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Health Care Reform: The Future Is Now

Health Care Reform: The Future Is Now

The final passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 was the ultimate anti-climax. The cornerstone of the law, its exchanges, will not go live until 2014. In addition, many of the elements of legislation promised for this year, are subject to the rules written by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The insurance industry will likely press those rules to test for weakness, and Republicans are trying to mount a campaign for repeal. No friends, passage was just the beginning of the process. [Read the rest of this article...]

Road Trip Memories; Dad And Me

Road Trip Memories; Dad And Me

It was a nearly perfect trip, with nearly perfect memories. We didn’t see everything we wanted to, or do everything we planned to, but we spent the better part of eight great days together. Come to think of it, there were just three things keeping it from being perfect; a game of catch, a game of chess, and some toasted peanut butter sandwiches. [Read the rest of this article...]

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part Three

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part Three

The Public Option was the biggest story nobody understood in 2009. When we last checked in on the debate in late October, the scaled back government alternative to private insurance, a tiny initiative that would only have covered 4% of the population, was the central piece in the health care fight. The Public Option was the one factual item in the GOP campaign to derail meaningful health care reform, and it was the political football Harry Reid was left to carry over the goal-line before Christmas. [Read the rest of this article...]

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part Two

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part Two

While the politics of health care reform had been brewing for decades, the new incarnation of the beast came in early March 2009. At the President's summit on health care, the stakeholders and power brokers came together in a series of meetings designed to bring about bipartisan legislation. The ensuing 13 months were filled with a number of good ideas, all unfortunately drowned out by an avalanche of political shenanigans and outright lies. This article will highlight (or lowlight) that process. [Read the rest of this article...]

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part One

Health Care Reform: A Refresher, Part One

If you want a laugh, ask the "pro-business" types who have spent a year or more talking about why health care reform is a bad deal, what happens when a cost center explodes like that in a given business. With all of the current nonsense about a "debt crisis" invading the media (and by extension, the public), I thought it was time to refocus on the real sources of economic doom and gloom in our democracy. Our nation fought a one year battle, culminating in the package of groundbreaking (if not incomplete) legislation remaking the medical marketplace. Now, as the federal government unveils the rules written in enforcement of that law, the nation needs to be reminded why the battle is fought, and what comes next. [Read the rest of this article...]

Republican Masochism

Republican Masochism

The modern Republican Party has become a model of self-contradiction. A party loaded to the rafters with self-proclaimed freedom-lovers was forced to justify a systematic destruction of civil liberties; acts perpetrated by a Republican President and Republican Congress under the auspices of the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act. Conservatives had to find methods for dealing with the same Republican power structure as it violated the tenants of fiscal conservatism by doubling the national debt; debt that had been reduced by the fiscal policies of the previous Democratic administration. Finally, Republican stalwarts heard Mr. Bush repeatedly claim to listen to the generals, then watched as he fired one soldier after another who [Read the rest of this article...]

The Gaza War

The Gaza War

War is coming in the Levant...again. War is coming just as surely as Winter follows the Fall. The Netanyahu Government in Tel Aviv wants a war; they are certain they can handle most of the Islamic states that surround Israel, and positive that the United States will be bullied into taking care of the rest. Elements in the united States want war; the Cheney mentality, nurtured by the AIPAC block, believes that war is not just inevitable, but a fulfillment of divine providence. Finally; many in the streets and governments of the Islamic states surrounding Israel want war. [Read the rest of this article...]

Abortion: From the Middle

Abortion: From the Middle

Abortion is just one of those topics, the mere mention of which is likely to end conversation and begin fisticuffs. If ever there was a polarizing issue in American politics, this is it. If ever there was a bi-polarizing issue in American politics, this is also it. The Los Angeles Times Poll in 2000 neatly sums up the bi-polar aspect; 57% believed that abortion was murder, 67% believed the decision should be between a women and her doctor. [Read the rest of this article...]

Deconstructing Gary Bauer

Deconstructing Gary Bauer

I am often amused when American exceptionalists like Bauer, people who take great offense when the President indicates that our nation is not perfect, are able to so quickly condemn our nation to mediocrity. I was raised with the belief that the United States can do, well, pretty much anything it has the will to. On the subject of clean energy, it is easy to show that Gary Bauer's only proof for his assertions in this release, is in fact Gary Bauer's imagination. [Read the rest of this article...]

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Animated Balls: Election 2012

Episode 1: It's Hard to Choose Just One

Episode 2: Occupy Wall Street

Episode 3: 999! The Cain Train to Prosperity

Episode 4: Small Government

Episode 5: Newt is Forgiven

Episode 6: A Candidate with Big Balls

Episode 7: Why We Must Elect Rick!

Episode 8: Don't Make Me Use the "S" Word!

Episode 9: Santorum & Obamaville

Episode 10: Settle for Mitt!

Episode 12: Austerity and Obama's Debt!

Episode 13: From My Cold, Dead Hands!

Episode 14: Ryan is a Bold Choice for VP!

Episode 15: Mitt Romney's Taxes

Episode 16: Mitt & Me; 2 Peas in a Pod!

Episode 17: Mitt and the 47%

Episode 18: The PA Voter ID Law

Episode 19: The Boss is Running!

Episode 20: Benghazi Has Legs

Episode 21: Grover, the NRA, and the GOP

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