Eh, not so much. This is Cooper.
Nevertheless, the Nashville Democrat planned to vote in favor of the $1.1 trillion package.
“My vote is not an endorsement of all the provisions of the bill because I find much of the bill to be deeply flawed,” Cooper said in a written statement issued during Saturday night’s debate. The bill passed in the House late Saturday night.
“There is little chance that (the House bill) will become law due to the long legislative process.”
His reasoning seems to be it won’t pass the Senate or a “passing of the buck.” He also stated he was voting for it “to advance the cause of health care reform by forcing the Senate to act.”
What if he is wrong?
What he voted for was this:
… who has not had health insurance coverage
or coverage under an employment-based health plan
for at least the 6-month period immediately preceding the date of the individual’s application for high-risk pool coverage under this section.(pg 18, HR 3962)
So, what is said in public is not backed up in the bill they support. How many people with cancer can wait 6 months for treatment? In spite of the rhetoric and sob stories, Congress isn’t going to do anymore for the people than the insurance companies will do.
“Without passage of this House bill, the Senate could delay reform indefinitely. That would be the worst possible outcome because our current health care system is not sustainable,” he said.
Did you know there’s a matching funds requirement?
(2) MATCHING FUND REQUIREMENT.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph
(B), no grant may be awarded to a State unless the State demonstrates the seriousness of its effort by matching at least percent of the grant amount through non-Federal resources, which may be a combination of State, local, private dollars from insurers, providers, and other private organizations.(pg 75, HR 3962)
The federal government will raise taxes to pay for this and the states will be forced to play along. Why is it that every time the federal government decides to interfere with something, it means hardship for the respective states? How is your state placed in this economic downturn? Will you be able to afford all the new taxes?
And, yes, Cooper voted for this:
Never mind individual circumstances that might preclude buying a $15,000 dollar policy which is the cheapest one can buy. Never mind the waiting periods for pre-existing conditions. Never mind the cuts to Medicare into which retirees and future retires have poured billions of dollars over decades. Never mind that a 5 year jail sentence is a death sentence to some. Never mind that with that death sentence it means someone will die for someone else’s sense of entitlement. Please, just never mind all the negatives. Just look over here at the cherries. Cherries come with pits and we’re expected to swallow the pits with the fruit… and like it even if it kills us.
And the excuse, as always, is: “To move it forward.” How many times have we heard that from both sides of the aisle? Does anything get moved forward other than bigger government, more intrusion into our private lives, and more authority over our individual labors toward the American Dream?
Oh, and did I tell you he’s the lone Tennessee vote? I’m sure I must have.
I have no understanding of what it means to be a Blue Dog Democrat if Jim Cooper is supposed to be a prime example. I suppose what it used to mean is no longer what it means. Perhaps, we need a new term for them: BDINO (Blue Dog In Name Only).
Oh and speaking of Blue Dog Democrats, remember that Owens fellow in NY23 who was supposed to be more conservative than Scozzafava, whom she endorsed over a real conservative candidate? He broke four campaign promises within an hour of being sworn in.
Perhaps we should call them what they really are: Liars. There’s no such creature as a Blue Dog Democrat. They’re myths just like their campaign promises.
To say all politicians lie is to admit to apathy and helplessness. When are we going to expect more of the people we pay to represent us? We do not pay them to cater to the Nancy Pelosi’s of Congress. We do not pay them to serve their own self-interest over the interests of the people for whom they work.
Now that I’ve rambled in the NY23 territory let’s get back to Cooper. Did I tell you that Cooper was the lone vote from Tennessee? I was wrong. I suppose two out of seven isn’t bad.
It is small comfort to have only the hope that it is indeed D.O.A. in the Senate as is being claimed. Cooper’s own words imply that is the hope when he says it’s “to advance the cause of healthcare”, which is the equivalent of saying, “The dog ate my homework.”
Hope is cold comfort if you’re one of the ones who may end up sitting in a jail cell because Congress is full of cowards.
I am not nor have I ever been a friend or admirer of, now the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. I hope before his death he came to know the Lord.
But I find the liberal Democrats, with the drive-by media’s help, use of his passing as a way to shove socialized healthcare down our throats very unseemly. In fact, it’s downright morbid and I’m sure many other Americans think so too. Kennedy has barely been dead a day and the libs have already turned him into a political prop. Disgusting.
And Chris Matthews anointing President Obama “the last Kennedy brother“? Get off the president’s leg and just get a room already.
The Dems are on the verge of another Paul Wellstone moment and they don’t even know it. My hope is that they have that shameful moment so the American people can finally see them for what they are and sweep them into the dustbin of History, as they truly deserve.
