Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Last Call For Kynect The Dots Again

Gallup's new numbers on the uninsured show that Kentucky cut its percentage of uninsured from 20.4% to 11.9, an 8.5% drop and second only to Arkansas, which saw a 10.1% drop to 12.4%.

Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since the healthcare law's requirement to have insurance took effect at the beginning of the year. Delaware, Washington, and Colorado round out the top five. All 10 states that report the largest declines in uninsured rates expanded Medicaid and established a state-based marketplace exchange or state-federal partnership.

Imagine that.  In states where Obamacare was allowed to work, it's working.  In states controlled by Republicans, who want people to be uninsured because they hate Obama, it's not working as well.

As Gallup previously reported, the states that chose to expand Medicaid and set up their own health exchanges had a lower uninsured rate to begin with: 16.1% compared with 18.7% for the remaining states -- a difference of 2.6 percentage points. The already notable gap between the two groups of states widened through the first quarter to 4.3 points, as states that have implemented these core mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act reduced their uninsured rates three times more than states that did not implement these core mechanisms.

"But here in Kentucky, we hate that there Obama fella.  Even though he got us affordable health coverage for the first time in years."

At some point people will recognize what the Affordable Care Act did for them.  By then President Obama will be long out of office, I fear.

I Believe I May Have Located The Source Of Your Problem, America

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 51% of Americans disapprove of the job their current Representative in the House is doing, with just 41% approving.  That's the lowest approval rating Americans have given their own member of Congress in decades.

Even if it's a "throw the bums out and clean house" election, at absolute minimum 85% of those members will be re-elected in November anyway, and more than likely that number will top 90%.  97% + of House seats will remain in the same party that they are represented by now.

In the immortal words of Sean Connery in The Untouchables, "Here endeth the lesson."

GOP Minority Outreach, Part Infinity

Gotta hand it to Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks, who finally said out loud what pretty much all of the FOX crowd has been thinking for the last six years:  President Obama and the Democrats hate white people or something.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn't think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party’s standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters. 
This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”

Well now, I guess it's okay to say this now, huh?  I mean, you want to talk about ridiculous levels of projection, there you are, but that's what millions of Republican voters actually believe.  Of course Obama and the Democrats are leading a "war on whites".  The Southern Strategy has never been more alive. Nothing has changed for these lowlifes since the 60's.

The 1860's.

"It doesn't make any difference if you're a white American, a black American, a Hispanic American, an Asian American or if you're a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs,” he said. 
“Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue," he added. "If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big. ”

Race only matters to those people, you know.  But you're not one of them.  You're thoughtful and smart and not emotional and weak.  And immigrants, well, they're gonna TAKE YER JOBS.

Brooks then later "clarified" his views, which apparently meant doubling down on them.

"They're attacking, by the Democrats' opening soliciting votes of people based on skin color, they in turn are attacking whites based on skin color and that's wrong. Nobody should be attacked based on skin color," he continued.

Brooks then accused Democrats of injecting race into every issue they can, not just immigration issues.

"The Democrats do it on a regular basis and you can see it in the campaign appeals that they make based on skin color. I don't know of a single Republican who has made an appeal for votes based on skin color. I don't know of one," he said. "The Democrats routinely make appeals based on race and they get away with it. It's repugnant to ever make an appeal based on race."

"I'm not a racist appealing to people based on skin color", says the racist appealing to people based on skin color.

Here's my real question:  I know Congress is on its five-week vacation from actually having to do any work, but where are the "moderate Republicans" who oppose this guy's idiocy?  Where are his fellow Alabama Republicans to say "no, this is wrong"?  Where are those folks who understand how important immigration and outreach are to the future of the GOP?

Whereever they are, they had nothing to say yesterday or today.  It's like there are no moderate Republicans left.  That's because they don't exist, because it's clear that the Southern Strategy is now 100% the GOP Strategy.  White resentment is literally all they have left.


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