According to a report in The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the media for setting the August deadline to pass healthcare legislation: Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark. “That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn't done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn't mean we’re not going to get a quality product." So, I've gotta ask, where was Senator Reid when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was sure she'd meet Obama's deadline in an article from this past May: Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Obama today that the Democratic-led House will have a health care bill on the floor before Read more
The Cash for Clunkers program is one of the rare parts of the stimulus program that I thought was an OK idea. It is essentially a targeted tax cut or rebate program. This puts money directly into consumers’ hands so that they can spend it. Granted the government is directing it towards a certain objective. Personally, I would prefer a broad based tax cut so that folks could spend the money on housing, clothing, or whatever their family will need. The real stated objective of the program is to remove fuel inefficient vehicles off the road. As such this is a much preferable method than the ham handed tactic of changing the CAFÉ standards and government mandates. In fact if more funding had gone into this program instead of the pork that is in the Stimulus Bill than we might actually have gotten some stimulus from this program. My problem has been with the execution. The program Read more
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By a vote of 400 in favor the House passed a 636 billion dollar defense bill which included funding for a new Presidential helicopter that they can’t get right, but cut the best Air Fighter in the world. They did keep extra money for spare parts. Ironically, the administration may have killed as many jobs as its 738 billion dollar stimulus created by cutting the one project. They also increased military health care including funding to take care of traumatic brain injury.
New Jersey's elite is even fed up with the corruption. Even the Cook Report can't pretend this race has not changed. All of the major political prognosticators are leaning toward Christie. Corzine is reduced to ads which say Christie is a conservative. He should have checked his polling then he would have found conservative is a positive word in New Jersey. The governor is also trying to trash Mr. Christie for a plea bargain that had nothing to do with him. The backlash from the latest round of toll hikes won't help the Governor. Maryland--Baltimore had more indictments including additional charges against the Democrat Mayor Shelia Dixon and a new indictment against a councilwoman Helen Holton (D-Dist. 8). New York--Still broken. The good news is that they have time on their hands in the city to persecute people for facebook notes that are not PC. Free speech is dead in Manhattan Read more
"The head of Fry Manufacturing, the Laurel french-fry vending machine firm that got a $50,000 allocation from this year's bond bill, is married to a niece of Sen. Robert L. Venables -- head of the Bond Bill Committee and the legislator who added the money to the bill" screamed the News Journal. Much later in the story you find that the allocation came at the request of the DEDO (Delaware Economic Development Office) not the senator. What do you call it when an article tries to give the casual reader an impression that is the exact opposite of the truth? I call it a smear. The News Journal is better than this. The headline is outrageous. It is a smear pure and simple. The article tells us that this project was not a Venables project. It came in a package from DEDO. This is why we have an economic development office. If you don't think they should help create jobs, then abolish Read more
The Burgess amendments for tort reform in health care were all defeated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Obviously the blue dog deal did not include tort reform. Some of our readers will be happy to read this news while others will think an opportunity has been missed.
The House Commerce and Energy Committee passed two amendments which insured that public funding for most abortions does not occur. The Capps amendment insures that the commission won’t include abortion in essential services. The amendment passed by 2 votes. The Stupak amendment insured that doctors, hospitals. and insurers who do not provide abortion won’t be discriminated against.
Political commentators say that it is bad news for the President that the health care vote has been delayed until the fall. It looks like October is the likely vote time frame. I think it is good not only for America but the President. The rush to judgment is damaging the President. Doing it right could benefit all of us.
Disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick has 35% of the people who want to give him a second chance. 39% of the people do not according to a new Rasmussen Poll. That is a -4 rating. President Obama is down to 28% strongly supporting him and 40% strongly opposing him. That is a - 12 rating. Now his overall rating is 48% in favor and 51% opposed which is only -3%. The point is that President Obama has hit a rough patch like all Presidents. The question will be how does he respond. Does he take a step back and bring some of those concerned back into the fold by incorporating some free market suggestions into health care reform as Singapore did or does he continue to push on the accelerator and hope that accomplishment will be its own redemption? The President has the ability to unite the people or he can be as polarizing as the convicted dog fighter. It is his choice. Let's pray Read more
Markell and Longhurst thing the way to grow our economy is to shrink it. I wonder how do they think that this is a good idea? The governor signed two bills yesterday which will impact everyone who lives or works in Delaware. I am all for encouraging conservation, but we should not be setting into law a cut in our energy consumption such as we find in SB 106. Energy consumption is not bad. It is what gives us modern life. Every since man discovered fire energy consumption has been a part of making our lives better and transforming the world. We should be seeking better sources of energy. We should be partnering with NJ to open all of Salem in a safe and sustainable way. We should partner with our neighboring state to expand the off shore wind farm back to its original size. We can do that by working with them to ensure there is a market. We should not shackle our economy and say Read more
This is an AP story about some immediate health care costs that are being cut. Keep in mind this is happening without any new legislation needing to be passed. I am all for finding people who are breaking the law and arresting them. As with other situations, simply enforcing the existing laws will go a long ways to solving our challenges in health care. I think it is a shame that there are people with so little care for their fellow citizens that they engage in such practices of Medicare fraud. Then we have to spend millions in resources in order to regain some of the billions we are loosing from such scams. The Bush Administration started this program and the Obama Administration has expanded it. While I have done very little research into the program, the information I have seen suggests that it is money well spent. The first strike force started in 2007 in Miami, Read more
Tomorrow, there will be a candidate’s night sponsored by the League of Women Voters for the 19th District Special election. How are the questions selected? Does the audience get to question the candidates?
