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Obama Overload?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Obama Overload?

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President Obama is still wildly popular and he seems determined to revel in it by popping up three times a day to make a statement or greet a world leader. However, Joel Connelly writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “a president should take time out of the public eye, and not tire out the country.”

He warns that, “The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess.”

Joel Connelly in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

But Obama really should regulate, and reduce, the flood of words out of the White House. The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess.

On Thursday, for instance, Obama joined an ABC News town hall on health care. He spoke to the cameras after meeting members of Congress on immigration. The president and first lady made remarks as a “United We Serve” service event. On the eve of a key House vote, Obama boosted the clean energy bill and debunked its critics.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

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On FNS , Liasson and Kristol skew CBO cap-and-trade estimate as “$175 per person,” but it’s per household

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

On FNS , Liasson and Kristol skew CBO cap-and-trade estimate as “$175 per person,” but it’s per household

On June 28, Fox News Sunday panelists Bill Kristol and Mara Liasson misrepresented the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the cap-and-trade bill passed by the House of Representatives on June 26, claiming it would cost “$175 a year per person.” In fact, the CBO estimated the net cost would be an average of $175 per household per year. After Liasson said, “The CBO estimate of the economic impact of this bill was only $175 a year per person, but that’s contested,” Kristol asserted: “A hundred and seventy-five dollars a person is what, 5, 600, 7, $800 a family, depending on how many — how big your family is? That’s kind of a lot of money to heap on families in the middle of recession.”

According to the CBO’s analysis, the bill’s net impact on households in 2020 would be between a benefit of $40 per year and a cost of $340 per year, and “the net annual economywide cost of the cap-and-trade program in 2020 would be $22 billion — or about $175 per household.” According to the CBO, “That net impact would reflect both the added costs that households experienced because of higher prices and the share of the allowance value that they received in the form of benefit payments, rebates, tax decreases or credits, wages, and returns on their investments.”

From the June 28 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday:

LIASSON: I do think that the administration got one very important thing by getting it through the House now. The big urgency was to get something that it could take to those Kyoto — those global climate change negotiations in Denmark in the fall. They’ve now shown that the United States is moving, at least toward something. How fast it’ll move, whether it’ll ever get through the Senate — and I think the chances for it getting through the Senate this year are going to be really, really difficult, even though Harry Reid says it’s going to be on the floor in the fall.

The CBO estimate of the economic impact of this bill was only $175 a year per person, but that’s contested. So, I think there’s going to be a big debate about the economic impact, and it’s going to determine — it’s going to be affected by how fast or slowly the economy itself recovers.

BRET BAIER (guest host): Bill.

KRISTOL: A hundred and seventy-five dollars a person is what, 5, 600, 7, $800 a family, depending on how many — how big your family is? That’s kind of a lot of money to heap on families in the middle of recession.

I think Nancy Pelosi has made a huge mistake by defining everything in terms of jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. And Republicans are going to say for the next year and a half, “Let’s have that debate.” Is unemployment lower than when President Obama became president? Is unemployment going up as slowly as President Obama said it would when he lobbied for his stimulus, and today when he lobbies for energy?

We’re going to have double-digit unemployment. Republicans are going to be able to be the party that cares about middle-class America and about these ridiculous plans — and this really is a ludicrous piece of legislation, in my opinion.


Guv’s Wife: I Asked Him To Leave Two Weeks Ago

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

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Ye Olde Scribe’s Spy Fly on the Wall Update

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Ye Olde Scribe’s Spy Fly on the Wall Update
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Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“Well, these issues have been bipartisan issues… But for us as Republicans, the biggest issue about this or about spending or about other policy issues is Republicans need to do what they say they’re going to do.”

— Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), quoted on CBS’s Face the Nation, saying that sex scandals are not the biggest problem for the Republican party.


Got Health Insurance? Fighting for a Public Option Might Just Get You a Raise!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

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Greg Mankiw Argues for a Financial Transactions Tax to Improve Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Greg Mankiw Argues for a Financial Transactions Tax to Improve Health Care
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Al-Safa, June 27, 2009
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The Washington Post?s Dana Milbank calls Nico Pitney a ?dick? after heated debate on CNN.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

The Washington Post?s Dana Milbank calls Nico Pitney a ?dick? after heated debate on CNN.
Last week, the Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney (who is also a former member of ThinkProgress) found himself in the center of controversy after President Obama called on him at a press conference. One of the harshest pieces came from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who called Pitney a “planted questioner.” Today the two faced off […]

Last week, the Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney (who is also a former member of ThinkProgress) found himself in the center of controversy after President Obama called on him at a press conference. One of the harshest pieces came from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who called Pitney a “planted questioner.” Today the two faced off on Howie Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources” segment on CNN. Pitney called some of Milbank’s past reporting “pathetic,” and Milbank claimed that Nico had “worked in collusion with an administration.” Watch it:

The discussion was evidently so heated that Milbank called him a “dick” at the end of the segment, as Pitney writes on Huffington Post:

The only thing that surprised me was when Dana turned to me after our initial sparring and called me a “dick” in a whispered tone (the specific phrase was, I believe, “You’re such a dick”). Howie Kurtz wrote on Twitter that he didn’t hear it, which is understandable — he was doing the lead-in for the next part of the segment on the ABC White House special. But it happened (I urge Howie to watch the video of the panel during the ABC intro) and it was frankly pretty odd.


Congress May Look to Ky. Schools’ Healthy Example in Creating Nutritional Policy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 29th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

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