Thursday, September 10, 2009


 Obama's speech last night was remarkable.  Critics said it was too long.  I could have listened to him for hours.  His passion for the Health Care reform was genuine and convincing.  It sounds like a dream come true for many Americans.  Critics said, that if the plan was so good, why didn't they do it in past years?  Why didn't they stop the Medicare fraud before?  There were only a handful of medical professionals that got busted.  My humble opinion is that they did not have the manpower to go after everyone who double billed, and commited fraud in various departments.  How are they going to enforce this Health Care plan now? Obama said, that if they can stop the medical fraud, they will have the money to enforce this plan.  Ouch!

Did you hear about the Cash for Clunkers? The Obama program promised  the auto purchasers $4500 to trade in their clunkers  in order to purchase new cars. The used cars had to be destroyed.  The government would reimburse the auto dealers up to $4500 in cash.  The dealers waited, and waited for their money and one by one they backed out of the program.

Another reason for backing out of the program, the auto dealers were never informed that the Government wanted the dealers to collect taxes from the customer if they owned money to the government for any reason.  Not sales tax, nor luxurey tax.  The dealers said they were not tax collectors and had no way of knowing if their customers owed any money personally.  The dealers were only told this new peice of information while waiting for their money.  Some dealers had to go out of business because of the money due them from the government. The government would not issue money to the dealers unless the auto dealers collected the additional tax money.

 It was difficult for the government to handle this deal.  So how are they going to handle this wonderful health care program.  I love it, by the way.  I hope it works for everyone.  Critics say it cannot work, and has not worked in other countries.  What is your opinion.  Please comment at bottom of page

"Using massive cuts to Medicare as a way to pay for more government-run health care isn't the kind of change Americans are looking for," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor. "Americans want savings from Medicare to be used to strengthen Medicare, not to create a system that would ... lead to a government takeover of health care."
Political role reversal
The dueling sound bites frame a political role reversal.
When the Republicans were in power, their attempts to cut Medicare to reduce government spending ran into a wall of opposition from Democrats. Now that Democrats are in control, they're calling for hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts to help the uninsured get coverage

September 9, 2009 6:48 PM

Van Jones Plotting His Next Move

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Former Obama adviser Van Jones, who resigned over the weekend after criticism over his past statements about Republicans and association with the "9/11 Truther" movement, is now working out of an office at a liberal think tank, according to reports.

Politico and the New York Daily News report that Jones is utilizing space at the Center for American Progress (CAP) as he thinks about his next move.

It was previously reported that he had taken a new job there, where he has worked in the past, but CAP later clarified in a statement that he hadn't taken a new job.

"We have offered Van office space for him to work out of while he figures out what he wants to do next," CAP spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said.

CAP was founded by John Podesta, who was President Obama's transition team leader and was chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton.

Politico's Ben Smith had this to say about the move, even though it doesn't include a new job: "The welcome from the establishment Democratic political and policy shop demonstrates that Jones, despite having resigned from the White House, remains very welcome in the party."
Jones did get the ball rolling, pushing among other initiatives the $150 million in Pathways out of Poverty grants from the stimulus funds targeted for low-income and minority neighborhoods. Whoever replaces him has to see those grants and other federal green jobs programs through, and push for expansion of those programs.
Jones will land on his feet, rejoining with groups like Green for All and the Apollo Alliance to continue advocacy, but voters and activists must push the White House to stay committed to green jobs for the ghettos as well. The White House should not let Jones' role go vacant for too long. They should either replace him immediately with someone who's experienced in delivering successful green jobs programs -- someone like Majora Carter, formerly of Sustainable South Bronx, Robert Bullard of the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice or Peggy Shepard of WEACT in Harlem.
If not, Jones' former responsibilities should be folded under the Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Labor, whose Secretary Hilda Solis wrote green jobs legislation when serving state public office in California.
If the White House chooses to abandon green workforce policy altogether, that is when real disappointment should set in, and the community organizers, activists and voters should rally. Except for that total abandonment, the resignation of Van Jones does not have to equal the end of green jobs for the poor.

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