October 27, 2009
Have you heard the great news? Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he is sending a health care reform bill to the full Senate with a robust public option.
Yes, Senator Countrywide, I heard the great news. I also heard the great news that even the RINO Olympia Snow was so disappointed that she could no longer hear the call of history. I truly celebrated the great news that Dirty Harry added in the one thing that will probably insure the defeat of Socialized Medicine in the Senate.
This is a huge victory for us. It came after days of negotiations, where I joined Senator Reid, Senator Max Baucus, and others. Every day I walked into those negotiations, I knew that I wasn't speaking for myself alone. I was speaking for you and for everyone who shares our belief that real reform of our health care system must include an effective public option that keeps insurance companies honest.
Your support, including the powerful personal stories many of you have shared with me, made it possible for me to move these negotiations in a positive direction. You had a direct hand in the victory that put the public option in this bill, and you should be very proud.
I am extremely optimistic that a health care reform bill with a public option will make it to President Obama's desk for his signature. But make no mistake -- this fight is not over yet.
Our opponents -- including corporate health care interests and virtually all of the Republicans in Congress -- will do everything they can to stand in the way of health care reform. If they are successful, we won't have a public option in the bill. They'd prefer it if we didn't have any reform at all!
You are correct that the fight is not over. Those of us who believe in individual rights, individual liberty and individual responsibility will fight the advance of socialism in America every step of the way. We will fight because we believe this is what America stands for.
I will be calling on you again in this fight. I will need your support, just as I did at that negotiating table. And with your help, I know we will succeed in passing reform that ensures every American has quality, affordable health care.
You can call on me the moment you decide to abandon the cause of turning this nation into Socialist cesspool and become a champion of truly free-market competitive reforms. I'm talking about capitalism, Senator. Things being bought and sold on the open market. Something with which you have great personal experience.
Congratulations on this great victory, and thank you for everything.
There was a button at the bottom which I could use if I wished to donate money to an organization called "Friends of Chris Dodd." Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
October 26, 2009
October 25, 2009
The Federal Reserve joined the Treasury Department on Thursday in imposing new limits on executive pay, extending the government's control over compensation at taxpayer-owned companies to institutions that are merely government regulated.
The restrictions were the latest in more than a year's worth of government intervention in matters once considered inviolable aspects of the country's free-market economy and represent a signal moment in the history of the American economic experiment. After years of setting minimum wages, the government is now telling some companies how they should structure pay for those who run them.
The actions Thursday put the United States more in line with European governments.
Essentially, if you're an executive at an institution that falls under the regulatory authority of the Federal Reserve, the government will be determining your salary. It doesn't matter if you have a contract with your employer, the government will decide what you are worth to them and how you will be compensated.
However, the Fed's proposed rules have wiggle room: The guidelines would let banks set their own compensation but give the Fed veto power over pay practices that it determines could threaten the safety and soundness of a bank. They would extends the regulators' reach into pay practices affecting tens of thousands of bank employees, from senior executives to traders of complex securities. (emphasis added)
Just to be clear, these Federal Reserve guidelines are above and beyond payroll czar Kenneth Feinberg's slashing the salaries of executives at TARP recipient corporations. These rules apply to all regulated institutions. Even U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies.
They claim to be doing this in the name of minimizing risk by removing incentive for executives to make risky decisions. This of course ignores the reality that making risky decisions is what these people are hired to do. The better they are at assessing risk and acting, the more they are worth to the company. That is why they get paid very well.
The problem is that with the federal government having taken the position that it will assume all risk with taxpayer money, there is no reason for executives not to bet the farm. They will not crash and burn but come to a nice soft landing on a pile of fluffy pillows stuffed with our money.
The woman in the parking lot may have been partially right the sign may have to come out of my window because it is wrong. This is looking more like Fascism every day. The only problem is how to work in the Obama logo and how to deal with the alliteration.
October 18, 2009
October 15, 2009
He’s on his way to an historic health-care win. The stimulus was huge. The market’s back. The left should stop complaining the president hasn’t accomplished anything.
If by a historic health-care win you mean passing a bill out of a senate committee that will fail in the house, or passing a bill in the house that will fail in the Senate, or that only way they are going to win anything in the senate is through parliamentary tricks then yes, he's on his way. If by health-care win you mean that the White House crafted a dynamic heal-care reform package and and is successfully steering it through Congress then I think he has a long way to go.
If he gets health-care reform, Obama will have done more to rebuild the American welfare state in one year than his two Democratic predecessors, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, did in a combined twelve.
Barack meets public; Barack loses public; Barack regains public. Bill Clinton was great this way: Whenever things were getting monotonous, he’d grope an intern just to make life interesting.
Obama, on the other hand, is relentlessly disciplined, pragmatic, and calm. Beneath the fascinating exterior, he’s dull as hell.
Obama is both lucky and good, and he’s well on his way to a successful first term. Oh, well. We still have Sarah Palin.
October 14, 2009
We are seeking a graphic designer/marketing staffer for a [withheld] based company.
Great, job in the town I live in is better that commuting any day.
This position is in a very exciting industry and allows for a lot of creativity.
Sounds like there's some creative freedom too - this is starting to look good.
We are a well established company with strong ties to the community.
