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Pack Up the Tents
Author: BobR    Date: 03/26/2010 12:23:54

Pack up the tents, the circus is leaving town. After a year of craziness, hyperbole, lies, bad behavior, and grandstanding, health care reform is a done deal. Sure there will be some residual threats, from politicians, pundits, and teabagging pukes, but this one is essentially done.

The Republicans tried to derail the reconciliation bill by throwing amendments at it, but ultimately it passed out of the Senate with minor changes (for student lending), went back to the House, and the House quickly passed it. Now it awaits President Obama's signature, which is a given.

The Republicans are threatening to try to undo the new law, but I am guessing that effort will be short-lived. As President Obama said: "Go for it":
"My attitude? Go for it," Obama said, in remarks which marked the unmistakable opening shots in November's mid-term congressional election campaign in which Democratic control of Congress will be on the line.

"If they want to have that fight, we can have it because I don't believe the American people are going to put the insurance industry back in the driver's seat," Obama said in a sports arena at the University of Iowa.

That's exactly right - who in their right mind is going to want to revert to a system where a private for-profit company gets to decide if you are going to get coverage?

There are still the threats and violence from the whack-jobs, although they may be waning. Rep Eric Cantor (R-VA) had spoken out against the violence after a bullet went through the front window of his Richmond office. However, it appears that the shot wasn't deliberate:
Richmond police say the bullet that hit a window of Republican Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor's office had been randomly fired skyward.

So essentially, some idiot shot a gun into the air (likely as part of a celebration) and it fell to earth in it's natural parabolic curve and hit the window of his office. I don't think I find that any more reassuring. Remind me to stay out the neighborhood where his office is located.

Rep Weiner (D-NY) had a packet of white powder mailed to him with a note saying "drop dead". The powder was determined to be harmless (how would a teabagger get anthrax anyway?) Here's hoping that's the last of it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to take the high road in all of this by declaring that Republican lawmakers are not to blame:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said GOP lawmakers aren't provoking a recent spate of threats against lawmakers over their healthcare vote.

Pelosi echoed Democratic leaders' call for leaders in both parties to disavow threats of violence against members of Congress for their vote on healthcare. But she said Republicans weren't to blame for the threats, which have prompted Capitol Police briefings for Democratic lawmakers.

"I don't subscribe that these acts sprang from any words of my colleagues," Pelosi said during her weekly press conference on the Capitol.

"It's inappropriate for members of Congress to cheer when these sentiments were expressed in the gallery," she added, making reference to GOP lawmakers who cheered protesters against the health bill who disrupted House proceedings on Sunday. "That's different from saying they provoked it."

A fair number of Republicans are starting to come out more strongly against the threats, racism, etc., so it likely will stop. The futility of it will sink in as the anger and disappointment dissipates.

So while the sting over the loss is sharp right now, that will quickly fade as new legislation is brought up in Congress. Financial regulation is right around the corner (finally!), and that should prove interesting. The Republicans have spent the last 2 decades unraveling financial regulations, and the results were disastrous. This is something the American public wants, and the Republicans know that voting against financial reform will look worse for them than voting against health care reform. That's the next stop for the big circus, and the elephants are already on the move.

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Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 12:34:13
Morning

Comment by Scoopster on 03/26/2010 12:44:04
Goood morning & Happy Fridee!



Soooo apparently there was a bullet that broke through Rep. Eric Cantor's office. According to the cops, it struck the window at such an extreme angle that it seems to have come from a gun aimed at the sky.



In other words, the bullet probably did come from a politically motivated individual.. And I bet I know who the culprit is - it's some rootin' tootin' shootin' Tennessee Democrat who lives near Cantor's office who's shooting his gun off into the air cuz..



WE PASSED HEALTH CARE REFORM WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Comment by Raine on 03/26/2010 13:14:25
Hey Guys, Can I get a blog fill in for Monday?

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 13:29:45
Greetings, Comrades! How are we all doing in this great socialist worker's paradise today?



Well, that's what I was expecting after the bill passed. My flag didn't spontaneously turn red yesterday; I still see Stars & Stripes. Guess I've been listening to the wrong podcasts again.







<-- me studying insurance plans.

Comment by BobR on 03/26/2010 13:37:36
Quote by Scoopster:

Goood morning & Happy Fridee!



Soooo apparently there was a bullet that broke through Rep. Eric Cantor's office. According to the cops, it struck the window at such an extreme angle that it seems to have come from a gun aimed at the sky.



In other words, the bullet probably did come from a politically motivated individual.. And I bet I know who the culprit is - it's some rootin' tootin' shootin' Tennessee Democrat who lives near Cantor's office who's shooting his gun off into the air cuz..



ahem... um, yes... I wrote about it in the blog...

