Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Inside tip

You might bet that the Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare now that their corporate masters have said they will continue most of the its features after it's gone. They'll suddenly play nice, like the Republican rank and file seem to be willing to believe about all corporations and rich people as a matter of faith regardless of all evidence.

The Court is notoriously hard to predict, seemingly swinging left and right without reason, unless you examine each case based on how it will affect corporate interests. Then the outcome is 100% predictable.

This time it might not be that obvious since you need to look at what they want and not what they say. The Insurance corporations may simply being giving political cover to Republicans who have realized these provisions are immensely popular. There is always a way for Republicans to shift power back to the corporations if they ever come back to power.

If the Court strikes down the law, it would free up the President to run against them by offering single payer simply lowering the age of Medicare.

13 comments:

Yaniv vee. said...

This is rapidly become my favorite blog.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, I wish had as much faith in Obama as you. I just don't see Medicare Part E under this regime.

prairie2 said...

Frankly I can't tell the cynical liberals from the rightwing trolls. As long as Obama talks like a Progressive he is doing what we want. If we really want these things to happen, we have to educate Democrats. It doesn't matter if Obama is a secret Republican.

Anonymous said...

Well I would prefer he ACT like a progressive. Talk is cheap and progressives like myself have very little patience.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, I'm afraid I agree with Anonymous…
When Potus forgot where he put his soft shoes ( Madison)… NDAA…not letting tax break for wealthy
Expire and other issues… it's hard to believe he won't
Keep disappointing

prairie2 said...

The "Keep disappointing" meme requires ignoring everything that he has done. The three points you cite aren't even valid criticisms, I could come up with better ones and I'm a so-called Obama apologist. Apparently he hasn't disappointed you that much.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply Bruce
I have been a faithful reader
for sometime now and always respect
opinion …Maybe what he said and what I heard
during his campaign are not the same…
He will get my vote this next election
I guess my cynicism is cyclical 8-)
Have a nice weekend! (donation on the way)

prairie2 said...

Let's be clear, you have every right to be pissed. Just remember who is the real enemy.

Anonymous said...

Well I am well aware of his accomplishments. However, to use a baseball analogy, when I voted for President Obama, I expected we'd get Willie Mays. Instead, we got Mario Mendoza. A Punch-and-Judy hitter who has gotten on base enough times to be over .200 but never hitting one out of the park and rarely hitting one in the clutch.

prairie2 said...

Seriously, baseball analogies? No wonder we're losing. You want a super hero to save you. FDR had 75% majorities in the House and the Senate, that's why he wasn't a mediocre President.

Anonymous said...

Come on, Obama had both the House and Senate when he took office. And yes I am well aware of the fillibuster tactics of the Senate Republicans. However, he could have gone the Reconciliation route with both the stimulus ( a real one, not that half-hearted tax-cut laden nonsense they passed instead) and the health care bill. Instead, he chose the path of least resistance.

A super hero would have gotten us $2T in stimulus in real infrastructure works and single payer. I wasn't looking for a super hero-just someone who had a mandate when he received 63M votes and had the public sentiment in his favor. Maybe I am just a sucker, but I at least wanted him to act upon what he ran on. Hence, all I was looking for was maybe $1.4T and the Public Option.

You can insult my analogies all you want. However, I just do not share your faith in this President to do the right thing. I really wish I did, but what he says and what the results are have differed with every single important policy decision. Sure ending DADT is nice and backing gay marriage is fine. Taking student loans away from the banksters was also a decent move. But these are not the paradigm-shifting actions that are needed to really turn this country around for the better.

prairie2 said...

Let's be clear, I have no faith of any kind. You can't shift the paradigm of the country without Congress, and to pretend that we controlled Congress is disingenuous at best. You only listed a fraction of the things that Obama did accomplish (against all odds) keep going to the end of the list and then we can talk about what a terrible a POTUS he is, and how you want Romney to replace him.

Anonymous said...

Come on, I didn't say terrible nor would I ever want the Mittser. The alternative (along with a Republican Congress) would be a disaster even greater than 8 years of Lil' Bush. Sure I could list ALL of them, but my point was these were minor compared to how he responded when facing the major policy changes that needed to be implemented (stimulus, health care, banking, Bush tax cuts). I suppose that he is all we have and should just hope for the best, but that still doesn't mask my utter disappointment with his first term. So I guess we will agree to disagree on this topic.