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  • The Danger of Delegitimizing Trump

    01/17/2017 9:57:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17, 2017 | Carl M. Cannon & Caitlin Huey-Burns
    On January 20, 2001, John Lewis did not attend George W. Bush’s inauguration. He didn’t make a big deal about it, but Bush losing the popular vote coupled with the contentious Florida recount left Lewis feeling less than magnanimous. According to contemporaneous press accounts, the Georgia congressman and civil rights icon spent Inauguration Day in his Atlanta district. Lewis was hardly the only prominent Democrat who had trouble accepting the new president after the 2000 election was finally decided. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Jesse Jackson trashed the U.S. Supreme Court and questioned Bush’s “legitimacy.” Recognizing the starkness of...
  • Is the Republican Establishment Ganging Up on Ted Cruz?

    01/21/2016 1:50:37 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2016 | MOLLY BALL
    ... Beltway Republicans say they consider Donald Trump the lesser of two evils. Cruz wears their loathing as a badge of honor...
  • Reid, Daschle feud erupts

    10/02/2014 2:55:44 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Bob Cusack and Jessica Taylor
    Simmering tensions between Harry Reid and Tom Daschle are erupting into an all-out feud. Daschle is expressing frustration with the Senate majority leader (D-Nev.) for refusing to endorse Rick Weiland, a former Daschle aide who is running for the South Dakota seat held by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D). Reid last year declared Weiland was “not my choice” in the race, and this summer added, “We are going to lose in South Dakota, more than likely.” Asked if those comments hurt Weiland’s chances, Daschle told The Hill, “Well, it certainly hasn’t helped.”
  • Fans of Quinn & Rose Daily Discussion - November 20, 2013

    11/20/2013 2:42:38 AM PST · by sneakers · 61 replies
    Gone (temporarily, I hope!) but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Quinn and Rose are off the air, but they WILL be back! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze!
  • Democrats Lose Top Recruit in South Dakota

    05/13/2013 5:42:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 13, 2013 | Alex Roarty
    Herseth Sandlin passes on Senate run, leaving Republicans with early edge to win seat. ... Democrats had targeted the onetime congresswoman, who served from 2004 to 2011, as their top recruit in a seat currently held by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson. Even if Johnson had decided to run for another term, Republicans would have considered the solidly-Republican state one of their top pickup opportunities of the 2014 election. ... The state's former GOP governor, Mike Rounds, has already declared he will seek the Republican Party's nomination. While Rounds announced his campaign early and has high name-identification in the state, he...
  • White House official praises Muslim Brotherhood leader

    03/08/2011 4:46:21 PM PST · by opentalk · 31 replies
    WND ^ | March 8, 2011 | WND
    WASHINGTON –While visiting a mosque in the Washington area last week, a senior White House security official lavished praise on a Muslim cleric who happens to be a top leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, FBI investigators point out. "They are so ignorant," said one FBI veteran regarding the White House. "This is unbelievable bullsh--." White House sources explain that deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough was unaware of the cleric's radical ties, and added that the presidential assistant attended the outreach event as a show of support for the Muslim community ahead of Thursday's congressional hearings on...
  • Hagel picks Navy vet as chief of staff (Mark Lippert)

    04/20/2013 6:14:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday named Mark Lippert, a Navy veteran and Pentagon official, as his chief of staff. Lippert, 40, currently assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, takes over May 1 as Hagel’s right-hand man. Marcel Lettre, Hagel’s acting chief of staff for the moment, will become Lippert’s deputy, and later move to an still-undetermined senior position, officials said. A White House insider, Lippert has ties to both Hagel and President Barack Obama that stretch back years. He accompanied both men, when they were still senators, on a 2008 visit to Afghanistan,...
  • Teen Pilot Kept to Himself

