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Stephanie Cutter to oversee White House health care strategy

Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative, was named today as the assistant to the President for special projects -- a role in which she will be tasked with overseeing the White House's health care messaging strategy among other large policy matters in advance of the 2010 midterm elections.

"Stephanie has an innate understanding of the nexus between policy and communications," said President Obama in a statement on the move. "She's also a veteran of the White House, and I'm thrilled to have her on board in this new role."

This will be Cutter's second stint -- and third different role -- in the Obama White House. She began the Obama Administration as counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and transitioned to run the strategic and communications operation surrounding the selection and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor last summer and fall.

Cutter is expected to serve in the post on a short term basis and is expected to return to her consulting firm -- the Cutter Media Group -- at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Prior to her work in the White House, Cutter served as lead spokesperson for the presidential transition team and during the 2008 general election campaign she was chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Cutter served as communications director for the presidential bid of Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) during the 2004 campaign. Cutter also was a longtime senior aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (Mass.).

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation released this morning suggests that the American public remains largely in the dark about the legislation. Fifty five percent expressed confusion about the law while 56 percent said they didn't know enough about it to assess how it would affect them personally.

Republicans have pledged to run on the bill this fall, believing that the public simply does not want the bill and will punish Democrats who voted for it last month.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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What a heap of wreckage you are, 37th.

Posting the same thing over and over and it's crap in the first place. Hope you end up in a ditch.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 23, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

itstrue

Its the earned income tax credit Obama is sending the checks directly to people in the inner cities.


Borrowing money from China and mailing the checks to the people in the inner cities.


$200 Billion borrowed from China getting mailed directly to individuals.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"STOP HIRING and start firing Federal employees. The last thing we need is yet another level of federal government.
Does this insane President understand that US citizens are broke and his credit card is maxed out.
STOP spending and start reducing the size and scope of government!

Posted by: rteske"

So if people are broke, your solution is to start FIRING people??

I don't know if Republicans are liars or just incredibly stupid.

You idiots have it backwards. During prosperous times, it's time for the federal government to cut down on its spending. There's no need to. The economy is taking care of itself. It's during the recessions that the Fed needs to up its spending and run up deficits because the economy is slowing to a halt. The idiot teabaggers who think that Fed needs to tighten its belt during recession are proposing that we make a bad situation worse.

I thought teabaggers were supposed to be really smart. How the hell do they not see this?

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

STOP HIRING and start firing Federal employees. The last thing we need is yet another level of federal government.
Does this insane President understand that US citizens are broke and his credit card is maxed out.
STOP spending and start reducing the size and scope of government!

Posted by: rteske | April 22, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"When people realize that OBAMA IS BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA JUST TO SEND MONEY OUT IN CHECKS TO THE INNER CITIES they are not going to be happy."
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No translation needed.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 22, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"askgees wrote>>>they (REPS) wanted to remove the clause that prevented insurance companies from pooling customers across state lines there for increasing the money paid into the pool and allowing them to keep your premiums low but that was shot down by the DEMS"
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They are called "Insurance Exchanges"

Posted by: JRM2 | April 22, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so if your taxable income is less than $5, then you pay no federal income tax.

Anything more than that and you have to pay some income tax. Yeah, poor people are eligible for certain tax credits just like anyone else. Just because you can do it all on one form doesn't mean you aren't paying income taxes.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"47% of the country pays no taxes"

I guess that includes Exxon and so many of the other big businesses that ship our jobs off-shore.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 22, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

LTLWDLS = Let's twist like we did last summer

for those not a part of the young twittering/texting crowd...

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@drindl,

I didn't know you were so young, so much a part of the "young twitter/texting crowd".

LTLWDLS

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So... Ms. Cutter is to be our new Minister of Propaganda. Okay.

Posted by: Seahawk2 | April 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

So... Ms. Cutter is to be our new Minister of Propaganda. Okay.

Posted by: Seahawk2 | April 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, let me flip through my 1040 book and try and find the tax bracket that pays 0% on income. This might take forever (literally) so some of you might want to hold your breath. You know who you are.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

If askgees persists in name calling, I suggest we treat him as we would every other troll. He has one more chance with me.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

askgees wrote So it would seem to me the insurance company should be able to off set their loses by covering the first 50,000.00 (what you paid in) and billing you the remaining 40,000.00 after all why should all of us chip in for your well being? Or do you think you are entitled to something you didn’t pay for.
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I can't figure out what your point is, then, if it isn't the above. You would do well to suspend your insults and name calling. I am neither unintelligent or uninformed. If you have a point, could you make that point in one sentence, not a runon paragraph without punctuation or focus.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

And my typo in no way rescues your argument. Yeah fifty years. Same fallacy.

Do you know what an actuary is?

Didn't think so.

Is Drudge linking here AGAIN? Where do these two-digit morons come from?

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse


I knew LIBS we're stupid but I thought you could at least read. I never said 5 years T@RD I said 50 years. Friggin m0r0n!!!!

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

'47% of the country pays no taxes?'
No FEDERAL income tax. They still pay state taxes, SS, city, local, etc.
askgees -- yet another belligerent, know-nothing who can't shut up. Why is it that they can never even speak English?
Is it too much to ask that you learn to spell and use appropriate grammar and punctuation? Or is that too tough for you?
Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse
When one can’t debate the issue they generally have to use distractions and this from the new young twitter/texting crowd that tends to abbreviate every word. LOL

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

'Try focusing next time. '

says the illiterate moron. we sure get the dregs here. the stupider they are, the more beligerent.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

'47% of the country pays no taxes?'

No FEDERAL income tax. They still pay state taxes, SS, city, local, etc.

askgees -- yet another belligerent, know-nothing who can't shut up. Why is it that they can never even speak English?

Is it too much to ask that you learn to spell and use appropriate grammar and punctuation? Or is that too tough for you?

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

askgees, two of the stupidest posts in this blog not from JakeD or 37th came from you, today. You are entirely out of your league here. I'd go back to stormfront if I were you.

Your post about paying $50K into medical insurance over five years could have come from a fourth grader, and a slow fourth grader at that. As though the company puts its premiums into a cookie jar with the customer's name on it, they don't invest it, they don't pool it across people of varying age and medical risk.

Not only are you glaringly ignorant, you reason like a child. Never heard of compound interest? Do you know what an actuary does?

NOW you defend Republican disregard for the middle class by pointing out that a record number became millionaires .. first of all, a million bucks isn't what it was 40 years ago; it isn't chump change but it's not like serious wealth. Probably a lot of us here to go to work every day are close to millionaires.

And for every member of the middle class who advanced in the Bush era, three or more declined.

You are a complete idiot, and like all the other ones here you have a lot of BS to say about liberals who are clearly smarter and a lot better informed than you are.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@askgees,
You are mistaken about the very nature of insurance. Health insurance involves pooling funds from many insured persons (known as exposures) in order to pay for relatively uncommon but severely devastating losses which can occur to these persons. Notice the words "pooling of funds".
Your example that someone who pays in $50,000 in premiums only being entitled to $50,000 in reimbursement is totally wrong, wrong legally, wrong on principle and wrong in practice. If you don't believe that, you might try to search out the language in any insurance policy, that backs up your reasoning. You won't find it.
Your example is not insurance. You are describing a contract for prepaid medical expenses. That is different than insurance. The word insurance is a legally defined term and always includes pooling of funds to cover insured entities.
Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse
Obviously you don’t read and comprehend very well. I never SAID they we’re only entitled to that amount. I was pointing out the fact that if one is injured or had a major medical issue that regardless of how much THEY ACTUALLY PAID they are still covered. Try focusing next time.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

his post that there were more Americans under the poverty level in 2008 is correct AND
more millionaires were created, thus a shrinking middle class. Great, wages stagnated for 8 years, there was 0% return in our investments and you brag that we had become a stratified nation of the super rich and a growing poverty class much like Mexico, the GOP dream.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD wrote>>>47% of the country pays no taxes?
Well, yeah. That's a consequence of the middle class shrinking into the poverty class during the Bush Error.
Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse
LOL this may be one of the stup1dest things posted today but then again everyday this id10t posts the most ridiculous crap. More millionaires we’re made in the years 2000-2008 then at any other time in US history so once again you’ve made yourself look like the m0r0n you are. LIBS are the stup1dest mammal on the planet.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicans running on killing.
Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 3:35 PM

I hope you don't mind askgees.
Focus, readability, it helps communicate the message.


Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@askgees,

You are mistaken about the very nature of insurance. Health insurance involves pooling funds from many insured persons (known as exposures) in order to pay for relatively uncommon but severely devastating losses which can occur to these persons. Notice the words "pooling of funds".

Your example that someone who pays in $50,000 in premiums only being entitled to $50,000 in reimbursement is totally wrong, wrong legally, wrong on principle and wrong in practice. If you don't believe that, you might try to search out the language in any insurance policy, that backs up your reasoning. You won't find it.

Your example is not insurance. You are describing a contract for prepaid medical expenses. That is different than insurance. The word insurance is a legally defined term and always includes pooling of funds to cover insured entities.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

awolfson wrote>>>AWESOME - another job created by the Obama Administration. Probably another $100,000 + hack on the payroll to promote legislation already passed so as to improve November electoral position.

Yes, anti-government Republican shenanigans COST the government lots of money!
Due to anti-government Republican reps telling constituents to throw their Census forms in the garbage, 30% haven't mailed their forms. So now, the government will be forced to hire workers to go to each home and gather the information - which is much more expensive than postage.

Same with ObamaCare - the government is spending money to counter the propaganda and disinformation campaign led by Republicans, Fox & Frightwing radio pundits.

So - the next time Republicans whine about the deficit......

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Republicans running on killing HCR are actually running on killing Americans.
HCR will get rid of insurance company DEATH PANELS.
Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse
Yes and you being completely ignorant of how thing work probably believe the BS you post. Sorry Mr. brain-dead but let’s look at the big picture. Let’s say you started working at age 18 and we’re lucky enough to work for the same company for 50 years. Now let’s say you we’re even luckier and the company you worked for kept the same healthcare (insurance company) the entire 50 years you worked for them. Over the course of those 50 years you would pay maybe 50,000.00 into the healthcare system. But if you we’re to suffer a heart attack tomorrow and spent 2-3 days in the hospital the cost would be roughly 90,000.00. So it would seem to me the insurance company should be able to off set their loses by covering the first 50,000.00 (what you paid in) and billing you the remaining 40,000.00 after all why should all of us chip in for your well being? Or do you think you are entitled to something you didn’t pay for. See because of the cost all monies need to be pooled, they (REPS) wanted to remove the clause that prevented insurance companies from pooling customers across state lines there for increasing the money paid into the pool and allowing them to keep your premiums low but that was shot down by the DEMS. You can’t have it both ways. So it would appear your going to have to pick a side. As far as death panels go. Please!!!! This only proves that you are an imbecile and have no idea what you are talking about. 90% of elderly are on Medicare and Medicare CANNOT refuse a procedure there for they (or we the tax payers) pay 100,000.00 to put a pace maker into a 89 year old man with 6 months left to live. Makes sense if they are paying for it. It’s their choice whether or not to spend their money on it but under Medicare we don’t have this luxury only adding to the problems plaguing the system and it’s a system on the verge of collapse. The cost of services is determined by the doctors, they have to charge a specific amount to cover their costs of pperation and pay their selves. Nothing was done to reduce this cost so nothing can be done to reduce our cost. Anything the DEMS tell you to side step this is a LIE. It’s pretty simple and applies to EVERY BUSINESS or PERSON around the globe.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

askgees wrote>>>they (REPS) wanted to remove the clause that prevented insurance companies from pooling customers across state lines there for increasing the money paid into the pool and allowing them to keep your premiums low but that was shot down by the DEMS

iow - Repubs wanted to allow customers to buy any willy nilly junk insurance policy offered on the internet.
No thanks!
And Repubs offered this "brilliant" idea while we're still suffering through the mortgage crisis fueled by corrupt agents and banks that approved loans without adequate income from homeowners.

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is the difference between "operative" and "czar"? Obama has nearly 40 czars (many admitted radicals), so maybe that's his quota?

Wonder how many "operatives" will now be at the government trough before Obama gets done?

It's nonsense.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am just curious. How many assistants to the President were there in the Bush and Clinton administrations? Is this just an extension of Chicago style politics, "Hey let's put all our friends on the government payroll!"

There seem to be an awful lot of pigs lining up at that trough.

Posted by: voyageur1 | April 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD wrote>>>47% of the country pays no taxes?

Well, yeah. That's a consequence of the middle class shrinking into the poverty class during the Bush Error.

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicans running on killing HCR are actually running on killing Americans.
HCR will get rid of insurance company DEATH PANELS.
Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse
Yes and you being completely ignorant of how thing work probably believe the BS you post. Sorry Mr. brain-dead but let’s look at the big picture. Let’s say you started working at age 18 and we’re lucky enough to work for the same company for 50 years. Now let’s say you we’re even luckier and the company you worked for kept the same healthcare (insurance company) the entire 50 years you worked for them. Over the course of those 50 years you would pay maybe 50,000.00 into the healthcare system. But if you we’re to suffer a heart attack tomorrow and spent 2-3 days in the hospital the cost would be roughly 90,000.00. So it would seem to me the insurance company should be able to off set their loses by covering the first 50,000.00 (what you paid in) and billing you the remaining 40,000.00 after all why should all of us chip in for your well being? Or do you think you are entitled to something you didn’t pay for. See because of the cost all monies need to be pooled, they (REPS) wanted to remove the clause that prevented insurance companies from pooling customers across state lines there for increasing the money paid into the pool and allowing them to keep your premiums low but that was shot down by the DEMS. You can’t have it both ways. So it would appear your going to have to pick a side. As far as death panels go. Please!!!! This only proves that you are an imbecile and have no idea what you are talking about. 90% of elderly are on Medicare and Medicare CANNOT refuse a procedure there for they (or we the tax payers) pay 100,000.00 to put a pace maker into a 89 year old man with 6 months left to live. Makes sense if they are paying for it. It’s their choice whether or not to spend their money on it but under Medicare we don’t have this luxury only adding to the problems plaguing the system and it’s a system on the verge of collapse. The cost of services is determined by the doctors, they have to charge a specific amount to cover their costs of pperation and pay their selves. Nothing was done to reduce this cost so nothing can be done to reduce our cost. Anything the DEMS tell you to side step this is a LIE. It’s pretty simple and applies to EVERY BUSINESS or PERSON around the globe.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME - another job created by the Obama Administration. Probably another $100,000 + hack on the payroll to promote legislation already passed so as to improve November electoral position.

Is this a great country now, or what?

I HOPE she can CHANGE the minds of the 60% who are not happy with this abomination of a bill............

Posted by: awolfson | April 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

More specifically, 47% of American adults do not owe federal tax on their incomes. This is a sad situation, perhaps an indicator of the end of the American experiment with an affluent middle class.

Perhaps worse, 48% of Americans working full time jobs have nothing saved up for retirement (less than $10,000). Sure lots of people working full time jobs are young, but 48%?

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! the ObamaCare law allowing children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26 wasn't supposed to go into effect until September. But Sebelius influenced major insurers to begin the benefit in July.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/04/20100420c.html

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Spare us the cutter.

Sorry, I just had to say that.

Posted by: tailwagger | April 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

47% of the country pays no taxes?

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Add to this the healthcare reform bill and you have more unemployed.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

===

That's a nice opinion, but it doesn't make it so.

What about entrepreneurs who can now go start businesses that they couldn't before because they couldn't get covered by an individual plan?

Those same businesses that are now hiring more people?

(I'm speaking from personal experience here...I'm taking advantage of the "socialist" MHIP program in Maryland)

Posted by: mikem1 | April 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need to enact a new law that states if you are not employed or paying taxes then you are not allowed to vote. This would end the special interest issues and put the country back on course. When 47% of a country pays no taxes the country cannot sustain it's self. But the DEMS in desperate need of voters continue to allow them to be non productive and instead try to make up the lost tax revenue off the backs of those that are working or businesses. Of course this only compounds the problem as companies are then forced to lay off workers. Add to this the healthcare reform bill and you have more unemployed. Keep voting for the DEMS and one day you’ll wake up owning nothing and totally dependant on the Gov.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN TO STEPHANIE CUTTER:

Job #1 in health care is this: "First, Do No Harm."

No American's health and well-being is secure when our own government is engaged in programs of covert torture and impairment of thousands of citizens and their families. The President must act NOW to take down a nationwide system of silent electromagnetic torture and impairment:


HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• "Mr. Obama, Tear Down Those Homeland Cellular Torture Towers!"

You cannot wait for a formal report from "Project Geneva." The multi-agency operatives running a covert fusion center Gestapo will not stand down unless they are forcefully and publicly TAKEN DOWN.

The attacks continue as the chain of command apparently is disrespected. Mr. President, you must act. Now.

And isn't mainstream media doing some digging on this?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "U.S. Silently..." and "Gestapo USA..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, I WANT the Republicans to push back against FinReg.

With health care, I was worried because they could actually derail it and they could get a political advantage by killing it. With Finreg, it's much different. There's no way in hell that they can convince Americans that we don't need to change things. And they are going to pay dearly if they are seen as siding with the banks on this. Voters could be scared of health care reform, but they are already seeing the worst of a lack of regulation. What are they going to be scared of? Not having another recession?

And everyone knows this. Democrats look like they're willing to let Republicans hand themselves and for their part, the GOP is quickly moving away from their own nonsense of endless bailouts and whatnot.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This is the most interestingly hollow ploy I have ever seen. Yet the MSM swallows it whole. Intead of just typing what republicans say, -- 'just start over' -- why are there no so-called reporters who ask, 'well what would you do instead?' -- and push for a comprehensive analysis of an alternate bill?
Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse
They offered a plan. It’s out there go read it. Or do wish someone to do that for you??? The same applied to healthcare but I bet you we’re also to lazy to look for it or read it as well.

Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This president is stuck on stupid.
He can hire armies to get his message out on healthcare, WE DON'T LIKE IT! KAPEESH!

Posted by: arwah | April 22, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

==

Sorry, this is just too funny to not post again. Kapeesh!!

Posted by: mikem1 | April 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This is what HCR, once implemented, will stop:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One after another, shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. First there was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Later, Robin Beaton, a registered nurse from Texas. And then, most recently, there was Patricia Relling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky.

None of the women knew about the others. But besides their similar narratives, they had something else in common: Their health insurance carriers were subsidiaries of WellPoint, which has 33.7 million policyholders -- more than any other health insurance company in the United States.

The women all paid their premiums on time. Before they fell ill, none had any problems with their insurance. Initially, they believed their policies had been canceled by mistake.

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.

Once the women were singled out, they say, the insurer then canceled their policies based on either erroneous or flimsy information. WellPoint declined to comment on the women's specific cases without a signed waiver from them, citing privacy laws.

That tens of thousands of Americans lost their health insurance shortly after being diagnosed with life-threatening, expensive medical conditions has been well documented by law enforcement agencies, state regulators and a congressional committee. Insurance companies have used the practice, known as "rescission," for years. And a congressional committee last year said WellPoint was one of the worst offenders.

But WellPoint also has specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with the intent to cancel their policies, federal investigators told Reuters."

Republicans running on killing HCR are actually running on killing Americans.

HCR will get rid of insurance company DEATH PANELS.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

South Park caved to Christians, but not to Moslems.

"Comedy Central also censored 35 seconds' worth of a conversation toward the end of the show between the characters Stan, Jesus Christ and Santa Claus."

This is outrageous! They depict Mohamed in a bear outfit and they can't make fun of the

"He's making a list, checking it twice..."

Christian message?

The movie Polar Express did it. Santa watches every kid on CCTV, just like God does.



Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative"

Czars and Operatives??? Sounds like a communist regime to me.

Obama is as dense as they come.


Posted by: askgees | April 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"In their attempts to fight Wall Street reform, Republicans are already recycling the same old tactics that they used to fight health care reform and even the stimulus. Conservatives opposed to financial reform are repeating a familiar refrain — “start over”:

On the Recovery Act

“The Senate would do us all a great favor if it started again from scratch.”
– Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), 2/4/09

“Start over again on this bill and retarget it.”
– Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), 2/12/09

On Health Care Reform

“How much longer do Americans have to wait before Democrat leaders will give up this partisan quest and agree to start over?”
– Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 3/10/10

“We should either scrap this bill completely and throw it away and forget about it. Or scrap it and start over again.”
– Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), 3/17/10

On Wall Street Reform

“Look, there’s no rush right now. We need to get it right.”
– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), 4/21/10

“Start over please, Mr. President.”
– Fox News’ Steve Doocy, Karl Rove, 4/19/10

Rather than engage in substantive debate over reform, Republicans decided early on that they would lie about the legislation and slow down its progress. Instead of trying to fix the mess created by their own Party, Republicans are using a rhetorical ploy to confuse the public and kill reform. Over and over again."

This is the most interestingly hollow ploy I have ever seen. Yet the MSM swallows it whole. Intead of just typing what republicans say, -- 'just start over' -- why are there no so-called reporters who ask, 'well what would you do instead?' -- and push for a comprehensive analysis of an alternate bill?

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

docwhocuts:

Gosh, if Thomas Jefferson said those super-cool words, why on Earth is Texas removing him from their textbooks.

Oh, maybe it's because he also said some other interesting things:

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites"

"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."

"I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a
distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind."

But you probably agree with that last one, don't you?


Posted by: Bondosan | April 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

MMeyers, if Chris wants him around, then Chris wants him around. Yeah, he lied about wanting to get rid of abusive posters, but if Chris is someone who orgasms at the sight of 37's hate speech, then you're not going to expect he's part of a crowd with a whole lot of integrity.

It's no coincidence that with the re-emergence of 37 that Chris has been posting a lot less. He's probably been needing to take a lot more naps nowdays.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Even though I have never voted for a Republican and I never will, I am strongly supportive of New Jersey's Republican Governor's battle with public employee unions.

Sure Republicans never stop talking about cutting government waste, but they never do, do they. And whether or not Democrats talk about it, they never cut anything if public employee unions are involved.

Christie is going to win his fight to get a government of the people back in control of State Street or he is going to die trying, maybe in more ways than one (this guy has to push away from the table once in awhile). When public employee unions regulate government, it is just as bad for everyone as when corporations regulate government.

So the correct leftist position, in my view, is to battle public employee unions in the same way we battle wasting the money of the many for the enrichment of a few on any other front.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, Margaret, the compulsive idiot's space problem just makes it faster to spot his posts and scroll past them without looking.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

We now have yet another paid propagandist on the taxpayer.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

Thomas Jefferson spoke those words.

He had some ideas on how to fix the problem too.

Posted by: docwhocuts | April 22, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

We now have yet another paid propagandist on the taxpayer.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

Thomas Jefferson spoke those words.

He had some ideas on how to fix the problem too.

Posted by: docwhocuts | April 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans have pledged to run on the bill this fall, believing that the public simply does not want the bill and will punish Democrats who voted for it last month."


"Exxxcelent!"
-Montgomery Burns-

If this is what the Republicans plan to "run on", it means they are conceding economic growth and all the rest of the issues people care about. Eight months from the health vote, only the base will still have the energy to feign anger about the health care industry stimulus bill as an example of tyranny.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

itstrue

The 47% who do not pay federal income tax are probably receiving the earned income credit for their payroll tax and receiving stipends from the most generous states (CA, NY).

The problem numb nuts is that we need nearly 75% of working American citizens to pay federal income tax. Even those at 1.5 FPL should pay some nominal federal income tax (that is not returned as a stipend). Once we have 50% of working Americans not paying federal income tax they can vote for their benefits without any taxation.

Posted by: jhpbriton | April 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This president is stuck on stupid.
He can hire armies to get his message out on healthcare, WE DON'T LIKE IT! KAPEESH!

Posted by: arwah | April 22, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

37th and O: You're combining half-truths with making stuff up. Putting it in caps doesn't change that.

In fairness, politifact says:

"A detailed analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that if you look at all tax filers, 81 percent of tax filers would see reduced taxes under the Obama plan." ...I know I did, and I work.

Also, that 47% figure doesn't talk about payroll, sales, social security or state income. It just assumes that there's some group in the "inner cities" that are all parasites. Who would that be?

While we're on the subject of fiscal responsibility, the guy before Obama bankrolled two wars outside of the federal budget, and an unfunded, massive Medicare entitlement increase with. And he cut taxes.

No one seemed to mind when it was a "real American" doing it.

Obama's deficits are half explained by actually including the wars in his budgets instead of hiding them in supplementals like Bush did. The stimulus and health reform explain the other half.

Health reform is $100 b/yr out of a 3t budget.

I don't like all this debt either, but it didn't happen on Jan 21, 2009. And most of it is not going to the "inner cities." In the case, the stimulus is pretty well-accounted for, and has kept a lot of people working when the private sector stopped hiring.

Unless you call unemployment benefits a handout, no checks went to individuals for nothing. It's gone towards some pretty smart investments in highways, broadband, and a thousand other projects, all accounted for. It stinks, it puts us into more debt, but without it, we'd be in 1933 all over again.

With any luck and American ingenuity, we'll see a resurgence of our industry, an increase in tax revenues, and a decrease in debts.

Posted by: itstrue | April 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


See the democrats were saying last week that Obama gave 95% of Americans a tax break


What Obama really did is this: since 47% of Americans do not pay income taxes - Obama made it so those people could CLAIM THEIR TAX BREAK IN THE FORM OF CASH.


Obama is MAILING CHECKS TO PEOPLE - Obma has bascially borrowed $200 Billion from CHINA AND OBAMA IS MAILING THE MONEY TO PEOPLE.

This is why CNN and the other networks couldn't find the jobs the stimulus was supposed to be creating.

This is a SCANDAL OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

As an insurance agent, I've already seen a handful of companies WITHDRAW from the market...oops...now what ? Fewer carriers, less competition, ALL the carriers are forecasting double digit increases to pay for the mandates...higher premiums...more uninsured...physicians NON contracting...meaning they accept no insurance CASH & CARRY...this putrid pile of garbage is about to implode...right in the dems face.

Posted by: billbrann | April 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The words "mockery" and "37th" are getting pretty close to one another.


This is

a


JOKE!!!!!!!


Plain

and V E R Y S I M P L E !

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Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans really have to investigate this - this is a major scandal.


Plain and simple.


Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.


Geesshh- no wonder the stimulus funds disappeared and no one can find any jobs created.


Well well.


When people realize that OBAMA IS BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA JUST TO SEND MONEY OUT IN CHECKS TO THE INNER CITIES they are not going to be happy.


This is a joke.


This is Obama economics at its worse - AND IT MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE DEFICIT AND A MOCKERY OF ALL OF OBAMA'S TAXES.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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