Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Last Call For The Coup-Coup Birds

Well Tea Party nutjobs, here's your chance to "overthrow" the government you hate so much.  Mark your calendar and get to it.

The conservative attorney and birther who called for a coup against President Barack Obama earlier this month has scheduled what he's describing as a "day of reckoning."

Larry Klayman wrote Monday in Renew America that he's established Nov. 19 as the date that Obama will be forced to answer for his "criminality" and "Muslim, socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-radical gay and lesbian agenda." 
Klayman said he hopes his supporters will "descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that [Obama] leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time."

So here's your "American Spring" uprising, all set for you to attend, for all you Obama haters and SUPER PATRIOTS to stand up and throw the guy out.  

Life is not easy. It requires risk and sacrifice. If as a nation we want to restore our freedom, and we are on the verge of being enslaved under Obama's socialist Muslim inclinations, we must take our fight to a new level. Tea partiers, bikers, construction workers, police officers, school teachers, farmers, truckers, clergy, housewives, husbands, students, doctors, lawyers and all elements of our society who see our nation slipping away into the abyss, must now stand tall and descend on the capital, much like the Egyptians recently did in ousting another radical Muslim, their then president Mohammed Morsi. If the Egyptians can seek to rid their country of the poison of the Muslim Brotherhood without any real history of democracy, then we Americans, who know what democracy is and have practiced it prior to the ascension of the great usurper, can and must succeed.

So yeah, DC police I'm sure will be real happy to see you.  Sure, you'll probably get gassed or hosed or beaten or arrested, but since you're the "true descendants of the civil rights movement" and all, you should be willing to pay that price for your God-given freedom to not have a black President.

Come on down to a city that's 70% black and stand around freezing your asses off in November, complaining how much you hate those people.  Make your voices heard, and maybe, just maybe your long nightmare since January 29, 2009 will finally end.  You've been oppressed for such a long, long time after all.

If You Can Make It Here...

...you can make it anywhere, "here" apparently being "a burn notice by the New York Times when running for NYC mayor."  Congrats, Bill de Blasio.  You're under the spotlight, and Wall Street is terrified of you.

The scruffy young man who arrived in Nicaragua in 1988 stood out. 
He was tall and sometimes goofy, known for his ability to mimic a goose’s honk. He spoke in long, meandering paragraphs, musing on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karl Marx and Bob Marley. 
He took painstaking notes on encounters with farmers, doctors and revolutionary fighters.
Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government
As he seeks to become the next mayor of New York City, Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has spoken only occasionally about his time as a fresh-faced idealist who opposed foreign wars, missile defense systems and apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s. References to his early activism have been omitted from his campaign Web site. 
But a review of hundreds of pages of records and more than two dozen interviews suggest his time as a young activist was more influential in shaping his ideology than previously known, and far more political than typical humanitarian work.

And this is supposed to make Brooklyn hipsters not vote for the guy?

By the way, if this undertone sounds familiar, it's the same "Obama is a leftist commie pinko socialist America hater" crap from 2007.  Somehow, I don't think it's going to hurt de Blasio's chances in November.

Forbes Cannot Print The Truth About Obamacare

Forbes writer Avik Roy has made a career of turning Obamacare stats into nifty 1200 word tracts of complete, easily debunked nonsense.  It must be a hard gig, because apparently he must be on vacation, as Forbes's Chris Conover is filling in on the "easily debunked Obamacare lies" department.  Igor Volsky has the honors:

An article published by Forbes claiming that Obamacare will increase health care costs by$7,450 for a typical family of four is spreading like wildfire across the internet, but causing eye rolls from economists across the country. 
The estimate by author Chris Conover, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, comes from a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report, which projects that national health care spending will increase once the uninsured begin enrolling in the law’s health care exchanges. 
“By 2022, the ACA is projected to reduce the number of uninsured people by 30 million, add approximately 0.1 percentage-point to average annual health spending growth over the full projection period, and increase cumulative health spending by roughly $621 billion,” the report finds.

So, $621 billion divided by 310 million Americans = $7,450 per household of four Americans.  MATH FOR THE WIN!

Only, it's not.

One economist interviewed by ThinkProgress, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Paul Van de Water, described this calculation as one of the stupidest things he’s read in a long time and likened it to arguing that college costs will increase for a “typical” family if the federal government adopts policies that help lower-income Americans afford college educations. Yes, the nation will spend more on education if more students enroll in colleges and universities, but the “typical” student already attending college won’t; she or he will continuing paying tuition at more or less the same rate, while the newly-enrolled student will presumably benefit from some sort of subsidized tuition rate. 
The same is true here. The so-called “typical” family that Conover describes already receives health care insurance through their employer. The existence of 30 million newly-insured people — many of whom will receive tax credits if they purchase insurance in the law’s exchanges — won’t do much to move their premiums in one way or another. (Health advocates hope that the law will slow the rate of growth in health care spending, but that’s a long-term proposition.) 
In fact, if anything, the CMS report that Conover links to shows that Obamacare is a good financial proposition. In 2022, total health care spending will increase by 1.5 percent, while the number of non-elderly adults with health care coverage will increase by 9 percent. That’s a pretty good deal any way you slice it.

Most Americans get their insurance through either the government or an employer, which absorbs a lot of that cost.  Every dollar in higher costs (which happens in 30 million people get health insurance) does not equal a dollar higher premiums.  Systems as large as the American health insurance industry under the Affordable Care Act have methods of spreading that cost around.  

That's like saying if the price of oil goes up a dollar, the price of gas goes up a dollar too.   By that math, gas in the US should be $100 a gallon, but not every single dollar in oil increases gets passed along to the gasoline consumer at a 1:1 ratio.

But that's what Conover claims will happen with Obamacare.  And since we already know that Republicans pretty much don't believe in science or math (unless it somehow "proves" the Earth is 6,000 years old and that white people are genetically superior to everyone else) why are we surprised by this?


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