Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Price tag for another 'stimulus': $20B

That money should go towards creating jobs, not paying people to be out of work. One way of doing that is investing in the crumbling infrastructure. People working is the best way of stimulating the economy.

in reference to:

"The Senate appears ready to drop about $20 billion for two pieces of economic stimulus that no one wants to label “stimulus,” in the form of additional jobless benefits for unemployed workers and an extended, expanded tax credit for homebuyers."
- Price tag for another 'stimulus': $20B - Victoria McGrane - POLITICO.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Bloomberg and Thompson Spar in First NYC Mayoral Debate

Thompson has no chance of winning in November. And he doesn't deserve to win.

in reference to:

"In general, the mood inside the museum’s auditorium — where 582 tickets had been handed out — was rather rough-and-tumble. Early in the debate, a heckler jeered the mayor, interrupting the discussion. And while Bloomberg supporters in the crowd tried their best to clap loudly when the mayor made a point, supporters of Mr. Thompson repeatedly interrupted. At one point, when Mr. Bloomberg said, “I’m not out there buying votes,” one man shouted, “Yes, you are.” The disruptions got to the point that Mr. Carter warned that the police might have to be called in to remove unruly members of the audience."
- Bloomberg and Thompson Spar in First Mayoral Debate - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 a year

Like with so many problems throughout the world, education is the solution.

in reference to:

"There were 41.6m terminations worldwide in 2003, compared with 45.5m in 1995. But in 2003, says the report, 19.7m of these were unsafe, clandestine abortions. The numbers of those have hardly changed from 1995, when there were 19.9m."
- Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 a year | Life and style | The Guardian (view on Google Sidewiki)

Video: Swastika, Obama's Name Carved on Mass. Golf Course

What Happened to the 60 Filibuster-proof Vote Majority?

No excuses now:
- "When we last left our heroes, they were working with a committee divided 13-10 in favor of Democrats, with nine certain "no" votes from Republicans, and two question marks for Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Rockefeller (D-WV), who are unhappy enough with the committee product to let it be known in the press that they're unhappy. Among Republicans, of course, only Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is even remotely entertaining the idea of voting in favor of the bill"
- source: http://feeds.dailykos.com/~r/dailykos/index/~3/vCu_Ed_M8Oo/-Baucus-might-actually-make-it-to-a-vote-today

Limbaugh Calls Detroit's Poor "Obama's America"

It almost seems he says these things just to get publicity. Then again we can't ignore him because he has so many listeners that buy into his hate. We ignored Hitler's hatred until it was too late.

in reference to:

"Dumb, uninformed, shockingly, saddeningly stupid, the model citizen for Barack Obama and the Democrat Party ...There you have it, model citizens in Obama's America. "I don't know, it's coming from Obama's stash. He loves us!" That's exactly what Obama wants these people to think. And this is what socialism gets you. If these people think it's bad now trying to get money, wait until Obama fully enacts everything in his plan."
- Chris Savage: Limbaugh Calls Detroit's Poor "Obama's America" (view on Google Sidewiki)

CBS Evening News Transcript with Katie Couric (10-12-09)

Read the complete transcript. Excerpt below:

COURIC: And good evening, everyone. The Senate Finance Committee is ready to vote tomorrow on its version of health care reform, but now, at the last minute, an unexpected turn. The insurance industry, which had been an ally in the battle for reform, is suddenly blasting the Senate plan, claiming it would wind up costing Americans with insurance a whole lot more than they`re paying now. The industry put out an estimate that says by 2019, the Senate plan would have the average family paying $4,000 a year more in premiums than they would without reform.

Chip Reid is at the White House tonight, and, Chip, why the aboutface by the insurance industry, and what impact do you think this will have?

CHIP REID, CBS CORRESPONDENT: Well, Katie, the insurance industry says it`s because the Senate committee recently softened requirements for all Americans to buy private insurance. The critics say, no, it`s just the insurance companies worried about their bottom line. Either way, the White House says health care reform is moving ahead, and there is nothing that can stop it at this point.


REID: After months of constructively working to help pass health care reform...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So let`s fix health care.

REID: ...why would the insurance industry suddenly go on the attack? They say it`s because the Senate bill doesn`t do enough to mandate insurance coverage.

KAREN IGNAGNI, AMERICA`S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS: We need to have everybody participate. Otherwise people who are in the system will be subsidizing those who refuse to purchase coverage.

REID: She says if there`s a smaller universe of people paying into the health insurance system, each person`s share will go up. Supporters of health care reform call the report an insurance industry hatchet job and not worth the paper it`s written on.

NANCY-ANN DEPARLE, DIRECTOR, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF HEALTH REFORM: I think, though, that maybe they`ve gotten worried, as we get close to really getting reform done, they`ve gotten more worried about their profits.

REID: The White House insists the bill would bring health insurance costs down. So who`s right?

PAUL GINSBURG, CENTER FOR STUDYING HEALTH SYSTEM CHANGE: The argument that it will go up is a pretty strong one.

REID: Paul Ginsburg, a non-partisan analyst, says the insurance companies do have a point.

GINSBURG: If people aren`t mandated to buy insurance, you know, then you`ll get a situation where people stay uninsured until they get sick.

REID: And that will likely increase costs for everyone who is insured, Ginsburg says, but not as much as the insurance companies claim, certainly not $4,000 a year.


REID: Now, some insurance industry critics say the real reason insurance companies are upset is because the Senate bill cuts into some very nice tax breaks for insurance company CEOs -- Katie.