Tag: Medicare

The Ryan Pick

Mitt Romney won some admiration from me on Saturday when he chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Romney’s history had prepared me to be disappointed with a “safe” pick—safe from the GOP establishment’s point of view. Word is that a number of Romney’s advisers were cautioning against choosing Ryan because he would be considered too controversial. To Romney’s credit, he dismissed those fears and gave Ryan the nod. Paul Ryan is the real thing. He hasn’t been perfect in… Read more »

Needed: Political Will & Courage

So the debt deal is history, in the sense that we don’t have to wade through the daily trauma of ups and downs. It’s not a solution, by any means. In fact, the “cuts” in the deal are only just cuts for the rate of future spending. They don’t actually cut back on what is current. This means, unless more drastic action is taken, we are still plunging deeper into debt over the next few years. I’m not as disturbed… Read more »

Delusional

Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been making news with her mouth. Every time she opens it, she seems to spark controversy, even hilarity. She’s said the Ryan plan to save Medicare would be a “death trap” for seniors; she’s concluded that Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood are anti-woman; and she’s accused Republicans of wanting to bring back Jim Crow laws because they are racists. Her latest contribution to political… Read more »

Battles in the Budget [and Philosophical] War

The budget battle has only begun, and one very important part of that will be the debt ceiling. House Republicans had their first vote on it last week, denying the Obama administration its desire to raise the limit. It was only the first shot in this war. More will be forthcoming. Then there’s the ongoing fight to repeal Obamacare. It’s really quite amazing how something that was billed as great for everyone has become the focal point of many groups… Read more »

The Senate Goes AWOL

Six senators—dubbed “The Gang of Six”— have been working to come up with some kind of budget deal that they think everyone will accept. Of course, they could just adopt the Ryan plan already passed by the House, but that is anathema to the Democrat-controlled Senate. So these six, comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans, have labored to find something that will work. No more. The six have been reduced to five with the withdrawal of Sen. Tom Coburn,… Read more »

No Time to Go Wobbly

The media has trained its lenses on turmoil in the Middle East and turmoil in Wisconsin. Nearly forgotten in this fascination with all things Qaddafi and public-sector-unions is the fact that the federal government has some tough decisions ahead. Remember that $3 trillion-plus budget the president presented not long ago? Is that really the beginning of what he terms an “adult conversation”? How about starting with a proposal that is truly adult first? Of course, there are some people who… Read more »

The Silence of the Media

I thought summer was supposed to be a slow news time. Not with this administration. I’m beginning to think that bloggers will never run out of material with these people in charge. Take the NASA administrator Charles Bolden, for example. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Bolden told a startled world that when Obama took office, he gave NASA a new task—to help develop better relations with the Muslim world. Uh huh … and what does this have to do… Read more »