    01/05/2002 11:39:27 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 30 replies · 4+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 1/6/02 | Pat Leisner
    Teen Pilot Kept to Himself By PAT LEISNER Associated Press Writer January 6, 2002, 12:10 AM EST PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The high school freshman who stole a small airplane and crashed it into a high-rise building Saturday was a quiet boy who kept to himself and bartered for his flight lessons by cleaning airplanes. Flight school officials said Charles J. Bishop, 15, was well versed in the operations at National Aviation Academy, where he had been taking lessons since March 2001. Bishop was presumed dead in the crash, authorities said Saturday night. He was a year shy of being ...
  • TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security

    11/23/2010 1:20:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 171 replies ^ | 11/23/10 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-sanctioned security details. New heightened security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which require either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush. The senior government officials can opt out of such measures if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA. The agency would not explain why it makes these exceptions, but...
  • Bob Schieffer: Tom Daschle an "Interesting Choice" for Obama Chief of Staff

    09/28/2010 2:45:42 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 51 replies
    CBS ^ | Sep. 28, 2010 | Christine Delargy
    While speculation has wielded mostly around senior advisor Pete Rouse as White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's replacement should he run for mayor of Chicago, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer went on the record Tuesday with another pick-- former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle. "The president could do worse than Tom Daschle," Schieffer said. "I'm not in the business of advising presidents on who to hire or what to do, but he would be a very interesting choice." "Chiefs of staff make an enormous difference in any White House- Republican or Democrat," Schieffer told CBS News' Jan...
  • A Fox in the hen house? (MA 3rd district primary)

    08/23/2010 8:05:02 AM PDT · by Peter from Rutland · 8 replies
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette blog ^ | 8/23/2010 | Peter from Rutland
    The Republican primary for the third congressional district is heating up as September approaches. Even to have a Republican primary for this seat is nothing short of astounding but to have five candidates vying for it is even more astounding. Running for the seat are Robert Chipman, Robert Delle, Marty Lamb, Michael Stopa, and Brian Herr. The most notable of these candidates is Marty Lamb who has quite a presence on Facebook. It was much to my amusement today that I saw a post from his campaign on my Facebook news feed. I replied to it reminding everyone that Mr....
  • Democrats hunt for healthcare reform votes

    03/07/2010 5:20:16 PM PST · by upchuck · 53 replies · 238+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | Mar 7, 2010 | Anna Fifield and Edward Luce
    Democrats do not have a firm grip on the votes needed to pass sweeping healthcare reform legislation in the House of Representatives, one House leader admitted on Sunday. But the White House insisted that its reform efforts were “in the final chapter”. Barack Obama has given Democrats a March 18 deadline for the House to pass the Senate version of a healthcare reform bill before he leaves on a trip to Asia, leading to a frenzy of arm-twisting and vote tallying on Capitol Hill. With previous deadlines missed, veteran Democrats are warning that the legislation must be completed before the...
  • Former Sen. Tom Daschle Stuck in Washington D.C. Snowstorm - Video

    02/06/2010 7:27:00 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 44 replies · 861+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 6, 2010 | Brian
    Here is local news video that happened to come upon a man whose car was stuck in the Washington D.C. snowstorm slamming the city last night and today. The man turned out to be former Democrat Senate Majority Leader tom Daschle. He was trying to push his car, and the reporter and crew jumped in to help him out. Forecasters were predicting between 20-30 inches of snow overnight and today! (VIDEO)
  • Mayo Trustee Daschle in Health Reform Negotiation

    12/06/2009 3:14:16 PM PST · by Son House · 15 replies · 914+ views
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 12/5/2009 | By Erica Werner
    Look who's at the health care negotiating table -- Tom Daschle. The former Senate Democratic leader's nomination as health and human services secretary was derailed over a back taxes flap earlier this year. But that's not stopping Daschle, a close ally of President Barack Obama, from playing a significant role in Capitol Hill health care talks -- much as he'd be doing if he'd actually gotten the job. The outsized role is unusual for someone who's an adviser to lobbying firms, especially given Obama's campaign vow to change business as usual in Washington. Daschle was in a strategy meeting earlier...
  • Anita Dunn’s Husband Becomes White House Counsel (Front Page mag)