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 13:41:07
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Scoopster:

Goood morning & Happy Fridee!



Soooo apparently there was a bullet that broke through Rep. Eric Cantor's office. According to the cops, it struck the window at such an extreme angle that it seems to have come from a gun aimed at the sky.



In other words, the bullet probably did come from a politically motivated individual.. And I bet I know who the culprit is - it's some rootin' tootin' shootin' Tennessee Democrat who lives near Cantor's office who's shooting his gun off into the air cuz..



ahem... um, yes... I wrote about it in the blog...








Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 13:41:47
If people don't mind the pop culture stuff I don't mind writing up something for Monday

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 13:45:24
That is a VA accent - its what I like to refer to has the "aristocrat" southern accent

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 13:53:42
Every other area of the country is just a variation of the Boston accent, you know.



:ducks bricks:



Hmm, except maybe Virginia. They were actually there first, the Pilgrims just had better PR.

Comment by clintster on 03/26/2010 13:57:25
Quote by Raine:

Hey Guys, Can I get a blog fill in for Monday?










Comment by Scoopster on 03/26/2010 14:00:21
Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 14:08:50
Quote by TriSec:

Every other area of the country is just a variation of the Boston accent, you know.



:ducks bricks:



Hmm, except maybe Virginia. They were actually there first, the Pilgrims just had better PR.






Was Jamestown before the Lost COlony? I thought Roanoke was first then came Jamestown

Comment by velveeta jones on 03/26/2010 14:10:30
Hey all. I am around, a bit. We had a major death in our family - Aunt Azalea's best friend - so we are all fucked up about it. Staying low.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 14:21:16
Quote by velveeta jones:

Hey all. I am around, a bit. We had a major death in our family - Aunt Azalea's best friend - so we are all fucked up about it. Staying low.








Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 14:25:05
Oh, much before.



Roanoke...1585

Jamestowne...1607

Plymouth...1620

Saugus, MA...1629 (Yes, my hometown!)



Oh, and there's some Spanish stuff down in the Floridas, but they don't count. Weren't white people, dontcha know?







Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 14:31:34
Quote by TriSec:

Oh, much before.



Roanoke...1585

Jamestowne...1607

Plymouth...1620

Saugus, MA...1629 (Yes, my hometown!)



Oh, and there's some Spanish stuff down in the Floridas, but they don't count. Weren't white people, dontcha know?











So while the "Lost COlony" was lost don't they still have the better PR due to the mystery of it all and they have there on open air play





Gawd! I need to brush up on my history - I thought Florida wasn't settled until the late 1600's

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 14:55:53
Listening to last night's TRMS..all this 'sound and fury, signifying nothing' over the constitutionality of healthcare reform.



Ya know, the Founding Fathers were pretty smart...they seem to have written a loophole into the constitution. I believe the Supreme Court has set precedent on each of these points.



"Provide for the common defense"



"Promote the general welfare" and...



"Secure the blessings of Liberty".



It's in there.



I should let Mondo chime in about St. Augustine....but that was 1565.





And I simply must share this one. All us East-Coasters should appreciate it.



Back in 1999, we visited friends in Phoenix, Arizona. We did the usual stuff, but one day we toured the downtown "historic district". Their proudest preserved structure was the "first wood-frame house in Phoenix".....dating back to 1895.



A friend back in Saugus said it best...."So what? My mother's house is older than that."





Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 15:10:16
I totally do that when I've talking to people from out west - they hate it.

Comment by livingonli on 03/26/2010 15:17:48
Good morning everyone.



I forgot to set the DVR. Lizz was on The Early Show this morning and she will be doing her usual Friday Ed Show TV appearance. But for those of us with satellite radio, she is also filling in for Michelangelo Signorilie on his Sirius XM OutQ show from 2-6 PM.



To Velvetta and Aunt Azalea: Sorry about your loss.



Comment by livingonli on 03/26/2010 15:40:35
Where did everyone go

Comment by wickedpam on 03/26/2010 15:50:26
everyone is in and out - no worries

Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 16:07:23
Dr. Maddow is taking on Senator Brown today.



I can't open the story from work for some reason....but point your browser to www.boston.com and scroll down a bit. you'll see it.





Comment by TriSec on 03/26/2010 16:29:56
First healthcare, now this!



grumble, grunt, soft on communism!



Comment by Mondobubba on 03/26/2010 18:42:30
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http://mises.org/images4/DavidFrum.png




Separated at birth?

Comment by Scoopster on 03/26/2010 19:04:17
Oh wtf the bloggie's broken! I can't post this pic! Oh well then

Comment by clintster on 03/26/2010 19:31:20
B unce?