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Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News (and another thing)

“Hold me accountable for the debacle I’m responsible.”

 

Words from a Fox (pronounced Faux) news story titled: “Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices.” Only Faux News would headline a story in which Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is quoted as saying “Hold me accountable” with the title “Sebelius deflects”

Gota love a news organization which was for the eight years of the Bush Administration, the equivalent of the cold war’s Pravda. And those words: “Hold me accountable for the debacle, I’m responsible” are words you would never hear from one of the Soviets. Nor are they words that you would hear from Dick-5-deferments-Cheney after he assured Americans that “We will be greeted as liberators,” in Iraq or providing the atmosphere for the Scooter Libby affair. And liberals must always remember that this is the dividing line between them and conservatives. Conservatives, not unlike true sociopaths, never have anything for which they are sorry because they are always right. Just look at Condeleeza–smoking-gun-mushroom-cloud Rice. You see, at heart, conservatives are neo-feudalists and express the proclivity to advocate a kind of executive sovereignty, an imperial presidency. Former VP Cheney was so brazenly imperialistic that he at one point stated that

the office of the Vice President was not an “entity within the executive branch” (see ThinkProgress article)

No Tea Party rallies to get “their” country back were held by those great interpreters of the constitution, those who call themselves Tea Partiers. There were no complaints of constitutional overreach or extra-constitutional posturing in response to Cheney from the CONservative Teabaggers because the people they liked were in power. The personalities, the men they preferred were in control. There were no Whitewater investigations culminating in Lewinsky probes. No, you didn’t see these things because RepubliCons are hypocrites and bullies, control-freaks with superiority complexes.

You hear this superiority, this proclivity for tyranny, the neo-feudal strain in

Nixon’s “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

You see CONservatives believe in an Imperial Presidency, except of course when they are out of power in which case you have them running around talking about how the other side is doing things that are unconstitutional, like the Tea Party types who are really supporters of a kind of class system in America, a class system in which Republicans or conservatives rule and its perfectly ok for the ruling class to write laws which allow them to hide money off-shore in the Cayman Island and not pay taxes at the rate of bus drivers or teachers. In essence they are declaring their superiority in constitutional interpretation in things like the Affordable Care Act and whether corporations are people among other things. Liberals, Progressives must never, ever cede that ground to them because to do so is to accept a role as their loyal subjects. When Liberals hear a RepubliCon used the terms constitutional government, original intent, or states’ rights, they should immediately remember the activist Supreme Court’s involvement in the 2000 Presidential Election and Dick Cheney and think control freaks and bullies and that they (conservatives) believe when it’s their guy, “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

So when people like Lamar Alexander, many of whom were spending huge chunks of state money saying that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, when people like Senator Alexander, RepubliCon of Tennessee, declare:

“Mr. President, at some point there has to be accountability. Expecting this secretary to be able to fix what she hasn’t been able to fix during the last three-and-a-half years is unrealistic,”

Remember they were not calling for resignations to fix the problems related to the roll-out of Medicare Part D, just as they were silent about the Bush administration’s incompetence, (in the months after the conservative activists Supreme Court halted the counting in Florida), in the Bush Administration’s handling of the Bin Laden PDB. No, they were very silent about those things.

When you hear the now curiously Obamacare loving Lamar Alexander say,

“It’s throwing good money after bad. It’s time for her [Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius] to resign — someone else to take charge” 

You would be right to think, competence, competence, are the RepubliCons concerned with competence and resignations after their silence following Bora, Bora and the Curveball-inspired run into Iraq? And Mr. and Mrs. Fiscally Conservative Republican, didn’t we borrow to pay for that war (including all the no-bid contracts) and exactly when did we pay for it? Where were the Taxed-Enough-Already rallies against spending money that don’t have and forcing increases in borrowing (the debt) or taxes?

You must marvel at the RepubliCons’ blatant disingenuousness. You must remember this request for a resignation is coming from someone whose party voted 46 times or more to repeal the very thing he now what, wants to see work properly? You must remember that they (Teabaggers) never said anything about resigning when their representatives used the continuing resolution to fund the government to force a government shutdown costing the country $24 billion in GDP. Thanks fiscal conservatives! You CONservatives are so concerned about the debt and the deficit, right? What’s $24 billion dollars anyway? What’s a little lost revenue in a place like say, Tea Party Senator’s Mike “laughing stock” Lee’s Utah? Only CONservatives would still be selling a faux concern for deficits and debts after costing this much GDP and wasting time and money by passing bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead passing the President’s infrastructure bills. Could you imagine what it would have been like to have this crowd around when the country was contemplating the TVA? And only masochists would still be voting for Teabaggers like Mike Lee who are perfectly willing to give them (their self-flagellating constituents) as much of a beating as they want. What’s it costing him? I mean Mike “don’t-trend-on-me” Lee was still making his $174,000 a year when many Utahans were wondering how they were going to pay their mortgages, their car notes and yes, kept their health insurance in force. No need to wonder who that rattle snake on that Gadsden flag was striking during the RepubliCon orchestrated shutdown.

