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GOP hates Obamacare Cuz Pres Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig

GOP hates ACA Cuz Pres Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig

@zizii2

When we board a plane what is the first thing Flight Attendants demonstrating passenger safety instructions, tell us to do in case of emergency? “…an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you… secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.” That’s Rational Self Interest.

Self-Preservation

With the exception of religious cultists who abdicate control over their own being, we as INDIVIDUALS instinctively strive for SELF-PRESERVATION especially when our life is threatened. It’s an existential article of faith. And nothing crystalizes this fact more readily than when we NEED healthcare to prevent or cure illness.

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Rational Self-Interest in economics is when a person “makes economic decisions that benefit them the most.” Is that not what we’ve been told real capitalism is supposed to be about? Marketplaces, competition, and consumers making choices based on what is best for them? So why do the GOP and their wealthy backers hate PBO for enacting this model of capitalism?

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He is exposing them for their fake capitalism. Jig is up.

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In the perverse Ayn Randian philosophy that the likes of the Koch brothers espouse, there’s talk of pursuing one’s own interests only. But in actuality what they have told their rubes is that they must sacrifice their economic interests in service of ideology. In other words 1%ers preach cultural adherence and ideological purity to their followers while they themselves siphon every public asset and good to themselves. It’s a faith-based heist of the commonweal.

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President Obama co-opted Ayn Rand’s idea of rational self-interest, turned it on its head, and the Republican Kochsters HATE him for it. The ACA challenges the ability of the Bircher puppetmasters and their corporate ilk to control their rubes over the single most important and intimate aspect of their lives; healthcare. But worse for them it has electoral implications, at least in the near term. Kochsters know it, we know it, and ordinary Americans will soon know it too. As VP Biden said, it’s a BFD, positively for ordinary Americans, and negatively for the Kochsters.

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Healthcare is ground zero. It’s a singular necessity of life in which no one can live vicariously through another person’s. In an airplane emergency if your oxygen mask IS working you hold on to yours for dear life regardless of whether the passenger in seat 53G’s mask is working or not. That’s Rational Self-Interest. You can’t bullshit people about what they are getting or not getting. Healthcare is personal. Too intimate. No one ever forgets what that experience is like or costs. The impact is visceral. The numbers don’t lie. People know that they paid $1500 out of pocket last year for an MRI and now it is covered under ACA.

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Earlier this year I paid copay as I have done for every mammogram since turning forty. Last month I got a refund check. I shouldn’t have been charged because of Obamacare. Can’t fudge or massage that fact. And that is what Republicans fear. Cruz called it a “sugar high”. We call it OBJECTIVE REALITY, or as Colbert says “Reality has a well-known liberal bias”. That is why the 1%ers see the Affordable Care Act as the “Most Dangerous” legislation ever. If people LIKE it, the Kochsters can’t take it away from them, Evah!

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As President Obama said yesterday, Americans have every right to act for their own benefit and nobody else’s when it comes to healthcare. He said:

“Don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself”

Simple but a very profound affront to the Kochsters manner of continuing the trick that President Andrew Jackson pulled on non-propertied whites in the mid 19th century in which he convinced them to trade in their economic interests for the empty veneer of racial superiority and cultural solidarity.

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It’s worked for decades, where over and over again the very constituencies who should be picking up pitchforks against corporate greed and callousness of the 1%ers, instead align themselves with those very interests detrimental to their own economic welfare.

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The ACA is pivotal to the entire house of deceptive cards crumbling, in which the tiny minority that is the wealthy class in this country, has successfully hoodwinked the majority of White working class to consistently defend the interests of the rich minority. Pres Obama peeled open the nugget yesterday when he asked:

Now do you think if you get sick or if you get hurt and you get stuck with a massive bill, these same folks, they are going to help you out? Or are they gonna pay for your healthcare?”


(Only the relevant 55 seconds plays)

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When my son heard PBO ask that question, as we were driving back from his oral surgery yesterday, he sneeringly said without my prompting, “Why, they think we’re stoooopid?” Exactly Pres Obama’s point. My son belongs to the very demographic that those creepy Koch ads are aimed at. He asked why the billionaires are wasting money on TV ads which neither he nor his peers watch, and certainly not the You Tube versions which they routinely “skip.” But he liked the healthcare.gov prompts that show the biker injured from a fall, and even the quirky Adorable Care Act posters. Apart from savvily wrapping the ACA in the blanket of rational self interest, the Obama admin is honing HOW to deliver that message to the target audience. Kochsters are throwing away money at a lost cause.

