The Obama appears to be headed in the right direction on one issue and in the wrong direction on the other. Both involve the CIA.
On the positive side a White House spokesman announced that Eric Holder, Attorney General, will make the decision on whether to pursue prosecution of those responsible for torture carried out by the CIA under the Bush administration.
Previously President Obama stated that he wants to look forward not to the past as related to the torture allegations attributed to the CIA. But with the mounting evidence of what actually transpired I think Obama was forced to let Holder pursue the case as he sees fit. It looks like the appointment of a special prosecutor is very likely.
Hopefully those responsible for the decisions to torture, not only those who carried out the torture, will be held accountable.
The negative news is that the Obama administration will continue the practice ..continue reading
A couple of Bloomberg writers, Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary, dug up some interesting information that may lead one to believe that an average citizen’s position on health care reform may be meaningless.
In their on-line article they point out that there are 3,300 lobbyists working on health care reform. And when I say working on it I mean trying to sway Congress in the direction of their clients, health care institutions, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc.
If you do the math that works out to about 6 lobbyists for each member of Congress. The top ten lobbying firms by revenue (Patton Boggs LLP, Akin, Gump, Van Scoyoc Assoc, Podesta Group, Holland & Knight, Dutko Worldwide, Cassidy & Assoc, K&L Gates, Brownstein, Hyatt, Hogan & Hartson) as well as many others have lobbyists working on this.
The Center for Responsive Politics indicates that over $230 million was spent on lobbyists by companies and ..continue reading
As I have posted here before I am a Republican but fed up with the far right’s take over of the party. They totally destroyed what moderate Republicans are looking for.
One example of what a moderate Republican is and one who can appeal to those who are sick of both the far right and the far left is Governor Jon Huntsman of Utah who just resigned to become Ambassador to China. The Republican leadership should look at Huntsman as an example of what the fuure could be like for the party.
As governor he was a leading proponent of economic development, health-care reform, education and energy security. He also supported civil unions.
I found some of his parting advice to his replacement Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert particularly profound with all the noise these days. He said “stand up to the most intemperate, intolerant voices who, even though they tend to be the loudest, don’t ..continue reading
The healthcare reform debate is quickly getting out of hand. In the last few days extremists are now calling on people to commit violence and are threatening those attending townhall meetings. The following were posted by someone from New Mexico on Twitter.
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A call was also placed to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to threaten them with violence.
The second amendment is the right to keep and bear arms.
It is time for the Republican leadership to call on these people to come to their senses before something tragic happens. Any violence that may result because of these inane tactics will only further hurt the GOP. ..continue reading
I watched some of the Sunday talk shows today and the question of raising taxes came up. Geithner did not rule out that in the future some tax increase may be required to get the deficit under control. What Geithner said is that Obama’s administration would take whatever steps were necessary to reduce the deficit once the economy recovers. Greenspan who was also interviewed said he thought if a tax was necessary it would probably be a value added tax, or a transfer tax imposed on goods or services from production to delivery but would eventually be picked up by the consumer. He also said that this is “the least worst solution, the only thing that raises revenue in significant quantities without significantly impacting the economy.”
I noticed that the Republicans have already taken to the airwaves to decry additional taxes. While I would like to pay zero taxes ..continue reading