Nobody’s wild about Harry

With Harry Reid running all over Washington calling people anarchists and accusing Republicans of Thelma and Louise-like behavior, while pressing the pedal to the floor, is it any wonder Nevada’s senior senator is not looked on too kindly by the average American?

A recent Gallup Poll found only 33 percent approved of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Reid’s performance in Washington, while 53 percent disapprove, a gap of -20 points. Yes, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner scored a higher disapproval rate of 54 percent, but his approval rating was higher.

Harry has somehow managed to knock off Nancy Pelosi from her reign as the one with the lowest net popularity in the leadership.

Harry and all four congressional leaders fared better than Congress as a whole, which has an approval rating of 19 percent.

At least Harry has a plurality of popularity in his party — with 47 percent of Dems approving to 40 percent disapproving. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t say as much — with 47 percent of GOPers disapproving and only 33 approving.

35 comments on “Nobody’s wild about Harry

  1. Steve says:

    Congress as a whole is not popular. Like Nevada, in many respects, Harry leads the way on the path to the bottom!

  2. nyp says:

    We now have a pretty complete idea of what the healthcare plans offered on the ObamaCare health exchanges will cost consumers. On Wednesday, the Administration released detailed data on ObamaCare premiums in the 36 states whose exchanges will be operated by the feds. The prices vary widely from state to state and from consumer to consumer.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/25/how-much-will-obamacare-premiums-cost-depends-on-where-you-live/
    However, of the 41 million Americans currently without health insurance, 56 percent will end up paying premiums of $100 or less.
    And women who use the exchange to purchase health insurance will get guaranteed maternity and preventative care coverage. — Did you know that at present only 12% of the individual insurance plans cover maternity?

  3. nyp says:

    Oh, and you can no longer be denied insurance if you have asthma, diabetes or other pre-existing conditions!

    All in less than one week ….

  4. Rincon says:

    Finding a way to provide health care for the millions that cannot afford it was the only ethical choice. The cost, however remains to be seen and will not sort itself out for a few years or so. The people newly added to the insurance rolls were already costing us plenty in the emergency rooms while we provided fire engine medicine. On the fiscal minus side, they will be provided expensive care for some ailments that they would not have received in the past. On the plus side, they will be treated for problems in the cheaper, earlier stages and those willing to work may be able to contribute more economically if they are healthy, i.e., the guy with a new knee may produce more than the one that has to deal with severe arthritis using only grit and aspirin. In addition, all the parasites that were not contributing during their healthy years are now forced to pay for their own costs.

    Although Obamacare did include some cost cutting provisions, they weren’t nearly aggressive enough and the Republicans neutered one of the most promising ones. I’m referring to the funding of research designed to evaluate the efficacy of some of our accepted and expensive treatments and diagnostics. It could have saved us billions.

  5. maternity is an illness?

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  6. nyp says:

    You may not realize it, but maternity is a medical condition. Women who attempt to maintain a pregnancy and have a child without seeing medical professionals generally have very unhappy outcomes.

    Of course, that does not bother you, since you oppose rules that require insurance plans to cover maternity. If many pregnant women are unable to afford insurance and unable to afford to see a doctor, you view that as a reflection of the natural order, not as a social problem that should be addressed.

  7. nyp says:

    Her is some more from Kevin Drum on what we now know about prices on the new ObamaCare exchanges:

    “After tax credits, that family of four in Texas will pay $3,384 per year for the second lowest-cost silver plan. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average family with employer health coverage pays $4,565 per year in contributions. Those aren’t directly comparable, but they’re close. What it means is that although Obamacare is hardly free, it does allow individuals to buy coverage for roughly the same amount they’d have to pay with an employer plan. No one is shut out of the market any longer.”
    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/09/obamacare-premium-federal-exchange

  8. “After tax credits” …

    I thought all those tax credits for the rich and corporations were coming right out of the pockets of the middle class. Isn’t that what Obama keeps saying?

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  9. nyp says:

    No. The difference between liberals and conservatives is that we liberals create tax credits that help people who have difficulty affording health insurance for their families, whereas you conservatives wish to take away those tax credits, and prefer to instead create tax credits for mining and drilling companies.

