Tag: capitulation

House GOP sees the light

I haven’t posted that much on the payroll tax cut. Why, you ask? ‘Cuz it was a no brainer. Everybody knew it was a no brainer. Everyone also knew that members of the GOP were going to try to extact as much as they could for this tax cut. The political calculus was clear to everyone for months. My only question was why did the Dems get so little? They, the Dems, should have pushed for a 12-month extension (not 2 month) of this tax cut. From WaPo: Facing withering criticism from across the political spectrum and abandoned by Senate allies,

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Obama – pass the health bill (Update – yet another compromise)

Again on a Saturday there is an announcement of a deal. Sen. Ben Nelson seems to have the capitulation that he’s been asking for. Something smells rotten to me. In Pres. Obama’s weekly address, he asks for a vote. unfortunately, he used Republican terminology in asking for a “up or down vote.” I’m not sure why he did this. I’m not sure that this is a good thing. Reminding Americans of Republicans trying to push through conservative (ultraconservative) judges is not what President Obama wants, I don’t think. From DK: Section 2711 – Annual limits are now banned after 2014, and

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Bush Addresses Nation on Economy

President Bush addressed the nation tonight to discuss the economy. He has become extremely good at giving the serious-but-frightening speeches: “Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold.” A little dramatic. If anyone was still wondering whether Bush was a lame duck president, all of these questions should now be answered. Bush is not known for being agreeable or pliable with Congress, but now he appears to be both. In tonight’s speech, he endorsed many of the restrictions and changes proposed by both conservatives and liberals. In a word, he “caved.”

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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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