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120 to 29! 120 to 29!

August 9, 2009

This has been a particularly rough week for President Obama. The number one, top-guy, leader of the Taliban was killed by a predator drone. An empathetic racist was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. Stocks soared to their highest levels in over a year as new unemployment claims and total unemployment tailed off to their best numbers in more than a year. Luckily, telepundits are still fuming over the President’s poorly-calibrated remark that the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly” when they arrested his friend and fellow Harvard super-genius for disturbing the peace in his own home.

As to that last point, I’ve been on both sides of similar situations. Believe me, both sides were in the right, and both sides were also wrong. But, Obama’s “stupid” comment doesn’t even compare to Bush’s “ass” comment that came nearly the same time during his first year in office. Remember, August 6, 2001. W. was vacationing at his ranch when two CIA officials briefed him on an imminent al-Qaeda attack. His response: “Okay, you’ve covered you ass, now.”

Still, the White House has to be reeling from the “grassroots” attack on his single-payer socialized healthcare bill. Tea-baggers across the country are fighting to keep the status-quo. “Don’t get between me and my doctor, and keep your hands off my Medicare!” 

All snarkiness aside, I don’t understand why supporters of healthcare reform don’t just shout at the top of their lungs, “120 to 29! 120 to 29!” What the hell does that mean? Just the cold, hard facts; which should be enough to end the debate once and for all:

“Since 1999, employment-based health insurance premiums have increased 120 percent, compared to cumulative inflation of 44 percent and cumulative wage growth of 29 percent during the same period.” – National Coalition on Healthcare

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2009 12:07 pm

    Thanks for explaining the 120 to 29. Now I understand. Too bad the brown shirt screamers don’t.

    Good post and thanks for stopping by The Zoo. I’ll try to stop back and visit again.

  2. August 9, 2009 1:38 pm

    Thanks. I’m still hoping for an honest dialog with the brown-shirt screamers, but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. August 9, 2009 3:04 pm

    On health care protests: its not a grassroots effort, its an astroturf effort. Millions are being poured into simulating a grassroots opposition to meaningful reform.

    On Gates, well, yes, they did act stupidly. The officer decided to arrest Gates after having his authority challenged, and lured him out of his house where he could make an arrest. That was a piss-poor decision on his part.

  4. August 9, 2009 3:16 pm

    Obviously it’s not really grassroots. I even said I was being snarky. C’mon, Dan. We’re on the same side here.

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