Archive for August, 2009

Republicans Are Set on Digging a Hole for Themselves or Us

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

I shouldn’t be surprised by the response of the Republican policymakers after the 2008 presidential election, but I am. I’m surprised and shocked because they are playing politics at a time when this country can’t afford it.

And the reason why we can’t is mainly because of them.

People Don’t Trust the Government, That’s Why the Town Hall Meetings Are Out of Hand

Sunday on “Meet the Press” Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said the reason why the town hall meetings have been plagued with violence and angry, fearful protesters is because people don’t trust the government. That is the root cause he says, saying that “an uncontrollable federal government that’s spending 50% of what we’re making this year and borrowing from the next generation.”

This coming from a person in the party that ran our country’s deficits up to record heights, borrowed heavily from China to pay for two wars, advances in Medicare and more without ever figuring out how they were going to pay for it first.

Not to mention that they were responsible for the irresponsible de-regulating of industries like lending which ultimately led to our economic collapse. Where were the Republicans then to warn of uncontrollable government and borrowing from our next generation.

Why do you think some people don’t trust or have confidence in the government right now? Is it because that’s the message that Republican politicians themselves and their media minions Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are purposely putting out to the people with the intent to mislead them and coerce their opinion?

The point that I’m getting to and the answer to the question Sen. Coburn, is that people are getting out of hand at these town hall meetings because of Republican politicians and ring wing media.

Republicans Have Already Forgotten Their Own Response to War Protesters

During these disruptive health care town halls the Republicans have constantly touted the protests, their organizers and their participators as being American – they are trying to have their voices heard, they are asking tough questions that they have the right to ask.

Organized protests are fine, but some politicians are trying to excuse the protesters suggesting and acting upon violence, disrupting town hall meetings in which other citizens can not receive the information they came their to get, or to speak their own piece so they can have the same opportunity to have their own voice heard.

It is completely un-American to try to stifle political discussion and debate over policy that is going to affect the entire country. Some of these protesters need to turn their Communism posters around to themselves.

That’s why the Republican hypocrisy is so unbearable if you look back to their response to the war protesters. People using the same right to protest as the liberty loving Tea Baggers were called:

un-American

un-Patriotic

So what the Republicans are saying is, whenever ring winger supporters want to protest (even if using threats of violence and misinformation) then that’s apple pie American greatness of democracy in action and any body who wants to say other wise is a Communist. But if left wing supporters do it then they’re terrorists who hate this country and want to divide and destroy it.

Just the fact that many war protesters were armed with actual facts unlike many of today’s health care reform protesters makes the Republican flip-flop on the issue pretty revolting.

Our Right to Protest is Being Abused for the Gain of Others

Special interest groups are using the right to protest as a tactic for manipulating the legal system and bully its lawmakers. They’ve done it before and they’re doing it now. The real issue is that they are doing so with inaccurate, misleading information that is in no way based on truth to try and ensure that the status quo (and their profits) are maintained.

To me as an American citizen this attempt to derail health care reform is a crime against humanity. It is an attempt to suppress measures that would increase the quality of life for millions Americans which is not only wrong, its unconstitutional.

And any Republican who thinks that derailing health care reform will help them and their party in the 2010 elections should be ashamed of themselves to recognize that they don’t belong in the office of a public servant.

Hopefully their constituents will be appalled enough not to vote for them.

The Republican Outlook for America Is Not Good Unless its Wrong, How is That Positive?

The message that has been put out by the Republican party and their base since shortly after Obama took office has been one of pessimism and doubt.

They said the stimulus package was going to be a huge waste and expressed their lack of confidence in it doing anything to help us pull out of the deep recession. That is was going to be nothing but a financial burden on the American people. They said the same thing about bailing out the auto industry and banking industry.

Most Republicans did little to help add to the stimulus bill or help it through Congress, instead opting to sit back and predict its failure. This means they are either wrong or we all are going to suffer the consequences. How can Republicans rationalize either scenario being good for them unless they don’t mind seeing Americans carry financial burden just to watch Democrats fail?

Instead of offering solutions and really rolling up their sleeves and putting their thinking caps on they are being lame ducks hoping that the Democrats fail at what they’re doing.

They’re being Debbie Downers at a time when we need people of positive action. Because what the American people really need to think about it that the scenarios being offer up by most Republicans is that either they are wrong or the future is hell.

I think I’ll choose the Democratic scenario of lets take action and learn from history to progress forward and start building a stronger America for everyone.

Why is $210 Billion Wasted by Health Insurers Every Year?

Posted in 1 with tags , , on August 13, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

So, each year here in the U.S. we spend $2.2 TRILLION dollars on health care costs. And guess what, $1.2 TRILLION of that is basically just a waste of your money.  That’s right the increases in health care that are raising your premiums can be avoided in many instances.

But that’s not all. The health insurers are directly responsible for one of the most wasteful problems.

