Archive for January 30th, 2010

So Who’s Lying?

Is it Debbie Wasserman-Schultz when she said the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the public option via budget reconciliation?  Or is it the 51 Democratic Senators who claimed to support – or at least not oppose – the public option?

We have 65 progressive Representatives who have signed a letter pledging to vote against any healthcare reform bill that doesn’t include a public option, and we have 51 Democratic Senators who are on record with some level of support for it.  Based on those two facts, what do you think looks like the most direct path to achieving Obama’s most cherished goal of passing something-called-healthcare-reform?

Any approach other than simply restoring the public option via reconciliation so that the House progressives can vote Yes without breaking their word just seems needlessly complicated and antagonistic, not to mention electorally suicidal.  It would remove all remaining doubt about whose side the Senate Democrats and the Obama White House are on if they try to force the House to either pass the Senate bill as is, or with an inadequate reconciliation sidecar that does not include the public option.

Oh, and I would also recommend that the sidecar also eliminate the unpopular excise tax completely rather than “fix” it by exempting union workers.  All that will do is make everyone else hate Democrats and unions.

2 comments January 30th, 2010 at 08:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers

Environmentalist Of The Year

Osama bin Laden, who is so committed to the cause of preventing climate change that he’s willing to try to bring down the United States to save the Earth.  Awesome.

Of course, if he really wanted to do something constructive for the planet, perhaps he could have refrained from doing everything humanly possible to guarantee George W. Bush a second term…

(Also, there’s the little detail that taking down the US wouldn’t actually stop global warming.)

January 30th, 2010 at 01:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Environment,Terrorism,Wankers

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