  10. Winston Smith says:

    Meanwhile, we libertarians would eliminate federal income tax all together, both corporate and individual…

  11. Wendy Ellis says:

    Liberals “create” tax credits for those who have not earned money, by stealing from those who have. There’s a saying that those who rob Peter to pay Paul, can always count on support from Paul. nyp, why is it that liberals get to decide who needs help, but instead of doing a good deed out of their own pockets, decide whose pocket should be picked?

  12. Wendy Ellis says:

    If members of Congress and their staffers “can’t afford it,” what makes them think that I can? We are their employers, and maybe we don’t feel like subsidizing them. After all, other large employers are getting a waiver. I want a waiver. And, I want to determine what type of coverage I need for myself. I don’t need an insurance plan that covers maternity, or sex-change operations. Why should anyone have to buy plans that include such things?

  13. Steve says:

    “Tax Credits” bother me.
    Electric vehicles have a one time Tax Credit of up to $7500.00 if one does not pay at least $7500.00 in federal tax then one only gets a credit equal to the tax they do pay.

    If one were to buy a Volt and end up paying zero tax for that year there would be nothing left to “credit” for ACA premiums, right?

    So these Tax Credits for health insurance may not be fully available for the insureds policy premiums. Does this potentially mean the insurer could come back at the insured for the difference?

  14. nyp says:

    Ms. Ellis: 1. “Liberals nyp, do not “get to decide who needs help.” In our democracy our elected representatives get to decide who needs help. If you don’t like the laws that our elected representatives enact and that the President signs into law, elect someone else. But the results of five of the past six presidential elections suggest that more voters disagree with your views than agree. That’s how things work in a democracy.
    2. What do you need “a waiver” for? I thought you were employed and and employer-sponsored health insurance? If so, ObamaCare doesn’t really affect you, except that it makes it easier for you to challenge an insurer that denies a coverage claim, and ensures that your policy provides preventative care. But am I wrong and you currently have no health insurance and need to buy a policy on http://www.nevadahealthlink.com/ ?
    3. Whatever point you are making about Congressional health plans is gobbledygook. I can’t parse it.

  15. Steve says:

    “That’s how things work in a democracy.” Democracy? When did this Republic become a freaking Democracy? I really would like an actuall date when the Republic was usurped by a beast such as Democracy. We are surly on the road to the end if this country has been taken over by Democracy.

    Ben Franklin was the oldest person at 81 years of age to sign the Constitution and as he did he had tears running down his face. As he left the Pennsylvania State House after signing, the wife of Philadelphia’s mayor asked him what type of new government the United States would have. Ben Franklin replied, “A republic, madam. If you can keep it.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-kernen/us-constitution_b_3977086.html
    (Franklin’s quote is also found on multiple sources)

    Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
    John Adams, Letter, April 15, 1814
    (Multiple sources.)

  16. Nyp says:

    That’s nuts, as I have previously explained.

  17. Steve says:

    Tell it to the quotes!

  18. Milty says:

    “Her is some more from Kevin Drum on what we now know about prices on the new ObamaCare exchanges:

    “’After tax credits, that family of four in Texas will pay $3,384 per year for the second lowest-cost silver plan. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average family with employer health coverage pays $4,565 per year in contributions. Those aren’t directly comparable, but they’re close. What it means is that although Obamacare is hardly free, it does allow individuals to buy coverage for roughly the same amount they’d have to pay with an employer plan. No one is shut out of the market any longer.’”

    Reason Magazine described the HHS report as “dodgy.”

    http://reason.com/blog/2013/09/25/the-dodgy-new-hhs-report-on-obamacare-pr

  19. Milty says:

    “Whatever point you are making about Congressional health plans is gobbledygook. I can’t parse it.”

    Apparently, OPM and the Senate Disbursing Office can’t parse it either.

    http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/senators-staff-told-not-to-enroll-in-obamacare-exchanges-yet/

  20. Winston Smith says:

    It’s funny how NYP changed the subject here, so I’ll change it back, after a brief comment about ObamaCare, that goes something like this: “It’s not about health care, or insurance, or helping people, it’s about strengthening the control grid over the American people by moving the synthesis closer to the original fascist/globalist anti-thesis in the Hegelian Dialectic Process.”

