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As you read this, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid are lining up their troops to drag their government takeover of health care across the finish line. This is no easy task considering how strongly the American people have objected. Even so, they are absolutely determined to jam this through with an iron fist regardless of the electoral consequences. Some of you may be worried by news reports that President Obama is again trying to appear bipartisan by giving lip service to ideas supported by Republicans. Don’t be. As long as the basis of his plan puts Washington in charge of Americans’ health care, there is nothing more to discuss. Don’t get me wrong. We’d love to see him support our ideas on their own merits. But the half measures he’s offered to toss on top of a trillion dollar bill are not a serious effort at bipartisanship. While Republicans stand strong, however, the Associated Press reports that at least 10 House Democrats who voted against the Pelosi bill may be considering changing their vote if given the opportunity. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Chicago-style politics once again coming home to roost. The Weekly Standard is reporting that Obama is now selling judgeships for health care votes. For anyone other than a delusional egomaniac, the fact that you have a super majority yet still cannot pass legislation — because no one wants it — would be enough to tell you, hey, maybe this isn’t a very good idea. Not Obama! Raised up politically in Chicago, he resorts to what he knows; strong arm tactics and outright bribery. This isn’t the first time more than just shades of his Chicago political background have come into play. He pulled the Chicago version of the petulant child saying “La la la, I can’t hear you” when he tried to freeze out Fox News and censor the citizenry’s news. Please click here for the rest of the post.
First, the GOP said it needed diversity and chose the orange Charlie Crist over the Latino, Marco Rubio. Then the GOP said it needed to do better outreach in the black community, so it ignored Michael Williams in Texas and tried to find a rich white guy to run for the Senate. Now that Kay Bailey Hutchison has lost the Texas primary to Rick Perry without even making it into a runoff, the Washington, D.C. Republicans are scared to death a black man might actually get appointed to the Senate as a Republican. Kay Bailey Hutchison has said over and over and over, as recently as a few weeks ago, that she would leave the Senate by November. Now the Senate Republicans are begging her to stay so they don’t have to have Michael Williams. Why? Michael Williams is not only black, but he is a Jim DeMint supported conservative. I hope you get the sarcasm here. No, the GOP is not truly trying to block Marco Rubio and Michael Williams because they are minorities. The GOP is trying to block them both because they are conservatives who have the potential to win. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Ask yourself this question: if Nancy Pelosi were trying to lose control of the House, what would she do differently? Elevating her extreme liberal California pal Pete Stark to temporary leadership of the Ways and Means Committee is a great way to further alienate independents and divide Democrats. Stark is the man who called the black Secretary of Health and Human Services ‘a disgrace to his race.’ He blamed the first Gulf war on cheerleading from his ‘Jewish colleagues.’ He said a female colleague learned what she knew about medicine from ‘pillow talk‘ with her physician husband. He accused a California official of wanting to ‘kill children.’ Just last year he secretly taped the ethics investigators looking into the tax break he claimed for establishing resident in Maryland, and he berated and insulted them while he did so. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Should President Obama politicize the Federal Reserve? If so, what would he accomplish? Ezra Klein of the Washington Post seems to think he should, and that this would somehow magically create jobs – but you would look long and hard for an explanation of how this would work. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Klein is the Washington Post’s resident left-wing blogger (as opposed to its resident left-wing activist, Greg Sargent, or its resident right-wing bloggers or activists…of which it employs none) and one of the prime examples of a paid, professional left-wing blogger who has never held a job besides blogger/pundit. Klein is well-read, wonkish and earnest to a fault – he’s perhaps the last man in Washington who takes government financial projections at face value – but often comically insulated from how the world works, and why. I follow his Twitter feed in large part for the entertainment value of watching him attempt to navigate the most mundane daily tasks – he gives off the impression of a man who can’t brush his teeth in the morning without a position paper telling him how. I suppose in some ways I was like that myself once, but then I went to law school, got married, got a job, kids, a house, a mortgage…the sort of things that force you to engage the world at a level other than theory. Anyway, Klein posted yesterday on his enthusiasm for a piece by Neil Irwin, also in the WaPo, on the opening of a third vacancy at the Fed and what it could mean for monetary policy going forward. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Bob Bennett, so intent on winning re-election in Utah cast as the social conservative he is not, insisted that he be the Republican point man on gay marriage in Washington, D.C. Bennett sponsored a resolution that would force DC to put the issue to a referendum vote. But did Bennett fight for the legislation and force the Senate to vote on it? Nope. Gay marriage begins in DC tomorrow. Thanks, Bob. Oh, and thanks to Bennett’s bungling, Catholic adoption agencies in DC that refuse to handle gay adoptions are having to shut down. Please click here for the rest of the post.