Thursday, April 29, 2010
Bennet proposes that all Senators be banned from any future lobbying activity. It is easy to propose legislation, which has no chance of becoming law, how brave!
Click here to see Senator Michael Bennet’s voting record compared to Harry Reid’s
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
NYT, Paul Krugman WRITES:
It fits in, of course, with the idea that people can be arrested if they aren’t carrying the right papers — or be implanted involuntarily with microchips.
Anti-immigration fever is deeply un-American — at least as I understand America.
The screen clipping below, taken 4/27/10, from Democrat Congressman Permutter's web site, shows his latest publicized votes. If you're curious, he has been a Democrat leadership rubber stamp vote 100% of the time.
You can compare Ed's voting record with Nancy Pelosi's by clicking here. I find it odd that apparently, in Ed's mind, according to the way he votes, his Colorado constituents interests are the same as Nancy Pelosi's San Francisc, California constituents. Who would have thought!
McClatchy, Greg Gordon WRITES:Then there are the liberal groups, yes the same groups who lobbied congress to force banks to loan to folks with little money. You know, the Community Organizer types.
Maintaining that no Wall Street executive is "too big for jail," 62 members of the House of Representatives asked the Justice Department Wednesday to investigate whether Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms committed criminal fraud in the lead-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Two liberal-leaning activist groups, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org, also said that they garnered the signatures of 140,000 Americans on a petition supporting the request.Hypocrisy runs amuck in the halls of congress.
Monday, April 26, 2010
CO Dem Jared Polis says AZ is on its way to becoming a “police state.” | “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany
Laws exist to be followed, maybe our LAWMAKERS should know that. Are we a nation of laws or men?
POLITICO, KASIE HUNT WRITES:
A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a “police state” and its new immigration law is “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany.
I used to be opposed to a national ID for all the Orwellian reasons, but I think the time has come. This would help prevent the Democrat's interesting polling practices and instantly reduce the influx of illegals. No ID card, no job, no social services. The illegal problem would go away. A fence would not even be needed.
Democrats cheated, lied, and connived, to get health care reform passed. The normally complacent middle of the roaders, are now riled up. The Democrats will reap what they've sown in November.
FINANCIAL TIMES, Clive Crook WRITES:
"Many Democrats hoped that healthcare reform would gain support once the proposal was law and tempers had cooled. There is no sign of it so far. Support improved briefly when the measure was signed, then dropped again. Recent polls suggest a hardening of opposition. Most voters once backed comprehensive reform; almost 60 per cent now favour outright repeal."
ABC's Carolina Leid Reports that Al Sharpton said the following:HT | TeaPartyNJ on Twitter or Tea Party NJ
"We will bring people from all over the country to Arizona to be freedom walkers. Where we will walk down the streets with no ID and submit ourselves to arrest. What is the difference between us and any Mexican or any Haitian or anyone else,"
Sunday, April 25, 2010
NYT Paul Krugmen WRITES:He writes this about folks who disagree with his New Keynesian ecomics.
"I don’t mean they disagree, or think it’s garbage, they literally have no idea what the concepts are."
Politico | Manu Raju WRITES:I tweeted this earlier, but thought it merited a blog post as well. I hope to come back and update this post in November. Somehow I think Mr. Dodd is mistaken.
Chris Dodd Stated:
"I think having the president on your side will be a great asset for candidates,"
From Bizzaroworld | Reuters: AZ Law raises fear police will actively pursue illegal immigrants | Well – ya – so?
REUTERS, ERIC WALSH WRITES:If they are here illegally, they broke the law. Police catch lawbreakers. Which part of this is hard to understand? Further, is being the backbone of an illegal shadow economy, a noble thing?
The law has raised fears that Hispanics will be racially profiled and police will actively hunt down illegal immigrants, who are estimated to number about 10.8 million in the nation and are the backbone of the shadow economy.
LAWMAKER Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D, AZ) urges Feds to break law and not process illegals detained in Arizona. Do these guys take an oath?
