Gruber's opinion that laws which transparently address issues as complex as health care would have no chance of passage is quite true in today's political world.
Smoke and mirrors have become a vital part of the legislative process in America - and Mr. Gruber's poorly chosen words have done nothing but grease the gears of the right wing think tanks which are whirring furiously to turn out more propaganda in opposition to the ACA.
How do you think we got up to our necks in Middle East sausage making? Smoke and mirror politics (and Bush/Cheney's blatant lies). How did the big bank executives got off with no jail time after crippling our economy? Smoke and mirror politics (and Geitner/Holder patronizing). How have the inhumane, xenophobic, do-nothing Republicans made national policy on immigration a major issue when they have presented NO policy of their own? Smoke and mirror politics. How has the Keystone Pipeline been promoted as being needed for American energy independence when Canada intends to export the refined oil to China et al? Smoke and mirror politics. How is it possible that just last Tuesday the Senate failed to gather enough votes to put the brakes on the NSA's out-of-control spying on Americans by collecting phone records of millions of people not suspected of any crime? Smoke and mirror politics. Why has scarcely one word been spoken of the 40 kilos of cocaine that was found on a boat owned by Mitch McConnell's in-laws who have been among his greatest benefactors? Smoke and mirror politics.
And there will be so much smoke and so many mirrors after the new Congress comes to Washington that Americans will not be able to find their arse with both hands.
Elizabeth Warren is a candle of truth in the dungeon of predatory capitalism - may her flame increase.
... and for all you god-bothering, knuckle-dragging, propagandized humps who voted for brainless demagogues yelling "send me to Washington and I'll repeal Obamacare" - when the line on the chart goes down, that's a GOOOOOD thing. It shows we are taking timid steps to drag America out of the predatory capitalist-driven health care dark ages toward a humane and more egalitarian system.
Getting rid of the big pharma and 'health insurance' cartels and the greedheads whose lavish lifestyles are propped up by them to arrive at single-payer, socialized medicine should be a national priority but you can count on those millionaires in Congress and their lobbyist benefactors to fight it every step of the way..
Be sure it's Grade A, Extra Large.
Timbo, in his usual haughty arrogance in response to my 2:56 post, said: "librul..wow..that was absolutely nonsensical. You need treatment." Au contraire, my poor Limbaughtomized lesser. The meeting happened and it WAS on the night of the President's inauguration. Now, go suck your egg.
From "The Daily Beast", Rob Tomasky, 6/15/2012
"I've been reading Robert Draper's Do No Ask What Good We Do, about the new GOP House, and it opens with a very interesting anecdote. On the night of Obama's inauguration, Draper writes, about 15 GOP legislators from both houses--along with Newt Gingrich, journalist Fred Barnes, and pollster Frank Luntz, who arranged the evening--got together at a Washington restaurant.
They were not necessarily the party's official leaders, but they were the emotional leaders of the new breed--Jim DeMint, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy--which is to say, the cohort to whom many others were looking for leadership; indeed, if you know anything about Mitch McConnell, to whom the leadership was looking for leadership. They talked for four hours about what their posture should be.
They agreed that night: oppose everything in complete unity. Show, Draper writes, "united and unyielding opposition to the president's economic policies."
So, before President Obama had proposed a single idea, the Republicans had already decided that they would oppose everything he did. Didn't matter what it was."
There you have it. The worst part of it all is the Americans have bled and died so that chickenshytes like the current crop of irrational rethugs can presume to 'govern' America. Shame. Shame.
Hoo boy, a million and a half for a 'representative' that's not worth a plug nickel.
"Conservatives want to fight in the open..."
ROTFFLMAO - It was the Rethug leadership that met in secret to plot the subversion of democracy at the same time the throngs of soon-to-be screwed over Americans applauded the inauguration of the President. We will not forget that. Go suck an egg.
Better call all the troops home from all those useless wars of choice 'cus the wonks in Washington and elsewhere are going to need them for personal protection once the Rethug overreach becomes clear to the rank and file. Stick your 'love' up your arse.
And thank goodness the Rethugs were turned back, since the House of ill-repute, er, 'Representatives' was and is still populated by reactionary simpletons bent on serving only the 1%. Now with a simpleton majority in the Senate, the American people will have a front row seat to the destruction of their government and the eagerly awaited addition of several zeroes to the back balances of their plutocratic overlords. Remember, all those times when McConnell and Boehner grabbed the microphone to preach about what "the American people" wanted, they were talking about their puppeteers, not "the people".