"we" weren't anywhere near meaningful power. The same people who've been in charge stayed in charge. I didn't vote for Rahm. I didn't campaign for Rahm. I didn't volunteer for Rahm. I didn't contribute for Rahm.
If you think Rahm is "us" or "we" I hope for your sake you're a wealthy Democratic donor or powerful elected official.
How is forcing millions of people to buy shitty private insurance they can't afford considered "universal coverage"?
The bill does nothing to contain costs or to force the private insurers to spend our premiums on our health care. The fact that they put a lifetime ceiling on benefits means that many of the most stricken will STILL be driven into bankruptcy after being cut off by their insurers.
This bill is a bait and switch and a gimme to the insurance companies and big pharma. Nothing less, nothing more.
good feed back on my misuse of the term "fired" it's been fixed.
You should really read Smith's whole piece rather than dismissing his argument from one paragraph. Here's a bigger chunk of it to chew on:
§ 1001. Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully--
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
Doesn't the language seem like it was written with Rick Perry in mind: "falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact"? But there's even more to it than that.
Texas receives millions of dollars in crime-fighting money from the Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program of the U.S. Justice Department. To receive that money, Texas had to create the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The applying and receiving agencies, including the governor, certify that an independent, external agency exists that will investigate "negligence or misconduct substantially affecting the integrity of forensic results."
Now, read this special note attached to the Justice Department's application guidelines, because they specifically invoke U.S.C. 18.1001 cited above:
Note: In making this certification, the certifying official is certifying that these requirements are satisfied not only with respect to the applicant itself but also with respect to each entity that will receive a portion of the grant amount. Certifying officials are advised that: (1) a false statement in the certification or in the grant application that it supports may be subject to criminal prosecution, including under 18 U.S.C. § 1001, and (2) Office of Justice Programs grants, including certifications provided in connection with such grants, are subject to review by the Office of Justice Programs and/or by the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.
In other words, the United States Justice Department tells its Coverdell Grant recipients that they'd better have an independent forensics agency of the highest integrity, and they'd better not falsify, conceal, or cover up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact.
If firing three members of the commission and bringing to a screaming halt an investigation and hearing about the execution of an innocent man is not a trick to cover up material facts, nothing is
Well we'll certainly be paying the social costs and emergency medical care needs of these victims if we don't do something.
But I foresee the new GM being profitable and it would really be lame if they're off the hook for the harm they've caused.
His career is a rich vein of scandal that the republicans will mine throughout the general election season.
Running Terry as our standard bearer in a key swing state will come at a heavy cost to the Democratic brand.