In today's Paul Krugman (NY Times) op-ed, Krugman explains that Pres. Obama, in an interview with Bloomberg news last week, tried to make the FALSE EQUIVALENCY argument that since NFL football stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have 'NO SALARY CAPS,' so why should bankers? As Mr. Krugman (the sole genuine "liberal" at the ENTIRE NY Times) points out, Obama's argument is falacious on three different counts:
#1. NFL players DO, effectively, have salary caps; and
#2. more importantly, tech startups and Silicon Valley companies DON'T TANK the ENTIRE economy when they crash, as "too big to fail" banks did in 2008; and,
#3. Dot.com and Tech companies that CRASH, do NOT get TRILLION-dollar TAXPAYER BAILOUTS.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/opinion/21krugman.htmlOver in America's HEALTH CARE CRISIS, Pres. Obama is NOW PIMPING the MAX BAUCUS "health care 'reform' plan" - the plan that EVERY competent observer understands WAS WRITTEN BY INSURANCE, Big Pharma, hospital, & medical supply industry LOBBYISTS, who have BLATANTLY BRIBED Senate Finance Committee Chairman MAX BAUCUS to be their arrogant, entitled, 'DINO' (Republican corporate hit-man posing as a Democrat), corrupt, lying Front Man.
< That’s an astonishing remark — and not just because the National Football League does, in fact, have pay caps. Tech firms don’t crash the whole world’s operating system when they go bankrupt; quarterbacks who make too many risky passes don’t have to be rescued with hundred-billion-dollar bailouts. Banking is a special case — and the president is surely smart enough to know that. >
All of this is "OLD NEWS" to DemNationUSA readers, of course - the Emanuel/obama White House has done NOTHING to ACKNOWLEDGE, much less, heavens forbid, STAND UP FOR, the SINGLE-PAYER activist doctors - men and women WHO PUT THEIR CAREERS ON THE LINE, to be ARRESTED out of Max Baucus's INSANELY CORRUPT committee, for PROTESTING Senator Baucus' industry-bribed CENSORSHIP of EVEN DISCUSSION of Single-payer as a health care reform option.
That's right, America: Pres. Obama is in THE CENSORSHIP, DISTORTION, and BRIBERY business, his GOLDMAN-SACHS and INSURANCE INDUSTRY MINIONS - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus - DON'T CARE if AMERICANS ARE ARRESTED PROTESTING the current EXTORTIONATE health care system, and Obama and his minions DON'T CARE if AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE DRIVEN IN TO BANKRUPTCY by medical procedure costs that INSURANCE COMPANIES have DENIED coverage for, the insanely arrogant and corrupt Obama DOESN'T EVEN CARE that the BIG BANKS are USING taxpayer BAILOUT BILLIONS as a cushion to FORCE FORECLOSURES on homeowners who could, with minimum loan modification, continue to stay in their homes, because the bankers are now looting the bailout funds wholesale!
Just to prove that Mr. Obama has GONE COMPLETELY OVER TO THE DARK SIDE, this little article notes that Mr. Obama has placed... a Senior (former) MONSANTO Corp. Vice President, lawyer, and lobbyist - as SENIOR ADVISOR to the nation's food industry watchdog, the FDA !!
MONSANTO CORP. is PURE DISTILLED EVIL, their executives have MADE A CAREER out of SICKING the Corporation's LEGAL SHARKS, on America's FAMILY FARMERS, and have made MILLIONS selling GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS to poor Indian farmers - seeds which have FAILED by the million acres, literally driving destitute India farmers to impoverishment, FAMINE, and SUICIDE.
FOR SHAME! Mr. Obama has, in the first nine months of his administration, taken ALL THE BAD POLICY CHOICES of the 8 years of the Clinton administration - NAFTA, GATT, signing the GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY and the so-called "Enron Loophole" "Commodity Futures 'Reform' Act of 2000" Right-Wing Republican FINANCIAL DEREGULATION ACTS which LED DIRECTLY to the economic crisis of 2008 - Obama has RAMMED those ATROCIOUS policies down MILLIONS of Democratic voters' throats, using DECEPTION and CENSORSHIP as his bully-boy... just as KARL ROVE, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney did for the 8 years 2000 to 2008!
Roy Sekoff: the "Baucus Bill" is a BLATANTLY INSURANCE INDUSTRY WRITTEN piece of CORRUPTION, which is exactly what the Insurance Industry expects for their THREE MILLION DOLLARS in BLATANT BRIBES to Senator Baucus:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-tv/roy-sekoff-blasts-max-bau_b_287954.htmlOBAMA AND HIS WHITE HOUSE are BEHIND the above CORRUPT Max Baucus INDUSTRY WRITTEN 'reform' bill...!
Reacting to former insurance executive Wendell Potter, who told a House committee today that the Baucus bill is an "absolute gift" to the insurance industry, Sekoff said, "Truth be told, it's not technically a gift since the insurance and health industry actually paid for it with the over $3 million it has donated to Baucus since 2003." Sekoff also lamented that the debate over a public option is winding down to "is a watered down public option better than nothing?"
Baucus Bill: Health Reform That Isn't Marcia Angell, M.D.Jane Hamsher: Obama is STABBING MILLIONS of Democratic voter SINGLE PAYER advocates IN THE BACK, SABOTAGING even consideration of a watered-down PUBLIC OPTION:
Physician, Author, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
With the long-awaited release of the Baucus health plan, which is said to have Obama's approval, THE FIX IS IN. Billions of TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE THROWN AT the INSURANCE and [Big Pharma] pharmaceutical industries, much of it DIVERTED FROM MEDICARE and Medicaid (despite Obama's protestations that he would not raid Medicare to shore up the private system).
New DNC Obama Ad: Get "Fired Up" and "Ready To Go" About No Public Option
by Jane HamsherFounder, founder, FireDogLake.com
Posted: September 18, 2009
President Obama has been desperate to ditch the public option for weeks. Max Baucus did the job he thought he was supposed to do -- memorialize the deals that the White House cut with health care industry stakeholders. He left it to the White House to sell it, and now they have to.
But every time they [Obama!] tried to jettison the public option through surrogates like Kathleen Sebelius or "senior White House officials" speaking anonymously to media outlets, the base went haywire and Obama's poll numbers started tanking.
Well, now that Baucus has delivered his stenography, gotta get the base on board with the "goody bag" of benefits -- which basically means whatever was left over after Rahm Emanuel got done auctioning off the rest to the medical industrial complex.
So the new DNC ad fires up the "base" by trying to rally them around hatred of teabaggers:
Because hatred of teabaggers will, I guess, mean that nobody notices that Obama makes no mention of a public option in the ad.
It's meant to primarily signal our most ardent supporters and the base of the Democratic Party that we are with you -- and that we need you -- to get this done and accomplish the other big things this president has set out to do," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said.
Well, now there's the rub. Because it turns out that 44% of Democrats strongly support health care reform with a public option, but that figure drops to 12% without one. So passing the Baucus bill means stabbing the base and destroying 2010 turnout for the midterms, which is pretty much what NAFTA did in 1994 -- when there was a 54 seat swing to the Republicans.
Thank Rahm Emanuel for that one , too.
(note: RAHM EMANUEL, uber-corporate Neo-Con strong-arm thug, was a major player in forcing President Clinton to enact the NAFTA 'free trade bill' - one of the two major issues (the other Hillary Clinton's industry written health-care 'reform' bill, aka "Hillary care") that DROVE MILLIONS of voters to ABANDON the Democrats in 1994 - RAHM EMANUEL was INSTRUMENTAL in the DC Democrats TURNING CONGRESS OVER to the NEWT GINGRICH / Tom DeLay REPUBLICANS for the FIRST TIME IN FORTY YEARS!!!