We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Another factor that may be playing a role is underlying public skepticism about the legislative process. Americans, by a two-to-onemargin, believe that no matter how bad things are,Congress can always make it worse.
Americans aren't stupid. Only the terminally naive think otherwise.
The press conferencefellatio fest. And why try to demonize Docs? People trust their Docs far more than their pols. If Docs are the enemy, we're in big trouble. I want my Docs working for me, not for the government.
There goes your health insurance - Betsy has a long post detailing how a public option plan will crowd out private insurance because it doesn't play by the same rules: the government-run will be subsidized by taxpayers and will dictate payment terms to doctors and hospitals, just like Medicare does now.
Here's the nightmare scenario: companies drop private insurance for the government plan, the program becomes huge and thus hugely expensive, while hospitals go bankrupt due to reduced reimbursement rates.
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a joint resolution declaring Alaska's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution – and now 36 other states have introduced similar resolutions as part of a growing resistance to the federal government.
Just weeks before she plans to step down from her position as Alaska governor, Palin signed House Joint Resolution 27, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Kelly on July 10, according to a Tenth Amendment Center report. The resolution "claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States."
Alaska's House passed HJR 27 by a vote of 37-0, and the Senate passed it by a vote of 40-0.
According to the report, the joint resolution does not carry with it the force of law, but supporters say it is a significant move toward getting their message out to other lawmakers, the media and grassroots movements.
Alaska's resolution states:
Be it resolved that the Alaska State Legislature hereby claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
Be it further resolved that this resolution serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.
While seven states – Tennessee, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Alaska and Louisiana – have had both houses of their legislatures pass similar decrees, Alaska Gov. Palin and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen are currently the only governors to have signed their states' sovereignty resolutions.
The resolutions all address the Tenth Amendment that says: "powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Okay, BD. I will. Thing is, I'm blocked from Safari (I'm accessing now from AOL), and I don't have viruses.
Anyway, I read the Twitter post and Betsy's, and I think the 'nightmare scenario' is that medical schools will close down because of lack of applicants. Who-in-the-hell would want to be a doctor with this BS ?? What sickening stuff this health care crap is.
"thanks for the help --i got worried about bothering BD about it so just let it go --tho i re-try it every day.
The site feels kind of lonely, and while August is the slowest month, I'm wondering if some of those we miss are experiencing the same problems with access. Maybe a tweak hear and there? I know nothing.... totally clueless about geek stuff, but it's a real shame to have the problems for those of us who consider Maggie's our mecca.
Viking's concerns about the progression of public option - only option - insufficient option - money-sponge-for-lousy-service seems pessimistic. Just because that's been the outcome in Canada, UK, Japan, most of Europe...not sure how Aussies and Kiwis are doing.