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This past week, the House Republicans caved once again to their wing-nut fringe and passed a continuing resolution for funding the Federal government after October 1 that contains a provision denying funds for the implementation of Obamacare, which would provide health insurance to millions of the poor and uninsured and which would make it impossible for the health insurance industry to continue to deny coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some 50 to 129 million (19 to 50 percent of) non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing health condition. Up to one in five non-elderly Americans with a pre-existing condition — 25 million individuals — is uninsured. Older Americans between ages 55 and 64 are at particular risk: 48 to 86 percent of people in that age bracket have some type of pre-existing condition. And 15 to 30 percent of people in perfectly good health today are likely to develop a pre-existing condition over the next eight years, severely limiting their choices without the protections of the Affordable Care Act.

It's amazing to me that the Tea Party Caucus, composed of just 49 U.S. Congresspersons, has been able to effectively control the U.S. House of Representatives, which has 435 voting members. They lost 12 members in the 2012 elections, and our job is to defeat as many of these remaining reactionaries as possible next year. You can see a list of the members of the Tea Party Caucus and a map showing the Districts they represent here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Part…. If you happen to live in one of these Districts, now is the time to get involved and begin to work to defeat these people. If you're a Republican, find a moderate Republican to work for. If you're a Democrat, work for a Democratic challenger. If you think the two-party system sucks, you're probably right, but get over it and get to work.

It's absurd that these cretins exercise as much political clout as they do, but no one is going to change that except you and I. Game on!
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MaxHD2490 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I agree the tea party is nothing but trouble
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backup-character Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
You are freaking awesome T_T I wish more American journalists were as thorough as you
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:blush:  TY.
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AmericanDralion Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's not the Government we need to shut down.  It's the power of the corps
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Which corps is that?  Press corps?  Marine corps?  Corporate corps?
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AmericanDralion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The last one.
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RamboRob Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
They're crybabies. Honestly, how many times have they tried repealing Obamacare? And now because they didn't get their way, they're threatening to shut down the government. And the reason the Tea Party have that many people in power goes to show how stupid a LOT of Americans are...
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MadaiTalmai Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
WOW, if you're taking money to troll for Obamacare, give it back.  Obamacare has nothing to do with extending medical care to millions of "poor and uninsured" Americans.  They get treated, free of charge, at any ER in America.  It's the law nimrod. Obamacare is about hijacking  medical care for 304 million Americans - liberals, conservatives, tall, short, black, white, Asian  gay, straight, male, female...you name it.  Who wins with Obamacare?  Big Pharma, hospitals, doctors, medical practices, insurance companies - all the people who are, and have been, driving up the cost of medical care for decades.  It's about power pal...pure power.  The shift of power from the individual (the foundation of our Republic) to the government under the banner of altruistic collectivism.  

Now hear this:

1) The pre-existing condition complaint is legitimate.  It's a bargaining chip for the rest of the package.  It could have been corrected with one piece of legislation - if either party had any interest in doing so.  Neither did nor does.  They're beholden to too many masters. 
2) You give the Tea Party far too much credit.  But, then again, you're doing what every good socialist/communist MUST do - create a visible enemy that you can use to stoke partisan anger among the "useful idiots" who blindly follow your rants and raves because no one pays any attention to them.
3) Using Wickipedia to support anything is intellectually lazy and negates the validity of your argument.
4) You don't want to go out with "Game on!" That's a challenge that most Americans will take and will land you in the hallway waiting for treatment under Obamacare.  But if you want to be a martyr, go for it.

Bottom line, if you want to rail about the Tea Party - who BTW are FAR more successful than any of your leftist sewing circles - then, by all means go ahead.  But realize that we know what you're doing and are laughing at you.  

Have a great day comrade.


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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Folks, this is the purest example of outright demagoguery masquerading as an intellectual argument that I have seen in a long, long time.

Let's start with the problems at the sophomore level of attempted argumentation.

First, there's the ad hominem attacks, always a sure sign that what follows has no intellectual or policy merit.  Twice, this deviant calls me a communist.  Actually, I'm a Jack and Bobby Kennedy Democrat.  I guess that's what passes for a real Red in Jesusland these days.  Then, of course he raises a red herring argument -- he criticizes me for citing Wikipedia as a source, this in an effort to impugn my credibility, but doesn't mention that the Wiki articles cited merely showed an up-to-date map of which Congressional Districts are represented by Members belonging to the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, information that is not available on the Caucus' own website.

Second, there's a deliberate misrepresentation of the politics of Obamacare going on here.  What Obamacare did was to shift about $716 billion in costs from seniors to the insurance companies, or about $6,000 per senior per  year.  For most people over 65 $500 a month is a significant amount of money.  Of course deals were struck with the insurers and the pharmaceutical companies -- that's how Obama put together a coalition that was willing to support compelling the insurance companies to accept people with pre-existing conditions.  In the real world, not the Tea Party's fantasyland, everyone does really depend on everyone else and if you're going to reduce the long-term costs of medical care in the United States (60% of the deficit is related to the cost of health care to the government), you've got to make sure that you emphasize preventive and primary care, not the most expensive medical care available endorsed by my opponent -- the emergency room treatment of people with advanced disease that could have been treated much less expensively had it been detected and treated earlier.

Third, the hysteria over "ending up in the hallway waiting for treatment under Obamacare" is just that, hysteria, designed to frighten people.  It has no basis in fact.  There's no indication that increasing primary care visits is going to overload the healthcare delivery system.  At the primary care level, the long-standing pre-existing shortage of physicians will be offset by nurse practitioners who can do 90 to 95% of what physicians can do, and who outcome studies regularly show that the outcomes for their patients are equal to or surpass the outcomes of patients treated by doctors.  And, if you still need to see a physician, you can.  Anyway, most private medical practices already employ this model -- nurses do the histories and assessments, freeing physician time to do what they do best, diagnose and prescribe.  We've needed 10,000 additional primary care physicians for decades now; now, the shortage will double over the next ten years. Do we need more doctors?  Yes.  Will nurse practitioners fill much of that void?  Yes?  Will medical schools increase their graduation of physicians?  Yes.  Is there a long-term problem here?  Absolutely not.

The push for national health care began with Teddy Roosevelt.  We would have had in in the 1930s had not FDR had to choose between putting such a system into place and saving capitalism -- in the form of the New Deal --the last time it went tits up.  Jack Kennedy tried to implement and made some marginal gains.  Johnson pushed through Medicare and Medicaid.  Nixon expanded both.  Reagan expanded Medicare, and he expanded Medicaid not just once, but several times.  Bush added prescription coverage for seniors through Medicare, something which Medicaid recipients had had for some time.  And now, Obama has succeeded in getting basic low-cost health insurance through the free market for everyone, regardless of ability to pay and regardless of pre-existing illness.

Let's understand my opponent's argument for what it is -- a part of the radical haters' war on the poor.  The proposed cuts in Food Stamps, consistent opposition to a long-overdue increase in the minimum wage, the efforts to block workers from exercising their collective bargaining rights, and the denial of health care -- considered a part of the social contract in every other developed country in the world -- all of these are part of a concerted effort to drive the poor and working Americans to the wall.  The top 1% now receive 20% of all income, that's a huge increase since the 1970s and a proportion twice what it is in Great Britain which has pursued similar reactionary policies.  The top 5% are the only group that has seen an increase in their incomes since the recession they triggered began in 2008.  Incomes for the 95% have remained stagnant, or in many cases, actually decreased since 2008.  But, in the world of Tea Party Newspeak, it's only class warfare if the 99% attempt to organize a meaningful political response to these depredations.  As I said above, quoting Mary "Mother Jones" Harris: "All the world's history has produced no more brutal and savage times than these, and this nation will perish if we do not change these conditions. Christ himself would agitate against them. He would agitate against the plutocrats and hyprocrites who tell the workers to go down on their knees and get right with God. Christ, the carpenter's son, would tell them to stand up on their feet and fight for righteousness and justice on the earth."

And so, we shall, and so we shall.  Sir, your greed and objectivist intellectual fraud stand exposed for all to see, and, like rotten mackerel in the moonlight, they stink and they shine.


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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I'd like to add that a recent article detailed that the last time the 1% were making the kind of bank they are right now, roughly 20% of all income; it ended in the Great Depression.

Coincidence? I think not. 


“There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again." - Eugene O'Neill 



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blackstrike Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
It was pleasure to read this post. Thanks buddy. I'll copy this and save it somewhere for future use in battles against dumbasses.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Go get 'em.
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MechaTails7218 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I am still confused about the ACA. There's so much right-wing demagoguery against it it's hard to find out the real flaws behind it. Obama and the Dems who passed it are just as corporatist as Republicans, so I'm expecting the real, other shoe to drop and see real bad parts of the ACA come to light. Maybe I'm being too pessimistic, but given Obama's track record, I have valid reason to be so with Obama precious "baby".
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You need to evaluate the ACA based on its merits, not on its parentage.

