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Harry Reid's closing message: You'd have to be crazy to replace me with Sharron Angle

Here's one of Harry Reid's closing ads, to be released later today, giving us a glimpse into one of his core closing messages at the end of an extremely negative and hard-fought campaign.

The ad contains some of the familiar epithets the campaign has steadily applied to Sharron Angle for months, labeling her reckless, radical, and extreme. But it also offers a pivot to something of a positive message: Reid has saved jobs, and replacing him with Angle would be, well, insane:

One interesting moment occurs when a Nevada businessman says: "She will be the knockout punch for the Nevada economy." In a sense, that's a tacit admission that the economy is currently one punch away from being "knocked out," and really reveals the make-lemonade-out-of-lemons approach the Reid campaign has been forced to adopt amid Nevada's dire economic situation.

At any rate, look for the Reid camp to integrate its now-familiar effort to paint Angle as extreme and dangerous in with a more positive message about Reid's success in "saving jobs," if not in creating them.

That this ad seems at least somewhat positive in comparison to the spots both sides have been churning out -- at least in the sense that it offers an affirmative message about Reid -- is a mark of just how hard-fought and nasty this campaign has been. And suggests the Reid camp thinks the finish line may finally be in sight.

By Greg Sargent  | October 22, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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Angle also wants to close the Dept of Energy which employees 11,000, not mentioned yet by the Reid campaign. By the way the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports 6 straight months of declining unemployment in Ohio. Maybe the economy is slowly picking up, for which we all know that
the GOP will soon take credit. You can count on that. Angle also opposes alcohol and gambling, I am sure that these Las Vegas business folks are not thrilled with that crazy message either.

Posted by: leichtman1 | October 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Angle also wants to close the Dept of Energy which employees 11,000, not mentioned yet by the Reid campaign. By the way the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports 6 straight months of declining unemployment in Ohio. Maybe the economy is slowly picking up, for which we all know that
the GOP will soon take credit. You can count on that. Angle also opposes alcohol and gambling, I am sure that these Las Vegas business folks are not thrilled with that crazy message either.

Posted by: leichtman1 | October 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Some reminders for Harry Reid:

"Democratic attacks on Republicans and the Tea Party for being too extreme are failing to sway voters.

"... Only 15 percent of likely Democratic voters said they were voting to “ensure extreme right-wing candidates are not elected to Congress.”

"Independents... are also unconvinced by warnings about extremism. Only 14 percent of them said they would vote for a Democrat to avoid electing an extreme right-wing candidate; 11 percent said they would vote Republican to avoid electing an extreme left-wing candidate."

http://thehill.com/house-polls/thehill-poll-week-3/124933-voters-are-not-worried-about-extreme-label-on-candidates

"Three in five independent voters in key House districts say Congress’s Democratic leadership is to the left of them on the political spectrum.

"61 percent of likely independent voters in 10 battleground House districts — a critical swing demographic — think the leadership under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is more liberal than they are.

"Only 16 percent of independents say Pelosi and Reid — both of whom have been vilified by Republicans on the campaign stump — hold political views similar to their own."

http://thehill.com/house-polls/thehill-poll-week-3/125125-democrats-twice-as-likely-as-gopers-to-consider-their-party-too-extreme

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

Have we lost Kevin? I am hoping that he just went for a ride on Sarah's Tea Party Express, hoping to have her throw one on her patented Sparkly winks his way.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I say to the people of Nevada to give the old codger one last term before he is put out to pasture. At least you will be assured that you'll have someone in the Senate who will look out for the state's interests. With "Dead Man Walking" Ensign and and a loon like Angle, Nevada would essentially have Senate representation in name only.

Posted by: filmnoia | October 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

what will resonate with Nevada voters(which this effective ad addresses) is Angle's plans to put a dagger in the heart of their economy by opposing gambling and the Dept of Energy. The lifeblood of their economy.

