Skip to comments.GOP’s latest shutdown scheme “disgusting,” Ellison tells Salon
Posted on 10/02/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
In an interview with Salon late Tuesday, congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minn., co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, slammed as disgusting the GOPs plan of passing these piecemeal things protecting certain high-profile programs while allowing the government shutdown to continue.
It reminds me of that time we voted [that] people who fly every day, they get to skip the sequester, but kids on Headstart dont, Ellison said. Its wrong. So Republicans are right now calculating, you know, which shutdown elements are going to give bad press they want to try to trick the press into thinking that this is a Democrat and Republican thing.
Ellison suggested that the media so far havent done their job in covering extortion by Republicans in Congress. One of the problems, he told Salon, is that some folks whose job it is to tell the public whats going on, you know, they just sort of repeat what one side says and repeat what the other side says, and say, Well, its both of them. Well, its not actually both.
Such coverage, charged Ellison, obscures the truth, that this thing is brought on by one side. The congressman said he didnt hear anybody really talking about the massive concession Obama made by working with the Republican number of $986 billion per year in spending, rather than the proper number we should be working with, $1,058 billion.
Ellison argued the media should make more clear that Republicans wouldnt be placated unless Democrats accede to their demand to delay, defund, destroy Obamacare. He added, Theres no way thats going to happen.
The CPC leader argued that Republicans were resorting to extreme tactics against the ACA because they know this is their last chance. Because once people start getting on these exchanges, start buying affordable healthcare they know theyll never get this away from people. Ellison suggested a historical precedent: Even though Republicans in the 1960s were pretty vocal opponents of Medicare, now they act like theyre the guardians of it.
Ellison told Salon that the ACAs passage makes it more likely, to achieve a single-payer healthcare system in the future something he and some colleagues would see as an improvement because the ACA will lift peoples sights that things can be better than they are. He suggested that the U.S. will never have a single-payer system until Americans want one, and that, as in Canada, the road to such a system would involve state or local models first. If you have one state that goes single-payer, said Ellison, they are going to have a cost advantage on their neighboring states.
Ellison emphasized that he saw passing Obamacare not as incrementalism toward single-payer, but as about the difference between bad and not as bad. Under the ACA, he told Salon, we will not have people literally dying because they reached their annual or lifetime limits.
I know Republicans like to say, Oh, well this is just a step toward socialized medicine, said Ellison. Well, you know, I dont think socialized medicine is a bad thing. Because I dont think socialized firefighting is a bad thing. Socialized police is not a bad thing. Socialized public education is not a bad thing. So Im not afraid of that word.
Compared to the 2011 debt ceiling showdown, said Ellison, I think the president is getting less patient with the games [Republicans] want to play, and I think thats actually a good thing
If you accede to their demands, they see that as weakness, and see theres a chance to get more out of you.
I think Muslims are disgusting along with their religion from the dark ages. GTFO, Ellison.
Totalitarians latest socialist scheme worse than disgusting.
Oh this is priceless - a Muslim spreading Taqqiyah to a bunch of liars.
A mooslum, terrorist pig telling us we’re disgusting. Man, am I insulted. s/
I find Ellison disgusting because he is a black muslim.
doesn’t this dork have a rock he has to pray to right now?
Ellison is an evil troll in many ways...
Normally appropriation bills fund specific things. Omnibus spending bills and continuing resolutions are the “new normal” - especially since the clown show coup in 2008.
Who gives a damn what Ellison (D-Muslim Brotherhood) says?
What is disgusting is having a Black Muslim in the Congress.
A hateful racist who joined the religion of Satan.
Jihad on the Republicans, eh Keith?
If Ellison hates it, it must be right for the USA.
That quisling Ellison is not in prison or in the chair is disgusting.
Just pass the funding bill without funding for Obamacare. Problem solved. Then you can debate funding Obamacare. Why are they afraid of doing just that ?
Ellison should just go somewhere and blow himself up...
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