    11/24/2009 10:36:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 1,574+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11-20-09 | John Perrazzo
    By now, millions of Americans are familiar with Anita Dunn, who recently resigned her post as Barack Obama’s White House Communications Director after it was learned that she had previously cited Mao Zedong, the late Communist dictator and mass murderer, as one of her “favorite political philosophers.” By contrast, few people know anything substantive about Dunn’s husband, Robert Bauer, who has replaced Gregory Craig as President Obama’s White House Counsel. Craig resigned abruptly on November 13, after having repeatedly denied, for weeks, that he had any plans of stepping down. A 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of...
  • The Mao The Merrier

    11/16/2009 5:16:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 554+ views ^ | November 16, 2009
    Officials: Anita Dunn may be leaving with her little red book, but her husband enters as the next White House counsel, bringing experience in suppressing dissent, assaulting the First Amendment and limiting speech. Dunn, whose favorite philosophers include mass murderer Mao Zedong, was expected to leave after a short stint. She rose to fame as chief strategist for former Senate majority leader, now national health care guru, Tom Daschle. While serving as White House communications director, she was the commanding general of the administration "war" on Fox News. Like her philosophical mentor, Mao, and her colleague, FCC diversity czar Mark...
  • Tom Dascle Speaks to Health Ins. Agents at the Reagan Library

    11/05/2009 7:47:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 546+ views
    Nachumlist ^ | 11/5/09 | Nachum
    A personal report. Last night (Wednesday, 11/4/2009) I attended a discussion with former senator Tom Daschle, now advisor on health care to President Obama. The event was held at the Reagan Library in California. What was unique about this event was that the audience was largely comprised of insurance agents who market and service health insurance in California. Also represented at the event were the major insurance companies selling health insurance to Californians, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, Humana, Health Net and others. I am sure that a transcript of the event will be made public, but in general...
  • Study: Lobbyists are quitting at record pace

    11/02/2009 10:54:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 806+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/2/2009 | Eric Zimmerman
    Lobbyists are quitting the business at a record pace, according to a study released Monday. Over 1,400 lobbyists "deregistered" with Congress in the second quarter of 2009, according to a study conducted jointly by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and OMB Watch. Typically, only a few hundred lobbyists quit each quarter. The giant spike in resignations came just after the Obama administration instituted strict new rules on lobbyist activity. The White House banned employees from receiving gifts from lobbyists and announced that any lobbyist hired by the executive branch could not work on the same issues on which he...
  • 'Midget Cup' slammed by critics

    10/13/2009 10:52:10 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 28 replies · 3,555+ views
    9News ^ | 10/13/2009 | ninemsn staff
    A piggy-back race with dwarfs dressed as jockeys has been slammed by critics as offensive and derogatory. Thousands watched the race at a Cranbourne racetrack in Victoria, dubbed the "midgets' cup", as part of Sunday's Cranbourne Cup meeting, Adelaide Now reports. What do you think of the race — was it harmless fun or just plain ridicule? Share your thoughts below. Three men raced down a 50m stretch with a short statured person on each of their backs. The race ended with one "jockey" falling and crashing headfirst into the dirt but he was uninjured. Victorian racing minister Rob Hulls...
  • Harry Reid in the Hot Seat – 2010 Election – Shades of Tom Daschle - Maybe

    12/29/2008 7:15:48 AM PST · by Toki · 11 replies · 1,224+ views
    Harry Reid (D-NV), current Senate Majority Leader, is concerned that the RNC may actually try to dethrone him in 2010. In a recent Las Vegas Review Journal article, Reid noted he is trying to raise a paltry $50,000 by midnight,December 31 – he currently has $2,750,000 in elections funds, most of the money coming from the gaming industry. This amount of cash on hand is a small sum to wage a “war” should the RNC launch a serious attack. Compared to John Kerry (D-MA), who recently won re-election, and is in “safe” state for Democrats - he has a decent...
  • Reid On The Rocks

