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Catching up with Michele Bachmann

by Dog Gone on April 8, 2014 · 3 comments

Michele Bachmann has been very busy lately.


NOT usefully or productively busy, NO. Not resolving her various legal troubles busy, either, not the Congresswoman from Minnesota. She has been more her usual useless, ridiculous, drama queen extremist busy.

Although the latest word on her various ethics and campaign violations scandals are that the campaign manager for Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell may be the next victim of that Iowa bribery scandal.  From Mother Jones:

An intriguing catfight has been brewing on the right—and it could possibly affect the reelection campaign of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Republican Senate leader. A former aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has asked the Federal Elections Commission to investigate whether Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign violated federal law by bribing an Iowa state senator to win his endorsement. The complaint letter, sent by ex-Bachmanner Peter Waldron, charges that senior members of Paul’s campaign—including Jesse Benton, who is now McConnell’s campaign manager—were party to the bribe or knew about it. The role of specific Ron Paul aides in the scheme is unclear, but a 2013 Iowa Senate Ethics Committee report cited by Waldron states that the Paul campaign exchanged money to purchase the endorsement.

The controversy concerns the curious actions of a prominent local politician during the 2012 Republican caucuses in the Hawkeye State. Then-GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson was an influential figure in the social-conservative wing of the state Republican Party, and he had offered his support to Bachmann’s presidential effort early in the 2012 campaign. Sorenson and Bachmann were natural allies; both were crusaders against abortion and same-sex marriage. Sorenson served as co-chairman of Bachmann’s campaign in Iowa and was a frequent surrogate speaker for her. But less than a week before caucus day, Sorenson made a surprise appearance at a Ron Paul rally in Des Moines, where he shocked Iowa political observers by switching his endorsement to the libertarian candidate.

Bat-sh*t crazy Bachmann made the cover of the New Yoker – right – where the whole country can laugh at her, portrayed as a child, which suits her level of thoughtful opinion on Obamacare.   This image is doubly appropriate, since Michele is still making specious and factually inaccurate claims about pharmaceuticals under the ACA.  From the Raw Story:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Tuesday worried that President Barack Obama and Democrats could withhold life-saving drugs from Americans because they had mandated “killer drugs” like birth control.
Following Supreme Court arguments over whether companies could practice a religion and deny contraception to employees based on those beliefs, Bachmann and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took to the House floor to blast the Obama administration for mandating birth control coverage in the first place.

“That is government enforced coercion on religious belief,” Bachmann complained. “And it varies at caprice and whim. That’s one thing under the rule of law that has been a pillar of American exceptionalism, the fact that under the rule of law there is certainty for the American people.”

“If you looked at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, you knew with certainty when you woke up tomorrow morning that your religious liberties were intact,” she continued. “Now, apparently today, the gentlemen was in the chamber and heard that, according to at least one Supreme Court justice, in her opinion, they aren’t so much certain anymore.”

“It is not at only the election of the court, but at the election of the unnamed bureaucrat that decides, today we will have these killer drugs that we mandate. Tomorrow, what drugs will they take off the list? Will I not get life-saving drugs that I need to get?”

Bachmann went on to suggest that “only politically-connected best friends” of President Obama’s administration would receive certain surgical procedures in the future.

(I don’t know what rock Michele has been living under, but I know how old she is; birth control has been prevalent in the U.S. her entire life.  In that sense, the nation looks the same as it always has – with women happily and safely using contraception, and without that use killing anyone.)

Michele also issued a press release, after the testimony of the CEO of MNsure before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.  No one seems to care, including Michele herself, but her knee couldn’t help jerking.  It was a very jerky think to do, and Michele is nothing, if not a great big jerk on the slightest ACA pretext – facts entirely optional, and absent.



And Michele has been busy with her assorted ill-informed, factually-deficient conspiracy theories.
For example, almost a year ago, she blamed Benghazi on GOD:

I guess she forgot that, because now she is blaming someone else; from congressional hearings on the Benghazi non-scandal -

From the Huff Po:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) added a new theory to the slew of Benghazi cover-up conspiracies on Wednesday, accusing former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell of taking “the fall” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with conservative news site World Net Daily.

