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I can only assume that 60,000 former AARP members are fucking idiots

Fucking. Idiots. AARP losing tens of thousands of members over support for health care overhaul -- chicagotribune.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 60,000 senior citizens have quit AARP since July 1 due to the group's support for a health care overhaul, a spokesman for the organization said Monday. The membership loss suggests dissatisfaction on the part of AARP members at a time when many senior citizens are concerned about proposed cuts to Medicare providers to help pay for making health care available for all. But spokesman Drew Nannis said it wasn't unusual for the powerful, 40 million-strong senior citizens' lobby to shed members in droves when it's advocating on a controversial issue. AARP is strongly backing a health care overhaul, running ads to support it and hosting President Barack Obama at an online forum recently to promote his agenda to AARP members. However, the group has not endorsed a specific bill and says it won't support a plan that reduces Medicare.
I'm joining the minute I turn 55.

August 17, 2009

On Barack Obama and whether or not it is his fault

Thanks, ** Jack **. Yes, it is hilarious. AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: The tale of Arack Boama and the shiny new car
... Of course the White House is talking about dropping the public option. As Nate points out, it increasingly seems that not enough Senators are willing to vote for it. The question, of course, is why aren't enough Senators willing to vote for it? The answer, as Nate points out, is because the White House failed to lead on the health care issue and now the issue is a big fat mess. Perhaps an allegory might help.
Chapter 1: Arack takes you for a ride. It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the world is your oyster. Everything is going great in your life, and in fact, you're happier than you've been in eight years. Your new friend Arack Boama calls and invites you to take a ride in his big fancy new car. Things quickly go bad as, for some reason, while approaching a busy intersection, your friend Arack thinks it would be a good idea to close his eyes and try to navigate the intersection blind. Inevitably, your car crashes and you're all badly injured. The doctors tell you that they have to amputate both your legs, lest the gangrene that has set in kill you. You're understandably quite upset, not the least of which with your friend Arack. Arack, confused, looks at you and says: Hey, don't blame me - the experts all agree that losing your legs is the only way to save you.
And he's right. It is the wise, necessary, and inevitable choice. But let's not forget how you got into this mess in the first place. Stay tuned for more upcoming chapters in the story of Arack and his new car....
Chapter 2: Arack invites his gay friends to take a ride in his new car. (Actually, this was the foreword to the book.) Chapter 3: Arack invita a sus nuevos amigos latinos a dar una vuelta en su coche. Chapter 4: Arack is surprised when nobody wants to ride in his car any more.