Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Mar. 30, 2014

"The debate over the ACA is over. This law is here to stay"

(Barack Obama, April 1 2014)

It is time to put the Affordable Care Act to bed as a news story. It is time for the Republicans to stop raising money and drumming up their financial support on the backs of American people who really cannot afford to spend money to dump a law that is on the books. There is now insurance for millions of its citizens who were recently uninsured.

Do you really believe that people will give up their insurance because a bunch of rich people in Congress tell them they should?

When will people stop voting against their OWN interests? Do they really believe that the government is too large?

Paul Ryan's current budget calls for the repeal of the ACA, cutting food stamps.

Ryan's budget does RAISE the spending for the military. Does that sound like smaller government to you? This country ALREADY spends more money on the military than the REST OF THE WORLD conbined.

Paul Ryan has been the GOP poster boy for economic brilliance. He is still showing that we need to take stuff away from the poor people of this country and help the richest Americans, who continually back Ryan and his GOP cronies.

I am sick to death of watching this happen time and time again.

Please Wisconsin. Wake up and vote Ryan and the GOP members of Congress out who do not want to help you. Vote for people who do want to make America the great country it has always been.

Ryan is the Chairman of the Budget Committee and his work has been a joke. To stay on the path of NOT RAISING TAXES, yet SPENDING MORE on a military that is changing with the changing times.

We do Drones NOT boots on the ground wars now. The cost is low and the results are better. Whether you believe in the Drone Program or not, you have to admit America has not wasted money on Tanks and other obsolete programs since Mr. Obama entered office in 2009.

So why do the Republicans keep insisting that we must trim, trim, trim the deficit when it is actually the lowest it has been in years.

The GOP really needs to come up with some game. They have no new Health Care Program of their own. They could give a rats ass about people who need assistance. They keep "Porking It Up" for the wealthiest 1% at the detriment of the now defunct middle class and the poorest Americans.

The GOP will find a way to hang on to the House. They will inch closer in the Senate and they may even give the Dems a run for their money in a Presidential election, BUT they have no game right now.

It is time for the Democrats to call them out on their misguided ACA Repeal attempts and hust them at the election polls throughout the year. PLEASE Democrats...EMBRACE the ACA and kick their asses where it counts most. THEIR pocketbooks.

Mar. 28, 2014

Time to return to the GOOD OLD DAYS of Republican opposition. Here are some memorable quotes and flip flops on Medicare from some very notable VIPs in the GOP world...

Ronald Reagan (1965) : “If you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” 

Ronald Reagan (1980 to Jimmy Carter): There you go again. When I opposed Medicare, there was another piece of legislation meeting the same problem before the Congress. I happened to favor the other piece of legislation and thought that it would be better for the senior citizens and provide better care than the one that was finally passed. I was not opposing the principle of providing care for them. I was opposing one piece of legislation versus another.

Barry Goldwater: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

Goldwater even stopped campaigning against LBJ to fly back to D.C. to vote "No" on Medicare. It is known as a big reason he was trounced in that Presidential election.

Bob Dole: “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” 

In 2006 during Medicare D rollout:  "AcrossAmerica, I see Part D pricing working," said Dole. "When you've got a lot ofpeople out there competing for somebody's business, prices are going to come down. After only one year, these Success Stories are a testament to the realsavings and satisfaction associated with the Part D benefit."

Guess who spoke these words..."Three years ago, I proposed a major health insurance program to the Congress, seeking to guarantee adequate financing of health care on a nationwide basis. That proposal generated widespread discussion and useful debate. But no legislation reached my desk."

Richard Nixon. He was a BIG proponent of Health Care Reform.

Here is some more from that 1974 speech on Health Care Reform: "First, it offers every American an opportunity to obtain a balanced, comprehensive range of health insurance benefits;Second, it will cost no American more than he can afford to pay; Third, it builds on the strength and diversity of our existing public and private systems of health financing and harmonizes them into an overall system..."

Does this sound familiar?

My point is MOST, but not all Republicans will fight tooth and nail against government programs the Democrats get through. They continue to figh against the ACA, which was their own idea several years back. 

In 2006, then MA. R-Governor Mitt Romney even passed the law in his own state and then later disavowed it in order to pander to the right wing base of his party. This is gutless, soul-less garbage. 

