Daily Archives: January 19, 2011
“I want to just advise people watching at home playing the now-popular drinking game, if you take a shot whenever the Republicans say something that’s not true, please assign a designated driver.”
– Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
Breaking down by party lines the Republicans got Repeal voted through 245 to 189, and it now heads to the Senate where Harry Reid has stated he will block it’s being raised. Although Republicans are expected to find any kind of trick possible to get it brought up in the Senate, it is doubtful that it will happen.
Republicans rejected a procedural maneuver by the Democratic minority to make repeal ineffective unless a majority of the House and Senate withdraw from the federal health benefits program within 30 days after passage by each chamber.
- Cantor to Reid: If you’re so confident ObamaCare repeal will fail in Senate … (hotair.com)
- “House to Vote on GOP-led Healthcare Repeal” and related posts (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Voters don’t accept the GOP’s false choice about health reform repeal (dailykos.com)
Here’s a clip, but go in and read it all:
- Anti-reform Dems cool to repeal vote (politico.com)
- House heads toward repeal of health care – USA Today (news.google.com)
- The sad tale of the Democrats who hated the unemployed (salon.com)
- ObamaCare repeal test vote: Just four Democrats side with GOP (hotair.com)
That is not what is happening here. We are back to alternating speeches with each side asserting the same points as the previous speakers on their side. There is no listening to each side (indeed, there are not enough House members in the hall at any given time to really make a difference… this is part of the reason that television cameras are placed by the House authorities to not show either the emptiness of the desks or the viewers in the balcony.
And this is going to go on for five hours…the true function seems to be to present their “advertising” points to the folks at home over C-Span. These are campaign speeches of the worst order aimed at the 2012 elections.
However, I can’t help but watch these Bozos as they say the same things as many different ways as possible. If only they would really talk about the things WE need in a country that is truly suffering.
- Health-care repeal debate will test nation’s ‘civility’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Health Care and the New Civility (themoderatevoice.com)
- E. J. Dionne: Can the new civility survive? (commercialappeal.com)
- House to Debate Health Care Law Repeal (realclearpolitics.com)
- Lawmakers strive for new tone to debate old differences – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- UPDATE 1-US House tones down healthcare debate after shooting (reuters.com)
- Kucinich Kicks off Health Care Debate with Renewed Call for Single-Payer (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
And I must agree. Although I said back when Lieberman betrayed Democrats everywhere (first by running as an independent against his party after losing the State Primary, and second by campaigning for McCain against the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, in the 2008 election) that I would ignore him in this blog, his announcement that he will not seek reelection is worth noting…if only to elicit public sentiment in favor of the decision. As you can see, I don’t really trust him to keep his word.
- NBC: Lieberman won’t run again in 2012 (msnbc.msn.com)
- Joe Lieberman will not seek Senate re-election in 2012 – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman to step down at end of term (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Lieberman will not run in 2012, adviser says – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- SHOCKER: Joe Lieberman Is Retiring (businessinsider.com)
- Joe Lieberman, Facing Crowded Field, May Resign (huffingtonpost.com)
- Joe Lieberman Retiring? (outsidethebeltway.com)
The last great name from the John F. Kennedy Administration, Sargent Shriver died of Alzheimer’s on Tuesday at age 95. He was the first Director of the Peace Corps, the leader of the War on Poverty for Lyndon Johnson, George McGovern‘s running mate as VP candidate, Husband of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with whom he created the Special Olympics, Ambassador to France, and once was called the “First Brother-In-Law.
“Sarge has been a presence in our lives for decades,” President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “We went into public service because of the example of leaders like Sarge, who translated President Kennedy’s call to service into action.”
No task was too hard for Shriver, and Jacqueline Kennedy turned to him in her hour of despair to plan and execute JFK’s funeral. For Johnson he created the Head Start program.
Beginning in 2003 he started showing the effects of Alzheimer’s and eventually could not recognize members of his own family, a heartbreaking occurance for his daughter Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger.
A truly great man who helped define the latter half of the Twentieth Century.
- Son: Ex-V.P. Nominee Sargent Shriver Dies at 95 (time.com)
- Sargent Shriver in Critical Condition (abcnews.go.com)
- Sargent Shriver, former VP nominee, dies at age 95 (thehill.com)
- Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps founder, dies age 95 (telegraph.co.uk)
- Sargent Shriver dies at 95 * (laobserved.com)