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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Non Sequitur


New Census data confirms major drop in uninsured in 2014

by Joan McCarter
Bar chart showing dropped in uninsured rates from 2013 to 2014, using census data
The uninsured population fell dramatically from 13.3 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent in 2014, new data from the Census Bureau shows.
The coverage gains reflect growth in both Medicaid and private health coverage, and they occurred across population groups. These are the first Census estimates showing the effects of health reform’s major coverage expansions, which took full effect on January 1, 2014. […] The share of Americans enrolled in Medicaid rose from 17.5 percent in 2013 to 19.5 percent in 2014, while the share with private coverage rose from 64.1 percent to 66.0 percent. Thus, 2014 is the first year since 2000 in which both Medicaid and private coverage grew by statistically significant amounts. That's because health reform expanded Medicaid to more low-income adults and it provides subsidies to help people with modest incomes purchase private coverage through the health insurance marketplaces.
That's in states that expanded Medicaid. CBPP also notes that the gap in uninsured rates between states that didn't take Medicaid expansion and those that did grew to 3.6 percentage points in 2014. At the same time, the uninsured rate fell by at least one-eighth in every demographic group the Census data covers—gender, age, family income, working status, and race/ethnicity. Gains for African Americans were particularly notable. The insured rate for that group fell by more than a quarter in 2014, from 15.9 percent to 11.8 percent. The Census data, however, wasn't all good news. Despite these gains, the percentage of people living in poverty remained essentially unchanged, and way too high. That makes 2014 "the fourth consecutive year in which the number of people in poverty was not statistically different from the official estimate for the prior year."

California Bans Undisclosed Dark Money

California Bans Undisclosed Dark Money

Defunding Planned Parenthood Is an All-out Attack on American Families

Bernie Sanders isn’t extreme

Bernie Sanders’s voting record and policy positions are, in reference to the American people, mainstream.

Bernie Sanders Wants To End Private Prisons In Three Years

Perhaps one of the most ambitious and most specific parts of Bernie Sanders’ platform is his newest. He plans on eliminating private prisons within...

Bernie Sanders Demolishes Republicans For Blaming Falsely Obama For Every Problem

bernie sanders republican cnn debate
Bernie Sanders was a one-man fact bomb on CNN, as the Democratic presidential candidate told the truth about the Republican pattern of falsely blaming President Obama for every problem.
Sanders said, “What was really remarkable was the way that they avoided every single problem facing humanity is attributable to Barack Obama. He has caused all the problems. We seem to have forgotten that when the shrub left office 800,000 people were losing their jobs every single month. The world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse, and our deficit was a record-breaking $1.4 trillion.”
Senator Sanders also hit the Republican pretender candidates for their false claim that Democrats don’t want to solve the immigration crisis, and he called them out for wanting to do nothing on climate change.
Sanders was correct. The default Republican position on every question during the two debates was to blame Obama. Republicans took zero responsibility for the mess that they created. Republican pretender candidates love to rewrite history by claiming that all of the problems started with President Obama.
Republicans ignore the fact that Obama has spent much of presidency cleaning up the mess that was left behind by the shrub and their cabal. The only mention of the shrub all night was that he “kept us safe.” This claim ignores the fact that the shrub was also the pretender who dropped the ball and allowed the terrorists to kill 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Bernie Sanders is not standing by and allowing Republicans to wipe the record clean of the shrub years. Republicans nearly destroyed the global economy, and Senator Sanders is not going to let them demean the good work that President Obama has done.

Fact Check: Hillary Clinton Says Having A Democrat In The White House Is Better For Economy

hillary clinton cnn interviewHillary Clinton told Wolf Blitzer that the economy performs better under Democratic presidents. Let’s look at the data to see if Clinton’s statement matches up with the facts.
During an interview on CNN today, Hillary Clinton said:
I will say this. I think if you look at the last 35 years, actually going back further, I think it’s pretty indisputable that having a Democrat in the White House is good for our economy. Better for the economy than the alternative.

