Republicans Deny Health Care To Children To Protect Insurance Companies

It comes down to who you think the government should protect – citizens or corporations. It’s as simple as that.
Republicans voted against a health plan for kids, and Bush promises a veto, and they say this is because it doesn’t protect private health insurance companies. So the kids don’t get health care coverage.
Bush: Kids’ health care will get vetoed,

But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and smacks of a move toward completely federalized health care….
“Our goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage — not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage,” Bush said.

Newt Gingrich elaborates on this philosophical divide,

Fundamental questions over which direction our country takes on health care are at the heart of the discussion over SCHIP: Will we as a nation embrace a consumer-centered, market-driven health system or a government-run, European-style approach?

It isn’t about the kids, it’s about protecting corporations.
Should decisions like this be public (us, you and me, the people deciding together what is best) or private (corporate and one-dollar-one-vote systems)?
Who is our economy for, anyway?

Dems “Failing?”

The Republicans have a strategy of using the filibuster to block everything the Democrats try to do, and then telling the public that the Democrats are letting them down. As a result of this strategy there have never in history been as many filibusters. Is this news? Apparently not.
So what IS the news from this? AP: Democrats failing to pass anti-war bill, ABCDemocrats failing to pass anti-war bill, Google News shows this echoed this morning at 1,422 outlets.
Some days it seems like the major media is complicit in Republican political strategies.

Senate Dems Afraid Rush Limbaugh Will Say Something Bad About Them

Half of the “Democrats” in the Senate voted to condemn MoveOn today. They are afraid that Rush Limbaugh might say something bad about them.
I’m a member of MoveOn, so they were voting to condemn ME.
Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Reso Condemning MoveOn Passes Overwhelmingly, With Lots Of Dems,

The GOP-introduced resolution condemning MoveOn just passed by a huge margin, 72-25. Roughly half the Democrats in the Senate supported it.
A couple of the more interesting votes: Jim Webb, who just yesterday was a Netroots hero, voted for it, even though the last thing he needs as a military guy is cover on something like this.
Meanwhile, Hillary — who’s been under assault by Rudy for refusing to condemn MoveOn but who’s also locked in a tough Dem primary — stood her ground and voted No.

The list of “Democrats” requiring progressive primary opponents the next time they are up for re-election follows:

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I Took A False Confession – So Don’t Tell Me It Doesn’t Happen!

(As I mentioned yesterday, I am helping ACLU of Northern California and The Justice Project to get three very important bills signed. Right now there are three bills that the California legislature has passed and are ready for Governor Schwarzenegger to sign. But he might not sign them. These bills will help stop wrongful convictions. So we are trying to get some public awareness that these bills are waiting to be signed. These bills are SB 511, SB 609 and SB 756.
Today I am guest-posting a piece by a police officer who took a false confession and knows that it really can happen. — Dave J.)

As I write this, the post-arrest recorded interview of Senator Larry Craig has hit the press, circulated around the blogosphere, and produced heated discussion among the public. The recording includes a confession to a crime that Senator Craig now says he did not commit. No doubt that tape will prove central to the consideration of Senator Craig’s claim, since it will provide incontrovertible evidence of what both he and law enforcement said.
Coincidentally, just last week the California legislature passed a bill, SB 511, which would mandate the recording of custodial interrogations to prevent wrongful convictions based upon false confessions. The bill has now been sent to Governor Schwarzenegger.
To most, falsely confessing to a crime seems counterintuitive. It is hard to understand — barring outright torture – why a sane and intelligent person would admit to a crime that he did not commit, especially if the confession could yield a lifetime prison term or even a death sentence.
As a law enforcement officer with 24 years of experience with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. (13 of those as a homicide detective), the phenomenon always eluded me too. Until someone provided a false confession to me.

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Greenspan

A great post by Susie, Suburban Guerrilla: Greenspan Shrugged in which she points out that Greenspan was a nut case libertarian who believed things like the following,

“In an article published in 1963 as part of Ayn Rand’s book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Greenspan declared that protection of the consumer against “dishonest and unscrupulous business was the cardinal ingredient of welfare statism.”
“Regulation which is based on force and fear undermines the moral base of business dealings,” he wrote. “Protection of the consumer by regulation … is illusory.”

Got that? Protecting consumers from “dishonest and unscrupulous business” is a bad thing.
Go read.

Dan Rather Sues CBS

Don Imus calls black women “nappy-headed hos,” gets fired, sues, and CBS settles for $20million.
Dan Rather is forced out over a true report about how George Bush evaded his military service commitment. So it makes sense that he should finally sue CBS.
The right-wingers will tell you Rather used “forged” documents in the report. Except no one has ever shown they were forged, the person who typed the originals says this was what she typed, AND there is no question that the content of the documents and the story was accurate. Bush did evade his military service.
Here is the story:
Rather Sues CBS, Saying It Made Him a ‘Scapegoat’
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Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a lawsuit this afternoon against the network, its corporate parent and three of his former superiors.
… He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the flawed Guard broadcast and, in the process, “seriously damaged his reputation.”

You Could Be Wrongfully Imprisoned If Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes SB 511 and SB 609

(I am helping ACLU of Northern California and The Justice Project to get three very important bills signed. Right now there are three bills that the California legislature has passed and are ready for Governor Schwarzenegger to sign. But he might not sign them. These bills will help stop wrongful convictions. So we are trying to get some public awareness that these bills are waiting to be signed. These bills are SB 511, SB 609 and SB 756. This is another guest post toward that end. — Dave J.)
You Could Be Wrongfully Imprisoned If Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes SB 511 and SB 609
By Harold Hall
Last month, I celebrated an untraditional anniversary. August 17, 2007 marked my third year of freedom from wrongful imprisonment. I spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime I did not commit.

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Left Coaster on Hillary on MoveOn

The Left Coaster: Hillary Stands In The Line Of Fire,

It’s no secret Hillary Clinton is often the target of the center/left netroots, who have accused her of not being an ally. Yet when Bill O’Reilly attacked Kos as being akin to a Nazi organization, it was Hillary who stood with the blog. And tonight, after Barack Obama threw MoveOn under the bus for their attack of Gen. Petraeus, following close on the heels of the Edwards campaign sending Elizabeth out to do the same, who’s left standing, refusing, as Jane Hamsher writes, to help the right wing out by repeating their talking points against one of our own? Hillary.
This speaks to character. She’s continually attacked by the left, but by refusing to take the right wing bait and criticizing MoveOn, a mistake Democrats seem to make often, she refuses to splinter the base…

Governor Schwarzenegger: Make California a Leader in Improving the Criminal Justice System

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This is a guest post by John Terzano, The Justice Project

Health care reform may have stalled in California, but Governor Schwarzenegger still has a chance to make the state a leader in fixing a national problem: wrongful convictions. Three major criminal justice reform bills are now on the Governor’s desk.  The measures are designed to safeguard against wrongful convictions by making practical changes to eyewitness identification procedures, reforming the process by which confessions are attained, and regulating the use of jailhouse snitch testimony. 

With more than 200 exonerations to date in California it is critical that measures are enacted before more mistakes are made.  The governor has the ability to not only protect the innocent but enhance public safety and the integrity of California’s law enforcement by signing these important bills into law, and setting a standard for the nation.

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Today’s Housing Bubble Post – Foreclosures Soar

U.S. home foreclosures soar in August,

The number of foreclosure filings reported in the U.S. last month more than doubled versus August 2006 and jumped 36 percent from July, a trend that signals many homeowners are increasingly unable to make timely payments on their mortgages or sell their homes amid a national housing slump.
… The national foreclosure rate last month was one filing for every 510 households, the company said.

The BIG ARM Reset jump – increasing numbers of people with adjustable mortgages that adjust to much higher monthly payments – hasn’t happened yet. And then it takes several months for them to fall behind on payments and eventually face foreclosure. So this is just the start of a wave – a tsunami.

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Today’s Housing Bubble Post – What A Bank Run Looks Like

This is filed under Housing Bubble, because this is more fallout from the bubble’s bursting. Here’s the deal: financial institutions loan out money to people (and companies and countries, etc.) who, because of the “credit crunch,” might not be able to pay it back. That means that the financial institutions might not be able to pay back the money THEY owe, including to depositors.
It’s housing bubble burst time – do you know where YOUR money is?
Calculated Risk: Northern Rock Bank Run, with photos:

From Bloomberg: Northern Rock Customers Crowd London Branches, Withdraw Money
Hundreds of Northern Rock Plc customers crowded into branches in London today to pull out their savings after the mortgage-loan provider sought emergency funding from the Bank of England …

A bank run happens when people feel that a bank might be having trouble, and realize they might not be able to get THEIR money out of the bank if they don’t hurry. Everyone knows that a bank (money market, stockbroker, etc.) only keeps so much cash on hand. So they show up to withdraw their money before it is too late. It is a “run” because you have to run down to the bank to get your cash before other people get their cash. Only the first people in line are going to get their money.
In the US bank deposits up to $100,000 are insured by the government, so if the worst happens you will eventually get your money (up to $100,000) — after all the paperwork gets done. So if you feel like running down to the bank, you don’t really need to take out more than you will need to pay you bills for a few months.