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A common complaint I hear from people who want the FCC to regulate the internet is that their ISP has no competition. Well, I found a chart from the FCC that actually shows how much ISP competition there is across the United States:…

We can draw 4 very interesting conclusions from this map:

1.) A lack of ISP competition is not an issue for the vast majority of Americans.

2.) There is less ISP competition in very rural areas (duh- If you're moving away from civilization, you're moving away from civilization).

3.) There is less ISP competition in heavily regulated, Democrat-dominant regions (the coasts of California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, etc.).

4.) Up to 7 or more ISPs are competing for customers in most of the regions not afflicted by point #2 or #3 (and sometimes #2 is not a problem).

This means that the "not enough competition" excuse is really a local government problem- most likely from over-regulation. This is not a national issue at all. So why not stop trying to convince the FCC to nationalize the regulation problem, and start telling Mayor Bill de Blasio to get off the backs of all the competitors?
Ezra Klein has declared the events surrounding Jonathan Gruber "Obamacaregate."…

Why? Because in Ezra's own words, Gruber's statements confirm everything that Obamacare opponents already knew about the bill: "it's an unconstitutional law jammed through Congress on false pretenses by elitist technocrats who dismiss the intelligence of the American people."

For those who haven't been following this particular chain of events, the controversy has two parts (that Klein explains):

1.) Jonathan Gruber, lead architect of Obamacare, declared in front of an audience of technocrats that Obamacare's crucial subsidies cannot be implemented in the 36 states that refused to build an exchange. This directly supports the plaintiffs' arguments in the legal case, King v. Burwell, and would crush Obamacare in Republican states.

2.) Jonathan Gruber, lead architect of Obamacare, declared (on video) in front of audiences of Obamacare supporters, on at least 5 different occasions, that Americans are idiots that need to be tricked into supporting Obamacare through deceitful messaging like children who don't want to eat their veggies.

What's remarkable about this article is that Ezra Klein, who made his career by blogging in support of Obamacare, is still trying to play defense, even as he presents all these damning facts to his readers. He is a true believer who still just can't figure out why Gruber's speeches in front of supporters and messaging campaign in front of all us ignorant rubes seem to contradict each other. Klein still wants to believe that Gruber's messaging campaign is the transparent truth, while his comments to insiders don't really represent what he believes. Klein doesn't want to admit that he's been taken for a ride, and is willing to bizarrely suggest that Gruber was just acting stupidly when he said those things (repeatedly).

Of course, Klein's explanation, like those of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama is just an absurd attempt to sever Obamacare's architect to save the rest of it. Staying in this metaphor, you can cut off a limb to save the body, but it doesn't really work when the problem is in the head.

Still, we've been able to make a clear argument that Obamacare was "an unconstitutional law jammed through Congress on false pretenses by elitist technocrats who dismiss the intelligence of the American people" since long before Gruber's comments came out. From Pelosi's declaration that "you have to pass the bill to find out what is in it," to Obama's Lie of the Year that "If you like your plan/doctor/insurance, you can keep it. Nobody's going to take that away," the contempt that the leaders who created this bill have for our intelligence and for our right to personal choice has been clear from the start. And when Americans started to realize that they had been fooled, Obama's response was to declare the need for "more messaging" (i.e. lie harder). This strategy successfully fooled enough gullible people to temporarily boost his approval ratings and get him reelected in 2012.

Well, on the plus side, we are finally past the point where Obamacare's supporters can just ignore all these inconvenient facts, as Ezra Klein has done for years. But many true believers are still on the defensive. How long will it take them to come to terms with the fact that they were fooled? Are we nearing the point where enough people realize that Obamacare is a mistake that we can finally talk about how to get rid of it and undo the damage done by health care regulation?
3 months ago I was diagnosed with a crippling, incurable autoimmune disease. It has been weighing me down for at least a year and a half, but it really knocked me on my ass starting about 5 months ago. I can hardly walk. I was blind for about a month over the summer. I discovered last night that my wrists are now affected, because when I was trying to comfort my wife about our future together, I couldn't extend my wrist at a far enough angle to to put my palm on her cheek. I'm only 25 years old, but I'm just as bad off as a rheumatic 85 year old.

There are treatments for this disease, but the process is SLOW. The diagnostic process was slow. The medical establishment is slow. The treatment trials are slow. This is right around the 1-year anniversary of when I first called the doctor about chest pain- my first symptom that I couldn't just write off as a muscle ache, or laziness. I finally started my first real treatment trial 2 months ago, but the treatment is now failing, and I've become disabled again. I need to try another treatment, but they won't let me do that until I have another test done, which they scheduled at the earliest possible opportunity nearly a month from now. That means an entire month of constant torture, little physical capability, and crushing mental fatigue. I'm also terrified I might go blind again.

I feel trapped in my own body. I'm too young for this shit. I don't have the savings to take a medical leave from my job, and even if I could, that might get my wife's green card application denied, and she wouldn't be here to help take care of me anymore.

And the worst part is, there's nothing anyone can do about any of this. All I can do for the next month is complain and suffer and bite leather to get me through each day while I still try to get computer work done. My PhD clock is still ticking.

In mid-December, I will get to choose between a very effective treatment that will probably cause long-term organ damage and shorten my life, or another treatment that's safer, but has a higher chance of failing. Then it will take another 3 months to determine if that treatment is working. If not, wash, rinse, repeat.

So yeah. Life sucks. Some lives suck more than others. Appreciate what you have, seize the day, and use your time wisely, because you might wake up one day and realize you're halfway down the path to becoming Stephen Hawking.…

First point of bipartisan agreement in the new Congress: Obama sucks!

But seriously, I sense a potential deal here. Republicans want Obama gone for obvious reasons. But Democrats also have several good reasons to get rid of Obama:

1.) He's a lightning rod. Give the Republicans their win against Obama, and the symbol of their hatred is gone. Let the bipartisan healing begin.

2.) He's a crappy negotiator. Perhaps Jackass Joe Biden might achieve better results as a leader?

3.) Who are you more sick of? Obama? Or Hillary? Take down Obama before 2016, and you kill two birds with one stone. Joe Biden would take the reigns of the Democratic Party and become the next logical nominee, pushing Hillary out of the spotlight she loves way too much.

So what do you think? Would a bipartisan deal to impeach Obama be possible?
Even if you hate all of your options, don't let that stop you from voting! You can still make a statement by using the write-in field to vote "No." 

Candidates that win the election without winning a majority of votes do not have a mandate to lead. They will get harangued by the media and lose further support if this happens. Plus, "No" is something we can all agree on for some contests on the ballot. If we put aside our differences and come together under the "No" vote, it may one day become an institutionalized option. 

 So, remember: Vote early, vote often, vote No!
Other deviants on the politics forum can get 300 comments on their posts after a week if their thread is particularly controversial. I get 300 comments overnight. :iconnorrisplz:


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TBSchemer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
When you're being a contrarian on every little thing, it's a waste of my time to respond to everything.
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