On balance, it’s fairly made up

Fox News creates its own alternate reality:

And for some facts these poor teabaggers definitely hadn’t been told by Fox, read THIS (click on THIS).

Reason I’m bringing this up is that some recent polls seemed to show that most people in the U.S. are “against Obamacare.”  Now, I question that since I don’t know how the polls were conducted or what questions were asked; I suspect that a lot of pollsters also create their own news by skewing things a bit.  But the thing is, if you’re an average American, “Obamacare” is a good thing; however, it appears that a lot of us have been effectively swayed by scare tactics.  (For instance, the main Republican line of attack on “Obamacare” is mandatory health insurance.  Now, we’ve had mandatory automobile insurance for some time in many states…why is that okay?)

To me, the only frightening thing about nationalized (or even somewhat nationalized) healthcare is Big Pharma’s increasing stranglehold over the availability of treatments in the entire western world.  They recently swayed the EU to ban all “herbal medicines.”  Now, this presents us with a tangle of problems because Obama is guilty of caving in to Big Pharma in a pact made before “Obamacare” was approved; it would seem that Big Pharma are above it all at this point and can do anything they want without even a government stepping in to stop them.  Them again, the relentlessly ill-informed teabaggers should be elated about “Obamacare” because of the corporate control that Obama gave Big Pharma in the U.S. as part of it, shouldn’t they?  Have they ever stopped to think about that — or about anything at all?

In spite of the increasing danger from Big Pharma, I still say that overall, “Obamacare” could help bail this country out of its economic pit by making U.S. citizens less expensive to hire.  If it’s allowed to fail merely because of fear of the unknown, and even one person goes bankrupt or dies for lack of insurance because of it, Fox News should be held responsible.  And they can take their blinkered teabaggers to hell with them.

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Whatever Lieberman is, I’m against it

I’m Against It
(Groucho Marx)

No surprise, the Oreo-cookie Democrat Joe Lieberman is against healthcare.  As I’ve long been thinking, it’s high time we were against Joe Lieberman. 

I’m against him on the grounds that he’s fundamentally a damn liar.  It would be okay for him to be a damn liar (politicians are generally like that) if he had any other redeeming qualities — that is, if he weren’t lying for the status quo — but he hasn’t, and he is nothing but a damn liar.  Others are against him on the grounds that he’s fundamentally a fundamentalist, but I can’t find evidence of him being fundamentally anything but a damn liar. 

I have a good one: how about being against him because he’s becoming a one-man barrier stopping U.S. citizens from achieving what most of us want, which is common-sense healthcare reform?  All I wish him is a terrifying dream, kind of like Scrooge had on Christmas Eve, with particular emphasis on the future.  If he continues to be a barrier, sooner or later he will have no political future, which seems to be his worst nightmare.  So, Ghost of Holiday Future, visit Joe Lieberman fast.

As for the Republicans’ opposition to healthcare, we all know it is bought and paid for by the healthcare industry.  But I thought I’d clarify it all by…um…re-quoting something one of them said:

Actual quote:  

“We do not believe this bill, this nearly 2,100-page monstrosity, is real health care reform,” (Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky).

My clarification:

“We haven’t read this nearly 2,100 page monstrosity because we’ve already decided there is no need for healthcare reform.  Maybe if we lose our campaign funding from the healthcare industry we’ll look at reform.  Meantime let’s put out a one-page Patients’ Bill of Rights and have a teabagger rally about government spending that started with the Obama administration even though it didn’t. ”

No big surprise, today’s Stupid of the Day award goes to the Senate Republicans, including Joe Lieberman.

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 18, 2009

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 18, 2009

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More on the Republicans’ shameless behavior

Even attempting to be funny about it is becoming difficult because the words of the Republicans themselves seem to get the biggest laughs:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-july-30-2009/healthraiser

And for good measure, take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbWw23XwO5o&feature=player_embedded

And as if you haven’t had enough already, how about this little aside:

http://www.bigbrassblog.com/index.php?itemid=2943