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Governor: Pregnant Women, Breast Cancer Patients Are Free Health Care Moochers

The absurdity in this sort of thinking tells me that many GOP men say they are anti-gay but their disdain for women makes me wonder…

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Pennsylvania Republicans have decided against expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that covering more low-income residents would cost the state too much money. But last week, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) went a step further, telling a local news station that poor residents who are already enrolled in the program, including pregnant women and breast cancer patients, are receiving too much free care and should pay into the system.

“What I hear all the time coming out of the administration in Washington is that it’s the working poor [who benefit from Medicaid],” Corbett told WTAE, a local ABC affiliate, on Saturday. “Yes it is working, but you should be investing five, ten dollars in co-pay to understand that you go to to the hospital or the doctors, you just can’t keep going and going and going and think everything is going to be covered. You have to know that you have some interest in what’s going on.” Watch it:

Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare website has a dedicated webpage to “Copayment Information for Medical Assistance Recipients,” which explains that while children, pregnant women, and breast cancer patients, among others, don’t pay the fees, many beneficiaries do contribute for the services they receive. Corbett appears to suggest that the exempt enrollees are abusing the free services and that everyone should pay more for health care.

In 2012, Corbett had to shelve a plan that would have required “thousands of families to help pay for Medicaid coverage for children with autism and other disabilities.”

 

Report: Romney Camp Asks High School Friend To Issue Supporting Remarks

Mittens is feeling the heat…

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The Romney campaign has approached one of Mitt Romney’s closest high school friends and asked him to give “supporting remarks” about Romney after a Washington Post story detailed a bullying incident from Romney’s time at the Cranbrook School, reportsABC News.

The friend, Stu White, told ABC he is still deciding whether he will help the campaign. White was not present when the specific incident in the Post story – in which Romney and others held down a fellow student presumed to be gay and cut his hair – took place. White told ABC that he knew several other classmates had also been contacted by the campaign and asked to counter the article’s portrayal of Romney.

Olbermann On ABC’s ‘This Week’…

Former Current TV host Keith Olbermann. Screenshot via ABC.

Olbermann: ‘Almost deliberate’ gas price hikes are to hurt Obama

Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann on Sunday suggested that the price of gas had been artificially manipulated since President Barack Obama took office to hurt his chances at re-election. In an appearance on ABC, Olbermann noted he had become suspicious after gas prices increased from $1.61 a gallon when Obama took…

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Olbermann: Was the GOP ‘pro-dog meat eating’ before reading Obama’s book?

Former Current TV host Keith Olbermann appeared on ABC’s This Week for the first time Sunday morning, discussing the Republican Party’s strategy in recent years to accuse the Democrats of the same problem they face in a specific news cycle. Olbermann was among This Week‘s roundtable guests, which discussed Republicans…

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Class Warfare: Eric Cantor Reveals Republican Plan To Tax The Poor And Middle Class (VIDEO)

Just as Mitt Romney loves stay-at-home moms…unless they are poor and dependent on Government assistance, it appears that Eric Cantor and Congress might revisit their “no increase in taxes” credo so that  the 45% that he says doesn’t pay taxes can be taxed.

Stay tuned…

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Despite their pledge to Grover Norquist to never again raise taxes, Republicans have decided that their promise only applies to the wealthy and corporations. During a breakfast event on Thursday, Eric Cantor suggested to ABC’s Jon Karl that Republicans intend to punish the poor and middle class even more by squeezing more income taxes out of them so they can pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.

CANTOR: We also know that over 45 percent of the people in this country don’t pay income taxes at all, and we have to question whether that’s fair. And should we broaden the base in a way that we can lower the rates for everybody that pays taxes.

KARL: Just wondering, what do you do about that? Are you saying we need to have a tax increase on the 45 percent who right now pay no federal income tax?

CANTOR: I’m saying that, just in a macro way of looking at it, you’ve got to discuss that issue. How do you deal with a shrinking pie and number of people and entities that support the operations of government, and how do you go about continuing to milk them more, if that’s what some want to do, but preserve their ability to provide the growth engine? I’ve never believed that you go raise taxes on those that have been successful that are paying in, taking away from them, so that you just hand out and give to someone else.

Here’s the video:

But what Eric Cantor wants to do is take from the poor and give hand outs to the richest. This is a reverse redistribution of wealth. Cantor is literally saying that Republicans will take more money from the poor and middle class so that the wealthy can have even more money to sit on. This IS what class warfare actually looks like. Food, health care, and gas prices are still rising while wages are falling.

