Weekly Address 06-30-12

 Posted by at 10:27  Politics
Jun 302012
 

“An All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Fighting the Colorado Wildfires”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama speaks to the American people from Colorado, where he toured areas impacted by the devastating Waldo Canyon fire and met with first responders as well as families affected by the fires. The President thanks the brave firefighters and countless volunteers who are providing food, water, and shelter to those in need, and makes clear that his administration will continue to bring all resources available to assist efforts to combat the fires.

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Jun 292012
 

Is is Friday again. As you can imagine, we had a bumper crop this week. Click on the first cartoon, sit back and enjoy the show.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Health Care good to go

 Posted by at 10:00  Politics
Jun 282012
 

The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. This is great news for Americans, but bad news for Republicans who had their victory parties all planned…

Supreme Court upholds health care law

In a dramatic victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care law Thursday, preserving Obama’s landmark legislative achievement.

The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who held that the law was a valid exercise of Congress’s power to tax.

The 2010 law, the Affordable Care Act requires non-exempted individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

It is rare that the Roberts court gets anything right. They got this one right.

UPDATE: Presidential remarks…

UPDATE #2 – how they voted. For health care: Roberts, Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan. Against health care: Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy.

UPDATE #3: Non-presidential remarks:

 

Texas Health Care

 Posted by at 22:11  Politics
Jun 262012
 

Later this week (they are saying Thursday), we shall find out whether the conservatives on the Supreme Court are going to invalidate all or part of the Affordable Health Care Law. While you’re waiting, here’s a little something you should read: “Rest Of The Country Should Take A Good Look At The Situation In Texas.”

Here’s just a bit to get you started…

Last year, Luis Duran drove almost 200 miles to San Antonio to have a colonoscopy because he didn’t want to wait six months for an opening at a county clinic.

A few days later, the doctor in San Antonio – a friend of a friend who had performed the screening for free – called to break the news that Duran, 51, had advanced colon cancer and needed immediate surgery.

“I kind of broke down,” recalled Duran, a machine operator whose employer had terminated his health policy. “I said, ‘Doctor, I don’t have insurance, and I don’t have much money, but I won’t refuse to pay. Please help me.'”

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the problem of the uninsured is no exception. The Houston metropolitan area has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in America, and a health safety net imploding under the demands of too many people and too few resources. Almost one in three residents – more than a million people — lack health insurance, and about 400 are turned away every day from the county hospital district’s call center because they can’t be accommodated at any of its 23 community or school-based centers.

Those seeking care at the public hospital’s ER, meanwhile, arrive with blankets and coolers full of sandwiches and drinks in anticipation of waits that may go 24 hours or longer.

“If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, the rest of the country should take a good look at the situation in Texas, because this is what happens when you keep Medicaid enrollment as low as possible and don’t undertake insurance reforms,” said Elena M. Marks, a health policy scholar at Rice University’s James Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former city health official.

I encourage you to click on the link at the beginning of this post and read the full article. Texas isn’t doing so well. If the ACA is invalidated, neither will the rest of the country.
 

Weekly Address 06-23-12

 Posted by at 10:34  Politics
Jun 232012
 

“Congress Must Act on Transportation Bill and Student Loans”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama discusses the urgent need for Congress to act now on two common sense measures to help middle class families: preventing interest rates on federal student loans from going up and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job.

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Jun 222012
 

We shall try this. My DSL service has been very sporadic throughout the week (thank you, AT&T). It has been down more than it has been up. If this manages to post, just click on the first cartoon to enlarge the image and start a slide show (over which you will have complete control). Enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Weekly Address 06-16-12

 Posted by at 10:43  Politics
Jun 162012
 

“Ending the Stalemate in Washington”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama tells the American people that the stalemate in Washington is holding our economy back during this make-or-break moment for the middle class.

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Jun 152012
 

We do this in these parts every week at this time. It’s your opportunity to catch up on the week’s news. Click and enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Jun 152012
 

President Obama today announced a new Department of Homeland Security policy that will allow certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria to be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings…

Read the memo from Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. (.pdf file)

The full transcript of President Obama’s remarks follows the break.

Republican heads are exploding all around the country.

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Weekly Address 06-09-12

 Posted by at 10:54  Politics
Jun 092012
 

“Congress Must Act to Keep Our Teachers on the Job”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama urges Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and American success in this economy is a good education.

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