This was big news in the US so even though we’re in Canada you probably heard about it. Anyway the Supreme Court of the US for some reason ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s court case which basically said that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional because it goes against the owner’s religious beliefs. That’s great, now corporations are being granted a right that was previously restricted to individuals and while the majority decision tried to play down the ruling as being limited, we’re starting to see the religious nuts come out of the wood work. I mean I can almost empathize with not wanting to provide contraception because it goes against your belief thing but this next part is even worse.
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action.
Source: The Atlantic
Now some religious leaders are coming out and asking the Obama administration to give religious exemptions to LGBT anti discrimination, so now the door to outright discrimination has been opened… The LGBT community is an easy target, so what about a white business owner who doesn’t want to hire minorities because it’s against their interpretation of whatever religion they belong to, is that right?
Going back to the the health mandate too, is a Jehovah’s Witness employer now allowed to refuse to pay for hospital work that includes blood transfusions? How about a Scientologist, who refuses to pay for psychiatric care? This first exception opens the floodgates to other possible upcoming exceptions from the mandate, what if one break away sect says health care altogether is against their beliefs, also does this mean other basic human rights are to be granted to companies?
The world is going down the shitter thanks to the US and it gets worse and worse everyday… The rest of the world is looking at the crazys there and can’t understand why this once great country is letting itself fall apart, turning its back on education, science and basic human decency and instead moving back towards to iron age fairy tales. If someone wants to believe in god that’s one thing, don’t let those retarded beliefs trample on the rights of others.
And we now have a Liberal majority government so now they have free reign for the next 4 years or so. Last night when I was voting, I couldn’t bring my self to select the Liberal candidate but she won anyway. That’s fine though I did my civic duty and voted, my candidate didn’t win but I did my part to try and punish them for stupid past transgressions.
Funny many of my “gun” friends were surprised I was even thinking about voting Liberal but as I told them, I’m not a single issue voter. Frankly I was surprised how poorly Tim Hudak ran his campaign; to come out swinging saying he’d get rid of 100k public employees was plain stupid and his campaign manager who thought it’d be ok should never work in politics again. There were so many issues the PCs could have focused on but instead screwed it all up.
Tough choices will have to be made by the provincial government, let’s see what the future brings…
If you’re from Ontario Canada you no doubt noticed there’s a provincial election going on and for the first time in a long time, I’m not sure who to vote for. I’m generally a Liberal supporter as their social and fiscal policies align with my own but frankly I’m not happy with how they’ve performed in the last few year. They squandered a lot of tax payer money for partisan gains along with a lot of other stupid moves but lol the other candidates to me are not a better choice.
The PCs are the only other party that may win power and like their federal cousin’s, they’ve taken a sharp right on fiscal matters. I absolutely hate the notion that cutting business and taxes will be enough to stimulate the economy, supply side economics does not work!!! In order for the economy to grow, you need consumer demand! I mean think about it for a second, if you’re a business owner are you going to hire more people simply because the government taxes you less? No that’s profit in your pocket, you only hire when you don’t have enough employees to keep up with demand.
It’s not a hard concept but supply side economics (aka Reganomics, trickle down theory) has somehow become fiscal policy orthodoxy in the Western world for some reason and look what it has brought us. I mean taxes in both Canada & the US are lower than they were in the 1980s, with that line of thinking we should be swimming in jobs…
Sigh who to choose, who to choose and picking the lesser of two evils sucks…
If you need any evidence that the US is moving backwards here it is…
Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies.
“I don’t think the function of public education is to prepare students for the turn of the 19th century,” said Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education.
It’s scary how the rise of the religious fundamentalists are ruining the country and no one dares stand up for what is right… The government should have every right to set a standard on what to teach the kids and I certainly feel a lot of sympathy for the children who are taught this mumbo jumbo. When they reach the real world, they’ll be totally useless as they don’t have the proper educational foundation for the 21st century.
I’ve always said the evangelical movement is much smarter than the jihadists, violence gets you a lot of attention fast but if you truly want to change the system, you need to do it politically… And that’s why the evangelical movement is even more dangerous, they’ve infected the western world with its bull shit.
Oh and if you want another laugh, creationists feel they should get equal time on the show Cosmos…
Yeah no, as Dr. Tyson said science is true whether you believe it or not and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. There is none on the god side and if you still believe, then you’re simply irrational.
As an outsider looking at the United States, the country looks absolutely insane. Let’s skip the religious nuts and politics this time around and let’s talk about wealth inequity… Anyone who knows me knows I hate capitalism, the pursuit of “money” over the rape and pillage of the planet’s finite resources is crazy but to have a system that skewed towards the rich is worse. I mean I understand that life is not fair, however shouldn’t the system that we all live under be as fair and equal as possible?
Anyway I saw this video and thought it was worth sharing because it highlights a huge problem in America.
Now of course Americans are the first to defend their system along with the usual BS about being the best country in the world blah, blah, blah and it’s sad because the US could be so much more… It could be the society we all strive to be and live in, instead it’s rotting from the inside and everyone is happy to go along for the ride.
Reminds me of the fake tea party, sure grass root conservatives may be upset but the tea party is not the way to vent their frustration as it was set up and run by a few conservative billionaires who are using these groups to push their own agendas. You’re free to differ all you want but if you follow the money it all leads to the same place…
Thanks to Neil for passing this nugget over it’s pretty hilarious.