    NYP, you can quote me on that.

    And now back to Harry…

    Like most American politicians/control freaks, Harry is a klepto-republicrat scumbag who merely affirms Lord Acton’s saying: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

    NYP, feel free to verify that quote.

  21. Rincon says:

    You sound like a global warming fanatic, Winston, except your concern is government power and of course, the global warming fanatics have more evidence on their side 🙂

  22. You must be joking, Rincon. History is packed to the rim with proof positive of the debilitating effects of government power.

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  23. nyp says:

    Yeah. Like the Hoover Dam.

  24. Winston Smith says:

    Gee Rincon, which part do you need evidence of? ObamaCare being a huge part of the control grid, Harry being a politician/scumbag or Lord Acton being correct?

    Gee NYP, I would be the last to suggest that everything that government touches goes to $#!+, because if that were true, we’d all know better than to partake…

  25. Steve says:

    BOULDER Dam was a bright spot amongst plethora of ugly dull government actions that actually prolonged the economic downturn.

    Consider the fact this project took place in what was, at the time, a completely blank canvas. Hard even for wasteful government bureaucrats to screw that up. Of course they really learned from their mistake of doing that one job right and today its all about prolonging and milking every single thing performed with public money.

  26. Wendy Ellis says:

    nyp, you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, since you only go by “nyp.” I have a contract with my employer, which changes every year. You have no idea, nor do I, about the “New and exciting changes to our Benefits Enrollment” for 2014. Hey, at least I honestly identify myself, instead of hiding my identity, as you do. So what is your real name?

  27. Wendy Ellis says:

    And, the last time I checked, we are a representative republic. Not a mob-rule democracy. Rape is illegal. Is gang-rape okay, because “the majority rules?”

  28. Rincon says:

    History is not at all “packed to the rim with proof positive of the debilitating effects of government power” if we are only talking about governments whose officials are subject to the will of the people through honest elections.

  29. Winston Smith says:

    Didn’t Hitler win an honest election? Didn’t he have the German peoples’ mandate for change?

    BTW, do we have honest elections? http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

  30. nyp says:

    “gang rape”

    “Hitler’

  31. nyp says:

    Tell you what, Ms. Ellis — I’ll ignore the Tea Partyish comparisons between health insurance and “gang rape.”
    But I’ll note that it now sounds like you have a job that provides health insurance coverage. Good for you. ObamaCare doesn’t really affect you, except that your kids can now stay on your plan until they are 26. And, if any of you come down with a debilitating illness, or have an accident that requires extensive and expensive surgeries, your plan will not impose an annual or lifetime expense cap.

    Keep in mind that the House Republicans and Ted Cruz have threatened to put the United States into default and throw the economy into chaos unless those provisions are repealed.

  32. Rincon says:

    Acording to Wikipedia, von Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor in 1933. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler's_rise_to_power The Reichstag voluntarily gave the Chancellor dictatorial powers with the Enabling Act of 1933. The Nazis never had a majority vote. That being said, it is true that the Germans allowed their Republic to become a dictatorship. This was due to competing parties refusing to negotiate and compromise with each other, just as with Liberals and Conservatives today. If the intransigence of our parties leads to chaos, the people may give up freedoms for security, but this is unlikely when considering things like health care or environmental legislation. You’re panicking just like the global warming fanatics.

    Any other examples from history that is “packed to the rim”?

  33. Ouch, Wendy, tough analogy of democracy to gang rape.

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  34. nyp says:

    I believe “Godwin’s law” posits that an internet conversation has reached a point of irretreviable decline when a Nazi analogy is deployed. Likely also true for gang-rape. Or any kind of rape.

  35. Wendy Ellis says:

    Democracy is popular mob rule. It doesn’t protect the rights of the individual. We have a Republic, with a constitution:
    http://www.lexrex.com/enlightened/AmericanIdeal/aspects/demrep.html

    That was the point I was making. Sorry if the analogy I used to illustrate it offended anyone. I am not the first to use it, however, I must credit Walter E. Williams:
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1720355/posts

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