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Open Thread - State Healthcare Reform Horse Race

  • Posted on: 3 January 2011
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Politico has a short list of "6 states to watch on health reform" as it all moves forward. This policy analysis should be taken with the appropriate grain of salt, IMHO, as politico quotes:

"Rader Wallack who, previously co-chaired Massachusetts’ Cost Containment Committee"

A state that produced similar reform to what we have seen that resulted in this quote:

"less-heartening numbers loom in the background: the state’s health care costs continue to rapidly outpace general economic growth."

Looking back, the Cost Containment Committee may have to patch some gaping holes in Massachusetts. And it remains to be seen if it can be done with arguably circumventable cost controls built into the recent reform out of DC. Just sayin'.

As we mark the passing of the latest phase of health reform laws implemented on January 1st (scroll the comments there and you will see some interesting comments pointing to what I mean about cost controls and other issues, OK?), the six states Politico suggests following are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Wisconsin for various reasons ranging from the most resistant to reform in Alaska, to the intended public option that should be Sustinet in Connecticut, and all the way over to the Single Payer movement in Vermont. I would not count Single Payer as out of the question in California, either, though there is no mention of that large movement behind it.

Before we move on to comments, I'd like to wish ePM's very own Luaptifer a belated and very happy birthday. Here is to everyone's health in the New Year and welcome to 2011's first Open Thread!

Reality Show: The Alaskan Free Lunch Conservative Bunch

  • Posted on: 15 November 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

From the NY Daily News we get a glimpse into the making of th reality show featuring the GOP Queen of Welfare, both wingnut welfare and federal handouts wise, Sarah Palin:

Make sure to check out the premiere of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Sunday night.

After all, we helped bankroll it.

I don't mean the new reality show.

I mean the state.

Alaska gets $1.84 in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.

We in New York get just 79 cents on the dollar.

Which means we subsidize Alaska even as it enjoys a $2 billion-plus budget surplus.

I know that this topic comes up often where I live.... Because Connecticut is one of those many blue states that pays the welfare out to the many red states that would be bankrupt without the Federal handouts.

Alaska epitomizes the reality snow job show that is Red State Welfare.

The only reason there even "appears" to be a Nanny state that the conservatives rail about is because there is a crapload of childish red staters that have proven they are unable to get by without the rest of the USA taking care of you:

Sections: 

Nick Benton's Corner" California Water Crisis

  • Posted on: 7 January 2010
  • By: Visitor (not verified)
CBS' television news magazine, 60 Minutes, devoted a segment last Sunday to the devastating water shortage facing the state of California. Three years of severe drought have left a half-million acres of prime agricultural land fallow in the state's Central Valley, and mandatory water rationing has been imposed on a number of cities.

Will the GOP upChuck on Norris support?

  • Posted on: 10 March 2009
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Here we have the GOP's favorite far right wingnut Chucky Norris discussing his wish to destroy America with dreams of a Texas secession where he can reign supreme because he didn't get his way in the last elections with FOX news lunatic, Glen Beck, trying to start a wingnut revolution:

On Glenn Beck's radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, "I may run for president of Texas."

That need may be a reality sooner than we think. (...snip...)

How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority according to America's Declaration of Independence, which states:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

When I appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show, he told me that someone had asked him, "Do you really believe that there is going to be trouble in the future?" And he answered, "If this country starts to spiral out of control and Mexico melts down or whatever, if it really starts to spiral out of control, before America allows a country to become a totalitarian country (which it would have under I think the Republicans as well in this situation; they were taking us to the same place, just slower), Americans won't stand for it. There will be parts of the country that will rise up." Then Glenn asked me and his listening audience, "And where's that going to come from?" He answered his own question, "Texas, it's going to come from Texas. Do you agree with that Chuck?" I replied, "Oh yeah!" Definitely.

...snip...

For those losing hope, and others wanting to rekindle the patriotic fires of early America, I encourage you to join Fox News' Glenn Beck, me and millions of people across the country in the live telecast, "We Surround Them,"

Certainly explaining why Chucky was so fond of secessionist Sarah Palin...

