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Calling Dr. Palin, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard

New street signs approved by the Wasilla, Alaska Dept. of Public Works

New street signs approved by the Wasilla, Alaska Dept. of Public Works

My goodness gracious, Sarah Palin is at it again. That’s right folks, inasmuch as the Republican Party has failed to come up with any health care reform legislation, the quitting ex-governor of Alaska has done so all by her little self. The Palin plan is like one of those things that you think is stupid when you first hear it, but then when you think about it for awhile you realize that it is even dumber than you first thought.

Here we go. First of all she claims that her plan will not have any of those pesky “death panels”. But that is just the start of her health system overhaul. Remember when all of those bat-crazy elderly tea-baggers were appearing at Town Hall Meetings to express their opposition to any public health insurance plan because they demanded that the government “leave my medicare alone”? Well, Palins plan will not only alter their medicare coverage, it will cancel it entirely. Palin wants to help the elderly by simply “…providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage;…”

Great plan Sarah. I’m sure it took a lot of deep thinking to come up with that one. Who was your expert source, Piper? Let’s think this through for a minute. We take medicare away from the elderly and give them cash vouchers to purchase private health insurance from for-profit private insurance companies. That should be easy because none of those elderly people should have any pre-existing medical conditions that would prohibit them from obtaining coverage in the private sector right? I’m also sure that all of those elderly folks with failing concentration problems and “dare I say”, things such as early onset dementia should have no problem whatsoever comparing hundreds of different insurance plans and determining which one best fits their individual circumstances. After all, they have all the time in the world to read those policies because they are too old and feeble to work. That fine print shouldn’t confuse them or add any additional stress to their lives either.

Sign me up, Sarah. You are a real genius.

In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.

Getting Better song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=futxIzHLcuM&feature=related

GETTING BETTER

(sung to the Beatles song “Getting Better”)

She’s getting better all the time

She did really bad while in school (Sarah can’t complain)
The intelligence of a fool (Sarah can’t complain)
In each college town, Grades tumbling down
Attending just safety schools (foolish rules)

We’ve got to admit it’s no better (better)
Not getting better all this time (it can get much worse)
Just how did John McCain fail to vet her (vet her)
He failed to vet her. That’s being kind

Now Mac’s just an angry old man
His Sarah Palin pick was panned
She’s a coo-coo bird, that can’t speak a word
A pregnancy that was unplanned

We’ve got to admit it’s no better (better)
Not getting better all this time (it can get much worse)
Just how did John McCain fail to vet her (vet her)
He failed to vet her. That’s being kind

Still not getting better all this time
Not getting better all this time
Better, better, better
Not getting better all this time
Better, better, better

He shouldn’t have picked that dumb woman
Dead-beater was falling apart and would never be loved
Man she was green and also really mean
His choice should have been much better planned (Ooh)

I submit Romney was better (Better)
Romney was better all the time (Palin made it worse)
McCain wishes he never met her (Met her)
Could have been better McCain opines
Could have been much better Mac opines
Romney was better all the time
Better, better, better
Romney was better all the time
Better, better, better
Romney was much better all the time

Being (Barney) Frank With Tea-Baggers

Anti-Health Care Reform Protesters and their clever signs

Anti-Health Care Reform Protesters and their clever signs

I do not mean to brag, but sometimes I am very proud that I live in Massachusetts, the “Cradle of Liberty.” In this most blue of all blue states, political discourse is welcomed. Starting with those “Founding Fathers” that conservative Republicans love to invoke so frequently, through those hate filled days of court imposed desegregated school busing in the 1970’s, and right up to today’s Anti-Health Care Reform protests at congressional town hall meetings, Bay Staters have encouraged vigorous public debate. Perhaps it is a by-product of the over 120 colleges and universities in the Boston metropolitan area, that the population is educated and enlightened enough to realize that well informed decision making will trump ill-informed rabble rousing most every time. That might also explain why the Commonwealth has never in its 389 year history, had a Republican Governor serve two full terms.

But I digress. The purpose of this particular post is to illustrate how to best conduct a town hall meeting when alleged protesters that are bought, paid for and bussed to the meeting by Republican interest groups funded by Republican lobbying firms attempt to disrupt the meetings rather than to engage in thoughtful discussion. To that end, please welcome Congressman Barney Frank.

On August 18, 2009, Frank held a town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA. There were plenty of Health Care Reform supporters and vocal opponents. Unlike many of his brethren throughout the country however, Frank did not cancel his meeting, phone-in his meeting, or resort to accepting only written questions. On the contrary, he explained precisely why he supported health care reform, allowed opponents to question him and provided thorough fact based answers to those questions.

Whenever an opponent resorted to the Republican Interest Group tactic of simply disrupting the meeting by means of screaming and shouting out talking points, Frank confronted them directly. He shamed them, in no uncertain terms, by telling them that such behavior was counter-productive to their cause and would not be tolerated. When attacked by shouted myths of health care reform, such as mandated coverage for illegal immigrants, death panels and budget implosion, he calmly countered with facts taken verbatim from the draft of the most recent incarnation of the proposed bill. In short, he held his ground.

Most impressive however, was the way in which he handled those opponents that displayed personally derogatory illustrations of the President and/or made Nazi comparisons. He fired back at them without pulling any punches. To one woman that displayed a caricature of President Obama in which he resembled Hitler, Frank berated her by asking what planet she came from and then told her that trying to hold a conversation with her was akin to having a conversation with his living room table. She was silenced by her own absurdity.