Health Insurers + Doctors + Claims Forms = Your Money Wasted

The PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute just released a new report on health care costs that outlines where health care money is being wasted.

You may or may not be surprised to realize that health insurance companies are the catalysts for the second most wasteful area of health care spending.

It seems that doctors have a difficult time getting paid by health insurance companies as well as getting approval for high priced procedures. Pair that with the fact that all the insurance companies use different forms that could be standardized and automated (but they aren’t) and you have a situation where doctors have to spend way more time and money handling the paperwork than they need to.

Guess who pays for it? We do, because doctors in turn have to raise their fees to cover the time and money spent on all the claims forms.

Anyone who thinks that we don’t need health care reform or that reform won’t help make health care more affordable, take a look at that number again.

$210 Billion Dollars are wasted every year because health insurance companies have an inadequate claims form process. $210 billion dollars a year.

Feel free to learn more about where the $1.2 Trillion in health care is wasted every year.

Tea Baggers: America’s New Terrorist Organization

Posted in 1 with tags , , , on August 7, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

The title is extreme, but so are these groups (I’ll refrain from referring to them as mobs as much as possible) whose main objective seems to be disruption, not progress. I’m a fierce proponent of free speech, but I’m a harsh critic of fear mongering and misinformation that leads to violence.

And that is exactly what these Tea Baggers are doing.

Who Are the Tea Baggers?

The Tea bagger groups were called to action by Fox News to conduct protests in 500 cities across the nation on April 15th. (Fox denied these claims but anyone with an internet connection can verify that they did promote the tea bag parties. And then lied about their connection to the tea parties when they caught flack from it.)

What were they protesting? In reality it was a protest against John McCain not winning the 2008 presidential election. Why do I say that? Because Tea Baggers said they were protesting against 2 things:

a.) Increased taxes. – This is just unfounded. The tea baggers, like the rest of us, haven’t seen any increases in their taxes from the year before. Also taxes are lower now than they were in 2000-2007.

b.) Their other reason for ‘tea bagging’ was to protest against how their tax money was being ‘wasted’ on the stimulus. Their protests came when the stimulus money hadn’t even went into effect yet to know if it was a waste or not.

Just yesterday new economic reports showed again that the stimulus is working to stabilize the economy, and July was the first month in the past 15 months in which the unemployment rate went down, not up.

That’s right I said 15 months – the onslaught of job losses began before Obama took office, though tea baggers and birthers will likely overlook that fact.

Don’t let them fool you with their right to protest spiels. The tactics that Tea baggers are using isn’t seemingly focused on creating progress, discussion or debate founded on truths.

The goal of the Teabaggers appears to be silencing the discussion so that ideas aren’t even put on the table. And when the discussion is about health care reform they are putting us all at risk.

They are shouting over the rest of us in town hall meetings so that our voices aren’t heard and no real headway is made to improve our conditions in this country.

If you think this renewed surge in right wing protestors over health care reform is not political you are greatly mistaken.

Memos were circulated instruction the Teabaggers to shout, disrupt, get in the front row and yell at the speakers at town hall meetings. There’s evidence that some of these Teabaggers are being bused in from outside their voting districts to cause a stir. Some are also being reportedly paid to do so.

They are shitting on our right to protest and abusing the system. Yes, there is reason for concern in these trying uncertain times and we should be asking our leaders tough questions, but the Teabagger tactics are not productive.

The right wind extremists are disruptive which is their intention. However, as their battle becomes more up hill their tactics are getting more extreme. For some this triggers acts of violence that can be considered terrorism.

Right Wing Extremism Is a Real Threat – Homeland Security Report

Unfortunately, the grim prospects laid out in a recent Homeland Security Report are coming to reality. This April 7, 2009 report was created as:

“one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.”

Here are the findings in a nutshell:

Right wing extremist are playing off of people’s fears over the current economic situation and election of the first African American president to recruit others to their cause.

They didn’t find evidence of organized groups plotting violence. However, they did find that the environment being created by right wing extremism is ripe for it, especially the potential for individuals or small cells to carry out violence similar to what the US experienced from these same groups in the first part of the 1990’s.

It states:

“the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition to the historic election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for right wing extremist recruitment and radicalization.”

Sadly, since they released the report we are seeing disturbing trends that prove the report to be quite accurate.

Dr. Tiller Shooting

Oddly enough we often see violent acts from right wing extremist surrounding the issue of abortion. The irony here is they say they respect life and that’s why they’re against abortion. So how could anti-abortion supporter Scott Roeder gun a person down then, in a church no less? To me this is truly horrific. What does that say about THE ABORTION PROTESTOR who came to the ABORTION DOCTOR’S CHURCH and under the eyes of God in his house gunned down the doctor so he couldn’t perform anymore abortions.

Roeder could have considered smashing the doctor’s hands, cutting them off, burning down his clinic – all those options would have also stopped him from performing operations.

