alien experiences

A 1967 Soviet Union 16 kopeks postage stamp, with a satellite from an imagined extraterrestrial civilization.

Author’s Conclusion

When considering the alien technology and devices that I have personally encountered, I note a familiar theme present here that is common in most aspects of abduction: deception, manipulation, and lack of human consent.  

Certainly, I understand there have been accounts of positive intervention, often in the form of physical healings, but to my knowledge, these events are also cloaked in secrecy, performed without consent and involve rendering the abductee into an altered state of consciousness.  

Although I appreciate the fact that the human race can be unpredictable and often volatile in nature, I do not believe that that reason alone accounts for the ETs extreme subterfuge.         

I believe that discovering the intentions of the extraterrestrial races visiting our planet is vital to the future of the human race, and that many clues to their intent can be found within the abduction scenario, and the devices and technology they employ in such encounters.  

All of these technologies and devices have a purpose that serves to promote the aliens’ ultimate goals, whatever they may be.  Exploring at length those possible uses could unlock many clues as to why they are here and what they truly seek to accomplish.  

As an abductee who would have preferred to avoid ET contact altogether, no explanations have ever been provided to me by the visitors and nothing in their behavior or technology has convinced me that their actions are for my own good, therefore, I remain cautious and skeptical.

by Nadine Lalich

Melinda Leslie

Once the denial of their military aspects is fully realized by the abductees, they get angry, very angry.  

After all, it’s one thing to be abused at the hands of something other (something “alien”), but it’s altogether different at the
hands of humans, let alone humans we’re taught to believe are there to serve, protect, and defend mankind!  

Unfortunately, the anger over any human involvement often throws the abductee back into denial of the
experience, avoidance of its implications or causes them to retreat into denial of the ET part of the equation.  

This may be the cause for why some RE-AB abductees conclude and think “all my experiences are only the

Never mind what caused them to realize they were having ET experiences to begin with, i.e. the history
of their own discovery process that led them to that conclusion, their evidence for ETs, or the fact that the only
reason the military is interested in you is because they want to know about your ET experiences.  

And how do we know this?  

Because, in the interrogations the questions are about the ETs (why, how, agenda, genetics, psi abilities, technology, etc.),

and because they pick up the abductee after they’ve had…what was that…oh yeah…an ET experience!

It’s actually uncanny.  

For some abductees, fessing-up to their own RE-AB experiences forces them to re-examine their ET experiences:

to realize that not only were their experiences absolutely real,

but that their experiences and they, themselves, are actually a matter of national security!  

For the abductee, this is a big pill to swallow.  

The strategy of avoidance, reluctance, denial,

and an unwillingness to share their experiences with researchers comes much more easily.

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94 Responses to “alien experiences”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Now that I’m on desktop, I’ll fill in above post.

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    January 23, 2010

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    I heard it through the grapevine

    From the secret service

    Hillary Clinton was/is a bit of a witch.

    Al Gore was the biggest horse’s ass.

    Barack Obama treats everyone with respect.

    Go figure.

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    For Al Gore — Biggus Dickus!

  8. blessedistruth Says:

    I was in college and working at a movie theater when this film came out. So I know some Christians were offended. But the title is “Life of Brian” NOT “Life of Jesus.” Still there are some scenes I cannot watch.

    “Alms for an ex-leper” – my favorite scene from the movie, when the ex-leper refers to Jesus as a bloody do-gooder. — toward the end of part 2

  9. blessedistruth Says:

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  10. blessedistruth Says:

    My other favorite part of Life of Brian, when the Roman soldier gives Brian a Latin lesson, toward the end of part 3.

  11. blessedistruth Says:

    And my last favorite part of Life of Brian, when Brian emerges from the crashed spacecraft and the onlooker calls Brian a “lucky bastard.” At the end of Part 5.

  12. blessedistruth Says:

    Obama’s pal (and head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) Cass Sunstein recently wrote a paper suggesting something sounding a lot like Astroturfing: Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).

    Hot air

  13. blessedistruth Says:

    The trouble for Chavez is that eventually you run out of imperialists to punish. And yet the prices will keep rising and the shortages will get worse. What he needs most of all is confrontation with a foreign enemy on whom all social evils can be blamed. The United States? Yes, but only up to a point. This is not the Cold War anymore; there is no Soviet superpower protector. If Chavez goes too far — if, for example, he is caught too blatantly aiding the FARC guerillas operating against U.S. ally Colombia — he risks overwhelming retaliation. No, the enemy he needs should be remote but omnipresent, one who can be represented as powerful but who cannot in fact hit back. Who does that sound like? Hmmmmm …  Oh yes! That favourite reliable standby of thugs and dictators everywhere. And so the airwaves fill with attacks on “criminal Zionists” and the country’s walls are suddenly daubed with slogans like this which I saw yesterday under a spraypainted Star of David: “The Jews are the cause of all our misery.” © David Frum

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    “The message is clear – we are here and will remain here. We are planting and building; this is an inseparable part of the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a tree-planting tour of the West Bank settlement blocs.   Netanyahu made the comments shortly after meeting the visiting US Mideast envoy George Mitchell. Mitchell has been pressing Israel to halt settlement construction in the West Bank.  

  15. blessedistruth Says:

    Whose Failure is the Mideast Peace Process?

    Obama has not bought the prime minister’s contention that Israel has moved a long way toward the Palestinians by freezing settlement construction.

    Netanyahu blames Abbas for setting unreasonable conditions for resuming talks.

    Obama spoke in the same breath about the political environment and nature of the coalitions, and gaps in the Israeli and Palestinian societies, which make it difficult to jump-start a significant dialogue.

    One can detect a hint of criticism of Netanyahu, who prefers a right-wing coalition to partnership with Kadima, which represents more central positions.

    On the other hand, heavy American pressure on Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have put an end to the attempt to set up a Fatah-Hamas unity government.

    Speaking about the Arab world’s intolerance to the peace process, Obama aimed is criticism mainly at Saudi Arabia.

    He was expressing his disappointment from King Abdullah’s refusal to offer Israel gestures of normalization in a bid to muster public support for the peace process.

    Obama was surprised by the force of the Saudis’ support in freezing the construction in the settlements and East Jerusalem completely.

    The Americans fear that in the absence of progress in the next few weeks, Arab leaders like the Syrian president may suspend the Arab peace initiative in the Arab summit in Tripoli in two months.

    Diplomatic sources say that in view of the dead end in the Palestinian track and the American interest to stabilize the Iraq-Syria border, Obama may lend an attentive ear to Israeli figures Ehud Barak and Dan Meridor, who are trying to persuade the Americans to unblock the Syrian track.

    This could be Obama’s alternative to the approach of James Baker, who reminded Yitzhak Shamir of the White House’s telephone number and told him to call when he was serious about peace.

  16. blessedistruth Says:

    The group is attempting to reveal all investments by the EU into Palestinian and Israeli left wing NGOs.

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  18. blessedistruth Says:

    The argument for this is simple:

    The Senate bill is too compromised to survive.