What do you think? I like my socialized medicine but then again I guess I’m bias since I reside in Canada. As an outsider observing the US government, it looks like the Republican party has completely lost its mind… I guess that’s what they deserve for welcoming the tea party with open arms, now the extremists are willing to bring ruin to the US and world economy.
If you frequent my blog you’ll know that I’m a Liberal party supporter, yeah they’re not perfect by any means but of the political parties in Canada I identify myself with them most. I certainly do hate the current brand of Conservative politics as they mirror the same mud slinging crap that the Republicans specailize in… Anyway in response to attacks to his character, Justin Trudeau has released this video which I think is a great counter.
I wish politicians would tell how they would make my life and this country better than to tell me how bad the other guy is. Negative advertising works but I find it spoils everything in the long run. Let’s hope Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals maintains the high ground and doesn’t get dragged into the crap as that’s the CPC’s specialty.
If you read my blog enough, you’ll know that I love politics and even though as a Canadian I have no say in what the Americans do, I find their political system fascinating but freakishly scary. I don’t believe I’ve commented or at least not much on the 2012 presidential elections because frankly I knew President Obama would win again but with that said, it’s remarkable that a man like Mitt Romney who stands for nothing even had a chance!
The rest of the world was definitely thinking that Americans are nuts if they feel that Romney and the rest of the GOP are good alternatives, I mean handing the keys back to the group that created the mess the world is in, yeah that’s a good idea… Lower taxes and deregulation does not directly lead to economic growth and the trickle down effect is a total lie. You figure Americans would figure that out by now but I guess if you repeat a lie enough, people start to believe it…
Anyway I hope the President has an easier time pushing through his policies though the next two years will be difficult as the Democratic party doesn’t have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and the GOP holds the House. Let’s see what the future brings, hopefully some sanity for the world’s sake prevails.
So today the Supreme Court of the US ruled in favor of President Obama and stated that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats and a stinging setback for Republican opponents of the most sweeping overhaul of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system in about a half century.
They did strike down one portion that said the Federal government can’t withhold funds from the States if they don’t expand Medicaid, but overall it was a big win for Obama. Too bad they didn’t go father back in 2010 and institute the public option but in any case, it’s still a big improvement from the ridiculous system they had in place previously.
As expected the Republicans are up in arms about it and I rather like what Senator Rand Paul said…
“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional,” the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. “While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right.”
Um actually it does mean it’s constitutional, that’s what the Supreme Court of the US said and it’s the law. Only way it’s not constitutional is if the top court in the US decides at a later date that it’s not loser. Are you like me and tired of hearing Republicans talk about “the best health care system in the world”, yes the American system does offer the best treatments if you’re rich but if you’re a working stiff or worse, poor then it sucks balls badly compared to other developed countries.
I’ve already posted many times about how the US is worse than many other countries but feel like posting this video again because it’s still relevant.
For profit health care sucks, there’s absolutely no incentive for the pharmaceutical industry to cure anyone because then they lose patients… The US system is designed to keep everyone sick and on drugs so everyone in the health care system can make money. You also hear the Repulicans talk about repeal and replace, they all scream about the first but have absolutely no idea how to do the second. When pushed, the typical Republican response is super vague and talks about a bipartisan (the Democrats did try to get them involved but they wanted no part of it) deal. What exactly would you do? Wish for health care access to improve? Let the free market fix itself, yeah it’s done a great job so far and in the financial sector too… What a bunch of BS!
Finally I want to close with this retarded link (some are sarcasm but others are legit) which shows Americans on Twitter saying they’re going to leave the US and move to Canada due to the ruling. LOL I guess those dumbasses don’t know we have universal health care up here and pay a lot more in taxes…
Funny funny stuff, one side is trying to move the country forward while the other side is pulling back, wanting to go back to the stone ages… It’s also pretty sad that I probably know more about the ACA than the average American.
Yes I’m a Canadian but US politics is just so much more interesting than the stuff we see, that and whatever happens down there affects the rest of the world too unfortunately. I stumbled upon this and found it quite fascinating to read.
Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten – how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats’ health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats’ rank capitulation to corporate interests – no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.
But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.
To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.
Source: truthout: Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
I copied and pasted a bit more than I usually do but I found it fascinating. The article is from last year but still relevant considering today’s policitlca climate in the US. I definitely fall under the “liberal” spectrum in the US but then again President Obama would be considered a Conservative in my country. Socially I’m definitely left leaning, I’m pro gay marriage, pro choice, pro environment but fiscally I’m pretty conservative. Still listening to the Republican party preach fiscal responsibility is pretty ridiculous, yes Clinton started the housing deregulation but it was the GOP that took it and ran off the damn financial cliff!
The rise of the tea party just boggles the mind too, the good ole US of A is the only developed country in the world without universal health care… I know Americans love to tell everyone that they have the best health care in the world blah blah blah and my usual counter is simple. The US scores very poorly compared to other developed countries in cost/care ratio, infant mortality rate and life expectancy. I’m relatively young and healthy, I don’t need health care now but I’m glad my taxes support a system that won’t bankrupt me should I get sick.
As I watch the US train wreck, it scares the heck out of me seeing as Canada is going down the same route… Got to give the GOP credit though, they know how to play the game of politics much better than the left.