“The law—which has now been upheld by the Supreme Court—says that you are legally obliged to purchase health insurance—just as we are all legally obligated to follow the traffic rules and regulations. And while you may vehemently disagree with the wisdom of Obamacare and those responsible for passing it, it is the law because, in the judgment of the majority of Congress and the President, it was in the public interest to make this the law. Welcome to America where law is made by a majority of Congress and the Presidential signature.”—Rick Ungar, The New and Improved Death Panel Nonsense
A number of largely Republican-led states that gambled on delay now face the unsettling prospect that the federal government could take over their responsibilities, particularly in setting up the health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges, where people will be able to choose among policies for their coverage.
Scott Walker, of course, doesn’t think federal law applies to him.
Mr. Walker quickly raised the risk by announcing that, in spite of the ruling, he would continue to delay any imposition of the law while waiting to see whether Republicans took control of the White House or Congress in November. Republicans on Capitol Hill, and the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, have vowed to repeal the entire law if they gain power. “Wisconsin will not take any action to implement Obamacare,” Mr. Walker said in a statement.
“We would like to work with you and your Administration to pass legislation in this Congress that would…ensure that all Americans would have affordable, quality, private health coverage, while protecting current government programs. We believe the health care system cannot be fixed without providing solutions for everyone. Otherwise, the costs of those without insurance will continue to be shifted to those who do have coverage.”—Republican Senator Jim DeMint in a 2007 letter to George W. Bush. By contrast, today he said “freedom-loving Americans are disappointed.” Ezra Klein writes about the “tectonic shift in the Republican party.”
“We oppose the teaching of higher order thinking skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs…[which] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
Wisconsin law prohibits a public official from accepting payment for any expenses — including legal expenses — unless he or she can show the comped service has nothing to do with the public office.
On Tuesday, RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the Republican committee was paying for the effort to intervene in the case. The committee also bankrolled a friend-of-the-court brief in a separate federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, he said.
The fight now apparently is over some attempts at misinformation spread by [ultra conservative] local radio talk-jock Charlie Sykes. Sykes had been implying clearly that the prosecution in the investigation has been leaking. Alas, though, it appears that the various defense teams employed by the various defendants, all of whom have their own different reasons to cut their own deals, have been doing what they have to do to gain whatever advantages they can. These rear-guard maneuverings continue apace….
Michael Maistelman, a lawyer for defendant Timothy Russell, sent an email to radio talk show host Charlie Sykes on Jan. 22, tipping off Sykes to the likelihood that two other former Walker aides would be charged that week. Those aides, Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch, were charged four days later on Jan. 26…Sykes and other defenders of the Republican governor have complained of illegal information leaks on the Doe investigation, which was launched more than two years ago. Sykes’ radio program is aired on WTMJ-AM (620). Sykes said he has referred to the investigation as “leaking like a sieve,” without putting the blame on prosecutors. Sykes declined to comment Tuesday on the email he got from Maistelman, who didn’t immediately return a call.
Russell is the key to the whole thing. If he rolls, that’s the ballgame.
“Republicans approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home — but not for housing. They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage — the smaller the minimum wage, the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”—Harry S. Truman (via cognitivedissonance)
“It will take many generations because we are now talking about not just increased opportunities for girls and women, but about a social revolution with an impact as large as the Industrial Revolution, for we are changing the roles of women and men, so that they are far closer to equal than they have ever been in the history of the world. And that is not easy to do. We have only taken the very first steps of what will be a very long journey.”—
“Privatized prisons save money by employing fewer guards and other workers, and by paying them badly. And then we get horror stories about how these prisons are run. What a surprise!”—Paul Krugman, Prisons, Privatization, Patronage
“Mr. Romney’s entire campaign rests on a foundation of short, utterly false sound bites. The stimulus failed. (Three million employed people beg to differ.) The auto bailout was a mistake. (Another million jobs.) Spending is out of control. (Spending growth is actually lower than under all modern Republican presidents.) He says these kinds of things so often that millions of Americans believe them to be the truth.”—The New York Times
“[S]o offensive I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that word in mixed company.”—Republican Mike Callton talking about vaginas, which the Michigan GOP finds too offensive to talk about in front of women but absolutely essential to regulate. Their solution? Exclude female lawmakers.
“Romney says he wants to make health insurance work more like a market. But heath insurance is not like a normal market. In a normal market, if I can’t afford the product, I don’t buy it. With health insurance, if I can’t afford the product I potentially die. Moreover, in a normal market, if I can’t afford the product the store doesn’t give it to me. With health insurance, if I can’t afford the product, any hospital that wants to participate in the Medicare program — that’s pretty much all of them — has to treat me if I show up in their emergency room.”—Ezra Klein
The financial ability of the individual has no relationship to the scope of the rights involved here. The privilege against self-incrimination secured by the Constitution applies to all individuals. The need for counsel in order to protect the privilege exists for the indigent as well as the affluent.
While authorities are not required to relieve the accused of his poverty, they have the obligation not to take advantage of indigence in the administration of justice.
Less than three hours after Democrat Tom Barrett conceded the $63 million-and-counting contest to Gov. Scott Walker, Americans for Prosperity, the big spending conservative group, sent an email to supporters hailing Walker’s win and including a video highlight reel about “how AFP educated Wisconsin residents about Governor Walker’s budget reforms.”
So how much has AFP reported spending on the Wisconsin campaign? According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, the agency that tracks campaign expenditures in the state, nada. “AFP has not registered with us,” reports Reid Magney, a spokesman for the GAB.
Nor is it likely to do so. Americans for Prosperity, which reported revenues of $22 million in 2010, claims immunity from such paperwork because, it is a non-profit organization…
In case there was any doubt:
”Together, we’ve helped restore prosperity to the Badger State,” the AFP email closed. “Now, onto the rest of America.” In case that was too subtle, the embedded video ended with three words on the screen: November Is Coming.”