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2Truthy's Top Ten Little-Known Items In President Obama's Stripped Down Pro-Evil Insurance Lobby, Have-Have Not “Public Option” Healthcare Plan
Reusable tongue depressors.
Free colonoscopy with oil change.
New drive-up window for prostate exams.
Breast implant specials: Buy One Get One Free.
Free hot dogs with every in-office vasectomy.
Barney Frank to become new Czar of Prostate Exams.
Haggling over the price of surgery will be encouraged.
Anesthesiology optional on ALL surgeries!
Genetically Modified sperm ONLY available (unless accompanied by a note from your candy-ass Insurance Lobbyist.)
Swine-flu patients (who survive) are eligible for exclusive “Pigs Don't Kill People 2009-2010” tattoo featuring a signed photo of LWOH celebrity guest blogger, Quincy.
Are Liberal Net Roots Groups Helping Obama Fail? This is the question that Jeff Cohen asks today at the Huffington Post. He writes:
“To win serous reforms, we need activist leaders who are tough-minded progressives making maximum demands for reforms that truly address our nation's problems. Leave the inside-the-Beltway deal-making to the politicians, properly frightened and moved by the roar of mass movements.
We need activist leaders who have a clearer idea of who Obama is. He's not one of us. He's one of them -- a politician bent on placating corporate interests. We knew all we needed to know about his current worldview from all the corporatists he put in top jobs.”
Cohen's article is one that should be featured on every front page MSM publication and so-called “progressive” blog in the sphere, as he is one of the few journalists today (associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College, founder of FAIR, and former board member of Progressive Democrats of America) who understands the difference between supporting a compromised weak “public option” plan and true healthcare reform via Single Payer. Cohen writes:
“As things stand now, as writers like Bob Kuttner and Norman Solomon have warned, a weak public option would institutionalize a two-tiered system with healthier, wealthier citizens getting the best (private) plans, and sicker, harder-to-treat people getting an inferior (public) plan. Newt Gingrich couldn't dream up a better scenario to discredit an enhanced government role in health care.”
Obama needs a bump from millions of Americans to support his doctor (see video above) along with over 450,000 OTHER doctors who all know what most of us know: that anything less than Single Payer will create a have and have-not, two tier healthcare caste system that benefits the Insurance Lobby and NOT us. In addition, the watered down public option will require everyone to make mandatory payments to corrupt insurance companies whose death-dealing business model is to profit off of the suffering of human beings. END THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY NOW and help President Obama achieve a win for us and a win for his presidency by supporting Single Payer NOW!
When it comes to figuring just who exactly is going to get the job done of bringing true healthcare reform for all, Cohen believes that we need more “activist leaders” who understand Obama's political limitations, as he reminds us that the president is motivated by his corporatist paymasters and enablers first:
“We need activist leaders who have a clearer idea of who Obama is. He's not one of us. He's one of them -- a politician bent on placating corporate interests. We knew all we needed to know about his current worldview from all the corporatists he put in top jobs.”
Who will lead this “Progressive Pitchfork Posse” (2Truthy TM) so badly overdue to demand ridding this country of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dubbed as the “immoral” and “evil” insurance industry for a Single Payer overhaul?
Michael Moore has a few excellent suggestions here for everyone to help make healthcare a human right available to all Americans here.
-A Mel Toast “Whose Your Favorite Whore to India” Exclusive-
East is East
by Jamshid Waggajacka
(copied from the Hindi-slam poet, Dipti Chit)
We pollute, as we suck our cheroot.
Only a dodo, would say yes to Kyoto.
So give us more H1B
And polyunsaturated ghee
And we will show you American bastards who’s boss!
As we steal from thee.
There Ain't No Glaciers On Me, India (Rooters) -- The Financial Times reports that Indian environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, accused the developed world of needlessly raising alarm over melting Himalayan glaciers as the country's “best and brightest” make young naked Indian girls parade around fields with ploughs “pray for rain.” The article noted that this is India's “most trusted social custom” and that they “vow to continue this practice” until they get more rain. He dismissed scientists’ predictions that Himalayan glaciers “might disappear within 40 years as a result of global warming” and insisted that “science has its limitations.”
