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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 10/9/13


Maranatha: The Debt Ceiling Crisis; Impending Financial Apocalypse; The Republican Lies About Debt Default and Obamacare; Rand Paul and Sarah Palin Derp; Debating on Facebook; Mandatory Sterilization; Jon Stewart Fail; Kathleen Sebelius Fail; Unions are Not Waived from Obamacare; The Importance of the Individual Mandate; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and the Bowen Law Group.

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  • Bob, many blessings on the upcoming Nuptials!

    I just got off the phone with my investment adviser (for the pittance I have in a Roth) and she is saying “stay the course”, “don’t change anything”. She says it won’t be like the Great Depression…..But I don’t really believe her. I have a high tolerance for risk but this debt ceiling thing has got me pretty worried. It doesn’t help that my employer, a VERY small individually owned company, relies entirely on Federal funds.

    “Critical mass of Derp”–You ain’t kidding! I’ve coined a new term, “quoderpitdue”. I’ll be using it as the title for blog posts about Derp quotes.

    In regards to wanting a coup d’etat, one could actually look at what House Republicans are now doing as a non-violent attempt to overthrow the rule of law……just sayin

    I’m in the same boat as you two–earn too much for a subsidy but not enough to support myself, my two kids and buy decent insurance because I have a pre-existing condition.

    Now I have an earworm of a Mr. Bachmann-like voice repeatedly giggling and saying….Tapioca Partay!!!!

  • muselet

    The vandals in both houses of Congress are pig-ignorant and heedless of the havoc their actions will wreak on the national and world economies. Maybe they really don’t understand. Maybe they think they will be insulated from the consequences. Maybe they would be primaried from the Right if they pulled their heads out of their fundaments. At this point, I don’t know and I don’t care. The country needs these imbeciles to find a different line of work more suited to their talents (do circus sideshows still employ geeks?)—and if we do go over the edge, the country needs these imbeciles’ heads on pikes.

    The world looks at what’s happening in the US and shakes its collective head.

    If we hadn’t seen her since 2008, I’d urge Sarah Palin’s family to get her to a neurologist. Her tweets and other public pronouncements are so utterly devoid of meaning that I might suspect a stroke or early-onset Alzheimer’s. However, we all know she’s just a very dumb person trying to sound like a smart person without actually knowing what a smart person sounds like.

    Reading the letters to the editor, especially in the Daily Fishwrap, has been an education over the past few months. It’s amazing how the arguments sound exactly like what various talk-radio hosts (and Republican politicians) said about Obamacare a few days earlier. I haven’t yet read about mandated sterilization (‽), but I can feel it coming soon.

    My own preference, as I’ve said before, is for a healthcare system much like the French have: generous basic benefits paid for by taxes, with the option to pay for private insurance to add goodies like private hospital rooms (hospitals are either public or private) or coverage for more expensive eyewear (and most French citizens buy supplemental health insurance). Healthcare providers have solus or group practices (they’re state employees in the UK, by contrast), and have known reimbursements for specific services. Everyone likes the system, including the insurance companies, which make out just fine selling supplemental policies. The idea that patients should have to navigate the deliberately opaque and Byzantine procedures demanded by insurance companies, and that providers should have to have one member of their office staffs whose job it is to make sure that insurance claims forms (which are wildly different for each insurance company) are filled out correctly, is madness. Perhaps if I live long enough, I will see the Affordable Care Act morph into something like the French system.

    Every so often, Jon Stewart has a brain-fart. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that’s what seems to have happened in his interview with Kathleen Sibelius. As for her response, I’m not sure she was expecting a torrent of batshittery and got caught off guard. The alternative is to come across as defensive and robotic, which looks even worse on television. Rock, meet hard place. (That said, yeah, she should have done a beter job.)

    Michele Bachmann makes Sarah Palin sound brilliant.

    Julian Assange wrote a letter to Benedict Cumberbatch? That could be comedy gold.

    Bob, congratulations to you and best wishes to Joy. May the two of you grow old together.


  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Glad that you guys addressed that horrible Jon Stewart segment.
    Normally Stewart clarifies issues and puts current events into context, but not on the Kathleen Sebelius interview. I have no idea what the hell he was thinking, but he did every average American a disservice by talking over his guest, confusing the individual mandate with small business obligations as well as bringing up a single payer system that we all know would never even have passed committee let alone the legislative branch.
    All Stewart did was feed the healthcare reform sabotage machine that has been cultivated by rightwing extremists whilst forgetting he hosts a comedy show.

    • feloniousgrammar

      Agreed. I don’t very much like him right now, but Colbert is much smarter and doesn’t pull punches so I don’t feel that this is any kind of loss. I simply cannot bear people who claim to be liberals but add fuel to the fire of the Republican/Libertarian effort to dis a strong safety net and sane policy for the public good. His behavior was contrarian. He spit in the eye of every person who finally gets to stop living in fear of a medical bill or untreated disease.