Dicky's Doodles &Scribbles

Cartoons,editorials and comment about current events and more.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Message From GOP: Americans, We Don't Take Care Of Our Own!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Health Care Debate Takes An Ugly Turn

GOP wants to preserve the staus quo.

The debate about providing health care coverage to all Americans is descending into an ugly turf war. Some Republicans, such as Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), only care about bringing down Obama. DeMint said recently, during a conference call on health care reform, "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."
Some say small businesses will suffer if they have to provide health coverage to their employees or that the country can’t afford to provide a "government plan"
The simple truth is the country cannot afford to keep the status quo.
Initial costs for implementation of a national health care plan may be expensive but the benefits will far outstrip the negative. Imagine if all employees were healthy and could count on health care for them and their families when they need it. Healthy workers, with healthy families, would be more productive workers, more reliable workers and happier workers, knowing that a catastrophic illness in their family would not bankrupt them and they would be able to get needed medical care. How much is that worth?
It is clear that most folks don’t want to see their taxes go up any at all, even if it means helping the 45 million who have no health coverage. The proposed taxes would be small increases on incomes above $250,000 per year, the same folks who got eight years of tax cuts under the previous administration.
Another criticism of the health care proposals is that people will lose their insurance and be forced into a one size fits all government run plan. That is not what the President has proposed. Here is the text of an email sent from his office;
"If you already have health insurance: reform will provide you with more security and stability. It will limit your own out of pocket costs and prevent your insurance company from dropping your coverage if you get too sick. You'll also have affordable insurance options if you lose or change your job. And it will cover preventive care like check-ups and mammograms that save lives and money.
If you don't have health insurance: you will finally have guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care, and you can choose the plan that best suits your family's needs. And no insurance company will be allowed to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition."
At the moment the opposition is focusing on knocking down straw men. Rick Scott heads Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR) and appears in many of their ads. However CPR has been running deceptive and misleading ads attacking reform as a plan to impose Canadian or British style health care systems which is patently false.
Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare. Scott's former company was the subject of a seven year investigation which charged Columbia/HCA with fraud and led to a $1.7 billion fine.
It is clear that some Republicans have a vested interest in torpedoing health care and that heir fundamental drive is to bring down Obama at all costs. Hopefully the American people can see through their ploy and help get this important objective accomplished.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Herding Cats!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin ...

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Fran Townsend Blames Administration For Problems She Caused!

Fran Townsend, former head of Homeland Security under G.W. Bush, was on CNN the other day. She was, correctly, critical of the security breach which allowed under cover agents to smuggle bomb parts into federal buildings. What she didn't mention was that the security lapses were found with a contracting firm which was hired under her guidance during the Bush push to privatize many government functions.
A recently released GAO report said that security at 10 federal buildings was found to be extremely lax in four cities where undercover agents were able to smuggle bomb making components into the buildings.
Guards were found asleep on the job, poorly trained and in one case a baby was inadvertently allowed to pass through an X-ray machine.
This is another example of a major failure of the Bush push for privatisation of governmental functions. Remember Blackwater?

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Sarah Palin; No Mas! (We can only hope!)

Happy Fourth Of July!

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Sarah Palin To Resign As Governor Of Alaska

Sarah Palin announced today she planned to resign as Governor of Alaska on July 26, my birthday! What a present!
Of course there is no doubt that she is doing this to somehow enhance her plan to run for the Presidency in 2012. It's hard to see how this would help her chances with rational voters. Of course the term "rational" would not apply to those who would vote for her in the first place! She has just barely served half of her term as governor, and an extremely tarnished term it has been.
She was investigated for ethics violations such as "troopergate" and padding her expenses. Her daughter had a child out of wedlock and the child's father then battled with the Palins in the national media. Her husband was known to have been a member of an Alaska secessionist group for a few years and she addressed the group at least once. She at first turned down federal stimulus money but quickly reversed that stand as Alaskans raised their voices in protest of such a dumb move as the economy of Alaska, along with the rest of the country, suffered in the recession.
During the 2008 race, when she was John McCain's running mate, she is best remembered for her constant battle with foot-in-mouth disease and her alarming lack of knowledge or experience of things governmental, historical or political. Her expense account fiasco showed her to be arrogant, greedy and mean.
As I have said more than once, if Sarah Palin is the answer it is a mighty strange question!

For a fascinating take on Sarah Palin see this article in Vanity Fair:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

GOP 2012 Field Taking Shape?

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The list of possible challengers for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination is presently quite large, even though the number was recently reduced by two with the embarrassing revelations by possible hopefuls John Ensign and Mark Sanford. Few have officially announced their intentions but there are plenty of tea leaves to peruse.
Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are probably sure bets to run. Tim Pawlenty, Republican Governor of Minnesota, has been mentioned.
Newt Gingrich is also making candidate like noises and appearances.
Former U.S. Senator (R, Tenn.)Fred Thompson, he of the burly physique and deep voice, and with a large film and TV credit list,has revived his FredPAC and has been regularly mailing out email newsletters with himself haughtily prognosticating about current events and disparaging President Obama, liberals and taxes.
There are other seemingly ridiculous choices, such as U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R Tx.) whose name has come up amazingly enough. Anybody who thinks John Cornyn is Presidential material is drinking from the same koolaid as Sarah Palin supporters!
U.S. Senator (R. Tx.) Kay Bailey Hutchison has already announced she is planning to leave the Senate and challenge the sitting Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry is another highly unlikely name that has been mentioned as a possibility in the GOP prez race. Some think Hutchison is angling for a run as well, after she unseats Perry as guv.
It's already a large field and will likely grow though of these perhaps only Romney and Huckabee have a legitimate shot at the prize. We'll just have to see what happens.