You know when you step in a pile of manure you just have to call it what it is…….
From the AP wire:
President Barack Obama is hailing a Senate vote to propel health care legislation toward final passage, calling it a “big victory for the American people.”By the thinnest possible margin, all 58 Democrats and the Senate’s two independents held together early Monday in a crucial test vote against unanimous Republican opposition. The move overcame a procedural effort that could have scuttled a final vote on the massive bill.
Obama said the Senate showed it could stand up to special interests and move the nation closer to a health insurance overhaul for families.
Please read it again……and think about what you have just read……(pause for reflection)…….
Do you recall the days after he won the election? It was all abvout how the American people voted for change and how the American people voted for a new way of doing things in Washington….Remember?……
Partisanship is more entrenched than it ever was……..and look at the vote on health care….NOT ONE Repub voted for the Senate health reform bill….even though when read reads like a page out of a GOP playbook……and then Obama calls it a BIG win for the American people……where?…..yes 30 million more will have coverage….the problem is it is a forced coverage with a fine if it is not bought…the insurance companies got 30 million new customers without having to do anything but promise to eliminate the existing condition thing….which means that if you have an existing condition you will be able to buy insurance but it will cost several times more….
And then he goes on to say that it shows that we can stand up to special interests and win…really…if that is so damn true why did insurance stocks hit a 52 week high on the news of the vote? Answer that one……
This is NOT a final bill but it is pretty much what the final version will look like….I would bet……
Everybody for the last week has been watching Denmark and the issues coming out on climate change conference…….many leaders and lots of protesters have descended onto the capital…….even Obam has returned to the scene of one of his biggest screw ups…..the Olympics…….and what did he get this time?
Not much……it has been called a limp penis of a deal……
The agreement between the US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa is limited to lip service to the goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. It reportedly drops any reference to a 2010 deadline for a legally binding climate accord, which had been the centerpiece of earlier drafts, in favor of a pledge to continue discussions when the conference reconvenes in Mexico City next year, and to make progress by 2016.
While a draft communique reportedly proposes several numerical goals, such as an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050, compared to a baseline of 1990, these are merely aspirational, with no actual targets for specific countries or groups of countries, and no concrete mechanisms for either verification or enforcement. The target of limiting the rise in world temperatures to 2 degrees Centigrade has been widely condemned by environmental activists and scientists, because it means the effective desertification of much of Africa. Even this “limit” is expressed only as a wish, an acknowledgment of the scientific consensus, and not translated into specific policies to achieve that goal.
Okay, I watched……what did these people accomplish? Yet another waste of time chasing some Quixotic tilting of windmills………and they will do it all again and again….and the result will be the same…..wasted days and wasted nights……and the song remains the same……
We keep hearing the BS that the only way to get the jobs back in the good old US of A is with education…..do you believe this snow job? The bad news, people is that the jobs that have gone overseas are NOT coming back! It is that simple……
With that said…..the pundits that speak in the media about the necessity for education if the country is to remain in the 21st century is a need that we can meet and in doing so the country will regain its place as a world leading in industry…..
May I please see a show of hands of those out there that believe this? (pause here for the vote)…..yes….I doubt the validity of such statements…not that the US cannot do it but rather that they, meaning those in governance, do not want it to be so….why?…if education is the absolute key, then why is it not an important part of the so called recovery?
A Public Agenda report, entitled “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them,” notes that only about 20 percent of US students who start a two-year college program finish within three years, and only about forty percent of those who start at a four-year university finish within six years.
To explain its results, the study notes that the price of a college diploma has more than quadrupled in the past 25 years, while the median family income has increased only 150 percent during that time.
Only 10 percent of students who drop out report that boredom or lack of interest in the classes were significant influencing factors. Most students who left their classes would have liked to stay, but could not balance their curriculum and their financial obligations.
Nearly half of students at four-year universities work 20 or more hours a week. For community colleges, the figure jumps to sixty percent, while more than a quarter work 25 hours or more. These numbers point to the large proportion of students trying to earn degrees without significant help from parents, social services, or the government.
The study observes that the “traditional college experience” is nonexistent for most students. Only a quarter of students live on campus and “attend the sort of residential college we often envision.” Twenty-three percent of college students have dependent children.
Seventy percent of dropouts said they had no scholarships or student loan assistance. By contrast, only 40 percent of graduates reported getting no such aid. The odds of graduating are stacked most heavily against students who do not have parental support and, seeking to avoid a lifetime of indebtedness, are unwilling to take on student loans.
If education is truly the answer to our lack of industry and is truly the only way to revive the sector…then why is education in this country so sad?…..then why do Americans NOT get the best education in the world?….Then why has every president and his groups of criminals done NOTHING to make education more accessible to the people….ALL the people?
Sorry, dudes….but it is more profitable to have an uneducated workforce….why?….they will work cheap….and there is the answer to the question……when Americans work cheaper than their counterparts in Indonesia then the jobs will come home to roost…..but NOT before!
To buy into the concept of education will make the jobs return is delusional, at best….
Or as the rest of the world calls you….the GOP
Recently there was a report that white people would be in the minority by 2042 but circumstances beyond our control, the demographics have changed…….
Thanks to the AP for the following information:
The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years — to 2050 — because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S.Census Bureau figures released Wednesday update last year’s prediction that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall white population would follow in 2042. The earlier estimate did not take into account a drop in the number of people moving into the U.S. because of the economic crisis and the immigration policies imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The 2050 estimate is one of four projections released that is based on rates for births and deaths and a scenario in which immigration continues its more recent, slower pace of adding nearly 1 million new foreigners each year. Demographers said that scenario offers the best look for now at the future demographic makeup based on current conditions, rather than other models which assume higher rates of immigration.
But there could be a downside to the “good” news……
The actual shift in demographics will be influenced by a host of factors that can’t be accurately forecast — the pace of the economic recovery, cultural changes, natural or manmade disasters, as well as an overhaul of immigration law, which may be debated in Congress as early as next year.
With that said, the white grumpy guys need to be praying for the economic down turn to last a little longer to help turn the tide that is coming…..