What was really behind the motivation to kill? To take it to that extreme.

Holocaust Museum Shooting

On June 10th, 2009 white supremacist James Von Brunn wrote a letter explaining his motives, carried a gun up to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, then shot and killed museum security guard Stephen T. Johns.

The Homeland Security Department and FBI assessed that the shooting didn’t appear to have a connection to terrorism, though Joseph Persichini Jr., the assistant director of the Washington FBI field office, characterized it as “domestic terrorism.”

BTW Von Brunn was 88 years old.

George Sodini Slayings

Just days ago, George Sodini walked into a women’s aerobics class, turned off the lights and opened fire killing 3 women before himself. It’s been reported that blog posts and diary entries made by Sodini clearly suggest he agrees with right wing extremism, is racist, and hated women – his issues with them being mostly sexual in nature.

It appears Sodini became focused on carrying out his “plan” towards the end of the 2008 presidential election when it seemed certain Obama, or The Black Man as Sodini referred to him, was going to win. Since that time he became more and more wrapped up in the tribulations of the “Obama economy” and his failures with women which ultimately led to the shootings.

Unlike outside terrorist groups, the Teabaggers and right-wing extremist are creating anarchy from within. This is exactly what terrorist groups want to see. External terrorist organizations like Al qaeda act as an outside force that unites citizens against a threat to all – which is what happened for a short while after 9/11. However the real danger of right wing extremists and internal terrorist groups is that they can divide the country, thus weakening us as a whole.

Right wing extremist are doing the terrorists’ work for them.

Glenn Beck is a Bigot – Here’s Why

Posted in 1 with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

Glenn Beck has stirred up a lot of controversy this week (which no doubt was intentionally done for a boost in the ratings) when he called Obama a racist. Without expanding on the accusation beyond that he made a dumb comment regarding the police in the Gates case and that he’s appointed non-whites to White House positions. You know what, let’s turn a sharp eye on Mr. Beck and give him a taste of his own loose-lipped medicine.

Here’s why I think you’re a bigot who’s just using the media to further your own agenda Glenn Beck – and unlike your observations I’m going to provide evidence to back it up.

First, What is a Bigot?

Wikipedia defines a bigot as:

“a person who is obstinately and irrationally, often intolerantly, devoted to his or her own religion, political party, organization, belief, or opinion, especially one who regards or treats those of differing devotion with hatred and intolerance.”

We’re off to a good start for my argument.

Exhibit A: Beck’s ‘Obama’s a Racist’ Remarks

The infamous interview alone pegs Beck as a bigot.

His reasoning that Obama’s a racist because he’s appointed African Americans and Hispanics to White house positions is in and of itself irrational for his argument. Because according to Beck every white president before Obama is obviously racist due to the fact that they appointed alarmingly more white people than non-whites.

If we really wanted to pick apart the racial views of the people that surrounded President Bush and the Republican party in general, Beck would look like the fool he is for even bringing this point up.

He also out right says he’s tired of having to be politically correct all the time (which he’s not). But the comment was obviously made in regard to issue of racism. Being politically correct means not saying racist things, Glenn. So does your comment mean you’d rather be openly racist than have to put up a politically correct front?

Exhibit B: Talk About Hatred

Glenn Beck, no matter how he touts himself as a Christian and working for all that is right in Christianity, doesn’t seem to grasp the fundamental  beliefs of the religion. He once spoke about strangling Micheal Moore to death on air. His anti-government rants ere so passionate Beck ended up on the Department of Homeland Security Right Wing Extremism Report.

The report stated that this same kind of extremist sentiment in the early 1990’s contributed to the Oklahoma City bombing. Beck didn’t back off on the issue, even after the report was released, until Dr. Tiller was shot dead in a church by an anti-abortion extremist and a white supremacist went on a rampage at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Up until that point he fanned the flames of hatred rather efficiently.

Exhibit C: Obstinately Supported the War of Iraq

I’m going to make myself really clear here. I fully support the troops of this country. I grew up a military kid with a father who is a 3 time war veteran, including the War of Iraq. I know first hand the sacrifices that are made by soldiers and their families. I also supported that the war removed a dictator and helped Iraqi women gain more freedom.

However, I do not support our reasoning for going to war, a president who lied to his country, or how that war was handled after the initial attack. I believe that when looking at the entire picture we put our military focus in the wrong place and in the end put our country at much more risk.

Being the bigot that he is, Beck obstinately has stated that he supports the War of Iraq so whole heartily he would never question the cause. Though I don’t agree with Cindy Sheehan entirely, I really don’t agree with Beck who called her “a pretty big prostitute” for being one to question the cause and use her freedom of speech to do so.

Final Remark: I could do this all day long even though I think it causes my brain to rot a little. But I’m so tired of bigots like Beck using their position in the media to pump crap into mailable American minds that I had to call him out on it. What this country needs is for more bigots to be uprooted and have their mics taken away.