If Politics is Toxic Now, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Capture.JPGIf politics is toxic now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. During the reign of St. Ronnie of Reagan, I used to think, “You know, politicians talk some serious shit these days.” But, Reagan was a kindly grandpa compared to the current lot. He may have done a lot of things that the country still suffers from, but he also managed to do some good. And the reason was that Congressional leaders were reasonable people who understood you had to drop the posturing and downright hatefulness at the end of the day and go play a round of golf with the other side.

Flash forward to Newt Gingrich, infant terrible of the right-wing. He came to office with an agenda to shake things up, but not in a good way. He paid the price with a short term, but went on to become the right’s idea of a one man intelligentsia — at least until Ted Cruz came along.

But Newt begat Tom DeLay who wasn’t called “The Hammer” for nothing. Since then there have been a long line of “leaders” from both parties with a penchant for spending a lot of time talking about what assholes the opposing party is instead of cooperating.

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Obamacare Haters Gonna Hate, Or Do They?

Most popular Obamacare provisionsObamacare haters gonna hate…or do they? Well, it depends on what hate is.

Overall, Americans are more divided and Obamacare less popular since being introduced — not so surprising since Republicans have tried to repeal it 40 times and are running ads featuring an Uncle Sam with all the creepy charm of the plastic-headed Burger King. Sam is all up in a woman’s vagina like abortion foes that want to stick transvaginal probes up there. But is it apparently OK if a plastic-headed Koch brother wields a speculum.

But the dirty truth about Americans “hating” Obamacare is this: if you separate out the individual portions of the legislation Americans actually like it very much. So much, that many Republicans legislators embrace parts of it, at least until there is another Hail Mary to kill it as part of the debt ceiling debate.

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Health Care Shouldn’t Make Sick People Sicker

I’m one of the lucky ones. For most of my working life, I’ve had “good” health care insurance. Several serious conditions could have sunken my vast financial empire if I had to pay the inflated costs on my own.

Of course, it hasn’t all been a hospital cafeteria piece of cake.

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