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The Clock Ticks

  • 11:28 pm Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

There are a lot of unknowns about the health care debate in the Congress, but one thing seems to be assured now, that no health care legislation will reach the desk of President Obama in calendar year 2009. So what happens the rest of this year? Christmas Eve is one …

Christmas Tree Update

  • 7:01 am Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

There won’t be a gigantic Legislative Christmas Tree getting through the Congress this year after all, as Democrats have had to pare back their plans to jam through a bunch of legislation before going home.  Instead, they’ll kick the can into next year. Instead of a big increase in the …

On The Precipice

  • 9:27 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

After meeting with Senate Democrats at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama said his party is “on the precipice” of approving landmark reforms to the nation’s health care system.  But then he acknowledged that a lot of hard bargaining is still ahead. Democrats have tried repeatedly to make it …

A Liberal Revolt

  • 9:26 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

The grumbling from liberals started weeks ago on the direction of health care reform in the Senate.  It went away for a little while, but now there are prominent voices in the Democratic Party who have a simple message:  “Kill the Senate Bill.” That was also the message from Tea …

Waiting On CBO

  • 9:25 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Once again, the progress of health care reform is being determined in part by the work of a fairly obscure group of government budget crunchers, who are being asked to figure out cost estimates for Democratic health care plans. Not only are Senators waiting on the Congressional Budget Office cost …

GTMO to Illinois

  • 8:09 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Here is a Presidential memorandum as released by the White House, which orders the acquisition of a prison in Illinois to house terrorist detainees now being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. After reading this – what do you think of the move?  Will it matter?  Why …

Liberals Boil Over

  • 11:23 pm Monday, December 14th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

For several years now, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has been a thorn in the side of the Democratic Party, and now liberals are boiling over as the former Democrat from Connecticut is on the verge of forcing major changes in health care reform legislation. Lieberman showed off his Independent streak …

Democratic Alarm Bells

  • 11:19 pm Monday, December 14th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

If three Democratic retirements in the House in recent weeks is a trend, then the fourth announced on Monday should be setting off some alarm bells within the party for the 2010 elections, as another Blue Dog Democrat said he would hang up his legislative spikes. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) …

Cutting The Deals

  • 11:14 pm Monday, December 14th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I’ve said from the beginning that Democrats could get a health care bill through the Congress, but only if they were willing to make the necessary concessions and deals to come up with a bill that could gain broad support and avoid a filibuster. We are now at that point …

The Magic 8-Ball

  • 11:20 pm Sunday, December 13th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

There are some times in life when the Magic 8-Ball has to be consulted, because it can be just as good as asking politicians for their opinion, since most of them will give you the political spin rather than the real answer. So the question of the day is, “Will …