Obama lays it on the line

22 July 2009 |permalink | email article

Tonight’s pivotal press conference by President Obama is about selling health-care reform, and the commander in chief is much more comfortable when he has a real foe like the Republican Party to blister and run against. The Washington Post/ABC News survey indicates that the public trusts Obama more than the party opposite which is unmoved that 45.7 million Americans in the U.S. as of 2007 were uninsured.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s remarks on the subject Monday at the National Press Club verged on total ignorance. He’s clueless that Harry and Louise ads which helped the GOP kill Hillary Clinton’s 1994 health care experiments, now back Obama.

Asked if Obama’s health care plan represents socialism Steele said yes. The moderator noted that in 1965, Republicans said Medicare would lead to socialized medicine. “How are you so sure health care overhaul will have the dire consequences you predict when your party was so wrong about Medicare?

Steele replied: “I think there is a legitimate debate there about the impact of Medicare and Medicaid are having on the overall fabric of our economy.” Wow! 

Jackson memorial tribute. An internal probe into the city’s handling of expenses for the event at Staples Center by L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has uncovered actions that could potentially lead to criminal or civil actions. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa adamantly insisted that the city, not Staples which is owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz of AEG fame, pay the full costs. The L.A. Times reported that a D.C. group bankrolled the mayor’s recent travel to South Africa. Blogger Eric Spillman noted the group, which gets funding from Anschutz. also paid for the mayor’s travel expenses there last year. Is there a conflict of interest here? 

Palin. The resigning Alaska governor may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts. A report obtained by the Associated Press says an investigator for the state Personnel Board said there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain. A Palin spokeswoman said she could not verify the validity of the claim because there is no final report.

Read ‘em and weep

“Were California a corporation, rather than a state, its officers would be playing tiddlywinks with Bernie Madoff in the federal slammer, having engaged in years of hide-the-pea accounting tricks…and other gimmicks to cover up the state’s perpetual operating deficits.” Dan Walters, in the Sacramento Bee



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