Bill Eccles: March 2010 Archives

Choice quote—the article lead:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government’s role in health care too far, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, underscoring an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats.

My question to President Obama and the Congress: Why are you having to sell us legislation you already passed?! Are you so blind to the desires of the American people that you can’t see that we didn’t want it in the first place?

Or are you just trying to make yourselves feel better?

Oh, no, wait. I get it. November is coming and you have to put enough spin on this train wreck so that the American people will forget just how how much we didn’t want this legislation in the first place.

Please read and heed.

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Have a look at the picture in the article. Does that thing look like it’s flapping, or what?!

Of note: the wingtips were pulled up 25’.

Twenty-five feet.

Higher than your average two-story house!

Somehow, Frank Rich thinks that Republican “anxieties” are tied to a rapidly-changing America as if our “anxiety” is caused by race. He’s missing the freakin’ point, to paraphrase Joe Freakin’ Biden.

Frank Rich seems to think that taking back the country is all about taking it back from the people in it as opposed to the people who run it. No, it’s not about taking the country back from the majority of Americans who opposed the health care clusterfreak that just passed through our Congress. Most Americans agreed with us, for Pete’s sake! It’s not about taking the country back from the millions of hard-working Americans who oppose tax hikes. It’s not about taking the country back from millions of hard-working Americans who run their own small businesses. In fact, we’re not “anxious” about taking the country back from blacks, whites, Hispanics, dogs, cats, parakeets or salamanders, as if any of these groups are the ones running the country in the first place.

I’ll have you know that I, a staunch conservative, Conservative, republican and Republican am not anxious to take the country back from anybody except those who don’t represent my interests, namely this currently-seated Congress. I don’t give a damn about what color, race, creed, gender, political inclination, sexual orientation, or Starbucks Coffee preference you are so long as you represent my opinion. If you got elected and you don’t represent my opinion, I don’t want you in Congress. It’s that simple.

Think that’s selfish? Well, then, next time you step into a polling place, vote for somebody who doesn’t represent your point of view, who doesn’t represent your opinion. You can’t and you won’t do it. Because you realize that it’s all about having your opinion represented. That’s what our forefathers fought and died for. That’s what millions have died for over the intervening centuries. And it’s what we’re fighting for now.

Anyway, you may call me “anxious”—if you like that word—because I am anxious that Congress is running roughshod all over what I and many millions of other Americans view as our right to representation. We are seriously underrepresented. We are definitely disenfranchised. And having leadership which seems hell-bent on getting its way in spite of what we, the American people, clearly prefer is significant cause to be anxious.

Shoot. You want disenfranchised? Anxious?

I am a Republican. I live in Connecticut. Need I say more?

Oh, So Good

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If only…

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Or… Up! Up! and Away!

(via ALA)

This poll shows that Americans are warming to the health care plan. But they’re still not overwhelmingly in favor of it. Heck, we’re not even regular ol’ in favor of it yet.

(Insert cartoon sound of double-take here.)

I don’t get it. Congress voted to pass legislation that American’s didn’t want in the first place? Yeah, I knew that all along, too, but Pelosi and Obama want to go down in history for… for what? Working against their electorate?

Who put them in charge?

Oh, right. You. Some of you, anyway. But I’m pretty sure that you didn’t vote Obama in because of his stated position on healthcare as much as you voted a Republican out.

Again, change isn’t running on your strengths, it’s running on your opponent’s weakness. And hope can’t be legislated.

You fools.

Let’s hope you can change your ways in November, shall we?

What’s good for the Goose, isn’t good enough for the Gander. Or, to put it another way, you should be very, very angry.

And you should let Congress know of your displeasure. Click here. And here. You will get an answer. It will be canned. But someone will have read your opinion and tallied it.

Do it.

Now.

Stop being so damned conservative!

(Thanks, Steve!)

03/21/2010 | FoxTrot.com

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This is funny stuff.

(via DaringFireball.net)

So he asks, “If not now, when?”

To which I say, “When you understand the problem, which you clearly don’t.”

I feel vindicated. The Wall Street Journal gets it.

Some notable quotes:

…the Senate bill does everything the experts recommend to “get at the underlying drivers of health-care costs.” — Peter Orszag, Obama’s budget director

…there is “no master plan for dealing with the problem of soaring medical costs.”— Atul Gawande in a 5,000 word essay published in The New Yorker arguing in favor of ObamaCare

What they’re finally admitting is that all the grandiose talk about “bending the curve” used for months to sell ObamaCare really comes down to their hope that bureaucratic improvisation will make a difference over the long term.

And, as I’ve said before, hope is impossible to legislate.

Politics at its best.

Way to stick to your principles, Representative Kucinich.

Lost Generation

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Which will it be? Forwards? Or the reverse?

Only you know, and it’s within your power to see it happen.

A literal video is a music video (You remember those? MTV used to show them.) where the vocals have been replaced with a description of the action in the video. YouTube is chock full of them, and some of them are really, really good.

I’m a big fan of Barenaked Ladies. (No, Mom, it’s not what you think. They’re a band.) One Week is a great song with the kind of machine-gun lyrics that you have to listen to about ten times before you finally get most of them.

This is one of those really, really good literal videos, and it’s a parody of One Week. If you don’t know the real song, it won’t be quite as good, but it’s still pretty impressive.