January 28, 2016

Set Shocked Face on "Stun"

Damn those rightwingnuts at Vox:

Bernie Sanders's single-payer plan is almost twice as expensive as he says

[Emory University health care expert Kenneth] Thorpe isn't some right-wing critic skeptical of all single-payer proposals. Indeed, in 2006 he laid out a single-payer proposal for Vermont after being hired by the legislature, and was retained by progressive Vermont lawmakers again in 2014 as the state seriously considered single-payer, authoring a memo laying out alternative ways to expand coverage. A 2005 report he wrote estimated that a single-payer system would save $1.1 trillion in health spending from 2006 to 2015.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:54 PM | Comments (0)

September 2, 2008

VP Picks

I'm intrigued by the Conventional Wisdom view of Senator Joe Biden. It is interesting on a few levels, most notably the incestuousness of Washington DC culture.

1) Senator Biden is appreciated by the Washington media a few steps ahead of his skills. These people have been out to lunch with him a hundred times, on a few junkets, &c. The DC media have a personal relationship with him, as he has been there as long as most of the reporters who cover him. I've no doubt he is a genial and intelligent luncheon guest, but the reporters "misoverestimate" him based on this.

2) FOXNews frequently can be counted in "alternate media" with blogs and talk radio because they do not feature the default, leftward slant of MSM. Yet, the view of Biden shows them to be in the MSM camp. Even the conservatives on FOX suggest that Governor Palin will be hard pressed to keep up with the skilled Senator.

3) I suggest that people who don't see him at Sally Quinn's cocktail parties view him as a comical figure. His presidential runs have been quixotic at best; I'm guessing Rep Dennis Kucinich has scored more delegates. If he is such a fierce debater, why did he have little success in the primaries?

4) Governor Palin gets the opposite. An unnamed insider is said to have been dismayed that "she's never been on Meet the Press."

This year, with Hope and Change in the air, I'm not sure that Governor Palin's story will not be more compelling. And I suggest that she might wipe the floor with the loquacious deliberator in the VP debates.

In the same vein, don't miss Bill McGurn's takedown of the "lunch bucket," "scrappy kid from Scranton" meme:

It's true that when members of Congress release their assets and incomes, Mr. Biden famously ranks near the bottom of the pile. But let's remember that we're talking about a pretty privileged pile. Only in a place as removed from reality as the Beltway could a man who has spent more than three decades in the United States Senate be hailed as a working-class stiff.

According to his most recent disclosure forms, Mr. Biden's income includes his Senate salary of $165,200 and a teaching stipend of $20,500 from Widener University. On top of this, he received $112,500 as the second half of a book advance. Even allowing for generous deductions, Mr. Biden's income comfortably locates him in the top 5% of American taxpayers.

The Senate disclosure forms do not require Mr. Biden to report his primary residence (or his federal pension). So I asked Jim Bowers -- an old college roommate of mine who also lives in Delaware, who also went to the same high school, and who is also running for election. "Not many lunch buckets up Joe's way," says Mr. Bowers, a Republican seeking a seat in Delaware's House of Representatives. "You have to remember that the senator lives in an area known as 'chateau country.'"

Posted by John Kranz at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2008

RNC2008: Cindy & Laura

After the official business of the convention, First Lady Laura Bush and would-be First Lady Cindy McCain came out to briefly speak and give an introduction to videos from the Republican governors of the Gulf States.

Only Bobby Jindal did not cut a video.

Also listed were the websites of relief agencies in each state.

Louisiana: AidMatrix
Mississippi: Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund
Alabama: Governor's Emergency Relief Fund
Texas: Texas Responds
Florida: Florida Disaster Fund

Overall: Cause Greater

Posted by AlexC at 8:31 PM | Comments (0)

August 28, 2008

War Lost; Economy in Tatters; GDP Revised Up

I have taken some well deserved whacks at FOX News. But I must confess I could not watch the DNC without them. We had MSNBC on last night to hear Rep. Harold Ford, and as I was trying to switch away before I had to hear Keith Olberman, he said (I quote from memory but I do not exaggerate): "[President Clinton] will have to give a good speech to support Obama, because they have to live in this country too. She's thinking about 2012, but if we elect another Republican we may not make it to 2012."