As India widens the climate rift with the West, this nation's biggest brothel buggars to the India/tech cheap labor lobby, Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates, visited India and graciously widened their cheeky best sides in their uncontrollable, unstoppable lust to sell out American jobs in return for other kinds of jobs and favor$.
Just in time, too, for next month's U.S. jobs sellout fest when the India lobby goes-a-begging to Washington to open up the flood gates for MORE cheap labor from India and kick MORE American workers to the curb.
Thank the Seven Wonders that we actually have a president who is anti-discrimination to ever, ever allow these two treasonous 'Americans' to harm our working citizenry and economy in exchange for personal wealth and favors.
(Very special thanks to everyone at Oregonfairtrade.org)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Someone Take Away Thomas Friedman's Computer Before He Types Another Sentence
“Where does a BLOWHARD (emphasis mine) who needs his own offshore drilling platform just to keep the east wing of his house heated, get the balls to write a book chiding America for driving energy-inefficient automobiles?
Where does a guy whose family bulldozed 2.1 million square feet of pristine Hawaiian wilderness to put a Gap, an Old Navy, a Sears, an Abercrombie and even a Foot Locker in paradise get off preaching to the rest of us about the need for a "Green Revolution"?
Well, he'll explain it all to you in 438 crisply written pages for just $27.95, $30.95 if you have the misfortune to be Canadian.” -mtcloud
Les Leopold's excellent article at AlterNet Serious About Green Jobs? It's Time to Throw 'Free Trade' out the Window debunks the 'free trade myth' that LWOH has done
“Freedom's just a stupid superstition.”
(Special thanks to Jim White)
“Obama has got to get serious about this.”
Is Unemployment Sinking the Obama Agenda?
The Nation's Washington, D.C. Correspondent, John Nichols, explains in this video how the rapidly rising rates of unemployment could “imperil” The Obama Presidency (h/t Rob Sanchez at JobDestruction News). So here's the solution: Instead of Obama telling American workers to go to hell, he needs to halt the practice of exporting U.S. jobs and importing cheap foreign labor.
Nichols looks at the political risks of joblessness, and discusses the need for a second stimulus, stating that it would need to be spent on jobs creation. The trillion dollar bailout question is this: Would those jobs, if created - go to U.S. workers or to imported workers from India, which is the cause of U.S. citizens' skyrocketing unemployment? There is no better time than NOW for Barry to tell the Tech/Indian lobby and its evil twin, Wall Street, where to shove it.
Obama could put the kibosh on rising unemployment if he told the cheap labor lobby to take a hike. Will he? If not for the people of America who elected him into office, does he at least care enough about his own legacy to do the right thing and stop importing foreign workers during a time when every unemployed American needs those jobs? American unemployment continues to rise as U.S. corporations continue to hand over jobs to imported, cheap labor from India and ship manufacturing jobs to China. Meanwhile, our elected officials and their cabinet appointments are NOT REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY but instead corporate elites here and abroad. If Obama has a hard time quitting smoking, imagine the great difficulty such a smart decision like quitting his frat-boy corporate towel snappers who serve as his advisor$. Indeed, here lies the rub...
Witness Hillary Clinton's recent visit to India as she hinted at all kinds of stealth “unofficial” backroom deals with them to sell off what's left of American white collar jobs to India under the banner of “trade agreements.” Now, it couldn't possibly be Hillary's intention to help Obama's legacy go down in history as the lousiest U.S. president who put foreign workers first and told American citizens go to hell, could it? (Nah...the Kool-Aid media and bloggy wannabes have conditioned all good liberals and mealy mouthed patriots that American citizens are nothing but hillbillies and have no rights to jobs and healthcare.) Without jobs to pay for the pro-insurance industry healthcare "reform", the two-headed elitist, HilBama, could get a twofer – wipe out the health of America's whiny, needy middle class and plump up their wallets by pimping out our jobs for fun and insider profit! Way to go, Democrats!
Let's help Obama go down in the history books as the best president in history evah and DEMAND our jobs back and Single Payer!
Hillary Begs Indian Officials & Businessmen: “Get to the Real Meat of the Matter”
Welcome to The Gay Swami Times, Vol. 1, Issue 7. Click here for prior issues.
This exciting Special Issue WHITE SLAVE GIRL begins with our journey to exotic, monsoon ravaged Mumbai, India, where the streets smell like a cross between unflushed toilet water and old patchouli incense after your obese uncle just took a dump. Here, we find the goddess of American Job Killers, Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab), seated next to soave bolla Rattan Tata, India's notorious American job stealer.
