229 Responses to “the story of the affordable care act”


  1. 1 4morefor44
    March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    we be jammin!

  2. 9 GGail
    March 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks

    Happy Birthday vc!

  3. 24 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Alex Wagner is an absolute idiot. This is affirmative action working for ya!

  4. 26 Janelle
    March 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, that was a great video…..it looked like an extension of the Guggenheim documentary.

  5. 28 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Is it just me? But I love his signature. Strong and decisive.

  6. 29 andogriff
    March 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the excellent threads today, Ms Chips, and happy birthday to vcprezofan! Very sorry to hear about Rev. Al’s Mom.

  7. 32 mtmarilyn
    March 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    What a beautiful morning. I am finally able to hear one of his speeches this week. He is the energizer bunny! Thanks for keeping everything here for all of us, Chips. You are the best!

  8. 33 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    As if we needed another reason to note that Romney is a fool :)

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/22/10810874-hoover-dam-political-metaphor

    After winning the Illinois primary on Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s victory speech featured an unexpected argument. The former governor was trying to argue that “government” stands in the way of American progress, which led to this observation: “We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam. Today, we can’t even build a pipeline.”

    snip/

    about 16 hours later, President Obama delivered a speech on energy policy in Boulder City, Nevada, and made a related observation.

    “Eight decades ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, the people of Boulder City were busy working on another energy project you may have heard of,” Obama said. “Like today, it was a little bit ahead of its time; it was a little bit bigger than this solar plant — it was a little louder, too. It was called the Hoover Dam. And at the time, it was the largest dam in the world. Even today, it stands as a testimony to American ingenuity, American imagination, the power of the American spirit — a testimony to the notion we can do anything. That was true back then; it is true today.”

    snip/

    I’m not sure if Romney fully appreciates this, but if he checked in with his friends on Capitol Hill, he’d realize that most congressional Republicans balk at expanding American infrastructure investments because (a) it spends money, and (b) it’s not a tax cut; while another chunk of congressional Republicans reject the idea on principle on the 10th Amendment grounds (the Constitution doesn’t mention highways, bridges, or dams).

    “We once built the interstate highway system and the Hoover Dam”? Well, yes, we did, and we can do so again. Does Romney not realize he’s making a Democratic argument?

    • March 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      “Does Romney not realize he’s making a Democratic argument?”

      The ability of Romney to realize anything beyond 3 feet of his body or 3 minutes backward or forward from the moment of time he finds himself, is quite limited.

    • 35 57andfemale
      March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      A pipeline?!?! We can’t even fill a pothole without being called socialists.

    • March 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Someone should tell Romney that Hoover Dam and the interstate highway system were built FOR Americans to use, with American tax dollars. The pipeline he’s crying about will be built for Canadians to use (thank you!) with American tax dollars – and may not add any value or purpose for Americans.

      So, instead of joining the President to build infrastructure projects with American money that will benefit Americans, Romney’s using his time at the podium to call for infrastructure projects that will benefit the Canadians (again, thank you!) and the Chinese. Not very smart. Not very patriotic.

    • March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      To quote Dagwood Bumpstead, “Huh?”

  9. 38 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Cousin Henry is now off to Boston for the Irish Film Festival!

  10. March 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    So, I had to laugh watching MSNBC. Their Breaking News is somehow Robney meeting Jim Demint. And the whole room turned RED, like on a Nuclear Submarine when they go to Battle Stations.
    Seriously!

    • 47 Liberal Librarian
      March 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I read about that on the BBC website. Remind me again why churches are tax-exempt?

    • 49 miss pat
      March 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      I cried whn I read that. And this man Nolan has the gall to talk about morals and his church.

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      March 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      This is absolutely appalling. And these criminals will go unpunished for their hideous acts while preaching morality to others. Frankly, PBO should wear it as a badge of honor that these sick hypocrites oppose his stand on contraception.

  11. March 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Cute! New WH residents—-mommy quack quack and her new ducklings—and Secret Service to the rescue!

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46821040#46821040

    • 59 yardarm756
      March 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Dance all around the question. Wouldn’t say shit even if she had a mouth full of it.

    • 60 Ladyhawke
      March 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Oh please spare me the crocodile tears Senator Hutchinson. By the way, did you vote for Blunt/Rubio? Are you just feeling a bit a heat like Senator Murkowski?

