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If You Like Your Plan, 7 Million of You Can't Keep It

Feb 5, 2013 12:55 PM PT

One of the most consistent promises the President made when selling health reform was that those who liked the insurance plan they had could keep it. For instance, on March 23, 2010 he said "If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover. Nobody's changing what you've got if you're happy with it."

A new CBO budget report released today says that's probably not true for 7 million Americans. That's the number who are expected to lose employer-based coverage as businesses decide its not worth shelling out for the government approved plans when other options are available.

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Just To Be Clear

Feb 5, 2013 11:42 AM PT

In response to There Should Be Limits To Speech in the Classroom: Nolte-- of course his comments are indefensible, hence my calling them disgraceful. I think one of the issues here is that I've been largely anesthetized to this type of vitriol having been called similarly hurtful names myself. The capacity and place in which the comments where made, as I acknowledged, are considerably important, Debra. 

The double standard that exists in our discourse is troublesome. Yes, Liz, this scumbag is not the case to make a free speech argument. That wasn't my intent. And I should know better, because Leftists don't care about intent. My point was not to defend this clown. My thinking was in reaction to the absurd amount of media coverage this story has received. I walked away from the comments them self as being the larger issue. And having no use for the Faustian bargain with which many on the Right are forced to contend with when dealing with issues of race and sexuality, I downplayed the racial, and sexual preference aspects of the story, and stepped on every rhetorical land mine in the process.

Gay Slurs, Referring to First Lady as 'Gorilla' Indefensible

Feb 5, 2013 10:50 AM PT

In response to Not So Free Speech:

If some loser of a teacher teacher wants to be a racist jerk (though I'm not sure that's him making the "gorilla" crack) who hurls gay slurs in the privacy of his own home or at some bar with his pals, that's up to him. But the audio gives the impression he's speaking to a captive audience of students, especially his remark about telling the "superintendent."

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Not So Free Speech

Feb 5, 2013 10:00 AM PT

With all the talk surrounding the attacks on the Second Amendment, little attention is being paid to the First. 

Former "Teacher of the Year," and Alabama high school football coach, Bob Grisham, has been suspended for ten days without pay for calling First Lady Michelle Obama a "big fat Gorilla." Grisham also said that he doesn't "like queers." and said that what they do is an "abomination against God." 

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