In the aftermath of his sham health care summit, President Obama has made clear his determination to proceed to try to jam through his radical legislation.
Published on TheHill.com on February 23, 2010
One out of 10 Republican congressmen is a doctor, and two GOP senators — Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming — also practiced medicine before joining Congress. The Republican Party should send its doctors to the White House for the healthcare summit President Barack Obama is staging right before he tries to ram through his ObamaCare legislation.
Polls show that when it comes to healthcare, the public respects doctors far more than it does politicians or health economists. The House and Senate doctors should say to Obama: “You are the president and we respect your status. But, Mr. President, when it comes to healthcare, we are doctors and we know a lot more than you do.”
We don’t believe that there is any chance of stopping Obama’s renewed push for his horrible health care changes in the Senate. Harry Reid is going to use the reconciliation procedure to jam it through with 51 votes — and he will get them. All the hype about how difficult it will be is to distract us from the real battle which will come in the House.
There, where every member faces re-election, it will be a lot harder for Pelosi to round up the vote she needs. Last time she passed health care by 220-215. This time, a lot of the Democrats who voted for health care are going to be so worried about re-election that they might be induced to jump ship.
A review of In Search of Self Governance by Scott Rasmussen
With his up-to-the-second published polls, Scott Rasmussen has revolutionized the way politics is practiced in America. Now, in his new book, In Search of Self-Governance, he bids us all remember that the real political debate is not left vs. right, but rather between being governed by a bureaucracy and self-governance.
He begins his short, easily readable book by debunking the myth that big business wants a free market without government regulation. Instead, he points out, they want to use government intervention – through regulations and the tax code – to assure their continued bigness and dominance. When Philip Morris — or Altria in its new incarnation, supported FDA regulation of tobacco in order to guarantee its current market domination, we all saw an illustration of how right Rasmussen is.
As the story below indicates, our prediction of a month ago is, unfortunately, coming true: Obama is planning one final push to pass healthcare with no Republican support. Disguising his true intentions behind a health care summit which is designed to fail, he will try to pass the Senate bill in the House and send it to the White House to become law. Then, he will use the reconciliation procedure (which lets him pass budget related bills in the Senate with only 51 votes) to push through additional legislation which modifies the bill to suit House and Senate liberals (probably including a public option).
We need to rally one last time to STOP him!
Obama will probably get the House liberals to go along with passing the Senate bill as long as reconcilation looms in the future. He will also have no trouble getting the 51 votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate.
Published on TheHill.com on February 16, 2010
One of my favorite quotes about politics comes from Henry Kissinger in his book Years of Upheaval, his memoir of the Ford presidency: “A statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his vision and his nation’s experience. If his vision gets too far out ahead of his nation’s experience, he will lose his mandate. But if he hews too close to the conventional, he will lose control over events.”
Now, at once, we see both happening to President Barack Obama.
Enter Coats. Exit Bayh. Bye, bye, Bayh!
The first time Evan Bayh gets a serious race for re-election, he quits!
The Scott Brown victory is still rippling through the House and the Senate causing retirements among committed, dedicated, long-term liberal Democrats. Seeing voter anger, they are heading for the hills.
When President Obama’s leading counter-terrorism staff member, John Brennan, says that “politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda”, he has it exactly backwards.
It is the president’s efforts to crow about how effective he is in fighting terrorism that are helping al-Qaeda. What kind of policy is it to announce to the world that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who attempted to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit this past Christmas, is talking to investigators and giving them much valuable information? Obama’s people put the story out to counter accusations that their decision to try Mutallab in a civilian court and to permit him access to an attorney jeopardized efforts to interrogate him. Stung by the charge that they were blowing a chance to learn about subsequent al-Qaeda plans, they told the media that Mutallab was being very co-operative, especially after a visit from his family.
Published on TheHill.com February 9,2009
President Barack Obama has so lowered expectations for the Republican Party that if they come to the healthcare summit he has called at the White House with concrete and well-articulated proposals, it will blow the country away. Repeatedly, the president has fashioned the GOP as the party of “no”, goading them by saying, “If you have any ideas, bring them on”.
If the Republican Party wins every senate seat in which it now holds a lead, according to Rasmussen’s polls, it will capture eight Democratic seats while holding all of its own. The two remaining pickups, to assure control, could be in Indiana where former Senator Dan Coats may run against Senator Evan Bayh and in California.