    Passing health-care reform is still a necessity.

    But passing that health-care reform — which includes Sen. Ben Nelson’s Nebraska deal — is too dangerous.

    As DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen told Greg Sargent,

    “The Senate bill has been branded in a way that understandably makes it unacceptable in its current form to many voters, especially independents.”

    The appeal of breaking the bill into parts is that it’s a clear push of the reset button.

    It’s easy, some House aides think, to message on one piece at a time.

    Being for or against health-care reform is a a much vaguer proposition — and thus much easier to demonize — than being

    for or against tax credits, or

    *** for or against a Medicaid expansion. ***

    But the downsides are serious.

    For one thing, House aides appeared to be considering letting go of the exchanges.

    *** That takes out arguably the most important element of these reforms, and leaves us with something much closer to a pure health-care expansion. ***

    (Not sure what this means, but I hope it doesn’t mean Medicaid expansion and Medicare buy-in.)

    This means four new bills have to be written, cleared out of committees, and all the rest.

    It’s a lot of time and a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong, or for Congress to simply tire of this issue.

    And time is not on the side of reform.

    If Scott Brown’s election should have taught Democrats anything, it’s that.

    (Ezra Klein seems to have returned to his senses.)

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    Health-care experts say Obama can get some reform himself

    Some ways the president can break the impasse.

    The White House can jump-start this reform process by appointing (at last) an administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the programs.

    Obama should direct the new CMS chief to manage our existing “public option” systems so that they pay for value.

    Last summer, Cortese gave the White House a plan for how these reforms would work.

    It’s still a good blueprint.

    First, Medicare should adopt a “value index” that would “reward those who provide safe, high-quality care with excellent service at a reasonable cost.”

    For policy wonks, the equation would be Value equals Quality divided by Cost.

    Good data exist to measure the variables — through hospital admissions, readmission rates, emergency department visits, mortality rates and the detailed cost data, region by region, gathered by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.

    Second, Medicare should start bundling payments to hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and others so that providers are paid for outcomes, rather than individual procedures.

    Cortese favors beginning with some common conditions, such as heart failure, lung disease and diabetes, and some common procedures, such as hip and knee operations and open-heart surgery.

    Medicare began experimenting with such bundling back in 1991; now it needs to get serious:

    Paying health providers together will force them to work together, too.

    The president could begin these reforms immediately, as pilot projects.

    To make them universal across Medicare would probably require legislation, according to Jeff Korsmo, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Health Policy Center.

    Insurance reform can come only from Congress, and that’s what has gotten bottled up in the nightmare legislative debate.

    Obama can break that logjam by reaching over the heads of the feuding legislators to the health-care community, where there is a growing consensus that the system must be fixed.

    “I don’t think any of the players are happy with the status quo,” says Cosgrove.

    America’s biggest problem is political dysfunction.

    The system isn’t fixing problems that people care about, such as health care.

    To become the leader the country needs, Obama needs to bypass this infuriating, enfeebled Congress — perhaps by convening a health version of a “constitutional congress” that brings together doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and patients.

    The legislation can come later, once the process of change has begun.

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    Regina Herzlinger

    Health care lessons from Europe
    Dutch Swiss German systems show it can work

    Take Switzerland: 4.9 doctors per thousand residents compared with 2.4 in the United States. And cost? The average cost for a hospital stay is $9,398 in relatively high-cost Switzerland and $17,206 in the United States.

    “In Switzerland, rich or poor, they all buy the same health insurance,” said Regina Herzlinger, chairwoman of business administration at Harvard University and a leading advocate of the Swiss system. “The government gives the poor as much money as the average Swiss has to buy health insurance.”

    The Swiss and Dutch buy their own coverage from competing private insurers. Both systems address market failures that pervade U.S. health care: Insurance companies must provide a core benefit package and everyone must buy coverage. Consumers can shop for value and pocket the savings, as opposed to U.S. patients who hand the bill to someone else. Switzerland does not have a public program like Medicare or Medicaid.

    Far from leading to poor quality and rationing, both countries and Germany, where government has a much larger role in health care, outperform the United States on many quality measures.


    Legislation in Congress would borrow from the Dutch by creating an “exchange” where some people could buy insurance. But Enthoven believes these are doomed to fail because they are missing key ingredients of the Dutch plan such as access for all.

    Moreover, “there is virtually nothing in the bills that is going to control costs,” said Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. On the plus side, he said, “In terms of making sure people are insured and making sure that you can’t be denied coverage, that’s much more like the European systems.”

    November 29, 2009

    (Dated, but not too late for Obama to listen to experts like Regina Herzlinger or to listen to Wyden, Bennett, Gregg, etc.)

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    January 24, 2010

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    Specter Tells Bachmann To Act Like A “Lady”

    (Thanks, Troy! I’d forgotten about this site.)

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady
    By Andrea Tantaros

    Arlen Specter’s treatment of Michelle Bachmann reveals much about Pennsylvania’s senior Senator. Will voters think some time in the real world would do him some good, come November?

    A Pennsylvanian myself, I can tell you Specter’s days are numbered. This comment is simply another nail in his political coffin and more evidence that the Democratic Party — albeit a new home for Arlen — is coming unhinged.

    Forget the fact that Specter’s new party isn’t popular already, establishment candidates, too, are unpopular. Especially ones with bad manners.

    This stale and sexist mentality has no place in Washington, or in the workplace, and — party failures aside — this is enough of a reason to vote Specter and Reid out of power. Time in the real world could do them some good.

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    Mr. McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that President Obama should sit down with Republican leaders and begin adopting some of their ideas for improving the nation’s health care system such as overhauling medical malpractice lawsuits, allowing residents of one state to buy health insurance from a company in another state, and granting tax credits for people who purchase health insurance on their own.The Democrats last week lost a Senate seat in Massachusetts that had given them the 60 votes needed to block a Republican filibuster of a health care bill that appeared on the verge of passage by both houses. Mr. McCain was asked what would Republicans do in response.”We’d be willing to sit down and start over from the beginning with genuine negotiations,” he replied. “There are things we can agree on.”

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    President Obama is acting unilaterally in the best tradition of imperial presidencies and imperialists everywhere, for good reasons, too. MS: Yes, the U.S. military has usurped Haiti’s sovereignty, because if not, large numbers of people, even larger numbers of people would be dying. HH: Yes. MS: And the left, the left resents that comparison, because it only likes the superpower acting when it has no national interest in there at all. In other words, it likes these little rinky-dink nothing wars like Kosovo. Nobody can remember what the hell Kosovo was about. But it’s precisely because the United States had no stake in that, that it’s okay to fly over there and drop bombs and do what you have to do. It’s okay to fly into Haiti and seize the airport. But when you’re doing it for strategic considerations or your national interest, the left doesn’t want to go. Now they pretend they do, like they did with Afghanistan. And then when it turns out the Afghanistan campaign really does need some extra backing, all the left jump off that cart of convenience as soon as they can.