More Alaskan Political Hijinks, Snowzilla Banned!!!!!!!!{UPDATED!!}

  • Posted on: 23 December 2008
  • By: jimstaro

originally posted: 2008-12-22 12:28:12 -1000. Promoted by Roxy. Death to Frosty. Yikes!

UPDATE: Just Received

Snowzilla rises from the dead

 

Snowzilla, the giant snowman city officials tried to prevent from being built this year, appeared suddenly this morning at his usual winter home in East Anchorage.

Someone built Snowzilla overnight despite a grinchy ruling that the 16-foot construction was a public nuisance and could not make its now traditional appearance on Columbine Street in front of the Powers family home.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

There wasn't a picture of the rebirth, yet!!

 

I read about this earlier today, and felt a sadness envelope me in these troubled times, and divisive political partisanship, and not so seemingly a coming 'Merry Christmas' for far too many.

It wasn't the weather. It wasn't angry neighbors bearing shovels and pick axes.

It turns out Snowzilla's biggest foe -- the one who felled the controversial but much-loved giant -- was a notice-bearing city code enforcement officer.

Polar Bears Fate - Klempthorne

  • Posted on: 11 December 2008
  • By: avahome

Bumped and promoted. -- GH

Just who the hell does this Klempthorne guy think he is.....? Please take a minute and read the article. I signed up at the Alaskan site and posted a comment. I am beyond disappointed in the Bush Administration as well as Governor Palin. I don't know why the people of Alaska aren't outraged.

Kempthorne affirms 'special rule' for polar bears

As Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced new rules to reduce the influence of federal scientists on endangered species decisions, he also made permanent a "special rule" that will block steps that could protect threatened polar bears.

Kempthorne today made permanent a rule that says the listing of polar bears will not be used to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a leading cause of global warming, and the primary reason for the loss of Arctic sea ice, the main habitat of polar bears.

Summer sea ice this year shrank to 1.74 million square miles, the second lowest level on record and 860,000 square miles below the average between 1979 and 2000.

Kempthorne's rule also declares that decisions on petroleum management off Alaska's coast will continue to be governed by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a law that conservation groups say has been interpreted too loosely to afford adequate protection for whales, polar bears, walrus and seals that depend on ice.

 

The Canaries of the Sea, granted a Pardon, this time ...

  • Posted on: 18 October 2008
  • By: jamess

Posted yesterday (2008-10-17 20:56:22 -0500); deserving of a second look. -- GH.

A beluga’s mouth is permanently upturned like a smile. It’s easy to connect with these sociable whales ...

Often called "canaries of the sea," beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) broadcast squeals, trills, chirps and other sounds through their blowholes. ... These vocalizations can be communications between animals. They might also be used to echo-locate, or interpret the sound waves that bounce back to discern what food or obstacles are ahead.

Belugas live in the frigid waters near the Arctic Circle.

Shedd Aquarium

Maybe the times really are changing, because those Belugas just won a Big Victory against none other, than the "Pals of Big Oil" ...

Sarah Palin Budgets to Protect Rapists

  • Posted on: 16 September 2008
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Before I write anything on why Sarah Palin is truly a very sick person I want you to look at these stats for violent crime and forcible rape on a state by state basis:

Forcible rape rate and Violent crime by State

While - thankfully for us Nutmeggers - Connecticut is way down near the bottom of this list, it is obvious that rape in Alaska is a very serious issue that is and has been begging to be dealt with properly. Unfortunately for Alaskans, Sarah Palin has made it a budgetary priority to ignore these issues.

Sarah Palin AKIP Missing Link: Mark Chryson

  • Posted on: 6 September 2008
  • By: Connecticut Man1

TPM has nailed down the true extent of Todd Palin's membership in the anti-American secessionist group known as AKIP. Previously, I had referred to them as AIP - the Alasakan Independence Party- but they seem to have a preference for AKIP. And this is more than just the membership in the '90s and attending an AKIP convention in '94 as was previously reported on, concerning both Todd and Sarah Palin, by the media when her 2006 video address to the group surfaced.