Attention, people, this is important: The battle over whether it’s true that the Republican plan would “end Medicare” is about to play out in a critical way in New Hampshire.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees House races for the GOP, has written a sharply-worded letter demanding that a New Hampshire TV station yank an ad making that claim. Whether the ad gets taken down could help set a precedent for whether other stations will air Dem TV ads making this argument, which is expected to be a central message for Dems in the 2012 elections.
Here we are 7 months after the mid-term elections and Republicans, who made job creation a center of their platform, have yet to introduce a jobs bill. What they have done is voted twice to end Medicare.
Unfortunately as we mark the 150th day of Republican control of the House today, Republicans have yet to bring a jobs bill to the House floor. In fact, the only votes this Congress has taken to create jobs have been on Democratic bills, which were either voted down by Republicans or which Republicans voted against even considering:
An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]
Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]
American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]
National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive. [Vote 279]
Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]
Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199]
Have Republicans stooped to new lows in parsing out the meaning of words. I wish that were true. They were just as bad when it came to lying about WMD and the economy during the Bush years. Imagine someone took the warhead and rockets boosters off an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Would we still call that a missile or just a very expensive metal shell that used to be a missile, What’s In A Name?
As Greg says, this is important — because if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads.
Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That’s not at all the same thing.
Oh, they’re also trying to stop anyone from calling it a voucher plan — but that’s what it is.
What about the claim that the Ryan plan actually does guarantee coverage, because it says that insurers can’t turn you down? That’s based on word games. What the plan says is that you can’t be turned down because of medical history — it imposes community rating. But it says nothing about requiring that insurers sell coverage at a price you can afford. And the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan plan makes it clear that it would put insurance coverage beyond the financial reach of many seniors.
The shell that Republicans would leave is what they would like to call Medicare. Just like they call torture just “enhanced integration”. Just as Sean Hannity will never live up to his bet to be “interrogated”, we will never see seniors clambering to have a half empty shell of health care. yea but Ryancare/Wing-nutcare will not kick in for years so old folks have time to get their Canadian citizenship or some how gather the same guaranteed resources they will need down the road. Not true, Republican Medicare, Medicaid proposal would hurt current seniors, too
You know that whole schtick from the Republicans about how anybody over 55 won’t be affected at all by their draconian budget and Medicare elimination scheme? They’re lying about that two. That’s according to analysis by Tim Fernholz writing at the National Journal.
“The retirees are going to be taken care of; there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it,” House Speaker John Boehner vowed in an interview with CBS last month. The plan’s architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has said time and again that the changes wouldn’t affect anybody getting close to retirement. “We propose to not change the benefits for people above the age of 55,” Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, insisted last week.
There’s only one problem with the strategy: It’s not true.
The policies in the House GOP budget, if enacted, would begin affecting millions of seniors almost immediately by increasing their costs for prescription drugs and probably long-term care. Further, Medicare costs could rise over time if healthier seniors choose to abandon the traditional benefit program.
[ ]…Some 9 million seniors qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and about two-thirds of all nursing-home residents are covered by Medicaid. The GOP budget proposes cutting some $744 billion from Medicaid over 10 years by turning the system into block grants that limit federal contributions and give states more choice in structuring benefits. No one knows exactly which Medicaid services states would choose to cut back, but senior citizens account for a disproportionate share of Medicaid outlays and would almost certainly bear some of the burden.
“We know that two-thirds of the dollars in Medicaid go to people who are disabled or over 65, so this is the big funder of long-term care in this country,” said David Certner, AARP’s legislative-policy director. “We also know this could have an impact on home- and community-based care, which is the kind of care individuals prefer the most [and] often the ones that will be cut first.”
Final piece of Orwellian doublespeak to deal with: Ryancare is just like ObamaCare. No it is not. This one is silly beyond words. If they are the same, why repeal one and try to replace it with the other. Children trying to get away with something make up better lies on the fly than the average Republican.
Democrats(see the above on jobs agenda) do seem to be trying to create jobs. Because they are the minority party in the House they cannot even get bills up for a vote. Just as the public saw that FDR could not solve the problems of the Great Depression in one term, Democrats and President Obama cannot fix the loss of $17 trillion dollars of the nation’s wealth by Republicans in four years. Democrats need to get out the message they are the party that is trying and obviously the Republicans are the party of obstruction. For most readers that snip of bills that Republicans stopped is probably the first you have heard of those job creation bills. A suggested recipe for Democrats, A Path to Democratic Ascendancy on the Economy. I disagree with the recommendation to stop reminding people where the economic calamity started and why it is still with us. It is possible to look back and forward in the messaging. We have hard time learning or remembering lessons in this country. Supply-side economics and the insane contempt for regulation that protects workers, consumers and investors keeps failing and keeps coming back like a zombie.
Everyone has probably read these by now but just in case, CASE CLOSED! CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!
The screencap of Congressman Weiner’s page — the one featuring the infamous “crotch shot” — lacks the URL. As far as I can tell, the only way to create that anomaly is when someone other than the account holder places an image on Yfrog, using the simple strategy outlined above.
[ ]…The only way to create a URL-free header is to have someone else send a pic to one’s Yfrog address. Milowent did just that. You can see the result: The header now has a blank space beneath Dowson’s name.
Why does Yfrog work that way? I don’t know. Ask their programmers.
The important point is this: The anomaly in the header indicates that the image was not sent by Weiner. It had to have been sent by someone else.