For the GOP to try to repeal a LAW that gives millions of uninsured Americans a chance for reasonably-priced health care is unforgiveable. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Individual Mandate.

These people need to get over themselves and help make the law work. Do your job people. You are fighting a losing battle. 

My gut instinct tells me that by November, this tatctic of running against Obamacare will bite them in the ass.

There was blowback to Social Security starting in the 1920's throughout the 1930's, even to this day. Social Security has benefitted Republicans and Democrats politically for decades.

It is important for these politicians to be on the right side of history when all is said and done.

Ronald Reagan EVOLVED over the years, but made his name on opposing things like Medicare. He was against assualt weapons, yet the current crop of Republicans overlook his actual views on certain issues and embrace their fantasy of Reagan.

This generation is not buying it throughout the entire country, but in small GOP pockets, the myth is more exciting than the truth.

Reagan embraced Medicare as President, yet staunchly opposed it in its infant days.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, PLEASE read your actual history and make the ACA work.

Mar. 20, 2014

I have been writing practically from the day President Obama was re-elected that I hoped Hillary Clinton would NOT run in 2016. I don't believe history is on her side, BUT Barack Obama blew history out of the water in 2008 by becoming our nation's first African American President.

Hillary will be 68 years old when she runs, but I have to admit that this woman is tough as nails and has many more than nine lives politically.

Look at all the things she has accomplished, despite being shamed (Health Care & Lewinsky Scandal) as a First Lady. She knows her way around the congress and the state department AND the Oval Office.

She has raised a daughter and managed to stay married to a man who continually played the field throughout their marriage.

She has had her official time off and now readies herself for a big Presidential campaign with Obama ON her side this time.

To me it makes sense to consider Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, even though both women currenty reside in the northeast.

Here are my reasons:

  • They are both women
  • Warren is a progressive and threatens Clinton's Progressive Credibility
  • Warren is a fan of Clinton and will serve her faithfully
  • Warren could take on Wall Street FROM the White House and use the Clinton's Wall Street ties to mend some of the current friction.
  • The Clintons could keep her in their sights at all times

How it could work politically:

  • Progressives will support the ticket 
  • Clinton has strong ties in Florida (possible new Governor Charlie Christ)
  • Clinton OWNs California voters and California loves Warren
  • Warren would be the FACE of progressivism from within the White House, enabling Hillary to move her moderate agenda.
  • Clinton could rely on Warren for domestic agenda items and concentrate on a troubling foreign agenda.

This would set the Democrats up for several years in the White House. The rest of the party will have to figure out how to keep House and Senate seats workable.

It is still early (March, 2014), but I could see this working for the Democrats in 2016.

The Clintons are very smart people. They will call in some big favors (Obama) and I really see Hillary Clinton needing a strong faithful smart ally in her corner. Elizabeth Warren makes sense.

Mar. 19, 2014

"I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.
(Richard M. Nixon)

There is a  funny thing about our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress who were not there in 1998 when President Bill Clinton was brought before the U.S. Congress. The new breed of representatives do NOT know what impeachment means:

"Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. The actual trial on those charges, and subsequent removal of an official on CONVICTION n those charges, is separate from the act of IMPEACHMENT itself."

But if you were to listen to Texas Represantive Blake Farenthold or Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, you would think they could just haul Barack Obama down to the Capitol and just kick his ass back to Kenya, no problem.

These guys are all talk. They say this crap to raise money from their overeager constituents back home. They really don't have grounds for impeachment, say like the Iraq War or selling arms to Iran for hostages.

They will bring up the NON-IRS Scandal, which to this day baffles me that they have not even READ the law and IRS regulation they accuse the Obama administration of breaking. The LAW was broken by the Republican Eisdenhower administration in 1959 when they changed the words "Exclusively" to "Primarily" in the IRS Guidelines for 501 C-4 application status.

They would bring up the botched CIA Libya (Benghazi) Operation that cost America it's ambassador and three other Americans there lives. Obama is blamed by those on the right for the "cover-up." There was no cover-up.

There are many things conservatives don't like about Mr. Obama, but the number one thing they don't like is his skin color. I hate to say it, but there is still a segment of our beloved country that has not accepted the results of the Civil War OR the Civil Rights laws that have long been in effect in America.

They hate this president so much, they even praise Putin in Russia. This is something we have never seen. The climate of our political landscape is disgraceful. We have regressed to a point I never thought was possible.

