Health care reform

What Is a Day in Obama's Eyes?

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The House passed the health care bill yesterday, and President Obama plans to sign it on Tuesday. Americans for Tax Reform notes that doing so will "violate his promise to post on the Internet all non-emergency legislation that lands on his desk for a full five days before signing them into law." But we already know that "many days" elapsed between the posting of the legislation (and the reconciliation bill that modifies it) on Thursday and its approval by the House on Sunday. If three days can be "many," surely two days can equal five.

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  1. I’m sure Obama will just say that it’s an emergency bill because it’s that urgent to get people affordable health care and ice cream and ponies.

    1. Yeah, starting four years from now.

    2. Obama has passed this quite historic bill in the American history. Health care systems would be strengthened and many much more companies would come in to fight for the best of the services. There should be some good tax resolution services too for solving the tax related problems, that should be the next move.

  2. Obama knows he can count on his MSM buttboys to cover for him on this.

    You will not hear a peep out of any of them about it.

    1. They’re too busy covering all the racist, tea-bagger hate that occurred Sunday when a few protesters were impolite to their overlords.

      1. Meanwhile all but ignoring the anti-war and immigrant rallies that vastly outnumbered the teabaggers.

        1. A movement isn’t news unless the media is pushing it. It can’t possibly be growing on its own and worthy of attention. Thus those rallies were news when they were novel and not today.

        2. “Vastly”? Really? But the main difference is that the Tea Party rallies are filled with people who don’t normally do that kind of thing, unlike the college students, professional activists, and union members who make up the bulk of the average left-wing rally.

          1. I’m trying to discern a point here…

            Teabaggers get about 1000 times more media coverage per person than other types of protest. Some of the biggest antiwar protests in the history of the world happened under Bush II, and there was barely any coverage. Add to this the fact that the tea party is pretty much a media (FOX News) creation, and I see a lot of bias against covering leftwing protests and for covering rightwing protests, for whatever reason.

            Granted, the teabaggers wear silly hats.

            1. The point is that when professional protesters lead by Trotskyites have a protest, it’s not particularly newsworthy, because that’s what those people do for kicks. But when regular people have mass protests, that’s news. Even if they don’t break windows, burn things, block traffic, and inflate their scrotums the way leftist protesters do.

        3. You and I seem to have a vastly different definition of ‘ignore.’

    2. I expect the MSM to stop mentioning health care every two seconds now that it will be the law. They are hoping voters will forget by November.

  3. So urgent that many provisions don’t kick in for years.

    1. Except the one that counts to them, your money.

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  4. Not to mention that it’s a rather blatant violation of his oft-repeated pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250K, or $150K, or $100K, or whatever the final fucking number was.

      1. The house dems that traded their vote for somthing in the HRC bill should really know better. killers download

  5. From my computer’s dictionary: many |?men?|
    adjective & pronoun ( more |m?r|, most |m?st|)
    a large number of :

    …so now all we need from the president is a definition of large and a definition of promise.

    Oh yeah, and how many states there are …

  6. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

    —-2 Peter 3:8 KJV

    1. So, anyway, yeah, two days for Obama is like 2,000 years at least.

      What’d you expect? That he was going to keep his promises?

      I’m becoming increasingly baffled by those who are surprised that politicians lie.

      Representative democracy really is a sham, you know.

      1. “””What’d you expect? That he was going to keep his promises?

        I’m becoming increasingly baffled by those who are surprised that politicians lie.””

        No kidding.

        The house dems that traded their vote for somthing in the HRC bill should really know better. When Obama signs the Senate bill, there will be no need to fight over the HRC bill, promises will be broken. I can hear them crying out, “Is there no honor among theives!!”

        1. apropo of nothing in particular, every time I see health care reform abbreviated as HRC, I think of Hillary Rodham-Clinton. Does not make my day any brighter I can tell ya!

          1. TrickyVic meant “HCR.”

            1. lol! darn Mondays… can’t read right.

  7. Forty one thousand, six hundred and four (give or take a few) people die EVERY SINGLE DAY, because they don’t have government mandated health insurance, goddammit!!

    We haven’t a moment to lose.

    1. It is a fierce moral urgency. Just like closing GUITMO.

    2. I think forty one thousand, six hundred and 5 people died in Rwanda today. But their lives aren’t as valuable as Americans. ‘Cuz you know their black and nameless.

      1. I am all for helping people in other countries but you would think Americans would be more willing to start by helping their fellow citizens.

        1. They voted for Hope and Change and Rainbows and Unicorn Shit. What could be more helpful than that?

      2. I think forty one thousand, six hundred and 5 people died in Rwanda today.

        I suggest you hustle right over there and start helping, Upgrayyed. I’m so touched by your plea, I’ll even loan you my unicorn.

        1. It was irony… and I prefer ponies over unicorns, their much safer.

  8. “”What Is a Day in Obama’s Eyes?””

    What’s a campaign promise once you’re elected?

  9. Holy shit! You mean he lied?

  10. Does this mean I get a free Gardisil shot next year? I am worried about cervical cancer.

  11. The legislation was posted on Thursday and he’s signing on Tuesday. That’s five days. Stop bitching.

    1. Basic English fail:

      promise to post on the Internet all non-emergency legislation that lands on his desk for a full five days before signing them into law

      It “landed” Sunday. That is one full day (Monday).

      1. So f*cking what. It was posted for days before it landed on his desk. You had five days to read the legislation before he signs it. You knew there’d be a vote on Sunday. It’s not like it was big secret.

      2. What’s the big deal? There’s a provision in the Constitution for counting each day as 3/5th of a day. despicable me download

  12. Not only that, but Obama also promised Jacob a pony ride, and do you know what? No pony ride! Which is like totally communist. I’m sure Obama is going to lose in 2012. Well, maybe not.

    1. Look! Yonder is Alan Vanneman, hurling witticisms into our midst like thunderbolts from Olympus!

    2. He’s promised a lot more than that.

      Significantly for this issue he’s promised that those who like their health care plan will get to keep it.

      That is, of course, a flat out lie.

      The chickens will come home to roost on the Dems for it.

      Ditto for his blather about his plant cutting health care premiums by $2,500 for family coverage.

  13. Shut the fuck up, Vanneman.

  14. “Do I hear the sound of butting in? That’s gotta be little Alan Vanneman, Hit & Run’s answer to A QUESTION NO ONE ASKED!”

  15. We need an Undo Party. When the two major parties have fucked things up sufficiently that everyone is a little (or a lot) scared about what’s coming next, we elect the Undo Party to, well, undo the damage.

    1. We need an Undo Party.

      Branding is everything. Call it the Reset Party.

      1. Exactly. If you thought it was bad being a “teabagger” wait until you’re called an “undie”. OTOH, zombies are cool …

  16. Howzabout “Command Z”? It has good logo potential.

    1. It sounds like something that could get the internets excited. Unfortunately, it might also lead to Dragonball Z jokes. And then talking about dragon balls will lead back to teabagging.

  17. No, that’s another group. The Undos just work in the here and now. What, that’s crazy! I’m Undoing that.

    If the Resets win, many of our problems will be over. Until government throws off its shackles again. It’s known to do that.

  18. After about a year in office is about when most politicians can rest on their laurels and break promises that got them elected. But THIS GUY was appointing lobbyists on DAY ONE. He’s broken this transparency pledge about 10 times now.

    I really hope independents remember this in 2012 and don’t buy his bullshit again.

  19. Undo unto others…

    and leave their bloody, mangled corpses in the street for the vultures and the stray dogs.

  20. You fools…Obama was speaking “by the book”…as any Star Trek geek knows (and something Khan learned), weeks mean days, days mean hours, and hours mean minutes…so do the math and it all makes sense.

    And while I’m dorking it and referencing ST: TWoK, isn’t this HC bill kinda like the Genesis “weapon”…it’s supposed to create a whole new wonderful world, but we know what happens in the end…

    1. Yeah, Star Trek III. *shudder*

  21. The Undos’ logo will be that little round arrow thingee.

  22. We just need an automatic sunset clause (for all laws)/term limit Constitutional amendment. That might be the most difficult thing to sleeze around.

  23. Along with an automatic sunset clause for our politicians.

    1. How about a “Logans Run” type sunset arrangement for them?

      1. Carousel? Sure, that seems reasonable.

        1. Maybe Gilbert just wants to make Washington an overgrown jungle full of destroyed buildings.

          If so, I’m with Gilbert. From swamp it came, to swamp it shall return.

          1. Sure, that seems reasonable.

            Will it have Peter Ustinov? I miss him.

          2. Are you talking about “Logans Run” or that tiresome History channel series “Life After People”?

            1. Was Ustinov involved with that?

            2. Are you admitting that you’ve never seen the end of Logan’s Run?

              But then a lot of people turn it off after the Jenny Agutter nude scene.

              1. That’s just Episiarch.

              2. I’m a big fan of Ustinov. Even seemingly unimportant moments in a film with him can be great. For instance, I still love the scene at the beginning of Spartacus, when he tells the slaves carrying the sunshade, “The sun is over there.” Scorn, ridicule, contempt, and command, all in one regal gesture and great delivery.

  24. Oops, you said term limit. So, I amend myself and simply say, “I agree.”

  25. Term limits are popular enough on their own, and a sunset clause defensible enough, that you might get that through w/ fearmongering from the usual suspects not able to stop it.

    1. All I ask is a simple, two-term limit: one term in office, one term in jail.

  26. We really really need a BINDING “none of the above” option on the ballot. If NotA wins, the seat is vacant.

  27. And a vacant seat is recorded as “nay” on any Bill which comes to a vote.

    1. I like it!

    2. We deem that sucky.

      1. Hey, it’s the modern age. Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Pretty cool.

        I deem it passed!

    3. The one clown left will file all his bills in the negative.

  28. He’s the one who divided the light from the darkness to begin with, so who are you to question His reckoning of time?

  29. What’s the big deal? There’s a provision in the Constitution for counting each day as 3/5th of a day.

    Er, wait.

  30. I’m becoming increasingly baffled by those who are surprised that politicians lie.

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