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How Washington is Screwing Up Health Care Reform – and Why It May Take a Revolt to Fix It

Posted by smeddum on September 8, 2009

Sick and Wrong

How Washington is Screwing Up Health Care Reform – and Why It May Take a Revolt to Fix It

By Matt Taibbi

September 07, 2009

Rolling Stone

— Let’s start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world. It’s become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment – a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and illogical that even our darkest criminal minds wouldn’t be equal to dreaming it up on purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barack Obama to Cindy Sheehan: Get Lost

Posted by smeddum on September 4, 2009

Barack Obama to Cindy Sheehan: Get Lost
At Obama’s Summer Place with Cindy – “Leadership” of Peace Movement, MIA

by John V. Walsh, September 04, 2009

Antiwar.com

I spent but a short time with Cindy Sheehan as she carried her antiwar protest from an earlier time at Crawford, TX, to Martha’s Vineyard, vacation spot for Obama and many other Democrat Party elite. As Cindy remarked, the real story was not that she was protesting Obama’s wars but that the “leadership” of the peace movement did not support her protest. When the target was Bush in Crawford, she was all the rage with antiwar celebrities, but not so now that the target is Barack Obama. While there is considerable enthusiasm for her anti-Obama protest on the part of the rank and file in the anti-war movement, a refusal of its “leaders” to notify their members far and wide, high and low, crippled the action. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bush’s Third term ?

Posted by smeddum on September 3, 2009

September 01, 2009 3:58 pm

TomDispatch

Tomgram: David Swanson, The More Things Change

A presidential candidate opposed to the Iraq War is elected and enters the Oval Office. Yet six months later, there are still essentially the same number of troops in Iraq as were there when his predecessor left, the same number, in fact, used in the original invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Moreover, the new president remains on the “withdrawal” schedule the previous administration laid out for him with the same caveats being issued about whether it can even be met. Read the rest of this entry »

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Debt Revolt? Tax Strike? There are a Lot of Angry People Out There

Posted by smeddum on August 28, 2009

August 19, 2009

Counterpunch

By MARSHALL AUERBACK

No more free passes. A number of the President’s supporters who expressed concerns about the pro-Wall Street tilt of his early administration decisions were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt so long as he came through on health care. President Barack Obama’s statement over the weekend that the public option for insurance coverage was “just a sliver” of the overall proposal, and the suggestion by Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, that a direct government role in a system intended to provide virtually universal coverage was “not the essential element”, appear to provide conclusive evidence of this administration’s capitulation to corporate interests. The “change you can believe in” President increasingly looks more like a Manchurian candidate of the right. Read the rest of this entry »

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