Sunday, June 21, 2009

Poll: Most Americans support government-backed health plans

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By Agence France-Presse

Published: June 21, 2009
Updated 8 hours ago

The overwhelming majority of Americans support substantial changes to the country’s health care system, including a government-run health insurance option, a new opinion poll found.

The survey by The New York Times and CBS News also indicated most Americans would be willing to pay higher taxes so everyone could have health insurance.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said the health care system needed to be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, according to the poll.

In addition, the survey found that 72 percent of those questioned supported a government-administered insurance plan — something like Medicare for those under 65 — that would compete for customers with private insurers.

Twenty percent said they were opposed.

When asked which party was more likely to improve health care, 18 percent of said the Republicans while 57 percent picked the Democrats. Even one of four Republicans said the Democrats would do better.

However, half of those who identified themselves as Republicans said they would support a public plan, along with nearly three-fourths of independents and almost nine in 10 Democrats, according to the poll.

President Barack Obama wants Congress to approve his health care reform proposals by the end of the year in order to fulfill one of his key campaign promises — providing health care to the 46 million Americans, some 15 percent of the population, who currently do not have any medical coverage.

Obama’s health care plan includes a government insurance option, which has been fiercely criticized by Republicans.

At the same time, the survey found that 77 percent of Americans were very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of their own health care, a factor that is being exploited by opponents of the president’s proposal.

The poll of 895 adults was conducted from June 12 to 16 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CBS: Convicted rapists allowed to enlist in military

This is what happens when we are fighting too damn many wars for no reason.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Real Story on Supply-Side Economics

Weird Wally Sez: Supply-Side Economics is like the man who took giant steps in order to save his ten dollar shoes, he ended up splitting his twenty dollar pants.

End of Story.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Rachel Maddow Show: Michael Isikoff on Rove's Claim of Executive Privilege

Weird Wally (WW) is having a hard time believing what he is actually seeing.

Where will Karl Rove be on the day that he is supposed to testify before Congress?

He will either be there or he won’t.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why No Republican Bipartisanship?

The answer is simple. They screwed up so bad that the only people who currently support them is their mentally-ill base...the wing-nuts of the right.

Thus, should the GOP show any signs of acting with good sense and of good faith, they will loose their crazy base and have no-one and nothing. Better the GOP acts a little crazy for their base when all they otherwise, have is their dismal track record. After all, real people with good sense and of good faith can smell the shit before we actually step in it.

And that is a real big problem for Republicans in Washington।

After all, how many times we gotta vote before they finally realize that we got a damn good a sense of smell?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Top Ten Alternative Theories Which May Explain the K-T Extinction...

Why did all the dinosaurs go?

10 - Heat Strokes and pulmonary complications caused by greenhouse gases: Absent appropriate environmental protection regulations and zoning restrictions, ornithopods and hadrosaurs stripped most CO2 absorbing leaves and deposited huge piles of methane dung

9 - Rejection of “share the wealth” cooperative plan for food resources: As mammal populations grew, they made increased demands for food resources on the theropod “establishment” which provoked even more unrest by its “tooth and claw” response.

8 - Over-reliance on the Welfare State and loss of individual initiative: As large carnivores such as T-Rex became increasingly dependent on carrion, they gradually lost their hunting skills and starved, once the subsidized handout ended.

7 - Forced relocation to less desirable neighborhoods due to declining value: Lower property values caused by overgrazing and frequent theropod attacks prompted many herbivores to move to volcano hillsides and tsunami prone beach-front locations.

6 - Top Management’s (T-Rex’s) inexperience in responding to a global crisis: When meteorite “Katrina” struck the earth, it became apparent that no T-Rex emergency evacuation plans had ever been developed.

5 - A greed motivated “Ponzi” scheme designed to benefit only T-Rex: A small group of T-Rexs may have swindled their fellow carnivores by promising an unsustainable supply of herbivore carcasses. However, the scheme collapsed when the supply of hadrosaurs was exhausted and prey-predator ratios became unbalanced.

4 - Unwillingness to accept and accommodate non-dinosaur values and culture. Although smaller, the primitive tribes of mammal militants operating from caves and burrows gradually wore down the “super powers,” weakening the dino’s survival instinct.

3 - Mother Nature’s refusal to grant “bail-out” assistance for the “Big Three”: Although the Big Three (Tyronnosaurs Rex, Triceratops and Gorgosaurus) were said to be “too big to fail,” they all went bellyup after the massive food deficit.

2 - The societal impact of job losses caused by the demise of the “Big Three”: Collapse at the top of the food chain rippled throughout the ecosystem and resulted in mass unemployment among carcass scavengers and decomposers.

1 - Replacement birthrates insufficient to sustain dino population: As evidenced by their gaily colored feathered attire, gender distinctions became blurred as more same sex relationships developed, lowering the number of births.

Note: Although yet unproven, these theories may provide research possibilities to paleontologists