August 13th, 2009

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From the voice of the mainstream Right ‘As the economy performs worse than expected, the deficit for the 2010 budget year beginning in October will worsen by $87 billion to $1.3 trillion. The deterioration reflects lower tax revenues and higher costs for bank failures, unemployment benefits and food stamps. But in the Oval Office of the White House none of this is a problem. This is the objective. The objective is unemployment. The objective is more food stamp benefits. The objective is more unemployment benefits. The objective is an expanding welfare state. And the objective is to take the nation’s wealth and return to it to the nation’s quote, “rightful owners.” Think reparations. Think forced reparations here if you want to understand what actually is going on.’ ‘What's happening here, folks, is kind of fascinating. The whole point here is that Sharpton's audience in his radio talk show is getting on him because they don't think Obama is sufficiently down for the struggle. He hasn't talked about reparations, what they want, this kind of stuff. And Sharpton is saying, "Yeah, I told you so," but he's defending Obama because Obama never promised the stuff people thought they were going to get. These people really thought Obama was going to get them out of their bad houses and get them into new cars and maybe new dishwashers and so forth. It didn't happen. They want reparations. What they don't know is that Obama's entire economic program is reparations! If I were Sharpton, if I'd been guest hosting Sharpton's show and I got a call like that, somebody complaining, I'd say, "Shhhh. Shhhh. Shhhh. Let me tell you the truth here. Everything in the stimulus plan, every plan he's got is reparations. He gonna take from the rich. He's going to take from the rich and he's going to give it to you. It just can't happen overnight. Be patient." It's redistribution of wealth, reparations, "returning the nation's wealth to its rightful owners," whatever you want to call it. It's reparations.’ ‘They accuse of us being Nazis, and Obama's got a health care logo that's right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook. Now, what are the similarities between the Democrat Party of today and the Nazi Party in Germany? Well, the Nazis were against big business -- they hated big business. And of course we all know that they were opposed to Jewish capitalism. They were insanely, irrationally against pollution. They were for two years mandatory voluntary service to Germany. They had a whole bunch of make-work projects to keep people working, one of which was the Autobahn. They were against cruelty and vivisection of animals, but in the radical sense of devaluing human life, they banned smoking. They were totally against that. They were for abortion and euthanasia of the undesirables, as we all know, and they were for cradle-to-grave nationalized healthcare.

This is why I have always bristled when I hear people claim conservativism gets close to Nazism. It is liberalism that's the closest you can get to Nazism and socialism. It's all bundled up under the socialist banner. There are far more similarities between Nancy Pelosi and Adolf Hitler than between these people showing up at town halls to protest a Hitler-like policy that's being heralded like a Hitler-like logo.’ (directly adjoining a photograph of African-American union members): ‘I mean, when these members of Congress at all of these places last night -- St. Louis; Houston; over in the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough County -- and by the way, it was a Democrat official who slapped, a Democrat official slapped a guy named Osteen, who was just trying to talk to her husband about the plan. I mean, it got violent. The union thugs from the SEIU and the AFL-CIO were called out here to keep the halls only halfway filled with opponents. Those people are getting in there. When these members of Congress stand up and start talking and lying about it, these people are reacting. We haven't lost the momentum on this. What's happened is that the president of the United States has marshaled his forces against over half the country!

He gave them a pep talk yesterday and said, "We punch back twice as hard." This is the president of the United States, the president of all people. Now, these town hall meetings, it's becoming clear that the Democrat leadership is advising their people to avoid these meetings or to stack the deck with union membership. And they are running around, "It's dangerous. It's so dangerous! And our precious Democrat leaders are having their lives threatened," which I don't believe for a moment. I think it's all BS because I've seen the pattern. Now they're supplying union thugs -- burly, obvious union thugs. You look at them and you know. You know they're showing up, if you see these people, you know that's who they are. They are showing up to intimidate, and you know who's showing up? Seasoned citizens!

The people that need to show up to show they're opposed to this, and they are being shoved up against the walls by union thugs. Old lady got shoved up against the wall in Tampa last night. One guy had a shirt ripped and his chest cut by a union thug over in Tampa ...’

[A little later, and Rush plays Obama saying: ‘I need every one of you to knock on doors and make phone calls and get fired up once again so that we can go towards the future!’]

He is no longer the president. He is a candidate. He's got a plan. This thing is now called "health care." So the community organizer is organizing. The community agitator is agitating. The only one sending out organizing memos nationwide is President Barack Obama, and community agitators can't start bitching when communities agitate.’
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White racist terrorist organizations are popping up all over the US

Almost a decade after largely disappearing from public view, right-wing militias, ideologically driven tax defiers and sovereign citizens are appearing in large numbers around the country. "Paper terrorism" — the use of property liens and citizens' "courts" to harass enemies — is on the rise. And once-popular militia conspiracy theories are making the rounds again, this time accompanied by nativist theories about secret Mexican plans to "reconquer" the American Southwest. One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda. "This is the most significant growth we've seen in 10 to 12 years," says one. "All it's lacking is a spark. I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence."

A key difference this time is that the federal government — the entity that almost the entire radical right views as its primary enemy — is headed by a black man. That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama. At the same time, ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related propaganda, from conspiracy theories about a secret network of U.S. concentration camps to wholly unsubstantiated claims about the president's country of birth.

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Health care enthusiasm

I was just thinking about the complaint I occasionally hear that there isn’t enough grassroots enthusiasm for health insurance reform. It occurred to me that it could be in part that where people tend to be most conscious of health care they already have some protections thanks to state law. For instance, here in Minnesota, if you are turned down for individual insurance due to a pre-existing condition, you can buy (somewhat more expensively) risk-pool insurance.

(It’s like New Jersey car insurance, except not everybody ends up in the risk pool.)
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The Medicare gap

No, not the donut hole, but this: To get the security of Medicare, I had to lose the ability to work. Those who simply cannot find adequate work do not get this security.

Medicare, therefore, is incomplete.

(That said, !#&$$!!!*?*!! the donut hole.)
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I just turned off my Air America feed because Nicole Sandler was going with this incredibly infantile whine about how George W. Bush rammed through legislation and she wants the healthcare reform so Obama should do the same, and give up this ‘bipartisan crap’. Then the guest started questioning Harry Reid’s manhood. It’s as if (informed commentator) Brent Budowsky’s words go in one ear and come out the other, when you had him on as a guest just recently (at my suggestion).

What makes this particularly bothersome is that the Republicans are irrelevant. You can ignore them. You can let Barack Obama say nice things about them and enjoy watching them overreact, trying to prove how anti-Obama they are (while Obama chuckles in the background). He’s already said he’ll do it without them, showing that he knows they are irrelevant. Your problem is Max Baucus (metonymously), not the Republicans. Harry Reid saved us from Max Baucus, at least for a little while (and presumably in collaboration with Obama, who seemed almost giddy about it at the time).

Another thing that peeves me about opinions given by Sandler and others is the refrain that we voted for the Democrats to give us healthcare reform. How in the world does she know what the people of Montana, a jillion miles from Miami, voted for when they elected Max Baucus? I myself haven’t the vaguest clue. We’ve got 60 votes, she and other say, assuming that (metonymous) Max Baucus somehow agrees with everything that President Obama thinks.

This is not how our government works, with presidents dictating and party members all following. Indeed, I’d like to see Congress exert some visible authority about something, just to show it is willing.