Here, we find Hillary apologizing to her Indian “businessmen” paymasters for “America's mistakes.” The SOS also expressed her burning desire for “strengthening trade ties and combatting climate change.”
WHAT mistakes? Many Americans ask me:
“Oh, Gay Swami, tell us WHAT mistakes the U.S. people made, besides voting for George W. Bush or sitting back while the government and military invaded Iraq and now Afghanistan? Or for importing poisonous dog and baby food from China, electing crooks to Congress, and allowing our corporate and political leaders to “apologize” to India for our existence so they and Indian elites can personally profit by stealing our jobs and destroying our economy? Tell us, oh Gay Swami...”
Haha! Then the Americans say:
“Oh, Gay Swami, when will Hillary APOLOGIZE TO US for her role with greedy corporate America selling our white collar jobs to these seedy Indian “businessmen” for slave labor profiteering and pleasure trysts?”
Hillary later told the Indian cheap labor, slave-trade master bigshots that U.S. “mistakes” are for the air they breath, hahahaaaaaaa! She is so funny, I cannot stand it! In exchange for personal profit and self-flagellation, Hillary then apologized to the lusty Indian “businessmen” for “climate change” below:
“We acknowledge now with President Obama that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change,” she said.
Clinton added that “we are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes.”
Dreamy Ryan O'Neal said “Love means never having to say you're sorry” but steamy cheap labor slave lust means saying it over and over again in exchange for mangoes, nukes and all the self-flagellation and warm bodies from India to steal American jobs!
The Old Colonial Slavemaster inspired Hillary also revealed that she wants to bypass “formal” negotiations with Indian “businessmen” and state officials, stressing “the importance of stepping beyond formal diplomacy to encourage U.S.-India contacts on other levels, including academic and business.” She breathlessly explained to her captive audience:
"We have to get to the real meat of the matter, and our cooperation will do that for us."
-THE GAY SWAMI
(With inspiration from the classically wonderful
Jean Léon Gérôme — The Slave Market)
Why Obama Wants to Outsource American White Collar Job$
For Immediate Release
Obama's Goldman Sachs “Advisors”, the NYSE, Softbank and Cisco Heart India and Hate (Non-Elitist) Americans
Warren, MI – This week Obama told the citizens of the greater Detroit region to basically get over themselves as he and his Goldman Sachs pals, Softbank VCs, and Cisco Systems and the NYSE have cooked up a scheme to funnel American jobs to Indian workers and line billions of dollars into their insider pockets and political enablers.
How insulting and degrading and fascism wielding is this? King Obama graced the residents of Warren, MI this week to announce his flagrant disregard for American workers, and the Mayor of Warren, Jim Fouts, wasn't even invited as he couldn't pass a so-called security check! Hello, America?
Fouts has been justifiably critical of the Obama administration and feels the president “isn’t doing enough to keep auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S.” And how could Fouts possibly agree with Obama's disingenuous and cynical “goals speech” for training American workers, many who already hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from this nation's finest universities:
"Job retraining is kind of a joke if you're going to retrain people for jobs that no longer exist. If you're going to retrain jobs for people in Michigan related to the auto industry, those jobs have already been hijacked by the fact the federal government has allowed them to move to China or Mexico," Fouts said to WWJ Newsradio."
Oh! Job retraining will be the "change we can use!"
The Obama administration hearts Indian workers so much more than American citizens enough to tell American workers to go to hell. This week, he broke the wonderful news to the people of Michigan, a state with an unemployment rate of 15% and rapidly climbing. Obama deceptively suggested that they all go to (hell) school – to community college – when local community colleges, which are not calibrated to absorb the massive numbers of corporate sponsored visa holders are already overcrowded, forcing citizens to be wait listed due to U.S. corporations like Microsoft importing contractors from India and their families, courtesy Joe Taxpayer. Corporate America is hell-bent on ditching Americans and importing the caste system over here:
“A little-noticed measure passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor will extend in-state tuition rates at Washington state colleges and universities to foreign professionals at companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, as well as to their children and spouses.
Under House Bill 1487, which takes effect July 1, the foreign workers would qualify for the same tuition rate as state residents if they have been in the state at least a year on certain kinds of temporary work visas, such as the H-1B.”
Softbank btw, is the Sugar Daddy to the so-called “progressive” blog the Huffington Post, which coincidentally never, ever mentions the real reason behind disappearing American white collar jobs. Why is this? By now, Kool-Aid addled readers should already know that if it were not for greedy corporate America's steamy lust for cheap Indian outsourced/insourced labor and rigging the NYSE to get it, our Economy would not be in the shitter today and white collar Americans would be working and not heaped on the Slagheap of History. (h/t David Sirota.)
The Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing is what's preventing white collar, middle class Americans from contributing to the prosperity and growth of this economy. And don't count on reading about it from Arianna's Kool-Aid dispensery at HuffPo, as this new HuffPo Managing Editor selection would suggest a personal stake it keeping this global elitist, cash cow secret hush-hush...
In 2007 a “consortium” including Softbank, the NYSE, Goldman Sachs (remember Obama's GS Economic Advisory team pals, Geithner & Co. not to mention Paulson and Kashkari, etc.?) and Cisco Systems, a tech company that has not only replaced the bulk of its former American workers with cheap labor from India but is now “offering” its employees to dig their own graves ala Hitler style or move to exotic India, it is no wonder that the HuffPo is primed to be the exclusive One World Propaganda Arm by and for greedy corporate elites:
“NYSE-led Consortium Buys 20% of India's NSE
The New York Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic and the Softbank Asia Infrastructure Fund each bought a 5% stake in the National Stock Exchange of India. The 20% stake was sold by several Indian bank and insurance companies that backed the formation of the NSE. The 5% is the most that any single foreign investor is permitted to own in the exchange, according to rules set by the Securities and Exchange Board of India. The NYSE said in a statement that the deal would allow it to participate in the NSE’s growth and encourage Indian companies to list their shares on the NYSE. The NSE ranks among the largest equity derivatives markets in Asia and one of the fastest growing derivatives exchanges in the world. Goldman Sachs already owns 7% of the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange, one of India's largest commodity futures exchanges. General Atlantic, a venture capital firm, is one of the top five investors in the NYSE and bought 10% of the New York Mercantile Exchange in 2006. The Softbank fund is a joint venture between Softbank, a Japanese investment company focused on technology ventures, and Cisco Systems, the Internet networking equipment company. The fund invests in technology, media and telecommunications companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Now, I don't know anyone in the greater Detroit region (other than my old pal CC) but Obama's terrifying and shameless speech to Michigan about ditching the U.S. worker neglected to mention how he and his GS, Softbank, Cisco and NYSE insider pals and pols fabulously profit by kicking American workers to the curb and this has to make any non-sociopath in the U.S. feel for their neighbors and local economies. Where is the community indignant outrage?
If Obama's shameless edict against the American worker isn't a wake up call for Michigan residents (whose "official" unemployment rate is at 15% and climbing rapidly towards 50%) and all U.S. citizens, what is?
In an economic depression such as this one, now is the perfect time for Obama to seize the moment and tell the India lobby where to shove it. Either Obama is a fabulous person yet a hopeless, clueless tool of a politician, or he is a diabolical figure on the national stage of the burgeoning U.S. fascism that's shrouded in happy talk that hates the non-portfolio class American.
Which one is it?
This country has had it's fill of divide and conquer under the banner of failed “globalization” that has capsized all boats except for a few sociopaths.
Even the Pope says globalization is not working out for anyone but the likes of Obama & Co. and it has to stop. So what does Obama do? He goes to Detroit anyway and tells Americans to EAT GASKETS.
This war on America's white collar middle class is not one of race, ethnicity or creed or gender, but of class.
It's time for the Kool-Aid addled, PC Dems to wake up and wean off the dope blogs and quit supporting the One Big Money Party.
Obama promised “change” for Americans – so far, it's looking like change of the elitist, sociopathic 'haha' persuasion. “Change” to Obama = 'Go from thriving to dying, American white collar middle class! Me and my tech/beltway lobby homies got slaves from India, suckas.'
Still down with that?
Today's story is all about the 2009 G8 summit which focused on cap and trade, along with that hot lady's ass in the photo above. (Read Stephen Lendman's excellent analysis Obama's Cap and Trade Carbon Emissions Bill - A Stealth Scheme to License Pollution and Fraud.)
