Thursday, March 8, 2012

PUSH: WaPo Interactive International Cost Graphic

My PUSH post is up on their website explaining this Washington Post interactive graphic comparing the cost of medical procedures in the US to eight other countries.  To see it in full click on the link below.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Insult Roulette

For me the recent bruhaha over the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke brings back memories of another one from 2010 in which Sarah Palin (who was teasing with running for the GOP Pres nod at the time) was calling for President Obama to fire then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  Emanuel called critics of the Affordable Care Act who favor the public option/single payer and expletive related to the developmentally disabled (the politically correct term for the mentally retarded) which shall not be repeated here but is in the funny clip below. 

This was one time where I had to agree with Palin that Emanuel should be fired.  Not only because I sympathize her because of her son with Down's Syndrome but because it is also simply bad politics which former community organizer Obama should know.  Many of these liberal activists worked very hard to get Obama elected.  Rush Limbaugh also reiterated Emanuel's comments (Palin excused Limbaugh for being "subtle" as can be seen in the clip above).  Emanuel did apologize to Sargent Shriver, head of the Special Olympics, but not to any healthcare activists and he is now mayor of Chicago.

For him to take the same attitude as Limbaugh toward Obama's most loyal supporters is the epitome of bad politics.  Is it any wonder that the Democrats lost the US House in 2010?  Colbert can get away with calling Palin the expletive that Emanuel and Limbaugh used on activists because they are not on the same team.  Bill Maher can get away on Real Time with calling Bristol Palin worse than what Limbaugh called Fluke because his HBO show doesn't have sponsors.  Imagine if Limbaugh calls Bristol Palin sexually derogatory term on his radio show?  Sarah Palin could raise a tizzy and possibly get him fired because she has pull with his base. 

Bill Maher, Glenn Beck, and Don Imus all lost their shows after making controversial public statements and are now continuing to make them in less high profile shows.

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