Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Home Depot CEO Is Sad That Pope Francis Said Mean Things About Rich People

How tragic:
In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects.

According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is concerned that the Pope’s criticism of capitalism are “exclusionary,” especially his statements about the “culture of prosperity” leading to the wealthy being “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”


“I’ve told the Cardinal,” Langone said, “‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.’”

Cardinal Dolan told CNBC that he had, in fact, spoken to Langone, and had told him that “that would be a misunderstanding of the Holy Father’s message. The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people.”

He then thanked Langone for bringing this anonymous donor’s concerns to him, and insisted that “[w]e’ve got to correct — to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father’s message properly.”

Langone further said that, in the future, he hopes Pope Francis will “celebrate a positive point of view rather than focusing on the negative.” He does worry, though, because of “the vast difference between the Pope’s experience in Argentina and how we are in America. There is no nation on earth that is so forthcoming, so giving.”

 I especially love the bolded. "So you don't think us rich folk are kind-hearted people, eh? Maybe a little blackmail oughta change yer mind!"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Conservative Editor Who Was Hospitalized Without Health Insurance And Had To Rely On Donations Is Still Against Obamacare

A few months ago, I wrote about how a guy named Caleb Howe, an editor for Redstate.com, was hospitalized with a failing liver. As bad as that was, the situation was even worse because it turned out that Caleb didn't have health insurance. His boss, Erick Erickson, set up a fund to help his family pay their bills. A blogger on Daily Kos named Semdem then set up another fund as well.

Well, the good news is that Caleb seems to be okay now, and was back on the twitter, twittering away. So I decided to ask a question I had for him months ago:

His response:

Gee, why am I not surprised?

I tried to get Caleb to go into the specifics, but alas, was unsuccessful. I decided to show a little bit of decorum last time, but now that Caleb's all better, it's time to unleash the fury of Saul Alinsky!

There was a part of me that honestly thought that Caleb might actually learn something from this experience. After all, conservatives tend to be all anti-government until they're struck with something that effects them personally, at which point they suddenly (and miraculously!) become less anti-government. But it turns out Caleb wasn't one of those people. No, he was far too patriotic to rethink his beliefs.

Caleb and his ilk would no doubt try and justify his predicament by saying that he didn't rely on the evil hand of big government, so it's all cool. Republicans try and make the distinction between social safety nets and private charity by saying the latter is some how far more noble, mainly because it's optional whereas the former is not. Yeah, that's somewhat reasonable, but at the end of the day, a moocher is a moocher is a moocher. You're still relying on other people to help you, instead of helping yourself.

From the beggar's standpoint, how are the two types of assistance any different? After all, according to right-wing economics, they would both provide an incentive for laziness and corruption. Does Caleb plan on reimbursing all those who have helped him out? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say no. It would appear he feels his time is better spent tweeting dick jokes:

Sure, he wasn't responsible enough to carry health insurance, and sure, he was forced to resort to begging for help like he was some random member of the 47%. But does that mean he should actually be treated as such? Of course not! Why? Because unlike most of the rabble, Caleb is a Republican, and by definition cannot be irresponsible. Everyone know that Democrats are moochers, whereas Republicans, in Caleb's case, are merely temporarily embarrassed bootstrappers.

The funny thing about all this is that it's exactly because of people like Caleb that Obamacare was needed to begin with. Aside from the aforementioned mooching, now Caleb will actually be able to get health insurance without being discriminated again for pre-existing conditions (and in his case, that was a pretty big one).

Which Third World Countries Has Darrell Issa Been To?

While I'm sure that most of the blogosphere will no doubt focus on Darrel Issa's lame attempts to damage control BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!, we should not let other comments made by the congressman go unnoticed. Comments such as the following on Obamacare:

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Issa: Some of these things the Administration talks about as good, are in fact large expansions in medicaid. The fact that people, well into the middle class, are going to get subsidies, is going to cause them to look at health care differently. Health care sort of in a third world way of "do we get subsidies from the government for our milk for our gasoline and oh by the way, for our health care?"

 Excuse me? Since when has the idea of providing subsidies for the populace to buy food and such something that's emblematic of third world countries? I could be wrong, but I don't think third world countries are characterized by benevolent governments looking out for the well being of their people. Last I checked, Somalia's not really known for its generous social safety nets.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Healthcare Executives Say Obamacare Will Cut Costs

Even our beloved job creators have succumbed to the evils of socialized health care:

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Some in politics and media say the Affordable Care Act will fail, but top U.S. healthcare executives say healthcare will improve, a survey says.

Study authors Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania; Andrew Steinmetz, research assistant to Emanuel; and Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, president and chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia surveyed 74 senior executives from large hospitals and health systems.

Respondents included 46 CEOs, 17 presidents, four chief financial officers and three chief operating officers. Nearly all worked in large academic medical centers, which on average employed 8,520 workers and had annual revenues of $1.5 billion.


The survey found the executives were optimistic about the ACA helping to reduce costs:

-- 91 percent of the study's respondents forecasted improvements within their own hospital or health system by 2020.