The poor and the middle class are already facing deep cuts to virtually every domestic program that benefits them because of the Ryan Budget, and now Republicans intend to strip them of any money that they have left so that the wealthy can that extra lobster feast, that extra private jet and yacht, that extra mansion, etc… So while the Mitt Romney’s of the world get richer, the rest of us have to pay for their greed at the expense of feeding our children, taking care of our grandparents, paying our bills, getting an education, and just about anything else that money is actually important for. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Making sure the wealthy do not have to pay taxes on their huge mansions is more important to Republican lawmakers than feeding poor children. And they say abortion is cruel. Try starving to death.

George Will Blasts GOP Candidates’ Meek Response To Rush: ‘They Want To Bomb Iran, But They’re Afraid Of Limbaugh’

I was never a George Will fan, but I’m learning to respect his opinions lately.  The current crop of GOP candidates and their supporters are so far right on every issue,they make Mr. Will actually seem extremely reasonable…

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This morning on ABC, prominent conservative columnist George Will blasted the Republican leadership’s meek response to Rush Limbaugh’s sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke. Will mocked Speaker John Boehner for calling Rush’s language “inappropriate ” as comically weak, noting “using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate.”

Will also attacked the GOP presidential candidates timid response: “They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

Watch it:

Check out what all the Presidential candidates have said about Limbaugh’s sexist attacks here.

Huntsman calls Perry and Bachmann ‘extreme’ and ‘unelectable’

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Jon Huntsman is positioning himself alongside Karl Rove, warning against extremism in the Republican presidential primary. Huntsman let loose on ABC’s This Weeksaying “I think when you find yourself at an extreme end of the Republican Party, you make yourself unelectable.”

In the general election: not wrong. In the primary election, in which he’s currently a candidate: wrong.

He had specific issues with his opponents, as well:

Of Bachmann’s pledge to drastically lower gas prices, Huntsman said she was pandering to tea party supporters.”I just don’t know what world that comment would come from,” he said.  “You know, we live in the real world.  It’s grounded in reality.  And gas prices just aren’t going to rebound like that.”

Asked about Perry’s view that global warming is a “scientific theory that has not been proven,” Huntsman said Perry was “on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.”

A losing position in the long run? Yes. A losing position in the immediate future, i.e. the Republican primary? Not so much. Similarly, Bachmann’s pandering habit of living somewhere other than reality is not a bad approach to getting tea party votes.

Brian Knowlton at the New York Times posits that Huntsman may have learned a lesson from Tim Pawlenty’s failure to take tough stands against other candidates. More likely, Huntsman is going after the support of Karl Rove and others in the GOP establishment who are becoming concerned that the tea party may actually take control of their party rather than accepting that their place is to be a front for said establishment.

But if Huntsman keeps this up, I may start believing that he’s really in the race so that the Obama campaign can point to the extremism of the eventual nominee and say “see, even Republicans think this goes too far.” Because this is clearly no way to win a Republican primary.

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Report: Bachmann Aides Shove ABC’s Brian Ross

This is only July 2011.  At this rate how in the world will Bachmann’s campaign survive  to November 2012?

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Michele Bachmann’s relationship with the press has always been tense at best, but it spilled over into open conflict on Tuesday as aides to the Congresswoman allegedly shoved ABC reporter Brian Ross.

Ross was chasing after Bachmann after an event to ask about a Daily Caller story on her migraine condition. According to TIME’s Swampland blog, things went downhill from there:

“That’s when things got interesting. Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she ignored him again.Afterward, I asked Ross-a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken-whether he’d ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by mafia people.”

TPM reached out to Bachmann’s camp for comment and will post their response.

Update: ABC Vice President Jeffery Schneider condemned Bachmann’s behavior in an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. He added that ABC has footage of the incident and will likely post it on their website soon.

“He was certainly shoved around and pushed,” Schneider said. “It’s unfortunate when physicality is involved. He was just doing his job.”

Second Update: The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake posted a response from Bachmann’s campaign on Twitter: “We didn’t have time for any questions and we made it clear … he disregarded repeated requests to stay back.”

 

Report: Osama Bin Laden Wanted To Kill President Obama

According to an ABC report (see video below) Osama Bin Laden wanted to kill President Obama because he “violated the Muslim faith”.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is that the incessant lies about President Obama being a Muslim appears to have reached over to Pakistan where Osama bin Laden became obsessed with the idea that Obama should be assassinated because of his violation of Islam.

