Tag: blue dog

Thoughts on the jobs market

80,ooo jobs were created in June. I’m not sure what everyone expected. This is about what I had expected. There is nothing I can see that would cause employers to start hiring massive numbers of Americans. There is nothing out there. We are stuck in the mud. Republicans are pushing on the front of the car. Democrats are sort of pushing at the back of the jobs car (because we have these Blue Dog Dems, I have to say “sort of”) and we aren’t moving anywhere. Add to this the confusion that is Europe and I’m surprised that the job market

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Blue Dog Dems Need Healthcare More than average

I’m not sure that I get the Blue Dogs. I know that if I were in Congress I would not want to be labeled as a “Blue Dog” because to me it means thoughtless adherence to budgetary concerns above all others. From 538.com: The median Congressional District has an uninsured population of 14.6 percent, according to Gallup’s data (the average is slightly higher at 15.5 percent). Of the 48 McCainocrat districts, 31 (roughly two-thirds) have an above-median number of uninsured. A complete list follows below (actual Blue Dogs are denoted in … you guessed it … blue): The bottom line is

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Obama's budget passes

Republicans are mad. Really mad. After all of their bluster, the Democrats manage to stay together and pass a budget. Again, not one Republican vote.  It seems to me that this is a remarkable feat. Democrats don’t seem to stick together on much of anything, but somehow they managed to stick together on the budget.  President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi are to be congratulated for guiding this through.  All of the talk of the Blue Dog (fiscal conservative) Democrats in the Senate and House went nowhere, I guess.  Maybe they were just puffed

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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