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UNITED STATES (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Tea Party loyalists fled the United States in the early morning hours today, seeking what one of them called “the American dream of liberty from health care.”

Harland Dorrinson, 47, a tire salesman from Lexington, Kentucky, packed up his family and whatever belongings he could fit into his Chevy Suburban just hours before the health-insurance exchanges opened, joining the Tea Party’s Freedom Caravan with one goal in mind: escape from Obamacare.

“My father didn’t have health care and neither did my father’s father before him,” he said. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my children have it.”

But after driving over ten hours to the Canadian border, Mr. Dorrinson was dismayed to learn that America’s northern neighbor had been in the iron grip of health care for decades.

“The border guard was so calm when he told me, as if it was the most normal thing in the world,” he said. “It’s like he was brainwashed by health care.”

Turning away from Canada, Mr. Dorrinson joined a procession of Tea Party cars heading south to Mexico, noting, “They may have Photo2drug cartels and narcoterrorism down there, but at least they’ve kept health care out.”

Mr. Dorrinson was halfway to the southern border before he heard through the Tea Party grapevine that Mexico, too, has public health care, as do Great Britain, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, Slovenia, and dozens of other countries to which he had considered fleeing.

Undaunted, Mr. Dorrinson said he had begun looking into additional countries, like Chad and North Korea, but he expressed astonishment at a world seemingly overrun by health care.

“It turns out that the United States is one of the last countries on earth to get it,” he said. “It makes me proud to be an American.”

To my conservative friends:  Please read this.  

If you’re one of those people who believe the Fox “News” lies about Obama care (you won’t be able to choose your own doctor, 1385280_10151710237981275_1054807465_nyou’ll have to wait months for care, it will increase government spending, Congress is exempt, and more), PLEASE turn off conservative television/radio and check out some actual facts.   CLICK HERE first….then check out the links below.  Please.  And stop spreading the lies…there are literally lives at stake here.

Myth #1: Congress Is “Exempt” From The Affordable Care Act

Myth #2: Premium Prices Will Increase Due To Health Care Law

Myth #3: The Affordable Care Act Includes Death Panels

Myth #4: Shutting Down Government Over Obamacare Funding Will Stop Health Care Law

Myth #5: The Affordable Care Act Is “Socialized Medicine” And A “Government Takeover” Of Health Care

Myth #6: People Will Be Able To Commit Subsidy Fraud On The Exchanges

Myth #7: Obamacare “Narrow Networks” Will Constrain Health Choices

Myth #8: The Affordable Care Act Is Bad For Women

Myth #9: The Affordable Care Act Covers Abortions

Myth #10: The Affordable Care Act Is A Job Killer

Myth #11: With Full Access To Medical Records, The IRS Will Discriminate Against Conservatives 

Myth #12: Navigators Will Abuse Private Information

Myth #13: Obamacare Mandates Doctors To Ask Patients About Sexual History 

Myth #14: The ACA’s Medicaid Expansion Will Force Doctors To Turn Away Patients 

Myth #15: The ACA Is To Blame For A Projected 30 Million People Who Will Remain Uninsured

 

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images-246I wonder how many people actually fully grasp what the Republicans in the House are doing right now and how they are seriously harming this country in their attempt to discredit the president and hold America hostage.  It’s shameful, and if you’re not pissed off, you’re not paying attention.

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First – a super-duper simple (I mean RIDICULOUSLY simple) explanation of some really boring concepts.  I’m leaving out lots of details…but here’s the gist.

Concept #1:  The national DEBT and the DEFICT are not the same thing.

The DEBT is how much we owe.  US government indebtedness has been the norm in our financial history for 200 years.  We have been in debt every single year of our existence, except for the year 1935.  Every president has added to the national debt.

The DEFICIT is the difference between what we spent versus what we took in, usually expressed per year.  One way of looking at it:  It’s how fast, or how much, the debt is growing.

Think of it like this:  Your credit card balance is your DEBT.  How much you put on your credit card this month (because your cartoon-boehner-liberty-hostageexpenses were more than your income) is, let’s say, your DEFICIT for the month.

Concept #2:  The BUDGET and the DEBT CEILING are not the same thing.

The BUDGET is passed by Congress every year.  The budget details projected tax collections and outlays and, therefore, the amount of borrowing the government will have to do in that fiscal year.

The DEBT CEILING neither increases or decreases the budget deficit.  The debt ceiling does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to borrow money.  Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay our obligations already incurred.  The decision to raise it is a formality.  It’s like the “decision” you make to pay your credit card bill.  The debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since March 1962 including 18 times under Ronald Reagan, eight times under Bill Clinton, seven times under George W. Bush, and three times under Obama.  If we don’t raise the debt ceiling (which takes a vote from Congress), we cannot pay our debts.  And if we don’t pay our debts…well, bad things happen.

Remember, if the debt ceiling is not raised, the federal government risks defaulting on some or all of the obligations it has already images-245incurred.  Defaulting on our debt does NOT make it go away.  Raising the debt ceiling has nothing whatsoever to do with new spending.  It simply allows the government to pay off debts it has already incurred.  To the contrary, it increases the interest rate on the debt.  A higher interest rate means the amount of the debt also increases, making it even more difficult to pay off.

Experts say that if we were to default today, it would be…well, bad.  One went so far as to call it a “financial Armageddon.”   We are finally recovering financially from the Bush years…defaulting on our debts could set us right back to 2008, or worse.

Next, some important FACTS:

  • Repeat after me:  Obama has cut the deficit and slowed spending to its lowest level in 50 years.
  • Last month (August, 2013) the United States debt did not grow by a single penny.
  • The deficit has been shrinking faster than at any time since WWII ended. 

pic 2However you spin it, Obama has been GOOD for our economy. 

OK, now we’re finally there:  What the bastards are doing.

It’s time for Congress to pass the budget.  If they don’t, the government shuts down, services will be cut and millions of federal employees will be left without paychecks.  They pass a budget every year – they have to.  It’s their job.  NEXT:  Soon it will be time for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.  If they don’t, as previously mentioned, bad, bad things will happen to our economy, and, of course, to people’s lives.

HOWEVER, the Tea Party faction of the Republican party is attempting to sneak legislation past the voters and blackmail Obama into swallowing their extreme positions.  The basic idea is this:  If you don’t give us what we want, we will crash the economy.     

The scheme:  The Republicans are threatening to refuse to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling unless Obama agrees to delay the health care individual mandate, approve the building of the Keystone pipeline, limit abortion, expand drilling, cut social services, and approve provisions favorable to Wall Street banks.

This is basically a list of things Republicans would like to do if they ran the government.  But (news flash!) they don’t run the government.  Instead, they are contending that it is a valid legislative strategy to use the leverage of the debt ceiling — which will cause an economic crisis if it is not increased — to demand their way on absolutely unrelated issues.

50ddcdebef148.preview-620The pretense that debt limit fights are about the public debt is over.

This blackmail/hostage-holding is unprecedented.  And dangerous.  And absolutely not in the interest of our country.

And here’s more bad news:  We’re going to be stuck in this nightmare at least until the 2014 elections, or perhaps beyond.

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