If you're uninsured, or even if you are, go to the on-line exchange in your state, or the Federal exchange, and go through the process and see what you end up with.  Most people I know are reporting that they were shocked to find out what good coverage they can get for very little money, and that the Republican bullshit thrown up to scare people is just that, bullshit.


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MechaTails7218 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
*Obama's
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JackalsWarlock Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
A thought I had for a good system here in the states would be, after balancing of a god damn budget and getting some anti-corruption laws implemented up in this joint, a system with economic ideals set in true capitalism, not this modern perversion we suffer with, and a socialist safety net. Societal changes and all that are good, but I don't want to get too tied into the Federal system with this. Back to my little safety net, everyone born in the states is guaranteed, from birth, access to necessary health care, pension for monthly expenses including food, utility bills, and a place to live. Access to basic telecommunications and Internet services (dial-up or basic radio-based internet), which we all know by now are practically necessary for normal life thanks to most places requiring online applications and the like. An improved Public Transportation system which can be used cheaply by any and all. And finally, an education from grades K-12 which would be granted to all citizens, the option to go directly into a technical school and directly into the work-force or access to higher level education which would be determined by a probationary period. You get to spend one semester on in an actual university, if you maintain above a 2.0 GPA, which is a C-Average, and don't get into any trouble with the law, maintain an unexcused absence record of less than five missed days, you may continue your higher education. If at any point you drop out and waste that opportunity, you will pay back the debt owed exactly as it was paid at a fixed rate and be required to maintain a job. Can't find one? We can.

Sound good?
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Not bad.
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JackalsWarlock Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Glad someone agrees.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
You have some good points.
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wlindsten Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Great Work! I agree with your policy statement 100%.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for your support!  Visit often.  Here at Perfect Propaganda Productions, we try to keep our posts relevant to current events.
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Unfortunately, I can favorite your work only once, I wish I could give you million faves!

Your work brings additional attention to quite serious issues. I do hope you promote it on other websites do, not just DA.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much.  I do have a tumblr, that I have neglected of late.

Please feel free to re-post my stuff on other sites.  I won't do FB, but others may.  

I am trying to get a book published.  We'll see what happens with that, but mostly, I see these poasters as on-line agit-prop, which is why I encourage people to download them for free and re-post them elsewhere.
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm curious about something - do you follow Bill Maher on TV? One of his books was very much like what you do here on DA. Book's name is "When you ride alone, you ride with Bin Laden" and is an awesome parody of USA society post-9/11, although a lot of it is relevant even now.

Here's link

www.amazon.com/When-Ride-Alone…
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, I don't.  I don't have a TV, by choice.  I probably miss some good stuff, like Bill Maher, but I try to come up with my own ideas and to some extent I insulate myself from commentary to try to keep my stuff as original as possible.  I am a news junkie, however, and given my political orientation, I'm not surprised that sometimes my work tracks what Bill Maher and others have to say on these issues.  Thanks for the link.  I'll check it out.
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hey, who needs TV with Internet, right? :)

But joking aside, Bill has some good stuff. I have couple of his DVDs and a bunch of his books.

I also love Michael Moore's stuff.

Anyway, keep up the good work! :D
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   Writer
Aw HELL yeah!
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
PREACH IT! Arrest the Tea Party Terrorists!
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blackstrike Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
o, not arrests - they should be put in a mental asylum for criminally insane, like in Batman comic. Anyone supporting their ideology is either a complete retard or a criminal, so why not just cover all the bases? :)
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Tempting, very tempting
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You betcha!

In the immortal words of Mary "Mother Jones" Harris:

"All the world's history has produced no more brutal and savage times than these, and this nation will perish if we do not change these conditions.

Christ himself would agitate against them. He would agitate against the plutocrats and hyprocrites who tell the workers to go down on their knees and get right with God. Christ, the carpenter's son, would tell them to stand up on their feet and fight for righteousness and justice on the earth."

Let us rise is righteous anger!  Let us remember who we are and the stuff we are made of!  Let us rejoice in the solidarity of brother and sisterhood born of struggle and send these modern-day Robber Barons straight to eternal political oblivion!  This land, America, is OURS!
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yep!
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HerbFellow Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I enjoy all your work as it reflects my views.  
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much!  There's millions of us!!!
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