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January 30th, 2009 9:26 am
Liberal Groups Seek Single-Payer Health Care Bill
By Alex Wayne / CQ Politics

A coalition of liberal advocacy groups and labor unions is trying to breathe new life into the idea of a European-style “single-payer” health system in the United States, a concept thought discredited after the collapse of President Bill Clinton’s attempt at overhauling the health care system.

The groups announced Wednesday the launch of a lobbying campaign to build support for a health care overhaul that would expand Medicare, the health entitlement for the elderly, to cover everyone and act as the “single payer,” putting health insurance companies out of business. (more)



Obama calls the $18B in Wall Street Bonuses ‘SHAMEFUL’

“There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses,” Obama said. “Now is not that time.”

I don’t understand how anyone believes that change on Wall Street can occur if  the same executives are left in place that created the problem.   You can’t fix the problem if you don’t remove the problem!  The harsh tongue lashing is good!   It won’t however bring about any change in their behavior…   Perhaps if you had the FBI investigate their under-handed dealings for laws being broken, or quit giving them more money, that might be a fresh approach to fix the problem?!?

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Not one vote!

congressHouse Passes Obama’s Stimulus Package  –  By Jackie Calmes / New York Times

WASHINGTON — Without a single Republican vote, President Obama won House approval on Wednesday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan as Congressional Democrats sought to hold down their own difference over the enormous package of tax cuts and spending.

As a piece of legislation, the two-year package is among the biggest in history, reflecting a broad view in Congress that urgent fiscal help is needed for an economy in crisis, and at a time when the Federal Reserve has already cut interest rates almost to zero.

But the size and substance of an economic stimulus package remain in dispute, as House Republicans blamed Democrats for a package that tilted heavily toward new spending instead of tax cuts

All but 11 Democrats voted for the plan and 177 Republicans voted against it. The 244-188 vote came a day after Mr. Obama traveled to Capitol Hill to seek Republican backing — if not for the package than on future issues.   (more)

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Conyers to Rove: Time to Talk About US Attorneys

karlgeorgeJanuary 27th, 2009 6:56 am
Conyers to Rove: Time to Talk About US Attorneys  –  By Zachary Roth / TPM Muckraker

Last week, we talked to a number of experts who said that President Obama’s executive order on presidential records might well affect the ongoing effort to get information about the Bush White House’s role in the US Attorney firings.

And it looks like John Conyers is of the same mind. The House Judiciary chair this afternoon issued a subpoena to Karl Rove to testify before the committee on February 2.

Rove had claimed immunity from an earlier Conyers-issued subpoena, citing executive privilege. (The case is currently on appeal.) As a press release accompanying today’s subpoena points out, “[t]hat “absolute immunity” position was supported by then-President Bush, but it has been rejected by U.S. District Judge John Bates and President Obama has previously dismissed the claim as ‘completely misguided.'”

In other words, although Obama’s order on records directly addressed only the question of a former president’s material docuement — not testimony from his aides — there’s reason to think that the principle of openness over secrecy that Obama has outlined both in the order and elsewhere could strengthen Conyers’ position on this issue.

Said Conyers:

“I have said many times that I will carry this investigation forward to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court, and today’s action is an important step along the way. Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk.”

We’ll be watching this very closely…

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January 28, 2009 at 12:28 am

Un-employed – Check out Career Day with Todd

If you haven’t been exposed yet to Odd Todd, may I suggest that you visit his web-site.   (LINK)   Todd has done exceptional job of identifying the self-esteem, motivation, and psychological issues that one encounters when laid off , out of work and unable to find work…    As it turns out the real Todd, creating these comics (while unemployed) and posting them on his web-site has gained quite a following!  Likely a lot of un-employed folks (myself included) that too much time, and get distracted from sending out resumes and the like… 

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MRSA more deadly than AIDs ?

Interesting statistics, 85%  of MRSA cases are being acquired from hospitals and medical facilities!   Isn’t this where you go to get well?   There are a number of non-traditional treatments that are available, and some appear to have very good results.  A company in the UK, Allicin International has developed a process to produce stabilized allicin – natures’ anti-microbial agent from garlic.  They even go so far as to test each lot against MRSA before being shipped.  There are also companies marketing diet treatments and other treatments available using  silver.   Since it reported that the over-use of traditional antibiotics is part of the problem, and dirty medical facilities being another.  I would not discount the alternative treatments  available.   With the death rate climbing, it would seem apparent that the BIG Pharma firms don’t have the solution…!   Be aware of this issue!

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January 25, 2009 at 2:12 am

Frost Nixon Interview – Do you Remember?

Since I am un-employed these days (a lot  us of are) I have the luxury of flexibility in my day!   Today I went to the theater for a mid day showing of  FROST / NIXON.  This is not a movie review, however, I would recommend it!   What startled me the most was that it was so reminiscent of the last eight years of George Bush’s Presidential term.  Nixon was forced into resigning, where as George was allowed to let his term expire.  In so far as the significance of crimes committed against the Constitution, of Dick versus George… I would suggest that George’s alleged crimes are ,to a far greater extent!   I can only hope that the current President will not do as Gerald Ford did, by granting a pardon to George and his administration for their alleged crimes.  I do think it is now important to move forward, but I also feel that no President is above the law and should be as accountable, as you or I. 

If you have’t seen the movie yet, do so, see what you think?!?

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