Uganda is a nation that should know oppression well.
For 8 years in the 1970s Ugandans suffered some of the worst human rights abuses under the rule of Idi Amin. According to Wikipedia “Amin’s rule was characterised by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000″.
You would think that Ugandans would have learned from that episode in history. You would be wrong.
Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country. The Ugandan government supported the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” said James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity.
This bill is partly a result of some of the positions and strong influence ..continue reading
President Obama’s plans for health care reform are in trouble. That is not news.
For months the “gang of six” which includes 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans worked on getting the Senate’s version of a health care reform plan.
Then Chuck Grassley who was a vocal proponent of a bi-partisan health care plan caved in and started to speak about “pulling the plug on grandma” at town hall meetings in Iowa. At the end of August he finally admitted that “The simple truth is that I am and always have been opposed to the Obama Administration’s plans to nationalize health care, period.” Then Mike Enzi the second Republican started to speak about “death panels”.
So much for bi-partisanship.
The only Republican left of the 3 is Olympia Snowe from Maine. She was one of the few Republicans who voted for the Stimulus package.
The Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate to pass a reform ..continue reading
The Republicans must be getting desperate in trying to hold back the tide of health care reform.
Now that the death panel, health care rationing and other lies are getting old they decided to roll out a new scare tactic and incite more Americans who are willing to follow them without knowing the facts.
Their latest is to scare Americans and Democrats in particular into believing that there will be a revolution if Democrats push through health care reform without bi-partisan support.
Yesterday Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said “I think that would wreck our health care system and wreck the Democratic Party if they did that. There would be a minor revolution in the country.”
Meanwhile the Republicans have no intention of passing any health care reform plan. There were only 3 Republican Senators involved in trying to get a bi-partisan bill completed. At least two of the three showed their true colors during the August ..continue reading
This week’s Newsweek has an article by Jacob Weisberg that makes some excellent points related to who is actually driving seniors to make life ending decisions.
And the answer is the Republicans.
Remember all the “death panel” hysteria from the Republicans. All lies except there is some truth to it when you look at what measures Republicans backed in previous years.
Chuck Grassley, who ran around his town hall meetings stating that the plans the Democrats have put forth will “pull the plug on grandma” was the architect of part of the Estate Tax cut that was passed in 2001. Under this provision beginning on January 1, 2010 the estate tax will drop to zero for estates of any size until December 31, 2010. On January 1, 2011 the estate tax will be reinstated and at the top rate the government will receive 55% of any estate values over $1 million.
Sounds like a ..continue reading
Chuck Grassley was almost one of the good guys when it came to health care reform but the Republicans reeled him back in.
Two days ago in an interview Grassley stated that he wants good policy for health care reform. He was then asked if he got everything he wanted in the bill would he vote for it even if only a handful of other Republicans voted for it. He responded that he wouldn’t if he couldn’t get a majority of Republicans to vote for it. Chuck Todd attempted to clarify what Grassley meant and Grassley again stated “it isn’t a good deal if I can’t sell my product to more Republicans.” Even though it was the good deal that he himself would create with the members of the Finance Committee.
Most already realize that the majority of Republicans are not interested in any health care reform plan. So why is Grassley negotiating ..continue reading