Let’s just say Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t seem all that enthused about the bipartisan, on-camera health care meeting this week. “Yeah. I think in all likelihood I'll be there. We're discussing the sort of makeup of the room and that sort of thing, but… my members will be there and ready to participate.”
Still did we hear the nascent sounds of bipartisanship when the senator was asked if he could support Majority Leader Harry Reid’s jobs bill with its small business tax breaks, “Well, we may well.” Then he said the bill needed to come to the Senate floor so it could be amended. Sic Transit Bipartisanship.
Elsewhere, the nation’s governors, strategically located this weekend in Washington for a meeting, were out in force on the Sunday talks. Raise your hands if you’re surprised California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger said the stimulus bill created jobs in his state and then turned on fellow Republicans in Congress for showing up at ribbon-cuttings for projects funded by the stimulus bill they opposed. He told ABC, “I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn't create any new jobs and then they go out and they do the photo ops and posing with the big check. And they say isn't this great?”
Did somebody put the good governor on the democratic talking points list? Think I’m kidding? Check out what the President said recently.
On CNN, across the board agreement (along with 86 percent of the public in our latest poll) that Washington is “broken.” Governors Deval Patrick (D-Mass) and National Governors Association Chair Jim Douglas (R-Vermont) agreed (off-cam) that they would never run for Congress and agreed (on cam) that governors are far more civilized and productive than their national counterparts. Gov. Patrick told me, “We are very well led in the National Governors Association by Jim Douglas, who is a great friend, and we work together on a number of things. And frankly, I think that the public I represent is keen to see more of the kind of cooperation that Governor Douglas and I share.”
Outgoing Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) likened the atmospherics on Capitol Hill to “tribal politics.” He suggested when the parties get together with the president for this week’s health care meeting, Republicans should check their “short-term political” interests at the door and Democrats should leave behind their “ideology”. Former Senator and Governor Jon Corzine (D-New Jersey) called the chances for success “slim”. He continued, “We need somebody to stand up the way Ted Kennedy stood up on Leave No Child Behind or the prescription drug benefit for seniors, to work with the president, and that needs to have bipartisan effort, and I think the president is making a legitimate offering to make that happen, and I hope that we follow through.”
Also of note, Colin Powell, Republican and Obama voter, said he thinks the president missed the point (the economy) by focusing too much on health care in his first year. He told CBS, “As I go around the country and talk to people, they know that health care has to be fixed. They know we need more in education. They know we need to do more with energy. But they don't see that as their main priorities. And as the president went into these areas, all of which are important. It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured. But at the same time, in the eyes of the American people, in my judgment, it looked as if that somehow had become more important than the main attack, which was fix the economy and get the Americans working again.”
Sunday. Sunday. Just love this day.
I just happen to know one of these hypocrites from the GOP who voted against the stimulus but is now trying to reap the benefits. Shame ! And by the way it' on Long Island.
The Gov. told the truth. We are catching on to the GOP and their dirty tricks. Arnold knows the truth because of the help that has come CA way.
I would like to see the following happen:
1. No pay for any of the law makers until 8 million jobs are created.
2. list all law makers who are getting any kind of money from Insurance companies, credit cards and banks.
3. All bills from all parties that they think will help our country, post them all on line with there name attached to it.
4. any bill must be read entirerly by each law maker before you can vote on it, or you cannot vote.
5. show all meetings on bills being submitted and how there voted.
I think an important point is left out of this discussion.
That is, you have some Democrats who have closer ties with the Republican philosophy.
These folks ought not have been elected as Democrats and their constituents are not getting what they voted for.
The Democratic Party 's responsibility is to see to it that one actually is as they say they are.
Hey Mitch let's say we pay for the whole thing witha tax on cigarettes. Nothing too big just 50 cents a pack per one hundred thousand people killed by cigarettes.
Four hundred thousand a year wow that would be $2 a pack.
That would be a great way to pay for healthcare.
Bring back John King -– Candy is too boring to watch and too methodical and rigid -- the personality of a wet log
What arrogance on the part of McConnell. "my members" – does he own them. It shows why nothing has gotten done since he had been in a leadership position.
This guy is an absolute partisan disgrace. The Democrats made a hugely strategic error in 2008 by not expending every resource at their disposable to defeat him.
I hope if another opportunity comes around the Dems will knock him off.
NC Senator Richard Burr showed up at a stimulus funded event in Alexander Co. NC for a photo credit. He voted against the stimulus bill. A Winston Salem Newspaper and several media outlets asked him why he did it. Thank goodness he was caught being a hypocrite. He voted against HCR and we have almost 2 million people with health care in NC. Not to mention the people from SC that show up at our emergency rooms.
So go ahead and believe in all of your fantasy, hope for the best in this dumb Administration and so forth.
I'm gonna leave cause I have a date! ...Even if it means I have no money, I mean, we men like it too if the ladies hook it up every now and then, who doesn't? :)
Later and take Health Care to the summit and brainstorm...even if it means and suggest that studies show brainstroming is more effective individually than in groups. IN case you haven't got the newest polls yet.
Americans are not going to get jobs over night. It will take time. Health care will also create some jobs. These insurance company will have to heir many people to take the increase of 30 million people. Customer service reps., accountants, sales reps. doctors, and marketing just to name a few.
So you keep listening to the idiots on the right. They will cut their nose off just for the sake of their talking points. They are not interested in American just getting into power to finishing screwing up this country.