Yeah, that’s right, Governor. The criticism of you and President Obama is because you’re Black. That’s much easier to accept than the truth: it’s because you’re incompetent.
Gov. Paterson is still blaming race for his his troubles.
After complaining on a Friday radio show that he is the victim of an “orchestrated” campaign to push him out of office, Paterson told a blogger that some people are uncomfortable with too many black pols in power.
“Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories, then some people get nervous,” Paterson told political blogger Gerson Borrero over the weekend.
See? This is the mind of a true, blue liberal. Nothing’s ever their fault. There’s always some nefarious reason why people are against them.
But the Obama White House won’t publicly back this drivel.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Monday morning that the President does not share Paterson’s view that criticism of him or any other politician is racially motivated.
“In terms of media coverage of the President, he thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media, there are a lot people who disagree with him in the media, and there are a lot of folks who play it straight,” Burton told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama is vacationing, Monday morning.
If Burton had just stopped at the first part of his sentence he wouldn’t have had to make up that other stuff. Of course Obama “thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media” because they are blatant about their man-crush for him.
As for incompetent NY Gov. Patterson…not so much. They like Patterson but Obama will always be the media’s first true love.
This one is a little near and dear to my heart since it directly concerns the well-being of my husband and our financial future. When the construction industry died because of bad federal policies and the financial meltdown with the banks, hubby sat up all night one night and realized that he had to change careers. Given our circumstances, there was no way we could survive a 4 year degree’s time to achieve so he went into trucking.
Truck stops reduce idling to clear the air (emphasis mine)
Nashville and three neighboring counties have too much pollution in the air, and the state hopes to make it cleaner by getting truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines.
Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Rutherford counties have failed initial tests to meet federal standards for ozone, a pollutant created when sunlight reacts with vehicle and industrial emissions. Diesel fuel from freight trucks, especially when they are idling, is a contributor to poor air quality.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation received a $2 million grant Monday to equip six to 10 truck stops with technology that reduces diesel fuel emissions from trucks by allowing drivers to turn off their engines but stay cool during rests.
Long-haul drivers, who are required by law to rest for 10 hours after each 11-hour shift, can pay to plug their trucks into a machine that offers air conditioning, heat, electricity, cable television, phone and Internet access. […]
An initial state report released in March showed that the Middle Tennessee counties did not meet new federal air quality standards set last year to reduce health risks, including heart attacks and asthma, problems that are associated with breathing smoggy air.
The EPA will finalize the state’s air monitoring results by March 2010.
So, they won’t finalize their results for almost another year but it’s important that we proceed with the rape of the economy and the trucking industry in the meantime. Oh, did I mention the truckdrivers will have to pay for this new service? It sounds great and all that but 3 hours worth of electricity for $10. Are truck drivers made of gold or something? For the record, hubby is averaging around $500/week being a new driver. He’s on his truck 24/7 except for the occasional times he gets to come home for a day. Truckers are required to take a 10 hour break, so 10 hours divided by 3 hours times $10 dollars is roughly 33 dollars per day to park at a truck stop in Tennessee… or half hubby’s paycheck.
I can imagine the lawsuits that are going to ensue when the first death occurs from exposure from extreme heat or cold because of an inability to pay for the “hook up.”
The article goes on to talk about what a great thing this is, including one lone truck driver from San Antonio, TX as a spokesperson. This truck driver has a 10 year old truck with 100,000 miles on it. Hubby was assigned a truck that’s 1 year old with 180,000 miles on it. Do the math.
Yes, folks, this is our tax dollars at work. My new mantra is Jim Cooper has to got to go. I’ve threatened a gibbon from the Nashville Zoo, even running myelf if I have to although like I never thought I’d be a political activist, being a politician is laughable. I will, however, do what it takes to get a sane government in place.
There is no point in being outraged, really there isn’t.
“Rush Limbaugh, ‘I hope the country fails’ — I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? … He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”
Obama joined the crowd in laughing at the crack about Limbaugh’s “kidneys.”
Apparently, it’s funny to wish death on someone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the least bit surprised. I knew this would happen, has been happening for years now, which is why calling it an outrage is basically saying no one has the courage of their convictions to stand up to bullies. The biggest bully now sits in the White House and the lesser bullies are so afraid of him they can’t make a joke about him, which is the tradition for this yearly function.
I know many a conservative site that talks about the left drinking Koolaid. I don’t believe it’s Koolaid at all but a whole different drink: Haterade. When cruelty is the only thing the left seems to find funny, perhaps they should abstain from the haterade for awhile but I believe they’re addicted now and can’t stop.