    Hugh Hewitt and Mark steyn

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    FT: There’s not been any movement on clearing out Afghan militants in Pakistan. What can you do about that?Gen McChrystal: We work to align our strategic objectives with the Pakistanis and many of them do. Their struggles with TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban) and the horrible price that they’ve paid both in military and civilians to combat extremism in Pakistan, what it really does it highlights for all of us, we’ve got absolutely shared strategic objectives. It becomes clear that there are a lot of things we need to do together for the future.FT: And is the real stake essentially in this conflict, keep Afghanistan stable because the risk is an unstable Afghanistan will seep over and destabilise Pakistan. Is that really what you’re worried about?Gen McChrystal: It’s much wider than that. It’s the return of al-Qaeda we don’t want. It’s the Afghan people, I wouldn’t say that we help them only because we’ve got a larger strategic game, I think they have an equity that needs to be respected. But there is a regional aspect that’s critical.

    Financial times interviewed Stanley mcchrystal

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    New polling by Rasmussen shows Evan Bayh in danger. Remember, one of the big impacts of the Scott Brown victory was a boost to recruitment. RealClearPolitics has the details: Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) leads Sen. Evan Bayh (D) by 3 points, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Pence, the third ranking Republican in the House, is considering a Senate bid but hasn’t indicated publicly which way he is leaning. Bayh leads two other Republicans, ex-congressman John Hostettler and State Sen. Marlin Stutzman, but still polled below 50% — not a good sign for an incumbent. Bayh 44 – Pence 47 Bayh 44 – Hostettler 41 Bayh 45 – Stutzman 33 UPDATE: It now looks like Beau Biden isn’t going to run in Delaware. With Mike Castle in for the GOP, there is a good chance of a Republican pickup of Veep Biden’s old seat.

    James pethokoukis

  29. blessedistruth Says:

    Butler at the Heritage Foundation and others say there are ways to encourage most Americans to buy coverage, short of a mandate. One way would be to automatically enroll people in coverage through their jobs. Employers would either sign up workers for employer-based coverage if they offer it, or enroll them in the lowest-cost plan offered on an exchange. Workers could opt out, but Butler suspects many won’t. “If you don’t have to do anything to be in something, you’ll be in it,” he says, pointing to automatic enrollment in 401(k) programs as an example of how it could work. He also suggests another way to prompt laggards: a “soft penalty.” After an initial period of open enrollment, premiums would be higher for those who have been uninsured for an extended period. In addition, there could be high-risk pools for individuals who have serious illnesses. Joseph Antos of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, proposes an initial one-time open enrollment period during which all Americans could sign up for health insurance without facing higher premiums for their health status, and limited premium increases for their age. But if someone chooses to remain uninsured after open enrollment ended or has a lapse in coverage, Antos says, that person would face potentially higher premiums based on age, gender and health status. Butler, among others, believes a bipartisan agreement that includes insurance reform is possible.

    Bipartisan hcr?

  30. blessedistruth Says:


    Congressional Democrats continue to debate their next step on health care overhaul legislation, with some urging that Congress move quickly on a scaled-back approach.

    President Obama and administration officials have stressed that they do not want Congress to abandon the issue and the president is expected to discuss health care during his State of the Union address.

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    After viewing the video I just posted, I would have to say these three ladies are insular (is that a word) in their thinking and their reporting.

    Republicans were extremely busy just trying to prevent a government-run takeover of health care.

    And Conrad’s coops just went out the window.

    Had the Senate passed BaucusCare, and the House signed onto that, we’d be singing an entirely different tune today.

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    the reconciliation rider?

    … it had come to define the legislation. And people hated it.

    It got right to their fears that policy was being made on behalf of privileged interest groups (Nebraskans, in this case), and they were paying for it.

    Luckily, there’s a fairly easy fix for some of this.

    Obama, who isn’t particularly connected to this deal, can demand the Senate pass a reconciliation bill stripping it from the legislation.


    That’s actually a pretty good narrative for the reconciliation rider.

    And the neat thing about a reconciliation bill is that Nelson can even vote against it — as can eight of his closest Democratic friends.

    The other thing that reconciliation rider will have to handle is the excise tax.

    The outlines of that deal were finalized a week ago, but embedded within them is a slightly longer transition period for union members.

    Like the Nelson provision, that policy is defensible on the merits, and unimportant either way. But it looks bad.

    Keeping it will be a tough sell, as Republicans will immediately attempt to turn it into the next Nelson deal.

    (Umm, they already have.)

    The unions might want to think about negotiating a raised limit for everybody — $25,000 rather than the $24,000 they already got, say — instead of letting themselves become the next villain in this process.

    (The Cornhusker Kickback and the Big Labor Payoff weren’t the only stinky provisions in Senate bill. I just don’t believe Obama will hop onto the reconciliation bandwagon. And I used to think Ezra Klein was a realist.)

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    MATTHEWS: Well, what are you talking — what procedure do you know that Harry Reid doesn`t know, that Dick Durbin doesn`t know…

    GRAYSON: What makes you think Harry Reid is not going to do it? I was calling for this six months ago.

    MATTHEWS: … that all those top guys, that Ted Kennedy didn`t know, the secret route to the Indies that only you know about?

    GRAYSON: Have they said they`re not using reconciliation? What are you talking about?


    MATTHEWS: These senators can`t do it. They have said they can`t do it.

    GRAYSON: Why do you think they can`t use reconciliation?

    MATTHEWS: Because you talk to any one of these senators, you talk to any of them lately, and what do they tell you? What do the Democratic senators tell you?

    GRAYSON: What do you think, I`m their confessor? No.


    MATTHEWS: OK. You ever call up a Democratic senator and say, why don`t you do this by reconciliation?

    GRAYSON: What makes you think they`re not going to do it?

    MATTHEWS: They`re not going to do it.

    GRAYSON: What do you know that I don`t know?

    MATTHEWS: Because they have refused to do it because they cannot get past the filibuster rule. The United States is different than the House. You`re allowed to talk as long as you want in the Senate, unless you get cloture.

    GRAYSON: Not with reconciliation. Reconciliation is 51 votes, not 60 votes.

    MATTHEWS: What do you mean, reconciliation? You can`t create a program through reconciliation.

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    January 25, 2010

  35. sisterrosetta Says:

    There’s a lot going on
    But let’s not forget our iranian brothers and sisters who are laying it on the line for freedom

    Hope link works

  36. sisterrosetta Says:

    Students from universities and schools in the capital marched with their hands painted white and tried to reach the offices of the government media regulator. They were repelled by a small group of Chavez supporters and then chased off by police in riot gear who fired tear gas after a rock was thrown. PRESIDENT’S MOUNTING PROBLEMS The students chanted the slogan “1,2,3, Chavez you struck out,” in reference to the president’s mounting problems in the baseball-mad nation with issues ranging from water and electricity shortages to an unpopular currency devaluation. “We are here because of the violation of freedom of expression,” said 17-year-old medical student Yanuan Pedraza. “This is the second time they have closed RCTV.”