-- 85 percent expected their organization to have reduced its per-patient operating costs by the end of the decade.

-- Overall, the expected average operating cost reduction was 11.7 percent. Fifty-four percent said the savings could be achieved by reducing the number of hospitalizations, 49 percent said savings could be achieved reducing the number of readmissions, and 39 percent said savings would be achieved by reducing the number of emergency room visits.

A few weeks ago, we found out that insurance companies were making a huge marketing push for Obamacare, and now we have this. No doubt this is becoming one of the worst Christmases ever for the Republican Party.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Another Day, Another Republican Draws A Comparison Between A Redneck and a Civil Rights Hero

I shouldn't be surprised at this, but I still am for some reason:

On Friday, GOP congressional candidate Ian Bayne went all in, comparing [Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson] to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

"In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians," Bayne said in an email to supporters.

"What Parks did was courageous," he added. "What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too."
As Hunter points out, the comparison is especially risible considering Robertson appears to be the type of person who thought that Rosa Parks and her ilk ruined everything with their struggle for equal rights and all.

Anyway, if Phil Robertson is Rosa Parks, then which right-wing hero is Martin Luther King? George Zimmerman?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paul Ryan's Gonna Have To Convert To Islam If This Keeps Up

This Pope guy really doesn't know when to quit:

The most striking part of the Exhortation was where it refers to an economy that “kills”…

“There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.”

Not only does he not apologize for his previous transgressions on helping the moocher class, he actually doubles down on it! Um, hello? Does hurting Rush Limbaugh's feelings mean nothing to the man?

There's a special place in hell for people like him.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Breaking: Republican Base Is Still Crazy

This was posted a few days ago on Michelle Malkin's Twitchy:

And the awesome college football trash-talk continued ahead of the Iron Bowl.
An Auburn fan went after Alabama head coach Nick Saban with the “biggest insult” he could imagine. Heh.

What pray tell was this "biggest insult" this person could imagine? If you guessed that it some how involves Obamacare, congrats. You win whole extra bottle of whore pills:

"Heh", indeed.

What follows is various right-wingers high-fiving each other for coming up with the GREATEST INSULT IN THE HISTORY OF MOCKERY (which I won't bother posting).

I know I should be desensitized to this sort of thing from these people, but they still never fail to impress. I get that they're not fans of Obamacare. Fine. But why does there have to be this apoplectic level of hatred for it? There are tons of things that Republicans have done in the past that Dems no doubt hated as well, but can you imagine someone on the left posting "X hearts the Bush tax cuts" or "X hearts the Iraq War" in an attempt to get some epic ownage?

Seriously, what's next? Yo mama jokes regarding Obamacare? "OBAMACARE IS SO FAT, THAT WHEN IT SITS AROUND THE HOUSE, IT REALLY SITS AROUND THE HOUSE!"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ted Cruz Staffer Complains About Losing Her Heal Insurance Which Was Caused By People Like Ted Cruz

So Ted Cruz's speechwriter and senior communications adviser, Amanda Carpenter, finds herself in an annoying predicament. Being a congressional staff member, she is required by law to buy a health insurance plan from the Obamacare exchanges, and she has to do it soon. Unfortunately, she's been having problems with healthcare.gov, and tweeted her displeasure on Saturday:

The great irony in all this is that Mrs. Carpenter wouldn't be in this predicament if not for her own idiot boss and his idiot colleagues.

Just to recap, back when Obamacare was still being legislated, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley added an amendment that would force all congressman and their staffers to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges. Grassley didn't think the Dems would go for it and so he would be able to score some stupid political points. Unfortunately, things didn't work out the way he thought they would and the Dems kept that amendment in place. So now all congressman and their staffers were to be kicked off their current health care plans, and were now forced to go on the exchanges.

But here's where it gets better. It turns out that even with the amendment, not all staffers had to go on to the exchanges. Some could keep their current plans if their bosses designated them as "official staff". However, Mrs. Carpenter's boss, Sen. Ted Cruz, decided that he would not give any of his staffers such an option, and thus Mrs. Carpenter kissed her previous plan good bye.

Of course, Carpenter blames Obama cause come on, right? Though maybe she's not totally wrong. After all,  if it wasn't for Obama, Obamacare never would have been created, and thus there would be no reason for Grassley to add an amendment that would kick Amanda off her current insurance plan, which her boss would eventually wind up happily supporting.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Carpenter complained that the best new plan that she could find would be inferior to the plan that she had before:

It's worth pointing out that Carpenter's previous plan was covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which, just to remind everyone, was pretty much Obamacare before Obamcacre.
Keep your government hands off Amanda's socialized health care, Obama!

Finally, I'd like to highlight one more tweet from her:

I highlight this because it shows that despite being as big a teabagger as her boss, she's not stupid enough to go without health insurance. Oh sure, you might say that she's required under the law to do so (and this is something Carpenter herself stated), and you would be correct. But she could still choose to simply pay the penalty instead, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Or at least, that's what her fellow teabaggers at Generation Opportunity are claiming. Any youngin' who might be swayed by these folks should probably keep this in mind.