Thursday, April 14, 2011
1) I did a recent search for "Democratic plan to save Medicare". I couldn't find anything.......Look, folks, I agree, Mr. Ryan's new plan is exceedingly problematic. But at least the man has a plan. AND, in my opinion, the only way that we're truly going to be able to solve this health-care mess, in general, and Medicare, specifically, PERIOD, is to utilize the good ideas from both parties - in this instance, competition AND appropriate oversight. Again, I refer you all to Dr. Ezekial Emanuel's (yes, he's Rham's brother) excellent book/blueprint, "Healthcare, Guaranteed". He lays the whole thing out exceedingly well, I think.............2) Laura Ingraham was substituting for O'Reilly again. Holy shit, is she ever obnoxious. First of all, folks, the chick doesn't let anybody else talk. She knows EVERYTHING, end of discussion. I mean, just take tonight, for instance. She had this rich successful businessman on and he was arguing for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire. And he wasn't a damned flaming liberal, either. This, in that the guy was arguing just as vociferously for budget cuts. But, nope, Ms. Ingraham didn't want to hear any of it. We can totally balance the budget with spending-cuts - PERIOD!...Oh, and, yeah, Mr. Obama is always wrong. Let us not forget about that little song and dance, either. ALWAYS WRONG!!............3) Here's a good one, folks. According to OMB, the 38.5 billion dollars worth of spending cuts, it's only actually 352 million. Yeah, that's right. Much of the proposed savings actually come from rescissions (funds previously authorized but not spent) and reserve funds. And (and, yes, this is where it gets really good), if in fact you include emergency spending, the 2011 budget is actually 3.3 billion dollars BIGGER than the 2010 budget. Youza, does it ever suck to be a politician these days, huh?............4) Not that these rescissions and reserve funds wouldn't have eventually been spent, mind you. But, still, the courage - WHERE?