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Health care for myself and my family comes out of my paycheck and an additional large chunk comes out of my pocket in uncovered expenses.  Neither of those is a privilege – it comes from my ****ing hard work and that of Cruel Wife in all the things she does at home. It comes from our years of higher education and hours uncounted of unpaid overtime. It’s not a privilege and I don’t consider it a right of anyone to have their health care paid involuntarily by me and mine.

We have to keep our eyes on what we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to cross a demarcation line,” Harkin told “Early Show” co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez. “On one side is health care as a privilege, on the other side is health care as a right. With these votes, with the vote that we’ll take before Christmas, we will cross that line finally and say that health care is a right of all Americans.”

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The main topic (next item down) is so thoroughly intertwined with pork that bacon is central to today’s thoughts.

Dates.  The kind wrapped in bacon.

Take out the almond, and this is something I’m drooling over.  Take a date, stuff it with goat cheese, and wrap it in bacon.  Broil it until crispy.

If it sounds that good how can it possibly be wrong?  I’m attaching a shrunken picture so you go to The Reckless Chef and give it a good look.

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We should all be considering term limits for congress in a different light.

Get rid of multiple-term politicians.

Vince Flynn wrote a book by the title “Term Limits”.

I don’t advocate the methods in the book but we sure as hell ought to be doing the political version, which is to take these politicians in congress who seem to feel that they can “do what is best for our country” in spite of what we want and politically kill them off.

One reviewer of the book on Amazon said:

Flynn’s Washington is a place of distrust, dishonor, duplicity, hypocrisy and murder.

That’s funny, so is my Washington.

Our president saw fit to travel to Copenhagen when the top issue among Americans has been shown time and time again to be jobs and the economy, and he and Hillary figured it’d be great for us to chip in to a $100B pool of money to combat climate change.  Neither one of them has a lick of authority to do anything binding us to that.

Our congress – along clear party lines – is forcing the issue on a bill that not a single person in that governing body can understand the full import of by backroom deals, nighttime and holiday votes, and plain old intimidation.  For what do they do this?  For no good reason other than that they can with this kind of stacking in Congress.

From the outset, the White House’s core claim was that reform would reduce health costs for individuals and businesses, and they’re sticking to that story. “Anyone who says otherwise simply hasn’t read the bills,” Mr. Obama said over the weekend. This is so utterly disingenuous that we doubt the President really believes it.

And what do we do, in poll after poll?  We bitch about congress and then in nearly the same breath say “But our rep (or senator) seems pretty good.”  Wake up and smell the bullshit you are shoveling, people.

We are about to really understand the nuances in the term “Taxation WITH Representation”.

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While looking for images of “bacon” on Google, I ran across bacon bikinis and thought I should pass it on.  I have no idea whatsoever what the rest of the site is about.  Don’t ask, don’t tell me, either.

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