I’ve got a new Think Again column called "Mission Accomplished? Really?" and it’s here.
Now here’s Pierce a day early, and some more of the regulars…
More tomorrow, I hope.
"And big Jim Dwyer, the man of wire, who was often heard to say/I’m a freeborn man of the USA."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Irish Blues" (Maura O’Connell) — I love the way the shadows fall between the hills of north Kerry, where my family’s from, but I love New Orleans just as much.
Part The First: Come back, Ted Turner. I’m begging you. What happened here? Did CNN balk at the contract demands of a guy sleeping on a steam grate somewhere? Did they guy who collects tinfoil and makes it into a huge ball have a tough agent? Did the insane cat lady want her own show? Explain yourselves, morons.
Part The Second: This twit is a member of Congress. Vaclav Havel should come to Washington and beat him to death with a copy of The White Album. Alexander Dubcek should come back from the dead and eat his face. Do they really believe this stuff, or do they believe it’s a surefire way to win votes, and which of these two alternatives is worse for the country. Discuss.
Part The Third: I don’t care what you think of the healthcare bill, this is the kind of thing that everyone should applaud. Watching the White House navigate the complete shitstorm that this is going to provoke from the usual shitstorming class is going to be instructive.
Part The Fourth: Oh, no, you’re not. Replacing Moyers with a foof like Parson Meacham? And this makes sense to someone, how? I can hardly wait for the Very Special Episode — Karl Rove: Tears On The Hatchet, or for Newt Gingrich’s weekly spot, Really Smart Stuff I Learned Once. Still, PBS still has marginally better hiring policies than CNN.
Part The Penultimate: No, Kevin. This is really only half an answer, and that’s if I stipulate that, by next fall, the Republicans won’t have the votes to override a veto of their attempts to repeal the oncoming POS. (I make it slightly worse than even-money that they won’t, and that’s if I don’t factor in the number of terrified surviving Democrats.) But, regardless, the "20 or 30 years down the line" argument is still threadbare speculation. Both Social Security/Medicare parallels were federally-operated programs right from jump. In the current POS–which, as I’ve said, I would vote for, and then immediately repair to the Tune Inn for whiskey and self-loathing–the deep involvement of the for-profit insurance industry guarantees has created within the structure of the system being created a powerful constituency that would oppose any moves toward a real public option or, dare to dream, a single-payer system. This is an inherent obstacle that renders the SS/Medicare parallel, at best, inapt. The other night on one of the pundit shows, Ezra Klein, who’s forgotten more about these matters than most of us will ever know, looked a little bumfuzzled on the issue of the ban on pre-existing conditions. The host–O’Donnell, I think, but I could be wrong–asked him whether or not he thought that, banned from denying coverage on that basis, the insurance companies would simply devise another plan by which they would deny coverage to those same people. I have no doubt that they will, since they are the greediest and most soulless bastards on the planet. Give them until 2014 and they’ll come up with something.