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How does a local Louisiana election prove the importance of single votes?

Did Bush’s Brain have an aneurysm?

Who are the big winners of this election?

Why did the GOP lose and why can’t they take personal responsibility for it?

Why are some Conservatives saying that they will move to Belize?

And where do we go now as a country?

These questions and more will be answered on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk from the left, that’s right.

It is now time to come together.

This has been a very hard fought election. A lot of harsh words have been said on both sides of the aisle. The temptation of many people to gloat and brag may be very strong. But that doesn’t get us anywhere.

Barack Obama is our President. He will be our President for the next four years. We will have a GOP House of Representatives and a Democratic Senate. The time for bickering is over. The time for creating a climate where jobs will be created needs to start. This requires people of all political persuasions to drop their differences and to focus on those things that we as Americans need to have done.

People are not always going to get exactly what they want in such an atmosphere. When people work together and don’t get everything they wanted but meet a common goal that benefits most of us, that is called compromise. It is what our nation was built on. It is how our government is supposed to work.

So let’s get to work.

 

Live Blogging the first 2012 POTUS Debate

Tonight is the first of three Presidential debates (and 4 debates total including the VP debate). There are a lot of expectations out there, most of them bad for Mitt Romney. Some conservatives point at Romney’s performance at the GOP debates as proof he may do well. However, look at his competition at those debates and you will quickly see why that isn’t really proof of everything.

 

Mitt Romney has basically just conceded the election

You know, I was pretty annoyed at Mitt Romney when he was suggesting that President Obama had ideas that are “foreign” to America. But he has reached a new low.

That’s right folks, Mitt Romney just said that nobody has ever asked for his Birth Certificate and “they know that this is the place that we were born and raised”.

This is more than just him playing up to the birther crowd. This is him clearly stating that there is some legitimate question about the birthplace of our President. Things must be really bad in the Romney campaign if they need their candidate himself to push these issues. Normally this would be something that some surrogate of the campaign would be pushing out there. Some minor spokesperson of the campaign who could get a slap on the wrist if the comment was not taken well. Or perhaps this would be left to some fringe PAC external to the campaign that could push these issues out there. There must be some really disturbing internal polling data showing that the election is already over unless they do something drastic. For Mitt Romney himself to be saying this, well this goes beyond the whole “he didn’t build that” lie.

Remember when Romney said that Obama shouldn’t be making “these kinds of attacks” and how it was unpresidential? Whatever happened to that Mr. Romney?

What is worse? The people behind him clapping and cheering for this garbage. They probably know Mitt can’t win either so they will embrace the garbage too because to them, winning is more important than the truth.

Louisiana and Healthcare Reform

WLAE aired “Louisiana the State We’re In” tonight and it had several people on to discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts the State of Louisiana. Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, Louisiana State Senator and Louisiana Democratic Party head  Karen Carter Peterson and Steve Spires, head of the Louisiana Budget Project were all guests.

They first discussed the scheduled July 11th House repeal vote. Congressman Cassidy stated that the reason it is important to have this vote, even though it wont make the Senate and wouldn’t get signed by the President, is that we need to continue the discussion. Uh, what discussion? There has been no discussion on the part of the Republican Party on this issue. They never wanted to come to the table and deal with the Democrats on how to best reform Healthcare as they had no intent on ever helping Obama gain a political victory. He still managed to get one despite their best efforts, but they never wanted to discuss it so I cannot imagine they would want to discuss anything now. They are absolutely welcome to prove me wrong and I would be the first person to admit if I was wrong on it. They likely just want to use their Congressional platform to wave their banner and give more lies about the law instead of doing what they should be doing and creating a jobs bill to help put the American people back to work. Unfortunately, they don’t want Americans going back to work until a Republican President takes office.

Peterson and Cassidy debated the idea of Bobby Jindal rejecting the additional help for Louisiana’s working poor to help them get insurance via Medicaid when they normally wouldn’t be able to have any health coverage. Peterson described this as a callous disregard for the decision of the court and harmful for 500,000 Louisiana Citizens. Cassidy described this as Governor Jindal coming to the rescue and helping to save us from “bad policy”. He also said that states are spending more money on Medicaid than on education and that an education is more likely to get someone out of poverty than healthcare. Peterson countered by claiming that if the child is sick they won’t be able to benefit from an education.

Senator Peterson is right, however, in Louisiana, even if they get an education it might include from state dollars that are spent teaching people that the Loch Ness Monster is proof against evolution. I find it hard to believe that such an education would help anyone escape poverty. There are also many issues with the government vouchers that Louisiana is implementing that I have some huge problems with. But that is beyond the scope of this post. But one thing that Bobby Jindal has some experience doing is cutting services to people on Medicaid. So nobody should be surprised that Bobby Jindal would refuse expanding medical service to people who need them. Steve Spires added that there is an economic benefit to Louisiana for accepting these funds. It would not only lift the burden on some state plans that are only funded by state tax dollars before the expansion of coverage, but it would also help reimburse some doctors who provide treatment without compensation.

I kinda felt sorry for Mr. Spires on the show. You had two politicians and a guy with a lot of facts and figures who kept getting drowned out by the rhetoric. I wish he could have been allowed to speak more about the actual numbers.

The thing I found amazing about the show was Bill Cassidy complaining that the prohibition of insurance companies denying children coverage because of preexisting conditions was causing a death spiral in the market and causing insurance companies to no longer provide coverage for single children. What he doesn’t mention is that the fix to that is the mandate. Once they are required to have coverage, people cannot just wait until they are sick to buy insurance. They are required to either have it or pay the penalty to the IRS. Unfortunately, Congressman Cassidy did not go into detail of anti-selection and why mandates prevent it. Fortunately, Mr Spires jumped right on it and explained why the mandate solves the problem of the death spiral.

Mr. Spires then added that the state based exchanges would help bring prices down in the individual market  and make it more affordable. Unfortunately, Governor Jindal is refusing to implement those as well.

It was a good watch for anyone who wants a little more information about how this law impacts the citizens of Louisiana in a positive way and how Governor Jindal’s actions may very well hurt the citizens of Louisiana. I just wish Mr. Spires would have been given more time.