Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

Krugman: After Reform Passes

posted by GeoT

“The teabaggers have come and gone, as have the cries of “death panels” and the demonstrations by Medicare recipients demanding that the government stay out of health care. And reform is still on track.

By PAUL KRUGMAN NY Times Op-Ed

Krugman, Ph.D.

So, how well will health reform work after it passes?

There’s a part of me that can’t believe I’m asking that question. After all, serious health reform has long seemed like an impossible dream. And it could yet go all wrong.
Right now it looks highly likely that Congress will, indeed, send a health care bill to the president’s desk. Then what?

Conservatives insist (and hope) that reform will fail, and that there will be a huge popular backlash. Some progressives worry that they might be right, that the imperfections of reform — what we’re about to get will be far from ideal — will be so severe as to undermine public support. And many critics complain, with some justice, that the planned reform won’t do much to contain rising costs.

But the experience in Massachusetts, which passed major health reform back in 2006, should dampen conservative hopes and soothe progressive fears.

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The new health care system will be criticized; people will demand changes and improvements; but only a small minority will want reform reversed.

This thing is going to work.

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Happy Birthday Secretary Clinton! From 44-D

Happy Birthday Hillary….

SOS Hillary Clinton- The Birthday Girl 🙂

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Senator Reid: Health Care Bill Goes Forward

Wooo Hooooo

PUBLIC OPTION WITH OPT OUT— “Crush the Filibuster”

MSNBC

44-D seal of Approval …okay GeoT seal of approval 😉

Let’s see what states dare to “OPT OUT” and what the consequences will be for the Republican leaders in those states…

Reid: Health care bill to include public option

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CNN Can’t Have It Both Ways — Lou Dobbs vs. Latino In America

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Basta Lou Dobbs: Enough is Enough!

Translation:  Hypocrisy: CNN releases documentary "Latino in America" while Hispanics around the country protest against the anti-Latino propaganda of Lou Dobbs

Translation: Hypocrisy: CNN releases documentary "Latino in America" while Hispanics around the country protest against the anti-Latino propaganda of Lou Dobbs

New York Times/Brian Stelter—Instead of being simply a draw for Hispanic viewers, CNN’s four-hour documentary, “Latino in America,” turned into a political rallying cry for activist groups who are calling on the cable news channel to fire Lou Dobbs, a veteran anchor with well-known views on immigration.

An array of minorities held small protests in New York and other cities on Wednesday, the first night of CNN’s presentation. They are trying to highlight what they say are years of lies about immigration by Mr. Dobbs, who anchors the 7 p.m. hour on CNN.

Civil Rights Lawyer Isabel Garcia

Civil Rights Lawyer Isabel Garcia

CNN, a unit of Time Warner, has not commented on the protests or covered them on its news programs. Isabel Garcia, one of the activists featured in the documentary said she tried to raise what she called Mr. Dobbs’s “hatred” on one of the channel’s news programs Wednesday, but her remarks were cut from the interview.

The hypocrisy, critics say, lies in CNN’s decision to woo Hispanic viewers with a prime-time documentary while still giving Mr. Dobbs a nightly forum. Roberto Lovato, a founding member of Presente.org, a Latino advocacy group, said in a statement, “We won’t allow the network to court us as viewers while, at the same time, they allow Dobbs to spread lies and misinformation about us each night.”

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Latino In America” Not The Ratings Hit “Black In America” Was

Soledad O'Brian and Eva Longoria Parker

Soledad O'Brian and Eva Longoria Parker

Huffington Post/Danny Shea—CNN’s “Latino in America” received a lot of attention, particularly from observers interested in the discord between the special and Lou Dobbs’ perceived anti-immigration stance.

The attention wasn’t enough to make it a ratings hit, however.

The two-part special, which aired Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9-11 PM, drew significantly fewer viewers than the summer’s “Black in America,” and led the network to third place in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic both nights.

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In his piece, The Dobbs Factor, blogger Matt Yglesias writes:

Immigrants Rally In Lou Dobbs Masks

Immigrants Rally In Lou Dobbs Masks

“Dobbs has a long history of spreading hate and paranoia. He has routinely discussed the North American Union conspiracy theory, incorrectly claimed that undocumented immigrants drain social services and don’t pay taxes, and repeatedly amplified the falsehood that undocumented immigrants are disproportionately violent. He has been an unrepentant purveyor of hateful attacks, fraudulently claiming, for example, that immigrants are spreading leprosy and seek to reconquer the southwestern United States.

For all that, if CNN wants to stand by Dobbs then, fine, they should stand by Dobbs. But if they want to stand by Dobbs then they should stand by Dobbs and feature him prominently in their four-hour “Latino in America” documentary. After all, from what you can see watching the network day-to-day the executives at CNN think Dobbs has a credible and important perspective on this issue. Instead, they just kind of want to sweep the crazy uncle under the rug for the purposes of a big special, and then trot him back out again when everything’s back to normal.”

Lou Dobbs and his wife Debi, in the kitchen of their New Jersey farmhouse.

Lou Dobbs and his wife Debi, in the kitchen of their New Jersey farmhouse.

In a 2007 60 Minutes interview, Leslie Stahl got a chance to talk to both Lou and Debi Dobbs who have been married for over 25 years:

Lesley, I have worked with migrant workers in the fields. I’m probably one of the few people in the debate who actually has. I’ve got the greatest respect for those folks. Hard-working, decent, and back-breaking work,” Dobbs tells Stahl.