No more GM products for me. I am a ford guy anyway, so it will not be too painful. I heard a Gm commercial on the radio yesterday; I think it was the CEO speaking. He was saying how GM had paid back the bailout money and GM is on the road to recovery. Intuitively, I thought he was not telling the truth. Now I find out indeed, he was not. All the fancy CEOs and politicians can play their games with words and numbers, but in the end 2+2 must equal 4 (thanks Newt). The funds GM paid back, were paid back using more taxpayer funds.
The dishonest ad produced by GM, adds insult to injury. First, they take my hard-earned tax dollars to prop up their lousy business model, and then they use more of my hard-earned tax dollars to trick me into believing they had paid off the first round of taxpayer dollars.
AMERICAN THINKER, RICK MORAN WRITES:More here:
And that's only part of the story. The fact is, the money GM is bragging they paid back is from a government financed escrow account.
GM paid back taxpayers with taxpayer money.
Newsmax.comAnd more here:
Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to justify those claims. According to the Iowa Republican, GM has repaid its TARP (taxpayer-funded bailout) loans using other TARP funds.
CATO Commenting on WSJ Article:
But wait: In the Wall Street Journal, Whitacre says the company has made a $5.8 billion payment to the governments of the United States and Canada. But don’t I recall that the GM bailout was $50 billion? Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation explains the whole story in Forbes: First, part of the bailout went into an “escrow fund,” and that government money is being used to pay back the small part of the bailout that was officially a loan. Second, GM is asking for another $10 billion loan to retool its plants to meet the stiffer Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and paying back one government loan — with other government money — will make it easier to get another government loan.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Washington Post | PAUL DAVENPORT and JONATHAN J. COOPER WRITE:
Earlier Friday, Obama called the Arizona bill "misguided" and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level - or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others."
LINK TO AP ARTICLE
The same city dwelling, enviro girly-men, who love to pontificate on how we must save the planet, I would be willing to bet, despise hunters. It is us, the hunters and fisherman, who are footing the bill. Take that you Alan Alda loving greenies. Now where’s my rifle, I am going to go shoot some sustenance.
Read the whole article that I have linked to. It goes through hunter’s contributions to the outdoors and wildlife , over the years.
Amwerican Thinker, Humberto Fontova WRITES:
As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones," "dollarinies," "donuts" (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.
Friday, April 23, 2010
According to Politico Climate bill may be DOA
I posted here on this climate bill previously.
Jonah Goldberg at Commentary Magazine WRITES:
Fourteen months into his presidency, in March 2010, Obama succeeded in muscling through Congress a partial government takeover of the national health-care system. That legislative accomplishment followed Obama’s decision a year earlier, without congressional approval, to nationalize two of the country’s Big Three automobile companies. In the intervening months, he had also imposed specific wage ceilings on employees at banks that had taken federal bailout money—the first such federal wage controls since an ill-fated experiment by Richard Nixon in 1971. Obama also made the federal government the direct provider of student loans, and did so by putting that significant change in American policy inside the larger health-care bill. In a September 2009 press conference, Obama suggested that a publicly funded health-care system might help “avoid some of the overhead that gets eaten up at private companies by profits and excessive administrative costs”—thus mistaking the act of making money, the foundational cornerstone of capitalism itself, with the generation of unnecessary expenses.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Now the good folks who bought houses they COULD afford, are suffering from these easy lending practices. You had millions of people who should not have been able to qualify for a mortgage, buying up houses with the Democrat's easy money, thereby driving up housing prices. Now, because the unqualified buyers are going belly up, house prices are crashing down.
So, back to the hard working folks who purchased houses they COULD afford. Well, the value of their home is headed down. To add insult to injury, their neighbor, who probably has three big screen TVs and smokes two packs a day, is getting bailed out by uncle Obama. So Mr. hardworking, bill and tax paying, purchased a house he could afford dude, gets to bail out his lazy neighbor, who should not have been able to afford a house in the first place.
