The Supreme Court will, once again, take a shot at dismembering the ACA (Obamacare) when it reviews the suit by Hobby Lobby (and others) regarding whether the religious beliefs of a corporation should be considered when deciding if they should be forced to provide insurance that covers birth control.
Yes, as incredible as it may seem, there is actually a successful company as uncreatively named as “Hobby Lobby”, but I digress.
The CEO of this company, David Green, is convinced that his fundamentalist Christian beliefs should be imposed upon his 21,000 employees, even though no polling has been taken among them regarding this issue. He is trying to use the fact that corporations have been given First Amendment rights regarding free speech to expand that right to…I’ll say this slowly now..THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF CORPORATIONS.
Yes brothers and sisters and children everywhere, corporations have religious beliefs!, They, collectively, believe in Christianity, Judaism or, potentially, Islam. I guess its all a matter of how they were raised by their corporate parents, you know, back when they were just little Sole Proprietorships in short pants.
Apparently the employees of these corporations have, unbeknownst to us,(or them) given over their personal religious beliefs to their corporate masters, fully trusting these isolated individuals to protect them from the evils of, err, ah, birth control.
Green has gone on the record as having said, “The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices”. Funny, I don’t remember any passage like that in the bible, such as “Thou shall not participate in, provide access to, pay for, train others to engage in…yada, yada, yada. That must be in the In Between Testament, or solely in the mind of David Green.
I’m just waiting for the company owned by Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse their employees blood transfusions, or one run by Scientologists refusing psychiatric care, or some other wing-nut fundamentalist who doesn’t believe in medical Marijuana. The possibilities are endless.
Yes, apparently Mr Green, a small government advocate and right-wing nut job, doesn’t want the government controlling when a woman can or can’t give birth, but he’s perfectly happy if his $2.5 billion corporation does.
Praise Jesus and pass the scrapbooking kits, we is all gonna be saved!
The word Christmas is defined by multiple sources as a mass honoring Christ. Yeah, Jesus Christ. That guy.
I’m reminding you of this in a somewhat facetious manner in order to bring to your attention that which you are not really celebrating as you stand in line at Walmart/Target/Kmart/Best Buy or whatever big box super center in which you are currently, or are soon to be, for that piece of merchandising brilliance made by starving workers on the other side of the world for the sole purpose of your having the latest iteration of whatever meaningless garbage that you’ve decided you not only must have but must have at 50% off plus another 10% off for early-bird shoppers.
Or an iPad.
Now, for some reason, that starving worker in Jakarta, Bejing or Mumbai probably wasn’t thinking of honoring Christ with a mass when he assembled it. The trucker who drove it from the ship to the warehouse probably wasn’t thinking of honoring Christ when he did his job. Neither the forwarding company who brought it to the store, nor the minimum wage earner who put it on the shelf, and certainly not the pimply-faced kid with the really stupid looking uniform vest who sold it to you. Nope, I’d be willing to bet that none of those people intended that you would buy that shining example of our rampant banality for the purpose of holding it on high and praising the birth of Jesus.
But some of you ostensibly claim to be doing just that.
At the same time that conservatives are honking their red plastic horns at the prospect of a “war on Christmas” and other such blither, they are pushing one another aside, drawing weapons, overrunning the less athletic, the aged and the infirm among us to get inside those glass-encased big-box monuments to imbecility for the simple purpose of getting an Xbox One or Play-Station in the name of honoring he who, according to many comic books, died for our sins.
Now, folks, I don’t believe a word of that garbage. I’m sure Jesus was a heck of a nice guy and probably wanted to save some souls. But I’m not, shall we say, of that tribe.
What I do know is, those of you who do believe in that stuff and spend your days worshipping and praising him, stoning non-believers and prostitutes, burning homosexuals and subjugating your wives (you know, good Christian stuff) had better go to confession this Sunday and say something like, “Bless me father for I have sinned. It’s been _____ years since I completely forgot that nowhere in the New Testament does is say, ‘go forth and buy, buy, buy’”.
Because if you don’t, you will be a hypocrite. A big, snarly, unimpeachable hypocrite. And it turns out that another guy from that book (Matthew, 15:7-9) said, quite succinctly, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
Smart guy, that Isaiah. But I hear he’s more of an Android guy.
Today I joined the Tea Party.
I’m tired of all those losers who take whatever handouts they can find.
I’m tired of the leaches who never work a day in their lives, living off all the rest of us hard working folk.
I’m tired of having to be responsible for people who are too stupid, lazy or ignorant to know what their future needs will be.
So I signed up for the ACA (Obamacare) and so should all those deadbeats, leeches and losers who think its perfectly OK to go around without any means of paying for their health care needs.
You see, I’m tired of those losers who figure that they’ll just wait until they get sick, go to the emergency room, get free help, and stick the bill with people like me, whose health insurance costs will go up as a result.