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President Obama pinpointed a very important FACT during his speech in Largo, MD, yesterday, whose significance no one, not Republicans, or even the media dared touch. He said:

What are they afraid of? They’re afraid people are gonna try it, and like it

President Obama’s entire array of economic, social and even foreign policies have all revolved around one core belief: that ordinary people can and must be empowered to advance themselves, using the galvanizing power of government as catalyst ONLY. Their extent of success is determined by the level and innovation of skill, dexterity of execution of ideas, the hunger to keep perfecting those ideas, and the flexibility to adapt to rapid change. Sounds simple but to the wealthy classes, their hold on power is only tenable if ordinary people are NOT empowered. It’s a zero sum game to them.

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Voting Against One’s Economic Self-Interest

The conversation between President Obama and Joe the Plumber in the run up to the 2008 elections was exactly about that idea of government providing the even playing field through progressive taxation, for ordinary people to be able to compete in the attainment of their OWN economic rational self interest in the classic capitalist sense.

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Sadly Joe the Plumber was so wedded to his fantasies of belonging to the 1%er class that he failed to see Pres Obama’s point. So he lost out. Where is he now after dancing along as the GOP puppets yanked him every which way? That’s what ideology is intended to do: stop the rubes from ever rising up from their induced crouch.

The exchange between Pres Obama & Wurzelbacher illustrates how successfully Kochsters have deluded sections of the working class. It’s worth revisiting at length:

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Joe: I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes about $250,000 … $270-$280,000 a year.

Obama: All right.

Joe: Your new tax plan’s gonna tax me more, isn’t it?

Obama: Well, here’s what’s gonna happen. If you’re a small business which you would qualify as, first of all, you’d get a 50 percent tax credit, so you get a cut on taxes for your health care costs. So you would actually get a tax cut on that front. If your revenue is above $250,000, then from $250,000 down, your taxes are gonna stay the same. It is true that for … say, from $250,000 up, from $250,000 to $300,000 or so …

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Joe: Well, the reason why I ask you about the American Dream I mean, I work hard. I’m a plumber, I work 10-12 hours a day …

Obama: Absolutely.

Joe: … and I’m, you know, buying this company and I’m gonna continue to work that way. Now, if I buy another truck and adding something else to it and, you know, build the company, you know, I’m getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American Dream.

Obama: Well, here’s a way of thinking about it. How long have you been a plumber? How long have you been working?

Joe: Fifteen years.

Obama: Okay. So, over the last 15 years, when you weren’t making $250,000, you would have been getting a tax cut from me. So you’d actually have more money, which means you would have saved more, which means that you would have gotten to the point where you could build your small business quicker than under the current tax code. So there are two ways of looking at it. I mean, one way of looking at it is, now that you’ve become more successful …

Joe: Through hard work.

Obama: … through hard work, you don’t want to be taxed as much.

Joe: Exactly.

Obama: Which I understand. But another way of looking at it is, 95 percent of folks who are making less than $250,000, they may be working hard, too, but they’re being taxed at a higher rate than they would be under mine. So what I’m doing is … you know, put yourself back 10 years ago when you were only making whatever — $60,000 or $70,000. Under my tax plan, you would be keeping more of your paycheck, you’d be spending lower taxes, which means that you would have saved and gotten to the point where you are faster. …We haven’t given a break to folks who make less and, as a consequence, the average wage and income for just ordinary folks, the vast majority of Americans, has actually gone down over the last eight years. So all I want to do is … I’ve got a tax cut. The only thing that changes is, I’m going to cut taxes a little bit more for the folks who are most in need, and for the 5 percent of the folks who are doing very well, even though they’ve been working hard … and I understand that; I appreciate that … I just want to make sure that they’re paying a little bit more in order to pay for those other tax cuts. Now, I respect your disagreement, but I just want you to be clear. It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too.

Joe: It seems like you’d be welcome to a flat tax then.

