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How Many People is 48 Million?

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Via regular contributor E.A. Blair…

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On this past Sunday’s Meet The Press, Representative Michael J. Rogers (R-MI-8) made the following statement:

“Here’s the problem, you have 15 percent of the population that didn’t have health insurance when this started, roughly — and we think that number was high, we think it was closer to 10. So what they’ve done is disrupted it for the 85 percent that had health care. And their costs are going up significantly. So we’ve broken the system to help a few, Nobody would fix a problem that way.”

A recent report from the US Census Bureau puts the number of uninsured Americans at 48 million – that’s 48,000,000, or, in scientific notation, 4.8×107.

This is what Michael J. Rogers (R-Dumbfuckistan) calls “a few”. It’s obvious that Mr. Rogers sees numbers and not people.

Let’s put that into perspective:

  • 48,000,000 people would make a standing human pyramid just over nine miles high – one and a half times taller than Mount Everest – tall enough that the people in the top 572 layers would die without an oxygen supply.
  • Stretched out on the ground head to foot, 48,000,000 people would circle the earth twice.
  • Given the same population density, New York City would have to be six times larger to accommodate the nation’s uninsured.
  • The population of the entire United States did not exceed 48,000,000 until 1880.
  • With the exception of the elections of 1984, 1988 and 2000, no presidential candidate in the 18th, 19th or 20th centuries received more than 48,000,000 votes.
  • There are 242 countries and dependent territories in the world1. Given the figure of 48 million uninsured Americans that means that these uninsured outnumber the populations of 236 of those 242 countries and dependencies. In other terms, the number of US uninsured exceeds the populations of 167 member states of the UN, or all but four European nations (not counting Russia), all but four countries in Africa, or every single country in South America except Brazil.

Yes, Rep. Rogers considers enough people to populate the 27th largest country in the world (by population) a “few”, while the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “A number greater than one but indefinitely small”. It looks like we need a new definition of “few” and a few less people like Michael J. Rogers.

– E.A. Blair

 

¹Dependent territories are politically tied to a nation but have varying degrees of self governance, like American Samoa, Greenland or the Faroe Islands.

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Conservatives Claim JFK As One Of Their Own

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Why am I not surprised by this?

As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to the beloved former president their conservative ideas and positions. This effort runs counter to Kennedy’s stated positions, speeches, and other historical facts surrounding his presidency.

Is there a shortage of heroes on the right that they now have the need to appropriate liberals and claim them as their own?

What this is really about is that Americans have given JFK an 85% approval rating – the highest ranking among modern day presidents – and there is no way the right could allow that to stand without a fight. In any case, let’s allow the good citizens of Dumbfuckistan the opportunity to voice their thoughts on Kennedy and why they believe he was not really a liberal.

Glenn Beck:

“Who was John F. Kennedy? He has been co-opted by the left…if you could bring back the politician that JFK was, he wouldn’t be accepted by the Republican Party because he would be a Tea Party radical.”

Limbaugh:

“[Kennedy] was not in any way a liberal as you know Liberals today…Kennedy was not a big believer in the Civil Rights Act.”

Some Boston Globe winger:

“Kennedy was no liberal. By any reasonable definition, he was a conservative” and that “Today’s Democratic Party — the home of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore — wouldn’t give the time of day to a candidate like JFK.”

And on it goes, even though Kennedy was not shy to shout out his liberal creds…or even though a “Wanted for Treason” poster of Kennedy was circulated in and around Dallas in the days before that fateful day in November 1963.

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Sorry guys, you’re going to have to be satisfied with your deluded Reagan heroship. John F. Kennedy was an intellectual who would have been repelled by the sheer ignorance of today’s Republican/Tea Party – a sorry excuse for a political party overflowing with sociopaths and clowns. I’d love to know what JFK would have thought of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin and Louie Gohmert and Rand Paul and Rick Santorum and George W. Bush and Rick Perry and any number of crazies that have turned the Republican party into the laughing stock of the world. I’d think that Kennedy would sooner pluck out his left eye than be associated with any of these dumbasses.

Here’s a thought…any chance that in 2063, Republicans will claim Barack Obama was the country’s first black conservative president?

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Rick Perry Considers a 2016 Run

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Is this guy serious? Did he not learn anything from the last time he took a ride in the Republican primary clown car?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is accelerating efforts to explore another bid for the presidency. But few Republicans, including some past supporters, are excited at the prospect of him launching a second White House campaign. Perry is making all the moves of a traditional candidate, with multiple visits to Iowa, an upcoming trip to South Carolina and a flurry of recent appearances on cable news networks.

Let’s see now; Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all but declared their intent to run. Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Paul Ryan are strong possibilities to do the same…as is Scott Walker. Throw Perry into the mix and all we’re missing is Herman Cain to match the 2008 Republican cast of idiots, grifters and sociopaths.

On the bright side, the White House could use a makeover.

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Slavery…If We Must

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Eighty or so years later, a Nevada Republican prooves how right Mencken was.

A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.

Both Democratic and Republican politicians quickly condemned Wheeler for his comments to which Wheeler said, “There is absolutely no room in my life for any bigotry.” Also, as expected, Wheeler issued the standard “I was taken out of context” defense.

No news yet on when Wheeler points out that one of his best friends is black.

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