Brit Hume, conversely, has been gently chiding the Democrats for their dire descriptions of the misery in Bush-McCain-Amerikka. Hume said the other night "You'd think we were living in Belarus." Apologies to Minsk and all, but if you've caught even the keynotes, wow -- who knew things were this bad?

Just as General Petraeus won the war while the primary Democrats were arguing about surrender options, one wonders if the Depression, Recession, Slowdown might not cooperate until November. The WSJ reports Economy Grew 3.3% in 2nd Quarter,
Much Higher Than Initial Reading

Gross domestic product rose at a seasonally adjusted 3.3% annual rate April through June, the Commerce Department said Thursday in a new, revised estimate of second-quarter GDP.

Originally, the government had estimated second-quarter 2008 GDP climbed 1.9%. First-quarter GDP increased 0.9%.

This is a media post and not a politics post. If we had 9% growth, I don't think the NYTimes would drop its gloom-and-doomism until January. But if oil falls and housing stabilizes, will the Keith Olbermans of the world be able to make the bad times last until November?

Posted by John Kranz at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

August 27, 2008

Anne Price Mills, The Video

I was not stuck in an airport. Ergo, I was not watching CNN. But Brother ac does not lie, here's the clip:

Posted by John Kranz at 4:50 PM | Comments (1)
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

What a goddamn fool.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at August 28, 2008 9:19 AM

August 26, 2008

Anne Price-Mills

I'm at an airport, and I only caught the last little bit of Hillary!'s speech on CNN... but gosh.

Did anyone see Anne Price-Mills, a delegate for Hillary interviewed on CNN?




"that was a presidential speech, you know it, right there."

Then she was getting a little angry.

When asked if she would vote for Hillary she said she was elected as a Hillary delegate, and that's how she will vote.

... in the ballot box, she's not sure.

Obama has two months to win her over.

She's not going to vote McCain, but maybe Obama.


Posted by AlexC at 11:36 PM | Comments (16)
But Tori thinks:

I think Anne Price Mills is the biggest idiot that I ever layed eyes on. She is a disgrace to the African American race. All of her family and friends should have been embarrassed to even be associated with such a nut case. Everyone I know agrees that she is a useless slob.

Posted by: Tori at August 27, 2008 6:29 PM
But Tori thinks:

Anne Price Mills is the dumbest idiot in captivity!

Posted by: Tori at August 27, 2008 6:37 PM
But Tracy thinks:

She pissed me off, too. NO matter how much she likes Hillary, it was time to UNITE the party weeks ago or more.

That was just an embarassment.

I would LOVE a woman president, being a woman, myself. But Hillary has just a 'few too many skeletons in her closet'. Had she been the nominee, she would have been ripped apart between the convention and the election. Between travelgate, and the Rose Law Firm and Vince Foster and there are further accusations, unproven, but would have been dragged up (one website links the deaths of 32 people to her- bodyguards and staff, mainly and likely more than could ever be proven), but it ALL would have been gone over again.

She lost for a lot of reasons, the main reason was NOT because she is female.

This delegate should be ashamed for not holding her tongue during the DNC. It only goves the McCain people fodder.

Posted by: Tracy at August 28, 2008 12:07 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yes Tracy, you are right - because Obama is as pure and clean as the wind-driven snow. He won't face a BIT of criticism for anything in HIS past. (Does he have a past? Oh yes, William Ayers.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 28, 2008 1:01 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

JG, you mentioned snow. Snow is white.


Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at August 28, 2008 4:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Perry, you are correct. I do favor a particular race - the HUMAN race.

Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2008 12:29 PM

August 25, 2008

Denver Hippies

Zombie has the pictures.

They're begging for the fire hose.

Posted by AlexC at 12:23 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Begging indeed, ac, but I doubt that the Democratic Mayor and Governor are going to oblige. (Now if we had Bill Owens...)

Those pictures are painful to see: "Humanity Needs Revolution and Communism" (Yeah, that usually works), "Anti-Imperialist Solidarity (with Moqtada al Sadr)" Wow, too moonbatty for the Democrats, this is a special show.

Posted by: jk at August 25, 2008 1:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Did somebody claim that the mayor's friends did everything they could to get the homeless off the streets? This proves they didn't!

(They must be distributing sign making supplies in the local shelters.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 25, 2008 3:05 PM
But jk thinks:

Don't take the brown acid!!!!

Posted by: jk at August 25, 2008 3:35 PM