The political right is rejoicing over YouTube exposes of government programs. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter uses Bill Maher to illustrate the task ahead for any leader taking on the social welfare system in this country. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2kGPdxkofo
Their answer is to end programs like food stamps, medical assistance, subsidized housing and to expand public subsidies for job-creators, consumer-driven health plans etc . . . .
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On Monday, May 21, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University, will host a conference on “The Potential of Linking Quality of Medical Care with Payment Structures in the German and U.S. Healthcare Systems.” The conference will be held from 9:30am to 3:15pm at the
SEIU Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts from Germany and the United States, this conference discusses pay for … Continue reading »
After a year-long primary election contest and a record number of nationally televised debates, Republican voters don’t have a consensus candidate for president. Despite the fact they’ve had an opportunity to try a cross-section of conservative messages on for size, Republicans aren’t sure what it takes to defeat President Obama and lead this country in a new direction.
Former Governor Mitt Romney will not find being the party’s candidate for president an easy task unless the power of establishment … Continue reading »
Wolf Blitzer and CNN broke the story on Herman Cain’s latest marriage fidelity problem. Making it five at last count. Regardless of the size of Herman’s head, how can he possibly find room for what he knows that we don’t know? Plus all the things he should know as a candidate, but doesn’t? How desperate must Republican voters be to consider him presidential?
Newt has a big head too, but he’s compartmentalized the stuff we need … Continue reading »
Congressional Republicans used the debt ceiling vote this summer to force the president and the Democrats in Congress to cut entitlement spending. The president accepted the “out” of a bi-partisan Super Committee to force Republicans to commit now to allowing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to lapse at the end of 2012. Republicans’ best offer on tax reform was to do $300 billion in tax spending reduction in exchange for some permanent tax … Continue reading »
Does anyone know what House Republicans believe is so critical to their jobs policy that they will shut down the FY2012 in advance of its 10-1-11 start over 3.7 billion in federal disaster aid to state and local government? Republican majority leader Cong. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who started this, wants to pay for the latest disaster aid by cutting other federal spending. He didn’t raise the issue earlier this year, nor did he raise it back when … Continue reading »
What to Make of the “Week From Hell”
We were enjoying life at the foothills of the Teton Mountains of Wyoming while the stock market reacted to S&P’s reaction to our national political leader’s reaction to the Tea Party demands we lower federal spending in exchange for increasing our borrowing. Or maybe it reacted to the decision to delegate the future of federal spending/taxing policy to 12 members of the Congress.
In any event, no one in … Continue reading »
I thought you might be interested in a piece by Stuart Butler on the implications of a failure of PPACA to control federal health care costs. He looks at the strategic options that would be available if spending controls fail, from tightening price controls to creating a true health budget, and ponders the policy changes needed to make the options effective and their implications.
Stuart Butler Ph.D. is the Distinguished Fellow and Director for Center for Policy … Continue reading »
When the national debt dominates everything in politics, and elected Democrats are joining Republicans in advocating trillion dollar cuts in entitlement spending, and Medicare pays for one-third of all healthcare services in the country, why is it that the American medical industry insists on a break? Even though we Americans pay it 50% more for the same value results as everyone else in the world pays its medical industry. The answer: Because this industry is … Continue reading »
The Republican House Appropriations Committee approved FY 2012 spending for the Agriculture Dept with a prohibition against the enforcement of the first new nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches, asserting the improved food nutrition requirtements will cost taxpayers $ billion over five years. And they voted a bunch of exemptions including grocery stores from having to display calorie content on foods. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), who is battling incumbent Senator John Tester (D-MT) for … Continue reading »