All of you who keep saying that those of us who think that we are heading towards socialism need to give up our social security and medicare do not make any sense. We pay into these programs. The money that we get out of them is money that we put in. It is our money. The problem is that the government handles this money so poorly that by the time I become eligible there will be none left. That is what happens when government runs anything. The problem with the programs that Obama is proposing is that I work hard to pay for them and I get nothing in return. It is those who think they are entitled to be taken care of and not have to work who benefit. No thank you. I help the poor and those down on their luck because I feel a moral obligation to do so and because it is what Jesus commands me to do, not because the government mandates it. I have seen too many times that the people who truly should receive benefits from government programs do not. So please stop it with the medicare and social security argument. All of you just sound stupid.
Ernest – all of your points but one are avialable on C-SPAN or in the web. And good luck getting lawmakers to read ( your #4).
As for the posts about stimulus money working – aside from all the states that saved the jobs of teachers, firefighters and police, many states were ablr to do some infrastructure projects that would have been cancelled or postponed- thereby employing blue collar workers.
We as a country, we cannot cut back on our lifestyles as we have been told by economists have said we should, We cannot waste less and consume less and still maintian all the jobs we once had. It's not mathematically possible.
The healthcare bill would create jobs. The energy bill would create industries. It's said Mr Obama has not suggested things to help us rebuild the economy and jobs- I beg to differ.
My Obama has proposed plans. Congress- on both sides of the isle have watered down or scrapped evey one of those proposals so that we don't see advancement on jobs.
CNN and the Democrats squeal like pigs at the butcher when they are unable to complete their rape of the American people. The American people have no responsibility in assisting CNN and the Democrats in their rape. That is what Candy and Duvall are all in a lather over. NO MEANS NO Candy and Duvall.
As long as republicans can still torpedo any and every bill coming into congress we will never get anything done. And they have the main stream media such as CNN and Fox to make it happen.
If we had a fai media, who would tell thepublic what is happening this would not be, but alas and alack (how you like those adjs) because giving republicans all the face time on cable and news is more to their republican owned masters liking. The media has not had one independent thing they have done since way before bush stole office.
I'm sorry, but I think healthcare bill and the job creationbill are both equally important, especially when you lose your job or you move to another job. When you move to another job, there is a waiting period unless you are promoted in the same organization. When you lose your job, COBRA
CPAC is the Republicans new private "comedy club" where they all show up and see who can can crack the biggest jokes about Americans not having jobs or healthcare and then walk away with a check. That's what they think of America.
Candy – why not mention that the Republicans are OFTEN sent emails with their daily/weekly talking points and buzz-words.
A lot of us quit watching J. King because of his republican bias, we can quit watching you too - and probably will.
C'mon.....Schwarzenegger is married to a Kennedy. Lol. Is anything he says worth it's weight. Haaaa....look what his leadership has done for California. He is letting criminals out of prison early as a solution to solving California's out of control deficit.
You didn't mention that healthcare is still being debated a year later because it has been stalled at every turn by "you know who", with everything else back-logging. It's that simple. NOTHING from "you know who".
Talking points or not, the Governor is just responding to the facts.
The CA governor is a moron.
The stimulus has turned out to be an expensive joke. Yes, the bill passed and was going to be spent. What does the Schwarz expect 'republicans' to do? Tell their constituets, we're going to pay for Obama's stimulus bill, but we're going to get nothing in return. What a moron.
I hope McConnell and his members plan to be there.
Anthem Blue Cross in CA just sent out notices that their premiums will rise 39%. And this after their parent company Wellpoint just experienced a $2.7 Billion Dollar profit the last quarter. Now there are insurance companies in 5 other states that plan to increase premiums 20-50%. We have a problem that needs to be addressed, now.
Currently my family pays $1100 per Month for our health insurance, with a $5000 paid up front deductible, with the insurance picking up 70% of their customary and reasonable charges after that, leaving us with the 30% plus difference. We'll be crushed with a 20-50% increase.
What is going to happen when all of you out there who have employer based insurance wind up in the same boat we are, when your employers can no longer afford this outrageous increases? At some point in time the unregulated greed has to end, no?
Republicans may not have have wanted the bill (which is dragging the country into debt). But, once it is passed (mostly by democrats), you've got to get on board–you're paying for it.
Don't people get it?! There are no jobs! Period! This economy needs to be made over in order to get the job market going at a robust pace again. Enerdy, healthcare, education are the engines behind job growth. America can eat but so many hamburgers before we see that those kinds of jobs will not fuel this economy. Colin Powell bless his heart lent a caring ear to people looking for some hope anywhere they can find it. But thinking the way we have for the last ten years won't work anymore. President has a vision that will ultimately prove right. Problem is, just how much damage will the republicans do before they and the rest of us realize it?
Let's see Obama announces a "Bipartisan" meeting on Health Care, but before the meeting the Dems with BO's blessing go behind closed doors and agree to a compromse bill! Hello this is what you call transparency!!
Reid takes a Bipartisan agreement and shreds it then puts this in front of the GOP and says "I Dare You". this is called Bipartisanship!
Now the Dems want to invoke reconcilation since they could not get enough DEMS to agree on the bill and the public is 66% against this! this they call looking out for the "Stupid People" who are going to vote them out of office!! None to soon.
We can all agree the Democrats are definitely sleeze bags or pond scum whichever you prefer.