Wednesday, January 24, 2007

State Of The Union Speech

Didn't watch or listen to it. Didn't care.


At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither did John McCain.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

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At 10:59 AM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

Here's a quick play-by-play:

blahbladablah, And we're going to give buisnesses a break by making your Health Insurance Taxable, blahblahbladablahblahblahbladablah

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

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At 12:13 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"And we're going to give businesses a break by making your health insurance taxable....".

Just checked the section of his speech where he spoke about health insurance. It can be found on Here's what I found:

First, I propose a standard tax deduction for health insurance that will be like the standard tax deduction for dependents. Families with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $15,000 of their income. Single Americans with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $7,500 of their income. With this reform, more than 100 million men, women, and children who are now covered by employer-provided insurance will benefit from lower tax bills.

At the same time, this reform will level the playing field for those who do not get health insurance through their job. For Americans who now purchase health insurance on their own, my proposal would mean a substantial tax savings – $4,500 for a family of four making $60,000 a year. And for the millions of other Americans who have no health insurance at all, this deduction would help put a basic private health insurance plan within their reach.

How is allowing people a tax break or allowing people to deduct payments for health insurance from their taxes "giving businesses a break"?

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I caught McCain sleeping during Bush's speech too. I can't blame him. Bush's reading off the teleprompter can put anyone to sleep.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Derchoadus said...

This will let the companies shift the burden of health care to employees (those that provide it), because after all, we're getting a tax deduction for it. And if we're getting the deduction, will companes still get it for providing health care, I don't think so.

And a family that can't afford basic health care now is not going to be buying it with the tax beak. It won't even come close.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush's support for association health plans is a total surrender to business interest groups, at the expense of everyone else.

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Some people would bitch if you hung them with a golden rope.

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats a new rope

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listening to a George W. Bush State of the Union Address is like swallowing phlegm.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I took notes and was going to blog about it but have been too busy this week. Did work on my poem/song to the President for the contest to win free tickets to the Michael Franti concert in SF that I posted on Greg's list. If I finish it in time I'll put it on our blog.

Fred, you are funny.

Did anyone catch John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's shows last night on the State of the Union? Got to go -- almost time for Comedy Central!

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are Bush & Cheney announcing their resignations? Those idiots don't actually think that the American people will stand for another 2 years of their treason?

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush & Cheney don't need to resign. They will be impeached soon enough.


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