“She couldn’t have a better person to take the fall for her because Morell was involved in rewriting the talking points and was the No. 2 at CIA,” Bachmann told WND, suggesting that Morell was clearing the path for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. “So, he can come in authoritatively [and] say, ‘No, that’s not the story. The story is the fake story we tried to push.’”

Morell testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday and denied an onslaught of Republican allegations of CIA cover-ups and false messaging after the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“We did not deliberately downplay the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during the hearing. …READ MORE


Minimum wage amendment a defensible idea

by Eric Ferguson on March 30, 2014 · 3 comments

WAGE-color-3-col-1024x852Let’s just clear up at the start that the headline is definitely lukewarm. “Defenisble” is not a hearty defense. There’s a case but it’s not a slam-dunk; less than obvious; maybe 55-45 rather than 100%. But let’s think about an amendment before reflexively saying no.


Let’s also look past motivations. Maybe it’s really “trolling”, as Tony Petrangelo suggests. that will become obvious if the DFL Senate leaders back off a constitutional amendment when it looks like it might actually happen. Representatives, as I’ve heard some of them say, are quite conscious that they’re up for reelection and will have a tough time explaining why nothing passed. Senators, judging from their actions, seem oblivious of this fact. Maybe the tension between the houses will stop anything from happening, but let’s pretend that they really do want the best policy, and they want to help their party in the next election. Just to be clear that this isn’t a case of having to decide what’s best for the party contrasting with what’s best for the public, this is a case where the policy is best for both. That’s what drives Democrats nuts when Democratic elected officials don’t jump all over a minimum wage increase. “Good policy is good politics”, remember? It’s incredibly popular and a great necessity for our economy, so why is this even a contention between Democrats? Yet it is. So let’s think about a constitutional amendment.

This is the proposed amendment:


Minnesota Congresspeople on the environment

by Dan Burns on March 4, 2014 · 2 comments

Grasslands-mengguThe League of Conservation Voters released its annual scorecard some weeks ago.

Despite this reality, the U.S. House of Representatives continued its unprecedented assault on the environment and public health that began during the 112th Congress. Although Congress started 2013 with votes to provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s painfully clear that far too many members failed to heed the lessons offered by that tragic storm. Indeed, this Scorecard is a disturbing reflection of the extent to which the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continues to be controlled by Tea Party climate change deniers with an insatiable appetite for attacks on the environment and public health.
For the third year in a row, there is an unusually high number of House votes included in the Scorecard, due to the breadth and depth of anti-environmental legislation brought to the House floor in 2013. The 2013 Scorecard includes 28 House votes, which is second only to the record 35 votes included in both 2011 and 2012, the most anti-environmental U.S. House of Representatives in history. Many other votes warranted inclusion and would have been included in a typical year.

Sen. Al Franken (D) 100%
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) 100%
Rep. Keith Ellison (D) 96%
Rep. Betty McCollum (D) 93%
Rep. Tim Walz (D) 86%
Rep. Rick Nolan (D) 86%
Good stuff. I don’t freak out when someone doesn’t have a perfect score, because this is reality, not terminally embittered purity-martyr fantasyland.
Rep. Collin Peterson (“D”) 14%
That’s our Collin. His lifetime score is 38%. Just going with the flow, I guess. By the way, it very much looks like he is running again.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) 11%
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) 7%
Rep. John Kline (R) 0%
Complete, groveling surrender to far-right orthodoxy? Really that messed up in their heads? Both? Does it matter?


Michele Bachmann lip-locking an unwilling President ‘ Dubya’ at a SOTUS where he lied to the nation. Dubya, of course, RUINED our reputation and our treasury and broke down our military, while exploding the national debt., areas of failure which rank him as one of the all-time worst presidents in our history, BOTH as regards foreign and domestic policies.


On Saturday Michele Bachmann was talking trash, with her foot in her mouth, at a time when her statements were particularly inappropriate in attempting to undermine coordinated U.S. and allies’ foreign policy. (This follows on her attempt to mislead people about the approval ratings for Hillary Clinton, as a woman leader and potential president, in contrast to her epic failure, with the nation and with her own party.)

This was well AFTER Dubya “looked into Putin’s eyes” and “found him trustworthy”, which he was not. I don’t see Obama being so foolish – something which the neocons whining failed to recognize then OR address now about the idiot Dubya. And that includes Bachmann, despite the overwhelming evidence of how wrong Bush was. Given how wrong Bachmann was about Dubya, why would anyone care what she has to say about anyone else, least of all about President Obama?