Time after time after time, the left has shown that it lives for and thrives on hate( You can google them because I will not give them a link to the vileness):
Joe the Plumber
Anybody who stands in Obama’s way.
The vitriol aimed at these and others not named is not dislike for them. It’s not a disagreement with their views. It’s nothing but pure unadulterated hate. Where are all the political correctness police now? Probably getting their fix in for their daily ration of haterade. I’m sure we’ll be hearing all about it when the hate juice kicks in so they can laugh about it a little longer.
Bumped for updates below. Please don’t overlook Susannah’s post as it is the newest of the two.
We have a Sims government.
I sincerely think our government is playing either Sims2 or Sims Societies to figure out what to do in their jobs. In real life, the solutions they’re putting forth don’t work and will never work. Sims characters are made up of set variables programmed into the game. Real live human beings are much more diverse than a computer character will ever be; and their lives are a whole lot messier than even the least successful Sim.
For some background, we have a wildly popular president… at least according to the polls… and Congress’ approval ratings have risen a bit from their all time low. The highest government office in Sims2 is the Mayor but to acheive it, the Sims character has to excel in certain skills and be: wildly popular. So popular, that even when they make bad decisions, those decisions don’t seem to affect their careers all that much. It would take a very terrible mistake to get a Sim Mayor impeached.
For Sims Societies, you are the Mayor, or the government. To beat the odds of failing your city, you have to do a number of things and inevitably have to have such orgs as a Propaganda Ministry, Public Television, and a number of other government run entities. The balance between capitalism and government control is so far to the left that you have to build things that keep the people happy in their misery. Work is not something Sims like in either game. In the Sims Societies, you build things, called venues to keep the people happy. In the Sims2 game, you have to buy things and provide more fun time than anything else.
So we have this spendthrift government made of the same people who criticized Bush’s and the Republicans’ sprendthrift ways for the first 6 years of Bush’s tenure. And still they continue to buy even knowing that tomorrow, things can change and they could be bankrupt and things can be repossessed for nonpayment. But what the heck, it seems to keep the people happy.
Unless you take the Tea Parties into account, but that’s so unpatriotic now, isn’t it? Things have changed in just a couple of short years. Tea Party attendees are merely right wing extremists backed by the right wing Fox News Network.
One wonders if the government forgot to turn off free will in their games. That would make sense in the light of their confusion about what the people want, outside those who still get their talking points from the mainstream media, that is. Fox News, like any other capitalist pig run business merely took advantage of a situation, where the entrenched MSM (Obama’s Propaganda Ministry) ignored it.
Or as Glen Beck said in yesterday’s program on Fox: We could be in the Matrix and need to choose between the blue or the red pill.
Update 2: It appears I was wrong and just goes to show how long it has been since I played the game. There is a download for Sims2 President Career. In addition, there are now character mods for our 44th president. Yes, indeedy, the more things change the more they stay the same.
I can’t think of any other way to describe this. I mean, I can see doting parents being thrilled by the first time their kid opens a door but I thought Obama was supposed to be a grown man? Am I wrong?
I can’t bring the images over because Time is so hurting for money, I’d likely get sued for copyright infringement so you’ll just have to follow the link. I didn’t get far into the collection before I was thinking of a nap. Sleeping while balancing a chair with his feet up on a desk, moving a chair, and that sort of thing is why married people with children usually run out of single friends shortly after the first year of the child’s life. Only other doting parents can understand the fixation on every little thing the child does.
Considering that this is the 13th time in 12 months that Obama has graced the cover of Time, perhaps they do look at him the same way doting parents look at their progeny. One wonders how close to rock bottom Time has to hit before they realize that not everyone in the U.S. doesn’t share their fascination.
Anyone who opposes the tax, spend, and borrow policies of Washington is now a right wing extremist. That includes anybody who didn’t vote for Obama last November, veterans who may or may not have voted for him but are now disillusioned, all the tea party protestors and any other assorted voters who may or may not have voted for him and are now disillusioned. I’d guesstimate that number probably reaches around 60+% of the country, regardless of the polls that swear he has 66% approval rating. The fact that ACORN is planning to disrupt the protests with their own plans is just icing on the cake.
I just have one question: How stupid are they? At this point in time, I rather take it as a compliment that these dumb shills consider me a right wing extremist if the alternative means to blindly accept radical change to things that made this country great.
Change you can believe in, yes, indeed! All the way to the bank… oh, sorry, no, we can’t because the government has taken over them, too.