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Today’s LA Times has the story: because of ObamaCare, health insurers who get caught gouging their customers have to pay back the money they tried to steal. In this case, millions of dollars are going back to small businesses in California.

Now, you’d think that “Republicans”, who are always rattling on about the glories of small business, would be supportive of the ACA when it does something good for those small businesses. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.

No, the Elephants are still trying to trample the health care law, with all of its savings and benefits. Because, Gentle Reader, they don’t really support small business, or the free market, or much of anybody except their paymasters campaign contributors . And, you guessed ‘er Chester, those greedy motherfu**ing health insurers have been giving lots and lots of bribes campaign contributions to Repubs.

As is so often the case in politics, it’s all about the money. The Affordable Care Act, remember, was a “Republican” idea in the first place, and indeed was first implemented in Massachusetts by a Repub Governor. So if it were truly about the policy, the ‘Phants would love it. But, of course, they don’t.

The only thing our “representatives” care about is lining their own pockets. They don’t give a damn how much we pay for what, or what happens to us if we can’t pay. Don’t believe it? Look at the proven benefits of ObamaCare, then look at how the Repubs are still trying to kill it, and provide another explanation. We won’t hold our breath waiting on you.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

They are calling it “The Devil’s Bill”, California AB number 666 (yes, that really is the number): a bill that would give robotic cameras more rights than you have. The gist: is as follows: if you get a ticket in the mail from a red-light camera, you are guilty. No appeal. No judge, no rights, no nothing. Due process? We don’t need no stinking due process.

The politicos who are pushing this travesty are claiming that it doesn’t take away your rights, nonononotatall, they are just taking a criminal violation and making it a civil one. That’s what they say, but not much of anyone believes them.

People, listen up: this is a huge f***ing deal. Machines would have more power than any human cop, judge, jury, or jailer. We can appeal convictions for crimes minor or heinous; we can even appeal murder convictions. But put a computerized ticket-making machine on a lamppost, and suddenly we lose rights guaranteed us under the Constitution. No human has the power that these corrupt swine of politicians want to hand over to machines.

It might be a coincidence that the bill is numbered as it is. Regardless, it does seem creepily appropriate.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky