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August 20, 2009


Hi A. Know why I only do one post a week? Well, I'm busy for one. I have a full time job and a family and didn't want to commit to a heavier regular blogging schedule than I could comfortably keep. I didn't want ten posts one day, then nothing for two weeks.

But there's another reason, too. I want to put my best foot forward every time out, and that means more than spell check/grammar check (which is more than some journalists seem to do - see the misspelling of "judgment" twice over here). It means doing my best to check for lazy or unthinking assumptions and tracking down links for supporting documentation. It takes time and it requires a certain amount of rewriting when I come across something that makes me realize, no that isn't strictly true and wouldn't be fair. I'm a recreational blogger. Why can't Joe Fucking Klein do at least that much! Who are these people you are referring to? Care to point us in the right direction?

I think Klein's evolution in the past couple of years has been admirable. After getting beaten up for being Crazy Pete's sock puppet on FISA he began to be a little more critical, and he's done a real service in pushing back on the neocons' charges of anti-Semitism. By virtue of his standing in the Village and his Judaism there aren't too many people better placed to do such a thing, and again I admire him for that. I know he took a lot of heat for it. But he still does crap like this and it makes me insane. It also makes me feel not the slightest bit selfconscious or egotistical to say that you, me and our fellow travelers in blogtopia (y!sctp) provde higher quality analysis than the newsweeklies or major dailies.

My guy, Rep Michael Capuano, comes awfully close.

Speaking of people who are "unswayed by any arguments of national security whatsoever" I would like to get someone to question the Pope, top Evangelical Christians, and top Protestant to argue with the people on the right who claim to be Christians or Catholics and yet support torture for "national security".

'some people' say republikkklan suck ass.

Klein wrote: “There is a legitimate, if wildly improbable, fear that Obama’s plan will start a process that will end with a health-care system entirely controlled by the government.”


But this isn’t “wildly improbable” at all. Whether one supports single-payer healthcare or not, the entire idea behind the public option was to work towards such a goal.

The idea came from Jacob Hacker and Roger Hickey (both of whom are advocates of single-payer) and they shopped it to the Obama, Clinton, and Edwards campaigns in 2008. The whole idea was that a public option was politically palatable — while a single-payer plan was not.

TAPPED had an interesting piece about the history of the public option the other day. No reason to deny what its purpose is, Mr. Klein. It’s not a “wildly improbable” fear. It’s precisely what the public option was designed to do.

But Scott, that doesn't mean that the "process that will end with a health-care system entirely controlled by the government."

Even full-on single payer wouldn't be "government controlled healthcare". It would be "government funded healthcare". Getting the insurance companies out of healthcare, if it ever happens, would not mean the government would own all the hospitals, doctor's offices, and clinics.You would still go to a private doctor or hospital, and then the government would pay for it.


por supuesto, you would pay for some of it as well, like Medicare, or Medicaid, and, yes, some of your taxes would go to fund it.

But look, even if insurance co.s would no longer be a part of it, under the single payer scenario, that still would not mean that the government would be running the U.S. healthcare system the way they do, say, the census.

Be brave, little American grasshoppers. You cannot cross the chasm in two steps. Single payer all the way, baby.

Collin in Canada

The dems should have rolled out their healthcare plan as "Medicare for Everyone". People would have understood it. It makes for any easy bumper sticker slogan. And, it would put the republicans in a position of attacking Medicare, where much the last remaining supporters of the republican party get their healthcare. They'd have had to attack the healthcare system that works for everyone's grandparents. In the end, the comprimise might have been what Obama wanted all along.

It makes me think that the dems really didn't want to change healthcare, and this is just a show. Or, are they really so pathetic when it comes to understanding how to get policies through the system and make them stick?

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