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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:43 PM
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"When a presidential press secretary gets in trouble with the press, its usually for accurately reflecting the feelings of his boss.

The liberal blogosphere has been all atwitter recently because White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told Sam Youngman of The Hill that liberals who unfairly criticize President Barack Obama may be living in a chemically altered state.

I hear these people saying hes like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested, Gibbs said. I mean, its crazy.

Actually, it is crazy. On the most important issue of his presidency the Iraq war Bush plunged us into a hunt for imaginary weapons of mass destruction, which Obama says he never would have done.

This the left likes. But some dont like the political compromises Obama had to make to pass health care, some much preferring righteous indignation to useful legislation.

Gibbs dismissed the professional left in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, Youngman went on, saying, They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and weve eliminated the Pentagon. Thats not reality.

It isnt. And Im guessing the president agrees with Gibbs and was neither angered nor disappointed by Gibbss statements, which came not in the heat of his daily briefing but in the cool of his West Wing office.

In other words, Gibbs knew what he was doing. And so did Obama."

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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:48 PM
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1. If they knew what they were doing they're dumber than I thought
If Obama wants to suck up to right leaning independents and conservative Dems thats his business, but its damn stupid to do that by alienating those who worked to get him elected.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:39 PM
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2. "useful legislation"? Nothing in HCR is useful if you can't afford it ..................
the biggest problem with HCWNR is that it does not address the problem of out of control prices, which is the principle problem with health care.

And, it mandates that I put money in the pockets of corporations whose CEOs just issued themselves $200 million raises.

By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times

August 11, 2010

Reporting from Washington
The top executives at the nation's five largest for-profit health insurance companies pulled in nearly $200 million in compensation last year while their businesses prepared to hit ratepayers with double-digit premium increases, according to a new analysis conducted by healthcare activists.

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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:36 PM
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3. There are subsidies if you can't afford premiums
I wish it was sooner but it's coming in 2014.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:11 AM
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5. The subsidies do not create affordability
They are what it takes to sate the bloodsuckers after the last drop of blood is squeezed from the stones leaving little to nothing for care our anything else.
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2 Much Tribulation Donating Member (522 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:54 PM
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4. If they knew what they're doing, then they must be abandoning ME. n/t
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 06:23 AM
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6. Wanting Canadian health care = using pictures of Obama on targets at shooting ranges
Both are extremes of left and right that exactly cancel each other out. One is esactly as unreasonable as the other.
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