Imagine having a Cardiologist prepare your Will
We have a Congress and Senate that is made up of lawyers — at least 90% have a legal background. We have a handful of doctors and a sprinkling of engineers and business owners. So it can’t be a surprise that what they’re coming up with in health care is a complete muddle. Why do we expect anything cogent or useful to come from a | Read More »
Why can’t someone take HR 2454 to the Supreme Court?
Since the news yesterday that the House members voted on a bill that did not exist and could not be read in its entirety, why can’t someone or some group that is affected by the law bring suit in federal court to have the law struck down?
Time for a Walk Out?
Watching the Markey-Waxman Bill lurching through the charade the Democrats have made of the legislative process, I can only ask: is it time for the Republicans to walk out? It is clear that the Democrats want no true give-and-take. In spite of all their words of ‘bi-partisan’ efforts and support, they are interested in ramming things through with false melodrama about the crisis and | Read More »
Bring Healthcare Home Where It Belongs
The breaking news this morning is a report that representatives from ‘the health care industry’ have developed a plan to save $2Trillion dollars over the next decade so that the President can get his universal health care plan. This bit of news should send warning signals to everyone involved. The gist of the story is that the “health care industry” sees the need for a | Read More »
I’m a bit surprised that none of the RedState wits have failed to notice the hopefully unintended connection between the Chrysler bailout and the President’s leadership style… A fiat is an arbitrary decree made by someone with ultimate authority (and no accountability). I’ve been laughing on several levels at the feds’ combination of Chrysler and Fiat as the means to rescue the company, but it | Read More »
A True Fifty State Strategy
A Red State post earlier this week on the impact of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on the 2012 primaries prompted me to think once again about the election process. I’ve been troubled by the way that small states have had unusual sway in the process and how the tortuous process has led to the way-too-early-demise of various candidates. ”Super Tuesday” and other things have | Read More »
News reports that Representative Pete Stark of California has been claiming his residence in Maryland as his primary residence for tax purposes shows another example of outsourcing. This time, the folks in his district have decided to outsource their legislative seat to a man who makes two trips a month back to the home district, but for all other intents and purposes is a resident | Read More »
This past week, the President launched his Health Care Summit and named his nominee to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Governor Sebelius. During these events he spoke eloquently of ‘shared responsibility,’ and like a lot of his speeches, this seemed to be something both profound and appropriate. But like most of his speeches, a bit of thinking about the words leads | Read More »
Crisis and Opportunity
For months now, we’ve been treated to variations of assertions that “a time of crisis is a great opportunity.” First it was Rahm Emmanuel, then the President and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The endless repetition of the phrase is making it the first catch phrase of the new administration, taking its place among the ranks of Presidential sound bites such as “I did | Read More »
Saving a few ‘Too Big To Fail’ Creates Millions “Too Small to Succeed”
We’ve heard since the financial crisis came to a head last September that it was essential to bailout the banks and the automakers because they ‘were too big to fail.’ We were assured that if we acted quickly and massively with financial aid, things would get back on track and the economic recession would be weakened and the economy would recover. So the last days | Read More »
Where’s the Exit Strategy?…Or even the Initial Strategy?
The news this morning indicates that AIG, one of the companies that started the bailout mania, is asking for $30B more in government aid, and the Obama administration seems inclined to provide it. Both GM and Chrysler have indicated that they need more, but have a less enthusiastic response for now. Citigroup is being infused with even more government money, and Fannie and Freddie just | Read More »
We Don’t Need to Be Stimulated, only Empowered
Mr. President, I ask you to reflect on the history of America and trust in ‘We the People’ instead of ‘the government.’ We are Americans, and we have a rich and lasting history of doing what others do not. We tamed rivers, built railroads, industry, cities and farms because we had the most powerful force available: freedom. Our Constitution guarantees our freedoms and the opportunity | Read More »
Recovery.gov – a great example of government transparency
The White House has their recovery website (http://www.recovery.gov)up and it promises transparency and accountability because ‘its your money.’ I am glad that they realize that simple fact. Their promise of transparency and accountability stumbles out of the gate like much else they’ve done in the past several weeks. When you click on the bar chart on the left margin of the site to see where | Read More »
Whose Bill was This, Anyhow?
Fox News is reporting that the Porkulus bill passed in such a rush last week includes caps on executive pay that were much more restrictive than the President or the Treasury Secretary wanted. Senator Chris Dodd is credited with inserting language for the tougher restrictions. The President was all over the airwaves and newspapers calling this “his package.” Now we find out that it’s not | Read More »
Anger and Action
The posts here at Red State are forceful expressions of the anger and frustration caused by Congress and the President for their part in the ‘stimulus’ bill. Everyone who has written understands the implications and impact of this horrendous and flawed legislation. Everyone is rightfully angry, and many have come up with a number of creative solutions to the question ‘What do we do?” We’re | Read More »
Contrasting Presidential Styles
President Obama went to great lengths to associate himself with the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, going so far as to use the same Bible as Lincoln used for the oath of office. The media chimed in with lots of fluffy comparisons about the two and we all waited with eagerness to see what would unfold. Before the celebration of President Lincoln’s birthday, we found out | Read More »
The swiftness and complete audacity of the President’s actions in the last three weeks perplexed and shocked many of us. We were all lulled by decency and ‘hope’ to allow a little bit of time before becoming openly antagonistic to the President and his staff as part of our tradition of peaceful transition of power. The actions of the President and the Democrats in the | Read More »
Time to Turn some Blue Dogs Red
I think we should encourage Rep Heath Schuler and the 10 other Democrats that clearly see the danger of the Porkulus package to end their careers to join us on this side of the aisle. I’m sure that Rep. Boehner could serve up some committee assignments that make them feel welcome, even though it’s obvious to all that Republican members are being totally ignored.
Apply the New Standards to Community Based Organizations
Recent posts have shown that legislation, as well as Porkulus, are funneling large sums of money to ‘community based organizations.’ Given the President’s expressed idea that there ‘can’t be two sets of rules,’ it then follows that these organizations must also be treated the same way as the banks and other commercial entities that have received government funds. The compensation of the executives and staffs | Read More »
Taking Air Force One Out for a Spin
Tonight the President took his first trip aboard Air Force One. He had the crew take him 152 miles (actually a bit less in direct air miles), which probably took all of 25-30 minutes, but used a tremendous amount of fuel to lift the giant airplane aloft. This trip was to meet with House Democrats on their previously planned retreat, and it gave him a | Read More »