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"Detour Ecuador" and "I Look At Obama As A Perfect American . . ." and "He's The Moses Of Our Time" [Video]

Two things . . .

As a follow-up to Dromaius' open thread on "medical tourism"--friends who just returned from months of checking out prospective retirement venues in South America informed Mr A and I last night that one of our target countries is opening up their national healthcare system to all residents with a Cedula--as distinguished from only "citizens" of Ecuador or foreign nationals employed in Ecuador--beginning today, January 1, 2014.

This is great news! Read below the fold...

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Democratic Party Populist Or Stalking Horse?

[Video Credit: Senator Warren, "We Cannot Allow Social Security To Be Dismantled . . .", YouTube]

I thought that Senator Warren's remarks were fairly impressive--if they are sincere!

Which for me, after five years of a Democratic Administration seemingly hell-bent on dismantling Social Security and Medicare, seems a bit dubious.

It is entirely possible that this Senate floor speech was a "head fake." Read below the fold...

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"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...

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The "Not So" Grand Bargain: Ignore Reid--Bloomberg News Reports That Republican Representative Tom Cole Supports Raising Tax Revenues [Part 3]

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?
[Photo Credit: We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?, Member since 2010, DonkeyHotey's Photostream, flickr]

Journalists complain about bloggers
[Photo Credit: "Journalists complain about bloggers," DonkeyHotey, Member since 2010, DonkeyHotey's Photostream, flickr]

Below is a repost of a two-and-one-half-minute video clip taken from a C-Span interview with US Representative Chris Van Hollen in May of this year.

In this clip, Rep Van Hollen clearly states that the Democratic Party and the Administration would like to strike a "Grand Bargain," although he uses the euphemism "repealing and replacing the Sequester." (In place of the actual "term" Grand Bargain.)

So please take Senator Reid's pronouncements, as well as those of other members of the Dem Leadership, "with a grain of salt" if they now say otherwise. Read below the fold...

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The "Not So" Grand Bargain: The "Nightmarish List" Of Members Of The Newly Appointed Budget Committee [Part 2]

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?
[Photo Credit: We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?, DonkeyHotey's Photostream, flickr]

This will be brief.

While reading my Twitter feed, I found the list below included as a link in a HuffPo piece by Jason Linkuns. The piece entitled "This Should Be Fun: Sen. Bernie Sanders Will Be On Budget Conference Committee," gave me pause. Read below the fold...

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The 'Not So' Grand Bargain "Tweet Of The Day" [Addendum: Transcript of the President's October 17 Remarks On "Reopening Of The Government"]

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?
[Photo Credit: "We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?," DonkeyHotey's Photostream, flickr]

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The "Not So" Grand Bargain [Part 1]

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?
[Photo Credit: "We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?," DonkeyHotey's Photostream, flickr] Read below the fold...

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UPDATE: [Controversial] Video of Former President Clinton And US Representative Paul Ryan Talking About Medicare Cuts

[Video Credit: "Clinton, Ryan Caught On Tape On Medicare Cuts," The Young Turks, YouTube, 04:53 minutes]

UPDATE: I just "lost" an update to the original post of this video, so instead of starting over, here's a stand-alone update.

Below is a piece from ABC's "The Note" blog, which I hope will help clarify that the substance of this video is an accurate presentation of a backstage conversation (at The Pete Peterson Foundation's annual "shindig" in 2011) between Former President Clinton and US Representative Paul Ryan regarding "Medicare reform."

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Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan on Medicare Election: ‘Give me a Call

By Z. Byron Wolf@zbyronwolf
May 25, 2011 2:27pm

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:

The day after the stunning upset in the special congressional election in upstate New York, Rep. Paul Ryan is a man under fire.

But ABC News was behind the scenes with the Wisconsin Congressman and GOP Budget Committee Chairman when he got some words of encouragement none other than former President Bill Clinton. Read below the fold...

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Video: Former President Clinton And US Representative Paul Ryan Talking About Medicare Cuts

Here's a very "instructive" video of Former President Bill Clinton and US Representative Paul Ryan (WI), which was shot backstage at The Pete Peterson Foundation. It is accompanied by an excellent commentary by Cenk Uygur of "The Young Turks."

[Video Credit: "Clinton, Ryan Caught On Tape On Medicare Cuts," The Young Turks, YouTube, 04:53 minutes]

And here's a very abbreviated version of the same ABC video.

[Video Credit: "Bill Clinton and Paul Ryan Chumming It Up Like Old Buddies," JenningsBay, YouTube, 00:30 minutes]

Bill Clinton's Private Words to Paul Ryan Caught on Tape

[May 25, 2011] The day after the stunning upset in the special congressional election in upstate New York, Rep. Paul Ryan is a man under fire.

But ABC News was behind the scenes with the Wisconsin Congressman and GOP Budget Committee Chairman when he got some words of encouragement none other than former President Bill Clinton. Read below the fold...

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Justice Demanded For Tortured 'Puppy Doe,' Pit Bull (Mix) Given Away On Craigslist And Brutally Abused

Please consider "Retweeting" this Huffington Post piece which serves as a horrific and tragic reminder of the risks involved when attempting to "home" or "rehome" a pet on a classified ads website.

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"We're Going To Have A 'Grand Bargain' In September"

[Video Credit: C-Span, Washington Journal, Gail Russell Chaddock on the Congressional Agenda, July 28, 2013]

This is posted FYI, and (partially) in reply to one of Lets' posts here, entitled "What Would You Have the President Do? Part III, Doing Some Economic and Social Justice."

I hope that Christian Science Monitor Assistant Washington Bureau Chief Gail Russell Chaddock is "wrong" about this. Time will tell.

"Hat Tip" to Mr. Alexa for noticing this interview/video.

[End Of Post] Read below the fold...

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Ben Cardin (D-MD) Confirms Max Baucus Offering 50-Year "Shield" For Tax Reform Recommendations

On the road, but just heard the following on C-Span's "Washington Journal" with Peter Slen (host) and Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Finance Committee:

Finance Committee Chairperson Max Baucus is going to grant a 50-year "cover" or shield regarding all recommendations made to overhaul the Tax Code.

This confirms that the Dems are getting ready to lead the charge to "give a haircut" to the American People (on taxes, in exchange for beginning to dismantle the Social Safety Net). Read below the fold...

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Can Hillary Save Us From a "Grand Bargain?"

Grand Bargain Watch - Save Social Security
Photo Credit: Grand Bargain Watch--Save Social Security, DonkeyHotey's photostream, flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/6997920407/

I don't know. Obviously, I don't have a "crystal ball." Read below the fold...

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Video: The Liberal Elites And The Past Two Democratic Party Administrations Helped Decimate The Working Class

[Video Credit: The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend, TheRealNews, YouTube, 18:26 Minutes]

This video was brought to my attention in a "Tweet." Worth a listen! Read below the fold...

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Martin Bashir's Takeaway On The Attempted Character Assasination of Trayvon Martin

[FINALLY... A Mainstream Journalist Speaks Truth on the Trayvon Martin Travesty!, lipstick, YouTube]

This video came to my attention when I received the "Tweet" below. Frankly, I don't watch MSBNC or this Bashir dude. Read below the fold...

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