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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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Do Republicans in Massachusetts (or elsewhere) want to get rid of "Romneycare"?

or do Republicans just want to make sure it doesn't step foot outside Massachusetts? Just curious because despite being virtually the same basic law (including the dreaded "MANDATE" or "TAX"-depending on how you want to define it) as PPACA, I have not heard anybody seriously complain about "Romneycare" nor call for its repeal (or even challenge it in court) despite all of the stuff that has been flung around PPACA. Is it just a matter of "What becomes law in Massachusetts, stays in Massachusetts?", craven hypocrisy (because a REPUBLICAN championed it and signed it into law), or do Republicans basically believe that people in the other 49 states shouldn't have things any better in their states than Massachusetts does?

Or are there other reason(s) for tolerating it in Massachusetts but not nationally? Do Republicans even realize (or care) that one of their own, Paul Ryan, basically modeled his Medicare deform after PPACA?

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 01:54 PM (6 replies)

Except that Mitt wants 50-state "Romneycare+" repealed

so, it would be Massachusetts or bust (again) for people needing help with getting health coverage if Romney-Hood and his band of (un-)merry teabaggers get their way.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 01:34 PM (1 replies)

If there is anytime that it is appropriate or necessary

for states to try to figure out alternative plans to get people from welfare to work, now would be that time IMHO. It seems to me that states can and should be creative in figuring out how to tweak their programs so as to help more people. Nobody is calling for people to just sit on their butts and get welfare checks. We had that debate back in 1996 and it was decided that that was going to end but, given how awful the economy is right now, allowing states to find other reasonable ways for people to satisfy the work requirement seems perfectly sensible. Of course, it would help if our "job creators" better manage their "confidence" and "uncertainty" crises so that they can get off their butts and start creating more jobs to move people into from being on welfare.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:44 PM (0 replies)

Republicans complain that government does nothing right in order to get elected

so they can prove it! It never ceases to amaze me that so many people are able to be elected to run government by spending their entire campaign badmouthing it. What's worse is when they run for office saying- often quite clearly- that they PLAN on obstructing government and essentially that they don't plan on doing their jobs- yet they too often wind up elected. The American public- the ones that vote anyway- amazingly have no problems tolerating behavior from our "employees" that we know our own employers would NEVER tolerate from us on our job.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 11:21 AM (1 replies)

+7 is not small IMHO

but we shouldn't take his victory for granted by any means. We need to make sure that everybody whom wants to vote for President Obama CAN in November. However, we are in August now and Mitt is still floundering around. I expect him to get a slight boost with his VP pick, as well as during the RNC when there will be wall-to-wall coverage of Republican propaganda, lies, distortion, etc. but I expect the DNC and especially the debates to quell any significant "Mitt-mentum". Of course, Romney's doing a lot to quell any momentum on his own, actually.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:42 AM (0 replies)

They must have a bunch of different people

doing these rulings. Sometimes they come out with reasonable sounding rulings but then they also sometimes come out with inexplicably insane rulings like about the Romney/Reid tax kerfuffle.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:21 AM (0 replies)

Just saw last night

that it was two Repub governors whom recently asked for waivers. Wonder if this was setup for Romney to attack President Obama? FWIW even Politifact is hammering Romney-Hood about this, giving his claims a seldom-heard of (for a Repub) "Pants-on-Fire" ruling. I would love to see somebody really grill these GOP governors about what they were asking for and what they thought they were going to be getting. Romney is a big fat liar!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:10 AM (0 replies)

The same thing that they hope to find with all minorities:

proof that he lied about his past, isn't as smart as everybody thinks he is, and that he got *something* (i.e. degrees) that he didn't deserve, and is essentially "a fraud" who *happened* to get lucky and become POTUS. It's part of their "failure to vet" fantasies- always thinking that there is something hiding under some rock somewhere that will unmask Barack Obama for the fraud that they firmly believe he is and that that will finally be the end of his political career. First, it was the birth certificate and now that that's been settled, now they're focusing on his school records. There is no apparent end to this insanity! It seems as though Republicans just can't fathom the notion that there might actually be intelligent, competent, and (gasp) successful minorities in this country (or anywhere).

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Aug 7, 2012, 07:52 PM (0 replies)

The only major question people will be asking if and when Romney releases more tax returns

ESPECIALLY if there's nothing damaging in them is: Why did it take so long? I would add too that all Reid and the Democrats have thrown up is speculation and innuendo. They're being careful to avoid making any specific allegations (or they are talking about things they say they have heard from other sources), so if the returns are released and there is nothing particularly bad in them, people (including Reid, et. al) will just shrug their shoulders and move on. The damage to Mitt is done already and it's certainly not going to sink President Obama if it turns out that there is no "there" there, particularly since he has largely been on the sidelines on this issue. I don't think I've heard him say anything that might blow up in his face if this all turns out to be "much ado about nothing", has he?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Aug 7, 2012, 12:45 PM (0 replies)

And how they forced the debt limit showdown

in the first place- and then failed to make the tough choices to avoid the sequestration even as they claimed to get 98% of what they wanted!

BTW what Lindsey is suggesting here is something similar to what Hannity was accusing President Obama of supposedly doing or planning to do.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Aug 6, 2012, 11:26 PM (0 replies)
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