The G8 summit in Italy this week concluded with a “flurry of developments” according to this Environmental Leader report which highlighted a “pledge to cut global emissions by 50 percent by 2050, a goal that before the meeting seemed unattainable.” However, all is not well in the global castle.
The report has disclosed that the summit also resulted in BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) wanting rich, industrialized nations to provide “incentives” to prop up carbon cutting initiatives elsewhere, according to a senior adviser for the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. What kind of “incentives” could those be?
“Indeed, the G8 took wording out of its declaration that had promised $400 million in funding to help poor countries convert to a low-carbon economy, reports Bloomberg. The G8 also removed language contained in prior draft documents that called for emissions to peak by 2020.
Additionally, the rest of the world is waiting for rich nations to commit to mid-term carbon cuts by 2020 or 2025, a consensus that has not yet been reached.”
This, naturally, really pissed off China and India:
“Angered by the lack of progress on this front, some nations such as China and India have decided against committing to numerical targets July 9, as they had previously indicated, WSJonline reports.”
So, now, everybody is changing their minds! Not unlike G.W. Bush's infamous declaration that “the Constitution is only a fu*^ing piece of paper”, some BRIC nations, too, are reneging on their compact to stop the planet earth from becoming the celestial dumpster of this solar system. In fact, China got so pissed off that President Hu Jintao walked out on July 8, totally blowing off “meaningful dialogue with President Barack Obama” and the rest of the gang, using the convenient excuse of having to return to China to deal with rioting Muslims in western provinces, reports WSJonline.
Not to mention Russia...”You are part of the G8, right?” Get a load of this commitment to clean up this place:
“Despite signing the commitment to reduce greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050, Russia will not be able to meet the target, Reuters reports.”
Hahaha! Oh, these silly agreements...Russia to G8: “Why, certainly, we will sign this document but we can do no such thing!” Might explain why Russia enjoys both BRIC status and G8...
There are fair and equitable ways to head off global climate change disasters, such as a global climate tax, as Ralph Nader has suggested in this Newser report to Obama:
“The cap-and-trade system Barack Obama favors to deal with climate change won’t work, Ralph Nader and Toby Heaps write in the Wall Street Journal, and it’ll lead to “trade anarchy.” Any unilateral action we take must be global; otherwise, companies will simply relocate, taking jobs and emissions with them. China and other developing nations will never accept a cap-and-trade system, but they might be OK with a global carbon tax.
The tax would be more appealing to developing nations, because they could pay as they go, without fear of growing too fast and hitting a hard cap. “Key people in China read our newspapers,” and know that if they do nothing, we’ll implement protectionist measures against their imports. Yes, the tax would initially hurt consumers, but it “would pave the way for cheaper, cleaner energy.”
But that would make sense.
Party on, plebs!
(Special thanks to Bloody Mary and the cast and crew of South Pacific)
Happy talk, keep talkin' happy talk,
Talk about things you'd like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?
Load of Hooeyville, USA – Still clinging to that happy-talk old saw which deceptively dictates that educated American citizens deserve to watch their wages (sans healthcare) plummet due to outsourcing/insourcing (h/t Toni Bowers at TechRepublic) AND owe what's left of this country's jobs to imported workers from India, courtesy a few profiteering CEOs and enabling politicians joined at the hip?
The Capital Times reports this week how Obama's “pretty-close-to-clueless economic team peddled the absurd spin” that the current “recession” MIGHT be easing. But the zillion dollar bailout question is this: How do U.S. CEOs and politicians sleep at night when they sell off U.S. jobs to foreign workers for reduced quality and personal profit?
According to the Times, the Obama team is now down to plying the plebs with happy talk:
“A month ago, when the jobless rate was edging toward 9 percent, it was clear that the most serious challenge facing the Obama administration was rising unemployment.
Unfortunately, Obama's pretty-close-to-clueless economic team peddled the absurd spin that because the rate of increase in the official total of out-of-work Americans had slowed somewhat in May, the current recession might be easing. That happy talk dulled the sense of urgency, and the White House let another month pass without focusing seriously.
That was a bad mistake.
During the month of June, 467,000 more Americans lost their jobs.”