    09/11/2009 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 3,563+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 11, 2009
    Politics: The senator who called the president a liar and never apologized may have worn out his welcome in his home state. Harry Reid may be riding the liberal agenda into political oblivion.In 2004, Republicans defeated Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle largely on the theme that he neglected his home state in favor of national party interests. The GOP is hoping that in 2010 lightning will strike a second time, and Nevada polls indicate it may be more than wishful thinking. In 1998, Reid beat John Ensign by a hair-thin 428 votes. Ensign would go on to win Nevada's other...
  • How Many Poor People Could Receive Health Insurance If Democrats Paid Their Taxes

    09/08/2009 4:54:36 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 9 replies · 726+ views
    Tea Time Blog ^ | 9-8-09 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Liberal Democrats like to say that if our government took all the money spent on the Iraq war it could pay for health insurance for all of the uinsured. Well, that may be, however, the Iraq war was a matter of national security. Regardless of what one believes, the purpose of the war was to prevent another terrorist attack. However, there is something liberal Democrats can do to help the government pay for the uninsured. This won't require changing the insurance status of the 90% of Americans who are very satisfied with the current system. Liberal Democrats just need to...
  • Daschle Playing Key Role In Health Reforms [Pushing GOV'T Co-ops]

    08/25/2009 1:43:07 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies · 388+ views
    UPI ^ | 08/23/09
    Former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is playing a key role in shaping a healthcare reform compromise measure, analysts say. Daschle, who withdrew his nomination to be President Barack Obama's "health reform czar" in February after coming under fire for not paying certain taxes, has been ubiquitous in behind-the-scenes moves to forge an agreement establishing non-profit insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-run "public option" plan, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • Daschle Has Ear of White House and Industry

    08/23/2009 6:18:00 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 10 replies · 454+ views
    NYT ^ | 8/23/09 | Mikey_1962
    Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes, called President Obama in his study off the Oval Office to withdraw his nomination as health secretary and reform czar. But these days it often seems as if Mr. Daschle never left the picture. With unrivaled ties on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, he talks constantly with top White House advisers, many of whom previously worked for him. He still speaks frequently to the president, who met with him as recently as Friday morning in the Oval Office....
  • Daschle Has Ear of White House and Industry

    08/22/2009 2:41:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 462+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, a former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes, called President Obama in his study off the Oval Office to withdraw his nomination as health secretary and reform czar. But these days it often seems as if Mr. Daschle never left the picture. With unrivaled ties on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, he talks constantly with top White House advisers, many of whom previously worked for him. He still speaks frequently to the president, who met with him as recently as Friday morning in the Oval Office....
  • Oval Office Visit Hints at Daschle's Role

    08/22/2009 8:50:45 AM PDT · by khnyny · 28 replies · 1,550+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2009 | Philip Rucker and Anne E. Kornblut
    Former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle's visit to the Oval Office on Friday, at the invitation of President Obama, was more than just a meeting between two loyal friends and political allies. It also served as a reminder of what might have been. As Obama's health-care agenda teeters in Congress, the White House listed the private meeting on the president's public schedule, sending a signal that Obama is still consulting Daschle on his top domestic policy priority. An assiduous student of health policy and an adept creature of the Senate, Daschle was Obama's first pick to oversee his reforms,...
  • Oval Office Visit Hints at Daschle's Role

    08/21/2009 7:53:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 715+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2009
    Oval Office Visit Hints at Daschle's Role President Consulting Man He Once Wanted as Czar on the Issue By Philip Rucker and Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, August 22, 2009 Former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle's visit to the Oval Office on Friday, at the invitation of President Obama, was more than just a meeting between two loyal friends and political allies. It also served as a reminder of what might have been. As Obama's health-care agenda teeters in Congress, the White House listed the private meeting on the president's public schedule, sending a signal that...
  • Daschle brought in by White House to help cram Obamacare through Congress

    08/21/2009 7:04:33 AM PDT · by pabianice · 21 replies · 1,058+ views
    Fox News Channel | 8/21/09
    Per Fox, Obama is huddling with former senator Daschle, who was dropped as HHS secretary when it was discovered that Daschle is a tax cheat. According to Fox, Obamacare is hung-up on a House that insists upon the "public option" (i.e. destroying all private insurance companies) and the Senate's failure to have enough Dems supporting the "public option." Reportedly, Obama and Daschle have been in daily contact on passing Obamacare.
  • Tax Tips: what's good for the goose... (RAT strategy - don't pay even AFTER getting busted)