I think that those who perpetuated that myth must be called out to apologize.  Of course they never will because the truth is, they wanted the same outcome for the President that Bin Laden wanted.

At this moment, I have such disdain for those people…

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As U.S. officials pour over a million pages of information seized in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, ABC News reports one thing they’ve learned: bin Laden wanted to find a way to kill President Barack Obama.

ABC’s Brian Ross indicates the interest in killing Obama may have bordered on obsession:

Bin Laden’s own writings discovered at his compound indicate he urged his followers to assassinate the President, and find ways to disrupt the 2012 American elections.

“I would say this is probably very personal on bin Laden’s part, to kill a President that he believes has violated the Muslim faith,” said Brad Garrett,” an ABC News consultant and former FBI profiler. “He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the President.”

In fact, the video of bin Laden watching television in his hideout shows that whenever President Obama came on the screen, bin Laden quickly tried to change the channel.

It was President Obama who got bin Laden first.

 

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Rev. Franklin Graham On Obama’s Birth Certificate: ‘Why Can’t He Produce That?’

Oh boy…the trend here is that prior to supporting Trump on this fabricated birther issue, most of those who support his efforts, like Rev. Franklin Graham,  have already been inducted into the “hall of crazy” for previous off-the-wall political statements.

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Reverend Franklin Graham appeared on This Week and host Christiane Amanpourgot him to share his feelings on many of today’s political personalities. In addition to speaking favorably of many potential Republican candidates for President, Graham revealed that he too is curious about why President Obama has yet to produce more records related to his birth.

Graham previously traveled with Sarah Palin to Haiti but declared that he doesn’t expect her to run for President. Graham said, “I don’t think she likes politics, I think she likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues that she brings up.” Regarding other possible candidates, Graham admitted that Mitt Romney is “a very capable person,” however, Graham seemed more excited to talk about Donald Trump. Graham revealed about Trump:

“When I first saw that he was getting in, I thought ‘well this has got to be a joke,’ but the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘you know maybe the guy’s right.’”

Not only is Graham open to supporting Trump for President, but Graham apparently has been listening to Trump long enough to also wonder about Obama’s birth certificate. Graham thinks Obama “can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly . . . I don’t know why he can’t produce that?” And despite considering Obama to be a “nice man,” Graham also suggests that even if Obama considers himself to be a Christian because he goes to Church, “a membership [alone] doesn’t make you a Christian.” Overall, it seems like the Reverend delivered to Obama a not so pleasant Easter Sunday message.

Watch the clip from ABC below:


 

Sam Donaldson To Al-Jazeera: “Thank You For What You’re Doing”

Aljazeera has always come under fire in the United States because of it’s frank broadcasting of what was really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan during both the Bush and Obama administrations.   This was viewed as a threat to our troops as well as Aljazerra being accused of aiding and abetting the al-Qaeda.

Whatever one thinks of Aljazeera, the fact remains that it’s reporting of the events in Egypt is vital.  Sam Donaldson agrees…

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While Christiane Amanpour was away reporting in Egypt, former This Week host Jake Tapper got to play back home with the roundtable. During an informative discussion about the situation in Egypt and the various potential consequences with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International, Donaldson expressed his gratitude for all Al Jazeera has done.

Earlier Foukara stressed that Al Jazeera helped bring about the story of the Egyptian revolts to 300 million people in the Arab world and beyond. Donaldson commented:

“Talk about propaganda for Al-Jazeera. Thank you for what you’re doing. People say Al Jazeera fanned the flames here by bringing the fact that democracy is in existence and that people are being suppressed. That’s what we need. We need more communication in the world. It’s not Al Jazeera’s fault that Mubarak is under siege now.”

ABC’s George Will expressed doubt about Al Jazeera’s influence, suggesting, “we in the media tend to think the media drives the world, and I have a feeling this would be going on across this region regardless of the media.” Yet Donaldson continued, “the world drives the world, to the extent the world knows about what’s happening everywhere else. That’s what media does.”

Given that the controversial Al Jazeera network is not widely available in the U.S. and has been criticized in the past for demonstrating an anti-American bias in its coverage, Donaldson’s praise might raise an eyebrow. However, it’s hard for anyone to argue with the simple idea that the free flow of information and an exposure to as many ideas as possible is itself a democratizing force that is beneficial to a society.

Watch the clip from ABC below: