Archive for ‘November, 2009’

Obama & Afghanistan >

I would bet that most Americans who voted in 2008 for Barack Obama didn’t think that he would go into office and send thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in his first year in office.  But that’s where this White House is headed. Regardless of whether the correct decision would …

That Dadgum Media >

Unless you turned off your computer and TV over the weekend, you probably spent some of Thanksgiving weekend chatting with friends and family about some of the big issues facing the nation at this time, like what happened the other day at the home of Tiger Woods. It didn’t take long …

Back To Work >

The Senate returns to work today after a week off for Thanksgiving, and the pending matter on the floor is the debate on health care legislation from Democrats.  It will be a busy run to Christmas for Senators. “What happens next is we legislate,” said Jim Manley, the chief spokesman …

Senate Health Stuff >

I am still plowing through the health care bill from Democrats in the U.S. Senate, finding provisions that deserve a second look, and straining to figure out what huge chunks of this legalistic text actually mean. On page 32, the bill would make hospitals publish a price list for basic …

Afghan War Surtax >

The White House on Monday shied away from the mention of plans unveiled last week by Democrats in the House, which would levy an income surtax to pay for the increasing costs of the war in Afghanistan. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the issue of the cost …

A Busy December >

You have heard the talk already about how busy the U.S. Senate will be in December with debate and votes on major health care legislation from Democrats.  Well, you know what?  They have a ton of things to do other than that as well. This list of “To-Do” items would …

Not So Fast >

While we have been talking about how the Senate will start the debate on health care reform after a break for Thanksgiving, it’s not exactly going to be a fast start when Senators return. When the Senate left town after the 60-39 vote on Saturday night that paved the way …

Health Care Ad War >

More liberal groups were firing out emails at a high rate on Monday, beating the bushes for donations to make sure that health care reform doesn’t go down the legislative tubes in coming weeks, a sure sign of the battle that lies ahead. “We could still lose this fight,” said …

Health Bill Politics >

Now that Democrats have cleared the first hurdle in the U.S. Senate on health care legislation, look for Republicans to target every single one of those Democratic Senators who is running for election in 2010. And why not?  It’s a pretty simple campaign formula when you think about it. Because every one …

What’s Next >

With the Senate off for Thanksgiving week, the debate over Democratic health care legislation won’t resume until next week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t handicap where it stands. Democrats did take another step forward on Saturday night when they mustered the 60 votes to force the start of official …