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I find it amusing that at a recent town hall meeting, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was accused of being a traitor, a compromiser, and being too far to the left for the Ron Paul supporters. He was asked if he was going to switch parties.This is the same Lindsey Graham that led the impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton. Senator Graham has a solid pro- life, pro-second amendment, and anti-gay marriage voting record.. The Ron Paul supporters were yelling that President Bush was a "war criminal." How far right is the Republican Party going to go move? One of the Tea party organizers told Chris Matthews, that Senator Jim (Waterloo) DeMint would make an excellent presidential candidate for the Republican Party. One can only wish.

I can't believe that the right wingers have the audacity to criticize President Barack Obama for fulfilling a campaign promise of not forgetting New Orleans. Sure it's been nine months but a lot of things have been on his plate. Air Force One is equipped with fax machines and computers, allowing him to keep up with the daily grind. Did the complainers forget that President George W. Bush was celebrating John McCain's birthday when hurricane Katrina hit? The president left the next day for campaign stop in San Diego. President Bush did not visit the stricken area until four days later. On the other hand some of the New Orleans residents are complaining of Obama's short four hour stay, on his route for California campaign stop.

This is all in the same week that the insurance company lobbyist thought that they would pressure Congress with an 11th hour bogus report produced by PriceWaterhouseCooper(PWC) saying that the Senate finance Health Care Reform bill would make the insurance companies increase their premiums. However after further review; PWC made this statement “The analysis concluded that collectively the four provisions would raise premiums for private health insurance coverage. As the report itself acknowledges, other provisions that are part of health reform proposals were not included in the PWC analysis. The report stated on page 1: “The reform packages under consideration have other provisions that we have not included in this analysis. We have not estimated the impact of the new subsidies on the net insurance cost to households. Also, if other provisions in health care reform are successful in lowering costs over the long term, those improvements would offset some of the impacts we have estimated.”

This might have given the Democrats some backbone because they're thinking of repealing the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption the health insurance companies have. This provision allows them to fix prices, have a say on competing health insurance companies, and protects them from some provisions in state law.Add this: the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in January 2004 that, overall, it found "no statistically significant difference in per capita health care spending between states with and without limits on malpractice torts." But CBO continued to study the question. Five years of additional research have produced new evidence that has prompted CBO to reach a somewhat different conclusion. In an Oct. 9 letter to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said that a package of changes including limits on malpractice awards "would reduce total national health care spending by about 0.5 percent (about $11 billion in 2009)just $54 billion over 10 years.

Finally it took Jon Stewart to bring this fact to light. You would think that evey United States senator would be on the same page on this issue but that was not the case.” In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while working in Iraq and locked in a shipping container for over a day to prevent her from reporting her attack. The rape occurred outside of U.S. criminal jurisdiction, but to add serious insult to serious injury she was not allowed to sue KBR because her employment contract said that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration--a process that overwhelmingly favors corporations. This year, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendmentthat would deny defense contracts to companies that ask employees to sign away the right to sue. It passed, but it wasn't the slam dunk Jon Stewart expected. Instead the amendment received 30 nay votes all from Republicans...."I understand we're a divided country, some disagreements on health care. How is ANYONE against this?" He asked.