Oh, the happy talk couldn't come at a better time (channeling Sam Kinneson, here) as Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau today reports Electrical Engineers See Job Losses At Record Levels (8.6% and climbing) while WashTech reminds us how millions of unemployed, educated Americans are kicked to the curb as IBM Abandons US Workforce for more burnt fries!
Rob Sanchez's latest Job Destruction Newsletter provides an excellent analysis of Thibodeau's article below as he explains the relationship between how rapidly rising EE unemployment and the importation of foreign engineers to take American jobs is related to H-1B visa and green card holders alike. In other words, call it what you will – call it the 'Fog a Mirror' Visa – but eliminating the disastrous H-1B visa program will not halt American job losses if it is replaced exclusively with green card holders taking jobs as long as U.S. CEOs and politicians continue to profit. Sanchez writes:
“Patrick Thibodeau got in a good jab at IEEE in the last paragraph of his
new Computerworld article. His remark is a bit misleading though, because
the IEEE has criticized H-1B in the past while at the same time supporting
unlimited importation of foreign engineers with instant green cards visas.
They refuse to make any connection at all between EE unemployment and the
importation of foreign engineers.
It's interesting to note that there are still plenty of H-1B visas
available for fiscal year 2010. As many as 20,000 visas are up for grabs
that count towards the cap. It seems that companies aren't even hiring
“As of July 3, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions
and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced
degree cap exemption had been filed. USCIS will continue to accept
both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a
sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the
statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these
petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.
Last year it took just a few days to give out all 65,000 visas, and in FY
2008 it took only a day. So far the stampede for visas that H-1B advocates
were predicting hasn't happened -- and yet corporations continue to claim
that the cap must be raised in order to avoid a national emergency.
So, is the slowdown in H-1B hiring good news or bad for American engineers?
In my opinion the trend doesn't bode well for American high tech workers
because they usually have to wait in the back of the line for jobs until
all of the H-1B visas are used up. If employers aren't hiring H-1Bs they
aren't hiring American engineers either. Last year high-tech workers
started to find job opportunities -- but only after the cap was reached.”
American high tech workers have to wait in the back of the line for jobs until all of the foreign workers are recruited BECAUSE? There is no better political moment than during this Depression 2.0 for the Democrats and Obama to take a page from Donald Trump and inform India, Inc. that THEY'RE FIRED!
Talk about the boy sayin' to the girl:
"Golly, baby, I'm a lucky cuss"
Talk about the girl sayin' to the boy:
"You an' me is lucky to be us!"
“It's NOT the Economy, Stupid. It's YOUR JOB!”
Rahm's Placebo Healthcare Silver Bullet at Odds with Barry's “Give 'Em All Tylenol” Option
Washington – When the King is away, the mice will get into the truth serum...
While President Obama is vacationing on business in Russia this week with his family, all hell broke loose over here as Middle Class Czar Joe Biden spilled the beans about the truly disastrous state of the economy and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel soberly gave his honest lowdown on healthcare reform. This inconvenience forced Obama to spank from inside the halls of his host's ornate Russian kingdom.
Emanuel “suggested” to the press that the overwhelming favored public option is “triggered” in much the same way a locked n' loaded luger is aimed at the heads of over fifty million Americans without access to healthcare. Emanuel stated that the White House “would be comfortable with legislation that had a public plan "triggered" in only by worsening economic conditions” here:
Oh-ho-ho, let's keep these Insurance industry dealer$ of death “honest” by continuing to hang with the lobbyists, cave to GOP ideologues, and provide catastrophic, non-negotiable, non-access to healthcare for all!
As Sam Stein notes in his article entitled With Franken Seated No Need for Compromise on Public Option will Al Franken, now in the senate, be the catalyst to pass the favored public option and prevent the Republicans from revolting? Stein writes:
"If you did a consensus within the Democratic Party, you would find the level-playing-field public option to be the answer," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "And now that we have 60 votes, it seems to me like we don't have to turn it inside out for something we don't like."
Here's a cheery, inspiring thought from one commenter:
“If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and request that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).”
The Gay Swami Times
Welcome to The Gay Swami Times NEW twitter edition, where keeping it brief means our noses are snugly positioned in yours with 140 characters or less! (you can now tweet me @thegayswami).
Today's exhilarating feature story Russia, India Question Dollar Reliance Before Summit proves India to be the victorious Vedic villain that a growing number of U.S. critics say it is! Mwahahahahahahaha!
