Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Mishegas and Pop Quiz

Who said it:
“I am for people, individuals–exactly like automobile insurance–individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have health insurance.”
a)      Barack Obama
b)      Joe Biden
c)      Nancy Pelosi
d)      Newt Gingrich
e)      Rachel Maddow
Who said it:
"But when it comes to states requiring it for automobile insurance, the principle then ought to lie the same way for health insurance. Because everybody has some health insurance costs, and if you aren’t insured, there’s no free lunch. Somebody else is paying for it….I believe that there is a bipartisan consensus to have individual mandates."
a)      Joe Biden
b)      Harry Reid
c)      Keith Olbermann
d)      Chuck Grassley
e)      Bill Clinton
Who proposed this:
“In return, government would require, by law, every head of household to acquire at least a basic health plan for his or her family.  Thus there would be mandated coverage under the Heritage proposal, but the mandate would apply to the family head, who is the appropriate person to shoulder the primary responsibiity for the family’s health needs, rather than employers, who are not.”
a)      Ultra conservative think tank Heritage Foundation
b)      AFL-CIO
c)      The Teamsters
d)      John Birch Society
e)      New York Times
What President proposed this:
"All citizens should be required to obtain a basic level of health insurance. Not having health insurance imposes a risk of delaying medical care; it also may impose costs on others, because we as a society provide care to the uninsured. The risk of shifting costs to others has led many states to mandate that all drivers have liability insurance. The same logic applies to health insurance...”
a)      Bill Clinton
b)      Barack Obama
c)      Jimmy Carter
d)      George H.W. Bush
e)      Harry Truman
Who said this about Mitt Romney in 2008:
“We need a president who’s not a politician, but who is a real problem solver and who’s proven over the years that he can look at a problem and come up with a solution and actually get the job done. There’s no one in the race like Mitt Romney who’s proved in business and in his volunteer work and as governor of Massachusetts that he can solve a problem. Not by creating more government but by making freedom work for everyone. He’s done it with health care, he’s done it by cutting budget deficits and not increasing taxes.”
a)      Reality TV blowhard Donald Trump
b)      Tea Party Favorite South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint
c)      Radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh
d)      Senate flip flopper John McCain
e)      Faux News blowhard Glenn Beck
Answers (d), (d), (a), (d), (b)
Yeah, funny how the individual mandate was a Republican idea in the 1990’s to counter the employer mandate, but in 2009 it was anti-freedom and anti-American when Democratic President Barack Obama called for it.  Is it possible for an entire political party to flip flop?
Disappointed that Trump won’t be seeking the GOP nomination.  It’s like watching a Three Stooges marathon with no Curly episodes; you feel like you were robbed of some quality zaniness and craziness. 
So the Oil executives and their marionettes in Congress would let you believe that taking away their $2Billion tax breaks could lead to an increase in gasoline prices.  Really?  Then I have to ask, if we increased the tax breaks, how much would the price of gasoline go down?
You know why I enjoy Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Chris Wallace (yes I know he is on Fox)?  Because they are about the only talk show hosts who challenge their guests to back up their talking points and explain previous contradictory comments.
The Beltway Republicans are pushing Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to run for President.  Come on down Mitchy, but please bring your explanation for your performance as George W. Bush’s Budget Director.  Yeah, you’re a fiscal conservative who happened to be watching the checking account when the nation ran up $7.4Billion in debt.  Stay tuned, more questions for Mitchy in the coming days.

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