Health Care All But Ignored in the State of the Union

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 7:46 am

If you look at President Obama’s State of the Union address as primarily a political speech to kick off his re-election effort, you get a strong sense of what the Obama campaign thinks are his strengths and weaknesses. The auto rescue and several foreign policy successes made up a huge part of the speech.  But [...]

Obama Again Flirting with Empty GOP Medical Malpractice Proposal

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 2:30 pm

During Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Obama once again attempted to show how “bipartisan” he can be by claiming to still be “willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.” While this might make Obama look open [...]

In Lieu of Budget Leadership, Obama Proposes Spending Freeze

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 6:23 am

Yesterday, during the State of the Union, President Obama decided to call for a five-year freeze on non-military discretionary spending. A whole 66 percent more spending freeze than last year’s call for a three year freeze! On every level, this random call to freeze spending at current levels is foolish political theater at its worst. [...]

Liveblog: Paul Ryan’s Official GOP Response to the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:20 pm

The Republican Party selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to deliver their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ryan is best known for his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which effectively calls for privatizing the entire social safety net, including the elimination of Medicare as we know it. Up next will be Rep. Michele [...]

President Obama Now 66% More Seriousness About Spending Freezes

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 1:38 pm

In a attempt to appear “serious” about the deficit, President Obama is planning to offer up a heaping dose of truly pathetic political theater in tonight’s State of the Union speech. His plan is to now call for a five year freeze of non-military discretionary spending, which technically only makes up a small sliver of [...]

Obama Asks Republican Senators To Put Their Jobs In Jeopardy For The Benefit Of Democrats

By: Friday January 29, 2010 6:32 am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama clearly laid out the logical reason why his push for bipartisanship is inherently doomed. [I]f the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now [...]

Waxman and GOP Make Bipartisan Request for Info From White House on PhRMA Deal

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 9:11 am

The Obama White House has certainly been better about transparency than George Bush’s, but their commitment seems to be to the idea rather than the spirit of transparency. The selective release of visitor logs only goes so far; they’re incomplete at best. The whole point of requests for release of the logs was to shine light on deals that had been cut, and yet the White House has adamantly refused to provide any information on them.

Lack of transparency with regard to deals cut in secret is one of the factors that has made the public mistrust the administration’s health care bill. Release of those records could do much to allay many fears.

Dissecting Obama’s Health Care Statement

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 8:59 am

In last night’s State of the Union address, Obama only touched on health care reform briefly. He made it clear he wants something done, but left Democrats scratching their heads about what the path forward should be. Some thoughts: Now let’s be clear – I did not choose to tackle this issue to get some [...]