  37. sisterrosetta Says:

    A few thoughts on the Big Budget Freeze: 1) Estimated annual savings of $25 billion over the next decade aren’t much when annual budget deficits will likely average a trillion dollars. 2) The freeze would use current spending levels, elevated to fight the recession, as a reference point. The stimulus gets locked in! 3) The 2011 budget deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will be $980 billion, or 6.53 percent of GDP. With the Obama freeze, the deficit would be 6.43 percent of GDP.  Rounding error! And while I am on the topic, instead of a budget commission, I would prefer a commission on how to boost economic growth.

    James pethokoukis

  38. sisterrosetta Says:

    Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill. How will Pelosi’s deal fly with rambunctious liberal members of her majority who don’t like the Senate bill, especially its failure to include a public option, put heavy fines on those who don’t get insurance, and offering no income tax surcharge on the “rich”?That’s where the second part of the Pelosi-deal comes in.Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama. This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law with Obama’s John Hancock. But you may ask what about the fact that, without Republican Scott Brown and independent Democrats such as Joe Lieberman, Reid simply doesn’t have the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster that typically can stop major legislation?According to my source, Reid will provide to Pelosi a letter signed by 52 Democratic senators indicating they will pass the major changes, or “fixes,” the House Democrats are demanding. Again, these fixes will be approved by the Senate only after Obama signs the Senate bill into law.Reid also has agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under “reconciliation” and don’t require 60 Senate votes. To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican; he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia. His 52 pledged senators give him a simple majority to pass any changes they want, which will later be rubberstamped by Pelosi’s House and signed by Obama.This plan, of course, is a total subversion of the legislative process. Typically, the Senate and House pass their own unique legislation and then both bills go to a conference committee. In conference, the leadership of both Democrat-dominated houses wheels and deals and irons out differences. The final compromise bill is then sent back to the full Senate and full House for a vote and has to pass both to go to the president. In the House, a simple majority passes the legislation. But under Senate rules, major legislation requires 60 votes to end a filibuster.As it stands, the House bill and Senate bill have major discrepancies. Reid does not have 60 votes to pass a compromise bill that would no doubt include some of the radical provisions House members have been demanding.But if the House passes the exact Senate bill that passed by a 60-39 Senate vote last month, there is no need for a conference on the bill. It will go directly to the president’s desk.

    Dick Morris


  39. sisterrosetta Says:

    So dick morris believes house will rubber stamp senate bill

    That becomes less and less likely as time goes by

  40. sisterrosetta Says:

    CBO’s Baseline Projections for 2011 to 2020 If various tax provisions enacted in the past decade expire as scheduled and other spending and revenue policies are also unchanged, the budget deficit will fall from 9.2 percent of GDP this year to 3.2 percent by 2013, CBO pro­jects. That drop in baseline deficits occurs because the expiration of those tax provisions will boost revenues substantially, the economy is expected to improve, and spending related to the economic downturn will abate. Thereafter, the deficit is projected to remain between 2.6 percent and 3.0 percent of GDP each year through 2020 (see Table 1-3). By comparison, the deficit has averaged 2.6 percent of GDP over the past 40 years.

    These numbers are important

    But I’ve learned they represent the trees not the forest

  41. blessedistruth Says:

    CBO paints nightmare scenario for Democrats in 2010

    According to the new CBO economic and budget forecast, the US economy will grow at just 2.2 percent next year, keeping unemployment above 10 percent.

    In fact, it has the jobless rate averaging 10.1 percent vs. 9.3 percent in 2009.

    As the CBO puts it:

    First and most important, output is expected to grow fairly slowly in this recovery.

    Following the two previous severe recessions in the postwar period, output rebounded particularly rapidly, as did employment.

    Real GDP grew by 6.2 percent in the four quarters following the 1973–1975 recession and by 7.7 percent in the same period following the 1981–1982 recession.

    In both instances, all of the jobs lost during the recession were regained within four quarters.

    In contrast, GDP rose modestly and employment remained much weaker following the two most recent recessions.

    Employment changed little during the four quarters following the 1990–1991 recession, when real GDP rose by 2.6 percent.

    And employment fell by more than 1 million in the six quarters following the 2001 recession, when real GDP grew at an average annual rate of 2.1 percent.

  42. blessedistruth Says:

    A Step in the Direction of Billions in Spending Cuts [Veronique de Rugy]

    So here is where I hope this small step will take us.

    Last week, Sen. Tom Coburn offered an amendment to reduce federal spending by $120 billion in the form of recissions

    (Definition: the cancellation of a contract and the return of the parties to the positions they would have had if the contract had not been made.)

    Specifically, the amendment would alleviate the need to increase the national debt

    by rescinding at least $120 billion

    by consolidating more than 640 duplicative government programs,

    cutting wasteful Washington spending, and

    returning billions of dollars of unspent money.

    The amendment will be debated this week and early next week.

    Sixty votes are required to approve the amendment.

    Here are some examples of recissions in the amendment:

    * Rescinds $120 billion in spending (5 percent from each agency other than DoD and VA)

    * Directs the agencies to consolidate more than 640 duplicative government programs

    * Rescinds unobligated discretionary funds available for more than two consecutive fiscal years

    * Directs GAO to identify duplicative government programs and report the findings to Congress

    * Renders the debt limit increase ($1.9 trillion) in the underlying bill null and void

  43. blessedistruth Says:

    Coburn Offers Amendment to Reduce Federal Spending, Not Increase National Debt

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    During the Bush years the national debt increased an average of $600 Billion per year.

    In just the first year of the Obama administration the national debt rose $1.7 Trillion.

    (Not sure if these numbers are correct, but probably close.)

  45. blessedistruth Says:

    The federal government budget deficit will reach $1.3 trillion in fiscal 2010, slightly less than the $1.4 trillion it recorded in fiscal 2009, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

    In its twice annual budget projections, the CBO forecast that the deficit will reach $980 billion in fiscal 2011.

    The non-partisan budgetary scorekeeper said if current-government policy doesn’t change over the next decade, budget deficits will average $600 billion annually between 2011 and 2020.

    In what will surely be unpleasant news to the Obama administration and congressional Democrats facing tough midterm elections in November, the CBO said the U.S. unemployment rate will average 10.1% through 2010.

  46. blessedistruth Says:

    “the public debt-to-GDP level”

    According to Judd Gregg and others, this is the number we need to concentrate on.


    The CBO projects the public debt-to-GDP level to be

    60% at the end of 2010 and then rise to

    67% in 2020.

    In 2001, debt was only 33% of GDP.

    Elmendorf said there is “little doubt” that steadily rising debt levels could impose serious challenges for the long-term health of the American economy.

    The CBO chief said that while he has not seen the details of the administration’s plan to freeze some parts of discretionary spending, if it achieves savings of $250 billion over a decade this would be a “step in the right direction, but a small step.”

