Thursday Repug Nonsense Roundup

June 18, 2009

  • So much for Dubya owing Obama his “silence” (here)…

    “There are a lot of ways to remedy the situation without nationalizing health care,” Mr. Bush said. “I worry about encouraging the government to replace the private sector when it comes to providing insurance for health care.”

    As noted here…

  • While he was governor of Texas, that state ranked next to last “in the percentage of children with health insurance and about 1.4 million children in Texas were uninsured.”
  • He supported expansion of SCHIP when running for re-election in 2004, then opposed it after winning a second term.
  • When he finally did decide to add $5 billion to SCHIP funding, it would have resulted in about 840,000 kids losing coverage, whereas the bipartisan congressional alternative provided coverage to 10 million kids.
  • “Replace the private sector”…what a nitwit!

  • We also have the following from California Repug congressman (and former Reagan speechwriter) Dana Rohrabacher on the matter of the Iranian election (here)…

    Well I think that Mr. Obama, if he continues to have these types of attitudes, we’re going to see things get very bad, very quickly. Already the North Koreans have challenged him and realized that he’s a cream puff, if that is what he is indeed going to be as a President.… [N]ow if the Mullahs in Iran are permitted to just roll over opposition something like Tiananmen square (I fixed Rohrabacher’s misspelling), we will have missed a great opportunity.

    Gee, maybe Obama should’ve traded arms for hostages with Iran, like Dana R.’s old boss.

    And if Obama is a “creampuff,” I don’t know what that makes Rohrabacher for aiding Afghan fighters in the ‘80s who would later become the Taliban, along with that bin Laden guy (noted here).

  • And speaking of the Iranian election, it seems that the Repugs actually allege a kinship of sorts with the protestors, claiming to be an “oppressed minority,” twittering to that effect to all who will care to read (here).

    Please.

    It should be noted that, back when they were the majority party essentially from 2000-2006, one of the tools they used to ramrod their agenda through Congress was somewhat ironically titled “reconciliation,” which, as noted here…

    …is an optional procedure that can be included in the annual Congressional budget resolution process.

    Inclusion in the budget does not mean reconciliation will definitely be used; it merely leaves the option on the table.

    The main purpose of budget reconciliation is to provide Congress the ability to change current law in order to align revenue and spending levels with the policies of the budget resolution.

    I say it’s a bit ironic because, in effect, it means that the dreaded “60 votes needed for passage” in the Senate do not apply; a straight majority vote on whatever the affected piece of legislation happens to be is sufficient.

    And though, as The Gavel states, it is to be used primarily for budget matters, it was abused to pass the notorious tax cuts of the early part of this decade, which have a lot to do with our current economic mess, noted here (along with Judd Gregg’s tactic of using it to open the ANWR for drilling).

    And by the way, if you want to read some funny stuff in response to U.S. House Rep Pete Hoekstra’s “tweet” in particular, check this out (h/t Atrios).


  • A Post From A Wet, Disgruntled Phillies Fan

    June 18, 2009

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    Yes I know I’m a homer and I should just keep my opinion to myself because they won it all last year, which was awesome of course (and, shockingly, they’re still in first place in their division), but I have a few things I’d like to say, having plunked down a not-insignificant amount of money to watch these guys in a professional baseball game in south Philadelphia last night…

  • Jimmy Rollins has no business hitting in the leadoff spot for this baseball team. Tell him to hit second to move the leadoff runner along should that person reach base, or he sits (I wish I could take credit for this observation, but I can’t).
  • Shane Victorino (who should be in that spot) shouldn’t be laughing while standing on first base in the bottom of the ninth inning of a game his team is losing by six runs, having reached after a single (I hope he was reacting to words from Toronto Blue Jays’ first baseman Lyle Overbay, because if he was reacting to something from the Phillies’ first base coach, then we have a wholly other problem).
  • Note to Charlie Manuel – when the team is losing 4-1 and pitcher Jamie Moyer is due to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning (Moyer ended up with about only three innings that were actually good last night), you pinch hit for him, particularly when Moyer goes out the next inning and gives up a two-run home run to put the game out of reach. If Jack Taschner ends up pitching an extra inning as a result, he should not blow out his arm (if he does, it won’t be because of that).
  • And aside from Jayson Werth’s solo home run, I would say that the appearance of “Philadelphia’s finest” along with stadium security to usher the shirtless drunk guys out of the ballpark was the highlight of the evening.

    And hopefully, when we return in a month, the Phillies’ hitters will have learned not to swing at breaking balls in the dirt, and the pitchers will figure out how to survive the first inning without actually giving up a run.


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