A Georgia politician is defending himself after being recorded making racially offensive remarks.
Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan made the comments during a festival at the courthouse. The man with whom Worthan was speaking, Mark Dodd, was recording the conversation using a cell phone in his shirt pocket. Dodd supports black candidates like Tim Pounds running for office.
Speaking Monday at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies. “So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said… “On the other hand, the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person; if you’re already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care,” Clinton said. “But the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies.”
This comment is particularly incendiary when one considers that the cost savings baked into Obamacare were largely based on the expansion of Medicaid, which was blocked by Republican governors.
Bill Clinton tried to walk back his comments on Tuesday, offering praise for Obamacare during a speech:
“Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake,” Clinton said at a rally in Athens, Ohio. “We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90% of our people.”
“But there is a group of people — mostly small business owners and employees — who make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid expansion or for the tax incentives who can’t get affordable health insurance premiums in a lot of places. And the reason is they’re not in big pools,” Clinton said. “So they have no bargaining power.”
Like Congressman John Lewis, President Barack Obama is appropriating the struggle of Africans for the benefit of white leaders.
Lewis staged a stunt on behalf of corporate Democrats in Congress and called it a sit-in. Now President Obama is denigrating the legacy of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela.
Speaking at the funeral of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Friday, Obama likened the former head of state to Nelson Mandela. This was a curious comparison, considering that Mandela and South Africans have far more in common with the oppressed Palestinians than the oppressive Israeli state and its leaders.
Although he is remembered for his ordering of the bombing of a UN shelter in the Lebanese village of Qana in 1996 – which killed and wounded hundreds of innocent people – the list of war crimes associated with his name is as long as his career. He remained, until the very end a staunch supporter of the Israeli right-wing government’s wars on Gaza and the perpetual siege on that impoverished, forsaken region.
After commanding Scott to drop the gun several more times, police opened fire, killing Mr. Scott.
After reviewing the video, Rep. Waters said, “I am so upset, watching this video and listening to the cries and pleas of a wife who says he has no weapon and had just taken his medicine.”
Waters also questioned why, since Mr. Scott wasn’t threatening anyone, police had to shoot him.
“Even if they had to sit there and wait it out until she talked him out of the car, why did they have to advance and kill him?” Waters asked.
Waters was then asked about the North Carolina law that prevents the release of dashcam or bodycam video.
“I don’t care what the law says,” Rep. Waters said. “You have a wife who videoed what took place, her husband has been murdered, and if you tell me that she should care about a law that is in place literally to protect police anyway, and that she should not have shown it, I’m with the wife. I don’t care what the law says!”