Happy Anniversary Mr. Obama

In the third major political contest since Barak Obama took the oath of office, the people of Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts have rebuked the President. Two of the three states — MA & NJ — are blue, if not deep blue. Virginia, while electing a Democrat as US Senator (Webb) and Governor (Kaine) in recent elections, remains a culturally and politically conservative state.

The S-Word

Governor Perry’s speech in Midland yesterday is being widely reported with some of the stories focused on the Governor’s comments pertaining to illegal immigrantion. The real import of the speech is the Governor’s use of the “S” word to describe the Obama Administration.

Obamapalooza wasn’t so fun after all

Less than a year ago, President Obama’s “hope and change” refrain train hit Washington to fanfare probably not experienced since VE-Day. There’s no point parsing every word, analyzing every speech, and interpreting every nuance that lead to his overwhelming victory.


Stimulus jobs: when does the counting stop?

The Obama Administration is touting the jobs “saved or created” because of the $787 billion stimulus plan passed earlier this year. One independent assessment of the total is 650,000; the White House puts the number closer to one million.


More on health care fraud

The Congressional Budget Office has tagged the recently-announced Pelosi health care nationalization plan at a little over $1 trillion. Given the history of inaccurate scoring of the long-term government health care costs, the Pelosi Plan (if passed) could be closer to $2 trillion over the next ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Embarking On Waste

The news in the past 24 hours highlights the contradictions unfolding in the debate over the nationalization of health care.

Cornyn and health care costs

Cornyn and health care costs

In a recent op-ed (Statesman, October 14, 2009), Senator John Cornyn pointed to the most egregious subterfuge in the debate over the nationalization of health care. Sen. Cornyn wrote: “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it will cost $829 billion, but when it’s fully implemented, the Senate Budget Committee estimates the real cost to be $1.8 trillion.”

Statesman Pulls A Hamstring

The Austin American Statesman endorsed the Baucus health care plan passed out the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week by a 14-9 vote. No news there. However, the Statesman leans on the rickety sawhorse that a federally-mandated health plan will fix the "broken and financially unsustainable [system] for consumers and businesses." This cannot be.