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It’s another one of those “paging Dr Freud” instances like the times W wished out loud to be a dictator.
To add a bit of fun to this, it was during the meeting with the leader of Borat’s country, Kazakhstan
President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.
The remarks came as Obama met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev — one of the U.S. president’s many meetings with world leaders ahead of this week’s nuclear summit.
Aparently there was another level of irony I wasn’t aware of
Some observers see a conflict between Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the 56-nation OSCE, which plays an important role in monitoring elections in emerging democracies, and its own widely criticized human rights record.
But if the Obama administration saw any disconnect, it kept its criticism to itself.
The apex of irony however was reached when his spokesman was asked to comment on this
“Both presidents agreed that you don’t ever reach democracy; you always have to work at it. And in particular, President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”
Asked by a Wall Street Journal reporter if Obama sees any moral equivalency between the two, the PR man chirped
“Absolutely not … There was no equivalence meant whatsoever,” McFaul said. “[Obama’s] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.”
Wow! Where do I even start to unpack this “historic” claim?
First, I’d say, the flunkie was being modest. I say, Obama’s work on our democracy started way before he came to office. How can we not credit him with Michigan, Florida, RBC, the phony roll call, the concept of “clinching the nomination”, having Kerry ask the media not to cover Florida because “they don’t count” and other historical deeds.
I’ll leave it to my readers to find historical improvements since that time. Besides the “historical” renewal of the PATRIOT Act that is.
I can only think of one, in today’s headlines
Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies
Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic.Jason Levin, creator of http://www.crashtheteaparty.org, said Monday the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events
It’s historical, yet not unprecedented, see Nixon’s COINTELPRO . But we also remember, B0bots aren’t very good at this
But I do want to credit the flunkie for clever use of the words “coming in to office” instead of “being elected”. I think I’ll just update the Obama Lexicon
I have said many times here that one of the main reasons Obama was installed/Hillary deprived of her victory was to scuttle the chance for a real healthcare reform we might have had this time.
I didn’t realize until now how brazen and open this connection was. This is the smoking gun
James Roosevelt, who was chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee that decided to dock Michigan and Florida half of their delegates and award 4 of the delegates Clinton won in Michigan to Obama, as well as all of the uncommitted delegates, is the CEO of a health insurance company – Tufts Healthcare. Okay
I remember reading at B0botland the ecstatic if incredulous reactions at the RBC ruling. The header on that was
IT’S HIS PARTY!
They sure were right about that. It was Obama’s and Insurance CEO’s party – it definitely didn’t belong to its members anymore.
Basement Angel again
The guy who made sure that Obama had the necessary to delegates to win the nomination – even to the point of assigning delegates another candidate won to him arbitrarily – is the CEO of a health insurance firm.
The CEO was instrumental and outspoken about the decision on Mi and Fla. Here he is in March 2008
James Roosevelt Jr. of Massachusetts, cochairman of the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee, said in an interview with the Globe that he doubts there will be a resolution of the standoff without the states devising do-over contests to be held before June 10.
Roosevelt, asked whether the party might yield to a compromise to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations that did not include another contest approved by the Democratic National Committee, said: “As long as it could affect the outcome, [there’s] no chance of that.”
Someone was vested in the outcome, and in a position to manipulate it. And the money quote
“If there is simply a caving on this, we’ll end up with primaries on Halloween, and so that does at least counter some of the purely political campaign influences here,” said Roosevelt, who is also chief executive officer of Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts.
Back in December 2008, I was quoting Boston Globe noting that Insurers were drafting HCR. It’s only now that I recognize the name of that drafter
“The heart of our proposal is a public-private partnership that builds on the employer-based coverage that 170 million Americans rely on today,”said James Roosevelt, Jr., the president and CEO of Tufts Health Plans, in a press conference held at the National Press Club. “We have laid out a workable, realistic path to universal coverage…. We want to make sure no one falls thorugh the cracks of our health care system because of age, health status or income.”
Oh, and if you wonder, what they wrote then is exactly what’s in Obama’s bill today
Insurers oppose the creation of a Medicare-style public insurance option, which both President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus have proposed, which they believe will force private companies to compete with government on an uneven playing field. The insurers also do not support an employer mandate.
The advocates of a government-run plan claim that it will control costs. I am not convinced. The allure of a government-run health plan is distracting and unproven, and brings a high risk of unintended consequences such as reducing competition and consumer choice. Moreover, even if a government-run plan could be designed in a way that preserves choice for most Americans, it would delay the start of universal coverage for years.
Interestingly enough, in his signature, his RBC chairmanship is not disclosed. All it says is
James Roosevelt Jr. is president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan and co-chair of the policy committee of America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Oh, and there was this delicious scrubbed article at Boston Globe – you can still read the headline in the url
The event itself was a hybrid of a news conference (with the public instead of reporters) and a White House social event.
It was a diverse group of health care providers, insurers, policy experts, medical/nursing students, human resources representatives, business people, and others from all walks of life and political points of view, all invited because we each have a vested interest in the final shape and success of a national health plan.
.So, please spare us phoney PR wars, we know you stole an election together to push this abomination on us. You stole it to get the American people to buy your corrupt services. It’s as simple as that. You stole my vote so you can steal my money.
It all comes together with what I said earlier
No One Steals an election to do good
Obama is not just in bed with the insurers. Obama is the candidate Insurers (and Wall Street) fronted.
Having bagged a second governor in 2 years, NY media is strutting its stuff in our face
yells The Daily News, it being understood that what they say is an order that must be obeyed
NY Post has the same attitude, only snarkier
whole the NY Times pretends to take the high road by promising the same scrutiny to Obama’s designated Cuomo. What they forget is that they went way beyond watchdog and became kingmaker, judge, jury and executioner – all as Obama’s flunkies of course.
I am old enough to remember when voters had a say in those matters.
Here’s another headline from last September, to make it clear what this is all about
But, Paul, you’re looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
Well, I am not exactly shocked to read this headline
Young Voters Cooling towards Democrats
For months now I watched cheerleaders in B0botland saying that whatever troublemakers were saying there does not reflect in polls
but the subtitle of this piece is
Pew Study: 18-to-29 Year Olds’ Support Eroding Following Lack of Change in Washington, Escalating War in Afghanistan
And much as I tend to take all polls with a grain of salt and Pew with 3 grains, this seems to be a way overdue result
First of all, the much touted “big splash” in the presidential election is a joke as well when you look at the numbers
During the presidential election, turnout among 18-to-29 year olds was the highest in years, making up roughly 20 percent of the voters in many states including Virginia and New Jersey, due in part to high participation from young blacks and Hispanics.
20 percent? For that they threw away the blue collar base?
And from THAT, not only did their numbers go down, but their enthusiasm (read turnout) follows. And for that, there’s more proof than just polling – in exit polls from recent elections
Democrats saw evidence of this last November, when Republicans toppled Democrats from power in governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia. Young, minority and new voters who Obama pulled into the fold in 2008 didn’t turn out at the same levels for the two Democratic candidates. The same thing happened in the Massachusetts Senate race last month.
The poll also illustrates the B0bot finger in the ear mentality
Still, when asked why Obama hadn’t done more to bring change, young adults were somewhat forgiving, with about 56 percent blaming the president’s opponents and special interests; only 30 percent said Obama was the one at fault for not trying hard enough.
But as for Obama’s chances in harnessing them again
Neither party has a hold on 18-to-29 year olds. They tend to vote far less than other age groups, yet they have proven to be a powerful constituency if they are persuaded to vote. And that means the race is on by both Republicans and Democrats to make inroads into the next generation of voters.
Analysts say the findings reflect the fast pace at which young voters live their lives, and both parties should take note of their fickleness.
In B0botland there’s mostly approval for these findings
And some justified reserve for the bias in the article
6. Young people aren’t into a blank check for war, bankster bailouts, and mandatory insurance? Fickle!
with the usual head in the sand contingent – surprisingly small
23. Bullshit. Nobody’s going Repig.
Jakes Progress (1000+ posts)
51. They’re not going anywhere. They’re staying home.
but the saner ones are adding to the arguments in the piece
47. You ain’t seen nothin yet.
Wait until Obama & The Democrats FORCE them to BUY worthless Health Insurance.
Better not stand between them and the EXIT.
It was the title suggested by one of my readers, but none have been so clever.
They call it a game changer
and cite his mourning bipartisanship
so no tears from me as Democrats twist in the wind. NY Post as always has a different angle – they might be right!