Jello Biafra at OWS Zuccotti Park talk tiks.
Something tells me the Secret Service had a few nervous moments.
I don’t agree with the President on everything; I am much farther to the left. But damn, it’s hard not to just genuinely like the guy. Not to mention the fact that he tried for true third-payer health insurance, as opposed to his opponent who plans to cut Medicaid by a third while keeping all of his rich friends driving Bentleys.
Stopping by a pizza place — the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant — in Ft. Pierce, Florida, the president, a workout fanatic, was welcomed by the 6-foot-3, 260-pound, big-muscled owner, Scott Van Duzer … Van Duzer, clearly delighted by the president’s visit, gave him a big bear hug — then lifted him, literally, into the air.
Photo credits: REUTERS/Larry Downing
In a U.S. election dominated by multimillion-dollar donations, Democratic President Barack Obama’s campaign is about to give small donors a new weapon by starting to accept text message donations for the first time in history.
“As long as I’m President of the United States, I will never allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher that would end the program as we know it. We will not go back to the days when our citizens spent their golden years at the mercy of private insurance companies. We will reform Medicare — not by shifting the cost of care to seniors, but by reducing the spending that isn’t making people healthier. That’s what’s at stake in this election…
On issue after issue, we can’t afford to spend the next four years going backward. America doesn’t need to refight the battles we just had over Wall Street reform and health care reform. On health care reform, here is what I know: Allowing 2.5 million young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan — that was the right thing to do. Cutting prescription drug costs for seniors — that was the right thing to do. I will not go back to the days when insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, or deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men. We’re not going back there. We’re going forward.
We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood — or taking away access to affordable birth control. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons. We are not turning back the clock. We are moving forward.”