Saturday, July 30, 2011

Right Stimuli (or as the Tea Party would say Stimuluses)

As filming of the new Batman film begins in Pittsburgh this week, stories are circulating about how much money it will pump into the local economy for hotels, restaurants, and the entertainment industry.  This may be true for the hotels, restaurants, and the rest of the local entertainment industry, many of whose employees are uninsured.  Once the filming is over and the trucks have packed up the businesses will go back to normal and any benefit will go as profit to the owners of these establishments.  Will this benefit trickle down to those in the local economy who need it the most?

The fleeting and imaginary benefits from private stimulus spending, which many in Congress who are holding up raising the debt ceiling admire, pale in comparison to the real power struggles that go on between corporate superpowers such as UPMC and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield where the real losers are the patients who depend on them for medical care.  The Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare put on a
parody of the struggle using Batman & Robin to symbolize real heroes work to correct injustices for the real downtrodden.  The event first took place at Senator Pat Toomey's office and then at Senator Robert Casey's.  It is summarized in the YouTube video below.




The best way to assist those in need is to provide it directly to those who need it the most.  The movies may provide some badly needed diversion but it falls well short of a long tern solution to our economic woes.

**Update**

The same day the lamestream media CNN aired this report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a mini Darth Vader campaigning in Congress against cut's in children's Medicaid.  The boy who played Vader in a Volkswagen commercial has a heart condition and was well placed for media attention and attention from Senators while the rally on Friday is totally ignored by Senators Toomey and Casey..  The irony of such a disconnect is amazing.  While one feels bad for the boy, in a true Medicare for all system such an effort would be completely unnecessary. 







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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Obama Debt Ceiling Approval Ratings Reflect Approval Ratings on Health Care Law

Last year I wrote posts on how disapproval of the healthcare law passed in March of last year reflected the fact that the law was not "liberal enough" and if you included those who thought it wasn't liberal enough with those who thought supported it you would have a majority.  In the most recent CNN Poll on President Obama's job approval ratings Obama's approval rating is listed as 45% and disapproval at 54%.  The next question in the poll of 856 Americans, plus 153 cell phone users, tries to break down the reason why they disapprove into either 'too liberal', 'not liberal enough', or 'unsure.'  The overall margin of error is +/- 3%.  Of the 54% who disapprove, 38% said too liberal, 13% said not liberal enough, and 3% were unsure.

This result is very similar to ones found for approval of the health care law which I've linked to below.  When the 13% who think he is not liberal enough is added to the 45% who approve that adds up to 58%. The last time this poll was conducted from April 29 to May 1, 51% approved of his performance and 7% said he was not liberal enough which adds up to the same 58%.  The poll does not ask voters to describe what "liberal enough" means.  Later questions ask voters about approval ratings of other major figures in the debt ceiling debate such as House Speaker John Boehner (43% favorable, 32% unfavorable, 12% never heard of) the ratings for other major figure from the poll are summarized below.  None of them fare any better than the President.

4. We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say
if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of
them. (RANDOM ORDER)

Favorable
Unfavorable
Never
heard of
No
opinion
VP Joe Biden
July 18-20, 2011
43%
43%
6%
8%
Speaker of the House John Boehner
July 18-20, 2011
43%
32%
12%
13%
House Democratic Leader House Nancy Pelosi
July 18-20, 2011    
35%
52%
7%
6%
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
July 18-20, 2011
27%
32%
27%
14%
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid
July 18-20, 2011    
29%
37%
25%
9%
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
July 18-20, 2011    
27%
33%
28%
12%
Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor
July 18-20, 2011   
18%
21%
46%
15%
The Democratic Party
July 18-20, 2011   
45%
49%
1%
5%
The Republican Party
July 18-20, 2011    
41%
55%
1%
4%
The Tea Party movement
July 18-20, 2011   
37%
47%
4%
12%


As stated before, the poll does not ask what too liberal or not liberal enough means.  It does ask if the respondents believe that President Obama should compromise with Congress 68% say yes and a virtually equal number (66%) say that Congress  should compromise with the President.  The poll does not say which compromises the respondents would like to see.  Given the low favorability ratings of the Tea Party and majority who either approve of Obama's or disapprove because he is 'not liberal enough,' I would not anticipate that the majority of them would support compromises on entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 


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