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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Dems to GOP: Where’s your plan?

Even as Republicans pummel President Barack Obama’s health care proposals, some GOP leaders worry their party is being hurt by a Democratic counterattack: Where is your plan?

Republican leaders chose not to draft their own comprehensive bill, focusing instead on attacking Democrats’ plans as too costly and bureaucratic. Some prominent Republicans now fear they are getting tagged as the “party of no,” and they want the GOP to offer more solutions to the nation’s health care problems.

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Unemployment climbs to 9.8 percent

The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September as employers cut far more jobs than expected, evidence that the longest recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain.

The Labor Department said Friday that the economy lost a net total of 263,000 jobs last month, up from a downwardly revised 201,000 in August. That’s above Wall Street economists’ expectations of 180,000 job losses, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in August, matching expectations.

If laid-off workers who have settled for part-time work or have given up looking for new jobs are included, the unemployment rate rose to 17 percent, the highest on records dating from 1994.

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Like the Energizer Bunny, we just keep going

Capitol Hill Blue turned 15 Thursday, continuing our position as the oldest political news site on the Internet.

Blue was born on Oct. 1, 1994, as I sat in our den in Arlington, Virginia, and read that my Internet service provider at the time was offering 5 megabytes of free web space to subscribers.

Not one to question a gift, a wrote a 500-word screed about the political situation in Washington at the time, posted it with rudimentary HTML, and called it “Capitol Hill Blue.”

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Ensign screws aide’s wife, then screws ethics laws

Like too many elected officials, Sen. John Ensign likes to screw around. He nailed Cynthia Hampton, a campaign worker.

Hampton was also the wife of his top Washington aide: Douglas Hampton.

So Ensign tried to smooth things over by helping Hampton get a job with some of his fatcat supporters.

Hampton, with Ensign’s help, landed a good gig with a political consulting firm and the Senator who screwed his wife helped out by lining up campaign donors as clients.

Which put Hampton in violation of ethics laws that bar senior Senate aides from lobbying their old place of employment for at least a year after leaving the job.

And it puts Ensign in a position far more compromising than his bedroom antics.

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Without federal funds, recovery sputters to a halt

As long as the federal government pumps money into stimulus programs like “cash for clunkers,” the economy shows some signs of recovery.

But when the federal dollars run out, so does the economic bubble the cash created.

Without massive infusions of federal dollars, the American economy sputters to a halt and pessimism about the future returns.

Unemployment remains high, consumers remain wary and employers keep laying off workers.

In other words, more of the same.

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JohnMcCain’s new mission: A GOP makeover

Sen. John McCain couldn’t become President of the United States so his next impossible mission is even more daunting: Reshape the Republican Party in his own image.

Politico reports McCain is working behind the scenes to remake the GOP.

His vision? A center-right party that appeals to political pragmatists and moderates.

It won’t be easy. Right-wing extremists hijacked the Republican Party many years ago and have a solid hold.

McCain, however, is stubborn and persistent.

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Palin’s lectures ain’t selling

Former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential wannabe Sarah Palin thinks what she has to say is so important that people should be willing to pay up to $100,000 to hear her speak.

But no line is forming to book her.

The New York Post reports that Palin’s lecture schedule of empty because some places are afraid to book her and others consider her a “blithering idiot.”

And the publisher who paid her a $7 million advance for her book is wondering how much it will lose on the gamble.

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Michael Moore’s self-serving propaganda

Michael Moore, the overweight, unmade bed of a filmmaker who fashions himself the conscience of America, has laid down the law to Congress — adopt a public option in health-care reform or he will personally see that those who opposed it will pay the price in next year’s midterm balloting. That includes all the traitorous moderate to conservative Democrats he believes should be relieved of their party credentials for philosophical malfeasance.

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Health care ‘reform:’ Just another lost freedom

One thing President Barack Obama and some other politicians have figured out about Americans is that you can’t trust them to manage their own affairs, and if you want to fix health care in this country you are going to have to take away some more freedoms even if the Constitution doesn’t permit it.

Specifically, you may very well have to mandate that everyone buy health insurance because, otherwise, you are not going to have the premium money necessary to make this whole new scheme of things work and you could leave the door open to something akin to cheating.

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