Last night the GOP chose Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana to provide the rebuttal to President Obama’s address.
The GOP appears to be scraping the bottom of the barrel. In this video taped a few weeks ago Boutsany is heard saying “I think there are questions. We’ll have to see.” in response to a question if he believed that Obama is a US citizen and that his birth certificate from Hawaii is real.
Of all members of the party this was the best the GOP could find for the response? A member of the “birther” movement. That deranged group who claims President Obama is not a citizen and therefore can not be president.
Listening to the response it is evident that it was written before Obama’s address. Many of Boustany’s points were in direct contradiction to what Obama said. They didn’t even wait to ..continue reading
As a private investor I watch MSNBC from time to time. I always found Maria Bartiromo, who has been with the financial channel for years, to be well educated and fairly knowledgeable about the financial markets. or at least that is what I thought.
Yesterday she was on a show discussing health care reform. Medicare came up in the discussion. She tried to point out that Medicare is not a good health plan. She then turned to Congressman Anthony Weiner of NY and thought she had him cornered with the question of why he was not on the plan if it was so good. The problem is that Weiner is 44 and Medicare is only available to those 65 and over.
This exchange points out how uninformed, even supposedly educated people are about Medicare, a government program that is highly valued by the majority of seniors. The other thing that is not ..continue reading
This week’s Newsweek has an article by Jacob Weisberg that makes some excellent points related to who is actually driving seniors to make life ending decisions.
And the answer is the Republicans.
Remember all the “death panel” hysteria from the Republicans. All lies except there is some truth to it when you look at what measures Republicans backed in previous years.
Chuck Grassley, who ran around his town hall meetings stating that the plans the Democrats have put forth will “pull the plug on grandma” was the architect of part of the Estate Tax cut that was passed in 2001. Under this provision beginning on January 1, 2010 the estate tax will drop to zero for estates of any size until December 31, 2010. On January 1, 2011 the estate tax will be reinstated and at the top rate the government will receive 55% of any estate values over $1 million.
In my last post I mentioned Nixon’s drive to try to discredit Ted Kennedy.
Nixon and Kennedy are tied in history in another way as Paul Krugman points out in his column in the New York Times.
The Republicans under Nixon proposed a health care plan that is very similar to the one being proposed by the Democrats today. A plan that failed to pass because of lack of support by Democrats. Ted Kennedy has stated that he regrets not supporting a bi-partisan plan at the time.
Kennedy’s lack of support was at least partially due to the acrimonious relationship he had with Nixon.
As Krugman points out the world today is not what it was in Nixon’s day. The Health Care industry did not have a stranglehold on the US and the right wing fringe did not have the control it has today. Right wing ideology did not drive every decision as it seems ..continue reading