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

To the American people

“You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems”

Those were the remorseful words from our President for not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, right?

No, I don’t remember the President saying that. No, forgive me. Those were the words of Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius about computer glitches that have frustrated many Americans as they show their interest in affordable healthcare. What if, in this instance, in responding to the opponents of healthcare reform, the progressive part of the country did as Mitt Romney suggested in the title to his book and remembered No Apology is necessary when you’re doing the right thing. Conservatives held to this principle and didn’t apologize, even when what they did was the wrong thing like suggesting that Saddam and Bin Laden were somehow aligned and Saddam had WMD that he could give to terrorists. Not only didn’t the Bush administration apologize for misleading the country into an unnecessary war, none of the RepubliCons, who have attempted to block implementation of Obamacare at every turn and now are complaining that Americans don’t have access to the very thing to which they don’t want them to have access, none of these Crypto-fascists demanded any resignations related to the great, as Thomas Ricks described it, Fiasco, the Iraq War.

What, however, is ingenious is the RepubliCons’ ability to make a charge, as in the case of Shirley Sherrod, or a demand, like the individual mandate, and watch liberals, apparently acting out of some self-imagined superiority, go into overdrive to prove how compromising and pure, they are by forcing resignations or implementing proposals. Sometimes a little Bush-Cheney cowboy attitude may be good. It seems to be the only thing Teabaggers can recognize as American. Perhaps Liberals should meet them, the conservative, Teabagger fringe, half-way and speak a little of their lingo say to the RepubliCons: Sebelius ain’t going nowhere and we’re going to mend not end it, the Affordable Care Act.

And when you hear things like

“Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said. “You’re taking away their choice.” 

Perhaps you should respond: Yes, Rep. Marsha “Michelle-Bachman-southern-edition” Blackburn, some people may like to drive vehicles that are “Unsafe at any speed” but that doesn’t mean that the government should encourage their production or use by giving anti-trust protection to their manufacturers.

Tell those Cyrpto-Fascists who’ve done everything within their power to protect the insurance equivalent of slum lords that America, via the Affordable Care Act, is getting rid of all that condemned property, junk insurance; we’re moving our people away from pre-existing condition barriers and lifetime caps and doughnut holes. And we need to remove the health insurance anti-trust exemption.

In the process of calling for Secretary Sebelius’ resignation comes “It’s throwing good money after bad. It’s time for her to resign — someone else to take charge,” from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., top Republican on the Senate health panel. Funny, but I never heard him or the other Crypto-Fascists call for resignation after the American people were told that the Iraq war would pay for itself or that we would be greeted as liberators or the Iraq or Afghanistan wars weren’t included in the budget by these all-of-sudden-concerned-with-the-debt-no-bid-contract-giving Crypto-Fascists. Similarly there was no hue and cry when members of his party orchestrated a government shutdown that costs $24 billion in GDP. No, keeping Teabaggers in office is not, in Senator Alexander’s words, “throwing good money after bad.”

Yes, Secretary Sebelius, Americans do deserve better. So, please stay on the job. The Mississippi Yokohama employees deserve healthcare access as good as the Yokohama employees in Japan and the Affordable Care Act is a move in that direction with true out-in-the-open standards. Yes I said Japan, that country where southern governors go to get jobs for their citizens. Japan, where the average Japanese visits a doctor about 14.5 times per year-three times as often as the U.S. average, there is universal coverage, and they spend about 8% of GDP on healthcare, about half as much as the United States and they have a personal mandate with heavy government(Ministry of Health and Welfare) involvement in pricing.* Fortunately, we are taking steps to bend the costs curve because our government is no longer asleep at the wheel. Fortunately we are not yielding to those who did nothing when they had the chance, when they controlled both houses of congress and the presidency to reform healthcare in America. So, no, Dr. Ben “maybe-I-am-the-one-who-needs-brain-surgery” Carson, we are not going to some health savings account where someone can run out of money in the middle of treatment, you neo-feudalist-Heritage-Fund-Koch-Brother-flunky you who calls Obamacare which forces standards on insurance companies,slavery.