Posted by: leichtman1 | October 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"...look for the Reid camp to integrate its now-familiar effort to paint Angle as extreme and dangerous..."

That statement is off slightly; let me fix it for you:

"…look for the Reid camp to integrate its now-familiar effort to EXPOSE Angle as extreme and dangerous..."

When you use "paint" it sounds like Reid is trying to make her sound nuttier than she is. He isn't doing that. If anything she is more bat sh*t insane than Reid is letting on.

This is a woman that thinks the color black is satanic.

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

what will resonate with Nevada voters(which this effective ad addresses) is Angle's plans to put a dagger in the heart of their economy by opposing gambling and the Dept of Energy. The lifeblood of their economy.

Posted by: leichtman1 | October 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Harry: "You're all a bunch crazy and ungrateful bitter clingers! Now vote for me."

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 22, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

OT:

@politicalwire:

Obama Speaks to Gay Teens

President Obama has been harshly criticized by many Democrats for his slow and cautious approach to gay civil rights, but a new video in which he talks about gay teenagers who are bullied is a breakthrough.

Andrew Sullivan: "It's beautifully crafted and gently put. I think it's the first time in history that a US president has spoken directly to gay Americans in support from the White House. Which makes it a milestone."

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/10/22/obama_speaks_to_gay_teens.html

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyAFbSDPVk&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This is a woman that thinks the color black is satanic.

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 12:33 PM

//////////////

With the possible exceptions of Clarence Thomas and Juan Williams. (Snark alert)

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

David Zucker roasts Barbara Boxer by video.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/250701/its-time-call-barbara-boxer-maam-again-kathryn-jean-lopez

Hilarious and effective but still goes easy on that nauseating and pompous airhead.

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Your candidate is crazy, you unAmerican bitter clingers, now don't make me call you crazy too!"

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

OT - The victim of Jeff Perry, GOP hopeful in Massachusetts' 10th Congressional District, is speaking out.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/victim-of-illegal-strip-search-publicly-castigates-gop-candidate.php

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Jindal's Folly

“It certainly would have no impact on the diluted oil, which is what we’re talking about now,” said Larry McKinney, who heads the Gulf of Mexico research center at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. “The probability of their being effective right now is pretty low.”

[...]

The berm project has been a boon to Louisiana industry: although many of the dredging companies working on the project have out-of-state headquarters, all have a major presence in Louisiana. The Shaw Group, the lead contractor on the project, is based in Baton Rouge and has been one of Mr. Jindal’s leading campaign contributors over the years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/us/22berms.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

QB, you are correct. It did go easy on Carly Fiorina.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Bermer's Boondogle!

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Conservatives Declare War On NPR". Bill Kristol, Pat Buchanan, and Rush Limbaugh immediately apply for deferments.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush reiterated Thursday during a book event in Chicago that he believes "his greatest failure in office was not passing Social Security reform," the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bush supported the partial privatization of Social Security, something Democrats say Republicans will try to advance if they win power in Washington.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101022/pl_yblog_upshot/george-w-bush-is-back-and-in-the-spotlight

Republican = GEORGE W. BUSH = Tea Party = Republican = Chamber of Commerce = GEORGE W. BUSH = Republican = Karl Rove = Charmber of Commerce = Jack Abramoff = Koch Suckers = Dick Cheney = GEORGE W. BUSH = Republican = Tea Party = ...

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Does someone know how Harry Reid amassed his small fortune?

I heard him claim recently that he made his money as a "very successful" attorney in private practice, but from the bio materials I've seen, he has in public office or working for the government since he graduated from law school.

So where did it come from?

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Very good strategy. If calling voters stupid and ignorant doesn't work, try calling them crazy and insane.

The desperate Obamacrats strike again.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@QB: Thanks for the link to that Zucker advertisement - very funny. I embarrassed to admit I live in California where we have the distinction of having the country's dumbest Senator and where we will soon be electing Gov Moonbeam to a second term. There's no hope for us.

