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The health care summit today made for some interesting television…if you find policy discussion devoid of any real confrontation interesting. Although boring, I love watching politics in action…I am a political wonk like that. I listened to way too much of it, and jotted down a couple things I liked and didn’t like about today’s forum.   (more…)

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A Wonderful Place Called Tawas

A Wonderful Place Called Tawas

Like my two conservative counterparts, I try to follow a wide array of media outlets to help keep myself informed and up to date.  Sometimes this gets difficult as partisan slants seem to infiltrate every pore of the main stream media, from the AP to the Wall Street Journal.  One place that I have turned to over the past year or so is my local newspaper.  (more…)

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Biden, Obama, Pelosi (sans the death stare to Rep. Wilson)

Well, we now know what super-awesome-fun-time the Obama ladies had with their patriarch during their Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Limited to nil. Because its obvious in the second address to the full Congressional body that President Obama went to school and studied how to re-frame the debate in his favor.  Simply put, Obama delivered an impressive moderate speech on Wednesday evening, using his pulpit to battle against both extremes.  In this speech he didn’t give a damn what the Limbaugh’s and Hannity’s will say (Side Note: Hannity has said tonight that Obama’s speech was straight partisan, which I disagree) – and he went out of his way to tell liberals that they are going too far with their support of Single Payer or the Public Option as a means to the end. It was an address to the moderates of each party and independents.  But there are still a ton of questions to be answered. Lets breakdown the speech and what still remains outstanding. (more…)

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Good Thing Mr. Burns Can Lend the US a Trill

Good thing Montgomery Burns can lend Uncle Sam a Trill

You know how the government likes to make sure it keeps bad news out of the headlines by casually dropping the information on a Friday afternoon?  Well last Friday was one of those bad-news-lets-keep-it-out-of-the-24-hour-news-cycle days.  Then today, the White House took their gamesmenship to a championship level by releasing CIA documents and appointing an independent investigator to investigate past interrogation techniques. Interrogation is catnip to cable news pundits. Combined these two tried & true tactics have provided an A+ diversion for the Obama administration to add 27% to the federal deficit projection without raising any significant questions from the general public. It’s getting damn near cartoon-ish. (more…)

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Its tough to categorically list all the positives and negatives in the Health Care debate to date.  Since now Democratic Senators are even backing off the idea that there is a bill to discuss (see: Senator Claire McCaskill) or being vague and not saying what they truly support (see: President Barack Obama) its tough to pinpoint exactly what will be in the final bill until it makes its way to vote. But here is a progress report to list some pros and cons of the expected bill: (more…)

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