2PP026 – 12 March 2010

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgSpecial Days are back, and there’s an international aspect today. Then, we talk about passing healthcare reform through reconciliation, and that means talking about Republican hypocrisy Arthur names names, calling out the liars. Then we talk about America’s new McCarthy, Liz Cheney. We then talk a bit about John McCain’s re-election troubles, which leads to a larger discussion of the fringe taking over the Republican mainstream. Arthur says the 24-hour drumbeat on the right can’t end well, and we talk about that and some of the reasons things are as they are. Even the mainstream newsmedia isn’t immune from our gaze.

Comments let us talk a bit about snow, cognitive dissonance, the Canadian “dictatorship” and teabaggers—we have great listeners! As a matter of fact, almost half this episode is a discussion of a comment—which is the whole point in having comments, to foster a conversation. Keep those comments coming!

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3 Responses to 2PP026 – 12 March 2010

  1. Roger Green says:

    I ‘m feeling like democracy is getting away from us, that it is the moneyed interest that can manipulate the message so thoroughly that people will protest against things that are in their own self-interest, such as health care reform. I am cynical.

    And, not so incidentally, I vote. Always. Don’t always know why in this one-party town. I always vote for the Republican for Albany county coroner because the Democrat ALWAYS wins. I mean ALWAYS. (And why do we ELECT a coroner anyway?)

  2. Jason says:

    Yes, why is the coroner an elected office. For that matter why is there a vote on the sheriff. I wonder, if at some point in time, these were not full time jobs. That someone had a full time job and was corner part of the time. Sort of like a justice of the peace.

    And talk about a one-party town. DC has a law that the entire city council can’t be filled with Democrats. I think the number of Republicans in DC could fit in a phone booth that is if you could find one in the first place.

  3. Faethe - Rhonda Roberts says:

    Hi guys – I just wanted to say thank you so much for your advice. I have pared my rhetoric down into three main points.

    1. Deny – I do not have any idea who the ‘tea party’ whackos are that go about using bad grammar and destroying property, nor do I support them in anyway.

    2. Fiscal Responsibility – I believe in robust oversight being established before funds are given for any new project, or any project the GAO has found to be problematic. No oversight, no money.

    3. Empowerment – Grass roots got a Black man with the middle name of Hussein elected President of the United States. That is a popular miracle and should be repeated as often as possible. That same powerful voice should be used to criticize and inspire our representatives. Voting is essential.

    And that’s it. It makes things so much easier to argue from. See – I knew you two were excellent teachers 🙂 I do so wish to do the podcast with you, but I am still feeling poorly. I don’t know when I will be right again, but it shall be soon, hopefully 🙂

    And if I had one point to make about the healthcare bill – I think the Republicans failed us when it came to the establishment of a robust oversight commission designed to oversee all these changes. That is really in their purview, and they failed us by becoming embroiled in stupid arguments about vaginas and penis’ doing naughty things, or having elective procedures that give people from Kansas the horrors.

    Voting for the bill was the only way to get it passed, unfortunately. The insurance companies decided to be particularly brilliant idiots right up until the President signed, and I think that is no coincidence. The impetus was saving people from the shabby lack of regulation that enabled insurance companies to abuse it’s client base. That had to stop.

    However, I still would have held back unless there was a provision for a senate or house commission to be established immediately after the bill was signed to create an oversight commission. That oversight commission could be rolled into the GAO or into any of the regional or state based Medicare/Medicaid oversight boards. It would require funding, but I think that could be justified by using data compiled by the GAO concerning fraud.

    But we heard nothing about this. The main complaint that I have heard about the bill – most especially by people in California – is that they are very concerned that this will turn into an Enron. No one has funded what oversight is called for in the bill. No one is sure who is supposed to police the requirements of the bill, either.

    So it is an ongoing process. The Republicans could redeem themselves by calling for oversight and regulation, but I think they are too enamored with gay sex and spontaneous public abortions to give a damn.

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