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Questions for the Assemblywoman: http://sharronangle.blogspot.com

Posted by: BGladd | October 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

OT - Stephen Broden, a Republican running for Congress in Texas' 30th District, said he would not rule out a violent overthrow of the government if the midterm elections don't cause a change in government, saying that "our nation was founded on violence" so "the option is on the table."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/republican-house-candidate-violent-uprising-is-on-the-table.php

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

That short blurb, at the end, with Dingy Harry approving the message ruined the whole thing with me.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 22, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

sbj,

I am still hoping for a wave of sanity in your state to at least rid the country of Boxer, but I suppose it is too much to hope. On the positive side, I've heard it claimed that Patty Murray is even dumber than Boxer, so maybe you have that going for you.

I'd have put Biden along side them, but now of course he is saving our ungrateful and scared stupid country from itself, with his good buddy Barack.

The vid was pretty dang funny, though.

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"Does someone know how Harry Reid amassed his small fortune? "

Yeah!

Only neoconfederate conservatives have the right to be rich! This is AMURRRRIKKKA!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Only neoconfederate conservatives have the right to be rich! This is AMURRRRIKKKA!"

Now, does anyone over the age of 14 have an answer?

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid was a wealthy lawyer before he was a Congresscritter.

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Harry Reid was a wealthy lawyer before he was a Congresscritter."

How so, since his bio says he was a city attorney out of law school for a couple of years and then went straight into elected office?

When and how was he a wealthy lawyer?

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Bush reiterated Thursday during a book event in Chicago that he believes "his greatest failure in office was not passing Social Security reform," the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bush supported the partial privatization of Social Security, something Democrats say Republicans will try to advance if they win power in Washington.


Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 12:57 PM |

.................

Yes indeed Shrub. It must be a constant regret of yours, that on top of wiping out the working classes pensions, with your Great Recession, that you missed the chance to also wipe out their Social Security safety net.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Angle has a welcome message for President Obama when he visits Nevada:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43996.html

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I hear that illegal "immigrants" are going all out to get out the Democrat vote this year. They still have their hopes up for some ObamAmnesty in 2011.

I'm sure that will help the "enthusiasm gap".

Watch your step. That gap's gettin' pretty deep and wide.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 22, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Angle bores me, so I'll throw this out to see if anybody bites.

Today, the President named Denis McDonough as asst. National Security Advisor replacing Thomas Donilon who was elevated to the top National Security Advisor post after James Jones left.

So the President's top two security advisors now have absolutely no background whatsoever in the military, law enforcement, prosecution, the intelligence business, or even crisis management.

If this trend continues, the next thing you know Hillary Clinton will be made Secretary of State!

Posted by: 54465446 | October 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010: "Republican = GEORGE W. BUSH = Tea Party = Republican = Chamber of Commerce = GEORGE W. BUSH = Republican = Karl Rove = Charmber of Commerce = Jack Abramoff = Koch Suckers = Dick Cheney = GEORGE W. BUSH = Republican = Tea Party = ..."

You win the Plum Line award for most equal signs. Bernielatham called and said, "What, no PNAC? No John Birch Society?"

Why no = Troll McWingnut? What am I? Chopped liver?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty ironic that getting fired NPR can actually be a BIG boost to your career.

Juan William ought to send a thank you note to the head honcho at NPR.

I wonder how many more of NPR's people will be trying to get fired now?

Getting fired from NPR is the next best thing to winning the lottery.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush:

"DARN!

I wanted to Privatize Social Security!

No sense in only MOSTLY destroying the country. Heh heh."

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Reid was a millionaire when he arrived in Washington in 1983. As veteran journalist Dennis Myers pointed out, the senator reported a net worth of $1.1 million on his first House disclosure 27 years ago.

Currently his net worth is somewhere between two million and six million.