    07/26/2009 9:59:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 190+ views
    Tahoe Bonanza ^ | 7/22/09 | Jeff Quinn
    Tax Tips: what's good for the goose...By Jeff Quinn Special to the Bonanza Wednesday, July 22, 2009 INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The people presently in charge of the government are very good at taking shots at the practices employed by privately-managed businesses. But we guess there must be different rules applicable to those in control. So will somebody kindly enlighten the citizenry as to some of the recent shenanigans employed by the Social Security Administration, whose “motivational management conference” held recently at a high class Arizona resort managed to consume some $700,000 of taxpayer funds? Phoenix local TV (ABC-15) raised...
  • Sen. Tom Daschle, Experts Tout Homecare As Cost-Effective Solution w/ Healthcare Reform Process

    07/26/2009 9:03:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 359+ views
    Sen. Tom Daschle, Rep. Jason Altmire, Healthcare Experts Tout Homecare As Cost-Effective Solution In The Healthcare Reform ProcessArticle Date: 26 Jul 2009 - 0:00 PDT During a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) stressed the cost-effective role that homecare can play in the reform of the U.S. healthcare system. The roundtable also addressed the controversial competitive bidding program for home medical equipment and services. The American Association for Homecare hosted the event, which was attended by congressional staff and media. Senator Daschle and Representative Altmire...
  • [Flashback]Obama: 'I Screwed Up' Daschle Withdrawal 'There Aren’t Two Sets Of rules' [Healthcare?]

    07/23/2009 3:19:30 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies · 760+ views ^ | Feb. 3, 2009 |
    "I’ve got to own up to my mistake. Ultimately, it's important for this administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules — you know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes," Obama said on NBC’s "Nightly News with Brian Williams." "I'm frustrated with myself, with our team. ... I'm here on television saying I screwed up," Obama said on NBC. He repeated virtually the same words in interviews with other TV anchors. Worried about 'a distraction' Daschle said in a brief letter to Obama that he refused to...
  • Tom Daschle on Healthcare Reform -- 'Soylent Green' isn't just a movie anymore

    07/01/2009 3:00:14 PM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies · 1,276+ views
    Word Press ^ | 6/27/09
    “Health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.” – Former Senator Tom Daschle, on Obama’s plan to ration health care
  • Daschle Urges Obama To Drop Government Plan

    06/18/2009 2:32:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies · 1,636+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 18 June 2009 | Philip Klein
    Tom Daschle, the man originally tapped to lead President Obama's health care push, is now urging him to drop the idea of offering a government-run plan. According to ABC, the former Democratic Senate Majority leader had this to say: "While I feel very strongly that consumers should have the choice of a national, Medicare-like plan, my colleagues do not. . . But we were concerned that the ongoing health reform debate is beginning to show signs of fracture on the public plan issue, so in order to advance the process of developing bipartisan legislation and to move it forward, it's...

    06/17/2009 9:12:36 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 8 replies · 799+ views
    The Freedom Post ^ | June 17, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    So the president appoints Daschle originally, finds out he's a tax cheat, reinforces his support, accepts withdrawal, admits mistake, then appoints him to another position that will receive less public scrutiny? Does Daschle need a job that badly?
  • Loan Charity's High-Flying Guests Exposed (Daschle, Mayor Daley, Panetta etc.)