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    Hamilton and Lincoln were men of vision and enthusiasm for the future, certain of the country’s ability to grow and take a rising population further and further towards greater and greater freedom and prosperity.

    Brooks is absolutely right to remind the modern GOP of these towering examples of robust central government, even as it must necessarily demand the immediate, significant downsizing of non-essential federal functions and the out-of-control spending that is threatening the future of the country.

    (Really, it is. It is a menace, but very few people seem to believe this.)

    Suggestions on other message points can be sent to me via

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    A Lefty Perspective

    The difficulties with the reconciliation process boil down to the Byrd rule, which states that

    “provisions that do not produce a change in outlays or revenues; [or] produce changes in outlays or revenue which are merely incidental to the non-budgetary components of the provision,”

    are not eligible for reconciliation.

    There are two difficulties there.

    First, what is a “provision?”

    Is it a bill? A title? A paragraph? A policy? A sentence?

    It’s never defined.

    Second, what’s “merely incidental?”

    Since everything can be argued to change federal revenues or spending in some way, the question of whether that’s what the policy is attempting to do or whether that’s an unimportant side effect is a bit esoteric.

    There are four major compromises that the health-care bill probably needs in order to move forward:

    The excise tax has to be softened,

    the subsidies need to be increased,

    the exchanges need to become federally-regulated, and

    the abortion language needs to be tweaked.

    The experts I spoke to said that the subsidies and the excise tax were no problem for reconciliation.

    Abortion and exchanges are less clear.

    (Honestly what Dick Morris spells out seems more plausible. Obviously some on the left are not interested in moving to the middle. But what about Obama and Blue Dogs in the Senate and the House?)

  49. blessedistruth Says:

    Way forward on health care

    Obama must compromise, Kennedy-style.

    By Stuart H. Shapiro

    Their compromise would look something like this:

    Universal health care would be retained as a goal, to be phased in over time as the country can afford it.

    It would expand with specific cost and care triggers, starting with children and continuing gradually until all groups are covered.

    Insurance companies would be required to cover each group triggered, and each group’s members would be legally required to obtain insurance with defined minimum benefits, and subsidies if necessary.

    This would satisfy lawmakers who want insurance companies to stop denying coverage to people with preexisting illnesses, as well as insurers who want a mandate in exchange for changing their current practices.

    Kennedy would give up the public option for now, but it could be on the table again if costs are not controlled.

    There would be real cost controls.

    (There is very little real cost control in the current bills, and their projected cost of about $1 trillion over 10 years will inevitably fall far short of the actual amount.)

    The cost controls would include tight fee schedules for prescriptions, physicians, and hospitals, based on the quality of care, not the quantity of procedures.

    New treatments, procedures, and drugs would not be covered until they have been shown to have more than marginal benefits.

    Kennedy would demand, and Hatch and McCain would agree to, broad use of generic drugs and permitting safe drug importation.

    Medicare would not be cut.

    Smart veteran politicians understand that it can’t be, especially given the gross underfunding of Medicaid.

    Finally, there would be tort reform.

    Standards of care, if followed, should protect providers from frivolous lawsuits.

    Malpractice suits and defensive medicine have a direct effect on health providers’ operating costs, which has been estimated at $200 billion a year.

    Yet the 1,000-page reform proposals in the House and Senate are silent on the issue, as is the White House and the entire Democratic Party.

    This is not only a mistake of huge financial proportions, but also a strategic blunder.

    Aside from the savings tort reform could generate, it could also be among the missing links that bring Republican legislators on board.

    Unfortunately, Kennedy is not alive to help broker such a compromise.

  50. blessedistruth Says:

    Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. He can be reached at

    Well, I dunno. Sounds pretty reasonable.

  51. blessedistruth Says:

    Above editorial reprinted here:

    In this must-read article, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro has penned his well thought out ideas on how former Senator Ted Kennedy might have handled the recent hit to health care reform legislation, if he were still alive. Perhaps by taking a step back and approaching each important element of reform, one at a time, Kennedy might have used patience and persistence to make meaningful compromises to reconstruct our country’s health care system in a manner more palatable to lawmakers and the American public alike.

  52. blessedistruth Says:

    How about that Gang from the Senate Finance Commitee. Maybe Baucus and Grassley could agree on something that could get 60 votes.

  53. blessedistruth Says:

    GRASSLEY: OK, well, thank you.

    Now to answer your question, I think, you know, there was some indication of game-playing if Brown won, and that would be that he wouldn’t be seated until maybe the bill was brought up and passed and sent to the president.

    A Democratic senator yesterday put a stop to that by saying that he was not going to participate in voting for any bill until Senator Brown was seated.

    And then the question came up, would the House pass the Senate bill and get it to the president so there wouldn’t be a vote in the Senate even if Brown was seated and so it couldn’t be stopped in the Senate?

    But Speaker Pelosi this morning announced she didn’t have the votes to do that, consequently, wasn’t going to do it.

    So you get back to a position — so this is the bottom-line answer to your question.

    I suppose I could speculate a lot, but I think since the Democrats decided to go with a partisan bill after three months of my being in a group of six, three Democrats and three Republicans, to negotiate a bipartisan bill and the rug was pulled out from under us by the White House and by the Democrat leadership, I think the ball is in the court of the Democrats to decide what they want to do.

    But I hope that — that this shows that what needs to be done in the future needs — needs to be done in a bipartisan way and in a bipartisan way that’s not just a handful of Republicans voting with Democrats, but something that satisfies a massive number of Republicans and a massive number of Democrats, so it’s done on a content basis.

    And it’s obviously not the bill that passed the Senate.

    And so as far as substance, I’d just suggest one of many things that it would take to get it to be bipartisan, but one would be medical malpractice lawsuit reform, because that’s not only going to reform a system that needs to be reformed, but it’s probably going to save 10 percent of the money spent on health care because — because doctors practice defensive medicine, because they think you’re going to sue you, so they give you a bunch tests that maybe normally they wouldn’t give you.

    And 10 percent of all the money spent on health care today would have — every year would amount to about $230 billion of savings.

    So that’s one thing that needs to be done in order to get bipartisanship.

    Back to Chuck.


    “I think the ball is in the court of the Democrats to decide what they want to do.”

    Geez Louise! Pls don’t let the Dems lead on this. They’ve already screwed things up royally!

    Does a Gang of 14 brave Dem and Repub senators exist? One thing’s for sure, no senator will go out on a limb unless they believe there’s a chance for a simple majority in the House.

    How about a Gang of 28 in the House?

  54. blessedistruth Says:

    January 26, 2010

  55. sisterrosetta Says:

    “Given how intertwined everything seems to be in health care, I could make the case that there’s very little that doesn’t belong in reconciliation.” Good luck with that expansive view. Judd Gregg is already telegraphing that he’ll have something to say about that. If the upshot of reconciliation is that Democrats have to fire the Senate Parliamentarian to make a certain item germane, the backlash will be swift. If it’s not possible to fix the abortion language, we appear to be right back where we’ve started – with a bill that doesn’t have the 218 votes to pass the House of Representatives.

