Archive for January 28th, 2010

Pelosi Turns to New Tactic to Ram Health Care Reform Through House

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The Dems still aren’t listen to the voters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing a $300 billion “fix” to the Senate health care bill, saying that her chamber could approve the Senate’s package if those changes are made first.

Senior Democratic aides told Fox News that Pelosi has offered up the new package of changes to Senate Democratic leaders, with the hope that they will be able to pass it using a controversial procedural maneuver known as “reconciliation.” The maneuver would allow Democrats to pass the measure with just 51 votes, without having to first overcome the normal 60-vote threshold.

Some Democrats are keen on using that process, since the election last week of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts broke the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority. However, some Democratic moderates — notably Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh — have balked at using the controversial tactic to ram through health care reform measures.

Pelosi announced last week that she did not have the votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as is.

But Pelosi says that if the Senate, and House, will approve the package of adjustments first, the House can then take up the original Senate bill.

President Obama pledged to press ahead with health care reform in his State of the Union address Wednesday night. He said he would not “walk away” from the issue and urged Congress to stand with him.

“Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close,” Obama said.

The president urged Congress to take “another look” at the plan on the table, but at the same time offered to hear out new ideas from both parties.

Any move to then drive through a “fix” to the Senate bill using reconciliation is sure to draw fierce protest from Republicans, who want the president to take a fresh approach to the health care bill.

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“Obama’s Sorry State of the Union Speech” By Kevin McCullough

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

At roughly 9:48pm EST, in the midst of President Obama’s first State of the Union address he begged us to “let him know!”

The president was defending his push for his vision of universal health care when he threw down the challenge in a speech that seemed strangely and wholly disconnected from the experience of the average American family.

As far as expectations for the State of the Union the president’s speech was a sizable failure.

By my count President Obama made several significant policy pivots — for the first time he advocated the use of nuclear power, domestic drilling, clean coal, capital gains tax cuts, spending freezes, and called on Congress to “tighten their belts” just as American families are being forced to do.

Acting on previously published advice from Democratic strategist James Carville, President Obama took the opportunity, by my count at least eight times, to mention Bush administration. He did this not to give President Bush and his team credit for the low unemployment we enjoyed during his eight years in office, or the national security they provided. Instead, he brought up the Bush administration to place blame for the problems that have only grown since President Obama entered the White House.

He gave lip service to the need to create new jobs. Yet, in almost the same breath, he claimed he had rescued the economy in 2009. He claimed to have saved 2 million jobs with the stimulus bill (though the Congressional Budget office does not endorse his numbers or view his on the matter the way he implied it does in his speech.) But the number of jobs lost on his watch exceeds 3 million.

Most shocking of all, perhaps, was his insistence on ramming health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation down the throats of American voters even though they have roundly rejected his proposals on these issues.

He referred to himself in the speech more than 100 times. And made absolutely absurd demands that appeared to be almost dishonest. But noticeably absent in his speech was any mention of how he handled the mirandizing of a terrorist captured after a failed terror attack on Christmas Day. — The fourth such attack on our nation in just his first year in office.

He also made several statements that were painfully obvious, from noting that, “jobs must be our number one focus in 2010” to “the true engine of jobs creation is our nation’s businesses.”

He also drew laughter at himself with one liners, “For those who have yet to believe the overwhelming scientific evidence that exists on climate change” to the line “all of this before I walked in the door.”

President Obama’s State of the Union address was poorly thought out, not terribly well executed, and, in the end, tremendously ineffective.

It was also terribly inappropriate when he openly encouraged belligerent reaction against the Supreme Court with the Justices sitting in the chamber. It was a cheap shot, and multiple constitutionalists and scholars believe it may have violated the spirit embodied in our government’s commitment to the separation of powers.

Add to this stemwinder of a speech that he will work towards an unhealthy and unsafe environment for homosexuals in our nation’s military ranks.

He closed the sale by announcing yet another deadline for terrorists in Iraq to bide their time for, specifically August of 2010.

It was messy, incoherent, disorganized, and most regrettably defiant.

Which I guess when you think of it, defines the state of our union pretty well.

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Scientists in Climate-Gate Scandal Hid Data

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

More information is coming out on “Climategate”.

The university at the center of the climate change scandal over stolen e-mails broke the law by refusing to hand over its raw data for public scrutiny.

The University of East Anglia breached Britain’s Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming.

The Information Commissioner’s Office decided that UEA failed in its duties under the act but said that it could not prosecute those involved because the complaint was made too late, The Times of London has learned. The ICO is now seeking to change the law to allow prosecutions if a complaint is made more than six months after a breach.

The stolen e-mails, revealed on the eve of the Copenhagen summit, showed how the university’s Climatic Research Unit attempted to thwart requests for scientific data and other information, and suggest that senior figures at the university were involved in decisions to refuse the requests. It is not known who stole the e-mails.

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State of the Union Address 2010

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The big news today is Obama’s State of the Union Address. There are a lot of commentators commenting about it, so take some time and read what your favorites are saying about it.
Quite honestly, I didn’t hear anything different. He knows he’s in trouble for his push on health care, so he hardly mentioned it, only briefly touching on it and using that to admonish those who oppose it.
He knows that jobs are first and foremost on people’s minds, but failed to mention that his stimulus bill, rushed through the process before anyone even had a chance to read it, passed last year, was supposed to make jobs and reduce unemployment, but did the opposite with unemployment now over 10% He plays with “fuzzy” numbers to try to convince us that he has “saved” jobs, when just measuring that is virtually impossible, let alone actually doing it, which he hasn’t, as shown by the over 10% unemployment rate.
He talked about tax cuts and cuts to spending, but everything he proposes won’t be enough; won’t help at all.
He touted out his “hope and change” message trying to recapture the high he was on when he was campaigning.
But it’s a different world. He has shown his true colors and many people are wise to him now.
All I saw was the same Obama, heavy on rhetoric, light on substance.

Renewing Promise of ‘Change,’ Obama Tries to Reset Agenda
Obama Changes Message, Trips Up By Jillian Bandes
The AR Response to the 2010 State of the Union Address by Jeff Schreiber