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Oregon: To Keep Schools Open, Teachers Must Work For Free


The governor is himself offering to work for free for four days. Oh, and to cut his pay by $5,860 a year. But he wants every teacher in the state's public schools to work for free for five days, or the state will close the schools early this year.
If teachers can be made to work for free for a week, what's to keep the corporations from demanding free labor as part of their entitlement next? Read below the fold...

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Montana wants single payer on the table

Letter to Great Falls Tribune

We should ask Max why he refuses to give single-payer health care a fair hearing. Perhaps because he knows that a well-designed Medicare-for-all plan will "pencil out" far better and be more user friendly and less complex than his plan.

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How partisanship can make you stupid

David Waldman aka Kagro X reports on the negotiations over health care reform and the most significant thing he can find is that the Republicans are refusing to participate and therefore will have no input. The direction of the talks seem to hold no interest. Read below the fold...

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Via the indispensable Ken Silverstein: WellCare Made Campaign Donations As Fraud Committed, Report Says

WellCare Health Plans Inc., its subsidiaries and executives spent $2.4 million on political contributions in the 2004 and 2006 elections, according to an analysis of campaign records by The Associated Press. More than 95 percent of it went to Republicans, who pushed forward a nationally watched plan that funnels more state and federal Medicaid spending than ever through private companies like WellCare, which profit most by providing the least care.

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Speaking of "Unfortunate Images"

As discussed below, and especially considering Lambert's comment here regarding "hooked noses".

How about this recent one from Switzerland?

From Macro-Man (Feb. 4th):
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New OFB talking point alert!

Thanks to danps, it is: "Just one month!" I guess "wait 'til he does something" is inoperative, then? I must have missed the memo.

Hilarity ensues!

NOTE Any takers on when "Wait 'til after the midterms" is going to kick in? I give it six months. Read below the fold...

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Why insurance company's denial of care is about to get much worse

Aetna Posts Loss of $326.5 Million on Debt Securities in ‘08

At least Aetna has company–everybody in the sector seems to have been stung by the crisis, from Humana’s investment losses to UnitedHealth’s write-down on its venture capital program.

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Hope and change: c'mon "enemy combatants," one out of two ain't bad!

Still, the logo looks great on a messenger bag:

"The hope we all had in President Obama to lead us on a different path has not turned out as we'd hoped," said Tina Monshipour Foster, a human rights attorney representing a detainee at the Bagram Airfield. "We all expected better." Read below the fold...
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Barack Obama and the Imperial Presidency

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The Pentagon *Hearts* Guantanamo

I hope that everyone realizes that the Pentagonian Establishment is very much in the midst, and not at the start of, trying to push back at Obama's promise to close Gitmo, and the left's push for this thing to close since we've known of its existence.

This is why it is so incredibly important that the left push him harder than ever before and constantly to close this house of horrors down, as well as all of the others we know and don't know about, because he's being pushed very forcefully (more forcefully, in fact) from the right to "stay the course" on Gitmo. Read below the fold...

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Friday Night Video Blogging: Gibbs For the WIN

How to defend against right wing media noise :

"Now, every day when I come out here, I spend a little time reading, studying on the issues, asking people who are smarter than I am questions about those issues. I would encourage him [Rick Santelli] to read the President's plan and understand that it will help millions of people, many of whom he knows. I'd be more than happy to have him come here and read it. I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee -- decaf."
(Audience laughter.)
This is so much more palatable than anything Ari
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Former Aggie Economics Professor Phil Gramm: "Don't Blame Me"

Today's Wall Street Journal op-ed page features Gramm's pusillanimous plea. Contrast that with his role in repealing Glass-Steagall and creating the bankster mess that has sucked the world's economy into quicksand. Yeah, I think he deserves some blame; oh, and his Enron-board spouse, too. Read below the fold...

Big Paulie: "Capitalism will survive." Oh, that's on the table now?

Remarkable that Volcker has to say it, no? Maybe since Tiny Timmy and Larry cut off his access tp Obama, he's pissed. Who knows? Anyhow, listen to the whole video; it's quite remarkable. Or not.

Well, I'm so pleased. But you know? I'm more worried about whether we the people will survive. Basic stuff, like shelter, food, fuel, health care. Hey, maybe even a job! I really don't give a shit, at this point, whether "capitalism" "survives"*. That's pretty far away, right now. Read below the fold...

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Atttention Members of Congress: Mass Healthcare Forum, be there or be square!

Urge Your Rep. to Attend Mass. Health Reform Forum

National Lessons from State Health Reform: The Massachusetts Case Study
February 25, 2009, 2pm-4pm, 2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

In the last two decades over a half dozen state-based health reforms have attempted to provide universal health care coverage, and failed. It's clear that new engineering will be needed in the months ahead as the nation looks to rebuild our economy and our healthcare system.

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Vietnam, 1965

Joe Galloway. Anybody else remember that?

Best and brightest, charistmatic new President?

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