I think my husband understood that and produced. I think President Obama inherited a really big and dangerous mess and has been able to get us out of that ditch, so I’m not running for my husband’s third term. I’m certainly not running for President Obama’s third term. I’m running for my first term, but I do believe that both of them understood what it would take to clean up the messes that they inherited from their predecessors.
The facts back up Clinton’s point.
An analysis of seventy-five years worth of economic data by economist Steve Stoft, and attorney/economic researcher Nathan Salminen revealed that Democratic presidents create a lot more jobs than Republicans.
Stoft found that Democrats have created twice as many jobs as Republicans. From 1940-2014, Democratic presidents have created 74 million jobs, while Republicans have created 35 million jobs.
A second analysis by economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson revealed that the economy grows more under Democratic presidents than Republicans. Real economic growth was nearly two points higher under Democratic presidents. The paper also found that Democratic presidents leave the economy in better shape, “Democrats inherit growth rates averaging 0.6% from the final year of the previous Republican president, while Republicans inherit growth rates averaging 3.8% from outgoing Democrats. Thus, the election of a Democrat seems to turn things around on a dime while the election of a new Republican seems to signal a recession.”
Historical data shows that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth. The economy has historically performed better when a Democrat occupies the White House.
Hillary Clinton’s statement to Wolf Blitzer was a FACT.

When Wingnuts Say Reagan Was The Best, Anger Them With These 5 Facts

Lately, Reagan is being held as a modern-day saint by the Republican establishment. Here are some truth bombs to prove they are wrong.
1: Reagan passed the largest tax increase in history in 1982. He also, in 1986, became the first president to cut taxes on the super rich while raising taxes on the poor.
Modern Republicans HATE taxes. They think it is literally illegal to have taxes in America (hint: it is not). Reagan also raised taxes 7 out of his 8 years in office.
2:Everyone wants to complain about “tax and spend Liberals”. Reagan inherited a 930 billion dollar debt. When he left office the debt was 3 trillion. He borrowed more money than every president from George Washington to Jimmy Carter COMBINED.
Reagan was the ULTIMATE borrower and tax and spend president ever. Period. Even idiot George W. did not triple the debt during his presidency, although his dollar amount is higher.
3:Ronald Reagan created Osama Bin Laden. Reagan spent billions training Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan, to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union. These people later became the Taliban.
Basically, Ronald Reagan was responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history and changing the world forever, in regards to modern terrorist states.
4:Reagan sold weapons to Iran illegally.
Everybody has heard of The Iran-Contra scandal. This is ignored history by Republicans. Ronald Reagan sold weapons illegally to IRAN (yes the same one every Republican wants to use nukes on, to prevent them from using nukes). He did it to fund an illegal war via the CIA in South America. The best part is when he said he knew in his heart he didn’t do it, but the evidence says otherwise.
5:In 1982 Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants.
He personally signed the legislation. 3 million illegal immigrants were given full amnesty. Right now, even modest legislation that prevents deportation but does NOT give amnesty is grounds for impeachment. Somehow, its OK when a non-black Republican with dementia does it though.
Reagan was easily, by any objective standards, one of the worst U.S. presidents in the nation’s history.

Nugent Supports Trump

Nugent writes in Wing Nut Daily that only Trump can save them.

‘Kept us safe?’

In one of his biggest moments of the last Republican pretender debate, Jeb said his brother, the shrub, “kept us safe” from terrorism during his junta.

Michigan Teabagger Removed From Office After Covering Up Affair Says She's Running Again

Michael Savage’s History Fail ...

Michael Savage has been foaming at the mouth about Pope Francis for months now. Among other things, he’s called him a “false prophet”...

It only took a couple of hours for Rainbow Doritos to send wingnuts into a tizzy

Rainbow Doritos, via It Gets Better
It only took a couple of hours for Rainbow Doritos to send wingnuts into a tizzy
Add this to the growing list of companies that wingnuts who want to believe with their dollars have to avoid.

The Truth Hurts


Cops knew Ahmed Mohamed didn’t have a bomb when they arrested him

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd appears on 'All In With Chris Hayes' on Sept. 17, 2015. [MSNBC]
Irving police chief admits: Cops knew Ahmed Mohamed didn’t have a bomb when they arrested him Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd refused to say on Thursday that his officers erred in arresting 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed on Monday even though they allegedly knew he did not bring a bomb to his high school.

Fox Hack Blames Obama For Overreaction To Teen's Clock

Fox Host Blames Obama For Overreaction To Teen's Clock

Wingnuts Are Losing Their Shit Over Obama’s White House Invitation To Ahmed And His Clock

President Barack Obama laughs during a meeting in the Oval Office, Jan. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.President "No Fucks Left to Give" Obama invited a muslim kid to the White House. The wingnuts lost their collective mind.

Bristol Palin Sheds Last Ounce Of Decency, Says Obama’s Invitation To Ahmed Mohamed Is Racist

Bristol Palin Sheds Last Ounce Of Decency, Says Obama’s Invitation To Ahmed Mohamed Is Racist Bristol Palin sinks to a new low to attack President Obama’s amazing gesture.