When President Bill Clinton faced Congress in 1995, after first losing any hope of health-care reform and then control of Congress, he used his State of the Union speech to declare, “The era of big government is over.” President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night only served to remind us that the era of big speeches is over.
As America struggles with a 10 percent unemployment rate, stubbornly refusing to go down even as other economic numbers seem to rise, the public will no longer believe in speeches — only in results. As Cuba Gooding Jr. says to Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire,” Americans are saying, “show me the money.”
Published on TheHill.com on January 26, 2010
Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None, if it really wants to change.
Any president, at any time, can choose to embody the consensus his nation has reached after it has engaged in a period of extended debate. That process, called triangulation, involves the embrace of the elements advanced by the right and by the left that Americans have found valid, and the rejection of those from which they have turned away.
The long battle over health care changes is finally entering its final moments. The result could go either way. It hinges on 23 moderate House Democrats, vulnerable in the 2010 election, terrified by the Brown victory in Massachusetts, barely held in line by Pelosi and up for grabs in this new health care vote.
We need to run television ads in their districts to encourage them to put the final nail in the health care bill. Here’s the text of the ad we propose to run:
“Our Congressman, Mike Arcuri voted for Obama and Pelosi’s health care takeover. For billions in Medicare cuts. Health care rationing. Big taxes on good insurance plans. America said, “slow down”. But now Pelosi and Obama are at it again… and they want Mike Acuri as the deciding vote in a last-minute deal to take over your health care. Call Mike Arcuri at 202-xxx-xxxx and tell him to vote NO on the Obama-Pelosi healthcare takeover. That’s 202-xxx-xxxx.”
Highly informed sources on Capitol Hill have revealed to me details of the Democratic plan to sneak Obamacare through Congress, despite collapsing public approval for healthcare “reform” and disintegrating congressional support in the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all have agreed to the basic framework of the plan.
Now is the time to finish off the prospects of Obamacare with the Democrats reeling from the defeat in Massachusetts.
We must not trust them. The apparent reluctance of the House Democrats to pass the Senate version will evaporate once Obama puts his weight behind the bill and Pelosi starts to twist arms. Moderate Democrats cannot be counted upon.
We have just witnessed a massive political tsunami.
The result in Massachusetts, the single most liberal state in the nation, shows how public opinion is changing across this whole country.
First, of all, thank you for your tremendous help in moving America away from the Obama agenda!
Published on TheHill.com on January 19, 2010
On the rude arch that spanned the flood
In the April breeze their flag unfurled
Here the embattled farmer stood
And fired the shot heard round the world
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Scott Brown’s win of the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy means that any Republican can win at any time in any place. Such are the fortunes to which the Democratic Party has fallen under the ministrations of President Barack Obama.
After Obama succeeds in jamming health care changes down the collective throats of his embattled constituents, his next move will be to bring overt socialism to the United States in the guise of regulatory reform.
The legislation he seeks to pilot through the Senate (it already passed the House) literally gives the Secretary of the Treasury the power to seize any company in any sector which, in his judgment, is in danger of insolvency and whose failure would cause systemic damage to the national economy (aka – too big to fail).
Beyond a pleasing sight for the heart, what would Ted Kennedy’s seat going Republican really mean?
First, there would be the psychological effect. On Democratic donors — it would discourage them from opening their checkbooks. On Republican donors — the impact would be electric in kindling their interest and generosity. On Democratic incumbents seeking re-election — it would make the beaches and golf courses that await them in their Florida retirement homes (and the lucrative lobbying jobs in Washington) infinitely more attractive. On Republicans considering running for the House and the Senate — it will help them see the truth: That their time is at hand! (It might even help our esteemed Party Chairman Michael Steele, realize that we can capture both houses this year!)
Dear Dickmorris.com Reader:
Yesterday, on behalf of the the League of American Voters, I sent an urgent message to you that is repeated below.
I believe it is vitally important you read it and act on it. Many people may have missed it. If you have read it, I apologize, but I hope you can share it with friends as well.
Time is absolutely critical in states like Massachusetts and elsewhere and you can make a big difference. Please read my urgent message below.