I’m tired of people complaining about their insurance going up and blaming the government for it.
I’m tired of people who won’t “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps” and buy their own health insurance, instead of expecting their employers or the government to do it for them.
Yup, I’m a rootin, tootin, rugged individualist who thinks we should stop relying on others to take care of us. We, as Americans, don’t believe in Big Brother-we take care of ourselves.
Not like in Europe or Sweden where the government provides health care and all you have to do is walk in to a clinic and get treatment. That’s not who we are here in America. We take care of ourselves and pay our own way.
Nope, here in America, we buy our own health insurance so that we don’t have to rely on big, controlling, socialist governments to provide it to us.
Yup, I just became a self-reliant Tea Party Republican. I signed up for Obamacare.
Interesting how Dubya was seen as a no-compromise, tough guy cowboy. Remember, when asked about future terrorism, his response was “Bring it on”? He started two wars and left us with an economy in the toilet, but he can’t think of anything he did wrong.
Yet, the guy who is ending both of those wars and struggling to fix Dubya’s economic mistakes, as well as bring health care to us all, is manly enough to admit when he screws up.
The latest ACA (Obamacare) controversy is over the fact that some are being forced to dump their non-conforming health insurance policies (AKA garbage policies) for those that comply with the minimum protections required by the ACA.
Some are saying that Barack Obama lied when he said, repeatedly, that any of us who like our current coverage could keep it. This may or may not be true. But for the purposes of this post, I’ll assume that it is.
Although it is possible that he was mistaken, I am willing to give in to Repub admonishments that Barack Obama lied in order to make the ACA more palatable for those among us who were on the fence. I’m willing to accept that Barack Obama may have blatantly and purposefully lied about the ACA to get it passed.
OK now, catch your breath; because I’m not going to let you Repubs celebrate this too much. There’s more to this, and I’m about to explain it to you. Let’s discuss when Presidents lie…
Richard Nixon lied about Watergate, which was an effort to steal information from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) for the purpose of ensuring Nixon’s victory in 1973.
Ronald Reagan claimed that he didn’t know that we were illegally selling arms to the Iranians (one of our premier enemies at the time, if you remember the Iranian hostage crisis that put Reagan into office) and then funneling the money to the Nicaraguan Contras to help them overthrow their dictator (which Congress had specifically forbidden).
His Vice President, George HW Bush, besides claiming to be “out of the loop” on the above Iran/Contra matter (an incredible statement, since he had been the head of the CIA in previous years and could not possibly have been unaware of it), also stated, without equivocation, during his campaign for President, when asked about the deficits that had been left by Reagan and the need for a tax increase, “Read my lips, no new taxes” and then went ahead and raised them anyway.
Even Bill Clinton, when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms Lewinski”, turned out to have been lying.
Then of course, we have Cowboy Bush, son of HW, who told us, both by himself and through the shadow President, Dick Cheney, that Iraq had WMD when they didn’t, and he knew it. He also let millions of less-than-well-informed Repubs believe that Saddam had some hand in 9/11. He also allowed torture at Guantanamo when he knew that it was illegal. There are parts of the world where he and Cheney can never again travel, since there are warrants against them for war crimes.
Now we have Barack Obama, who may have lied about the ACA.
So, to recap, three Repubs, Nixon, Reagan, daddy Bush lied to avoid potential impeachment since they had performed blatantly illegal acts.
One additional Repub lied and thousands died because he wanted to get the Iraqi dictator who threatened his daddy, and apparently thought water boarding was jumping off a long, springy board into your backyard pool.
Then, the Democrat lied over, wait for it…oral sex, which had no effect on anyone and, although ill advised, hurt no one, other than his own family.
And now we come to the worst liar of all, Barack Obama, who LIED US INTO BETTER HEALTH CARE!
It’s true, folks. We are complaining that this guy might have lied about something that will make us all healthier. He might have lied to us to ensure that the deadbeats of the world who don’t carry health insurance then stiff the hospital when they have to go to the emergency room, forcing all of us to pay for their medical care, now have to hold up their end of the bargain! (That was what the Heritage Foundation, a Repub think tank, strongly recommended in the early 90s. It was also the main selling point of Romneycare in Massachusetts).
This miserable politician lied through his teeth to make sure that all Americans can now have the peace of mind that, if they get sick, they won’t lose their houses trying to pay the hospital bill. That people with serious illnesses won’t have to file bankruptcy when they can’t pay for treatment.
He lied so that a guy like me, late 50s and rather healthy, can save over $300 per month on his new policy under the ACA, (I am already signed up and start paying my lower premiums in January) for the EXACT SAME COVERAGE WITH A LOWER DEDUCTIBLE THAN I HAD BEFORE. It’s even through the same insurance company!
Yup, looks like that son-of-a-bitch really put one over on us…