“Russia and India said the world economy is too reliant on the U.S. dollar and called for changes in how $6.5 trillion in currency reserves are managed, as Group of Eight leaders prepare to meet this week.
“The dollar system or the system based on the dollar and euro have shown that they are flawed,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Corriere della Sera, repeating his proposal for a new international reserve currency.”
India is going to take their American jobs and then crush the U.S. currency and will replace it with curry and more mangoes! Hahahahahahahahahaha! India is THE SUPREME MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, who shall crush the dollar AND steal U.S. jobs, too! India is now the tyrannous, thief -in-the-night country that most of America can't see because it has very, very good friends in Congress and the White House to conceal this truth as we ply their traitorous masters with our special tantric treasures...
Even their Middle Class Czar, Joe Biden, is now going “ooooooooopsy...” with this headline story “We misread how bad the economy was” on ABC's THIS WEEK that leaks the good news about American unemployment going up, and up and up! And the story hides the celestial truth that India is winning by stealing Americans jobs AND THEIR CURRENCY through stealth operation 'Kundalini' where we infiltrate their corporations like the coiled sleeping serpent, ready to deploy our latent energy located at the base of the spine. Especially on their lusty CEO's. Joe Biden told ABC that the Stimulus is working, and we know how to stimulate their politicians in all the right places!
We couldn't accomplish this wealth transfer without their politicians and the CEO's and especially the help of Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab), and this Administration! And our special friend, Tom Friedman, who actually made everybody believe for a little while that the WORLD WAS FLAT! Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Now, let's all take out our Bikram yoga rugs and pray hard to Lord Vishnu to keep all of these guys on our side since U.S. citizen's jobs are migrating to us faster than fruit flies on leftover butter chicken, now would be a good political time for Obama and Biden (if they dared, hahahahhahha) to tell us what to do with our yoga mats and mangoes!
The Gay Swami
Tom Friedman Trashes Cap n' Trade, Then Promotes it
Two commendable articles by former billionaire turned millionaire Tom Friedman – yes, that Tom Friedman – he of Hot, Smelly, Flat, Overcrowded, One World fame – are on the LWOH menu today, as yours truly does an about face and lavishes actual praise (mostly) on the notorious NY Times columnist and author who has, up until these two recent, uncharacteristically substantive and amusing articles, fully lived up to his reputation as “Mr. Fingernails on the Blackborad” for his unabashed, condescending, arrogant and hubris soaked elitist-evangelism of all things globo-corporate. (After all, no one could ever accuse the carbon-market enthusiast of outing his offshoring/inshoring loving corporate pals for living large at the expense of a growing body of unemployed, white collar Americans.)
Jay Yarrow's April 8, 2009 article entitled Tom Friedman Trashes Cap And Trade at the Business Insider references Friedman's intelligent preference for a carbon tax instead of this “Rube Goldberg contraption” of a cap and trade bill that Congress recently passed that “stinks.” He correctly explains that “most people” will understand a carbon tax but may not know what the hell “cap and trade” even means in the following NYT OpEd:
NYT: “Americans will be willing to pay a tax for their children to be less threatened, breathe cleaner air and live in a more sustainable world with a stronger America. They are much less likely to support a firm in London trading offsets from an electric bill in Boston with a derivatives firm in New York in order to help fund an aluminum smelter in Beijing, which is what cap-and-trade is all about. People won’t support what they can’t explain.”
But in his July 4th article yesterday entitled China poised to lead U.S. behind in clean energy (just a nit here, but did he mean “China poised to LEAVE U.S. behind...or has Pinchy outsourced all the copy editing to Mexico or India?) Friedman now says that he favors the climate/energy bill passed by the House. How did he go from trashing cap and trade in April to supporting a bill that includes it a mere three months later? For one thing, Friedman expresses deep concern that China has gotten on board the clean energy bandwagon — “big-time” and is genuinely worried that “China will clean our clock in E.T. (energy technologies)” if the U.S. doesn't commit to cleaning China's clock first by driving clean-tech innovation:
“This is a major reason I favor the climate/energy bill passed by the House. If we do not impose on ourselves the necessity to drive innovation in clean-technology — by imposing the right prices on carbon emissions and the right regulations to promote energy efficiency — we will be laggards in the next great global industry.”
