January 24, 2011
Go Pack Go!
They did it! The only publicly owned team in the NFL will play in the Super Bowl. (The NFL owners fear fan-owned teams and have amended the NFL bylaws to keep non-profit teams out of the NFL--except for the Packers, who were sort of grandfathered in. Why? Well, the obvious answer is that lying/hiding profits is tough if any team must file public tax returns. So, the Packers are America's team. There will never be another.)
Calvin Trillin does it again. What is "it"? Hitting the nail on the head in The Nation. On GOP efforts to repeal the healthcare law, he writes:
"We'll show those folks who fail to list
Conditions that may pre-exist.
We'll nix the misbegotten rule
That covers kids once out of school.
We'll show the poor who think they've scored
Some coverage they can't afford.
"Repeal!" That's on our flag writ large.
We'll show those folks who's in charge."
Tomorrow Wisconsin will be exposed as the "former progressive state" when millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan responds for the GOP to Obama's State of the Union address.
Twenty-six governors have asked permission to stop Medicade benefits for the poor and disabled. Arizona leads again, but our cruel and unusual governor will follow Arizona! Governor Brewer wants to force 250,000 childless adults out of Medicare. An additional 30,000 parents whose incomes are above 50 percent of the poverty line would also not be covered.
But there is some good news: Country club memberships will still be deductable on your tax returns in Arizona!
What is the matter with these mean-spirited folks? Instead of Brewer, I met Congressman Raul Grijalva from Arizona recently. His message is worth hearing. He co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He ain't a Paul Ryan. Follow his progress.
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