Monday, March 29, 2010

Randi Rhodes Daily Newsletter March 29, 2010

This weekend Michelle Bachmann was on Face the Nation. Wow. If this is what’s facing the nation, I am very worried. It’s long been known that numbers can be carefully manipulated to misrepresent the facts. But why bother doing that when you can just make them up out of thin air? Well, yesterday Michelle Bachmann was offering up a lot of very big numbers. And by “offering up” I mean “making up.” And by “big” I mean “fabricated.” Here’s just one of Michelle’s statistical fantasies: “Now we have the federal government taking over ownership or control of 51 percent of the American economy. This is stunning. Prior to September of 2008, 100 percent of the private economy was private.” OK. I think Michelle Bachmann’s goal is to make the rest of us as confused as she is. On their website, CBS felt obliged to say “Ms. Bachmann offered no facts to back up her assertion that the g overnment owns or controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.” That would because the numbers have nothing to do with the facts. Michelle’s numbers need an asterisk beside them. And if you look up the note with the asterisk it will say “numbers based on whatever was flitting around inside Michelle Bachmann’s skull.” But she was just getting warmed up. Then she threw this one out there: “Just this week we saw American businesses announce that Obamacare will cost them 14 billion dollars.” Really, how are you going to refute that seemingly random assertion? Call up “American businesses” and ask if they really made such an announcement? I checked their website. According to them, they don’t exist. But there’s more! Bachmann said “The New England Journal of Medicine released a survey the week that President Obama signed Obamacare stating that over 30 percent of American physicians would leave the profession if the government took over health care.” Really, Michelle, if you’re just going to make this stuff up, why stop at 30 percent? Why not just say all of them? Heck, why not just say “If the government takes over healthcare, 100 percent of physicians will leave the profession, take up arms, and roam the country like the biker gangs in Mad Max.” Then let someone try and conduct a study refuting that projection. Read the full blog...


With No Jobs, Plenty of Time for Tea Party"When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care." Read more here.
Former Militiaman Unapologetic for Calls to Vandalize Offices Over Health Care"'To all modern Sons of Liberty: THIS is your time. Break their windows. Break them NOW'. These were the words of Mike Vanderboegh, a 57-year-old former militiaman from Alabama, who took to his blog urging people who opposed the historic health-care reform legislation -- he calls it 'Nancy Pelosi's Intolerable Act' -- to throw bricks through the windows of Democratic offices nationwide." Full story here.
GOP Lawmakers Fanning the Flames With Violent Rhetoric"Yesterday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) falsely charged that his office was 'directly threatened' in a gun attack. Cantor used the incident to provide partisan cover to his unruly GOP colleagues, who have been pandering to tea party activists with increasingly unhinged and extreme rhetoric." Article and video here.

Insurance Companies Already Looking for Loopholes to Deny Sick Kids Coverage."Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law: coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions." Click here to read more.
What Does the New Law Say?"Health Care Reform Bill Summary: A Look At What's in the Bill." Check it out here.
YOUR JOB LOSS IS CORPORATE AMERICA’S GAIN"Don Carroll, a former financial analyst with a master’s degree in business administration from a top university, was clearly overqualified for the job running the claims department for Cartwright International, a small, family-owned moving company here south of Kansas City." Full post here.
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