  56. sisterrosetta Says:

    We’ll be unable to pay for that debt in a reasonable way because, basically, people are going to start saying, I’m not going to lend you anymore money except at outrageous interest rates. And so we have to take action. And we can’t wait until the time happens. We can’t wait until we hit this wall. We can’t wait until we go off this cliff where our debt goes to 100% of G.D.P., which we know will happen. Today it was reported that our deficit this year is going to be at least $1.34 trillion, and for as far as the eye can see, it is going to be $1 trillion-a-year deficits, and the debt will have doubled in five years, and tripled in ten years, and the practical implication of that is that our nation is on a path that is absolutely unsustainable, where our children will get a country where they can’t afford to pay down that debt or if they do pay it down, it’s going to basically take away the resources that our kids would have used to buy a house, send their kids to college or get a new car

    Judd Gregg

  57. sisterrosetta Says:

    What do you expect to hear in the State Of The Union, Governor, tomorrow night? Do you expect he will do anything remotely approaching the Milken Institute’s recommendations? JE: Well, I certainly hope he will. The President has no doubt been rewriting that speech since Tuesday night, and I would hope that it truly is focused on jobs and economic growth, and growth in the private sector. This has been the message of the manufacturers in American now for months, is that look, where is the demand? Where’s, you know, you’ve got to get focused on what really brings this country back, and we haven’t been there. In fact, what we’ve been doing is creating more risk, threatening to raise taxes even higher, we’ve held all that stuff off, and threatening, certainly, to do a lot more in the way of regulation. And we’ve been doing about everything you can to send the signal we don’t want the jobs in this country. That’s the wrong direction. I hope the President says looks, mistakes were made. We need to go forward, and here’s a plan where we can work together to really help these Americans who are out of work. And once we start doing that, a lot of good things will start to happen. HH: Well, I hope you send a whole bunch of copies of Jobs For America over to the White House, Governor John Engler. JE: Indeed we have.

    Hugh Hewitt

  58. blessedistruth Says:

    Executive Summary:
    Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness

  59. blessedistruth Says:

    Will Japan face a sovereign debt crisis? (And is the United States next?)


    Japan’s outstanding long-term government debt is expected to reach 862 trillion yen ($9,641 billion) at the end of March 2011, or 181 percent of GDP, the Ministry of Finance says.

    If short-term debt is added to the long-term debt, Japan’s liabilities will hit 197 percent of GDP this year, the highest among advanced economies, the OECD says.

    The IMF, which expects Japan’s gross public debt to reach 227 percent of GDP this year, warned in a report on Tuesday that market concerns over fiscal sustainability and political uncertainty have led to a widening of credit default swap spreads in Japan.

    Tokyo’s debt burden is a legacy of massive government stimulus spending in the 1990s to support the economy after an asset bubble burst, leading to a decade of stagnation.

  60. sisterrosetta Says:

    Obama is killing America

  61. sisterrosetta Says:

    How perverse. Job creation in our economy comes from profits and growing incomes. But here is America’s best-run company almost ashamed of its profits and bragging about how much less it’s paying its people. Make no mistake — this war will damage the nation’s psyche. Just look at today’s stock market. In fact, the war’s unforeseen consequences are just now beginning to appear . It’s bound to get very, very messy because in fact, contrary to the President’s assertion, the 2008 collapse had little to do with the dissolution of Glass-Steagall or proprietary trading by banks. Sure, Wall Street was way too vulnerable because it was way too leveraged. But AIG wasn’t a bank. Neither Lehman Brothers nor Bear Stearns took consumer deposits. And the hundreds of billions in losses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — as well as the destruction of Wachovia, Washington Mutual and Countrywide had nothing to do with prop trading. That was caused by banks lending money to millions of Americans to buy houses they couldn’t afford. You won’t hear much of that coming from Washington. After all, “It’s Actually Your Fault, America” is not a good slogan for a re-election campaign.

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    Japan’s public debt is projected to exceed 110% of gross domestic product in net terms, and will represent 225% of GDP in gross terms, according to the IMF paper.

    (This is where I get confused. When Senator Gregg speaks of U.S. public debt heading toward 100% of GDP, I think he means “in net terms.” It is important to compare apples with apples.)

  63. sisterrosetta Says:

  64. sisterrosetta Says:

    The Roadmap, in the form that CBO analyzed, would result in less federal spending for Medicare and Medicaid as well as lower tax revenues than projected under CBO’s “alternative fiscal scenario” described in CBO’s June 2009 publication The Long-Term Budget Outlook.

    Federal spending for Social Security would be slightly higher than under CBO’s alternative fiscal scenario for much of the projection period, but the system would become sustainable as revenues increase and traditional benefits decline.

    The budget deficit would peak at 5 percent of GDP in 2034 and then decline.

    By 2080, the Roadmap would generate a budget surplus of about 5 percent of GDP.

    Under the Roadmap, the ratio of government debt held by the public to economic output (the ratio of debt to GDP) would be lower than that under the alternative fiscal scenario in every year.

    In particular, debt is projected to peak at 100 percent of GDP in 2043 and to decline thereafter, reaching zero by 2080.

    (Debt held by the public was about 53 percent of GDP at the end of fiscal year 2009.)

    The federal government would accumulate net financial assets equal to 17 percent of GDP by 2083.

    In contrast, under the alternative fiscal scenario, debt is projected to skyrocket over the next several decades.

  65. blessedistruth Says:

    A GOP Road Map for America’s Future

    There’s still time to rejuvenate our market economy and avoid a European-style welfare state


    There’s still time to choose a different future. That is what the Road Map offers. It is based on a fundamentally different vision from the one now prevailing in Washington. It focuses the government on its proper role. It restrains government spending, and hence limits the size of government itself. It rejuvenates the vibrant market economy that made America the envy of the world. And it restores an American character rooted in individual initiative, entrepreneurship and opportunity.

    Here are the principal elements:

    • Health Care. The plan ensures universal access to affordable health insurance by restructuring the tax code, allowing all Americans to secure an affordable health plan that best suits their needs, and shifting the control and ownership of health coverage away from the government and employers to individuals.

    It provides a refundable tax credit—$2,300 for individuals and $5,700 for families—to purchase coverage (from another state if they so choose) and keep it with them if they move or change jobs. It establishes transparency in health-care price and quality data, so this critical information is readily available before someone needs health services.

    State-based high risk pools will make affordable care available to those with pre-existing conditions. In addition to the tax credit, Medicaid will provide supplemental payments to low-income recipients so they too can obtain the health coverage of their choice and no longer be consigned to the stigmatized, sclerotic care that Medicaid has come to represent.

    • Medicare. The Road Map secures Medicare for current beneficiaries, while making common-sense reforms to save this critical program. It preserves the existing Medicare program for Americans currently 55 or older so they can receive the benefits they planned for throughout their working lives.