If you had a net worth of 1.1 million 27 years ago, had a primary residence in a low cost local like Searchlight, and steady employment with a relatively high paying job like Congresscritter, nothing about his current net worth would be unusual.

As to how he came by his wealth before he came to Congress I’d guess by working. It is that thing that people born without trust funds do all day. You know, work.

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Why no = Troll McWingnut? What am I? Chopped liver?

Posted by:


| October 22, 2010 1:29 PM
................

There there now. Let me make it all better for you.

TrollMcWingnut=Chopped Liver.

Feel all better now?

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"It is that thing that people born without trust funds do all day. You know, work."

What a joke, you know that no democrats or liberals do any actual work. They're all lazy, incompetent, on the public dole, looking for free handouts. Also too they hate AMUUURRIKKKA, also too also. /snark

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

...
I embarrassed to admit I live in California where we have the distinction of having the country's dumbest Senator...

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 12:59 PM
======================

Senator Inhofe is from Oklahoma.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Work Hard? Joe The Plumber Hardly Worked At All.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I embarrassed to admit I live in California where we have the distinction of having the country's dumbest Senator...

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 12:59 PM
======================

When did you move to Kentucky?

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"McClatchy Washington Bureau


Posted on Fri, Oct. 22, 2010
U.S. officials, experts: No high-level Afghan peace talks under way
Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: October 22, 2010 11:30:09 AM

WASHINGTON — Despite news reports of high-level talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, no significant peace negotiations are under way in Afghanistan, U.S. officials and Afghanistan experts said Thursday.

These same experts said the reports, which appeared in a number of U.S. media outlets, could be part of a U.S. "information strategy" to divide and weaken the Taliban leadership.

"This is a psychological operation, plain and simple," said a U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's outreach effort.

"Exaggerating the significance of it (the contacts) is an effort to sow distrust within the insurgency, to make insurgents suspicious with each other and to send them on witch hunts looking for traitors who want to negotiate with the enemy," said the U.S. official. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Ali Jalali, a scholar at the National Defense University and a former Afghan interior minister who maintains close contacts with the Afghan government, said he knew of no significant peace negotiations.

"There is a desire (by the Afghan government and its foreign backers) for talks with the Taliban and others, but the situation is not ready for these talks yet," he told McClatchy. "There is a lot of smoke, but no fire."'

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

All, I've done a tally of all the undisclosed cash coming from the right: Mind boggling:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/spending_spending_spending.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 22, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

LA-SEN in play:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/10/22/912611/-LA-Sen:-Vitter-48,-Melancon-45

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Liam. Now, if you really wanted to make me happy, you write (dare I dream?) Troll McWingnut = Dick Cheney (Chaos Be Upon Him).

Ah to sleep, perchance to dream...

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Liam. Now, if you really wanted to make me happy, you write (dare I dream?) Troll McWingnut = Dick Cheney (Chaos Be Upon Him).

Ah to sleep, perchance to dream...

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 22, 2010 2:12 PM |

...................

Not until you provide proof of your five deferments, and demonstrate your water boarding virtuosity/ or how to shoot an old lawyer in the face. See even Dick did something good.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

About Harry Reid:

(1) He had a private law practice for quite a few years. Yes, he served in the Nevada Assembly, but they are "citizen legislators," i.e., they get paid a per diem when the legislature is in session, but have to have jobs to support themsleves. Yes, he was Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission. That is a part-time position. (Try doing some research, folks). Again, he was able to practice law.

(2) Much of his "wealth" is in land and patented mining claims. You can look up his assets on OpenSecrets, and review the disclosure forms he files every year. If he inherited them (his father was a miner) or bought them years ago, appreciation in value may account for much of his "wealth."

So why all the suspicion about Harry Reid?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Dammit Liam, "Not until you provide proof of your five deferments, and demonstrate your water boarding virtuosity/ or how to shoot an old lawyer in the face. See even Dick did something good."

