As you likely know, if you follow the news, the GOP and Dems are at each other over Obamacare again.
On the face of it, this whole thing is silly. The GOP might not like it, but the Dems control the White House and the Senate. Trying to hold a gun to their head to change their minds, is very unlikely to work. In the end, this will go on for a bit, until Wall Street gets fed up and then the GOP will be forced to give in.
But really, this is about the tea party vs the rest of the GOP. The rest of the GOP wants to move on. They may not like Obamacare, but this is not the time to fight this battle (nor is it the right time when they get to the debt ceiling). This is a losing battle for the GOP until they control more of the govt.
Look here is my $.02 on Obamacare:
- I’ve seen first hand how companies don’t hire full time employees because they don’t want to pay the overhead of health insurance. Instead, they hire contractors so they don’t have to pay for benefits.
- Because of the above point, I think it makes sense to decouple your job and health insurance.
- Because of the high cost, some sort of govt. help is needed to get people health insurance.
- While I’ll agree that Obamacare is likely to have problems (with anything new, you need to shake out the bugs), it’s a step in the direction of decoupling your health insurance to your job. Therefore I support it. It can be adjusted later as needed.
- The GOP plan is: keep everything the same. This I don’t agree with, so until I see something more serious, I’m stuck with supporting Obamacare.
Oops, never mind. False Positive…
Yea, because when a storm kills people and kids and destroys homes, that’s when you need to thank the Lord.
I’d rather have the Lord say ‘hocus pocus’ and make the storm go ‘poof’.
Sorry, the stupidity of the some folks just gets to me.
I’m finishing up a game review, but here’s a link to enjoy.
First this great post: Scientists hate the GOP for a reason by Amanda Marcotte which rips a post in Nature: Science must be seen to bridge the political divide by Daniel Sarewitz
First the opening paragraph from Nature:
To prevent science from continuing its worrying slide towards politicization, here’s a New Year’s resolution for scientists, especially in the United States: gain the confidence of people and politicians across the political spectrum by demonstrating that science is bipartisan.
I’ll leave you to read the whole article, but in short. It says that the Science should support the GOP more and in return Daniel thinks that the GOP will look at Science as bipartisan and will support it more.
What a load of shit!
Go get him Amanda:
He (Daniel) argues that the perceived liberal bent of the social scientists has caused Republicans to be wary of that field and to defund it, and warns that if scientists in other fields—he names public health and environmental science—don’t stop supporting Democrats so openly, Republicans will come after them, too. But the cause-and-effect relationship is reversed. Republicans started it when, as early as the environmentalist movements of the ’70s, they began to morph into the party that defended corporate profits over public health and environmental good. Why would scientists support a party that ignores and refuses to fund important scientific initiatives like efforts to fight climate change, stem cell research, and advances in improving sexual health, like development of the cervical cancer vaccine? Sarewitz blames scientists for the politicization of science, when any fool can see that Republicans attacked first and scientists are just defending themselves.
Let’s be clear. Republicans don’t attack scientists because they want to punish them for supporting Democrats. If all scientists agreed tomorrow to stop donating to parties, expressing political opinions in public, or even voting, Republicans would not gratefully start agreeing with scientific consensus around global warming or embrace public health recommendations to reduce unplanned pregnancy and STDs. They wouldn’t even come around on the now 154-year-old theory of evolution. They oppose these ideas because they come in conflict with Republican ideological concerns.
Well put Amanda. Just wow!
On another note, Colin Powell has been killing the GOP:
I think 2016 is the year of the GOP purge. The GOP will do something silly, like default the country or something and have their ass handed to them again. The Dems will hold both houses.
At this point the GOP will retool hopefully more to the center and be strong in 2018. At least I hope so. It’s better for all of us to have the two parties with a closer divide between them.