Day: February 22, 2010

A New Attack On Disabled Children By Religious Bigot In Virginia!:(

A member of the Virginia legislature has declared that disabled children have been increasing in greater numbers because of women having abortions.

State Delegate Bob Marshall said that disabled children are born to women who have abortions because God is punishing them for their sin!

How does this explain disabled children who are born to women who DON’T have abortions, Mr. Marshall? And why are you condemning disabled children as a punishment, rather than see them as God’s “special” children who can bring their own joys and happiness to their parents, and whose innocence is very appealing in a world which includes such mean, nasty people as you, a supposedly religious person, who is above all a zealot and bigot, NOT a “good Christian” based on his own hatred and poisonous, uncaring rhetoric? 🙁

The best thing this jerk could do is resign in shame from the Virginia legislature, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and all Republican leaders in this country need to condemn the narrow mindedness and prejudice that this man represents!

And Sarah Palin, in the name of decency, needs to come out squarely against this kind of outrage, although the fact that he is a Republican, will she, or just dismiss it, as she did, after Rush Limbaugh used the term “retard”? Come on, Sarah, be consistent in the name of your son, Trig! 🙁

A Federal Agency To Regulate Health Insurance Premium Increases A Great Step Forward!

The health insurance industry is running amuck with tremendous jumps in premiums, which will force many middle and lower class citizens to have to drop health care, just at a time when there is a great need to expand coverage to millions, who have none at all.

Therefore, the announcement that President Obama is calling for a health insurance commission to have the power to control premium increases in the public interest is an important step to curb the runaway inflation on health care!

Of course, many Republicans will say it is “socialism”, but actually it really is an extension of REGULATION in the public interest, as we cannot allow corporations to forestall the essential passage of health insurance controls on rates, that allow citizens to insure what all of us are entitled to at birth: good health care!

This is one step in preparation for the Health Care Summit at Blair House this Thursday, but already the GOP is indicating it will refuse to back controls on health care costs. It will be interesting to see how this Thursday event plays itself out!

Scott Brown Goes Independent On Jobs Bill: A Surprise For Republicans!

Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is making news by going Independent on his first big vote–a procedural move to allow a Jobs bill to be adopted by the Senate.

At first thought, this may be surprising, as Brown bragged, after he beat Margaret Coakley, that he was the 41st vote to stop health care reform.

But I think Brown recognizes that his victory is not really a trend at all, but rather a fluke, and lucky break for him, due to a dull, boring, opponent.

Had a Kennedy run for the seat of Ted Kennedy, Brown would not now be a Senator. The odds are heavy that a Kennedy will run to reclaim Ted Kennedy’s seat in 2012, when a full term comes up for a vote.

The rumor is that Joe Kennedy, former Congressman from 1987-1999, and son of Robert Kennedy, will run, and it is hard to imagine Brown winning over him, or really any Kennedy. If he is going to have a chance to win, however, Scott Brown must break with his party a lot, and show he is more a New Englander than a Republican, or else his tenure in the Senate will be indeed very brief!

Meanwhile, let’s applaud Brown for dolng the right thing for his constituents and the nation’s jobless!