The static photo does not do the moment justice, back in 2007.


It is worth noting that the United States have gained enormously in international approval since Dubya left with his tail between his legs, and the U.S. was broadly being condemned because of his policies. One of the more recent and in-depth polls that surveyed the international approval of the U.S. was a Pew Research Study that found that overwhelmingly, countries liked and trusted the U.S. under Obama (with the caveat that they did not like our use of drones).

Obama appears to be succeeding in uniting the opposition in a coordinated way among foreign countries towards the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.


Bachmann’s ability to be both wrong and stupid are legendary, but she tried her best to outdo herself with Breitbart News Saturday, which is very Breitbart, but not even remotely anything that deserves to be called news. It is hilarious. I particularly laughed at the part where she describes conservatives as towering intellects who aren’t crazy.:


Appearing on the debut of Breitbart News Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that President Barack Obama has done more damage to America abroad because of his clueless foreign policy than he has to the country at home.

Speaking to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon–who, along with a rotation of Breitbart News editors and contributors, will host the weekly show on Saturdays from 10 AM EST to 1 PM EST–Bachmann said as “much damage as President Obama has done” to the country at home, “you might as well multiply that times by a hundred what he’s done to damage the United States around the world.” Obama has been resoundingly criticized for underestimating Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and his desire to piece back the Soviet empire.

Bachmann said the mainstream press likes to marginalize conservatives who oppose Obama with the same playbook by saying conservatives are either stupid or crazy.

“They apply every one of their tools to see which ones stick,” she said.

Bachmann said that the media portray her as being from crazy town because she is not afraid to oppose Obama. In fact, Bachmann mentioned that though she did not succeed in winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, she impacted the race by forcing the candidates to call for the repeal of Obamacare, which she fiercely opposed in Congress from the beginning.

She said it is important to know, “Who we are. What we are about. And where we’re going.” She also emphasized that conservatives should “stop listening to the media” who try to “define our leaders and who we are.”
“We are an intellectual movement based upon powerful ideas,” Bachmann said.

Her advice to conservatives was to stand up, drive forward, and not be embarrassed about championing conservative ideas and fighting for them.

No, conservatives, including those who supported Putin for hating on his own LGBT community of people in Russia, SHOULD be ashamed, and should probably be seeking treatment for mental illness, given their propensity for living in a fantasy world.

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Put Michele Bachmann’s face on a stick, and have fun making up stuff. You can’t get goofier than she is.

Via City Pages:

Michele Bachmann argues anti-gay bill is actually about tolerance

During an appearance on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show yesterday, Michele Bachmann used her unique brand of logic to argue on behalf of an Arizona bill that would’ve allowed businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.”We need to respect both opinions,” Bachmann said. “Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay and lesbian community, we need to have tolerance for the community of people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”

“This isn’t one side or another,” Bachmann continued. “What we’re talking is tolerance on both sides and it is not tolerant to force people to violate their religious beliefs.”

But the lame-duck congresswoman’s opinion wasn’t shared by Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who vetoed the controversial Republican-pushed bill shortly after Bachmann’s CNN appearance.

“To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes,” Brewer said in a statement. “However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.”

“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination,” Brewer continued.

In fact, even the usually unopinionated Blitzer made clear he disagreed with Bachmann’s stance.

“Americans are very tolerant people, and there is religious freedom in our country,” he said, telling Bachmann that, “On this one, I disagree.”

Using Michele Bachmann’s logic, we should have just tolerated slavery, because hey – the advocates for slavery held deep and SINCERE religious beliefs, based on the Bible as THEIR justification for slavery. And Jim Crow laws too, because criticizing bigots makes them feel bad, and opposing oppression, and real harm to people is not tolerant of the people who are doing the harming.

Yah think?

Here is a hint, Michele, criticizing and ridiculing bigots is SUPPOSED to make them feel bad.  The intention is to make bigots stop being so bad by ……….wait for it……….making them feel bad for doing so, including shaming them.

Bachmann is once again trying to claim a false equivalency. Being a SINCERE bigot, or invoking a religious justification for bigotry, doesn’t give bigotry and intolerance an equal status, legitimacy or validation.

