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Some Updates on the Stimulus Bailout…..It is at mid-stride!

Quietly something is going on in the Bailout program America adopted a year ago…..

I often reminf=d my fellow Dog pound members that the media…and thefore the public have short memories…..

I found this piece in MyDD by Jerome Armstrong to remind me about the status of the Stimulus program that Obama signed into law…

While people like TPL here laments the program…..

The fact is…… the program is JUST beginning to reach it’s highpoint...

I have mentioned in posts months ago that the program is set up to infuse the maximum amount of capital into the Economy from now untill the middle of NEXT YEAR…

That is no coincidence since the Democrats will be starting their run for the 2012 Presidential election at about that time….

So the program is quietly running and making sure that the DEmocrats have a ACe to play before the next big election cycle….

The US Economy is quietly being funded for the next year by the government….

Which is ….‘too big to fail’….

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May 18, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , , | 3 Comments

Wall Sreet and Talking out of both sides of your mouth……

I wrote about Obama and bashing Wall Street while having his fundraising hand out…..

This from Jerome Armstrong over @ MyDD.Com

Daniel this one’s for you and TPL……

How much money has Obama taken from Goldman Sachs? Should he return it?

Bonus current thematic follow-up: What level of the dimensional chess is the move by Goldman Sachs to hire Obama‘s former personal White House counsel during the first year of his presidency?

My my, what the revolving doors lead to nowadays.

More……..…..and Comments (the real interesting part! )

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romney and Obama…..already?

This from Jerome Armstrong over @ MyDD.Com

The CNN poll shows Romney as being the slight frontrunner among the GOP 2012:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 22%
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin 18%
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 17%
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 8%
Texas Congressman Ron Paul 8%
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty 5%
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum 5%
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence 4%
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour 1%

This morning at the AAPC pollies conference, I listed to Stan Greenberg describe the recently passed HCR as a bill based on Republican ideas (individual mandate, market-driven), and a number of writers have pointed this out lately.

For More of this piece…..

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

A counter discussion on Iran and the bomb……

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……

‘Last weeks turmoil in Pakistan has simmered down a bit (barely), but reading an op-ed in the NYT’s this morning, boiling down the black-and-white choice for Iran to bombing or being bombed, doesn’t really bring out the holiday spirit.

Senator Kerry might be going to visit Iran, which would be the first diplomatic trip there in about 30 years. Last year, Iran backed out of meeting with he chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Howard Berman, so its unclear, even if Kerry committed to the visit, whether the political situation inside Iran would allow it to fruition.

Here’s what the op-ed declares:

Since peaceful carrots and sticks cannot work, and an invasion would be foolhardy, the United States faces a stark choice: military air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities or acquiescence to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

A military strike into Iran would be the most foolish foreign policy decision since George Bush chose to invade Iraq. If you want a reason to be thankful that McCain is not President, there it is for ya. There is an educated and worldly populace inside Iran that will eventually democratize the country.

The world, including the US and Israel, is going to have to get used to the reality that Iran will have/has nuclear weapons. It’s not a great diplomatic reality to deal with, but the alternative is just a hideous path of war, and a insurmountable blow to any sort of allied relations with Iran in the near decades.

Then there’s the whole ongoing escalation between India and Pakistan with their nuclear capability/dispute/whatever over there’.

Note:…..I’m having a REAL HARD TIME with that vision Jerome…and I think a whole lot of Middle Eastern countries and Israeli are having a harder time……

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , | 8 Comments

Observations on the Senate version of the Healthcare Bill…..myths vs what’s really there now….

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……..

* On page 78 you’ll learn that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

* On page 17, it makes preventive care completely free, with no cost-sharing. (This might be of particular interest to those who have chosen to seize on concerns about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on mammograms to spread baseless myths and advance their own political agenda.)

* Flipping back to page 16, you’ll find that insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage or watering it down when you get sick and need it most.

* Also on page 16, you might notice that it puts an end to lifetime caps on coverage.

* Page 18 is where the bill extends family coverage eligibility for young Americans through the age of 26.

* On page 83 it requires insurance companies to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full – that means they can’t refuse to renew your coverage just because you get sick.

* Page 307 is home to tax credits for small businesses to help them afford insurance for their employees.

* And folks looking to scare our senior citizens about what reform means for them might be interested to check out page 923 and learn that it provides a 50% discount on drugs for seniors in the so-called donut hole.

Note: Jerome got his info from the White House Blog site…..

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics, Taxes | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Observations on the Senate version of the Healthcare Bill…..myths vs what's really there now….

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……..

* On page 78 you’ll learn that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

* On page 17, it makes preventive care completely free, with no cost-sharing. (This might be of particular interest to those who have chosen to seize on concerns about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on mammograms to spread baseless myths and advance their own political agenda.)

* Flipping back to page 16, you’ll find that insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage or watering it down when you get sick and need it most.

* Also on page 16, you might notice that it puts an end to lifetime caps on coverage.

* Page 18 is where the bill extends family coverage eligibility for young Americans through the age of 26.

* On page 83 it requires insurance companies to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full – that means they can’t refuse to renew your coverage just because you get sick.

* Page 307 is home to tax credits for small businesses to help them afford insurance for their employees.

* And folks looking to scare our senior citizens about what reform means for them might be interested to check out page 923 and learn that it provides a 50% discount on drugs for seniors in the so-called donut hole.

Note: Jerome got his info from the White House Blog site…..

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics, Taxes | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Democrats and President Obama fighting among themselves for final version of the Healthcare Bill?

Jerome Armstrong over mydd.com blogs about the bargaining between the White House and Senate Democrats on the ‘public option’ in the upcoming Healthcare Bill…..Armstrong (who wants the ‘option’ period) posts that Obama has decided that he want’s a trigger for the ‘option’ to come in effect as a preference over an out and out option for the bill……something Armstrong feels is being pushed by the insurance industry…..

Back in July I posted a piece in which I pointed out that a major part of this thing has been democratic political in fighting among different groups for votes and status going into the 2010 elections…..

October 25, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama and Healthcare promises………

Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com posts a list of promises that President Obama made out on the campaign trail and has not apparently kept…..and I’m not really surprised….at the end of August of this year I did a post in which I pointed out that Obama really wanted a Healthcare Bill period……Obama has had experience as an Illinois legislator and a US Senator…..he knows the game….there was no way in hell that he would stake his bill on concrete promises he made during the campaign….he knew when he made those statements that he would not have too much control on what would come from the congress as a bill for him sign………

So…..I really don’t see what the crying is about from p[progressives and the left of the democratic party…..Barack Obama is the president…presidents are politicians…and politicians practice politics which is the art of compromise…..And the final bill will be a compromise between literally thousands of people and political, business and people interests…..

As much as I wanted a bill to make sure that every person in America can get quality healthcare, I am a realist…it is just not gonna happen that way…..

This is the American way…..and this what we have to work with……

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment