One of the crime scenes

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good on Ya,

The United States Congress

After months of handwringing, fearmongering and a campaign of lies that would do Dr. Goebbels proud by the greedmongering Insurance Industy, Teabaggers and Republican politicians - Barrack and Nancy managed to squeak a lightweight, imperfect bill to reform healthcare to passage last night in the House of Representatives. Losing the vote would have been disastrous to both the Democratic Party, the President and the ultimate losers the American People. As much of a sell out it is to the still monopoly wielding Insurance Industry, it is a step in the right direction, the opposite direction the BC liaRs, Dr. Brian Day and the usual suspects are trying to force us to travel here in the land that pioneered fair, equal access, public health care in North America.

Perhaps in the next few months the populace will start to understand the real issues, without having to be confused by , John "Armageddon" Boehner, Mitch McConnell, the racist, homophobic and ignorant Teabaggers and the rest of the lying fearmongering status quo defenders of the "Best Health Care" on earth for the RICH. Hopefully we won't have to see or hear them as they will be hiding out from the "death panels" which will (hopefully) be deployed the instant Barrack Obama signs the bill. After all, those death panels have to start somewhere and where better than with the people (?) who have been warning everyone about how some bureaucraat would decide whether grandma lives or dies. (Isn't that what Health Insurance executives do already, based on bottomline, rather than health or the patient's interests?

Michael Moore in his own imitable manner wrote to the Repugnant Party members.

To My Fellow Citizens, the Republicans:

Thanks to last night's vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an American child with a pre-existing condition.

Thanks to last night's vote, that 23-year-old of yours who will be hit one day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance policy.

Thanks to last night's vote, after your cancer returns for the third time -- racking up another $200,000 in costs to keep you alive -- your insurance company will have to commit a criminal act if they even think of dropping you from their rolls.
(my bold)

The entire letter is here.

For another early analysis of the historic vote (and lead-up) check out Nobel Economist, Paul Krugman's Fear Strikes Out,which ends:
Without question, the campaign of fear was effective: health reform went from being highly popular to wide disapproval, although the numbers have been improving lately. But the question was, would it actually be enough to block reform?

And the answer is no. The Democrats have done it. The House has passed the Senate version of health reform, and an improved version will be achieved through reconciliation.

This is, of course, a political victory for President Obama, and a triumph for Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker. But it is also a victory for America’s soul. In the end, a vicious, unprincipled fear offensive failed to block reform. This time, fear struck out.

Ding Dong Obfuscates!

Almanac (CBC Radio 1) hosted a call in with Attorney-General Mike DeJong to discuss the notion of cameras in the court room a few minutes ago. Ding Dong spewed the expected "The Justice System should be Transparent" and ours would certainly stand up to scrutiny. But oh golly gee, we just don't have any money to improve either access to justice for people with issues or access to proceedings themselves (other than personal attendence). The very last caller, with almost NO TIME LEFT, specifically suggested that the BC Rail Trial (starting May 3-well maybe) be held in the Air India courtroom which is ALREADY all wired and set up for video broadcast - something that has been brought up more than once at BC Mary's Legislature Raids.

Ding Dong managed to avoid the slightest acknowledgement of the specific trial (which AFTER ALL WAS THE QUESTION), without even having to resort to StoneWally's old tired "It's before the courts." He just regurgitated that the caller knew where his (DeJong's) feelings lie (double entendre alert), and just in case he hadn't succeeded in obfuscating enough on his own the host rhetorically asked if there was enough time before May 3 to set this up.

The caller already said the courtroom was ready to go, I think one can flip a few switches to get the system up and running in a month and a half..........


Anonymous BC Mary said...

Thanks, Koot, for keeping watch over the quaint sayings of Ding Dong da Jong ...

who, it seems to me, has made it abundantly clear that he, as Attorney General, has no attention of reminding the public that there is a BC Rail Trial coming up ... or,

that yes, there are a few switches to turn ON and we'd be in the business of

an OPEN AND TRANSPARENT public trial on the topic of Who Stole BC Rail from the People of BC??

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check this out Koot...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...


I agree with most, if not all of the criticisms in the article you recommended. The lack of a "public option," the fact that the greedy Insurance Companies are still running the show and other cave-ins to lure the Party of No, which might not support Obama even if the nation was attacked are not change that I can believe in.

However to not even pass this would have spelt death to the Presidency of Obama and no matter how much you or anyone finds him lacking - the alternative is TOTALLY unacceptable. If Kucinich could bite his tongue and vote yes, I figure it must be a a step, even if a baby one, in the right direction.

It will be interesting to watch the upcoming legal challenges to this law as unconstitutional (state jurisdiction) as the Washington State Repub AG and seven or eight of his buddies from other states are poised to launch suits. The Florida AG may file his (symbolic - to help Jeb?)first almost the moment after Obama signs the bill.

If Obama tries to force change too fast, I fear he may wind up like JFK and we can look forward to decades of Reich Wing rule, until they manage to destroy the planet, which most likely wouldn't take long with them in charge again!

I must admit I'm looking forward to the fireworks between our neighboring governor Gregroire and her ReThug Attorney General.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8:59:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous G West said...

koot - my radio dial is welded to CBC AM (God knows why anymore because it's mostly so bad these days - particularly that puffmaster fella in the mornings - but that's another story) and I heard that disingenuous exchange with Mike DeJong.

In fact, he failed completely to mention that the court he's suggested for televising is the Provincial Court - not the Supreme Court where Basi/Virk will be held.

The man can't help but be deceptive even when his mouth is SHUT.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BC Mary said...

G., how hard would it be for the A.G. Himself (note respectful tone) to toddle over to Supreme Court

and even ceremoniously throw the switch ON himself

in BC Supreme Courtroom #20 which, to my understanding, was all wired up with the latest gadgets, for the Air India Case.

Just sitting there, ready to perform its duty to the public in the BC Rail Trial.

How hard is that? Even the broadcast channel is just sitting there with not much to do, since it rarely has a Legislative sitting to broadcast.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...

G. West, where I live I'm lucky to only have to hear the KKKluffmaster (or as I like to call him Kluff the not so magic Drag) on the rare occasion that our local morning show hosts take holidays. Usually we get a substitute feed from the Prince George - Prince Rupert morning show. The KKKluffmaster, though is good for me, because if he is the fillin, he motivates me to turn off the radio and get more real life stuff done out of radio range.

Mary - Though I can't watch the legislative channel (unless maybe I can online) - from the bits I see on the news it looks a lot like the trash talk preceding a WWF Rasselmania event - without the actual wrestling. There's even the Tag Team of the Good (calm) Pig and the Bad Pig - Ding Dong and Ricky CoalMan.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:28:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous G West said...

It wouldn't be difficult Mary - but's it's not within his jurisdiction or his decision to make - which is what he should have told the caller - instead of giving him (and listeners) the wrong impression.

The province runs the provincial court only - which is why there was all that speculation about who'd be appointed the new chief judge of the provincial court a few weeks ago...the superior courts (Supreme Court of BC and the BC Court of Appeal) are federal baliwicks.

But DeJong is so desperate for some good vibes from the public he's more than willing to obfuscate by silence....what else is new?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 3:20:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous G West said...

I should be clear - I don't believe that there is any fundamental reason why proceedings in the BC superior courts couldn't be televised but I don't know what the stance of the administration of those courts would be.

Even DeJong's support for opening up the provincial court level to TV coverage isn't the only thing necessary to bring that to pass.

Furthermore, the negotiations - like those which brought parliamentary broadcasts into Canadian homes ages ago - haven't even started.


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