As the Nutroots and the Barack Obama Thugs (hereinafter B.O.T.s) gather to admire themselves we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock – the music and art fair of counterculture America.
The historic Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969.
Woodstock begat the “Woodstock Nation”.
This all has relevance to our discussion of Barack Obama and the current political situation which we will brilliantly tie up all together in our next installment in this series.
Today however, we’ll celebrate the music, and ask the question: Where’s Woodstock Nation today?
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For now, keep in mind these quotes from Part I of the Situation Comedy:
Paid Obama shill David Axelrod and unpaid Obama shill Donna Brazile have a vision of the Democratic Party.
The Obama/Axelrod/Brazile vision for the Democratic Party mimics the desired demographics for a television sitcom.
As the long suffering Donna declared A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
Keep those quotes in mind as we search for Woodstock Nation.
Undoubtedly some burnouts and genuinely good citizens of Woodstock Nation are now part of the Hopium addled Nutroots. But not all.
To borrow from John Lennon (from the “Paul is dead” era), “here’s another clue for you all“: the young become old, the old do not become young. And for Obama and his B.O.T.s and Hopium addled fanboys the old are a herd to be herded:
Here in Iowa, the Organizing for America effort resembles the earliest days of a presidential campaign, a shoestring operation where homemade signs hang from the walls and only the most diehard of supporters attend events. Many of the young campaign aides who became familiar faces in towns across Iowa are now working in Washington, so a new crop of workers has taken over to help direct older volunteers.
The young campaign aides of 2008 are now replaced with new young campaign aides to herd the old, former Woodstock Nation citizens. The grayer citizens of Woodstock Nation will be herded by the new, new young, of Nutroot Nation.
Is there any wonder why Obama has a Woodstock Nation problem?; and a Bobby Soxers problem?
Democrats have a senior citizen problem.
Frustrated older Americans are packing the town halls on health care. They are incredibly passionate about their Medicare benefits. Polls show senior citizens largely disapprove of health care reform ideas so far.
And of course, they vote — in larger numbers than any other demographic.
As the young become older, then old, they tend to vote more and more. Woodstock Nation has more citizens than Nutroots Nation who vote regularly and with attention to the issues.
But so far, Democrats have focused much of their health care sales pitch on middle-class Americans and the uninsured — a slight that has been noticed by senior citizens, who hold great influence with members of Congress. [snip]
But Obama is talking about finding hundreds of billions in savings from Medicare — cuts supporters say will trim fat from the program — including slashing $156 billion in subsidies to Medicare Advantage, a privately administered Medicare program.
“Seniors are one of the most attentive and engaged constituencies, especially on health care issues, and we’ve seen that in the Medicare Advantage programs,” said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Woodstock Nation and the Bobby Soxers are not Obama fans. Woodstock Nation and Bobby Soxers vote.
A July 31 Gallup Poll found that just 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and older believe health care reform would improve their own situation, noticeably lower than the 27 percent of 18- to 49-year olds and 26 percent of 50-to-64-year-olds who say the same.
The senior citizen problem could pose a serious problem for the 2010 election cycle.
Older Americans turn out in much higher numbers than other age groups during midterm elections. In 2006, the 55-and-older age group still had the highest voting rate of any age group, at 63 percent, even though younger voters turned out in record numbers for a midterm, according to census data. Half of all votes cast in the 2006 midterms were from voters age 50 or older, according to AARP. And one out of four were AARP members.
But voting statistics tell only part of the story. Look at the faces at these chaotic congressional town hall events across the country. They are the faces of older Americans who paid into Medicare most of their working lives and are now enjoying the health care benefits they believe they’ve earned for their senior years.
Citizens of Woodstock Nation and near citizens of Woodstock Nation along with the earlier Bobby Soxers have experience to guide them. The situation comedy demographics of Brazile and Axelrod do not align with citizens of the former Woodstock Nation.
Obama’s problem with senior citizens isn’t new. Polls showed that John McCain bested Obama among seniors, even though Obama made gains across almost every other demographic.
Some experts say the real problem is that Democrats haven’t done enough to address seniors’ concerns to date, allowing the perception to grow that seniors will lose under reform. [snip]
Critics say the proposed $380 billion Medicare cuts in the House bill — including cuts to the privately administered Medicare Advantage program — will lead to long waits for care, doctors dropping patients and doctors deciding if their older patients “are worth the cost,” as one TV and Web ad from the 60 Plus Association warned.
“Why would you want to cannibalize Medicare in order to create a new plan? Why wouldn’t we fix Medicare first? I think those are the concerns that are being raised,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said during a conference call Tuesday.
Woodstock Nation and the Bobby Soxers are not dancing to Obama’s off-key tunes. It’s shocking that the bamboozling insurance industry has more credibility than Obama when it comes to Woodstock Nation.
America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group for insurers, contends that slashing $156 billion from private Medicare Advantage plans would have a significant impact on seniors.
“Seniors have been told that their coverage is not going to change and if they like their coverage, they can keep it,” Zirkelbach said. “The fact of the matter is that if these cuts to Medicare Advantage go through, seniors are going to face increased premiums, reduced benefits and, in some parts of the country, they’re going to lose access to their Medicare Advantage plan all together.”
Woodstock Nation wants legal medication now. Woodstock Nation does not want to feel the purple haze of Hopium.
[Stay tuned for our thrilling Part IV installment wherein we tie it all together.]