The Watering Hole, Wednesday, July 23, 2104: BREAKING GNUS: OBAMA CAVES AGAIN!

Tweeter calls in another Zoo Exclusive

Tweeter calls in another Zoo Exclusive

Ok, we get it. Republicans voted some 50+ times to undo ObamaCare. Major Corporations insisted Obama give them extra time to implement ObamaCare and he caved to their wishes. Now, Republicans, led by none other than Mr. Orange Himself, John Boehner, are suing Obama for caving in to their constituents.

And – shock – Obama caves once more! We here at The Zoo learned that President Obama and John Boehner have stipulated to an agreement that will be filed in Court shortly, and fully enforceable, whereby Obama will rescind his granting of additional time for Big Businesses to fully enforce ObamaCare.

Ironically, this means that Boehner’s suit will succeed, and the Republican donors who asked for more time to implement ObamaCare will lose, and have to incur costs for implementing ObamaCare right before the 2014 elections.


45 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, July 23, 2104: BREAKING GNUS: OBAMA CAVES AGAIN!

  1. QOTD:

    “It’s maddening to think that the tremendous military power Israel has amassed is not giving it the courage to overcome its fears and existential despair and take a decisive step that will bring peace. The great idea of the founding of the State of Israel is that the Jewish people has returned home, and that here, we will never be victims again. Never shall we be paralyzed and submissive in the face of forces mightier than us.

    Look at us: The strongest nation in the region, a regional superpower that enjoys the support of the United States on an almost inconceivable scale, along with the sympathy and commitment of Germany, England and France – and still, deep inside, it sees itself as a helpless victim. And still it behaves like a victim – of its anxieties, its real and imagined fears, its tragic history, of the mistakes of its neighbors and enemies.

    This worldview is pushing the Jewish public of Israel to our most vulnerable and wounded places as a people. The very essence of “Israeliness,” which always had a forward-looking gaze and held constant ferment and constant promise, has been steadily dwindling in recent years, and is being absorbed back into the channels of trauma and pain of Jewish history and memory. You can feel it now, in 2014, within very many of us “new” Israelis, an anxiety over the fate of the Jewish people, that sense of persecution, of victimhood, of feeling the existential foreignness of the Jews among all the other nations.

    What hope can there be when such is the terrible state of things? The hope of nevertheless. A hope that does not disregard the many dangers and obstacles, but refuses to see only them and nothing else,” – David Grossman.

    • Personal anecdote:
      I briefly worked with a 50 year old of this particular “nationality”. His parents live wealth-ily in Florida and continue to support him, as he squandered his trust fund following the Grateful Dead for 20 years selling T-shirts. He seems to create enemies wherever he works, yet still dreams of marrying a younger women (he talks constantly about 20 somethings)
      Somehow along the way he attained a degree in African Religion, curiously he never wanted to discuss that subject.
      What he does go on and on and on about is the Romans, the Philistines, the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Germans and every other civilization down through the ages who have persecuted his tribe.
      Wearying of his constant victim-hood, I finally brought up the concept that a quarrelsome warlike people who set themselves up as “god’s chosen people” can expect to have difficulties, and that maybe he would be happier emigrating to Israel where he could do something about it.
      He blew all his fuses, told the owner of the shop (also of this same particular “nationality”) and I was let go.
      Thank gawd!

    • This will become, as most issues are, a messaging conflict. As we well know, the Obama Administration usually loses those to the vast right-wing conspiracy.

      If voters can just understand which party is really responsible for their health insurance becoming unaffordable, this could produce a wave election in 2014. Nothing motivates people to vote like anger.

      • Nah, Wayne La Tiny Penis will tell them the black man will take away their guns, hand out a few boxes of ammo and all will be as was in the neo-Confederacy.

        • Speaking of ‘Tiny’, I heard an Australian journalist talking about their Prime Minister. Due to the accent, every time he said ‘Tony’ it came out as ‘Tiny’, so for the rest of the world, he is known as ‘Tiny Abbott’. 😉

    • New Mexico has an exchange, but is using the FFM software to implement their enrollments until their call center is ready to roll out. This graph is bogus.

        • 85% of our enrollments were “off exchange”. You have to differentiate between subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and those who actually complied with the law, weren’t eligible for any type of subsidy or employer coverage, and just did the right thing and enrolled in healthcare.

          If they are lumping Medicaid expansion into that of actual subsidies, then I might buy a larger increase in cost, but those numbers, at least for New Mexico, are flawed or skewed…

    • God may be your copilot but he’s a shitty driver.

      I may be a little fuzzy on this one but I’m pretty sure it states on the vicodin bottle not to mix with alcohol or operate machinery.

      • I had to take narcotics last winter. I would think you would really have to exceed the prescribed dosage to think God is talking to you.

  2. The GOP Death Panels:

    “Now pause for a moment and consider what it is Republicans are asking the courts to do here. They want millions of Americans to lose the subsidies they got this year, in many if not most cases making health insurance completely unaffordable for them, and their justification is this: We found a mistake in the law, so you people are screwed. As far as the Republicans are concerned, it’s like spotting that a batter’s toe missed second base as he was trotting around for his home run, and therefore claiming that they won the game after all.

    But it’s not a game, it’s people’s lives. If they succeed at the Supreme Court, people will die. That’s not hyperbole. Millions of Americans will lose their health coverage — 6.5 million by one estimate — and many of them won’t be able to afford to go to the doctor, and many of them will have ailments that go untreated. People will die.

  3. Something Thom Hartmann said a minute ago.
    “Anxiety is when people imagine a horrible future, and then imagine it in the present.”

    I’ve never heard it expressed that way before, but it makes sense.

      • A comma wouldn’t have fixed that. It was the poor choice of the word “lands.” They should have said “arrives.” No confusion there. Planes don’t crash arrive, they crash. The arrival part is implied.

        • Of course a comma would have fixed it:

          ‘AP: “BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, lands in Einhoven”

          • I correct myself. TWO commas would have helped:

            “Dutch military plane, carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, lands in Einhoven.”

            Otherwise you’ve got the subject of a sentence, and then a fragment hanging off it. (Like Andrew Shepherd’s “thing out there.”)

  4. Heard about this article on Thom also. It explains a lot of what has gone wrong in D.C. since Republicans took control of Congress in 1995.

    The Big Lobotomy: How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

    Instead of helping to shrink the government, the gutting of congressional expertise and institutional capacity—what New America Foundation scholar and former congressional staffer Lorelei Kelly refers to as a “self-lobotomy”—has had two other effects, both of which have advanced conservative power, if not necessarily conservative ideals.

    The first effect is an outsourcing of policy development. Much of the research, number crunching, and legislative wordsmithing that used to be done by Capitol Hill staffers working for the government is now being done by outside experts, many of them former Hill staffers, working for lobbying firms, think tanks, consultancies, trade associations, and PR outfits. This has strengthened the already-powerful hand of corporate interests in shaping legislation, and given conservative groups an added measure of influence over Congress, as the shutdown itself illustrates.

  5. Who says the GOP doesn’t have a sense of humor? “Choot-spa” Shellie:

    “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running (in 2016),” Bachmann told RealClearPolitics in an interview Tuesday. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”

    Sure, and there’s a chance Charlize Theron could beg me to take her. Actually, probably a better chance than Shellie being Prez.

    • What can we do, beyond shipping more natural gas to Europe, sanctions, and castigating them publicly?

      • Shipping natural gas to Europe is an economic fantasy woody suffered by the prats and shills at the Enterprise Institute and that nice lady on my TV during football games.

        On the other hand publishing the names and accounts of all the kleptocrats in Putin’s inner circle including Putin, sequestering their Miami condos and other money laundering schemes…. oh and providing satellite and logistical and economic support to Ukraine. That’s Putin’s fear – that a prosperous, law-abiding and democratic Ukraine (like Poland) springs up on his doorstep….and his brainwashed people get to hear about it.

        • Well someone is planning to ship gas, else we’d not be fighting gas pipelines from the Marcellus region to our ports. Glad to know I don’t have to feel badly about fighting them.

  6. The LA Times had an article on the botched execution in Arizona today. I made this comment:

    “Considering how lethal our military is, it’s ironic that Americans could be so inept at killing our own people.”

    The LA Times deleted it. I’m mystified what’s in there that’s offensive…

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