The advent of the Tea Party occurred BECAUSE we elected an African American as President. It was the FIRST year of his administration that these groups started popping up with their "Obama as Hitler" banners.

Tea Party groups have even demostrated in front of the White House with confederate flags. That embarrasses me as an American. 

I guess we never really progressed since LBJ passed through all that legislation in 1965.

The states have been cutting into those laws and the Supreme Court has not helped matters much, gutting section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door for the states to suppress African American, Asian and Latino voters. States like Ohio and Florida have regressed shutting EARLY VOTING down to allow LESS voters the ability to get to the polls.

This is disgraceful.

Anytime President Obama tries to do anything to better the people's survival and chance to thrive, the far right goes crazy riling up their fundraising to try and push back.

Things have really changed and there is little respect for the office of president, as long as a black man resides there with his family.

I hope and pray the Democrats keep the Senate in November.

This President and administration is not perfect, but they have tried to help mainstreet and they HAVE helped Wall Street in so many ways, but have been derided at every turn.

Someday when history is written, these men and women will be disgraced. I truly believe it. They didn't try to help fix the problems, they made MORE problems.

Too bad. This really could have been a special time in our country's history. It is not. It is a shameful period. We have regressed.

Feb. 23, 2014

It's time Congress got its priorities straight.
(Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky)

Mitch McConnell always has interesting things to say on every issue. He is an expert at lowdown dirty politics. He also knows how to cover his ass and do what's best for the country when his back is to the wall.

My main question is....Is that good enough in the 2014 political climate of Washington?

Are the people of Kentucky fed up with his antics after 30 years?

Just how many lives does this guy have?

In 2010 McConnell backed Rand Paul's opponent in HIS senate race. This year Paul is HELPING McConnell with his own handpicked campaign peeps. Mr. Paul needs McConnell to win this race for several reasons.

Let's discuss.

McConnell is a Washington insider who actually gets stuff done when possible. Rand Paul depends on McConnell to back him when he goes off the reservation with his Libertarian Tea Party rants. McConnell has backed Paul since day one. They have a coalition of sorts.

Remember during the shutdown when they were both caught on camera and a hot mic discussing their chances to "Actually win this thing?" They didn't win anything. They hurt the country and the people in Kentucky are making McConnell pay for it right now.

Bill Clinton has been aggressively campaigning for his close family friend Alison Lundren Grimes in her battle for McConnell's senate seat. Clinton has approval ratings well over 60% in 2014. This is one time his help in Kentucky is appreciated by progressives and moderates.

McConnell should easily defeat his Tea Party crackpot challenger Matt Bevan, who has associated McConnell with the Debt Ceiling passage, declaring that he would "NEVER" pass a debt ceiling. Even the reddest of red staters in Kentucky know that defaulting on the U.S. debts would be catastrophic.

The real battle comes down to Democratic moderate Grimes v. Old School Mitch McConnell, who has VERY LOW approval ratings in Kentucky. The Affordable Care Act is a success in Kentucky with over 250,000 previously uninsured folks now signed up through "Kentucky Connect." McConnell will have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to walk back all the terrible things he has said about the ACA for several years.

I believe Grimes will pull this out with the help of the Clintons and the success of Obamacare in the state of Kentucky.

2016 is a very interesting year in Kentucky also. Rand Paul will likely run for the GOP nomination and (because of Kentucky law) cannot run again for his seat in the senate. 

WHAT IF Mitch McConnell decides to take run for Rand Paul's vacated Senate seat while Paul is utilizing most of his resources towards a presidential run? It is an interesting scenario. Rand Paul has been very controversial since entering the senate. McConnell is a polarizing figure as well. After 2016, we may see a Senate WITHOUT Rand Paul and McConnell once again trying to get back in the "Old Boys Club."

If Grimes wins that senate race, there is a very good possibility we will start seeing that state drift more towards the middle. 

Bill Clinton is campaigning in the state for more than one reason. He is there to shore up a coalition for his wife when she runs in 2016. Grimes' father is a close political ally of the Clintons.

Democratic Governor Steve Bashear has successfully implemented the ACA in the state and once conservative right wingnuts are being covered just like liberals. The climate is changing in Kentucky.

Kentucky matters greatly, as do other southern states that may be in play in the 2016 presidential race.