Because treating people badly, because you believe things that are bad AND NOT TRUE about them, is wrong.  Like claiming that gay people are pedophiles, for example, or that they aren’t equally good parents as heterosexual people, in spite of all the factual research that shows that is not true.  Denying people housing, employment, or other services because of a hateful prejudice is another example, as is denying people dignity and civil rights.

In Michele’s sad, silly little world, there is no climate change consensus, there is no scientific consensus on Evolution either, and if she wants to believe the Sun orbits the Earth, or something equally silly, then she thinks THAT should be given the same respect as a more legitimate and fact-based point of view.

It should not.

Another City Pages story a few weeks ago pointed out that Michele Bachmann did not actually say or write “If English was good enough for Jesus when he wrote the Bible, it should be good enough for Coke.” accompanied by this image but failed to note that Christians for Michele Bachmann is itself a satire and parody face book page.  I came across other satire from that site, being shared by people who thought that it was totally obvious that this image below and others similarly satiric were OBVIOUS.  They were a little surprised, and amused to find out that it was taken more seriously than they ever anticipated, especially in her home state, when I shared with them the city pages article.  The satirists had a hard time wrapping their head around just how much crazy stuff Bachmann says here in MN.  The logo in the lower right hand corner clearly identifies the REAL source; for once it is NOT actually Faux News.

The City Pages correctly trace the original quote, which did not reference the Coke add that featured young bi-lingual American women singing in other languages than English. To be fair, back in 2011, Bachmann DID call for English to be the one and only official language of the United States back in 2011, so the original quote, and the pattern of egregious hijacking of religion to justify her positions is spot on. And it is a more than justified satire, given the twitter-sphere and other social media explosions of intolerance from conservatives in response to the Coke Superbowl ‘America the Beautiful’ ad.

The real question here should not be how could anyone mistakenly believe the satire by Christians for Michele Bachmann, but how the heck could anyone put Michele Bachmann on any program claiming to be news, as even remotely valid, and then treat her comments and opinions as if they were rational, sane or even remotely reasonable?  They lack any legitimacy whatsoever, and are on the far right wingnuttery edge of the totally crazy. Shame on you Wolf Blitzer; YOU and CNN are part of the problem!  Stop giving her attention and ersatz legitimacy – or those like her!  Her retiring does not make her a lame duck; the woman is a dumb CLUCK.


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John McCain criticized President Obama – AGAIN. He called the President naive, while being consistently wrong on every item of foreign policy in the past five years. He was wrong on Libya opposition islamo-terrorists, he was wrong on Georgia, he was wrong on Syria and he is wrong again, in the most epic embarrassing way, on Ukraine. Let’s not forget as well, that this is the  same crazy old white guy who picked Sarah Palin to be his VP candidate, in spite of HER grotesque ignorance about BOTH domestic and foreign policy.



John McCain is the poster senator for bad judgment in the area of foes and foreign policy decisions. He is a fool, who like Michele Bachmann’s right wing persistent displays of ignorance, embarrasses and interferes with legitimate serious foreign policy. Remember that little screw-up, September 2013, when she claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for 9/11? The radical right has a huge problem with credibility in the area of Foreign policy. The Radical Right are BUNGLERS and FOOLS, who are horrifyingly fact-challenged, and apparently incapable and incompetent at performing any useful, practical research on the topic of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Not that I’m a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood – I’m not. But we need to identify them correctly and accurately for what they do — and do not do. The Obama administration, under first Hillary Clinton, and then John Kerry have done so.

From the Huff Po:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the 9/11 attacks during a press conference in Egypt on Saturday.

“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” Bachmann said. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the attacks shortly after they occurred, with several leaders saying they were “horrified by the events” of September 11.


Here we have John McCain with al-Quaeda in Syria:With this kind of track record, John McCain should just SHUT UP. One oops would be embarrassing; this extensive PATTERN of gaffes and goof-ups and mistakes are just too extensive to give this man a moment’s credence. He is embarrassing his constituents (God knows they are a group generally without shame or conscience in AZ) and he is embarrassing the entire country, meddling in foreign policy where he should but out, as it is NOT part of his job description (that is part of the executive branch).


Remember the radical right wing neo-nazi crazies — like Norway’s Anders Breivik, who shot up and bombed that country, killing both unarmed adults and especially unarmed teens? THOSE guys across Europe are the kind of guys that McCain is posing with in Ukraine.