Barney Frank has manufactured the template for all members of Congress to utilize at town hall meetings. Have a comprehensive knowledge of your material; express it thoroughly yet succinctly; allow opponents to question you civilly and respond in kind; and when confronted by ill informed obtrusive or insulting behavior, exercise your 2nd Amendment rights and fire back unapologetically. To you Mr. Frank, I say, “Bravo.”

Please do yourself a favor and watch this entire clip. They should make multiple copies and hand them out to every member of Congress.

OK, now for the funny stuff. Today’s song parody is my version of the Tea-Baggers’ National Anthem. As Sarah Palin would say, in honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along. (As an aside, please note that the music video link is in honor of recently deceased filmmaker, John Hughes and is a clip from his wonderful film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Twist And Shout song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUrOMB-iBLk&feature=related

BITCH AND SHOUT

(sung to The Beatles version of the song “Twist And Shout”)

Well, make it up, ladies, now (make it up, ladies)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, ladies, now (come on ladies)
Know what you’re talkin’ about (talking about)

Start spreadin’ some doubt, honey (spreadin’ some doubt)
Wear your pillowcase hood (pointy hood)
You got the bullshit flowin’ now (bullshit flowin’)
And you’re sportin’ some wood (didn’t know you could)

Just make it up, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on baby)
You got to start spreadin’ doubt (start spreading doubt)

Just show your twisted little world (shit little world)
Hold up your twisted sign (twisted sign)
Go on up, bitch a little closer, now (bitch a little closer)
And just hold that party line (hold that party line)

Ah
Ahh
Ahhh
Ahhhh
Ahhhhh

Yeah, you’re frothing like rabies, now (frothing like rabies)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on baby)
Jumping and screeching out loud (screaming out loud)

Just show your twisted little world (shit little world)
Hold up your twisted sign (twisted sign)
Go on up, bitch a little closer, now (bitch a little closer)
And just hold that party line (hold that party line)

Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)

Ah
Ahh
Ahhh
Ahhhh

Town Hall Protest Bus Tour Rolls Into Town

Health care reform protesters arrive at Town Hall Meeting.

Health care reform protesters arrive at Town Hall Meeting.

It has finally been factually established that the Tea-Bagger inspired Town Hall Protesters are actually reich-wing corporation-funded day-laborers. Gee, and we believed that it was actually a true grass-roots movement of informed citizens expressing their constitutionally protected opinions on health care reform (he said sarcastically). Have you actually looked at these pseudo protesters on television? If you have, it is evident that some sort of grass is involved.

But we digress. We all know that powerful rich folks cannot be bothered to take time away from the country club or yacht club to engage in the mundane, trivial, and dare we say working class, aspects of civil public protest. Remember the Major League Baseball strike of 1984 when the millionaire professional athletes could not be bothered with manning their own picket lines, so they hired homeless folks to walk the lines and carry signs for them? Well, the same thing is happening now with these Town Hall protests.

It turns out that one of the groups sponsoring and promoting the hiring and bussing of protesters is the Washington D.C. lobbying group, FreedomWorks. The chairman of FreedomWorks is former Republican Majority Leader, Dick Armey. FreedomWorks in turn, controls a subgroup known as Tea Party Patriots and a leaked memo from one of its volunteers explains the tactics used by the organization, not to engage in public discussion of a public policy issue of importance, but to simply disrupt public meetings. The memo (reproduced in its entirety by ThinkProgress here) instructs members as follows:

– Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”

– Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”

– Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”

These meeting-crashers are bussed to Town Hall Meeting sites by a group known as Americans For Prosperity. This is another Washington D.C. advocacy group founded and chaired by David Koch of Koch Industries (the largest privately owned oil refinery and pipeline business in the U.S.) and coincidentally, the 19th richest man in the world. The whole promotional event is known as the Americans For Prosperity’s Patients First Bus Tour.

So, if you are unfortunate enough to run into one of these busloads of fake grass roots protesters, ask them if Mr. Armey, Mr. Koch, or any of their buddies in the “richest people in the world club” are riding on the coach. You know what the answer will be. Do not be intimidated. Remember that these folks are simply day-laborors paid for by very rich conservatives that are not interested in the health of the citizens of (as Sarah Palin would say) “this great nation of ours.” They are only interested in preserving the profits of the insurance industry and pharmaceutical concerns.

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Magical Mystery Tour song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7pvA4EHi08

THE TRAGICAL MISERY TOUR

(sung to The Beatles song “Magical Mystery Tour”)

Roll up, roll up for the tragical misery tour. Step right this way.

Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up AND THAT’S AN INVITATION, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, A TOWN HALL DESTINATION, roll up for the misery tour
The tragical misery tour is eating your brain cells away
Eating your brain cells away

Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, WE DON’T CARE IF YOU CAN’T READ, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, SO LONG AS YOU CAN SCREAM, roll up for the misery tour
The tragical misery tour will even pay you for the day
Even pay you for the day

(The misery trip is waiting)

Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, TO MAKE A RESERVATION, roll up for the misery tour
Roll up, JUST STOP THEIR CONVERSATION, roll up for the misery tour
The tragical misery tour wants insurers to keep their payday
Please help them to have their way
The tragical misery tour is hoping that you die away
After you make your co-pay, make your co-pay