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Health CareLook for President Obama to sound confident and yet cautious on this topic. He may well fire barbs at the Republicans in Congress, but the fact is that House and Senate Democrats had the ability to make this happen months ago if they had the intestinal fortitude to put personal pride, personal gain and "pet ideas" aside and come to a consensus on what most of us would agree is a critical issue in America. But the President won't point any of that out.
The EconomyThere will be more demands to poor money into the hands of businesses and citizens... unfortunately it will likely be more of the same non-stimulating "stimulus" money, feeding [...]
London Times: Haiti earthquake: a few more rescues, but aid still slow.â€œNobody can go anywhere without security in the city. No aid workers can go anywhere without taking risks with security. That adds to the difficulty of delivering the aid because you not only have to have transport â€“ which is rare â€“ you also have to have some sort of security with you, or you are taking a risk. People are getting angry, people are getting hungry and thirsty.â€ This is sounding kind of familiar.
As I mentioned before, disaster relief isnâ€™t like ordering a pizza. Itâ€™s hard to get aid into a place where the infrastructure has been wrecked and ordinary social order broken down. Iâ€™m seeing some people start to go after Obama on this in an obvious echo of the Katrina-based criticism of Bush. I understand the appeal of payback, but I donâ€™t see any evidence that Obama has blown it here; this stuff is just hard. Of course, the press wonâ€™t go after him the way they went after Bush, but thatâ€™s a given.
Thing is, thatâ€™s exactly the point. I said to David in [...]
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