    For those under 55—as they become Medicare-eligible—it creates a Medicare payment, initially averaging $11,000, to be used to purchase a Medicare certified plan. The payment is adjusted to reflect medical inflation, and pegged to income, with low-income individuals receiving greater support. The plan also provides risk adjustment, so those with greater medical needs receive a higher payment.

    The proposal also fully funds Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) for low-income beneficiaries, while continuing to allow all beneficiaries, regardless of income, to set up tax-free MSAs. Enacted together, these reforms will help keep Medicare solvent for generations to come.

    • Social Security. The Road Map preserves the existing Social Security program for those 55 or older. For those under 55, the plan offers the option of investing over one-third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts, similar to the Thrift Savings Plan available to federal employees. This proposal includes a property right, so those who own these accounts can pass on the assets to their heirs. The plan also guarantees that individuals will not lose a dollar they contribute to their accounts, even after inflation.

    The plan also makes the program permanently solvent by combining a modest adjustment in the growth of initial Social Security’s benefits for higher-income individuals, with a gradual, modest increase in the retirement age.

    • Tax Reform. The Road Map offers an alternative to today’s needlessly complex and unfair tax code, providing the option of a simplified system that promotes work, saving and investment.

    This highly simplified code fits on a postcard. It has just two rates: 10% on income up to $100,000 for joint filers and $50,000 for single filers, and 25% on taxable income above these amounts. It also includes a generous standard deduction and personal exemption (totaling $39,000 for a family of four), and no tax loopholes, deductions, credits or exclusions (except the health-care tax credit).

    The proposal eliminates the alternative minimum tax. It promotes saving by eliminating taxes on interest, capital gains, and dividends. It eliminates the death tax. It replaces the corporate income tax—currently the second highest in the industrialized world—with a business consumption tax of 8.5%. This new rate is roughly half the average in the industrialized world and will put American companies and workers in a stronger position to compete in a global economy.

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  68. blessedistruth Says:

    Paul Ryan has a great head of hair!

  69. blessedistruth Says:

    Pelosi Pushes $300 Billion ‘Fix’ to Senate Health Care Bill

    Pelosi has offered up the new package of changes to Senate Democratic leaders, with the hope that they will be able to pass it using a controversial procedural maneuver known as “reconciliation.”

    The maneuver would allow Democrats to pass the measure with just 51 votes, without having to first overcome the normal 60-vote threshold.

    Some Democrats are keen on using that process, since the election last week of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts broke the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority.

    However, some Democratic moderates — notably Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh — have balked at using the controversial tactic to ram through health care reform measures.

    Pelosi announced last week that she did not have the votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as is.

    But Pelosi says that if the Senate, and House, will approve the package of adjustments first, the House can then take up the original Senate bill.

    President Obama pledged to press ahead with health care reform in his State of the Union address Wednesday night.

    He said he would not “walk away” from the issue and urged Congress to stand with him.

    “Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close,” Obama said.

    The president urged Congress to take “another look” at the plan on the table, but at the same time offered to hear out new ideas from both parties.

    Any move to then drive through a “fix” to the Senate bill using reconciliation is sure to draw fierce protest from Republicans, who want the president to take a fresh approach to the health care bill.

  70. blessedistruth Says:

    A Lefty Perspective

    I think Pelosi is making a huge mistake trying to pretend the abortion issue doesn’t exist.

    And her entreaty that “you can’t do” the public option is curious – it reduces the deficit, so it’s open as a procedural matter.

    Is she saying the votes aren’t there for it?

    Since Jared Polis and Chellie Pingree are now whipping on it, we’ll certainly find out.

    The major pieces of the reconciliation bill that Pelosi envisions still look to be

    fixing the excise tax, potentially going even further than the labor deal (”The easiest thing is to just get rid of the whole excise tax”);

    increasing affordability credits;

    adding some payroll taxes to offset the costs; and

    stripping some of the dealmaking like that of Ben Nelson’s kickback, which tainted the process.

    Reconciliation is a harrowing process, but these ideas appear to fit within the budgetary confines of the Byrd Rule.

    The sequencing would go like this:

    the House would pass their reconciliation bill first, then the Senate, and only after that would the House pass the Senate’s health care bill.

    The President would sign them in reverse, so that the reconciliation fixes amend the Senate bill.

    Still, none of this is etched in stone; Mark Pryor was not wrong in saying that nothing might get done all year.

    In particular, the whistling past the graveyard on the abortion issue seems to me very misguided.

    If anything, those votes need to be secured now.

    UPDATE: Lynn Woolsey confirms that leadership isn’t considering the public option as part of any reconciliation sidecar, despite the budgetary implications.

    Woolsey has vowed to offer a standalone public option bill the day that health care passes.

    So even if it isn’t revived, we haven’t heard the last of the idea.

    (Geez Louise! They’re still going on about a public “option.”)

  71. blessedistruth Says:

    January 28, 2010

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  74. blessedistruth Says:

    George Tiller — Late-Term Abortion Provider

    I hesitate to even mention this.

    I’ll just repeat what I’ve stated before.

    He’s better off dead.

    I don’t condone murder, I speak of his soul which is eternal.

    Karma demands that he experience the pain of being torn from limb to limb.

    God forgive him.

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  76. sisterrosetta Says:

    The administration made the mistake of leaking that its new strategy was pure politics, designed to re-energize the public and put Republicans on defense. That somewhat robbed it of its authenticity. Americans have also watched this White House prop up moribund auto makers, float Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and cut deals with pharmaceutical companies. The bank war appears a bit disingenuous. The country’s growing investor class is not impressed by the sort of business mau-mauing that pummels their 401(k)s. As for those Republicans, they are hardly cowering in fear. They watched Scott Brown bat away the president’s bank tax, explaining it would be passed on to consumers and hurt lending. His victory suggested the public is open to free-market explanations, and the GOP is feeling more emboldened to make them. Not all populism is bad. There is indeed an anti-establishment anger in the nation. But the majority of it is directed at a Washington that is foisting an unpopular agenda on the country, and at the cavalier treatment of the free market that creates jobs. The president might try tapping into that. Write to

  77. sisterrosetta Says:

    A venture capitalist recently remarked to me that the uncertainty the administration has created is “nothing short of paralyzing.” Nobody will invest in an industry that might be the next to be overtaxed, overregulated, or publicly disemboweled. Add to that uncertainty the administration’s new populist bent, and it’s a recipe for a continued capital freeze. “People in the economy are thinking about whether to invest or take risks when what they are seeing are early signs of Hugo Chávez economics,” says Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. With the White House’s political fortunes fundamentally tied to economic recovery, this populist fire is an act of self-immolation.

