"A court has dealt a major blow to Obamacare, which, remember, was the conservative alternative originating in the Heritage Foundation and implemented in Massachusetts by the GOP’s last presidential nominee. The right will never quit until it is dead. We are the only advanced nation without universal health care. The Republican message to the poor is: die. Yet a majority of poor whites vote Republican every time."
Rogue Columnist: Stuck (via azspot)
Some people lose sleep because they can’t get the health care they need. Other people lose sleep because someone else can’t get the health care they need, and yet others lose sleep because a tiny bit of their money might be going to help someone else get the healthcare they need.
"72% of Republicans think Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone, and I’m sure they’ve all studied it carefully from all angles, so CASE CLOSED!"
Morning Plum: Republicans are certain Obamcare hasn’t helped anyone in America
On April 7, 1991 Cheney appeared on ABC news’s This Week as the then U.S. Secretary of Defense in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Secretary Cheney was asked by the late elder statesman of ABC News, David Brinkley, why the U.S. government did not invade Iraq proper after the liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm.
BRINKLEY: One other question — it keeps coming up. Why didn’t we go to Baghdad and clean it all up while we were there?
Sec. CHENEY: “Well, just as it’s important, I think, for a president to know when to commit U.S. forces to combat, it’s also important to know when not to commit U.S. forces to combat. I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire.
Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? Who would we put in power? What kind of government would we have? Would it be a Sunni government, a Shi’a government, a Kurdish government? Would it be secular, along the lines of the Ba’ath Party?
Would it be fundamentalist Islamic? I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept the responsibility of trying to govern Iraq. I think it makes no sense at all.”
A repeat of these talking points can be seen on a YouTube clip, apparently of an interview on C-SPAN in 1994. In the interview, then ex-Secretary of Defense Cheney offered roughly the same talking points as he did on ABC News in 1991. He then added ominously:
“If you can take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily see pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have in the West. Part of Eastern Iraq the Iranians would like to claim – fought over for eight years.
In the North you have the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.”
Cheney noted in addition that conquering Iraq and deposing Saddam Hussein was not worth the U.S. casualties it might entail, not even to speak on the death toll and hardship it might visit on the people of Iraq.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Hospitalized For Acute Obama Derangement Syndrome
D.C. police responsed to calls from the capital about a older middle-aged man screaming incoherently on the house floor about his state being invaded by illegal aliens. They found Mr. Gohmert shaking uncontrollably in front of the House floor, empty except for the CSPAN cameraman who reportedly made the call.
He was taken to a local hospital and sedated. His wife is at his bedside and doctors tell us he is resting comfortably. Reports suggest that he is suffering from an acute case of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS). Doctors said that Mr. Gohmert has been known to be a chronic carrier of ODS, but this flare-up was much worse and they were worried he might be a danger to himself or others.
When asked if he would be able to return to his regular duties, doctors explained there is no cure or ODS but that some patients have been successfully treated by abstaining from conservative media sources.