Not only that. Believe it or not, when an outsider sends a pic to someone else’s Yfrog account in this fashion, the action creates a message in the “twitterstream.” The message seems to originate with the Twitter account holder — but it doesn’t. It comes from somewhere else — from someone mailing a picture to the account holder.
ABC reported on the exploit described by that blogger and have since closed that security hole. The full post gives you all the ins and outs of the technical aspects. it boils down to anyone with the knowledge of this exploit being able to post to someone’s Twitter account via e-mail. Someone did some forensics on the photo, New Forensic Details About Weinergate Photo
Farid confirmed that the photo known to have come from Weiner’s camera was “inconsistent” with the controversial photo. In fact, Farid says, the photo appears not to have come from a Blackberry at all. But here’s the even stranger part: The controversial photo does not match any camera in Farid’s database, which consists of about 15,000 kinds of cameras, phones, and tablets.
It is important to remember that Breitbart, all the right-wing conservative blogs and pundits have not produced a single shred of evidence that Congressman Weiner posted that photo. If you’re visiting a site that insists that Weiner still did something wrong, ask for proof. They will not produce any because there is none. The arguments seem to have boiled down to Rep. Weiner’s oddly worded denials or they just “know” it is true. That does not pass any legal or logical benchmarks. Andrew Breitbart is even backing off, throwing “Dan Wolfe’ under the bus and a Tommy Christopher is trying to claim that Breitbart had nothing to do with any of this. Which is just ridiculous as the screenshot taken after Weinergate broke shows, Big Government was all Weineragte all the time, Andrew Breitbart’s Employees Are All-Penis, All-The-Time. Besides the basic premise of this cooked up scandal be completely fabricated, Breitbart is afraid he has hooked up with a couple of right-wing perverts, The Dark Past Of The “Weinergate” Co-Pilot – Twitter avenger Mike Stack not your typical conservative agitator
The Twitter user who first floated the rumor that a lewd photo scandal was brewing for Representative Anthony Weiner is not your typical conservative avenger, an investigation by The Smoking Gun has determined.
Mike Stack, a 39-year-old New Jersey resident, is known as “goatsred” in the Twitterverse, where he has helped lead a months-long assault on the New York City politician. Stack was joined at the hip in this pursuit by “patriotusa76,” who gave his name as “Dan Wolfe” and was the online avenger who happened last Friday night to discover the notorious tweet emanating from Weiner’s account.
As TSG reported yesterday, “Dan Wolfe” has conveniently evaporated in the wake of “Weinergate.” In fact, today Wolfe’s entire Twitter page was deleted.
But Stack, the other Twitter Twin, remains online. An examination of his background has discovered:
* Stack, who aggressively pushed the story about Weiner’s underpants shot, has worked as a moderator on a pornography web site, and been a regular commenter on several other X-rated sites. Stack describes himself as a “Pervert” on one site, where his avatar, captioned “Antichrist,” is a drawing of President Barack Obama as Jesus Christ.
One of the family values centered activities of this bunch of conservative stalkers – Wolfe, Stack and apparently a few women – did was harass some of the teenage girls who were Rep. Weiner followers. We await the media to do a couple things it should have done in the first place: The MSM picked up the story as a he said she said kind of story without any inquiry into hard evidence that Congressman Weiner had done anything inappropriate. At this juncture the Congressman and the country should be getting an apology for the shoddy reportage they consider journalism. We also await the same media to use it’s considerable resources to work holding Wolfe, Stack, Breitbart and assorted accomplices to account.
William Jacobsen, or at least this one – So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right? – believe it or not is a conservative law professor who works at Cornell. He post this as, one would assume, jury ready proof that Palin was correct,
I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then orderd me to mount my Horse, after searching me for arms ( Paul Revere)
Clearly that is Revere’s account of what happened after his famous ride. Here is what Palin said,
PALIN: He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.
There were no bells ringing or shots fired. At the time we were all British. He rode with two other men and they were all caught and either escaped or were released afterwards. The goal was to quietly deliver a warning to John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British Army was going to arrest them. Palin’s actual words are that Revere’s ride was to warn the British. Palin was incorrect.
In this undated letter, written at the request of Jeremy Belknap, corresponding secretary of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Paul Revere summarizes his activities on 18-19 April 1775: he recounts how Dr. Joseph Warren urged him to ride to Lexington (to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movements); how he had previously arranged with some fellow Patriots to signal the direction of those movements by placing signal lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church; and how he left Boston from the “North part of the Town,” was rowed across the Charles River by two friends, and there borrowed a horse and began his ride.
The manuscript letter includes some interlineations, apparently in the hand of Jeremy Belknap. In printing the account in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1st series, vol. 5 (1798), Belknap assigned to it the date of 1 January 1798. At the end of the document, Revere signed his name but then, apparently choosing to remain anonymous, wrote above it “A Son of Liberty of the year 1775” and beside it “do not print my name.” Either he changed his mind or Belknap ignored his request, for the two phrases are crossed out in the original document, and the name is included in the printed version.
Revere fills most pages of his letter to Belknap (pages 2-6) with the description of his ride. He writes of avoiding British soldiers and reaching Lexington, where he conveyed information to Hancock and Adams and where he met up with William Dawes. After Revere and Dawes set off for Concord, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, who helped them “allarm all the Inhabitents.”
Borrowed a horse? Sounds like socialism. Why didn’t he make one by himself from weeds and tree bark the way Palin would have.