"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
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Since: Feb 07
#130807 Oct 22, 2013
The Democrat Party 'play' the RhINOs as risk (PANIC, CONFRONTATION) adverse Old Men. This is their game.
If they want chaos in the Congress, bring it on.
#2for4SEQUESTRATION has reveal much. The Mitch/McCain/and Others haven't the HEART, and Mimi knows it.
#130812 Oct 22, 2013
Texas Republican Judge Switches Party Allegiance In Incredible Video (VIDEO)
The fallout from the government shutdown continues to rain down upon the Republican Party. Not only do the American people despise the GOP right now, but so do members of their own party. In fact, it’s so bad for the party that members are literally switching their political allegiance and joining the Democrats. That’s precisely what a Texas judge has done.
Texas Judge Carlo Key renounced the Republican Party and switched his allegiance to the Democrats.
Texas Judge Carlo Key is a Republican. Well, he used to be until recently. The Bexar County judge formally renounced the GOP in a video he released on Sunday. And then Key did something that should send warning signals to the Republican Party. He announced his decision to join the Democratic Party and he explained why.
Judge Carlo Key said he made his decision because the Republican Party has been taken over by hate, bigotry, and extreme ideology. The conservative principles that the party once stood for have disappeared.
“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Judge Carlo Key declared.“Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”
Judge Carlo Key then took a shot at Republicans such as Ted Cruz and other members of the Tea Party who have shamefully used hate speech to build political power. He seemed truly embarrassed to be in the same party with them.
“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”
Here’s the video via Raw Story.
Because of the Tea Party-caused government shutdown, moderate Republicans are starting to sprint away.
There you have it. Republicans are running away from the GOP into the welcoming arms of Democrats.
All because of the Tea Party’s “fool’s errand” to shut down the government in an effort to take health care away from millions of Americans. The fact that Key was a Texas Republican before the shutdown speaks volumes. If a Republican in Texas is fed up enough with the GOP to become a Democrat, Republicans in any state can do the same. And that spells doom for a party that is desperately trying to attract new supporters.
The Republican Party has pitched a tent so small that no one wants to stay in it.
Key’s regret about what the GOP has become matches up perfectly with that of most Americans.
Republicans currently have the lowest favorable ratings they’ve ever had in the polls. The shutdown also caused a major rift between Republicans and the Tea Party. According to a recent Pew Research Poll, only 27 percent of moderate Republicans have a favorable view of the Tea Party. The same poll also reveals that only 27% of moderates consider the Tea Party part of the GOP.
In short, the more the GOP endorses Tea Party candidates, the less support they will receive from Republican voters. The party may be able to survive for awhile without African-Americans, Latinos, women, and young people. But if they lose support from moderate Republicans, the GOP will become irrelevant even quicker. The tent of the Democratic Party is so HUGE right now that even moderate Republicans are discovering that there is plenty of room for them. Judge Carlo Key certainly made that discovery, and he’s running for re-election as a Democrat. Compared to the Democratic Party tent, the Republican Party has pitched a pup tent that no one wants stay in.
Running for the DEMS...hahahaha, love it. Working on turning Texas blue.
RIP TEABAGGER GOP
Since: Feb 13
#130814 Oct 22, 2013
How many of you FauxNews fools kept posting over and over about the 16,000 new IRS Agents to be hired to take care of ObamaCare??????????
They hired 375 including replacements for those retiring.
#130815 Oct 22, 2013
Ted Cruz, Tea Party Still Wrong: Americans Don’t Support Repealing The ACA
A new Washington Post/ABC poll found that a large majority of Americans do not support repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is in spite of many being upset about the problems with implementing the law. 41% of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling the law, and 53% disapprove. 46% support the law in general, while 54% oppose it or had no opinion.
It’s easy to assume that these numbers mean a majority of Americans support repealing the ACA, but that isn’t true. The Washington Post breaks down the poll’s results even more. They looked at the block of those who oppose the law, and found that only 33% of all who were surveyed want to see it repealed. 20% oppose it, but want it to go forward. That adds up to 66% who do not support repeal.
The fight against the ACA shines a harsh spotlight on divisions within the GOP.
Arizona governor Jan Brewer said to the Arizona Daily Star that defunding the ACA would hurt the state’s budget.“The bottom line is we need that money in our economy to save rural hospitals and jobs in the rural areas. It’s all about jobs and getting back federal dollars that our taxpayers have paid to the federal government, to bring them home.” She also mentioned needing to make sure hospitals in metropolitan areas get paid. These hospitals are where most AHCCCS patients are seen.
Jeb Bush said in an interview with ABC that it might be a better move politically to watch the law fail. He also supported having a free-market alternative ready, if repealing the ACA was really what the GOP was after.
But people like Pat Buchanan and even Dennis Miller very strongly support repealing the ACA, along with Ted Cruz (and all his cronies in both chambers of Congress, of course). During the shutdown, Buchanan called for Republicans to hold out and “bring down the roof on everybody’s head” if necessary. Dennis Miller told small business owners to fire anybody who supported the ACA.
Repealing the ACA, or defunding it, just plain isn’t what Americans want.
The GOP hasn’t been listening to the true will of the people for some time. Defunding or flat-out repealing the ACA isn’t what the people want, and poll after poll has shown that. At the end of August, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll that also showed only one-third of Americans wanted the ACA defunded. In that poll, some felt that hijacking the budget process to get rid of the law wasn’t the way to do things. Others felt that the GOP was deliberately trying to cripple the law.
Furthermore, Mitt Romney’s campaign was heavily based on repealing the ACA. The public re-elected President Obama instead. It’s hard to conclude that a majority of Americans want the ACA gone when they re-elected the very man who pioneered the law. Then some GOP members said that the election wasn’t about Obamacare.
As of Sept. 26, Ted Cruz believed that Americans everywhere knew that this wasn’t working, and therefore most Americans supported repealing the ACA, or at least defunding it. The polls didn’t support him then, and they still don’t support him. They don’t support the GOP. Opposition to the law, and unfavorable views of the law, do not mean that people want to see it repealed. The GOP would be well advised to get out of their bubbles and pay some attention to the real world.
"The GOP hasn’t been listening to the true will of the people for some time."
Exactly, Out of touch and out of luck come election time. bye, bye CONS
#130816 Oct 22, 2013
You are right Injudgement. faux lies
Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare
UPDATE I re-reported a Fox News segment on Obamacare -- it was appallingly easy to see how it misleads the audience
I happened to turn on the Hannity show on Fox News last Friday evening.“Average Americans are feeling the pain of Obamacare and the healthcare overhaul train wreck,” Hannity announced,“and six of them are here tonight to tell us their stories.” Three married couples were neatly arranged in his studio, the wives seated and the men standing behind them, like game show contestants.
As Hannity called on each of them, the guests recounted their “Obamacare” horror stories: canceled policies, premium hikes, restrictions on the freedom to see a doctor of their choice, financial burdens upon their small businesses and so on.
“These are the stories that the media refuses to cover,” Hannity interjected.
But none of it smelled right to me. Nothing these folks were saying jibed with the basic facts of the Affordable Care Act as I understand them. I understand them fairly well; I have worked as a senior adviser to a governor and helped him deal with the new federal rules.
I decided to hit the pavement. I tracked down Hannity’s guests, one by one, and did my own telephone interviews with them.
First I spoke with Paul Cox of Leicester, N.C. He and his wife Michelle had lamented to Hannity that because of Obamacare, they can’t grow their construction business and they have kept their employees below a certain number of hours, so that they are part-timers.
Obamacare has no effect on businesses with 49 employees or less. But in our brief conversation on the phone, Paul revealed that he has only four employees. Why the cutback on his workforce?“Well,” he said,“I haven’t been forced to do so, it’s just that I’ve chosen to do so. I have to deal with increased costs.” What costs? And how, I asked him, is any of it due to Obamacare? There was a long pause, after which he said he’d call me back. He never did.
There is only one Obamacare requirement that applies to a company of this size: workers must be notified of the existence of the “healthcare.gov” website, the insurance exchange. That’s all.
Next I called Allison Denijs. She’d told Hannity that she pays over $13,000 a year in premiums.
Like the other guests, she said she had recently gotten a letter from Blue Cross saying that her policy was being terminated and a new, ACA-compliant policy would take its place. She says this shows that Obama lied when he promised Americans that we could keep our existing policies.
#130817 Oct 22, 2013
Allison’s husband left his job a few years ago, one with benefits at a big company, to start his own business. Since then they’ve been buying insurance on the open market, and are now paying around $1,100 a month for a policy with a $2,500 deductible per family member, with hefty annual premium hikes. One of their two children is not covered under the policy. She has a preexisting condition that would require purchasing additional coverage for $600 a month, which would bring the family’s grand total to around $20,000 a year.
I asked Allison if she’d shopped on the exchange, to see what a plan might cost under the new law.
She said she hadn’t done so because she’d heard the website was not working. Would she try it out when it’s up and running? Perhaps, she said. She told me she has long opposed Obamacare, and that the president should have focused on tort reform as a solution to bringing down the price of healthcare.
