Courtesy of Connect The Dots USA
Courtesy of Connect The Dots USA
The top quotes in politics …
“Obama lies; freedom dies.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeting about the Supreme Court’s health care decision.
“Sweetie, we won!” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi breaking the news to her husband.
“It’s constitutional. Bitches.” — Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, rejoicing.
“Thank God for the country, he didn’t listen to me.” — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel commending President Obama.
“He’s going to have to change the color of his ‘sox.'” — President Barack Obama joking about the White Sox’s acquisition of Kevin Youkilis
“They were saying ‘Yoooook and not booo’ for God’s sake.” — White House press secretaryJay Carney defending Obama.
“It’s just stupid.” — Sen. Claire McCaskill on buzz about her skipping the Democratic National Convention.
“I never say never.” — Former White House hopeful Herman Cain not ruling out a 2016 presidential run.
This week, the President spoke at the annual NALEO conference, hosted the Congressional Picnic and addressed the nation on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, while his administration announced grants for cities hiring veterans as police officers, and spoke with students about college affordability.
A busy week in news or the busiest?
On Monday the Supreme Court grabbed its first headlines of the week, issuing a a ruling on Arizona’s immigration law that left supporters confusedly claiming victory and opponents happy to still have something they could use against Mitt Romney.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw their share of Presidential campaign stories, but the Supreme Court really grabbed headlines on Thursday when the highest court in the land surprised everyone (well, maybe not everyone) when it ruled the mandate central to President Obama’s health care law constitutional as a tax.
Republicans did get a consolation prize when the House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Finally, on Friday President Obama visited Colorado, which has been fighting a devastating outbreak of wildfires.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox News Channel’s America Live with Megyn Kelly on Friday where he discussed the ongoing House Republican efforts to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder’s involvement into the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal. There he revealed that the House GOP could move to have Holder arrested following a House vote on Thursday that found him in contempt of Congress.
Chaffetz began the interview noting that he had received information that suggests a Washington D.C. attorney has been instructed to not pursue the charges of contempt against Holder that the House of Representatives approved on Thursday.
“The statute does say that you shall do this,” said Chaffetz. “The precedent is that it hasn’t been one in the past. Again, we’ve got to get past this so-called precedent and do what the law says.”
Kelly says that she is aware of another option – that the Sargent at Arms of the House can be instructed to arrest Holder. “Are you going to do that,” asked Kelly.
“That would be fairly dramatic, but yes,” said Chaffetz. “Three options: going through the U.S. attorney, going into civil court or have the Sargent at Arms take control of the situation — which I think some people are going to say we ought to do — but we’re going to exhaust the other ones first.”
“Really,” replied Kelly.
“I find it hard and dramatic to do, but we want to get to the bottom of this,” said Chaffetz. “We’re serious about this.”
As usual, the Mario Piperni website never fails its readers…
What happened? I leave for a couple of days and come back to find that all hell has broken loose. My favorite website, the Daily
Mauler Caller had this headline to greet me:
Congratulations, Americans: The government owns your bodies
Wow. Being forced to give up ownership of one’s body to a tyrannical government is serious stuff. Hoping to find better news at my second favorite website, I moved on to World
Nut Net Daily. Not good. Right below this headline,
I was shocked and dismayed to find this headline:
Nut Net Daily is a serious source for honest and balanced news, so when they talk of “revolutionary fervor’, watch out. Any website that gives Chuck Norris and Jerome Corsi space to blog their demented trash, err, enlightened views, knows what they’re talking about. Yes, sir, a revolution is on the way.
Twitter didn’t make me feel any better.
The end of America. Scary. And to let you know how serious he is, Shapiro states that he’s not exaggerating. Very cool of him.
Sigh. Checked in with my favorite right-wing talk radio guy, Limbaugh. I was hoping he could put a positive spin on it all. Nope.
Obamacare is nothing more than the largest tax increase in the history of the world…as of today, the American government can and will seize your private property if you don’t purchase and/or sell what’s been ordered. It’s really breathtaking, what happened today. And it is breathtaking to watch ignoramuses who don’t really understand what happened celebrate it. We have been betrayed and deceived by Congress. We have been betrayed and deceived by the Supreme Court.
There you go. Right-wing response to the Supreme Court ruling in a nutshell: betrayal, revolution and the end of America.
Poor babies. Well at least some of the brighter wingnuts now know what they’re going to do.
And they call them idiots. I wonder why that would be?
My, my, they’ve really gone off the deep end. Here’s a comment from a Washington Times piece about Republican governors planning on ignoring the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA. The comment is typical of the madness that has overtaken the right beyond what we’ve witnessed over the last 4 years.
All three Branches of the Federal government are now operating outside their Constitutionally enumerated powers. Therefor, by the Founding Fathers own concerns, the Federal government is null-and-void. The individual States are now in charge of our government.
Each State should enact Marshal law, withholding all Federal withholding taxes from transfer to Washington!
Marshall law…now there’s a wonderful ideal. These sad fools really don’t know any better. They’re spouting the same crap they hear on Fox and other conservative media. In my more compassionate moments, I almost feel sorry for them.
I really don’t like the GOP leadership in The House…
The “Fast and Furious” imbroglio may have just gone sideways on House Republicans. Just prior to them leading a House vote for contempt against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, a far-reaching investigation published by Fortune magazine poked major holes in the conservative storyline about the alleged gun operation. Claims that law enforcement engaged in a deadly plot to let Mexican outlaws smuggle US guns, the magazine reports, are based on allegations by a lone whistleblower who may in fact be the only person who did any illegal gun-smuggling. The real cause of violence and crime south of the border, it reports, is lax gun laws in Arizona and elsewhere pushed by Republicans and their friends at the National Rifle Association.
To review the allegations in brief: Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) supposedly recruited local sellers in Arizona to hawk guns to known smugglers, then monitored the flow of those guns to criminal gangs in Mexico in the hopes of catching “big fish,” in a tactic known as “gunwalking” (as opposed to “gun-running”). Two of these ATF-monitored assault weapons ended up at the crime scene where Brian Terry, a US Border Patrol agent, was shot and killed in December 2010. An ATF agent with a crisis of conscience blew the whistle on the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious, and Republicans in Congress began asking questions.
Now, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House government oversight committee, suspects the White House of involvement in the affair, and has demanded the administration turn over scores of internal communications. The White House has acknowledged that mistakes were made and turned over more than 7,600 pages of documents related to the case. But Issa demanded another 100,000 pages of internal administration communications, and President Obama invoked executive privilege to keep the documents confidential. Issa responded by pursuing the contempt-of-Congress vote against Holder—the first ever against a sitting attorney general—on the notion that DOJ screwed up on Holder’s watch.
According to Fortune, though, almost everything about the story that Republicans have been flogging is wrong. And the magazine makes the case that the GOP’s allegations against Holder and the Obama administration aren’t just inaccurate—rather, they distract from the possibility that GOP’s politics are actually to blame for the deluge of three-quarters of a million American guns per year into Mexico. “Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for not seizing enough weapons—ones that, in this case, prosecutors deemed to be legal,” the report states.
1) Access to health insurance for 30 million Americans and lower premiums. More than 30 million uninsured Americans will find coverage under the law. Middle-class families who buy health care coverage through the exchanges will be eligible for refundable and advanceable premium credits and cost-sharing subsidies to ensure that the coverage they have is affordable.
2) The ability of businesses and individuals to purchase comprehensive coverage from a regulated marketplace. The law creates new marketplaces for individuals and small businesses to compare and purchase comprehensive coverage. Insurers will have to meet quality measures to ensure that Americans can access comprehensive coverage when they need it.
3) Insurers’ inability to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Beginning in 2014, insurers can no longer deny insurance to families or individuals with pre-existing conditions. Insurers are also prohibited from placing lifetime limits on the dollar value of coverage and rescinding insurers except in cases of fraud. Insurers are already prohibited from discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions.
4) Tax credits for small businesses that offer insurance. Small employers that purchase health insurance for employees are already receiving tax credits to encourage them to continue providing coverage.
5) Assistance for businesses that provide health benefits to early retirees.The law created a temporary reinsurance program for employers providing health insurance coverage to retirees over age 55 who are not eligible for Medicare, reimbursing employers or insurers for 80% of retiree claims. The program has offered at least $4.73 billion in reinsurance payments to more than 2,800 employers and other sponsors of retiree plans, with an average cumulative reimbursement per plan sponsor of approximately $189,700.
6) Affordable health care for lower-income Americans. Obamacare extends Medicaid to individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty line, guaranteeing that the nation’ most vulnerable population has access to affordable, comprehensive coverage.
7) Investments in women’s health. Obamacare prohibits insurers from charging women substantially more than men and requires insurers to offer preventive services — including contraception — at no additional cost.
8) Young adults’ ability to stay on their parents’ health care plans. More than 3.1 million young people have already benefited from dependent coverage, which allows children up to age 26 to remain insured on their parents’ plans.
9) Discounts for seniors on brand-name drugs. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to provide a 50% discount on prescriptions filled in the Medicare Part D coverage gap. Seniors have already saved $3.5 billion on prescription drug costs thanks to the Affordable Care Act provision.
10) Temporary coverage for the sickest Americans. The law established temporary national high-risk pools that are providing health coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions who cannot find insurance on the individual market. In 2014, they will be able to enroll in insurance through the exchanges. 67,482 individuals have already benefited from the program.