Obama: You know, I would be open to it except for … here’s the problem with the flat tax. If you actually put a flat tax together, you’d probably … in order for it to work and replace all the revenue that we’ve got, you’d probably end up having to make it like about a 40 percent sales tax. I mean, the value added, making it up. Now, some people say 23 or 25, but, in truth, when you add up all the revenue that would need to be raised, you’d have to slap on a whole bunch of sales taxes on it. And I do believe that for folks like me who are, you know, have worked hard but, frankly, also been lucky, I don’t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress who I just met over there, who’s … things are slow and she can barely make the rent. Because my attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody…

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That is why the GOP paymasters find PBO exceptionally threatening. Many on the far left have said President Obama has done nothing remotely “liberal” to warrant the “socialist/communist” moniker that the rightwing has given him. That’s precisely what makes him dangerous; He is reorienting CAPITALISM from the perverted morass it has been in over the last 40 years, into a freight train for empowering ordinary people. He’s exposed the status quo economic order as simply a façade for a kleptocracy masquerading as capitalism, and stifling innovation. Scandalous! How dare he?

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Sure, the economic turnaround notwithstanding, GOP and corporate stenographers repeatedly lob the silly insult at PBO for not having any business experience. Romney took that point to absurd levels even as his own campaign was run as an abysmal business failure.

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President Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig in that he is redefining those functions that Libertarians allow government to perform, most notably DEFENSE. He is rudely substituting Healthcare for that without an iota of apology. In PBO’s redefinition a strong nation state is one filled with HEALTHY people maximizing their potential in pursuit of their rational interests, not fancy munitions. Secondly whereas Rand’s binary thinking led her to see “community” as anathema to individual interests, PBO sees it instead as both lifeblood and dynamic marketplace that enables said individual to achieve anything at all. Healthcare is the test ground for his cooptation of Randian self-interest.

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ACA:The 3rd Revolutionary Safety Net

An important distinction to note is that the earlier 2 pillars of the social safety net, Social Security & Medicare, were severely limited in scope at their inception because FDR & LBJ had to make concessions to Dixiecrats, segregationists who did not want certain populations benefiting from those laws. So SS initially excluded coverage to majority of those professions that happened to be filled mostly by people of color, immigrants. Pegging Medicare’s eligibility age at 65 similarly cutout groups who had much lower life expectancy.

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But the ACA is the first law that does NOT limit access demographically, right out of the gate. Think about that. No one is excluded from participating, not by race, ethnicity, region, profession, or income. Taxation-wise it is the most progressive, unlike SS or Medicare taxes that absolve the wealthy from paying more. The wealthy pony up for the ACA, and they hate it.

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The ACA also breaks the stranglehold of employers on workers, who until now have hung onto miserable jobs for dear life cuz of healthcare, and have traded real wages for “benefit packages” whose worth start depreciating the very moment you start clocking into work. Paltry salaries will be revealed for what they truly are.

The boon will be for those raring to strike out on their own but have dared not take the risk because of healthcare security their employer provides, and the fear of illness bankrupting them should they leave.

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Signing up or preserving option to sign up for ACA is the fundamental pursuit of FREEDOM
ACA is freedom

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UPDATE

And Now on April 1, 2014 we see this!!!

ACA

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Best of all April Fool’s joke is on Republicans!


116 Responses to “GOP hates Obamacare Cuz Pres Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig”


  1. 1 57andfemale
    September 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    wimmin rule!

  2. September 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Carrying over LL’s wonderful news:

    “BREAKING NEWS!!!! THE MISSUS GOT A JOB!!!!!!

    I actually squealed when she called me. She goes in Monday for orientation. It’s at a home health company. WHEEEEEEEE!!!!”

  3. 9 cookemom
    September 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Senate votes to remove defund language from CR and to move funding date from 12/15 to 11/15 have both passed. Ball pinged to the House’s court.

  4. September 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Zizi, I’m only two paragraphs in and I’m already loving this – you’re a gem, thank you SO much for this.

  5. 14 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Wow…..Great Post Zizi2.

    I am going back to read the rest.

