Health care alternative?
I might be able to accept some alternative to Obamacare if I ever heard one. Despite all the never-ending opposition, I’ve never heard what Republicans want to do instead. Under the current system, most of my family would be rejected from a new policy different from the one we have due to pre-existing conditions. And I know that my taxes and insurance are higher because they go to offset all the uninsured who pay nothing at Brackenridge. At least Obamacare is a start to solving those problems. So go ahead and defund Obamacare if you can, but don’t do it unless you give us a better idea as to how to solve the serious problems in our current health care insurance system.
Cruz ruined Dr. Seuss
Sen. Ted Cruz scares me. Hearing Ted Cruz read “Green Eggs and Ham” will give me nightmares.
Learn from LBJ
Hey, Ted Cruz, thanks for wasting valuable taxpayer money reading out loud on the Senate floor your daughter’s bedtime story, that by the way has a message that you entirely missed. I am going to clarify the moral of this story for you: Give something a try before you adamantly claim to hate it. I need help with health insurance, and I want to see if this program works before I decide if it indeed is as horrible as you just professed for the last 21 hours. Next time, please read “Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” by Robert A. Caro. This will give real life examples of how another politician from Texas got his way, against his own party, to pass a politically unpopular bill. Perhaps you may have heard of it — it’s the Civil Rights Act. You behaved like a demanding, spoiled child, or as my 86-year-old mother would say: “Ted Cruz is such an ass.”
Air of civility in D.C.?
In 2008, during the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama said that he wanted to elevate the rhetorical tone in Washington and create an air of civility so that negotiations could be advanced in the nation’s interest. In recent days, President Obama and his Democratic supporters have called Republicans blackmailers, anarchists, terrorists, suicide bombers, liars, kidnappers, arsonists, extremists, aliens and lunatics. Now that we understand this new rhetorical tone, Republicans should retaliate by calling their opponents the most pejorative term imaginable: Democrats.
Gov. Rick Perry wants to make it more difficult for Texans to purchase a legal product that they want and need (health insurance) from private companies that want to sell it to us. Some conservatives are so determined to oppose anything that the president supports that they now find themselves standing in opposition of capitalism. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.
Farmers market a plus
What’s not to like about a permanent farmers market? I have visited many cities where each has a permanent farmers market opened on weekends, and it is always packed with eager shoppers. Austin is so progressive; what has taken it so long to get the move on this idea? It’s a “peach” of an idea.
Keep on top of Anderson
Re: Sept. 25 article, “Anderson quits bench amid Morton charges.”
As a Williamson County resident, I read with bemusement the story of state District Judge Ken Anderson’s skedaddling out of office, allegedly as part of a deal to avoid prosecution, civil and criminal, for locking away an innocent man for 25 years. I guess his “I can’t recall” defense didn’t sway Judge Louis Sturns, and his statute of limitations gambit failed to sway anyone, so it was time for that rat to abandon ship.
I want the American-Statesman to stay on the case, continuing their exemplary reporting, until it can be determined whether Anderson has any retirement money coming to him. His actions in this case have cost Wilco and Texas taxpayers millions of dollars, and if his quitting keeps him out of the pokey, he better not be getting one more dime of this taxpayer’s money. WalMart is always looking for greeters.
Re: Sept. 25 article, “Road extension near F1 track wins approval.”
Road plans near F1 track
Thank you, American-Statesman, for your thoughtful piece on Elroy/Kellam roads. You and Sarah Eckhardt are the only ones I see coming to our defense for the wasteful spending of a road leading into the Circuit of the Americas. This new section of Kellam Road does NOT help the people of Elroy or Precinct 4, nor does it fool us. It will not bring in big business. Just cars for the race track. And sales tax for the city of Austin, which we do not benefit from. Sadly, the Commissioners Court has turned into a court of big business. It’s lost sight of the people. The Travis County Commissioners Court has once again beaten down the people of Precinct 4 and kept us in our place. Which is a precinct of landfills, gravel pits, prisons, airport and a race track. Oh, and a expensive road that goes no where.
Three cheers for Ken
There are three reasons why I subscribe to the Austin American-Statesman:
1) Ken Herman
2) Ken Herman
3) And Ken Herman
Kudos to American-Statesman for finding this unique and entertaining talent. (Is there any truth to the rumor that he’s another cleanshaven Robertson brother?)