06 Dec 2017

susan collins with capital dome
A couple days ago, centrists were disappointed to hear that center-right Republican Susan Collins ended up voting for the atrocious tax bill Republicans have been pushing for weeks. The reason she gave for voting that way has been shown to be an empty promise, so will she change her vote? Susan Collins' Disappointing, but Not Surprising, Tax Vote For weeks before the vote in question, Susan Collins had been publicly on the fence. One can never really know what a politician is secretly thinking, but - perhaps feeling pressure from her party after voting against them so much recently - it seemed as though she was looking for reasons to vote for this bill. Disappointing as her vote was, especially given conflicting stances she's taken in the past about the national debt and deficit spending, this is going to happen sometimes with moderates who lean one way or the other (and illustrates why we need more than a few centrists for the fulcrum strate...

23 Apr 2011

One of the major arguments of the health care bill Obama and the democrats pushed through was how it was going to push healthcare costs down. I doubted this would materialize as much as they said it would (along with a lot of people) and surprise surprise... President Obama is already undercutting portions of the health care reforms that would work to cut costs. Bravo to Tim, at Tim's Cogitorium, for catching this: The Obama administration announced it was kicking in $6.7 billion to head off cuts to Medicare Advantage—cuts put in place by Obamacare. These were some of the cuts put in place to reduce the excessive spending on health care.  They were a key part of the package Democrats fought tooth and nail to get passed last year.  They are essential for the new health care reform bill to achieve its projected savings.  And now they are flip-flopping on them. Are you as shocked as I am, that Obama would make such a giant flip-flop like this? ...

28 Mar 2011

For a few months, it seemed like President Obama might actually be courageous and push for much needed reforms that would lead our nation away from certain fiscal disaster in coming years. He campaigned as the change candidate, and when congress wouldn't put together a fiscal commission, he put one together himself. Unfortunately the devil is in the details, and from his actions it seems as though that fiscal commission was designed to fail, needing even more than a wide supermajority for it's recommendations to even be submitted to congress for debate and a vote. There is no way he thought that would work. Democrats are making a huge mistake, and opening themselves up to republican flanking, by not taking on fiscal issues. Among a long list of examples, recently they insulted the intelligence of the American people with a proposal that they dishonestly called 'meeting the Republicans' $61 billion in cuts half way', with a proposal about one s...