Coburn Suggests Taking Care of The ‘Frail Elderly’ Is Unconstitutional Because ‘That’s A Family Responsibility’

Sometimes the GOP’s myopia on what’s happening outside of their millionaire lives is so frustrating that one wonders how Washington gets anything done.  They must know that it can’t be all about them and their billionaire corporate buddies…or do they?

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Last week, ThinkProgress reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes that Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional. Turns out, he’s not he only one. At a town hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) appeared to embrace Perry’s claim that providing for America’s seniors is unconstitutional:

QUESTION: With more and more cuts in Medicare and Medicaid on the horizon, I’m really worried about protecting our frail elderly in the Medicare and Medicaid facilities. So I would like to know how Congress proposes to balance the budget and still make sure our frail elderly in these facilities are protected and have trained care staff.

COBURN: That’s a great question. The first question I have for you is if you look in the Constitution, where is it the federal government’s role to do that? That’s number one. Number two is the way I was brought up that’s a family responsibility, not a government responsibility.

Watch it:

The answer to Coburn’s first question is Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. The Constitution gives Congress the power to “to lay and collect taxes” and to “provide for the…general welfare of the United States.” No plausible interpretation of the words “general welfare” does not include programs that ensure that all Americans can live their entire lives secure in the understanding that retirement will not force them into poverty and untreated sickness.

While Coburn’s first question reveals his need to actually read the Constitution before he pretends to know what’s in it, his second question betrays his utter disconnect from the reality ordinary American families face. The annual cost of nursing home care in Tulsa is $47,815.00. So Coburn apparently thinks that it is a family’s responsibility to either wipe out their savings or face crippling debt in order to ensure that their parents and grandparents are cared for.

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Don’t Buy Walker’s “Bipartisanship”

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So what’s next?

It’s the question people keep asking. Now that Democrats defeated two incumbent Republican state senators in Wisconsin, while defending all three Democrats, what should we learn from this?

To that, I pose a simple question back to you. WWSWD? Yup, you guessed it, What Would Scott Walker Do? A lot can be learned from Wisconsin’s extremist governor, who has been telegraphing his plays since the day he spilled the beans on that fake call with someone pretending to be one of the Koch Brothers many months ago.

Have you noticed that Scott Walker has been mentioning the word bipartisan every chance he gets lately? Maybe it’s because he’s seeing the same polling everyone else is. Scott Walker is one of the least popular governors in the entire country, and people are tired of the extremist politics.

Now don’t jump to any conclusions just yet.

Scott Walker may have seen the polling, but much like he treats Wisconsin’s pro-labor majority, he’s not listening. Scott Walker’s polling tells him to be more bipartisan.

Enter “doublespeak.”

The book “1984” made the term popular for deliberately ambiguous or evasive language. Pretty soon, Walker will create a Ministry of Truth that will rewrite the very history books we use to teach our kids.

Now, he’s giving bipartisanship lip service every chance he gets. Yet, when it comes right down to it, it’s just doublespeak.

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How Did Jesus Go From Being a Socialist in the New Testament to a Selfish Ayn Rand Anarcho-capitalist?

That’s a damn good question.

Buzz Flash editor at Truthout, MARK KARLIN gives us a humorous answer to the above query…

Buzz Flash

How did Jesus go from being a socialist in the New Testament to a selfish Ayn Rand anarcho-capitalist in modern-day America? After all, one of the most well-known bible verses is from Mark 10:25: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Sociologist Gregory Paul stated the paradox clearly in an August 12 Washington Post op-ed:

Many conservative Christians, mostly Protestant but also a number of Catholics, have come to believe and proudly proclaim that the creator of the universe favors free wheeling, deregulated, union busting, minimal taxes especially for wealthy investors, plutocrat-boosting capitalism as the ideal earthly scheme for his human creations. And many of these Christian capitalists are ardent followers of Ayn Rand, who was one of – and many of whose followers are – the most hard-line anti-Christian atheists you can get. Meanwhile many Christians who support the capitalist policies associated with social Darwinistic strenuously denounce Darwin’s evolutionary science because it supposedly leads to, well, social Darwinism!

But Paul points out that the New Testament primarily promotes what would nowadays be called socialism:

But to understand just how non-capitalistic Christianity is supposed to be we turn to the first chapter after the gospels, Acts, which describes the events of the early church. Chapters 2 and 4 state that all “the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need … No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…. There were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”

Now folks, that’s outright socialism of the type described millennia later by Marx – who likely got the general idea from the gospels.

Paul further notes that “we have Christian creationists like Jay Richards writing books titled ‘Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem.’ Can a stranger amalgam of opposing opinions be devised?”

In essence, the modern prosperity theologians who dominate the right wing of the Republican Party are essentially heretics. They’ve grafted on a post-industrial-age emphasis on the acquisition of capital and material goods to the alleged son of God, Jesus, who was himself essentially the father of socialism (as recounted in the bible).

At the next Republican debate, we would like to see a test of faith. All the candidates should be required to thread a camel through the eye of a needle.

If they can’t do it, they have to shut up about Jesus, Christianity and the bible.

