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"Uniquely American," the phrase that pays Big Insurance

The phrase is somehow familiar.... Oh, yeah, that's where I heard it!

And here and here and here* ....

Waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool says "uniquely American."

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The Beginning of the Pitchfork Parades


The snowball looks to be headed down the hill:

GRENOBLE, France — For a second straight day, French workers facing steep layoffs at a Caterpillar factory held four of their bosses at the U.S. manufacturer’s plant in the Alps, union officials said.

The workers also made a direct appeal to French President Nicolas Sarkozy to save their jobs, said Nicolas Benoit, a representative of the CGT union at the Caterpillar plant in Grenoble.

“We expect a strong political response,” Benoit said. “The goal is to save jobs.”

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With friendly communities like these...

In a BusinessWeek ranking of America's 25 wealthiest towns, Mayor Caroline Bazzini of #1 ranked Brookville, New York on Long Island brags of her village:

And the town does its best to enforce that privacy. "There is no parking on any street in Brookville," said Mayor Caroline Bazzini. "So in order to come and be here in Brookville, you need to know the people."

Who says you need gates and walls to keep 'undesirables' out? Read more about With friendly communities like these...

How will the White House make amends for censoring single payer in its Iowa health care forum "live blog" transcript?

Executive summary: Reuters coverage and a YouTube of the event show that the White House live blogger suppressed a single payer question asked by Dr. Jess Federowicz of PNHP.

[Welcome, Kos readers. Dr. Federowicz is live blogging with us this morning!]

Dr. Jess Federowicz, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinician investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. Dr. Fiedorowicz also won the lottery for a ticket to the White House's Iowa Health Care forum -- after Iowa's (Democratic!) Governor Chet Culver, most shamefully, had tried to sell the tickets to corporate sponsors! Dr. Federowicz participated in the protests outside the hall, and also spoke inside the hall at the forum. As reported by Reuters India*:

Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz, a psychiatrist at the University of Iowa Hospitals who was with the protest group, told the meeting a majority of Americans support a "single payer" or government-run national health insurance program.

"Can we put it on the table for discussion?" Fiedorowicz asked Nancy-Ann De Parle, director of the White House Office on Health Reform.

"Can we study costing? Can we study feasibility of this truly universal, socially just and fiscally responsible alternate to our currently unjust and woefully inefficient system?" Fiedorowicz asked. Many in the crowd applauded.

And yet -- and I know this wil surprise you -- Dr. Fiedorowicz appears nowhere in the White House "live blog" of the event! Is Reuters wrong? Let's go to the tape (or in this case, the YouTube): Read more about How will the White House make amends for censoring single payer in its Iowa health care forum "live blog" transcript?

DCBlogger could use some help

All that phonework on behalf of single payer doesn't come for free -- at least if you want the line clear and the connections never dropped! Corrente is the goto political blog on single payer because of dcblogger's work, so if you can help out, that would be great. Ther'es a "Single Payer Advocate" PayPal button to the right. Thanks! Read more about DCBlogger could use some help

No money for Blue Dogs!

As Chris Bowers says, let 'em pay their own freight. Blue Dogs work against our interests and values:

Some highlight of their past behavior include being the driving force in the Democratic Party behind the 2005 bankruptcy bill (they voted 32-4 in favor), the 2006 ending of habeus corpus, the 2007 Iraq War blank check, and the 2008 FISA re-write (see here for both). So far in 2009, they only allowed the stimulus package to go through after extracting a pay-go promise from the Obama administration. Last month, they joined with the New Democrats to block foreclosure relief legislation, which Evan Bayh's Blue Dogs in the Senate seem to have killed. And most of them will vote against the budget, too.

The new bankster buzzword: "macroprudential oversight"

Here. Translation:,,


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Stay in your house no matter what!

For one thing, the banksters lost all the paperwork; as Rep. Marcy Kaptur says: "Show me the note!". But then, if the banksters foreclose and you leave, you could get stuck with maintaining the property anyhow, in a "bank walkaway":

Mercy James thought she had lost her rental property here to foreclosure....

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Alabama PACT Roundup

I haven't had much time to blog since last Thursday. Here’s a roundup of coverage of the Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Fund from the weekend, and a few notes on my own plans for the next week or so.

Countrycat explains exactly what is at stake:

we're talking about the future of Alabama's children here, not the stock market or the next election. Will 50,000 or so young PACT beneficiaries get the college education their families thought they paid for or will they be forced to forego dreams of a higher education or end up deep in debt in order to earn a degree?

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/31/09

The Rich are not different from you and me… (by Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors)
…they eat ramen noodles too. Harrod’s Pot Noodles ($43) come in a hand-flocked gold leaf cup.

America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout (by Chris Hedges at TruthDig, thanks to Susie at Suburban Guerilla) Read more about Politics and Media Headlines 3/31/09

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UCC Draws Fire for Condom Distribution Stance


So, there's this church, the UCC. Apparently President Obama is a member of this denomination, but that's probably NOT what drew them to the attention of the "OneNewsNow" organization. Instead, it's that (not unlike the President, on many issues), the UCC is acting on their faith -- and the obligation they see in it to serve their fellow human beings. Read more about UCC Draws Fire for Condom Distribution Stance

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The problem with Obama's health care reform strategery

Time to play the single-payer card

Many prominent progressives like Paul Krugman and Jacob Hacker have argued that the public option is the key to the whole reform process. The public option will constrain the rapacious insurance companies. The public option will be popular and efficient. The public option will be, at its best, a slippery slope to a single-payer plan. Never mind that critics have pointed out that if the public plan is enacted, the insurance companies will find ways to game the system again. Never mind that the Right has recognized the slippery slope argument, and that is why they are so adamantly against it.

GAO: Treat Big Money just like Big Auto


The U.S. Treasury should demand that American International Group Inc., the insurer rescued by taxpayers, seek concessions from employees, creditors and derivatives counterparties* as a condition of its aid, the Government Accountability Office said.

Iraq: Eye of the Hurricane?

McClatchy (as usual):

In America, the U.S. "surge" of additional troops to Baghdad is heralded as a success, and President Barack Obama has said he'll draw down American forces in Iraq and turn his attention to Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Iraq, however, what the U.S.-led invasion and occupation started is far from over.

First, they came for the union retirees....

Well, actually, they did that already, several times. But they're doing it again. Online WSJ:

Blame Is Put on Management, but More Pain Looms for Hourly Workers, Retirees
President Barack Obama's recovery plan for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC appears to take aim at union retirees, a usually reliable Democratic constituency.

Especially since the state of Michigan went for Obama in the primaries. Oh, wait... Read more about First, they came for the union retirees....


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