No One Wants to Be in Congress Anymore
Waxman retirement reflects end of era of effective Congress
It's an election year, so the GOP wants to look like they're serious about immigration reform (but they're not)
Mitch McConnell Thinks You’re Stupid
Transparency for thee, but not for me
The wingnuts are calling Obama a tyrant and worse for his "excessive" use of Executive orders. Here are the facts
It's bad news when your biggest supporter thinks it's 50/50 that you're lying
Giuliani Says 'Fifty-Fifty' Chance Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closures
DR gives his ideas on how to reform health care (part two, cont’d)
A permanent solution to this problem comes in two parts.
To begin with however, we need to understand that employee-sponsored health insurance was a very ill-conceived and bad idea. The history of employee-sponsored health insurance is available here:
The first step in eliminating abortion from the healthcare debate is relatively simple: we need to prohibit employer-sponsored health insurance. This removes an unnecessary layer of ‘middle-men’ in the system, it reduces labor costs, it evens the playing field between small businesses and large businesses resulting in better competition, and importantly it eliminates lobbying by socially conservative employers against a mandate to include abortion coverage in their sponsored healthcare plans.
The second step is to show that religious conservatives opposed to abortion are precisely identical to religious pacifists opposed to killings by the US military, and to death-penalty opponents. Pacifists are compelled to help pay for military killings, because a democratic majority of citizens of the United States approves of such killing. Death-penalty opponents are compelled to help pay for executions because a democratic majority of citizens approve of the practice (where they still do). Similarly, abortion opponents must be compelled to help pay for abortions if a democratic majority of fellow citizens approve of abortion. Religious concerns are secondary. In all three of these cases, strong religious concerns are raised by substantial numbers of people. But as citizens of a democratic republic, we forfeit the primacy of our religious concerns in exchange for citizenship. Minorities do not forfeit the right to advocate for change, but they do forfeit the right to functionally thwart the democratic will of the majority.
Many Republicans seem to require some basic remedial education in both citizenship, and truth-telling. And until a strong democratic majority insists upon a clarification of citizenship and upon a truthful economic revelation of the inefficient, crypto-socialist nature of our present healthcare system, we will remain hostage to a fundamentally unrealistic minority, and meaningful progress forward will be impossible.
Bonus item: Well, at least they haven't lost their sense of humor
Former lawyer for Christie takes helm of ethics watchdog agency
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