Archive for February, 2010

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That’s What Elections Are For

February 25, 2010

Fox News is reporting that President Obama ended the health care summit by threatening to pass a health care reform bill without Republican support.  BHO said, “If we’re unable to resolve differences over health care, we will need to move ahead on decisions,” alluding to using reconciliation, a controversial maneuver that prevents a GOP filibuster by requiring only 51 votes.  How much did that summit cost tax payers?

But what’s more interesting was his follow up comment.  Obama added that if voters are unhappy with the results, then “that’s what elections are for.”

Did the President just dare the American public to vote him and other supporters of the health care bill out of office?  Neither the Congress or the President has an approval rating anywhere near 50%.  Be careful what you ask for…you just might get it.

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Obama’s New Healthcare Proposal?

February 22, 2010

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

President Obama’s tired new healthcare proposal is a rehash of the Senate Bill that passed on Christmas Eve.  At least Fox news Reports, the version BHO is now touting does not include a public option.  But, you have to admit it’s funny when a White House staffer says the plan is “offset,” or pays for itself.  What I’d really like to know is why do we need a Health Insurance Rate Authority?  Couldn’t the Health and Human Services Department monitor insurance industry behavior and publish an annual report?

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Sarah Palin vs. Family Guy

February 19, 2010

I have to start this post by mentioning that I am a HUGE Family Guy fan.  Yes, it’s a cartoon and the humor is sometimes tasteless, but its also funny and irreverent.  What I like best is their willingness to take on any issue – they are equal opportunity offenders!

I watched the episode a couple of days after it aired.  While there were a few crass comments, I didn’t find it very offensive.  At one point Ellen, the “Down Syndrome Girl” is asked what her parents do.  She replies that “her Dad is an accountant and her Mom used to be the Governor of Alaska.”  Sarah Palin was offended and posted comments on Facebook, which quickly became national news.

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NY Times Examines the Tea Party

February 16, 2010

The NY Times published an interesting article today regarding the Tea Party movement.  It’s fascinating that there are so many factions within the Tea Party movement, yet everyone is aligned around the goal of “freedom from tyranny.”  Good read, but long.

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Sen. Evan Bayh Does Not Love Congress

February 15, 2010

Fox News is reporting that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh (Indiana) has announced that he will not seek re-election this November.  During the press conference, he said, “I love working for the people of Indiana,” he said. “But I do not love Congress.”

Classic comment!  Supposedly his decision is personal, not political.  It seems to me that two terms would be enough for just about anyone.