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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stimulus package

Is the Stimulus Package more for stimulating the economy or for redistribution of wealth?

Monday, September 28, 2009

‘Czar’ List

GOP Rep Grabs ‘Czar’ List From FreeRepublicBy DAVID WEIGEL 9/9/09 1:20 PM

Following up on this morning’s post about Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) calling for a hearing on “44 czars,” I asked McHenry’s spokesman Brock McCleary where that number came from.“We’re using a variety of sources and finding everyone who has been referred to as a ‘czar,’” said McCleary. “It would be appropriate for the WH to release a formal list.”In the meantime, McClearly provided me with two sources that McHenry’s office is using to build a czar list: this list from Politico, and this thread from the conservative web forum The FreeRepublic thread begins with a list from the conservative, which calls the appointment of czars “the beginnings of dictatorship” and includes several administration officials who’ve actually been confirmed by the Senate.The FreeRepublic list, and some comments from that thread — which got pretty wild, as is the norm for the site — are after the jump:Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar, Richard HolbrookeAIDS czar, Jeffrey Crowley [openly gay white man]Auto recovery czar, Ed MontgomeryBehavioral science czar, position not yet filledBailout czar, Herbert Allison Jr., [replaced Bush bailout czar Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability confirmed by Senate]Border czar, Alan BersinCar czar, Ron Bloom [Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury , under Senate oversight]Climate change czar, Todd SternCopyright czar, not appointed yetCounterterrorism czar, John BrennanCybersecurity czar, position will be vacant on August 21st [upon the departure of Melissa Hathaway]Disinformation czar, Linda Douglass [This is a new media buzz since our earlier list, a response by pundits to the White House request for informants: see Glenn Beck and Lew Rockwell]Domestic violence czar, Lynn RosenthalDrug czar, Gil KerlikowskeEconomic czar, Larry SummersEconomic czar number two, Paul VolckerEducation czar, Arne DuncanEnergy czar, Carol BrownerFood czar, Michael Taylor [a former Monsanto executive, or, the fox in charge of the henhouse]Government performance czar, Jeffrey ZientsGreat Lakes czar, Cameron DavisGreen jobs czar, Van Jones [who has a communist background]Guantanamo closure czar, Daniel FriedHealth czar, Nancy-Ann DeParleInfotech czar, Vivek Kundra [Shoplifted four shirts, worth $33.50 each, from J.C. Penney in 1996 (source). His last day in DC government was March 4 but on March 12 the FBI raided his office and arrested two staffers.]Intelligence czar, Dennis Blair [Director of National Intelligence, a Senate confirmed position. He is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral]Latin-American czar, Arturo Valenzuela (nominee) [although this post is referred to as a czar, he is nominatied to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and so is subject to Senate confirmation. Voting on his confirmation was delayed to clarify his position on Honduras. Watch WaPo's Head Count to track status of confirmation.]Mideast peace czar, George MitchellMideast policy czar, Dennis RossPay czar, Kenneth FeinbergRegulatory czar, Cass SunsteinReligion czar, aka God czar Joshua DuBoisSafe schools czar, Kevin Jennings [appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, a newly created post (that does not require Senate confirmation); openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]Science czar, John HoldrenStimulus oversight czar, Earl DevaneySudan czar, J. Scott GrationTARP czar, Elizabeth Warren [chair of the [Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program; note that Herb Allison is frequently called the TARP czar]Technology czar, Aneesh ChopraTrade czar, Ron KirkUrban affairs czar, Adolfo CarrionWar czar, Douglas Lute [retained from Bush administration, married to Jane Holl Lute, currently a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security]Water czar, David J. Hayes [a Deputy Interior Secretary and therefore subject to Senate oversight]Weapons czar, Ashton Carter [actually Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and so subject to Senate confirmation]Weapons of mass destruction czar, 

Huge Doctor Shortage Coming

In many places, the majority of doctors will not accept Medicare patients.

Congress is closer than ever to passing a health system reform bill, and we can't lose this opportunity for real health reform. However, members of the AMA's Patients' Action Networkand doctors from around the country--in states like FloridaNebraskaColoradoTexas andMissouri--are all concerned about how this legislation will affect your access to your doctor.
In the U.S. Senate, the health reform bill that's been proposed would use Medicare as a foundation--and that foundation is crumbling because of an archaic payment system already in place. This system is scheduled to cut Medicare physician payments by more than 20 percent Jan. 1, 2010, with repeated annual cuts coming after that.
These annual cuts are a huge problem for patients--and for many families--because they will prevent doctors from taking on new Medicare patients, discourage many from investing in new health technology and make some think about closing their medical practices altogether.
Right now, the Senate is promoting another one-year Band-Aid for this problem, which means that we’ll be dealing with an even bigger problem next year.
Company Backed by Gore Gets Taxpayer Millions Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:45 PM
       A start-up automotive company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has been loaned more than half a billion dollars by the federal government. According to The Wall Street Journal, Fisker Automotive Inc. has received $529 million in taxpayer money. The loan was intended to help Fikser produce a hybrid sports car to be sold in Finland. "This is not for average Americans," Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, told the Journal. "This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It's a status symbol thing."

From Scotland

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bullet points from British Press on Obamacare

America needs to safeguard the health of its people

This bill has the provision to receive healthcare to over 40 million people

Those opposing Obama on this issue do not have the country's best interests at heart

Obama can do this. He should do this. USA needs a change.