If that pat on the back is surprising, given the tone of his show, there’s something even more surprising, something he never brings up: the fact that his wife Debi is Mexican-American.

When he is criticized, as he has been, and even accused of being racist as he has been, what goes on inside of you?” Stahl asks Debi Dobbs.

It used to bother me. But now, it doesn’t bother me at all. I know he’s not. People that know him know he’s not. Sometimes I find it amusing,” she replies.

Who Is BastaDobbs.com?

bastadobbsphoto1BastaDobbs.com exists to change how the media reports on Latinos and immigrants in the United States, starting with the worst offenders: Lou Dobbs and his network, CNN. We focus on Lou Dobbs because he, more than any other media personality, has obsessed about and given voice to the most extreme views about immigrants and Latinos. And yet, because CNN refuses to translate Dobbs into Spanish, too few Latinos and immigrants are even aware of the role he plays in spreading fear and hatred in our communities.

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NJ Law Enforcement Appear to Contradict Dobbs’ Version of Gunfire Incident

New Jersey state police seem to be contradicting CNN Host Lou Dobbs’ account of a gunfire incident near his Sussex County, New Jersey, house.

lou-dobbsOn Monday on his radio show, Dobbs stated that “my wife has now been and I have been shot at.” The alleged incident, which Dobbs had reported to the New Jersey State Police, took place three weeks prior to the October 26 broadcast of the Lou Dobbs Show, and Dobbs told his listeners that it had “followed weeks and weeks of threatening phone calls.” Dobbs’ discussion of the incident during his radio show also included mention of both longtime critic and FOX host Geraldo Rivera and the immigrant advocacy organizations calling for his removal from CNN including the National Council of La Raza, America’s Voice and other “ethnocentric interest groups.”

Without specifying who he suspects of making the alleged threats, he also said on his radio show that “They’ve threatened my wife, they’ve now fired a shot at my house while my wife was standing next to the car.” Concluding with a call for “truth, justice and the American way,” Dobbs cautioned “if anybody thinks that we’re not engaged in the battle for the soul of this country right now, you’re sorely mistaken.” And during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday, Dobbs spoke again about the gunfire incident, linking it to “threatening phone calls tied to the positions I’ve taken on illegal immigration.”

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BastaDobbs.com teamed with award-winning filmmaker Arturo Perez to make a powerful new video

Laura Flanders of GRIT TV interviews Roberto Lovato of Presente.org and New America Media, Erica Gonzalez of El Diario/La Prensa, and Cathy Areu of Catalina magazine and the Washington Post magazine. The panel discusses ignored Latino issues, from the 2010 Census to the general strike in Puerto Rico, the continued standoff in Honduras and the way the mainstream media equates “Latino” with “immigrant.”

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“What exactly HAS President Obama accomplished in the first 10 months?”

blogpost by avitar GeoT

“He’s Done NOTHING he promised to do”

“He’s Done NOTHING he promised to do” I hear and read that basic comment over and over again in reference to the year-to-date performance of President Obama and his administration. Granted, people are frustrated, and some are angry with the lack of finality (and clarity) on the health care reform bill and DADT, DOMA and other very important issues.
But let’s take a deep breath, and for the sake of perspective at least, look at what has already been accomplished amidst the din and discord of 2009. Some of these listed are more meaningful than others and mean more to some groups than others, some may dismiss them out of hand. The point is we are moving forward towards hopefully common goals and hopefully towards some semblance of unity as Democrats, liberals, progressives… like family we’ll “hug it out” eventually, at least that’s what I am looking forward to.

Featured Legislation

Signed on October 22, 2009
Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act

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Cash For Clunkers Extension

Signed on June 22, 2009
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Signed on May 22, 2009
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009

Signed on May 22, 2009
Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

Signed on May 20, 2009
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

Signed on May 20, 2009
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act

Signed on April 21, 2009
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Signed on March 30, 2009
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act

Signed on March 20, 2009
Small Business Act Temporary Extension

Signed on February 11, 2009
DTV Delay Act

Signed on February 04, 2009
Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act

Signed on January 29, 2009
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The old “He’s good at being “present” and the classic “He’s just a media creation” etc, are starting to pop up again and not on FoxNation but on your’s and my favorite liberal blogs.

In my opinion these are cheap shots that ignore the facts… things are getting done, even though YOUR particular issue has not been signed sealed and delivered, yet. YOUR issues are important to ME as well. I am a strong advocate for the the public option in the health care bill. Repeal the DODT policy and the DOMA? YES. And progress has been made on these issues… yes I know you want it NOW and if you don’t get it NOW then it’s “4 and OUT” for Obama, I’m seeing that one allot lately as well, from Democrats. Well, if these issues don’t get resolved, then I have some soul searching to do, but if they DO get to the President’s desk and are signed, which I believe they will… how do YOU put the the rhetorical genie back in the bottle? That’s YOUR issue now.

One last thing:
Let me add, that as promised troops are being drawn down in Iraq, that’s got to be a point of convergence for us, isn’t it? As for Afghanistan, there is one area where there is no doubt, for better or worse, the President is doing exactly what he said he would do:

“The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism,”

Obama said troop levels must increase in Afghanistan.

“For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three,” he told CBS. “I think it’s very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. But military alone is not going to be enough.”
Mon July 21, 2008 CNN

That’s a promise many of us DON’T want him to keep….

GeoT.

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