No, no, no, no politics here! Really, given the issues with this year's signups, it makes so much sense to give citizens LESS time, not more, to sign up next year. What could possibly go wrong?
White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Friday that next year's midterm elections are the reason behind the administration's decision to postpone the 2014 opening date for 2015 enrollment in Obamacare -- from October 15 to November 15.Read below the fold...
Yes. I remember where I was; I was in (public) school, in the third grade. The school closed down, but didn't make any kind of announcement, which was weird. My mother came to pick me up, and told me the news. Read below the fold...
White House recommends Democrats use the economy as a bright shiny object to distract from ObamaCare
Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout.
The White House is deploying Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members across the country, drawing attention to improvements in the still sluggish economic recovery and detailing the costs of last month's partial government shutdown.
Sluggish in the same way that a dead parrot is sluggish ("OBAMA: It's resting. Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Beautiful plumage!").
Meanwhile: Read below the fold...
What a great rant. True, true, true. I've always hated "folks," and now I know why:
The Way We Live Now: Just Us Folks
The word is everywhere, a plague spread by the President of the United States, television anchors, radio talk show hosts, preachers in megachurches, self-help gurus, and anyone else attempting to demonstrate his or her identification with ordinary, presumably wholesome American values. Only a few decades ago, Americans were addressed as people or, in the more distant past, ladies and gentlemen.
Now we are all folks. Television commentators, apparently confusing themselves with the clergy, routinely declare that “our prayers go out to those folks” — whether the folks are victims of drought, hurricane, flood, child molestation, corporate layoffs, identity theft, or the war in Iraq (as long as the victims are American and not Iraqi). Irony is reserved for fiction.....
While the word “folks” was once a colloquialism with no political meaning, there is no escaping the political meaning of the term when it is reverently invoked by public officials in twenty-first-century America. After the terrorist bombings in London on July 7, 2005, President Bush assured Americans, “I’ve been in contact with our homeland security folks and I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London and to be extra vigilant as our folks start heading to work.”
Bush went on to observe that “the contrast couldn’t be clearer, between the intentions of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who’ve got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks.” Those evil terrorists. Our innocent folks. ...
The specific political use of folks as an exclusionary and inclusionary signal, designed to make the speaker sound like one of the boys or girls, is symptomatic of a debasement of public speech inseparable from a more general erosion of American cultural standards. Casual, colloquial language also conveys an implicit denial of the seriousness of whatever issue is being debated: talking about folks going off to war is the equivalent of describing rape victims as girls (unless the victims are, in fact, little girls and not grown women).
Yes, yes, YES!!!! Read below the fold...
[Previously posted at Naked Capitalism. This my second long-form attempt to show the ethical failure at the heart of the ObamaCare marketplace. I still don't seem to have found the right language. --lambert]
I probably shouldn't even tangle with David Cutler; he's from Harvard, and he's wicked smart. Anyhow. Also too, he advised the 2008 Obama Campaign on health care. But there were some things he said in this recent interview with PBS (and in his now famous 2010 letter to Larry Summers) that really ticked me off, and so I want to lay down a few markers. First, let's look at two charts: Read below the fold...
"Here In America, The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans--We're Fighting Inside The Forty Yard Line" [Updated]
[Video Credit: C-Span, Washington Journal, "Open Phones" Segment, November 20, 2013]
[Update/Correction: Thanks, CMike, for pointing out that PBO said "forty," not four yard line. Of course, my point remains the same--which was that even the President, in the "right company," acknowledges that there is very little ideological difference between the corporatist wings of the two legacy parties. At least not on the two main issues that I vote on--fiscal and foreign policy.
I was rushed and misunderstood him. Just figured that he wasn't a football fan. Should have checked the transcript--which I had bookmarked to read at a later date.]
President Obama: "When you go to other countries, the political divisions are so much more stark and wider. Here in America, the difference between Democrats and Republicans--we're fighting inside the forty yard line."
Tweedledum and Tweedledee? Read below the fold...
1. Gas company guys putting in a new line (not that I'm going to be able to use it right away);
2. Mr. Steam coming to fix cracked radiator;
3. Mr. Fixit coming to fix caulk in one shower so other shower can be shut down for its drain to be fixed;
4. Friend's teen boy coming to stack the wood.
So where's my fucking helicopter drop? I'd make better use of it than buying a new Hermès yacht cover, or priceless-except-not art, or (for that matter) hooker and blow.
Ben? Janet? Barry? Anyone? Read below the fold...