      Rachel Maddow just called Hutchinson out for pretending that it’s the Democrats who made contraception for women an issue. Just like Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican Party, Senator Hutchison is being DISHONEST. I am thoroughly disgusted by these people.

      • 61 COS
        March 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        This must be the new Frank iunz talking point. Blame the Democrats like they usually do. The republican lady did the same yesterday on Tweety’s show. The Dems need to stop this in it’s tracks. Kudos to Rachel. I would love to see that segment.

    • 62 mtmarilyn
      March 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Rachel was just on Andrea Mitchell and really called the Senator out. Said this was a bunch of hooey.

      Chips, please get the video of Rachel on Andrea, it was wonderful.

      • 63 Ladyhawke
        March 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        tottally agree mtmarily. Rachel was a breath of fresh air. I was furious when I heard Senator Hutchison blame the Democrats. What nonsense. She should be ashamed of herself.

    • 64 Diane
      March 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I thought only men did the ridiculous comb over on their hair. She looks like a female version of the Donald.

  12. March 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Insane—-

    • 69 57andfemale
      March 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      a must-read for sure!

    • 70 Ladyhawke
      March 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks df. Milt Shook never disappoints. I love his writing. Brilliant and insightful. I always learn something when I visit PCTC.

    • 71 57andfemale
      March 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Between the two of us, let’s make sure that this gets re-posted with every new thread. Or perhaps Ms. Chips could add it to the top.

      This post makes you CHEER ACA. It’s a work of absolute brilliance and focus.

      I’d compliment Milt if I could figure out how to comment on his site (I’m at work and can’t spend a ton of time looking into this).

    • 72 sabreen60
      March 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks df. Just tweeted it.

  13. 73 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    #PRESSON

    Yes We Can … Do More Together!

  14. 75 yardarm756
    March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    This probably isn’t the right place for this but I thought it was kinda cheeky.

    Three friends married women from different parts of the country.

    The first man married a woman from Wisconsin. He told her that she was to do
    the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the
    third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and
    put away.

    The second man married a woman from North Dakota. He gave his wife orders
    that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The
    first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was
    better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were
    done and there was a huge dinner on the table.

    The third man married a girl from Chicago. He ordered her to keep the
    house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot
    meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn’t see
    anything, the second day he didn’t see anything but by the third day,
    some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of
    his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself
    a sandwich and load the dishwasher. He still has some difficulty
    when he pees.

    Don’t mess with Chi-town women!

  15. March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I have this, and it’s a goody—-and timely

  16. March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  17. 88 57andfemale
    March 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    That’s what I’m talking about, Mr. President! More ads like this about ACA.

    “Promise kept” — EXCELLENT.

  18. 90 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Here is the original police report in the Trayvon Martin case. The report does not support Zimmerman’s “self defense” claim. In fact the report clearly desrcibes the event as an “unnecessary killing”

  19. March 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Love that story of the ACA…great video.

  20. March 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    • 101 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Yup. A pattern is emerging alright. I think the word “stalking” should be in quotes thought because it was Zimmerman’s perception of what the men were doing…

  21. 105 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/03/22/450000/conservatives-buffett-meager-revenue/

    Conservative politicians and opinion writers are mischaracterizing an official budget estimate to argue that President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” would not raise much revenue. Don’t be fooled. A Buffett Rule would raise substantial revenue.
    The Buffett Rule, of course, is the principle that no millionaire should pay lower taxes than middle-class families. Our current tax code fails on that score: Millionaires’ tax rates have dropped sharply in recent years largely because of the Bush tax cuts, and many millionaires are paying lower tax rates than people well below them on the income scale.

    • 106 COS
      March 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Earlier this week CNN’s crawler said that the buffet rule would only raise a few billion dollars. Apparently they decided to repeat what the repugs are saying without doing their own research.

  22. 107 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Oklahoma showing our President some hospitality!

  23. 108 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Mitt’s Gas Price Flip-Flop

    By Ed Kilgore

    ==================

    MacGillis goes on to note that Romney was an avid “smart growth” proponent as governor, who liked to talk not only about fuel efficiency, but clean energy, cluster development, and public transportation.

    At this point, of course, all Romney’s past heresies against current conservative orthodoxy represent are grievances his new allies will use to hold him strictly accountable for staying “flopped” after he’s flip-flopped. That will certainly be true of his record on gas prices and all the related issues. A President Romney won’t come within a gridlocked suburban commute of promoting “smart growth” in thought, word or deed.

    ===================

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_03/mitts_gas_price_flipflop036220.php

  24. 110 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/22/449687/report-proves-health-reform-is-here-to-stay-49-states-have-already-taken-action-supporting-its-implementation/

    On this anniversary of the ACA, you should all take note of the steps that 49 states have taken to begin to implement this law….notice that it says 49 states have done this….any guesses as to the ass backwards,ignorant,Wild West moron Gov. that is NOT doing anything?????

    Bet you a gazillion dollars!!!!

  25. 114 clickonitmobile
    March 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    TOD Family,
    Rev. Al Sharpton just lost his dear mother Aida Sharpton age 87 due to Alzheimer’s in the early hours this morning. pray for him as he was very close to his mother like President Obama and has a rally for justice for Trayvon Martin today. He said his mother would want him to help this family.

  26. March 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    On Tuesday, March 20, in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center held a moot court case previewing Health and Human Services vs. Florida. Two of the nation’s top Supreme Court litigators presented their oral arguments to a panel of nine distinguished judges. In an overwhelming 8-1 decision, the judges upheld Obama’s Health Care Reform Law.

    http://constitutioncenter.org/jennings/events/2012_moot_court.html

    But, the Roberts Court is extreme.

    • 116 57andfemale
      March 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Jovie, I’ve seen what this court can mangle and I remain hopeful but apprehensive.

      I remember that no one — NO ONE thought Bush v. Gore would end up with the result it got. They had to make shit up and then tell everyone that the case could not be used for precedent. It was astonishing. In any other nation with a functioning democracy, people would have been rioting in the streets.

      My one hope is that they would be afraid that their ruling could have adverse consequences for business down the line. But they are beyond shame or logic. However, they cannot make this a ‘precedent-free’ case and that should work in our favor. We’ll see.

      So yes I’m hopeful. But I’m still scared.

      • March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        To be honest, as soon as I knew they had accepted BvG, I knew which direction it was going to go. This was a case that was outside their jurisdiction, so the only reason they would have accepted it was to keep Gore from winning.

    • 119 Linda
      March 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Last summer I watched a forum with people who cover this Court….they discussed the cases that are on this years calendar.

      One was the ACA and at the end…it was agreed that the Court would uphold the Law by 8-1 or 7-2.

    • 120 yardarm756
      March 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      The SC is in serious need of some checks and balance. There should be no left or right on the bench……..

  27. 121 a night owl
    March 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    President Obama had a simple greeting for his New Mexico hosts upon arriving at a Roswell airfield this afternoon: “I come in peace,” he said…

    “Let me tell you, there are more nine and ten-year-old boys around the country, when I meet them they ask me, ‘Have you been to Roswell?’ and, ‘Is it true what they say?’ And I tell them, ‘If I told you, I’d have to kill you.’ And their eyes get all big,” he said.

    “So, we’re going to keep our secrets here.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/in-oil-and-ufo-country-obama-says-i-come-in-peace/

  28. 123 proudofobama
    March 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    New poll. PBO leads GOP field; has 17 pt lead with women over Romney.

    President Obama leads all of the Republican candidates nationally thanks to a wide margin of support among women voters, according to an Economist-YouGov poll released on Thursday.

    In a head-to-head matchup, Obama leads GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney 49 percent to 42 percent nationally, according to the poll. Ron Paul is the only other candidate to come within double-digits of the president.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/217615-poll-obama-leads-gop-field-nationally-on-strength-of-women-voters?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

    • 124 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Proud! This excellent news.

      And in other polling news – for the state of CT:

      // President Barack Obama thumps Romney 53 – 37 percent in the general election matchup, leading 51 – 40 percent among men and 55 – 34 percent among women. The president leads 91 – 6 percent among Democrats and 48 – 37 percent among independent voters, while Romney leads 85 – 12 percent among Republicans.

      Obama beats Santorum 55 – 35 percent.

      Connecticut voters approve 53 – 43 percent of the job the president is doing and by 55 – 41 percent they have a favorable opinion of him.

      Romney gets a negative 35 – 43 percent favorability and Santorum gets a negative 27 – 43 percent. //

      http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=1724

  29. 125 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    City of Sanford FL to give a news conference at 3:30PM today.

  30. March 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Senate passed watered down stock act, on the way to the President for signature.
    Whatever!

  31. 128 57andfemale
    March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Some interesting statements from dKos about the Ryan budget:

    “If there is any single thing that characterizes the strategy of these guys—from reproductive rights to austerity programming—it is their stubborn relentlessness no matter how many times they get blocked. Part of their persistence emerges out of the fact that they consistently win small victories. And those add up over time.

    At the Economic Policy Institute, Ethan Pollack has taken a look at what impact the Ryan budget would have on jobs. “Impact” is the proper term. That budget would not just crater the modest job growth we’ve seen in the past three months—a monthly average of 245,000 new jobs—it would wipe out millions of existing jobs. All other things being equal, by 2014, the official unemployment rate that is now at 8.3 percent would rise to 11.9 percent if his plan were enacted.”

    The “Job Killer” Budget!

  32. March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    US Chamber of Commerce celebrates the ACA 2 year anniversary with an article that claims the ACA is not/won’t be enough, and that not nearly 32 million will be covered:

    embed

    But I read the blog, and it doesn’t give concrete facts or numbers, just one estimate. And I also thought the Chamber wanted to repeal Obamacare, so why complain that it’s not doing enough?

    • 130 Linda
      March 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      CBO came out with new estimates of 30 million….

      • March 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        The way they’ve written it looks like the law won’t cover all 32 million, not just that it falls short by 2 million. And you’re so right – if they want to repeal the law, it won’t cover all 32 million, plus another 18 million will lose their healthcare, and several more million will have their insurance plucked from under them when they get sick – per recent estimates.

  33. 132 Linda
    March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    A new report from the Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) tracks how members of Congress use their position in Washington to help out their family members financially. Here’s CREW’s key findings:

    82 members (40 Democrats and 42 Republicans) paid family members through their congressional offices, campaign committees and political action committees (PACs);
    44 members (20 Democrats and 24 Republicans) have family members who lobby or are employed in government affairs;
    90 members (42 Democrats and 48 Republicans) have paid a family business, employer, or associated nonprofit;
    20 members (13 Democrats and 7 Republicans) used their campaign money to contribute to a family member’s political campaign;
    14 members (6 Democrats and 8 Republicans) charged interest on personal loans they made to their own campaigns;
    38 members (24 Democrats and 14 Republicans) earmarked to a family business, employer, or associated nonprofit.

    —–

    How can the Republicans complain about crony capitalism now ?

  34. 133 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    The Martin Bashir show promises to be a good one today:

    https://twitter.com/#!/BashirLive/status/182891022546780160

    • 134 Ladyhawke
      March 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I really like Karen Finney. She did an excellent job of filing in for Martin Bashir today. And her “Clear The Air” segment about prejudice and stereotypes was very powerful.

      • March 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        Karen Finney ended her segment today with a nice, but true story of her Dad, and Police Prejudices. And when she told the story, It was Ohhhhh so real, my Father was treated with the same kind of disrespectful behavior, from some of the non- blacks, and we as children, my Sisters, and Brothers, just hung our heads In shame and hurt :-( Yeah, this hurts deeply

        • 136 yardarm756
          March 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          I’ve had the same thing happen to me as an adult with a fair-skinned wife driving in KY, MO, TX, MS, LA and ID. Although it was years ago,I still retain FOND memories of those toilets. Sorry if I stepped on any toes.

  35. 137 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Rachel Maddow was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell today. She talked about the Trayvon Martin case and women’s rights under assault by the Republican Party. Rachel was terrific. She calls out Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for blaming Democrats for making an issue of contraception for women. She calls it a scam. Truer words were never spoken. Good for you Rachel.

    Culture wars remain under way in six states

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/mitchell-reports/46823980/#46823980

    • 138 Linda
      March 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      But …..neither UpChuck or Rachel or Andrea said a word about the Blunt/Rubio Amendment that would leave coverage of ANYTHING UP TO A WOMAN’S BOSS.

      I get so frustrated with these so called reporters…..

  36. 139 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Bernie Sanders Calls Out All Three GOP Candidates for Lying About Obama and Gas Prices

    By: Jason Easley

    ================================

    Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum are lying to the American people about the cause of rising gas prices. If the Sanders legislation would pass and be signed by the president, the price of gasoline would come down, but as usual, Republicans who are looking to score cheap political points ahead of the November election oppose any more that would lower the price of gas and help the American people in any way.

