Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Howard Dean on Healthcare Law

The Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare law is a huge blow to the right-wing -- but the fight for universal healthcare is far from over.

Right now, Republicans and right-wing activists are organizing. They see today's decision as a rallying point. For them, this is just the beginning.

Republicans are going to use today's decision as ammunition to fire up their far right base just four months from Election Day. They're going to campaign hard against President Obama, against Democrats, and for repealing the healthcare law.

And if they win in November, they're not going to stop until they've stripped tens of millions of Americans of their healthcare coverage and turned Medicare into a voucher program.

We can't let that happen. We need to stand up for the reforms that we've made and keep working towards providing universal healthcare for all Americans.

Can you chip in $10 right now to beat Republicans and stop their plans to privatize Medicare?

The Republican voucher plan is bad policy and bad politics -- and Republicans are doubling down on it in light of today's decision.

Turning Medicare into a voucher plan will destroy Medicare as we know it and will throw millions of America's seniors into poverty.

It's also a huge loser for Republicans. Last year, Kathy Hochul won a tough congressional race campaigning hard against the Republican voucher plan. Still today, an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose turning Medicare into a voucher program.

Now, it's more important than ever that we beat back Republicans and elect good Democrats in November. We need to work harder than ever to take back the House, keep the Senate and reelect President Obama.

Please contribute $10 right now to beat the right-wing assault on healthcare reform.

Thank you for everything you do.


Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

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