My boss isn’t too cheap for a boss. He put on a decent Christmas party lunch and gave a Bonus, which in this economy is saying something. LA has had some serious weather last couple of days. The wind blew a couple of trees down on the freeway. In LA that is about it. We could have had some rain but the weather gods went easy on us, we got dust.
My girlfriend and I are back together, that is something. Just in time for Christmas. I spent more than I should but at least I didn’t have to go into debt worse than I already am.
What about politics? Obama is riding high. He got that health care bill through Congress, a near miracle considering how many interest groups have a strangle hold on the wallets of the members. We could really use publicly funded elections. If politicians could focus on policy and not have to spend 50% plus of their time raising money, perhaps we would have some policies that are worthy of the American people. Perhaps Congress could become a part time job. Just think about it. If the media was forced to give up some of the public air waves for the public interest and anyone who could get oh lets say signatures of 5% of the electorate of their district, then they get public funding no matter what party you represent, then we might get a real spread of interesting people running for office.
So what chance do we have of getting election reform? Do you know of any reform bills that have a snowballs chance in hell?
What about Afghanistan and the new war of choice, Yemen? Yemen in case you forgot is that country tucked in the south west corner of the Arabian peninsula. It butts up to Saudi Arabia and it is across the Red Sea from Somalia. For a while it was a Peoples Republic based in Aden one of the old ports on the route to the East Indies that has been a major trading port for centuries. It is also where the USS Cole was blown up by Al Qaeda the year before 9-11. Yemen is probably about to become the next locus for American boots on the ground. It will provide a nice jumping off point for another invasion of Somalia and it is on the other end of the Red Sea from the Suez Canal. But what will happen? Obama knows. But we all know that the Military Industrial complex needs a war, like an addict needs a fix and Obama has set a time limit for Afghanistan. So perhaps Yemen, perhaps Pakistan, or some yet to be designated point in Africa. Obama wants to do something for his ancestral homeland and what better than a few brigades of Marines and Air Calvary?
I got more than a couple of comments on my Campaign for Airhead Palin for President. Now anyone who knows me might know that I really don’t want her for President, but I do think she is pretty representative of the viewpoints of many middle American white people.
Think of is as a warning of things to come if we don’t get our acts together and promote some truly progresive values and legislation. Some of my Anarchist friends might think I am becoming too much of a liberal or a communist and they might be right. I certainly am in favor of national health care that is a single payer plan, I am in favor of a strong government with real participation from the grass roots. The problem is what is the real American grass roots? Are they Tea Party types or are they radical environmentalists? Are they vegetarians or meat eating, gun toting Rush Limbaugh fans? I would say neither but, then I don’t think it is to far of a stretch to say that there might be more Limbaugh fans than Olbermann fans. But then I have not seen the numbers.
Here are some numbers. Cable News Ratings for Dec. 22 2009.
5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Glenn Beck – 1,660,000 viewers (419,000) (813,000)
Situation Room—562,000 viewers (137,000) (194,000)
Hardball w/ Chris Matthews—487,000 viewers (58,000) (233,000)
Fast Money—276,000 viewers (62,000) (119,000)
Prime News —232,000 viewers (127,000) (156,000)
6PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Special Report with Bret Baier – 1,982,000 viewers (395,000) (868,000)
Situation Room—437,000 viewers (123,000) (187,000)
Ed Show—440,000 viewers (75,000) (237,000)
Mad Money —201,000 viewers (64,000) (107,000)
Prime News – 280,000 viewers (117,000) (192,000)
7PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The Fox Report – 1,808,000 viewers (428,000) (761,000)
CNN Tonight – 589,000 (106,000) (219,000)
Hardball w/ Chris Matthews – 485,000 (80,000) (250,000)
Kudlow Report — 156,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 35,000) (69,000)
Issues– 467,000 viewers (150,000) (256,000)
8PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The O’Reilly Factor – 2,497,000 viewers (626,000) (1,134,000)
Campbell Brown – 461,000 viewers (124,000) (163,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 785,000 viewers (187,000) (381,000)
Big Mac: Inside McDonalds – 172,000 viewers (85,000) (72,000)
Nancy Grace – 782,000 viewers (221,000) (358,000)
9 PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Hannity – 1,834,000 viewers (496,000) (879,000)
Larry King Live —790,000 viewers (169,000) (283,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —750,000 viewers (185,000) (392,000)
BIO: Dave Thomas— 259,000 viewers (113,000) (141,000)
Joy Behar- 580,000 viewers (120,000) (232,000)
10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
On The Record w/ Greta —1,814,000 viewers (535,000) (907,000)
Anderson Cooper 360 — 606,000 viewers (154,000) (244,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 426,000 (134,000) (235,000)
NewBos: Black Overclass — 129,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 37,000) (59,000)
Nancy Grace –440,000 viewers (151,000) (194,000)
11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The O’Reilly Factor —1,150,000 viewers (399,000) (682,000)
Anderson Cooper 360 — 358,000 viewers (124,000) (186,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —356,000 viewers (117,000) (234,000)
Mad Money – a scratch w/ 46,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 20,000) (a scratch w/ 31,000)
Showbiz Tonight– 387,000 viewers (185,000) (218,000)
Categorized | Cable News Ratings
O’Reilly vs. Olbermann TV Ratings Through Thursday, September 24
Posted on 25 September 2009 by Bill Gorman
Long Term Trend of O’Reilly vs. Olbermann TV Ratings:
This is a graph that generally shows O’Reilly as being more popular than Olbermann. I am not a fan of Fox but it seems to be generally more popular at least among Nielson households.