U.S. Senator John McCain, right, meets Ukrainian opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and Oleh Tyahnybok in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
photo and caption courtesy of Business Insider

From Ch. 4 News in the UK:

Protests continue in the Ukrainian capital after an endorsement from US Senator John McCain but at the heart of the movement in Kiev lies an extreme right wing party with links to the BNP.
Ukraine protests – links to the far right? (Reuters)

Ukraine’s pro-EU protests show no sign of stopping – US Senator John McCain dined with opposition leaders this weekend, including the extreme far-right Svoboda party.

During his trip the former US presidential candidate met with government and opposition figures, but gave his endorsement to the pro-Europe protesters.

Senator McCain later waved to protesters from the stage in Independence Square during a mass rally in Kiev, standing with Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the anti-Semitic Svoboda party.


Then we have the well-documented Libya / McCain’s naivete about al-Queda — :

from the American Conservative – just to show that this assessment, unlike McCain’s, is NOT exclusively partisan:

When McCain flew to Libya last week to give his support to rebel leaders fighting against the Gaddafi regime, the Senator said: “I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not Al-Qaeda… To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. We should help them do it.”

McCain met with Libyan rebel leaders and concluded that they are not Al-Qaeda. But there remains a problem. Who is saying that these people are Al-Qaeda? Libyan rebel leaders.

Admitting to having received support from Al-Qaeda, the UK Telegraph reported of Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi last month: “Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters ‘are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,’ but added that the ‘members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

If it is true that Mr. McCain has a better grasp on who-is and who-is-not Al-Qaeda than Libyan rebel leaders, then the Senator is innocent in his new alliance. But if it is true that Libyan rebel leaders have a better grasp of who makes up their ranks than an Arizona senator: John McCain supports Al-Qaeda.


So, we have McCain and the rest of the radical right faulting Clinton and Kerry for failing to correctly identify al-Quaeda….. while CONVENIENTLY forgetting their own role in supporting al-Quaeda, and seeking to arm our enemies, more than once.


McCain and for that matter the other RWNJ’s have no legitimate platform, based on their own gaffes, goofs, and epic failures from which they can criticize  EITHER President Obama or his administrations State Department, except in their dreams – and in our nightmares.

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MN-06: Jim Graves endorses Joe Perske

by Dan Burns on February 17, 2014 · 1 comment

67833_1410329809214435_1844121466_nJim Graves ran against the incumbent, the one and only Crazy Michele Bachmann (R-MN), in 2012, and came a lot closer to winning than just about anyone anticipated. He was going to run again, but dropped out shortly after Bachmann did. The race has not attracted a high-visibility Democrat; Joe Perske (pictured) is the mayor of Sartell, Minnesota. The other DFLers are Jim Read and Judy Adams.

“I fully endorse Joe,” Graves said. “If he went to Congress, I think he would do what’s right for the people of the 6th District.
“We need moderates in Congress that are willing to reach out to both sides of the aisle.”
Graves said he may assume a more visible role on Perske’s behalf closer to the May 3 endorsing convention for DFLers in the 6th District.
(St. Cloud Times)

This article from Mother Jones has interesting analysis, suggesting that the race is essentially between proxies for Bachmann and Grover Norquist. Sounds about right. Tom Emmer remains the putative favorite for the seat; his big mouth hasn’t screwed things up for him, yet. But we have almost nine months before us, until election day.

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Lying is for losers; when you have to lie to try to win, you’re in a failed position, and facts and truth are not on your side. Old crazy-eyes Michele is lying, again, grossly misrepresenting the provision of the ACA, and failing to represent the benefits to the government and to the insureds — to US, we the people, the every day ordinary people.


We aren’t subsidizing insurance companies, we aren’t losing jobs either.  What Michele is objecting to is that employers are losing a little of their leverage; Bachmann is ever the handmaiden to special corporate interests that stick it to the everyday average American.

We should be wondering who is paying off the radical right to lie, above and beyond their commitment to oppose anything and everything from Obama, regardless of merit. Michele talks about the insurance industry coming up with a better mousetrap – when did you last see that happen that benefits the consumer of insurance products? And Michele further leaves out that there are already such ‘corridors’ in other government / insurance contexts, the Medicare part D legislation passed by Republicans in Congress, signed by George Bush — including Michele Bachmann’s predecessor who voted for it. In a quick but I think fairly thorough search, I can find ZERO instances where Michele ever complained about Medicare part D, much less the risk corridor provision of it.  Michele Bachmann, the poster girl for crazy hypocrisy!