    I wish more Democrats had the courage to stand up and plainly say what the Independent Bernie Sanders did. The Republicans are lying to the American people. Their presidential candidates are lying. Their members of Congress are lying, and their propaganda machine is putting out a stream of endless lies all based on the hope of winning an election in November.

    Republicans are lying, and it is up to all Americans who care about facts to join with Sen. Sanders and President Obama in calling them out on it.

    =================================

    http://www.politicususa.com/bernie-sandersgas-prices/

  37. 140 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Sandra Fluke has penned an oped on the merits of the ACA for woman on the HuffnPuff. I no longer post on that site but for those of you who do, please give her some support.

  38. 141 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  39. 142 JER
    March 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Sanford city manager news conference
    Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte is expected to address the Trayvon Martin shooting.

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  40. 144 anniebella
    March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    So the dumb ass Karl Rowe said killing bin Laden was no big deal. I guess 9/11 was no big deal either, was it Karl Rowe? And since it was no big deal, then why didn’t G.W. Bush get it done in the eight years he was in office? Karl Rowe is full of alot of B.S.

    • 145 anniebella
      March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      I bet the people who lost loved ones on 9/11 feel killing bin Laden was a big deal. We should ask Karl Rowe to ask them what do they think?

      • 146 Linda
        March 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        They could care less about them…

        Bush told the mother of a dead soldier he awarded a medal to : ” Now don’t sell it on e-bay ”

        These people are empty inside…..

    • 147 0388jojothecat
      March 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Karl Rove and all the GOP are upset because they can no longer use Bin Laden as the “boogyman” right before every election and every reason they wanted to use “national security” as a reason to protect themselves or harm the american people. It’s a big deal because they can’t use it as a weapon anymore.

    • 148 desertflower
      March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Opps. thinkprogress Bush congratulated Obama for killing bin Laden: “a momentous achievement” + “victory for America.” @KarlRove fxn.ws/lg6Vnq
      about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      If it was no big deal, then why did the country just spend ten years in war – and counting? They walk into their own traps.

    • 151 Ladyhawke
      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      MITT ROMNEY – “UNSHAKABLY EXTREME”

      i am so glad that Mitt Romney is assuring the American people that he intends to stay “severely” conservative.

  41. 152 JER
    March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Sanford police chief TEMPORARILY removes himself.

  42. March 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Oh wow, just wow. Did any of you hear Karen Finney’s Clear the air segment just now on Martin’s show? Please, please, please, Chips, put it up. AMAZING and hit a bunch of the idiots right between the eyes. She named names and gave direct quotes. WOOOOOOT!!

  43. 159 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    PLEASE SEND THIS MAN SOME INFO ON THE ACA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46825121/ns/local_news-phoenix_az/#.T2uFvcU4PFg He is SUCH a jerk!

    @FlakeforSenate

    @JeffFlake

  44. 160 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Imagine that….they used to have the very same thoughts as PBO.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/22/10814898-drilling-down-into-the-truth

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Maybe taxpayers can demand a tally of how much taxpayer money has been spent on this witch-hunt, including: House staffers, the GOP House Representatives of the People who are elected to safeguard those taxpayer dollars, the Secretary of Energy’s time, who’s supposed to be running a government department – including all his staff who help to prepare for these kangaroo court sessions. It would be interesting just how much more the GOP cares about political posturing and grandstanding instead of reducing government waste.

  45. 163 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    THE SOLYNDRA WITCH HUNT FIZZLES

    House GOPer accidentally tells the truth about Solyndra

    By Steve Benen

    ===============================

    Since there is no Solyndra “controversy,” political observers have been left to speculate as to why congressional Republicans have pretended to take this seriously. The widely-held assumption has been that the GOP is simply playing a little political game, in the hopes of embarrassing the president ahead of the 2012 election.

    This week, a prominent House Republican effectively admitted this assumption is correct.

    ===============================

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/22/10814207-house-goper-accidentally-tells-the-truth-about-solyndra

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I tend to agree with several of the commenters on that column. Steve was really stretching it with his interpretation of the comment. However, two things are important to realize heer. The first is, if you asked 100 people at random to identify Solyndra, maybe 2 could at most. Secondly, the real truth is that the Bush administration recommended the loan and it was processed under the current administrtion. Oh, and thirdly, companies fail. Not every one succeeds. If Solyndra was guaranteed to be a success, they wouldn’t have needed the government loan.

