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Small Government and Family Values

Ok, there are plenty of explanations for the recent blue-washing of the country. Let’s go through them:

I get to wave my blogging wand over to pronounce all explanations reasonable.

And here’s the executive summary: GOP political and media institutions are in mortal danger of  irrelevancy to the contemporary and future USA.

As Ta-Nehisi Coates memorably rocked it, “This is not a ‘branding problem.’ This is a ‘problem problem.’

So how do you solve a problem like America?

Good thing Thinker for Hire’s on the job with a few suggestions.

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In Case My Last Post Was Too Coy

I eagerly, anxiously, happily, and optimistically voted for Obama again. By mail. Early.

He dramatically expanded rights and benefits for same-sex couples.

He gave affordable, quality health care coverage to tens of millions of seniors, children, and working people while instituting cost-cutting measures that will reduce our budget over time.

He regulated Wall Street.

He reduced the deficit.

He made the biggest infrastructure investment in generations.

He ended the war in Iraq and committed to the same in Afghanistan.

He prevented a depression.

He understands complexity.

He accepts scientific consensus about the grave dangers of climate change and will prepare us to mitigate the damage we’ve already done to our planet.

I may quibble with some of his decisions, but I generally agree with his values.

That’s it from me about politics until we know how this drama will end.

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Is Obama a Centrist Republican?

Insofar as any exist. Which I know they do, in a Snuffleupagus sort of way.

Let’s consider some facts:

Obama loves business so much that he believes that market forces will improve our schools. And slow down climate change. And make quality health care more accessible.

He plans to bomb the what-what out of Iran if they don’t stop their ballyhooing and enriching. And his escalation of the drone program looks more like Elmer Fudd’s big gun than Bugs Bunny’s big carrot. Ruthlessness, collateral damage, kill lists. Everything Glen Greenwald says.

He didn’t fight, much, to regulate Wall Street, much.

Obamacare leaves the private health care industry infrastructure not only intact, but stronger. He booted out the “public option” without asking much (anything?) in return, despite the economic and moral costs of this decision.

Plus, Chris Rock.

I realize that our country has trended gently (the GOP more aggressively) rightward, such that, say, acknowledging in public that human-caused climate change is both a scientific fact and an urgent global crisis makes one a traitor to the nearly half of us red-staters.

But even in this bitterly partisan context, Obama’s pro-business and pro-war presidential actions do not smell lefty. At all. Not even close.

And yet…



What 3d world dictatorships systematically keep people from voting? Right. Swing state ones.



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Want to Reduce Abortions and Unintended Pregnancies?

Give out free contraception.

Especially the kind that costs a lot but works much better. The implantable kinds.

See, some people in St. Louis did a 3-year study. Turns out that, you know, contraception prevents conception. Good thing we had a study to tell us that!

Obamacare will make contraceptives free to insured women (though I’m not sure if it will cover the fancy-pants kind). (Also, there will still be some uninsured women, despite the massive expansion of coverage ensuing not-soon-enough.)

Yahoo! Happy Friday!

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Heart Stents for All!

It turns out that 43% (FORTY THREE PERCENT) of cardiac procedures were deemed unnecessary, according to evidence-based guidelines. In Michigan. Where some researchers did a study.

What makes Michigan so special?

I want my heart stent and I want it NOW. Better make it two. I plan to eat a lot of bacon and ice cream next week. Bacon ice cream.

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