Those risk corridors in the Medicare D legislation, aka ‘bail outs’ as Bachmann now selectively and inaccurately terms them, are permanent, not temporary and transitional; and those REPUBLICAN corridors ONLY benefit the insurance industry, not the government or the insureds.


As noted here, back in 2012, Michele Bachmann had no problem whatsoever in a big subsidy/give-away, not even a bailout, to big Pharma with Medicare part D.  Bachmann only bitches about it when it is 1. temporary/short term; 2. a much smaller amount; and 3. benefits the consumer instead of big business special interests; and 4. when it gives her an opportunity to deceive her base and to lie about Democrats.

What the corridors do is to provide a safety cushion, not a bail out, to allow insurance companies to keep insurance premiums as low as possible. It is not a bailout it is a kind of reinsurance. For those who don’t understand what reinsurance is, it is an entire sector of the insurance industry that helps spread risk among other entities. Lloyd’s of London is an example of one of the biggest and most well-recognized organization of reinsurers in the world.


There is a need for reinsurance in the case of the ACA, not because of an unreasonably high level of danger, but because of the difficulty in the early years of the ACA implementation with adequate risk assessment through adequate data for actuarial analysis. The function of these corridors (NOT bailouts) is to provide a solution to the transition period as that data becomes available in practice with so many new people being insured.


What you WON’T find Bachmann telling her audience of mouth breathing right wing radicals, none of whom have, in my experience both read and understood the ACA legislation, is that this actually works to BENEFIT the government, not cost it money. Michele would choke to death, if she had to utter honest words about the full benefits of the ACA.


I could outline here in my own words how the corridors (NOT BAIL OUT for INSURANCE COMPANIES) works, but this is a more entertaining and very clear explanation for how it functions:

Remember, lying is a form of losing.  On the right, the facts are not their friends.


bachmann18Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Fox News yesterday. She’s joined up with several other Republicans to push a bill that would prevent taxpayer funded bailouts of health insurance companies.
Why would they be going under? Let’s let her explain:

Congress should pass the anti-bailout bills currently in Congress to prevent health insurance companies from profiting at the expense of taxpayers, says U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday, Bachmann, R-Minn., said Americans don’t want to see “bailout fever” in Washington.
Bills by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., call for the government not to aid the insurance industry in the event that its profits fall below projections because too few young, healthy people sign up for heath coverage.

Just to bring a little reality to the situation. The health insurance industry wants Obamacare. The health insurance industry is going to make vast profits from Obamacare.
Young people currently make up 25% of enrollees. The industry would like to see 40%. Sane people anticipate that the percentage will rise.

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Here is what will happen in 2014

by Eric Ferguson on January 10, 2014 · 7 comments

Yes, we’re already into the second week of 2014. Too late for predictions? Why, because that first week gives away the game? I suppose it’s a bit of a game, because making predictions is hard. Actually, predicting is easy. Being right is hard. But hey, it’s a community blog, so feel free to join in.


So here is what will happen in 2014, judged by this grading system:
100% correct: Hello Nate Silver!
75%: Somebody’s been paying attention.
50%: Coin flipper.
25%: Should have stuck with the coin.
0%: Professional psychic. (if you’re a psychic, you might not find that humorous, but you should have seen it coming)


These will be predictions of a political bent, not much in the way of predicting which celebrity marriages will end. Hopefully that’s not too dismaying on a political blog, though I predict my marriage will get through the year just fine. That means that I just gave myself an extra incentive to make it work, and I have a poor grasp of the meaning of “celebrity”.


OK, first serious prediction: the legalization of marijuana will result in only a small increase in the percentage of people who use it. By small, I mean a percentage increase in the single digits. My thinking is few people wanting to try it have been deterred by illegality, and most non-users have other reasons for declining to use, like thinking legal marijuana still stinks, it tastes foul, or has unacceptable health risks. Of course, if the statistics on usage aren’t all that reliable, then maybe we’ll never know for sure, so I’ll just plan on claiming I was right.