Well established is good - I don't want to have to be going through this job hunt thing again soon.
This is an excellent opportunity to work for a great company with plenty of room to grow your existing talents.
This is very encouraging - a company that at least claims to be wiling to let you grow creatively.
We expect you to be a diligent worker who is willing to work long hours and can meet several deadlines per week.
Not a problem since I'm used to meeting several deadlines a day.
You must present a strong portfolio. The most qualified applicants will have html knowledge in addition to a full working knowledge of the adobe suite. MAC or PC.
I've got that, though there are a few new projects I need to put on the portfolio site.
Our marketing will consist of your creative input into our current and ongoing projects. We market through traditional and untraditional methods. You would be expected to contribute your ideas and efforts to helping these campaigns become successful.
This sounds almost too good to be true - they actually seem to want input from the creative into the business. I am definitely going after this job.
Another valuable part of the position will consist of your ability to form relationships and partnerships with advertisers and community sponsors (no sales).
I can do that. I've learned from running my own little design business that I'm actually better at that than I would have expected of myself.
Please send samples or link to portfolio along with resume.
I guess I better get those new projects on line now.
This is a full time position and in-house position. No telecommuting.
No problem I'm local - no commuting at all.
Salary ranges from 25k-35k DOE.
October 13, 2009
Ability to view and differentiate the color spectrum. [Company] is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
October 12, 2009
The prize committee cited Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons” and Oliver E. Williamson of the University of California, Berkeley “for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm.”
Ms. Ostrom becomes the first woman to win the prize for economics.
Senior White House officials and Congressional Democrats will soon be citing the blatant racism of the Nobel committee as the primary reason for the decision.
October 11, 2009
Nearly 41 years ago, Mr. Soltren had come to the very same airport, where he boarded Pan American Flight 281 bound for Puerto Rico on Nov. 24, 1968. As the Boeing 787 was flying just south of Bermuda, carrying 96 passengers and seven crew members, Mr. Soltren stormed the cockpit with two other men, armed with guns and knives they had smuggled onboard in a baby’s diaper bag, according to the decades-old indictment. (It was signed by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Robert M. Morgenthau, who was 49 at the time.)
The men ordered the pilot to change course for Havana — a startlingly common occurrence at the time. In 1968, more than 30 planes were hijacked or attempted to have been hijacked to Cuba, including two that day.
Passengers on the Pan Am flight described the plane being escorted by Cuban Air Force fighter jets as it approached the island. As it landed, Cuban soldiers cheered, according to news accounts at the time.
One of the hijackers had scrawled inside the plane, “Long live free Puerto Rico.”
Over the next decade, Mr. Soltren’s two accomplices were arrested and sentenced for their role in the hijacking, as they returned to the United States. But Mr. Soltren never left Cuba, where he was protected from prosecution. On an island full of fugitives from the United States government, he eventually became known as one of the longest staying guests. (In recent years the American government has estimated the number of federal fugitives in Cuba at about 70.)
According to the Roman Polanski standard, Soltern should released then given a parade and life-time achievement award.
1. His crime was committed even longer ago than Polanski's.
2. He has certainly suffered a lot - the man spent 40 years in Cuba.
3. The Airline he highjacked doesn't even exist anymore.
The man highjacked a symbol of American industry and took it to one of the left's favorite worker's paradises. Surely that must have as much cache as drugging and raping a 13 year old girl.
I do see this a being more of Sean Penn, Michael Moore cause but I expect speeches and petitions to begin immediately.
FREE LOUIS SOLTERN!
UPDATE: I forgot the other quote I wanted to include:
“It is an example of the principle that, for the F.B.I., fugitive cases don’t become closed cases until the fugitive is brought to justice,” Joseph M. Demarest Jr., the assistant director in charge of the F.B.I.’s New York office, said in a statement.
Underinsured people are free riders. Something catastrophic happens, and they’ll be in the ER, demanding treatment at their neighbors’ expense. The Joneses are doubtless comfortable betting that nothing like that will happen to them, but why should we agree?
October 04, 2009
(Sen. Ron) Wyden (D-Ore.)is concerned that under the legislation, nearly 200 million Americans who receive coverage through an employer would be barred from shopping on the new exchange. And he worries that providing a "hardship waiver" to families that cannot afford insurance, leaves too many without coverage.
"People don't hold rallies saying thank you for my exemption," he said. "Rather, they want us to deliver more affordable coverage."
Strange but I don't seem to recall a lot of rallies of people complaining that the proposals don't do enough. I seem to recall that the focus of the vast majorities of the healthcare related demonstrations was that the government was trying to do way too much and needed to back-of. The expression Don't Tread on me hasn't been heard as much since the Revolution.
The Chicago Tribune helpfully points out that you really can't believe a word of what The One says when he talks about health care under the headline "Health care reform: Privately, Barack Obama strongly backs public option."
Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead.
President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers.
But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.
Just like when he says "If you like your current plan you can keep it" there isn't a word he says on the subject that you should accept at face value. Except for that old YouTube video of him saying he supports a Single Payer heal care plan.
Both houses of Congress are poised to start a historic debate on sweeping legislation to overhaul America's health care system, yet despite months of committee deliberations, some major issues remain unsettled.
October 02, 2009
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