually shares a representation and financial base that comes from "we" the people. Overall "Big Brother's" social welfare programs are much, much weaker than they "used to" be. Numbers of people on assistance are higher because our brilliant free market financiers tanked the economy for short term profits and cost us millions of jobs, not because we've greatly expanded the permanent roles of welfare. Additionally, the "we" you talk of did not do a particularly comprehensive job of taking care of "us." People looked to the government because families, communities (oh hey are those represented by governments too?) churches and civic groups lacked the resources, the expertise and the reach to take care of the whole problem. The reality that you espouse can only exist in the comments section of such hilariously terrible websites as breitbart.com. Oh and maybe 1950's television.

rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:37am PT
"charity is no replacement for systemic justice"

the reason they get all pisses is because they dont have the right to harasses and demean and reject and deny people in need working through state organizations which demand equality

ruins their favorite game of waiting till the person is nearly at the psycotic breakdown phase then swooping in to manipulate them as their favorite flavor of church instructs

one of their favorites is to demand the needy persons do EXACTLY the one think that person cant do before they will help. allows them to walk away shaking their head thinking this person just doesnt want help and that they have met their moral responsibility

the biblethumpers have a particularly evil way of looking at it. they say that "it isnt charity" if they are forced to contribute; therefore, it doesnt qualify as what christ was talking about when he said to care for the poor.

it allows them to think that THEY are the poor, for being subject to tax. it allows them to think that serving their christ and the poor starts first with avoiding taxes and refusing to participate

evil and vicious monsters who think their the salt of the place



"Are the Bible Thumpers Losing Their Grip on Our Politics?"

The Christian Right appears to be in decline, yet Republicans still pander to them. What gives?

http://www.alternet.org/belief/christian-right-0?paging=off
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:07am PT
More evidence the Republicans are finished as a coherent party.

http://theweek.com/article/index/245960/the-house-gop-revolts-john-boehner-officially-has-no-control-over-his-caucus

Curt
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:45am PT
hhhmmm, yeah, the Democratic party is over in Syria now,, supporting those that just beheaded a few Christians in the name of islam. But thats who we are now supporting,, and those islamic fighters are being trained by,,, yes,, al-quay=duh camps..

I DARE any democrat here to JUSTIFY that. Or republican for that matter.


Tell me WHY we are SUPPORTING those that have killed more innocent americans than any other group on the planet.? We armed these rebels many times over the years and each and E#VERY time those arms eventually were used against the USA, its troops and its properties.


Go Ahead,, tell me of the sense this makes.


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Norton,, ive dug rather deeply into it. Therfore my question stands.

We arm and support those that have squarely been aligned against us. For whatever the reasons this WILL bite us in the azz just like every other action or non action weve taken in the ME..Weve BTDT, and now seek to demonstrate the textbook meaning of INSANITY..
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 21, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
so basically,
we ARM and TRAIN and SUPPORT the murders of christians in syria,
and just about everywhere else...

its almost as if this is a good investment somehow


hmmmmm
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 21, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
oh and as soon as anyone finds it

please post the list of celebrities and other various scumf*#ks who have appear with paula dean on here drunk on white priveleged bastard tv program...


we really need to jump on their asses
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
pretty funny how the anti-obama contingency
are silent about the journalist who burned obama's favorite general dying under highly suspicious circumstances

whats issa waiting for?

hastings was obviously murdered GIVEN
he was about to go interview the hacker who took on the zeta cartel in mexico and was set up by the fbi and sent to prison because of that
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