The Pro Life Republican Senator Responsible For Those So-Called “Death Panels”

So you know those advanced care planning consultationsdeath panels” in the health care bill Republicans are raising hell over? Well aside from being complete and utter bullshit there’s an even better twist in this story. The person who came up with the idea for these so called “death panels”  is none other than Republican PRO LIFE Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia. And get this, not only does Isakson stand by this provision in the health care bill, but he calls bullshit on republicans promoting this blatantly false lie in his recent interview with Ezra Klein:

Is this bill going to euthanize my grandmother? What are we talking about here?

In the health-care debate mark-up, one of the things I talked about was that the most money spent on anyone is spent usually in the last 60 days of life and that’s because an individual is not in a capacity to make decisions for themselves. So rather than getting into a situation where the government makes those decisions, if everyone had an end-of-life directive or what we call in Georgia “durable power of attorney,” you could instruct at a time of sound mind and body what you want to happen in an event where you were in difficult circumstances where you’re unable to make those decisions.

This has been an issue for 35 years. All 50 states now have either durable powers of attorney or end-of-life directives and it’s to protect children or a spouse from being put into a situation where they have to make a terrible decision as well as physicians from being put into a position where they have to practice defensive medicine because of the trial lawyers. It’s just better for an individual to be able to clearly delineate what they want done in various sets of circumstances at the end of their life.

How did this become a question of euthanasia?

I have no idea. I understand — and you have to check this out — I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin’s web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts. You’re putting the authority in the individual rather than the government. I don’t know how that got so mixed up.

Palin Family Values: Bristol and Levi End Engagement

Is anyone really surprised that Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, and her “baby’s daddy” Levi are breaking up ? It was fairly obvious that their engagement was nothing more than political posturing to “justify” Bristol’s pregnancy to republican voters.

But as Dana Goldstein points out, having an unmarried married daughter with a baby strikes a real blow to Sarah Palin’s “family values” credibility in 2012.  Though, I’m not sure that a party of adulterers and gay sex John’s, who forced a 17 year old to get engaged for purely political reasons, can still call themselves the party of family values.

Keeping My Money Doesn’t Count As Keeping Your Own

One of the biggest myths Republicans like to propagate is that the government takes too much of “their money”. Thus their talking point claims that “Democrats” won’t let you keep your own money. However, Gail Collins nails the hypocrisy inherent within this statement:

Louisiana has gotten $130 billion in post-Katrina aid. How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New York send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.

As much as Republicans like to talk about “keeping their own money” they’re more than willing to suck up federal dollars which originate from the paychecks of taxpayers in other states.

Speaking of hypocrisy, how can Bobby Jindal, the governor of a state ravished by natural disasters complain about funding to natural disaster research.

My Thoughts: Caroline Kennedy

1. The more Caroline Kennedy campaigns for Gov Patterson’s senate appointment, IE the more she acts like a typical politician, the more I dislike the idea of her becoming the next Senator from New York.

2. People running for office should have some relevant experience, preferably political experience. Endorsing the “cool choice” for President doesn’t count. Writing books, also doesn’t count.

3. Govenor Patterson should appoint me to fill Hillary’s open senate seat. I have far more political experience than Caroline. I’ve been involved with and won more political campaigns than Caroline, as a staffer, and I also have a built in constituency. (African Americans.) Plus, as we all learned from this year’s election, if you don’t vote for the black guy you’re a racist. Just kidding…mostly.

4. A Follow up to #3. Two words: Race Card…never leave home without it.

5. Obama supporters calling for the Kennedy appointment should be forced to wear T-shirts that say ” I voted against Hillary during the primary ELECTION because of the faint possibility of a dynasty. However, I fully support expanding the Kennedy Dynasty, one of the biggest and most aristrocratic dynasties in American history, by APPOINTING Caroline Kennedy as senator of New York.”

6. Its bad enough when people are appointed to high ranking positions because they’re rich and famous. But its even worse when they were given that rich and fame.

7. Caroline works with disadvantaged poor children who are born into this world with a huge disadvantage socially, economically, and politically. Appointing Caroline would send them a great message that money, power, and family connections are irrelevant. The odds aren’t stacked against you. As long as you’re determined and work hard you can be anything you want…except a US Senator of course.

8. There’s definetely some truth to the statement Caroline Kennedy < Sarah Palin.

9. Andrew Cuomo = name recognition + political experience.

10. If we want name recognition, money, and celebrity appoint Bill Gates. He has experience with important political issues (education, technology, poverty, international human rights) , he’s taken an active and aggressive hands on approach to helping those in need, and his knowledge of tech issues would be a huge benefit to the American technology sector. Plus, I’m sure he has a house somewhere in New York.