In a desperate scramble to pay for the soaring costs of President Obama's health care plan, the Senate Finance Committee is contemplating taxing for the first time the health insurance benefits workers get from their employers. One approach would tax the benefits only of workers earning over $100,000. An alternate proposal would tax the value of health care benefits that exceed a cap.
But the taxes wouldn't be applied equally. Union members… Continue
Added by Gene Clem on June 25, 2009 at 5:45pm —
Just found out in are backyard so to say that this weakend there is a parade in Paw Paw 9am in the morning.
It starts at Paw Paw middle school. With other festivities following. Wonder if we should make are presence felt there.
There's an old song with multiple versions that crowds of Brits and Yanks sang together, swaying arm in arm, in the London music halls during the Second World War. This is one of many versions:
Bless 'em all! Bless 'em all! Bless 'em all!
The long and the short and the tall!
Bless all the sergeants we have to obey,
Bless all the corp'rals who drill us all day,
'Cuz we're sayin' goodbye to them all,
As back to their barracks they crawl,
No ice cream… Continue
A pre-eminent Bush-hater was Paul Krugman; nowadays he complains Pres. Barry O'Larry is not running up enough deficits. What was he saying in August of 2002?
To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq…Continue
After reading some of your posts, I see that you are struggling a bit to pull the 4th of July event together. I would like to say, you’re not alone. We have been having meetings for weeks and still have a lot of work to do.
Here’s what we’re seeing as positive steps forward…
Keep it simple
Worry about the basics 1st, location, sound system, speakers (Keep the speeches short 5min)
To be fair, no one knows what is going on in DC. The knee jerk reaction is to take our money, our children's money, and our grand-children's money and pay off the banker buddies on Wall Street. Even with hyper inflation a $20 million bonus will still be a lot of…
Added by Gene Clem on June 16, 2009 at 10:30pm —
1. Why do I feel like a ship passing Somalia?
2. Lifers Belong in Prison – Not Congress
3. Get your hands out of my Piggy Bank!
4. Give me Liberty - Not Debt!
5. My grandchildren are Pissed!
6. No - Bama; No New Tax; No Worries
7. Who is John Galt?
8. The more you make the more they take.
9. Obama - Commander in Thief.
10. Don't tax me, Bro!
11. Next time, read the bill.
12. You can't multiply wealth by dividing it!
13. Politically… Continue
Added by Gene Clem on June 16, 2009 at 9:14pm —
Jack Hoogendyk called me Monday afternoon and asked me if I would like to attend an event at the Radisson Hotel that the Republican Party was sponsoring. He thought it would be a good opportunity for me to "mingle" with some of the State Congressmen and Republican Party leaders and give them a some of my ideas on how they might better represent the voters in the area.
Of course I jumped at the opportunity, and for the better part of 2 hours - in my usual calm and relaxed manner - I… Continue
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I have been very involved in the work to reform our health care system. I firmly believe that health care is a right, not a privilege in this great country. In Michigan especially, the need for quality, affordable health care has never been greater.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. Lobbyists for the insurance… Continue
ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE
Tue Jun 16 2009 08:45:10 ET
On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD… Continue