  46. March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Why doesn’t liz Warren stick to criticizing Scott brown?
    Now, she released a Statement saying the President has to evolve on gay rights.
    High hopes for her, just more of the same!

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Sometimes, Democrats are their own worst enemies. She’d do better sending that message to members of Congress who have the responsibility of reversing DOMA, and to State governors like Chris Christie – who actually vetoed passed legislation. President Obama’s personal beliefs have nothing to do with it, and I don’t think they’d stop him from signing a bill into law – particularly one that he’s actually called for! He doesn’t impact state rights, and he’s already extended benefits to families of same sex couples who work in the Federal government, and has done more to welcome gay families to all celebrations and events – changing the tone in an important and significant way.

      This is why I say to people – wait to see how Elizabeth Warren does in the Senate (if she gets there) before putting her name forward for President in 2016. People should want someone who wants results (and manages to get them), and not just someone who says the right things. She doesn’t have a track record yet. And when she does – she may very well turn out to be a stellar candidate for President – or she may end up being another Kucinich, Grayson, Weiner, Feingold – all talk.

      • 168 Debz
        March 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        She really made me angry with this bs. PBO has always said that LGBT couples should have the same rights as everyone else. Quite frankly, it’s no one’s damned business if he “has evolved” in his personal feelings. That has nothing to do with the law and if Congress writes legislation reversing DOMA, he will sign it. Why is it that as soon as POTUS seems to be getting good new, the gay extremists at america blog bring up gay marriage. The republicans are taking away rights from women to even have health care, and these fool start this crap.

        • 169 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          Hearing this really made me angry. Sad that these intelligent people can’t read between the lines when it comes to being part of a team. :(

    • 170 anniebella
      March 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Jovie, how about Elizabeth Warren worry about what she has to do to win. Leave the President alone.

    • 172 Lorraine
      March 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      She needs to stick to the basics. I mean, come on Cletus!

  47. 173 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    DO WE HAVE A HOOK UP TO SEE THE PREZ AT 4:25 OR DO I SIMPLY GET A RASH?

  48. March 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Senate passed Jobs Act, WH pleased it frees up Capitol for small businesses!
    On to the President for his Signature.

    2 small bills passed today, progress.

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Did they manage to pass any amendments that would limit the negatives in the bill? I’d heard that it would basically allow some charlatans to take advantage of unsuspecting people because of a relaxing of certain regulations around startups (i.e. people could set up phony companies and bilk people of their money). I also heard that lots of these so-called “small businesses” are just the same millionaires and billionaires that are trying to get around legislation. I hope they tightened that up.

  49. 179 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Warm welcome from Ohio for PBO! Crowd is fired up :)

  50. 180 itgurl_29
    March 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    TOD family, please go give President Obama hating troll, Clintonite, and former MSNBC pundit Craig Crawford a piece of your mind on Twitter. He’s spouting all kinds of nonsense, including hoping SCOTUS strikes down ACA.

    His twitter handle is @craig_crawford

  51. 182 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    It ain’t going away ….

    #PRESSON

    • 183 Brit
      March 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      It sure isn’t going to go away, regardless of what Anne and Mitt try to do or say. Mitt’s advisor said what everyone knew. Mitt is going to slide right to the middle in about three months. Democrats have to keep up the meme that Mitt is like an etch-a-sketch, because this is going to and likely is making conservatives mad.

      • 184 Brit
        March 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Etch-a-sketch Mitt is going to have a hard time at the GOP’s convention convinving them that he should be their nominee, because I don’t think he’ll have enough of the delegates to win the whole thing after the primary is over.

      • 185 Pamela
        March 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Myth will prove himself to be severely shakeable! If he ever gets to stand on the same stage with PBO, he will redefine ‘shakable’ for all time! Go Myth, you dumbbell!

  52. 186 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    WTH did the heckler say?

    • 187 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      He was peddling a book. PBO reassured him that he would read his book, but please don’t interrupt because it’s rude.

  53. March 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    MORON heckling my President. UGH.

    • 189 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Mark Knoller was happy to tweet about the heckler – so I asked him why didn’t he tweet when the Oklahoma lady yelled out “President Obama, you bring sunshine to Oklahoma?”

      • March 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        I can’t stand it when they scream at him when he’s speaking.

        • March 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          Now they’re screaming about the pipeline.

        • 192 hopefruit2
          March 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

          I don’t mind when people yell in excitement at the appropriate times (the OK lady yelled after PBO had concluded his speech so she wasn’t interrupting him).

