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Sabotage Experts: US Coast Guard Exercise on 9/11, Congressman Baucus and Republicans

September 11, 2009

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Security incident on Potomac River prompted by “training exercise,” two police sources say Coast Guard told them.

With the nation already on edge and somewhat paranoid on September 11 each year, what is the LAST thing you want to do?  Hold a training exercise and fire shots for an audience of passersby, near one of the casualties of the real 9/11 sites.  CNN:

  • Story Highlights
  • Obama reportedly left Pentagon about the time incident began
  • Coast Guard tries to prevent boat from entering Potomac River secure zone
  • Incident occurs near Pentagon, where president was observing 9/11 anniversary
  • Coast Guard fires 10 shots, unconfirmed reports say

This distraction would have been a great opportunity for a real terrorist with a real target to go unchallenged.  Interesting that CNN was the only network on top of the story while it was breaking news.


Fines proposed for going without health insurance

MINIMUM WAGEWASHINGTON – Americans would be fined up to $3,800 for failing to buy health insurance under a plan that circulated in Congress on Tuesday as divisions among Democrats undercut President Barack Obama‘s effort to regain traction on his health care overhaul.

Just as auto coverage is now mandatory in nearly all states, Baucus would require that all Americans get health insurance once the system is overhauled. Penalties for failing to do so would start at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 for families. Households making more than three times the federal poverty level — about $66,000 for a family of four — would face the maximum fines. For families, it would be $3,800, and for individuals, $950.

Baucus would offer tax credits to help pay premiums for households making up to three times the poverty level, and for small employers paying about average middle-class wages. People working for companies that offer coverage could avoid the fines by signing up.

The fines pose a dilemma for Obama. As a candidate, the president campaigned hard against making health insurance a requirement, and fining people for not getting it.

Is Spencer Bachus a “birther”?

As Obama talked strategy with Democratic leaders at the White House, the one idea that most appeals to his party’s liberal base lost ground in Congress. Prospects for a government-run plan to compete with private insurers sank as a leading moderate Democrat said he could no longer support the idea.

The fast-moving developments put Obama in a box. As a candidate, he opposed fines to force individuals to buy health insurance, and he supported setting up a public insurance plan. On Tuesday, fellow Democrats publicly begged to differ on both ideas.

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) predicts that the Social Security Trust Fund could be running a deficit as early as next year.

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama)“[This development comes] at a time when…the federal government is having to constantly increase spending for [Medicare]; when we’ve expanded SCHIP, which is a children’s healthcare program; when we’ve added new healthcare benefits for the unemployed, all of which jeopardize those who are paying into Medicare and their benefits,” he points out.

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Mandatory Health Insurance

The Individual Mandate as described by the state of Massachusetts?

The individual mandate is a requirement that all Massachusetts residents over the age of 18, for whom available health insurance is affordable, obtain and maintain health insurance that meets minimum coverage requirements beginning July 1, 2007.

Individuals who cannot show proof of health insurance coverage by Dec. 31, 2007, will lose their personal income tax exemption when filing their 2007 income taxes.   The 2006 personal exemption is $3,850 for an individual, which translates into a tax savings of approximately $204 for an individual (5.3 percent of $3,850).

Failure to meet the requirement in 2008 will result in a fine for each month the individual does not have coverage. The fine will equal 50 percent of the least costly, available insurance premium that meets the standard for creditable coverage.

As long as the hatred of Obama drives the Republican Party, critical issues will never be given a serious debate or consideration.  The hate mongers, so popular during the Bush era, are flailing their arms and blowing fire at real governance.  They shout socialism and communism accusations to blow life back into the embers of the cold war, hoping to  rekindle their own credibility.  They are no longer credible.  Time has passed their relevancy by.  The new terror is the misinformation and disinformaton they spew to plant doubt onto truth.  Truth is always ellusive, but dissing it before it can be vetted is just like the mis informed comment most often told is that in 1899 the head of the U.S. Patent Office sent his resignation to President McKinley urging the closing of the office because “everything that could be invented has been invented.” It’s been told and retold so often that even President Reagan used it in a speech. US patent office closing rumour was a hoax at best and misquote at worst. But as an urban legend it was a hit.  Republicans love to invent legends and claim they are true.  This is what they are doing right now to “get rid of Obama”.  Republicans have put their craziest, most radical, most hateful foot forward again.  Regardless who suffers the most, they just want the “old days” back where whites were supreme and entitled to more than anyone else.  To hell with the rest of us.

Rumor had it that, back in 1899, U.S. Commissioner of Patents Charles H. Duell declared that everything that could be invented had been invented. In actuality, Duell’s supposed comment and his recommendation that the Patent Office be closed down proved an urban myth. Of course, that didn’t prevent the metaphor from being abused by pundits or by presidential speechwriters.

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