Now that would be refreshing.


Christine O’Donnell Walks Out Of CNN Interview When Asked About Witchcraft, Gay Marriage


Oh, come on Piers, she said she’s not a witch!

Give the woman a break.  She’s just trying to sell her book. A book that some say is not very truthful, but hey, I haven’t read it and actually have no intention of reading it.

The Huffington Post

Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell, who made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate last year, walks out during an interview that airs on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Wednesday after being asked to weigh in on the issues of witchcraft and gay marriage.

Video of the segment released by CNN shows the exchange that went down on the latter subject.

During the 2010 election season, video surfaced of O’Donnell indicating she’s “dabbled into witchcraft.” In the clip from years earlier she said, “I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do.” The Tea Party favorite explained, “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and I didn’t know it. I mean, there was a little blood there and stuff like that. … We went to a movie and then had a little picnic on a satanic altar.”

HuffPost’s Sam Stein reported at the time the remarks came to light:

O’Donnell immediately distanced herself from the quote, asking whether it was fair to hold candidates responsible for the “questionable folks” they hung out with in high school. The clarification may have been the only sane political move for O’Donnell to make. But it had the side effect of angering an already politically sensitive pagan community.”Yes, this was 11 years ago she said that,” said Reverend Selena Fox, the High Priestess & Senior Minister of the Circle Sanctuary a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting paganism and nature spirituality. “But the kinds of things she is saying now, saying ‘well in high school you are with despicable characters’ or some such thing, she is actually defaming Wiccans. Whether she intends to do that or not as a way to try and get herself out of this political problem she has created for herself, the fact is America really needs to be a place where you can celebrate diversity and practice your religion without getting ridiculed or defamed.”

During her campaign, O’Donnell made headlines with a political ad in which she states, “I’m not a witch.” Earlier this week, she said she never liked the spot and called its release her own “mistake.”

When asked about her views on gay marriage in Wednesday’s interview O’Donnell tells Morgan, “You’re borderline being a little bit rude.”

“I’m not talking about policies. I’m not running for office,” she says on the program. “Ask Michele Bachmann what she thinks. Ask the candidates running for office what they think.”

O’Donnell is out with a new book titledTroublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again. The former candidate signaled that she only wanted to discuss the contents of her work on CNN. HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel reported earlier this week that in the introduction O’Donnell describes the book as “a political memoir slash campaign diary slash position paper slash rallying cry, with an emphasis on the slash.”

See video here…

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Kids Stand Up To FoxNews Bullies

 I love these kids!

Daily Kos

Got courage?  Willing to fight for what is right?

The kids in the Contract for the American Dream video aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe and to endure personal attacks by a major media network.  Perhaps we could follow their courageous example rather than losing ourselves in meta wars here.

Last week I did a diary about FoxNews attacks on the children who appeared in a video supporting the Contract for the American Dream.  Here’s a link to the diary: Fox News calls children in video “bastards” and “dorks”

The video featuring the children is part of an effort by and Rebuild the Dream to put forth a progressive economic vision created by over 130,000 Americans online and in their communities. The parents and the children who participated in the video were asked to read through the Contract to ensure they were fully on board with the project and its goals.

Here’s the original video:


FoxNews attacked the children, calling them dorks and bastards.

Here’s a partial transcript:

KT McFARLAND (Fox News contributor): I think that just — the more we see of this, the better. These kids are a bunch of dorks. I grew up — I grew up in the era when the libs were supposed to be the cool guys. They were having, you know, the pool parties where everyone was getting thrown in. I was a Republican — I was, like, you know, like, the little White House thing, and everybody [inaudible] had their Peter Pan collars. These guys are a bunch of dorks. I mean, that looks like it’s something that the good old Republicans had put out for the state fair.GUTFELD: That’s an interesting point. So you’re saying it’s almost reversed it now, where the left has become the right in terms of earnestness and humorlessness, that now it is almost rebellious to be on the other side. I didn’t think of it that way, KT, but that’s why you are here. And Joe, that’s why you’re not here. What do you make of this, Joe? I saw you – I saw you tearing up. I thought you might have liked it.

JOE DeVITO (comedian): I did, because those little bastards are making me so angry that — this video reminded me of — the other night you were talking about the interview with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Full Transcript available here: Fox News calls children in video “bastards” and “dorks” and Rebuild the Dream called on Fox to issue an apology to the children and their families, an apology that was not forthcoming:

“Fox News is hardly a beacon of responsible journalism. But even by their low standards, calling innocent children “dorks” and “bastards,” as they did yesterday, is disgusting. With society focusing more and more on the terrible consequences of bullying, a gang of adults making derogatory comments about a bunch of kids and then laughing about it sends exactly the wrong message to our youth.


So now the kids are fighting back against the FoxNews bullies.

One of the kids who was attacked by Fox News for appearing in the Contract for the American Dream video just put up a video response to Fox News.

Last week some people on FOX News attacked a video that I appeared in for and Rebuild the Dream. They even called me and the other kids in the video names. Well, here’s what I have to say.