  6. 15 Ladyhawke
    September 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    ‘THIS IS NOT GRIDLOCK’

    Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead (A Must Read)

    BY JAMES FALLOWS

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    The details are complicated, but please don’t lose sight of these three essential points:

    As a matter of substance, constant-shutdown, permanent-emergency governance is so destructive that no other serious country engages in or could tolerate it. The United States can afford it only because we are — still — so rich, with so much margin for waste and error. Details on this and other items below.*

    As a matter of politics, this is different from anything we learned about in classrooms or expected before the past few years. We’re used to thinking that the most important disagreements are between the major parties, not within one party; and that disagreements over policies, goals, tactics can be addressed by negotiation or compromise.
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    This isn’t “gridlock.” It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us — and, should there be a debt default, the rest of the world.

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    THIS IS A MUST READ. Read the full post here …..

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/09/your-false-equivalence-guide-to-the-days-ahead/280062/

    h/t Greg Sargent

  7. 16 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    54 to 44 and the Bill goes back to the House and John Boehner.

    The NJ Sen Holder “R” voted with the TBGOPers?

  8. 17 amk for obama
    September 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “That’s precisely what makes him dangerous; He is reorienting CAPITALISM from the perverted morass it has been in over the last 40 years, into a freight train for empowering ordinary people. He’s exposed the status quo economic order as simply a façade for a kleptocracy masquerading as capitalism, and stifling innovation.”

    Excellent, zizi.

  9. September 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    And, as someone intimately enmeshed with the health industry, ACA is going to make the missus’ career prospects more secure. With 30 million new customers needing and being able to pay for health care of all sorts, home health is going to go into overdrive.

  10. September 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Zizi, you have once again emasculated me…….. going back into a fetal position after your masterful post.

  11. 21 Vicki
    September 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Zizi—-What you have done here is wrap up the absolute truth about the ACA and the GOP hysteria and opposition to All Things Obama. Thank you.

    The President Is a Revolutionary. Just not in the ways they mean when they denigrate him.
    What has happened in Syria and Iran and what is happeneing with ACA will change this nation profoundly.
    Butter not guns.
    Swords into ploughshares.
    People over profits.

    halleluyah

  12. September 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Seems to me Boehner is between a rock and a hard place. Either way it goes…if he bucks the tea party and works with Dems or goes for a shutdown, I would think he’s done. He might as well “be a man” and do what’s right.

  13. September 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Someone on the tube just said, “There’s no such thing as ObamaCare”. I remember when they first began calling ACA ObamaCare, my 90 year-old Aunt laughed and said, “They will rue the day they ever started calling it ObamaCare.” That day has arrived. I don’t care what they call our wonderful new insurance…I will always call it ObamaCare.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      September 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Yes, now they are putting out BS polls that suggest that somehow, the name “Obamacare” is the problem – that people like the ACA…the new attempts to discredit this President by separating him from this very successful law are evident.

    • 28 Ladyhawke
      September 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I HEART OBAMACARE

      FP, you made me curious, so i found this interesting information on the origins of the term ‘Obamacare’. I always thought it was Michelle Bachmann that started calling the ACA Obamacare. But if the writeup is correct, it was Mitt Romney who first used the term in a political campaign. Who knew?

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      Term “Obamacare”

      The term “Obamacare” was originally coined by opponents, notably Mitt Romney in 2007, as a pejorative term. According to The New York Times, the term was first put in print in March 2007, when healthcare lobbyist Jeanne Schulte Scott penned it in a health industry journal. “We will soon see a ‘Giuliani-care’ and ‘Obama-care’ to go along with ‘McCain-care,’ ‘Edwards-care,’ and a totally revamped and remodeled ‘Hillary-care’ from the 1990s”, Schulte Scott wrote.[2][287] The expression Obamacare first was used in early 2007 generally by writers describing the candidate’s proposal for expanding coverage for the uninsured according to research by Elspeth Reeve at The Atlantic magazine.[288] The word was first uttered in a political campaign by Mitt Romney in May 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. Romney said: “In my state, I worked on healthcare for some time. We had half a million people without insurance, and I said, ‘How can we get those people insured without raising taxes and without having government take over healthcare’. And let me tell you, if we don’t do it, the Democrats will. If the Democrats do it, it will be socialized medicine; it’ll be government-managed care. It’ll be what’s known as Hillarycare or Barack Obamacare, or whatever you want to call it.”[2]

      By mid-2012, Obamacare had become the most common colloquial term to refer to the law by both supporters and opponents, in contrast to the use of “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or “Affordable Care Act” in more formal and official use.[288] Use of the term in a positive sense was suggested by Democratic politicians such as John Conyers.[289] President Obama endorsed the nickname, saying, “I have no problem with people saying Obama cares. I do care.”[290] Because of the number of “Obamacare” search engine queries, the Department of Health and Human Services purchased Google advertisements, triggered by the term, to direct people to the official HHS site.[291] In March 2012, the Obama reelection campaign embraced the term “Obamacare”, urging Obama’s supporters to post Twitter messages that begin, “I like #Obamacare because…”.[292] After its debut as a phrase on Capitol Hill, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, from July 2009 to June 2012 the term “Obamacare” was used nearly 3,000 times in congressional speeches.[2]

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      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act

      • September 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        Thanks for this interesting tidbit. I remember when they first started using the term, but I had no idea it was begun by that halfwit Romney. Well, he had a good idea….once. :)

  14. 30 Ladyhawke
    September 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Here Are the GOP’s Debt-Ceiling Demands, and They Are Insane

    By DEREK THOMPSON

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    Give us everything we want or else we’ll destroy the country! is the sort of demand that only a broken party inside a broken system could possibly hope to make. The debt ceiling should not exist and the rules of the Senate and House shouldn’t allow a minority to repeatedly extort the majority, but, well, you go to debtmageddon with the government you got. Republicans, inching away from shutdown, are all in on an apocalyptic strategy to trade the full faith and credit of the country for their agenda.

    To be fair, some are saying this list is less a ransom note than a menu. Fine. If it’s a menu, it’s the most expensive prix fixe meal in modern political history.

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/09/here-are-the-gops-debt-ceiling-demands-and-they-are-insane/280012/

  15. 31 57andfemale
    September 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, zizi, just wow. One of the best posts evah.

    • 32 Don
      September 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      zizi, this post gets to the heart of the matter with such clarity that I’m left speechless. I’m praying that it is something more than just the Kochs’ money that makes working class people follow and listen to the Koch brothers. Zizi, my wife and I get paid every two weeks, we are lucky in that we made some wise decisions years ago that are paying off now. But there was a time when we first started out that we lived check to check. I remember selling personal items just to pay the rent. I can never remember a time that I or my wife would let someone come in to our home and talk us out of something that was against our own best interest. There isn’t a person under the sun that can talk me into giving up something that my family needs to survive. There isn’t a billionaire in the world that can walk up to me and tell me he has a deal of a life time for me that involves me giving up my health insurance. If there are people that live check to check that believe that the Koch brothers got a good deal for them, I only hope that they get it in writing.

  16. September 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Yet another MASTERPIECE, zizi!!!!! Thank you!!!

    #FORWARD

  17. September 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    “President Obama snatched Ayn Rand’s wig”…..classic!! Great post zizi!

  18. 40 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent post zizi. And you hit the nail on the head with the reason behind all this opposition…

    // “But the ACA is the first law that does NOT limit access demographically, right out of the gate. Think about that. No one is excluded from participating, not by race, ethnicity, region, profession, or income. Taxation-wise it is the most progressive, unlike SS or Medicare taxes that absolve the wealthy from paying more. The wealthy pony up for the ACA, and they hate it.” //

  19. 41 57andfemale
    September 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  20. 44 57andfemale
    September 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

  21. 46 amk for obama
    September 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    With this happy thought, I’m going to bed. Gunnite folks.

    (Yes, bt. I take a siesta as well a 10-hour handsome beauty sleep. Ha.)

  22. 53 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I really don’t understand the point of taking polls about how many Twitter characters people think PBO’s account is getting away with. Ari Fleischer has admitted his error (which he shouldn’t have made in the first place) and moved on. In the grand scheme of things, how does an “Obama” account tweet-length affect the well-being of this country, or how the middle class is doing?

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      It’s sad isn’t it? Where are all the psychiatrists and psychoanalysts to interpret this all-consuming obsession they have?

    • 55 Nena20409
      September 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Here is why.

      This POTUS is polled more than all previously on anything. So the Talk-a-thon on Cable and radio would continue.

      Here is part of their pathology.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-o-reilly-says-romney-didn-t-want-to-win-2012-presidential-election

      BREAKING NEWS!

      NJ Judge says Same sex to marry…..Hmm? Fluffy Christie, wept.

      • 56 Nena20409
        September 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Sorry…..trying to post 3 stories at one time.

        Here is what O’Reilly said on Thursday. Mitterrand Romney didn’t want to win the 2012 elections. Hmm?

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        Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Thursday that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the election because he “did not want to be president of the United States,” AL.com reported.

        O’Reilly told the crowd at a Faulkner University fundraiser that he asked Romney to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” for an entire hour the Monday night before the election, after the Obama campaign turned down an offer to split the hour.

        “We never got an answer,” O’Reilly said, as quoted by AL.com. “We never got a reason. They just didn’t do it.”

    • 57 cookemom
      September 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      The point is to get ‘clicks’. The subject or intent doesn’t matter, as long as it’s controversial enough to generate traffic to the site. They bank on folks to keep the narrative going by posting their outrage or agreement. Either way, it accomplishes the result of their end game.

  23. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    September 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Love how Barbara Boxer told Senate Republicans today (relating to Obamacare and the fact the President won re-election, partially by running on that law) to “suck it up.” Law of the land, baby.

  24. 62 Linda
    September 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Cruz to House Conservatives: Oppose Boehner

    On a Thursday conference call, a group of House conservatives consulted with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas about how to respond to the leadership’s fiscal strategy. Sources who were on the call say Cruz strongly advised them to oppose it, and hours later, Speaker John Boehner’s plan fizzled.

    Later Thursday, Cruz met again with House conservatives at a venue near the Capitol. According to one House member, the bicameral bloc talked deep into the night about the CR and how to pressure Boehner. At the top of the agenda: making a one-year delay of Obamacare a requirement for government funding, and to accept nothing less, should the defunding effort continue to unravel. There is fear the Boehner is resistant to making that demand as part of a CR, and conservatives discussed ways to force his hand.

    Leadership sources, for their part, are startled by Cruz’s attempt to shape House strategy and work against the speaker. They knew he’d oppose Boehner’s playbook, but they didn’t expect him to huddle with conservatives and ask them to ignore it. So, Cruz’s meetings have made him a key House player, but they’ve worsened his already-fraught relationship with the leadership.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/359717/cruz-house-conservatives-oppose-boehner-robert-costa

  25. 63 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/romney-says-house-gop-is-doing-it-wrong-on-obamacare

    Romney says:

    Mitt Romney said Friday that he disagrees “tactically” with Republicans in Washington who are using the threat of a government shutdown to bolster their effort to defund Obamacare.

    “We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective. I don’t think that will be as effective,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee told CNN.

    Romney said it would be more practical to seek a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act.

    “I think there’s a better way of getting rid of Obamacare – my own view – and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year. That was Senator (Joe) Manchin’s idea, the Democrats’ idea,” Romney said.

  26. 68 desertflower
    September 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    DAMN! zizi…YOU’RE GOOOOOD! Amazing piece and through the entire thing, I shook my head and muttered, “That’s right…that’s right!” WE get this. Now it’s time for the rest of middle class America to FINALLY figure this out! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You kicked ass on this:)

  27. 69 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/reid-tells-republicans-get-a-life

    “Obamacare has been the law for four years,” Reid added. “Why don’t they get a life and talk about something else?”

    But, but, but…..their life is Hate. Nothing more.

  28. 70 No Child Left Behind
    September 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I got the info below on my Twitter account. I don’t have a link and the statement is not posted on WH.gov/live.

    NBC News ‏@NBCNews 4m
    RT @frankthorpNBC: President Obama will deliver a statement at 3:30pm today from the White House.

  29. 72 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-to-deliver-statement-at-3-30-p-m-et

    POTUS to speak shortly.

    Obama To Deliver Statement At 3:30 P.M. ET

  30. 73 No Child Left Behind
    September 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Zizi2,

    What a talent you are! And such thoughtful writer. Thanks for this post.

  31. 74 Linda
    September 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    PBO to make statement at 3:30.

  32. 75 desertflower
    September 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    LL…congrats to the Missus:) Awesome news! Cheers!

  33. 76 LDS
    September 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    zizi2, I am in tears….
    Seriously, you broke it down inside/outside/in between/all around. You did not miss a point.
    Obamacare is bigger than we can ever imagine and it leads me to believe that is why they have been so working so hard to block everything he has tried to implement for us. He gets this economic so well and the laws that goes along with it that it boggles my mind.
    I have been saying all along he has uncovered their game and it has gone world wide. He is playing their game and they cannot stand him. I am so confident that Obamacare is the best thing since water.
    I am insured with great coverage. Why would I not want everyone to have the same, unless my motives were evil and sinister.
    Which by the way is my name for the Kochster bros.
    Thank you again.

  34. September 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    PBO to make a statement at 3:30pm. Let’s hope the news is GOOD.

  35. 79 Don
    September 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Fuck E. F. Hutton, when President Obama speaks, people listen.

  36. 80 cookemom
    September 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    PBO to make statement at 3:30pm est

  37. 84 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    In NJ

    Judge says Same Sex Marriage is Constitutional. To not to is against NJ Constitution.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/new-jersey-judge-state-must-allow-gay-couples-to-marry

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.

    It’s not immediately clear when marriages could begin or whether the state government will appeal to a higher-level state court.

  38. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    September 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  39. September 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    This is COOL:

  40. 90 4morefor44
    September 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    i think it’s going to go something like this…

  41. 91 JER
    September 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  42. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    September 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  43. 93 4morefor44
    September 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    gawd, those people standing up front acting as if they’re somehow important…what a joke considering how pathetic those propagandists are. the white house should tell those liars to find a seat. no one cares what lies your boss wants you to spew.

    • 94 donna dem 4 obama
      September 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      It sickening isn’t it??

      • 95 4morefor44
        September 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        especially that fool who is still standing and has been the whole yet never talked into his microphone. i bet they’re specifically trying to have him on live when the president walks out in the background. these people are children. they shouldn’t be allowed in there anymore in my opinion. you should have to prove you are an actual journalist first before being in that room.

  44. 96 WilTal
    September 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Zizi, thank you for this awesome/enthralling post. Chips, you and your Blog Tyrants best of the best!

  45. 98 GGail
    September 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Here’s the President!

  46. 99 4morefor44
    September 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    whoa! YES! elections have consequences. 2014, baby!!!!

  47. 101 4morefor44
    September 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    let’s see…how many hits will he give that podium when he walks out? he’s opening that whup-ass can, i bet.

  48. 102 cookemom
    September 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    “Let me repeat it, It’s not gonna happen” – PBO referencing his stand on negotiating any changes to OCare for Repubs threat to shut down the government.

  49. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    September 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I send out a personal apology to President Obama that – after his phone conversation with the Iranian leader, the first US-Iran leadership communication since ’79 – he now has to speak before the WHPC aka The Poster Boys and Girls for Lethargy.

    Even his right eye was twitching a bit, when he realized he had to stand his brilliance up in front of their dull eyes, even though he’d never even think about that “self brilliance” part!

  50. 105 Nena20409
    September 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Someone asked what “CR” meant.

    Continuing Resolution.

  51. 108 GGail
    September 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    The President is having a grand time ridiculing that Chamber of Congress who wants to hold the country hostage.

  52. 109 WilTal
    September 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I love it, love it how PBO is making a mockery of the GOP’s list of demands.

  53. 110 cookemom
    September 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    First time since ’79 an American president speaks to the president of Iran. So how small do the teabaggers look in the grand scheme of historic global changes.

  54. September 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Zizi, I truly stand in awe of your breadth of understanding of issues. You are a master teacher and a master communicator. There is no commentator on the subject of health care reform who has expressed this level of insight or presented more clearly both the future and historic implications of the health care law. We’re very privileged have you share with us directly. I wish everyone had the opportunity to learn from you.

  55. 115 ericfive
    September 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Great post zizi. You covered all the bases. Very impressive and on point.

  56. September 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    zizi,

    this is wonderful. thank you


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