    Wall street journal

  78. sisterrosetta Says:

    The good news is that the recession has ended around mid-year and the economy has begun to expand during the second half of the year. Most of the sectors has contributed to economic growth during the quarter. Final sales have increased from the second quarter. The not-so-good news is that most of the growth came from temporary factors such as inventories and government stimulus which can’t be sustained. –Sung Won Sohn, Smith School of Business and Economics All things considered , this was a very strong report and is the first GDP report in 2009 to really elicit any semblance of a ‘wow’ factor. Having said that though, it is quite obvious to us that the rebound during the quarter was not a function of some new-found economic dynamism, but rather it was the slowing pace of inventory liquidation that really dealt the winning hand. The fact that sixty percent of growth can be attributed to this correction suggests the pace of GDP growth going forward will fail to keep pace, though that is not to say growth will stall altogether. –Ian Pollick, TD Securities

  79. sisterrosetta Says:

    Roll Call: “Two moderate Democratic Senators” – Mark Pryor, of Arkansas, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana – “on Thursday said health care reform is on ‘life support,’ with one of them… questioning President Barack Obama’s leadership on the issue.” Landrieu said she had wanted the president to be “more clear about a way forward” in his address earlier this week (Drucker, 1/28).

  80. blessedistruth Says:

    Rahm Emanuel makes me very pessimistic about health-care reform

    Is Emanuel really suggesting that he expects Congress to return to health-care reform in the summer before the election?

    Forgetting whether there’s political will at that point, there’s no personnel: Everyone is home campaigning.

    Moreover, there’s a time limit on health-care reform.

    The open reconciliation instructions the Senate could use to modify the bill expire when the next budget is (there’s disagreement over the precise rule on this) considered or passed.

    That is to say, the open reconciliation instructions expire soon.

    Democrats could build new reconciliation instructions into the next budget, but that’s going to be a heavy lift.

    The longer this takes, the less likely it is to happen.

    And Emanuel just said that the administration’s preference is to let it take longer.

    If I were a doctor, I’d downgrade health care’s prognosis considerably atop this evidence.

    (This really is a shame, we need HCR ASAP, just not the HCR envisioned by Obama — Reid — Pelosi.)

  81. blessedistruth Says:

    Health Care Drops On White House Agenda

    By: David Dayen Friday January 29, 2010 10:09 am

    It’s not a fertile environment for compromise and productivity.

    In addition, this doesn’t even seem feasible, at least under the most likely manner of how health reform could pass.

    Reconciliation instructions for the current budget year would run out as soon as Feb. 24, and certainly by April.

    You would have to rewrite those instructions, meaning that committees would have to go all the way back through the committee process.

    This is just an example of how woefully unprepared the White House was for the potential of Martha Coakley’s defeat in Massachusetts.

    A Plan B in place beforehand wouldn’t lead the White House Chief of Staff to reshuffle the deck and say that they’ll get around to health care later.

    Some pre-planning would be nice.

    (Another pessimistic lefty.)

  82. blessedistruth Says:

    The real message of the Scott Brown victory

    The reason that Obama has seen his approval rating fall sharply is that people think he’s not doing his job.

    His job is to get the country on a path to fiscal sustainability and to defeat (as much as humanly possible) those who seek to put nuclear weapons in our cities and detonate them in time for the evening news.

    His job, more accurately, is to cut costs, delay benefits, right-size government programs, rethink military and diplomatic strategies, re-focus our war efforts, all while rebuilding (or expanding) intellectual and physical infrastructure for the years ahead.

    And he must do all this while devising new strategies for jump-starting wealth creation.

    It’s more than enough agenda for anyone, even someone with President Obama’s admirable self-confidence and perhaps grandiose self-esteem.

    “Stop spending money you don’t have” was the real message of the Massachusetts Senate election that vaulted Senator-elect Brown from the back benches of one of the most useless political institutions in America (the Massachusetts State Senate) onto the front page of The New York Times.

    “Do your job,” was the other, direct message to President Obama.

  83. blessedistruth Says:

    1 Date
    2 Presidential Approval Index
    3 Strongly Approve
    4 Strongly Disapprove
    5 Total Approve
    6 Total Disapprove

    1 01/29/2010
    2 -17
    3 25%
    4 42%
    5 47%
    6 52%

    47 — 52

    In spite of everything, Obama’s approval jockeys back-and-forth between 52 — 47 and 47 — 52.

    This is the same 5% of our population that elected Obama and disapprove of him now.

    Conservatives say we just need to be more conservative.

    Progressives say we just need to be more progressive.

    I’m one of those people in the middle and I’d like to see true compromise that doesn’t involve private property falling into public hands.

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    Pat will be 28 on Sunday!

  86. blessedistruth Says:

    I just love that video, and I’m so proud of my son!

    This is probably my favorite music video of all time.

    Link here:

  87. sisterrosetta Says:

    If Oregon enacts these tax hikes to fund its rising public payroll after a severe recession and amid a slow recovery, we’ll revisit the state in the future to see how many private workers are still there to pay the taxes

    Unfortunately voters in Oregon sent job creators running for the hills

  88. sisterrosetta Says:

    The Oregon measures create higher tax brackets for individuals earning at least $125,000 — or $250,000 for families — and increase those paid by businesses, including a minimum corporate tax that hasn’t risen since it was set at $10 in 1931. The passage will add an average of $1,165 to the 2009 tax bill of households earning as much as $499,999, with those earning $500,000 or more facing an added $15,515, according to the state. The vote also places higher taxes on businesses by increasing the tax rate by 1.3 percentage points to 7.9 percent on profits over $250,000. Nike Inc., the world’s largest athletic-shoe maker, is among publicly traded companies based in Oregon. The company declined to comment. 3 Percent The individual income tax changes will affect 38,000 to 60,000 of Oregon’s tax filers, or about 3 percent of them, according to the state’s estimate. About 5 percent of corporations are expected to face higher liabilities.

    These numbers tell us very little

    This small percentage of affected taxpayers are the very same people Oregon should wish to hold onto

    And yet higher taxes may send them to more tax friendly states

  89. sisterrosetta Says:

    Pat McCormick, the spokesman for the campaign against the tax hikes, said he isn’t surprised that other states are interested in recruiting Oregon companies.Also on Thursday, The Columbian, the daily newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., published an editorial that “put out the welcome mat” to businesses interested in moving across the river to Washington.“Our community has always been a great place to do business; as of Tuesday, it just got better,” wrote the newspaper’s editorial board.The Wall Street Journal also published an editorial about the tax increases on Thursday, saying the taxes run “contrary to the current public mood about spending and taxes.””The real victims of these taxes won’t be wealthy business owners, who can always move away or shelter income, but less mobile Oregonians who will find it harder to get or keep a job,” the Wall Street Journal wrote

  90. sisterrosetta Says:

    State and local government workers’ compensation in 2009 grew by 2.4%, twice the pace of the 1.2% increases in the private sector. State and local government employees compensation has outpaced private-sector increases for the past several years. Private employers’ health insurance costs rose 4.4% in 2009, after increasing by 3.5% the year before. The 2009 increase, though, was the second lowest rate of increase in more than a decade, according to the survey. The Labor Department noted that that this reflects, in part, employers’ reducing their contributions to employees’ health insurance or switching to lower-cost health plans.

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