The crying over the cancellation of junk plans is reminiscent of domestic abuse cases. If a spouse is deserted by an abuser (like insurance companies changing substandard plans that could have been grandfathered and sending cancellation notices to customers) sometimes the spouse may not realize that that desertion probably just saved their life.

* “The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid.

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

Solyndra, a diversion by any other name would not be as sweet.

There it was again. A Republican, this time Marco Rubio in the Republican response to the President’s 2013 State of the Union Address, was using Solyndra as a reason to pull back from clean energy investment, sweet music to the Heritage-government-is-the-problem crowd.

“Instead of wasting more taxpayer money on so-called “clean energy” companies like Solyndra, let’s open up more federal lands for safe and responsible exploration,” comes the Rubio sugary-soaked gruel.
What makes this appeal so dangerous is that it echoes the ignorance of a base which believes, after years of saccharine-sounding sedation, that free markets actually exist, a base which thinks that the reason that Solyndra failed was that it was a terrible company and that governments shouldn’t and don’t favor and aid industries in their bid to be successful. What Rubio won’t say to his base because his well-heeled donors won’t allow it is ““the Chinese government poured $33 billion into its solar industry in 2010, allowing Chinese companies to produce solar panels at a fraction of the cost that American companies like Solyndra were paying.” That’s what the oil and gas industry doesn’t want the Fox viewers to know.

“As part of the conspiracy to monopolize the solar market and as part of the Export Plan, the China Development Bank, the Bank of China, and the Export-Import Bank of China loaned defendants over $17 billion at below-market rates,” according to the suit. “Through a scheme known as “extend and pretend” the co-conspirator banks roll over loans from year to year, rather than requiring payment when the loans are due. Suntech, which has nearly $1.6 billion in loans due this year, has banked on the ‘extend and pretend’ scheme, intending to roll over most of its loans until (at least) 2013.”

But the Republican base cheers every mention of Solyndra seeing it as an attack on the Obama Administration, never realizing that China is engaged in a real honest-to-goodness trade war with their country (America) and this honey-coated dung pile leaves the American taxpayer less able to afford the medical and educational infrastructure it needs to thrive and aides and abets the demise of the American middle class which allows comfortable-cat-bird-seat conservatives to cast many more American’s, who don’t have the ability to stash cash and profits offshore, as 47% er’s while concentrating wealth in the hands of those most connected with fossil fuels by diminishing alternative energy’s appeal and viability. The Chinese sympathizers (those who selectively see and complain about and attack the American government’s involvement in markets conveniently ignoring the same by the Chinese) those sympathizers who benefit most as they amass wealth, some while capping wells for which they held leases that didn’t bring sufficient “profit,” must think everytime the product of Heritage-Cato-Koch-brothers propaganda, some misguided, middle-class conservative or poor conservative even in places like Mississippi, utters the name Solyndra, they must think “how sweet it is” to have so many “conservatives” naively preserving our putrid, perfumed poop pyramid, smothered in un-needed subsidies stacked on booby-traps of Deep-Water-Horizon-Exxon-Valdez-Colonial-Pipeline(Greensboro North Carolina)-sized externalities. And they’ve convinced the public that green energy technology is too expensive all the while gushing concern about debt left to our children. Yeah, that’s the ticket!!!

We could have bought what?

The next time RepubliCons say we can’t afford “entitlements” our answer should be oh, yes we can!

If we can spend four trillion on military miss-adventures (see Iraq war) and essentially be the world’s police force, then certainly we can take care of our unemployed, poor, and elderly and educate our own people, I’m talking GI-bilL type higher-education and vo-tech funding for the general public here. And the next time RepubliCons tell you “we” can’t afford to do these things tell them “we’re” not broke because “we” have too much untaxed offshore money for which corporations are unjustifiably seeking tax amnesty. And we need to change or industrial policies so that they favor home-based production and work. It makes no sense to give any advantage to off-shoring and outsourcing as it is depleting “our” accessible resource base and degrading “our” ability to contribute to the programs we love at home while giving big corporations the ability to evade contributions to those same programs including education and retirement funding. The RepubliCons are religiously committed to their god (the supposedly “free-market” with its invisible hand) and the granting of amnesty to unproductive capital, the production and accumulation of which was made possible by American protections and laws, while denying it to undocumented workers who have made life better and cheaper for Americans here in America. How’s that for patriotism from the RepubliCons, who don’t believe in evolution but love social-Darwinism.