Category Archives: Citizen Wealth

Baucus Bummer Bill

baucusNew Orleans Another reason it was good to be in Canada last week, is that I heard everyone’s views on Canadian healthcare, while missing a lot about the new bill being rolled out to almost no applause by Senator Baucus of Montana.

The kindest thing people seem willing to say is that the bill doesn’t really pass as comprehensive health care reform at all, nor does it seem to pretend to be.  It’s a head scratcher to try and understand why the White House seems to be pushing this sack of stuff down the legislative highway?

It seems only yesterday that President Obama was speaking to both Houses of Congress and I swear I heard him say that there needed to be a so-called “public option.”  Such an option doesn’t exist in this bill by any stretch of the imagination.  And, it goes without saying that immigrants are invisible in this bill as they are supposed to be in our society (though surely not in our economy!).

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Constitutional Defenders

nadlerNew Orleans Having been in Canada all week was a relief, but there was no way to come back to New Orleans and not try to get a better understanding of the political road rage that is seeking to engulf ACORN and attack governmental funding sources.  Two things interested me first.  The first was the statements by Congressman Jerrold Nadler from New York, who is the head of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, who raised the point that the anti-ACORN bills were “bills of attainer” and flatly unconstitutional.  The other was my curiosity to see which elected officials could not be herded by the mob, since those are names with honoring with some respect and thanks in my book.

Since no one much seems to be looking at this severe outbreak of McCarthyism, I’m going to paste in Nadler’s press release and let him speak for himself:

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