Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's motivating . . .

about listening to a war criminal talk about picking up dog poop? Only in America could a guy who ought to be in a prison cell in the Netherlands end up telling lame stories for 19 bucks a head. What a country!

However, George W. Bush is not the most loathsome politician in the United States. That distinction, without question, goes to His Holiness Joe Lieberman, of the Joe Lieberman Party, representing Aetna Insurance in the United States Senate. On behalf of his sole constituent, Holy Joe promises to join Republicans in a filibuster to prevent the majority of Senators from carrying out the wishes of the large majority of voters, because democracy is bad for Aetna.

Holy Joe says "We're trying to do too much at once. To put this government-created insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt. I don’t think we need it now," and "even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line."

I'm trying to remember the last time Holy Joe moved his lips without lying, but I'm not coming up with anything. All of the above is, of course, a lie. The government sponsored plan in the legislation is financed entirely by premiums, not taxes. It is not an entitlement, it's an insurance plan that people can buy. It does not add to the national debt, it reduces it, because it will be cheaper than what Aetna has to offer, and therefore will require less in the way of subsidies from the treasury for low-income people to buy it.

But Holy Joe knows he can lie all he wants to, however outrageously he wants to, and the corporate media will just reproduce what he says without bothering to point out that it is not true. As in the provided link.

It is, of course, his deep piety and love of G_d that gives him the moral authority to spew lies in the service of his corporate masters against justice and freedom. He's such a good and holy man.

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