Monthly Archives: February 2010

“Jam through”? After a year?






“Jam through”? After a year?  -Truly amazing what they can get away with, sometimes. After a year of every kind of legislative foot-dragging ever contrived, after encouraging the synthetic tea partiers to disrupt and to derail genuine discussion, how at this stage can any officeholder say that Obama and/or Democrats in Congress are trying to ‘jam through’ health care legislation?Sen. Lamar Alexander did it today,… Read More

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White House health care summit 12:54 p.m.






White House health care summit 12:54 p.m.  –Rep. Louise Slaughter now making a plain and succinct statement, “Pre-existing condition [as a reason for denial of coverage] has got to go.” It is not entirely plain, however, whether prohibiting denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions is one on the short list of “commonalities,” as Rep. George Miller identified them, between Democrats and Republicans.President Obama opened the… Read More

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White House health summit 11:53 a.m.






White House health summit 11:53 a.m.  –Some brighter moments a few minutes ago, but same-old same-old from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisc. To wit: “WashingtonWashingtonWashingtonWashington.”Ryan is using the GOP talking point, of course: We’re all in favor of health care. We’re all in favor of reducing waste, fraud and abuse. We’re just not in favor of Washington doing it. We don’t want government-run health care.Obama… Read More

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White House health summit 11:17 a.m.






White House health summit 11:17 a.m.  —Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma just wrapped up a few minutes ago. Focus: “cost containment.” (This was introduced as “our framing statement” by Mitch McConnell. McConnell devoted his remarks to opinion polls, to make an argument basically that all Dems shd just give up and go home.)Coburn, saying that one out of three health care dollars does not go… Read More

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White House health summit 10:32 a.m.






White House health summit 10:32 a.m.  –Following President Obama’s opening statement, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner turn to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to “frame” (McConnell’s word) the Republican opening statement. We’re not off to a good start. Alexander, advertised as introducing the Republicans’ proposals, starts speaking c. 10:23 a.m. He spends at least 90 percent of his time arguing against the Dems, in favor of… Read More

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Rep. Betty Sutton: “It comes very late”






Rep. Betty Sutton: “It comes very late”  –Another good point, in the ongoing Toyota hearing, this from Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio. When Toyota USA head James Lentz testifies again that the company is now going to include a North American rep on its committee on fixing problems, back in the home company, Rep. Sutton comments mildly that the news is good, but “I have to… Read More

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Why aren’t tea partiers angry about insurance abuses? Part 1. CPAC came and went its course in Washington this year, revealing once again that it has nothing to offer in the way of principled conservatism. As might be expected of supposed ‘rebels’ actually backed by big-time funding, it also demonstrated, to any tea partiers actually paying attention, that ‘conservative’ movers and shakers are no more… Read More

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ORGANIZING FOR AMERICA receives pledges for four million volunteer hours for 2010 election season






ORGANIZING FOR AMERICA gets four million volunteer hours pledged for 2010 election season   Signs of life. Participatory democracy is not dead, or even buried under icy heaps of dun-colored snow.   Following up on previous posts–some more good news, as far as it goes. First: 4M hours pledged, to work for candidates and officeholders who boost health care reform:   Organizing for America, the… Read More

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