"The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference" -Bess Myerson
There are 7 1/2 evictions every minute in America. The people it hurts reach across all political stripes, they are not just Democrats, not just liberals but Americans from all walks of life, many are Republicans and conservative and they won't see Republican bankers or evangelists showing up to help them. Their dirt bag heroes Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity will not rush to their aid. They will be left to fend for themselves. They are on their own, the banks have screwed them and continue get federal money and get richer and there is no help for those who face eviction.
Now this sucks, "WASHINGTON -- The federal government is engaged in a massive mortgage modification program that's on track to send billions in tax dollars to many of the very companies that judges or regulators have cited in recent years for abusive mortgage practices." It is an abomination. Why is Washington giving social welfare to these criminals while people, American taxpayers are loosing their homes. Not all of these people shouldn't have mortgages many of them are victims of the economic recession begun by the banking industry. Read more at: Huffington Post
I will be attending a town hall meeting held by Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-NY) and report back his position on health care and Afghanistan. I will also be monitoring the comments from the public and McMahon's reaction. Based on a vague letter from McMahon's office to me based on a call I made to his office I don't expect much. I have also received letters from Sen. Gillibrand and Schumer who both made their positions on the health care issue quote clear. McMahon waffled in his his letter, he said nothing of substance and leaves me little hope. Stay tunes and wait for "the rest of the story".
Afghanistan, Win What?
Is it winnable? What do we win? At what price? What will you give up to win?
Is there a strategy to win it? Who are the enemy? Does it remind anyone of another war 35 years ago?
Jay Rockefeller and Health Care -Politics Daily
Rockefeller can't be bought by the health insurance companies, unlike Sen. Baucus who can be had on the cheap. Rockefeller is a courageous champion for all Americans and is right.
"I will not relent on that. That's the only way to go," Rockefeller told me in an interview. "There's got to be a safe harbor."
President Obama often says a public option is needed to drive down costs and keep insurance companies honest. To Rockefeller, it's both more basic and more vital: The federal government is the only institution people can count on in times of need. To conservatives, that same government is inefficient, intrusive and, in Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley's words, "a predator" in the market. The coming clash promises to be a defining moment, for Rockefeller, Obama and both political parties.
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to approve its bill this week, and it will not have a public option. Rockefeller's version lost 15-8, and a variation from New York Sen. Charles Schumer lost 13-10. The heated committee debate previewed what will be a similar but higher-profile debate on the floor.
Will the end result be the same? Rockefeller sees these reasons for hope:
- Four other House and Senate committees produced health bills that have a public option.
- A Finance Committee member came up to him after the public option vote, "somebody who had not necessarily voted for it," and told him to stick with it because "it could work out well in the end."
-The Senate is fluid. Tweaks may draw new support for a public option. Some people may agree to vote to shut off a filibuster, which takes 60 votes, even if they oppose a public option or a bill that includes it. "People make speeches in July or August, 'this is my line in the sand,' and then life gets to be a little bit more realistic. People can change. Pressure is brought to bear. The president enters the situation."
-"The president wants it, he told me personally. I think he will work very hard for it." When the House and Senate are ready to reconcile differences in their bills, "you may have that conference in the Cabinet Room at the White House. The White -House is going to be very, very much involved in that."
- Other alternatives are weak, and the Senate floor is a good place to expose their weaknesses. " Politics Daily
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