Daily Archives: December 7, 2009

Public Option “Bait-and-switch?”

Democrats Close In On Public-Plan Alternative

U.S. Senate Democrats appear to closer to reaching agreement on an alternative to a government-run health-insurance plan in health-care overhaul legislation, even as they dealt with disagreement within their party on abortion.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) told reporters Monday that Democrats are “rapidly coming to a conclusion” on language within the bill, including a public-plan alternative. Stabenow, like many other liberal Democrats, has stated she would prefer the bill contain a public plan but said that “the critical issue is not what we call something” but instead “the end result.”

“The words ‘public option’ do not determine whether the bill is successful,” Stabenow said. “If we can do the same thing through another mechanism and get broader support, I’m willing to look at that.”

source: WSJ

Nelson: There’s Support For New Medicare Option

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is perhaps the Democrat most reluctant to sign on to major health care legislation. Cautioning that he and the rest of the group of 10 senators negotiating a public option compromise have plenty of work left to do, he says that the newest option–allowing some under 65 to buy insurance through Medicare–has some traction.
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US expects to recover most bank rescue money: report
WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department expects to recover all but 42 billion dollars of the 370 billion it has lent to troubled US companies since the financial crisis began last year, The New York Times reported.

Citing a new yet unpublished Treasury report, the newspaper said the new assessment of the 700-billion-dollar bailout program was provided by two Treasury officials on Sunday ahead of a report to Congress on Monday

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NATO to pledge forces for Afghan war BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s military commander urged countries to provide more instructors to train Afghanistan’s security forces, as national representatives met Monday to pledge additional troops to join the 30,000 reinforcements committed by President Barack Obama.

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Federal Stimulus Program is Not Working… Except That It Is

Posted by LibbyShaw

VP Joseph Biden greets construction workers after delivering a speech in Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Republicans and their water carrying blustering blowhards in the conventional wisdom alternative universe bubble have been frantically working 24/7 to fabricate the perception that the federal stimulus program is not working.

Those Americans who reside outside the Republican and conventional “wisdom” bubble, i.e. Joe, Jose, Jane, Yolanda, Chen, Hui, Omar and Laqueesha (to name a handful) have a far different view of the federal stimulus program.

It seems that Republicans and the Party’s blowhards ignored the recently released Congressional Budget Office report. Or perhaps the Republicans and its tools did not like what they read. Yikes, this stimulus can’t work or we are dead. Change the message! If the government works we lose! No matter what, kill off any good news about the stimulus program! Who cares what happens to the average Jane and Joe Americans? WTF are they?! This is all about us and our ability to stockpile as much money for ourselves as we can! Heaven help us! Change the bleeping bleepity bleep message! Jeeze oh Pete – gin up a freaking war if need be!

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the $787 billion stimulus package approved in February lowered the nation’s unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points while boosting the economy by between 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent. The analysis also found that three-quarters of the money provided in the stimulus had yet to be funneled into the economy by the end of September.

The report is a boost for the administration, which faced renewed questions last month over how many jobs the stimulus has produced after the Government Accountability Office said it found “significant” problems with the White House’s tally. The administration has estimated the stimulus created or saved 640,329 jobs through October.

The report released yesterday “leaves no doubt that the economy would be in much worse shape if the recovery act had not been implemented,” said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, a California Democrat. “As the Obama administration and Congress continue to explore additional strategies to create jobs and build a foundation for long-term economic growth, it is critical to acknowledge the progress that has already been made.”

But Republicans, especially Texas Republicans and their propagandists at FOX seem to have a problem with facts that the party and its spin meisters do not manufacture.

Sigh. Oh, how we tragically know all about the GOP and its fiscal irresponsibility with its tax cuts for the 1 or 2% of the wealthy, the deregulation of the financial and energy sectors, while waging war on two fronts. Tell us about a war of choice vs. one of necessity. Tell us why we took our eye off of Afghanistan to go looking for Al-Qaeda and WMD’s that did not exist in Iraq? Thanks, too, Louie and Sean, for leaving both wars on the back of a new Administration. And please do accept our deep and heartfelt thanks for your leaving both wars on the backs of the American people, our children, grandchildren and generations of our great grandchildren to come.

Reality check on the federal stimulus program.

Where Texas is concerned we have been awarded $10,680,470,000 in stimulus funding. So far we have received $1,826,240,000.

Jobs created so far: 19,572.

Check out the facts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The so-called conventional wisdom sounds like a bunch of conventional self-serving lying and hysterical stupidity to me.

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Lopez Tonight! Guest Schedule for 12/7 thru 12/10



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Monday, December 7, 2009

Kathy Griffin
Rico Rodriguez
Sean Paul

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Clint Eastwood
Jane Lynch
Dierks Bently w/Patty Griffin

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cedric the Entertainer
Morrissey

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hilary Duff
Scott Bakula

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Funniest Clip from Last Week’s Show

George welcomed “Private Practice” star Taye Diggs, who talked about being confused with Michael Jordan, his high profile interracial marriage (with a green chick), and how he got the nickname “Kelp“. Taye likes to collect sneakers, and George gave Taye Diggs a limited edition pair of Nike Air Force One sneakers — designed by world-renowned tattoo artist, Mr. Cartoon.

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44-D’s Twenty-Five Days of Christmas Music Videos (Dec 7th)

This Christmas Performed by Donny Hathaway

The song, released in 1970, has become a holiday staple and is often used in movies, television and advertising. “This Christmas” was originally recorded by R&B singer/songwriter Donny Hathaway and released as an Atco single in 1970. Hathaway co-wrote the song (it is credited to Nadine McKinnor and “Donny Pitts,” the stage name Hathaway used as a young gospel singer). “This Christmas” has been covered by numerous artists across diverse musical genres, including The Whispers, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Chicago, Harry Connick, Jr., NSYNC, Gloria Estefan, Boney James and the Cheetah Girls.



Lyrics

Hang all the mistletoe
I’m gonna get to know you better
This Christmas
And as we trim the tree
How much fun it’s gonna be together
This Christmas

Fireside is blazing bright,
We’re caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me

Presents and cards are here
My world is filled with cheer and you
This Christmas
And as I look around,
Your eyes outshine the town they do
This Christmas

Fireside is blazing bright
We’re caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me, yeah

Shake a hand, shake a hand now

Emm, fireside is blazing bright
We’re caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me, yeah

Merry Christmas
Shake a hand, shake a hand now
Wish your brother merry christmas
All over the land
Yeah
Merry Christmas
Merry, merry Christmas
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Merry, merry, merry, merry
Emm, em

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