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To all of the people who have sent emails or texts wishing me a happy birthday, I offer my thanks. It has been an interesting time. I often speak of GOD’s timing. I have another example of it. I have had to contend with an Identity Theft situation, but thanks to a program which I just activated yesterday but signed up for earlier in the month. Everything will be taken care of and the money was stuck back in our account within hours. A fraud alert has been activated. The incident actually occurred a couple of days ago, but did not show up then. I wish that I had the monitoring activated then, but it turned out not to be much of a problem. It could have been a huge problem, but it is not. Everyone should take a small 10 or 12 dollar investment and protect themselves. I am glad that I did. Sorry for the lack of a post, but tune back in. I have been a little busy.
H. R. 3200 which is one of the House Democrat Health Reform bills is posted. An analysis of the bill by Peter Fleckstein is posted at Economic Policy Journal. It is intriguing and I hope Congressman Castle's staff sees it. There is a lot more than the quotes and it is worth reading. Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued! Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN). Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control. PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration ur Healthcare! PG Read more
Rep. Joe Booth is making his case for the 19th district state senate seat. Go visit and tell us what you think.
Why do we spend so much time on the health care reform issue this summer? As Mrs. Collins says, it is a matter of life and death. Peter Singer wrote an article for the New York Times Sunday Magazine which seems to articulate the philosophical basis for some of the provisions now surfacing. The Economic Policy Journal did a great analysis of this article. This Singer quote should get the discussion started. As a first take, we might say that the good achieved by health care is the number of lives saved. But that is too crude. The death of a teenager is a greater tragedy than the death of an 85-year-old, and this should be reflected in our priorities. We can accommodate that difference by calculating the number of life-years saved, rather than simply the number of lives saved. If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving her life counts as a gain of 70 life-years, Read more
By Nicole Collins On the national front, healthcare reform is saturating the headlines. President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are fine-tuning their rallying cries to try to make us believe that the passing of this bill will be akin to landing on the moon. Whether it will be or won’t be, requiring abortion coverage in this will certainly be detrimental. As the bill currently stands, it includes a federal mandate that nearly all health plans (public or private) cover abortions. The National Right to Life Committee calls this bill “the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.” This is a grave danger to the pro-life movement. This mandate, disguised as “healthcare,” is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to slide the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) into a bill that some people otherwise feel is necessary. It is essentially an abortion industry Read more
…I worked for Judge Bill Lee’s gubernatorial campaign last summer, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to check out this company. I spoke about the company frequently when I was at DelawareTalkRadio.com because they invented a vending machine that makes hot, fresh, french fries, and they wanted to open up a manufacturing facility in Western Sussex. It was clear they had the support of the local politicians like Rep. Biff Lee, who gave us the “heads-up” about them, but they couldn’t get to square one with the Delaware Economic Development Office. Thankfully, it looks like that’s changed.
CNN: Cambridge Cops Support Crowley I thought this was a powerful video so I wanted to share it. This is the reaction of the Cambridge police to the whole Gates incident. They are a police force I would be happy to have protecting my neighborhood. My neighborhood watch just met again on Saturday, and I am happy to say that we do have some equally good cops right here in Delaware. I have found the neighborhood watch program to be invaluable, if only for the chance it gives citizens to know their police officers better than through the brief conversations while they hand you a ticket. We need to know the people who are working to protect us, and conversly they need to know us.
Rep. John Conyers finally admitted what we already knew, that our elected officials on Capital Hill don't read those pesky pieces of paper that turn into laws and taxes and even wars because it's just too darn hard: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” I say enough is enough, you people (yes, I said, "you people" and I mean it) wanted to be in Congress and the Senate, well, it's time for you to know what you're voting on. It's time that you start doing your homework instead of having lackeys and lobbyists do it for you.... That's why I'm proposing that all Representatives and Senators attend a mandatory, Study Hall from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they Read more
The Sussex Countian is reporting that Polly Adams has decided to participate in the Sussex League of Women Voter's forum on July 30th at the County Council Chambers on the circle in Georgetown: Democratic State Senate candidate Polly Adams Mervine confirmed on Monday that she will take part in a Thursday candidate’s forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.... “Thursday will be a very tough day. Dad was the rock of our family and the fair was a big part of his life,” Mervine said. “But so was serving the people of the 19th District and I think he’d want me at this forum explaining how I plan to carry on that commitment to service.” I guess her Dad wouldn't have wanted her at the Crossroads Community Church forum in her hometown of Bridgeville in between Bridgeville and Georgetown. Meanwhile another blog is reporting that Sweet Polly Purebred had a little...um...issue...at Read more
Why kill 24,000 jobs immediately and risk 95,000 jobs (another Chrysler)? Japan wants these fighters and will keep the program going if we give it another two years. If we don't see the national security value of the program, then why not take the 1.75 billion needed to save it from the stimulus package. That one action would save more jobs then any program in the stimulus. In fact it would do as much as the package to date. Gates and Pentagon Bureaucrats are backing the end of F-22 production. They want to focus on the low end F-35. The Air Force planned for over 600 of these and cut back to 250 in order to switch the mix to more F-35 and sustain budget cuts. Stopping at 179 makes zero sense in this economy and is contrary to Air Force recommendations. Even more importantly, the sudden discontinuation of the program hinders national security by undermining the tactical air craft Read more