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"journalism" so bad it's funny

I stumbled across this piece saying how unpopular health care is. The piece is so obvious in its bias, it's hard to believe it's not a troll:

http://news.investors.com/article/607337/201204110938/obama-signature-healthcare-legislation-widely-disliked-by-americans.htm

The comments aren't much better. To wit:

obama is a illegal muslim piece of trash and a waste of oxygen. how has he not gotten impeached because of his fraud birth certificate.if he gets 4 more years, this country is doomed.</blockqoute>

I find it really and truly sad that some people actually think that way, and a bit scared for democracy. With elections won by a few percentage points, we really need to respect the leader even if we don't agree with the approach; otherwise at least 45% of the country will be effectively disenfranchised in any given term.

But really, I can't get past boggling over these comments. I don't get hoe people could think this way, or think that saying these things was going to convince anyone their side was right.

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labourslamp
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
At least it was under the editorial section of the paper.
celandineb
Apr. 12th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well... I respected the office of the president when Bush 2 occupied it, but I didn't respect him because he gave me no reason to. I didn't want Bush to be offed or anything (his VP would have been even worse, after all), but I think he did commit impeachment-worthy actions. And I certainly felt pretty disenfranchised, although that was due more to local and state realities than to the national political scene, and hasn't changed noticeably with Obama in the White House.

Also, interestingly, most of the time when people are polled on specific aspects of health care coverage, a majority are in favor of each. It's the overall package and label, with the falsities that have been attached to those, that they don't like.
dreamflower02
Apr. 12th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I don't know who they are asking in these polls-- they sure aren't asking ME!

Personally, I am happy that we were able to get ANY health care reform passed.

You know a thing that totally annoys me: the supposed reason that the states involved took this to court is the idea that gov't should not be allowed to force you to buy insurance.

If the Supreme Court throws the health care reform bill out on those grounds, then I would love to see people start suing the states over forcing people to buy car insurance...
labourslamp
Apr. 12th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
You don't have to drive if you don't want to. You're voluntarily participating in that market, which allows the government to regulate your individual behavior in it. There aren't any laws forcing people who don't drive to buy car insurance.

That's the difference--the way this law would be constitutional is if you can say, legally, that you're participating in a private market by virtue of simply existing.

Did you follow the Supreme Court debates on the matter? This is exactly what they were discussing.
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