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Obama: "You go in and you just say, 'I'm sick,' and somebody treats you, and that's it."

Tell me again why that's so bad? Because I keep forgetting.

Oh, wait... I'm "accustomed" to going naked and not having any health care. Or "accustomed" to being denied care by some fucking accountant. Or "accustomed" to getting care and then having the insurance companies not pay for it when they said they would. Or "accustomed" to having my rates raised after I make a claim, as if getting sick was the same as getting points for a traffic accident. Yeah, I'm "accustomed." We're all "accustomed." Read below the fold...

Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose...

Pravda:

resident Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft -- though far from planted -- questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

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Remember the air traffic controllers? One of those "ideas," I suppose....

Izvestia:

The Obama administration is likely to extend more short-term aid to General Motors and Chrysler on Monday, but impose a strict deadline for bondholders and union workers to make concessions that would help the ailing automakers become viable businesses and avert bankruptcy.

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Banksters are the ones we've been waiting for

cnbc.com headline: "Bank CEOs Meet With Obama: 'We're All In This Together'' Read below the fold...

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Wastin' Away Again in Banksterville...

I've seen a number of folks call the tent cities popping up Bushvilles. But I think Banksterville is a better term. Read below the fold...

Bankster of the Day

Lots of candidates here, but I think this is the best:

Richard Davis, CEO of U.S. Bancorp (USB), said a proposal to tax bonuses paid to employees of companies that accept government aid wasn't discussed at the meeting, despite widespread public outrage - and administration rhetoric - over the bonuses doled out to executives at American International Group Inc. (AIG).

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I took the bus to the mall!

I bought a second pair of pants! Then I came home! The snow's melted enough to expose some green plants!!!! Exciting!!!!!! Read below the fold...

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What is the MATTER with Kansas? Jury acquits, Medical Board opens probe

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because apparently if you have a license to practice medicine, double jeopardy doesn't apply. Atrios says this is a victory. I'm not so sure.

Prosecutors had alleged that Dr. George Tiller had in 2003 gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, but a jury took only about an hour to find him not guilty of all 19 counts.

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Some Guys Just Gotta Be Jerks

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Like Dallas PD, which I've complained about elsewhere, needs another a$$h0le in the public eye, one popped up Thursday to stop a man from making it to his wife's dying mother's bedside.

No biggie, you say? Happens every day, you say? All cops are jerks, you say?

Well, this time the black man being stopped -- who admitted going through a red light en route to the hospital -- is a backup NFL running back for the Houston Texans, and the Dallas PD has put the jerk on administrative leave. Read below the fold...

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/27/09

Oligarchy? Or Kleptocracy? You decide! (3)

And go read Baseline Scenario's (and IMF's, sigh) Simon Johnson on "The Quiet Coup". It seems that Keynes was both right, and wrong, when he wrote: Read below the fold...

Oligarchy? Or Kleptocracy? You decide! (2)

Go read Glenn immediately, who argues that we're not going down the path of Japan, but Russia and Argentina; classic Shock Doctrine analysis (which Japan, I now see, did not employ. Maybe that's why our famously free press holds them up as the example not to follow.*) He concludes: Read below the fold...

Oligarchy? Or Kleptocracy? You decide! (1)

Economist's View has this sober comment on Willem Buiter's comment that having the Fed orchestrate the greatest transfer of wealth in American history without so much as a hearing is undemocratic: Read below the fold...

Obama sides with Bush, banksters against consumers, states on regulating discrimination in lending

If Andrew Cuomo wants to be tougher on the banksters than the Fed, he should be allowed to. Ditto state health care policies, where we could still get single payer if the Democrats, for some reason, don't manage to do the right thing. That's why this case is important, and discouraging. Bloomberg: Read below the fold...

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Alabama PACT Board Meeting Video Available

Havealittletalk has the best catch of the day on the Alabama Prepaid Affordable Tuition Fund debacle. After catching State Treasurer Kay Ivey citing some questionable numbers about the losses of the program she notes that Ivey attended the annual conference of th National Association of State Treasurers at a resort in Maine last August. Ivey was a discussion panelist for an event at the conference. The title of her remarks:

Achieving Accountability with Strategic Planning

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