I tried an experiment and shopped on the exchange for Allison and Kurt. Assuming they don’t smoke and have a household income too high to be eligible for subsidies, I found that they would be able to get a plan for around $7,600, which would include coverage for their uninsured daughter. This would be about a 60 percent reduction from what they would have to pay on the pre-Obamacare market.
Allison also told me that the letter she received from Blue Cross said that in addition to the policy change for ACA compliance, in the new policy her physician network size might be reduced. That’s something insurance companies do to save money, with or without Obamacare on the horizon, just as they raise premiums with or without Obamacare coming.
If Allison’s choice of doctor was denied her through Obamacare then, yes, she could have a claim that Obamacare has hurt her. But she’d also have thousands of dollars in her pocket that she didn’t have before.
Finally, I called Robbie and Tina Robison from Franklin, Tenn. Robbie is self-employed as a Christian youth motivational speaker.(You can see his work here.) On Hannity, the couple said that they, too, were recently notified that their Blue Cross policy would be expiring for lack of ACA compliance. They told Hannity that the replacement plans Blue Cross was offering would come with a rate increase of 50 percent or even 75 percent, and that the new offerings would contain all sorts of benefits they don’t need, like maternity care, pediatric care, prenatal care and so forth. Their kids are grown and moved out, so why should they be forced to pay extra for a health plan with superfluous features?
When I spoke to Robbie, he said he and Tina have been paying a little over $800 a month for their plan, about $10,000 a year. And the ACA-compliant policy that will cost 50-75 percent more? They said this information was related to them by their insurance agent.
#130819 Oct 22, 2013
Had they shopped on the exchange yet, I asked? No, Tina said, nor would they. They oppose Obamacare and want nothing to do with it. Fair enough, but they should know that I found a plan for them for, at most,$3,700 a year, 63 percent less than their current bill. It might cover things that they don’t need, but so does every insurance policy.
It’s true that we don’t know for sure whether certain ills conservatives have warned about will occur once Obamacare is fully enacted. For example, will we truly have the same freedom to choose a physician that we have now? Will a surplus of insured patients require a scaling back (or “rationing,” as some call it) of provided healthcare services? Will doctors be able to spend as much time with patients? These are all valid, unanswered questions. The problem is that people like Sean Hannity have decided to answer them now, without evidence. Or worse, with fake evidence.
I don’t doubt that these six individuals believe that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange. And some of them appear to have taken actions (Paul Cox, for example) based on a general pessimistic belief about Obamacare. He’s certainly entitled to do so, but Hannity is not entitled to point to Paul’s behavior as an “Obamacare train wreck story” and maintain any credibility that he might have as a journalist.
Strangely, the recent shutdown was based almost entirely on a small percentage of Congress’s belief that Obamacare, as Ted Cruz puts it,“is destroying America.” Cruz has rarely given us an example of what he’s talking about. That’s because the best he can do is what Hannity did—exploit people’s ignorance and falsely point to imaginary boogeymen.
Update: To check the plans I used this useful calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
exploit people’s ignorance and falsely point to imaginary boogeymen...faux box pundits
#130820 Oct 22, 2013
Don't forget to go wish your next President a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. haha
We have some BREAKING NEWS (and it has nothing to do with John Boehner and his reckless Tea Party Majority, we promise!):
It’s Hillary Clinton’s birthday this week!
We want to get all of our top supporters to sign the card we’re sending her.
Go add your name?
RIP TEABAGGER GOP
#130821 Oct 22, 2013
Right-wing pastor: Girl Scouts are wicked and their cookies promote lesbianism
"Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies," Kevin Swanson pleads VIDEO
Girl Scout cookie season is still a few months away, but pastor and right-wing activist Kevin Swanson is already worked up about the consequences of eating Caramel DeLites and Thin Mints.
Namely, lesbianism, abortion, Communism and general wickedness.
“Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies,” Swanson pleaded during his Monday radio broadcast.
Swanson isn’t the first conservative to go absolutely bananas over the Girl Scouts’ inclusive but fairly anodyne policies regarding sexuality, gender religion, but it’s still plenty fun to listen to him panic about them.
You can listen to his entreaty here:
C~R~A~Z~Y right winged NUT JOB
#130822 Oct 22, 2013
A Democratic Member of Congress Just Labeled Tea Party Republicans as ‘Domestic Enemies’
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) branded Tea Party members of Congress as “domestic enemies” during an appearance on MSNBC Saturday morning.
“Really, you got to think — we take an oath to support the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Cohen said.“These are the domestic enemies.”
The comments were aimed at Tea Party members of Congress who voted against the debt deal that raised the U.S.’ borrowing limit and reopened government.
“They think they are somehow umm… like… it was all talked in military terms. They think they are some kind of guerrillas there to strike a blow for freedom,” he said.
“I think they may try to pull this off again,” he added.
Cohen credited Nancy Pelosi and a handful of “reasonable Republicans” for doing the right thing and voting for legislation that raised the debt ceiling and reopened government.
The Teabagger Taliban, America's domestic terrorist.
RIP TEABAGGER GOP
Since: Feb 13
#130823 Oct 22, 2013
Holy Crap I read the first line and thought something was wrong with GS cookies. Whew, that was close. Glad it turns out to be just a Rightwing FrightWing Teahadist Nut Job. Love those cookies !!!!!!!!!!
#130824 Oct 22, 2013
Unions Turn on Obamacare, But Don't Call Them Hypocrites
Michael Barone | Oct 22, 2013
It's not just Republicans who are unhappy with Obamacare. Labor union leaders have been complaining too.
In July, the presidents of the Teamsters, United Food Commercial Workers union and UNITE-HERE (combined membership: 2.9 million) wrote a letter to congressional Democrats saying that Obamacare will "destroy the very health and well-being of our members along with millions of other working Americans."
"We have a problem," they concluded. "You need to fix it."
And the rest of the complaints and thoughts:
“A proud Kentuckian ”
Since: Aug 13
At Your Mama's House
#130825 Oct 22, 2013
Of course they have a problem.
What is one of the main benefits of a union? HEALTHCARE!!!!
By making insurance affordable to all the unions lose a major offering.
#130826 Oct 22, 2013
Health care dictatorship: A crime against America
WHAT SAY YOU NOW BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA???
If…Obama does this and IF he does it without the advice and consent of congress…
HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED IMMEDIATELY…BASED ON EXISTING LAW AND HIS AND JOE BIDEN’S OWN WORDS!!!
THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE DRAWN UP BEFORE THE SMOKE CLEARS FROM DAMASCUS AND PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE FASTER THAN A CRUISE MISSILE FLIES!!!
There should be no delay, no votes against and a moving truck parked outside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave with the back door open.
WHO…IN THE HOUSE…WILL HAVE THE GONADS TO AUTHOR THE PAPERS???
WE HAVE OBAMA AND BIDEN…IN THEIR OWN WORDS…LEAVING NO DOUBT AS TO THEIR VIEW ON THE SUBJECT!!!
October 22, 2013
Sebelius Admits She Needed Four Year Delay
Over the weekend HHS Sect. Kathleen Sebelius admitted in an interview: "The online insurance marketplace needed five years of construction and a year of testing, she said. "We had two years and almost no testing."
Sebelius is saying she needed a delay of four years to get the system up and running.
A delay of four years is an admission of complete failure. The Administration chose to launch a chaotic mess. Their actions have thrown millions of Americans out of their health care plans and their jobs, and could potentially bankrupt the insurance industry (says angry Obamacare advocate and New York Times reporter Ross Douthat).
Obamacare's empowering a federal bureaucracy to centrally plan a new health care system for America was very much like one of Stalin's Five-Year-Plans or Mao's Great Leap Forward.
In other words, Obama didn't want the public to learn about what Sebelius and cooked up in her 10,000 pages of implementation regulations so he kept the management of the IT design inside the administration, although it was not capable of doing the work.
It will be interesting to see how passive the public[illiterate society] is by the February deadline for extending our budgetless federal spending. They may be clamoring for Ted Cruz to come back and call for defunding.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/s...
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#130827 Oct 22, 2013
But they're not the only ones. Wish I could remember their title but something to do with dock workers union? who also banned together and sent them a letter. I posted it some time back. They, too were upset with this ACA and so.....
your point is?
#130828 Oct 22, 2013
Just thought I'd drop a *Hi*
Thank You for who you are
What you DO!
In the House ...
#130829 Oct 22, 2013
House of Representatives ...
“A proud Kentuckian ”
Since: Aug 13
At Your Mama's House
#130831 Oct 22, 2013
My point is, that it works.
The AHCA is making health care affordable for all.
You no longer have to rely on Unions or employers for insurance.
For the first time in history, individual people have the same buying power as the Teamsters or GE!
“A proud Kentuckian ”
Since: Aug 13
At Your Mama's House
#130832 Oct 22, 2013
It is here to stay and gaining popularity by the day.
You lose and America wins.
#130841 Oct 23, 2013
Any of y'all get signed up for Obama/Pelosi/Reid care? LMMFAO Putin-wannabe stepped in it big time this time, didn't he? What goes around comes around and it is oh-so deserving and about damn time. 300 thousand people in Florida just had their insurance dropped because of Obamacare and it's outrageous price tag and thousands of regulations. Citizens in Florida said they want their Obama vote back! hahahahaha We told you so!!!
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