I also heard today on NPR that the USA is turning against the health reform bill.
This is an Associated Press Poll from November in the San Angelo Texas Times.
“HEALTH CARE REFORM: Poll: Overhaul key to fixing economy
ALAN FRAM Associated Press
Posted December 23, 2009 at 7:56 p.m.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — WASHINGTON — The public’s views on health care have stayed largely steady this year, despite dramatic swings in the political battle over President Barack Obama’s drive to revamp the nation’s medical system, a survey says.
Overall, 82 percent say an overhaul of the nation’s health care system is important for recharging the economy, according to an average of monthly polls conducted since April by the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The most recent survey, covering November, found that 77 percent agree with that connection.
Personal concerns have remained fairly constant as well. About one in four people worry they might lose their health coverage in the next year, while almost half say they are concerned they might not be able to afford care for themselves or a relative.
“Peoples’ health care concerns are most affected by their personal circumstances, and not as much by what’s going on in Washington,” said Brian Quinn, a researcher with the foundation, which generally supports the goals of a health overhaul.
Reshaping the nation’s health system has been Obama’s top domestic priority this year, but it has run into near-unanimous Republican opposition and an expensive lobbying war involving health care providers, business, labor and other groups.
After months of maneuvering, Senate Democrats have won the backing from lawmakers they will need to push the health package through the chamber this week. Passage is expected to be unanimously opposed by the Senate’s 40 Republicans.
The House approved its version of the legislation last month. House-Senate bargainers will have to strike a compromise and push it through Congress before Obama can sign it.
In the latest poll, about six in 10 said a health care overhaul won’t affect their personal access to health care or their family finances. About four in 10, though, say a revamping will improve access to care in the nation overall, while about three in 10 think it will help the country’s financial status.
Support for the link between a health overhaul and the economy drops among whites and the better off.
While 95 percent of minorities agreed with that connection, just 74 percent of whites said so.
Among income groups, 85 percent of the lowest one-third of earners say a health overhaul is important for fixing the economy, compared to just 74 percent of the top third of earners.
The poll also found that the Robert Wood Johnson index of consumer health care confidence fell slightly to 96.9 last month, near its 2009 average of 98.9. That reading had hit 104.4 points in October, a surge researchers attributed to better economic news and Senate progress on health care at the time.
The latest foundation poll was conducted from Oct. 29 to Nov. 23 and involved telephone interviews with 508 randomly chosen people.”
This is from a blog “South Dakota Politics.”
“December 23, 2009
The Least Popular Reform in U.S. History
The Gallup poll found that 48% of respondents wanted their Congressional representatives to vote against the bill, while 46% wanted them to vote for it. In the Quinnipiac poll, 53% were opposed vs. 36% in favor.
It is difficult to imagine a case in the history of the Republic where the disproportion between the ambitions and the popularity of a proposed piece of legislation has been as great as this.
I have been watching Arkansas TV, and there is a deluge of commercials on this topic. Most of them are pro-reform. According to these ads, the health care reform bills will save Medicare; they will reduce overall health care spending; they will reduce the deficit; they will lower individual health care costs without raising taxes on most Americans; and they will leave all medical decisions up to patients and their doctors. Wow.
Of course, everything in that list is a lie. The current bills do nothing to put Medicare on a sound financial basis. Instead, they propose cutting billions more out of the program. Better than that, the CBO has noticed that the Senate bill counts the Medicare cuts twice! It also counts on cost savings gimmicks like the Doctor’s fix (cutting reimbursements to Doctor’s under Medicare) that Congress obviously won’t make. If it did make them, it would push almost all Doctors out of the Medicare system. This is apparently what the New York Times means when it says that the bill “has been carefully and responsibly drafted so that it is fully paid for without busting future budgets.”
Nothing it he process so far suggests that Congress is capable of forcing real sacrifices. For that reason, no reasonable person can believe that it is really going to cut the deficit. But even if, as the New York Times says, the bill is responsibly drafted, that doesn’t mean that it reduces health care costs. The trillions that the bill will cost have to come from somewhere. That’s money that can’t be spent on other things. There is no prospect of significant reductions in other spending.
The audacity of this legislation is breathtaking.
Posted by Ken Blanchard at 04:13 PM”
This is not particularly scientific but I am of the opinion that America is mildly conservative with a smattering of radicals on the right and left. At this time I would say that the right wing is larger than the left. But the right screwed the country up so badly over the last 8 years that even a black man named Hussain could win. And well, that is exactly what happened. But are we more liberal overall? I don’t think so. Perhaps, we can hope and if liberals manage to win and dominate the political agenda for a generation the way the right wing has in America, we might be able to shift the country to the left. Meantime I will find it pretty hard to believe that the left has truly won. Not based on my reading of middle America, and I am only in the middle of Los Angeles.