Speaking of dimness, youll notice the videos are a bit dark. If natural light isnt streaming through the upper windows of the Capitol Building the rotunda becomes a cavern lit only by globe lights at the edges (a creepy cavern, if you ask me). The sensor in my camera went out repeatedly and I realized I had to focus 1/2 on the speaker and 1/2 on the slide show behind to keep the viewfinder working. At times I focus fully on the slideshow of images behind the speakers. That works out since those images reveal the arrests, the signs, and the faces of the unintimidated who live and breathe dissent as if our future depended upon it.
And doesnt it?
The book Unintimidated: Wisconsin Sings Truth to Power is available online at http://unintimidated.org/ and in Madison, WI bookstores. All proceeds from sales go to the First Amendment Protection Fund which helps defray court costs for the many who have been arrested while standing up for free speech in the Wisconsin Capitol building.
Jeb Bush ✔ @JebBush
Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.
Whats really ironic about Jeb Bushs Twitter attack on President Obama is that he really really should know better than to attack President Obama for supposedly closing the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican, considering it was his brother, former President George W. Bush, who actually initiated the move in question.
So you might be surprised to learn that, in fact, Obama is not closing the embassy or diminishing U.S. diplomatic relations with the Holy See in any way.
There are no embassies for any country in Vatican City itself there is simply no room. All countries locate their embassies in the city of Rome. The United States has decided to move its embassy from its current location an unremarkable converted residence to the same compound as the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It will have its own separate building and a separate entrance on a different street. The new building is actually a tenth of a mile closer to the Vatican than the old one. There will be no reduction in staff or activities.
Poutrage sells with the Republican base.
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I'm pretty sure my loved ones would prefer a sharp stick in the eye.
So, hows it going? The health exchanges are off to a famously rocky start, but many, though by no means all, of the cost-control measures have already kicked in. Has the curve been bent? The answer, amazingly, is yes. In fact, the slowdown in health costs has been dramatic.
Still, the facts are striking. Since 2010, when the act was passed, real health spending per capita that is, total spending adjusted for overall inflation and population growth has risen less than a third as rapidly as its long-term average. Real spending per Medicare recipient hasnt risen at all; real spending per Medicaid beneficiary has actually fallen slightly.
So what aspects of Obamacare might be causing health costs to slow? One clear answer is the acts reduction in Medicare overpayments mainly a reduction in the subsidies to private insurers offering Medicare Advantage Plans, but also cuts in some provider payments. A less certain but likely source of savings involves changes in the way Medicare pays for services. The program now penalizes hospitals if many of their patients end up being readmitted soon after being released an indicator of poor care and readmission rates have, in fact, fallen substantially. Medicare is also encouraging a shift from fee-for-service, in which doctors and hospitals get paid by the procedure, to accountable care, in which health organizations get rewarded for overall success in improving care while controlling costs.
The brilliant question that should be asked of every Republican on every talk show: When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy -- medical debt?
(Have Democrats held such a hearing?)
This is terrible news, and cannot be allowed to continue. If theres even a small chance that, say, half of the 50 million or so Americans currently without heath care might get the same thing that every other advanced country offers its citizens, that would be a disaster.
Its hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose. When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
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