Even I, a cold-hearted, candy-stealing, Grandma's SS check purloining b@st@rd that I am, laughed at that.

Kaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

More about Harry Reid:

If you go back to his 1995 disclosure form (available at OpenSecrets.org), you would see that he owned a lot more real estate then. It also appears he had a real estate investment business. In other words, over the years he has sold much of the real estate.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 22, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"So why all the suspicion about Harry Reid?"

Because... because... HEY LOOK OVER THERE!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"They're all lazy, incompetent, on the public dole, looking for free handouts. "


No, some are crooks, too. ; )

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid was born in Kenya. Jomo Kenyatta's housemaid told me that she cut the umbilical cord.

She swears that Harry is really a black man, who is suffering from a skin condition known as Reverse Bohnerism.

Posted by: Liam-still | October 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

She swears that Harry is really a black man, who is suffering from a skin condition known as Reverse Bohnerism.

Posted by: Liam-still |
+++++++++++++

Figured as much. There can't really be a place named "Searchlight, Nevada."

We are picking up pumpkins this weekend so that next week we can carve our traditional boehnero'lanterns. Finding pumpkins that are just the right unnaturual shade of orange can be a challenge, but it is so worthwhile for the fright it puts into the little ones on Halloween.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Very good strategy. If calling voters stupid and ignorant doesn't work, try calling them crazy and insane."

This is just one example of incredible ignorance of some of our posters.

I replayed that ad several times waiting for the line that called "voters" lazy and ignorant....perhaps it was the man who identified himself a REPUBLICAN...maybe that's who battleground was referring to...geesh the stupidity is just disgusting. I believe the valid criticism was directed at ANGLE not the voters. Just another example of how the weak minds of the tea baggers conflate, conflate, conflate. Right baggers live in your fact free zone because the reality is you've fallen in love with a bunch of wack jobs and nominated them for office.

It's ironic that the R's make fun of the Dems reality of having to point out...vote for us because it could have been far worse...meanwhile the R's have nominated a significant % of unqualified people and their cry is...yeah but they're not R's. Even people who appear to be intelligent like SBJ have fallen into this morass. Yeah the R candidate may be an unqualified moron but I HATE the D so much I'll foist an obviously unqualified person on the rest of the nation.

Posted by: rukidding7 | October 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@bearclaw "So why all the suspicion about Harry Reid?"

Consider the source of the suspicion. It was Q.Beck. He has zero credibility! You can post links that directly contradict opinions that he has passed off as fact and he still will not recognize reality. He doesn't have enough intellectual prowess to deal with FACTS!

Posted by: rukidding7 | October 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@ruk: "Yeah the R candidate may be an unqualified moron but I HATE the D so much I'll foist an obviously unqualified person on the rest of the nation."

We aren't "foisting" anyone on anybody. The people vote.

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"@ruk: "Yeah the R candidate may be an unqualified moron but I HATE the D so much I'll foist an obviously unqualified person on the rest of the nation."

We aren't "foisting" anyone on anybody. The people vote."

True. Nevada teatards foisted her into the general election. Now it's up to Nevada non-teatards to keep her out of the Senate.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 22, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@ruk: To clarify - you *don't* think Reid is an unqualified moron?

I thought we could at least agree on that!

@Observer: There's only one poll that matters.

Posted by: sbj3 | October 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

sbj3: This will be one of the most interesting election nights in years. My life doesn't change regardless of who is president or controls Congress, but I am a political junkie and love watching the returns come in.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 22, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Consider the source of the suspicion. It was Q.Beck. He has zero credibility! You can post links that directly contradict opinions that he has passed off as fact and he still will not recognize reality. He doesn't have enough intellectual prowess to deal with FACTS!"

All I did was ask questions.

You're obviously still upset from your most recent schooling, this time on jihad and abrogation.

Your act is pretty old by now, ruk.

"We are picking up pumpkins this weekend so that next week we can carve our traditional boehnero'lanterns."

I have to admit this was kinda funny. Cheap and unfair, but funny.

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 22, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Whether pro Reid or Angle, everyone must remain mindful of the fact that lack of health insurance causes 44,798 deaths each year among the 46 million uninsured Americans. Statistically, that equates to 123 deaths each day. A Harvard Medical School research study, released Sept. 2009, analyzed participants aged 64 years and younger, and found a 40% higher risk of death among uninsured compared with privately insured adults. See http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE58G6W520090917, and http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/6-health-care-restrictions-cost-thousands-of-lives-in-us/.

Among the uninsured, it is equivalent to having a special lottery ticket, compliments of the health insurance lobby via their Republican proxies. Every day, 123 uninsured Americans will have a winning ticket, meaning that they prematurely will lose their life. Unfortunately, the odds of “winning” are significantly better than with a regular lottery ticket, plus you’re playing every day. The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) by 2019 will provide health insurance for 32 million out of the 46 million uninsured.

However, part of the Republican’s mandate, should they seize control of Congress, will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and obstruct any further health care reforms. The consequences, as measured in human lives, must be a central part of the ongoing debate.

For perspective, there were roughly 3,000 lives lost from the 9/11 attacks. We as Americans were outraged by the barbaric assault by the Saudi nationals at the behest of Al Qaeda, and we remain incensed and vigilant, 9 year later. Yet, there has been and will continue to be an ongoing human cataclysm far greater in magnitude. A needless and avoidable loss of 45,000 American lives each year would be equivalent in numbers to a 9/11 catastrophe every 24 days.

What would be our collective reaction if Al Qaeda were to implement strategies to dispense with 45,000 American lives each year? How quickly would a bi-partisan Congress move to legislate and to appropriate whatever funds as needed? However, since it is at the hands of our own, the silent, predictable, daily loss of these American lives, some who we’ve known, is not only more palatable, but defensible by those so indoctrinated.

Would it be fair to characterize those who would be party to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act and the denial of health insurance to 32 million Americans as akin to sitting in judgment on a death panel? What Congress person or candidate would be of such moral and ethical repute to relegate American lives as of lesser importance than to the penchant of the health care insurance industry and lobby? Those who would unwaveringly tout the Republican Party line should be held to account by the electorate.

For anyone who is uninsured and still in contemplation of their Nov. 2 choices, be wary of any Tea flavored Kool Aid, as it will have a lingering aftertaste and long term health risks.

Comments?

Posted by: EcoDoug | October 22, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Title : A businessman is angry at his lost cash bag.
 
A businessman is drowning in the ocean.
 
Stimulus : we should rescue him immediately.
 
Power first : Nope ! How do we pay for it. Just let him go under much like Lehman Brothers.
 
Stimulus : He is dying right now.
 
Power first : Nope ! You can't save his money bag.
 
Stimulus ( clock is ticking ) : : We can do everything.
 
Power first : We are serious about jobs. Where are jobs ?, echoed by the angry businessman.

Chanting deficit :
 
1. Amid chanting deficit, the same old failed policy.
 
2. Amid chanting deficit, hands-off approach over huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China from remorseless health care premium.
 
3. Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of remorseless health care premium, numerous folks have no choice but to hang onto affordable offerings, since one in two households is said to face a hard decision between necessity & drug.
 
4. Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade.

5. Over the next 10 years, total Bush tax cut costs will equal $3.9 trillion, .... the tax cuts would increase deficits by nearly $4 trillion between 2005 and 2014.
 
The most critical debt : Personal Bankruptcy
 
The current recession came from Personal Bankruptcy largely as a consequence of the relentless health care costs, pain at the pump, and the subsequent subprime mortgage crisis.
 
Facing huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China, the primary economic policy of previous administration was " spending baby "to the great delight of republicans' sponsors.

Posted by: hsr06011 | October 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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