Congressman Tom Price WRITES
“Officially, the Congressional Budget Office expects the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cost taxpayers $380 billion,” said Congressman Price. “Unofficially, Democrats promised the companies an infinite bailout, forcing taxpayers to choke down all $1.6 trillion of their combined debt if necessary. At this point, that $1.6 trillion debt may as well be issued in U.S. Treasury bonds.
“The largest taxpayer bailout did not go to Bear Stearns, AIG, or Goldman Sachs; it went to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But those are the two government-created entities President Obama will likely not mention in his speech on Wall Street tomorrow because the Democrats’ notion of financial reform ignores them completely. [bold added]
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
WSJ - Ian Tilley WRITES:
The three lawmakers, Sens. John Kerry, (D., Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), have spent months courting industry groups and lawmakers. They argue that Congress needs to act on energy and climate issues to spur investments in clean energy technology, reduce U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and supercede a move by the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, which has prompted protests from industry groups.
The WSJ article is a pay article, but if you want to read the whole thing, just google, "Senate Trio to Unveil Climate Bill - WSJ.com", and you can click into the whole thing.
NYT Paul |Krugman WRITES:
"Maybe; but I think what it really tells us is how little voters — and, I dare say, Republican voters in particular — understand the issues."
WSJ, PETER J. WALLISON WRITES:
Recently, President Obama has taken to accusing others of representing "special interests." In an April radio address he stated that his financial regulatory proposals were struggling in the Senate because "the financial industry and its powerful lobby have opposed modest safeguards against the kinds of reckless risks and bad practices that led to this very crisis."
He should know. As a senator, he was the third largest recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, behind only Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry.
AP: Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The only folks I notice who see race over substance are liberals, especially elitist liberals such as Krugman. Does this make him a racist? I don't know, he does seem preoccupied by race, some might call that racist. If you disagree with Krugman's "truth" you are surely a racist or mentally deficient in some other way. Because his truth is - well - is the truth.
Here is a little graph showing the reality of the left's work on the deficit. In the left's world "Bushes wars" ran up the national debt and Democrats are fiscally responsible. The graph below shows that Bushes deficits were chump change compared to Obama's. The left must be "creating their own reality".
NYT, Paul Krugman Plays the Race Card.... Again
Paul Krugman WRITES: "And let’s be clear: there’s a sort of tribal thing going on (and I don’t necessarily mean race, although that’s part of it)."
WSJ, PETER J. WALLISON WRITES:
"One chapter in this story took place in July 2005, when the Senate Banking Committee, then controlled by the Republicans, adopted tough regulatory legislation for the GSEs on a party-line vote—all Republicans in favor, all Democrats opposed. The bill would have established a new regulator for Fannie and Freddie and given it authority to ensure that they maintained adequate capital, properly managed their interest rate risk, had adequate liquidity and reserves, and controlled their asset and investment portfolio growth."
AMERICAN THINKER, Neil Braithwaite WRITES:
"The storm has continued to gather strength from a Democrat majority in congress, the liberal media, a deepening economic recession, and constant congressional hearings attacking everything to do with capitalism. Add in the millions of useful idiots among us who don't have a clue about what President Obama is intending on doing to America, and you have the making of a perfect storm to socialism."
Monday, April 19, 2010
I intend to go out of my way to support the opponents of Congresspersons Betsy Markey and Ed Perlmutter as well as Senator Michael Bennet, come election time. I will be making contributions to their Republican opponents. These three can be hurt by their health care vote, I believe. The rest of the Colorado field I am not sure about.
Senator (Dem, CO) Michael Bennet voted for Obamacare.
Senator (Dem, CO) Mark Udall voted for Obamacare.
1st Congressional District (Dem, CO) Diana DeGette voted for Obamacare.
2nd Congressional District (Dem, CO) Jared Polis voted for Obamacare.
3rd Congressional District (Dem, CO) John Salazar voted for Obamacare.
4th Congressional District (Dem, CO) Betsy Markey voted for Obamacare.
7th Congressional District (Dem, CO) Ed Perlmutter voted for Obamacare.
5th Congressional District (Rep, CO) Doug Lamborn voted against Obamacare.
6th Congressional District (Rep, CO) Mike Coffman voted against Obamacare.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A Democrat who has acknowledged doctoring a photo on his campaign Web site to add black and Latino faces nearer the candidate has removed the picture from his website.
Poll: Majority lacks trust in government
CNS, AP Article.
NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism
This angers some folks who supported Brown's campaign. I contributed to his campaign myself, but I was under no illusion that Scott Brown would be anything other than an Olympia Snowe style Republican. A Texas Republican could not get elected in MA. His election was still a great victory and conservatives should not attack him for positions he has to take if he wants to remain a senator.
Polico, Harry Siegel WRITES:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the “positive side” of the tea party movement Sunday, suggesting the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Politico, Mike Allen WRITES:
Ed Chen, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News who is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said he asked for the meeting “to clear the air because in my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger, which is wide and deep, among members over White House practices and attitude toward the press.”
AP, KRISTEN WYATT WRITES:
First-term Rep. Betsy Markey is convinced that once people learn what's in President Barack Obama's new health care overhaul law, they'll support it.
But it's not a message she was eager to carry in person to her constituents in Republican-leaning eastern Colorado. During Congress' two-week Easter break, she reserved any discussion of health care reform for conference calls, an op-ed piece and an appearance at a small-town Rotary Club — all small-bore outreach.
In a blog post, Paul Krugman WRITES:
has there ever been a time in US political history when one of the two major political parties was so addicted to doublethink, so committed to pretending that it’s advocating the opposite of its actual agenda?
I've posted it here before, but it's worth repeating. If recent political activity proves one thing, it is that party trumps person. There are only two viable political parties, the Democrats and Republicans. One must chose whichever party best represents their views and vote accordingly.Even though your local Democrat politician may seem like a great guy or gal, he or she is Nancy Pelosi. In the end, he or she will tough the party line, which is to say, whatever Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid want.
In the Washington Post, Democratic Pollsters Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell WRITE:
Democrats can avoid the electoral bloodbath we predicted before passage of the health-care bill, but in one way: through a bold commitment to fiscal discipline and targeted fiscal stimulus of the private sector and entrepreneurship.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The Contract from America
We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.
The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country's sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.
The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.
1. Protect the Constitution
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject Cap & Trade
Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington
Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution's meaning. (63.37%)
6. End Runaway Government Spending
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)
8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy
Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)
9. Stop the Pork
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)
10. Stop the Tax Hikes
Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)
Charlie Cook WRITES:
"But with 48 percent of Republicans enthusiastic about casting ballots in the midterm compared with 30 percent of Democrats, and with independent voters favoring Republican candidates by an 11-point margin, we can easily imagine that poll results will look even worse for Democrats once Gallup focuses on likely voters. Those results will almost certainly point toward a GOP takeover."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Quote Source- AP
In the case of GM, we really just bailed out the $70 an hour assembly line worker. Without adjusting the underlying problems (the $70/hour worker), GM will just burn through the billions, and be back at the trough for more.
In the end, why should hard working taxpayers have to support these sometimes self inflicted failures? What happened to Creative Destruction, and hard lessons learned well?
NYT, DAVID STREITFELD Writes:
"The number of homeowners who defaulted on their mortgages even after securing cheaper terms through the government's modification program nearly doubled in March, continuing a trend that could undermine the entire program."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The linked article also mentions the top 10% of wage earners pay 73% of the tax burden. With this knowledge, the evil rich do not seem quite so evil.
Why doesn't the MSM present these facts on six o'clock news? Oh ya, because they are leftists. If these facts were widely known, I don't think the American people would stand for it. Common fairness and decency would not allow it. Children on a playground could figure out the unfairness of such a scheme.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
AP Business Writers DANIEL WAGNER and ALAN ZIBEL WRITE:
A watchdog panel overseeing the financial bailouts says the Obama administration's flagship mortgage aid program lags well behind the foreclosure crisis and leaves too many families out.
AP National Security Writer ROBERT BURNS WRITES:
In full accord on a global threat, world leaders Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama's call for securing all nuclear materials around the globe within four years to keep them out of the grasp of terrorists. They offered few specifics for achieving that goal, but Obama declared "the American people will be safer and the world will be more secure" as a result. [emphasis added]
Washington Examiner: Will Obama Create the Post Office of Health Care?
American Thinker: Ooops! Congress loses health care plan under Obamacare?
LA Times: Healthcare overhaul won't stop premium increases
Boston.com: Barney Frank gets high-altitude haranguing on health care
Here is a bit of reform. Stop giving undeserving individuals and businesses my hard earned tax dollars. If I, Mr. American Taxpayer, want to be charitable, I will do it on my own terms. The congress should not be choosing winners and losers.
AMERICAN THINK, RICK MORAN WRITES:
In fact, as several analysts have pointed out, Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie, and the FHA are all repeating the same mistakes that got us into this mess in the first place. And yet, because admitting they need reform would shift blame for the meltdown from evil, greedy bankers to stupid, conniving Democratic politicians, it appears that the government is thinking "in for a penny, in for a trillion dollars' when it comes to these now government owned mortgage lenders.
American Enterprise - Andrew Biggs writes:
"Call me picky, but what I'd like to see from tenured Ivy League professors and Nobel Prize winners is that it takes more than, oh, 30 seconds to figure out the obvious flaw in their arguments. Maybe next time."
Monday, April 12, 2010
He thinks we're rubes. I hope he's wrong. Just remember, if you vote for a Democrat, you'll get a Democrat who is just as liberal as his or her leadership.
Related article on RCP:
Ohio Dems Cast Themselves as Outsiders
Media Research Center By: Brent Baker
"So no wonder they don't really care how much a government program costs. It's not costing them anything, so why should they? And no wonder they don't care about hiking taxes on the rich. No one's hiking taxes on them."
CQ Politics Post:
"The snapshot of the Senate race, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, found Lowden favored by 46 percent of voters surveyed, while Reid had the support of 38 percent."
Sunday, April 11, 2010
ORIGINAL AP ARTICLE HERE
Saturday, April 10, 2010
From House Republican Committee on the Budget
Full transcript here (Whitehouse.gov)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Barack OBama Via AP article by ERICA WERNER:
"You're hearing a lot of talk these days about government, and government is terrible, and bureaucrats, and they're taking over and all this stuff. Look, I don't want government any more than is necessary"
Two former Fannie Mae executives said Friday that competitive pressures, combined with the political goal of increasing home ownership, were to blame for the company's decision to back riskier mortgages that fueled the housing bubble. [emphasis added]
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"The people who are angry today are more in tune with this nation's founders than ordinary Americans have been in decades.
The United States has an intricate system of checks and balances, and a government structure based on a separation of powers, and a Bill of Rights that safeguards the rights of states and the rights of the people precisely because the greatest collection of political talent and philosophical insight ever assembled on this continent -- and maybe anywhere on this planet -- looked at the concept of government and said, "We need to make a really small cage for this thing, then be careful not to overfeed it."
Read the whole thing
By Kevin OBrien, The Plain Dealer
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Federal officials say the FBI is probing whether a man tried to ignite his shoes on a DC to Denver flight. An official says an air marshal on the flight apparently restrained the man, and he is being interviewed by the FBI in Denver.http://cbs4denver.com/national/united.flight.663.2.1618688.html
Update (9:23 PM) :
He may have just been - smokin in the boys room
AP: 47 percent of US households will pay no federal income tax for 2009.
He may have just been, smokin in the boys room
""Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan chastised critics on Wednesday by pointing out that Congress pushed the U.S. central bank to make sure lending to poorer Americans kept rising in the 2000s."
The Hill By Sen. John Kerry
The result of President Obama’s steely-eyed thinking in his Nuclear Posture Review is a substantive statement that maintains our nuclear deterrence while addressing the new security challenges we face. Finally, America’s nuclear policy reflects post-Cold War reality.
The Hill By J. Taylor Rushing
“The problems are so severe in our country, our debt is so severe and the impact is so great in the near and long term that it’s time for some of us to take a stand. We may lose. But we’re not going to give up on doing the tough things that Washington needs to do, and if that earns us consternation, so be it.”
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES WRITES:
The other thing is the way incomprehension becomes demonization. Because conservatives don’t understand at all what the other side believes, everything becomes a conspiracy theory: Obama must be indulging his grotesque ambition, because who could possibly believe that doing what he did is a good idea?
Every time someone talks about reaching across the partisan divide, remember this: one side literally can’t understand what the other wants.
The author of the linked article discusses recent write downs. What can also be gleaned is that many people will lose employer provided benefits, and the cost to the tax payer will surely escalate.
James A. Klein of the American Benefits Council WRITES IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:
"The real story here—and the one that is getting little attention—is that the new law will likely result in a change of drug coverage for 1.5 million to two million retirees as they are moved from their employer-sponsored plans, according to a study we commissioned by former Office of Management and Budget official Don Moran. Reasonable people can differ as to whether shifting retirees to the Medicare drug program is good or bad policy. But two things are certain. First, it will cost the federal government more money. Second, employers will be excoriated when it happens."
Monday, April 5, 2010
POLITICO By JAMES HOHMANN
But instead of barnstorming their districts celebrating their historic accomplishment, some have been content to remain beneath the radar, reluctant to advertise their role in passing the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic policy agenda
PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES WRITES:
But these days, insulting large blocs of Americans, implying that the rural and small-town and (ahem) white minority is the only genuine part of the country, seems to be cost-free.
CBSNews.com by Edecio Martinez writes:
Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of the march was that a topless woman out in public shouldn't attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Via Instapundit. Read the whole post here: JammieWearingFool
FRANK RICH, NYT OP-ED COLUMNIST WRITES:
NOT since Clark Kent changed in a phone booth has there been an instant image makeover to match Barack Obama’s in the aftermath of his health care victory. “He went from Jimmy Carter to F.D.R. in just a fortnight,” said one of the “Game Change” authors, Mark Halperin, on MSNBC. “Look at the steam in the man’s stride!” exclaimed Chris Matthews. “Is it just me, or does Barack Obama seem different since health care passed?” wrote Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast, which, like The Financial Times, ran an illustration portraying the gangly president as a newly bulked-up Superman.
Pwn- meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival,
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Note that Bush never defended himself against the likes of Keith Olberman. History will be the judge of who the creep was in that case.
POLITICO'S JONATHAN MARTIN & JONATHAN ALLEN WRITE:
In an interview that aired on CBS’s "Early Show" Friday, Obama said the rhetoric employed by the chief chatterers of the conservative movement is “troublesome” — and he cast Limbaugh and Beck as demagogues who cash in on the fears of Americans struggling through a rough economy.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Yahoo News' Brett Michael Dykes Writes:
In this climate, at least some Democratic insiders are expressing relief at the reports that the White House will be quarantining some stretches of the November election map from upcoming Obama visits. [emphasis added]
"I have no doubt that this is the case," a Democratic consultant who requested anonymity because of ongoing relationships with the White House told Yahoo! News. "Thank goodness the White House is doing this, since there are many of us who wish that this would have been the case with the Massachusetts Senate seat. To me, it shows some real foresight and strategic thinking on the political-operations side of the White House."
COMMON AMERICAN JOURNAL: http://commonamericanjournal.com/?p=12686
"Congressman Phil Hare: I don't worry about the Constitution to be honest with you."
From a Miami Herald Opinion Piece: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/01/1557877/new-lifeline-for-struggling-homeowners.html
"For homeowners who played by the rules -- those who weren't lured by absurdly low balloon interest rates and managed to stay out of trouble -- this is a bitter pill to swallow. They neither asked for nor received help from the government to meet their payments. "
Thursday, April 1, 2010
POLTICO BY Rick Berman ORIGINAL ARTICLE
By creating a new spending entitlement when Medicare is facing $38 trillion in unfunded liabilities, it is not a stretch to say the U.S. is nearing a precipice that has no precedent.
AP by CARLA K. JOHNSON
2 million eager for health care on parents' plans