          It’s those attention seekers I can’t stand.

          • March 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

            Yeah – maybe someone needs to go out before the event and set the ground rules. Enthusiasm welcome – rudeness is not welcomed. He is the President, after all.

          • 194 Dakota
            March 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

            Maybe the repugs are right (did I just say that???) by kicking disruptive people out of their events. It’s rude no matter who is doing it.

        • 195 Ladyhawke
          March 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

          Me to meta. The yelling out while PBO is speaking is beyond rude. It makes me so angry when that happens. He is such a sweetheart. He handled the heckler beautifully. He’s a class act. The speech was terrific. PBO is educating the American people with the facts. He is neutralizing the GOP nonsense. It will be interesting to see what happens with Senator Bernie Sanders bill the clamp down on speculators.

      • 196 anniebella
        March 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        hopefruit2, did Knoller answer your question? I am willing to be he didn’t.

        • 197 lisalovesobama
          March 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

          That goof doesn’t dwell on facts so i highly doubt he would answer Hope. Why doesn’t CBS fire him? :roll:

        • 198 hopefruit2
          March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          No he didn’t. He has only responded to me once in the past – when I jokingly suggested that he might want the job of PBO’s body man after Reggie left.

      • 199 Linda
        March 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Does he ever respond to you ?

    • 200 Pamela
      March 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      PBO handled this so well, that stupid f-ER won’t be able to sleep for days… What was he thinking? “Show some courtesy”, ah, Mr. President, you ARE the man!

  54. 201 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t care for all those interrupters

    • March 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Were they friendly yellers or non-friendlies? Couldn’t tell. I wish people would just cheer loudly also and not interrupt while he’s speaking.

    • 203 anniebella
      March 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Neither do I desertflower, but our POTUS always treat people with respect, even though they don’t treat him with respect.

  55. 204 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    O H I O !!! That’s what he just signed :)

  56. March 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I loved it – he spelled out O-H-I-O before walking off the stage, with a little wry smile at the corners of his mouth. So cute…

  57. 207 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/22/450298/sanford-recall-election/

    SANFORD, FL — Two Sanford city commissioners who, amidst widespread outrage at the police investigation of Trayvon Martin’s death, sided with police chief Bill Lee at a meeting last night will soon face a recall, ThinkProgress has learned exclusively.
    In an interview at the Goldsboro History Museum, which has become a hub for local grassroots activists, community leader Frances Oliver revealed the plans for the recall. Oliver said that Patty Mahany and Randy Jones, who voted in support of police chief Bill Lee Wednesday night, would be targeted for recall by a number of local community groups, including the NAACP.
    Oliver also alleged that, while Mahany and Jones had met with Zimmerman’s family and neighborhood watch group, they had not called Martin’s family to express their condolences. She also accused them of “badmouthing” Trayvon Martin in the Sanford community.

  58. March 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The family of Trayvon Martin is about to hold a briefing after meeting with DOJ officials:

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/cvplive/cvpstream3

  59. 209 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/21/jp-morgan-chase-closes-vatican-bank-account.html Yet the Vatican has such high moral authority to judge others as to their private lives. I can’t say anymore…I’ll get in trouble.

    The Vatican is in public-relations panic-mode … again. But it’s not the pedophile priest scandal or Vatileaks that has the pope’s image-makers hopping. This time the Holy See faces serious allegations that its curious accounting practices are really a cover for a money-laundering scheme.

  60. 211 LDS
    March 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    57andfemale, I hope you will not mind sharing your cake on 5/7. I am in very good company. Now, I know why I am drawn to your sense of humor. You keeping me laughing, always smiling. I love chocolate….and you?

  61. 212 lisalovesobama
    March 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    So i missed the whole thing, what was the heckling about? Hf said some guy was yelling for PBO to read his book but were there more people calling out to PBO? What were they saying? Were they agreeing with him or were they right wing nutbags?

  62. March 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I just saw this link on twitter:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/898283/health-care-discussion

    This is a health care professional explaining health care legislation in plain and simple terms. It’s a very good discussion and I would recommend sending to friends who may be confused about it or maybe even just Martha Stewart fans.

    • 214 Janelle
      March 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      This was awesome meta—-thanks! This was a simple, direct conversation that really explains a lot to someone who knows nothing about the ACA except for the politicizing of the issue. Really good stuff! It is hard to talk about something that hasn’t happened yet or is phased in, but now that some of the provisions are being experienced by people, it’s easier to talk about.

  63. 215 desertflower
    March 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Start shaking that Etch a Sketch Mitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/03/22/governor-mitt-romney-raised-a-gas-tax-by-400/

    But, as always, things have a way of going awry for the flip-floppy, forgetful MittWit. Guess what Governor Willard did back in 2003?

    That’s right, he raised gas fees on motorists. He did this to save the environment, which is so not a “severely conservative” thing to do. He had to pay for underground leaks at gas station fuel tanks somehow, so his solution was a two-cent-per-gallon tax:

    The fee increased the clean-up tax on drivers by 400% and hit consumers directly at the pump. The fund, which was originally only half-a-cent, was created in 1992 to aid gas station owners with clean-ups.

    Two weeks after raising taxes on drivers, Romney eliminated the fund for gas station clean-ups entirely but kept the two cent increase in the tax gas. The money raised by Romney’s tax increase now goes directly into Commonwealth’s coffers for legislators to spend as they please.

  64. 216 Linda
    March 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Todd Harris just said that Romney should use the etch-a-sketch to his advantage….Write ” ObamaCare ” on it and then erase it .!

    • 217 desertflower
      March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I can’t stand that smug faced idiot. Would RomneyCare pop up after he erased that?

    • 218 anniebella
      March 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Linda, would that do anything to change the fact that Mitt Romney is a flip flipping lying politician. He will lie, say what he need to said in hopes of winning.

    • 219 lisalovesobama
      March 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Saint Rectum and Mr. Mephistopheles himself are still gonna be waving their square little red Willards around either way, so let him write ‘ObamaCare’ to his shriveled up, black little heart’s content.

    • 220 Cha
      March 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      There’s no way willard can use Etch a Wretch to his advantage. Keep digging willard & advisors like todd harris and eric the etchy guy.

  65. 222 isonprize
    March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    So, Willard Mitt R-money snatches a recorder from a reporter and not a peep out of the newstainers??? Can you imagine the fake outrage that would explode all over your TV if PBO so much as asked for a pen from a reporter?

    What idiots…

    • 223 lisalovesobama
      March 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I don’t know why Mrs. R-money keeps complaining that the LameStreamMedia is librul and totally supports PBO when they keep covering for her man’s Etch-A-Sketching behind! :roll:

      • 224 anniebella
        March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        Someone need to tell that darn rich witch to stop complaining. This is a page out of the Sarah Palin hand book. I expected better from Ann Romney, I thought she was alittle smaller than Palin. I guess I was wrong.

        • 225 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

          ‘I thought she was a little smaller than Palin. I guess i was wrong.’

          No, no Annibella, it seems you might be right. She may be ‘smaller’ inside, or at best just as small on the inside. ;)

  66. 226 Linda
    March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Whitney Houston cause of death is ” accidental drowning ”

    The report also found that Houston had marijuana, Benadryl and other medication in her system.

    http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20569493_20581165,00.html

  67. 227 CEB
    March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    What is wrong with this man? Dies he not realize that everything he says and does is recorded? That a 9 year-old can check up on what he has said and done with a few key strokes? Or is it that he has such contempt for those he considers to be beneath him (everyone except the 1%) that he can say and do what he wants with no consequences? The silly lies about any and everything is pathological. Does he have any idea of how are republic/democracy works? He has the attitude of absolute rulers of totalitarian states of the past and a few that are barely hanging on today. Does he not realize that the “little people” here and abroad (he does know what happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya etc doesn’t he?) will no longer stand by and let one person bring about the ruin of so many? He must know that no matter how much money he gets from his superpac and his wealthy friends, that in this country it is still one person one vote? I have never seen such egregious behavior, publically exhibited, by anyone running for office. As I daily shake my head in disbelief, I know that the major thing that allows this unmitigated liar to continue his run is the failure of the members of the 4th estate to do their job. Only a few election cycles back, Willard would have been pilliored by the press and hiding out at home in disgrace.

    • 228 CEB
      March 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Ugh, too many errors, but I was too P O ed to stop. I never thought GWB was a bad man, just a misguided, not too bright one. I did not hate him. But the contempt that I have for Willard is even worse than that that I have for Karl Rove. I cannot wait for this election to be over with a landslide win for PBO and us.


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