Friedman now would suggest that the U.S. cap and trade system “drive” clean tech innovation in place of the straightforward carbon tax and cites what he describes as “key points” in his decision from this draft report of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board:
"If the U.S. fails to adopt an economywide carbon abatement program, we will continue to cede leadership in new energy technology. The U.S. is now home to only two of the 10 largest solar photovoltaic producers in the world, two of the top 10 wind turbine producers and one of the top 10 advanced battery manufacturers. That is, only one-sixth of the world's top renewable energy manufacturers are based in the United States. "... Sustainable technologies in solar, wind, electric vehicles, nuclear and other innovations will drive the future global economy. We can either invest in policies to build U.S. leadership in these new industries and jobs today, or we can continue with business as usual and buy windmills from Europe, batteries from Japan and solar panels from Asia."
So which is it? Manufacturing or “carbon abatement”? Both? Is Friedman suggesting that we become a nation of coolies by reverting back to our manufacturing era days when the U.S. polluted big time before we cooked up the brilliant idea to turn China into our backyard dump by shipping all of our manufacturing over there? Is he really suggesting that we should now compete with China's infinitely cheap labor pool by producing these clean technologies here or does this sound more like he understands that there is some serious gold in them thar cap and trade hills for a few global insiders to turn a relatively quick ROI in a brand spanking new financial “bubble” market created virtually out of thin air that will make the dot.com bust look like a ride on the teacups at Disneyland?
Oregon Congressman Pete DeFazio astutely observes:
"An unregulated cap-and-trade system could be the next subprime mortgage bubble...It is just infinitely game-able," he said, relating how Europe is now trading in "carbon futures" that give industries additional emission permits now in exchange for, say, trees that may or may not be planted in the future. "These financial people, I mean, they are very smart people and they can figure out a way to monetize anything and it would just be nuts to go down that path.
It should be done with "old fashioned" regulation, of the same kind that reduced smog over our cities and cleaned the filth out of our rivers.
I am a very old-fashioned guy. First you inventory the sources of pollution, then you cap them. You get people a schedule to reduce. You monitor them, and you fine the heck out of them if they don’t meet them [the standards]."
Back to Tom Friedman and why I believe his latest article on the subject of cap and trade qualifies him for a temporary pass out of 2Truthy's doghouse... he mentions what may well be the link to getting Obama's healthcare reform off the ground to the energy/climate bill. Does he know something we don't about the shadowy Insurance players who could be willing to allow the transfer of funds to gradually slosh into the nascent carbon trading market? After all, money is just little electrons running around somebody else's computer – considerably less tangible than wampum -- and right now, the Insurance Lobby is feeling the heat from a sitting president who appears to be dead serious in his attempt to make healthcare available to all in the U.S. Now, what if Single Payer were passed (I know, this is not likely to happen but what if) and the Insurance industry collapsed? Where would all that money go?
“And this is why I disagree with President Barack Obama when he signals that he has to focus on extending health care and put the energy/climate bill — now in the Senate — on the back burner.
Health care and the energy/climate bill go together. We need both now. Imagine how poor we would be today if U.S. firms did not dominate the top 10 Internet companies. Well, if we don't dominate the top 10 E.T. rankings, there is no way we are going to be able to afford decent health care for every American. No way."
Aside from his obsession with U.S. globo-corporate domination, could Friedman be on to something by recognizing that the energy/climate bill and healthcare go together? I do, however, question his logic about needing to dominate the “top 10 E.T. Rankings” in order to be able to afford “decent health care” for every American. I mean, if other countries far less wealthy than ours, like Venezuela can do it – I see no reason to conclude this. (h/t The Rag Blog.)
I read somewhere recently that cap and trade would pay for U.S. healthcare reform. By allowing the evil health insurance industry which profits wildly through the calculated screwing of its paying customers to die on the vine, would this release funds to support a universal healthcare system supported by the creation of a dominant U.S. controlled global carbon market?
If so, then this would make me have to take Obama out of my doghouse, too. Or, I' just don't know what the hell I'm talking about and I am, for some mysterious reason, feeling more generous than necessary towards the usual suspects who might – just might – in a million years --- finally see that most of us really want to clean up this place and deserve the right to healthcare and to the right to contribute to the prosperity of our local economies that has been greedily denied to so many for far too long.