Bob Cesca: “I’m pissed off at health care reform.” (Well, maybe it’s more like frustration?) “I’m pissed off that President Obama ‘thanked’ the independent senator from Connecticut even though the senator nearly killed health care reform this week.” (But, I won’t go any further in criticizing the President — who campaigned on “If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house” — even though he set the stage for this outcome with sabotaging statements, after the election, like “the Public Option is just one sliver,” has refused from the beginning to stand up for anything remotely progressive, and, was still coddling other corporate sellout senators after they repulsively propagandized the entire nation with “Death Panel” assertions.) “I’m pissed off at the Senate,” “cable news,” “Rahm Emanuel,” and “the Republicans.” (Yet, I’m not going to allow my positive view to be swayed by reality.) “I’m pissed off that I can’t, in good conscience, allow my anger to coerce me into believing that we should ‘kill this bill.’” (Unlike Rep. “Is This the Best We Can Do?” Kucinich, Dr. Howard Dean, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, and Michael Moore, I refuse to make a “final straw” stand – no matter how far this goes.) (Like the former Single-Payer champion Rep. Anthony Weiner, who transformed into a dissembling preacher for the administration,) “I have no other choice but to settle for what is. For now.” (True, I could make other choices, like not putting lipstick on pigs. Regardless, I will hold out for anything that passes, and call it a win.) “Lack of insurance,” “medical bankruptcies and deaths” will be overcome. (How? By mandating that everyone buy private policies [“it makes them criminals if they don’t”] — which they cannot afford Now — or, especially Later). Let us not accept pure spin, while we’re being sold out, as “the good.” Let us not forget that what was absolutely possible — in a present tense, is now referred to as “the perfect” — in a past tense.
Olbermann: Ruined Senate Bill Unsupportable
Rep. Kucinich, Dr. Dean, and Michael Moore Caved for Politics’ Sake.
“We WIN. Administered by private insurance companies. No government funding. No government insurance competitor.”
Obama’s Broken Promises:
President Obama, Dec. 22: “I didn’t campaign on the public option.”
“Here’s one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the table: The Senate certainly shouldn’t try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated.” Of course. After refusing to support a Public Option (so that it would disappear), allowing the Medicare-Buy-In to be cast aside (keeping Lieberman happy), leaving us with an Individual Mandate (“If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house.”), and going back on practically every other word professed during the campaign, why stop now? “The people of Massachusetts spoke. He’s got to be part of that process.” It’s another opportunity to appease what was purportedly “the other side” – even more. But, as one year of history has shown us, this is not really just about manipulative appeasement (with bipartisanship as a cover). It’s also about getting through what is actually desired – and backed. Frank Rich: “The larger fear is that Obama might be just another corporatist, punking voters much as the Republicans do when they claim to be all for the common guy.”
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