    03/04/2009 11:31:22 AM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 1,636+ views
    CBS ^ | 3-4-09 | Sharyl Attkisson
    CBS Evening News: Educational Nonprofit Under Fire For Transporting Politicians With Money That Could Have Gone To Students ### Educap is a multibillion-dollar student loan charity run by CEO Catherine Reynolds. As CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reported Monday night, Educap is under investigation by the IRS and Congress for alleged abuse of its tax-exempt status because it charges high interest on charitable student loans, and provides lavish perks with millions in compensation for Reynolds and her husband. CBS News has obtained exclusive details of what may have been the biggest charity perk: use of Educap's $31 million luxury...
  • Quote of the Day ( The Ethics of Redistribution )

    02/24/2009 4:40:24 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies · 414+ views
    NRO ^ | february 8th | Jonah Goldberg
    Subject: Daschle, Rangel, Dodd and Bertrand de Juvenal Jonah, I picked up De Juvenal’s The Ethics of Redistribution and came across this timely quote in the introduction: “We may well wonder which of these two closely linked phenomena is predominant: whether it is redistribution or centralization. We may ask ourselves whether what we are dealing with is not a political even more than a social phenomenon. This political phenomenon consists in the demolition of the class enjoying ‘independent means’ and in the massing of means in the hands of managers. This results in a transfer of power from individuals to...
  • HEALTH CARE REPORT: Life after Daschle

    02/17/2009 9:21:29 AM PST · by txnativegop · 6 replies · 498+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 February 2009 | Sean Lingell
    When Tom Daschle's highly publicized tax problems derailed his bid to become secretary of health and human services two weeks ago, it slammed the breaks on the momentum of one of President Obama's biggest campaign promises — health care coverage for all Americans. No potential HHS candidate has emerged yet who has inspired the excitement and passion many health care reform advocates — both on and off Capitol Hill — expressed for Mr. Daschle. When Mr. Obama nominated Mr. Daschle for the HHS post in November, Ron Pollack, executive director of the liberal health care advocacy group Families USA, called...
  • Stimulus Bill Includes New Rules for Health Care

    02/14/2009 4:13:23 PM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies · 829+ views
    The 1,000+ pages of President Obama’s so-called economic stimulus bill contains language establishing a new National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (NCHIT) bureaucracy that will be charged with tracking and prescribing “allowable” health care treatments for all Americans. The new bureaucracy was the “brain child” of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee, former senator Tom Daschle (D-S. Dak). “Health care costs in this country have been getting out of hand because we’re spending too much on the wrong treatments for the wrong people,” Daschle contended. “The current anarchic system allows individuals to make selfish choices that may not...
  • Porkulus alert: The massive expansion in health-care regulation

    02/12/2009 12:38:54 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Hot Air ^ | February 12, 2009 2:40 pm | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported on a stealth provision in Porkulus that would set the stage for federal diktats in patient care.   The bill created a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, a Tom Daschle pet project that would study the effectiveness of patient treatments and set federal rules on which treatments would be allowed by health-care providers throughout the US.  As Betsy McCaughey reported, Daschle’s vision was to eliminate costly treatments and slow progress on medicine: Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill....
  • The end of America as we know it? Socialized medicine--Part 1

    02/10/2009 9:52:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 883+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 9, 2009 | Wes Vernon
    President Obama has lost his pivotal health care "Czar." But forget about uncorking the bottles to celebrate. Someone will soon take his place. Background Just two days after the voters of South Dakota dispatched three-term Senator Tom Daschle to private life in 2004, this column (in a previous incarnation) gave him a big sendoff — "Let the door hit you on the way out." That was in part a reference to the fact that Daschle — a coldly liberal lawmaker who had survived politically by paying mere lip service to his constituents — was finally ousted when voters connected the...
  • Fed-up Bredesen fires back at critics--TennCare raised as block to Cabinet

    02/11/2009 8:24:45 PM PST · by OrangeDaisy · 7 replies · 438+ views | February 11, 2009 | Theo Emery
    Unable to post text from a Gannett newspaper. To summarize, is trying to derail Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's consideration for Health and Human Services Secretary. They claim Bredesen gutted TennCare, the state insurance program for the uninsured. Bredesen did cut services in TennCare to keep it solvent. He's a democrat who leans more towards fiscal conservatism than your typical beltway Dem. He has repeatedly refused to get on the "we need an income tax" bandwagon and simply said we need to live within our means. Link to Story
  • It's Worse Than We Thought (Porkulus Medical Controls)

    02/10/2009 6:44:04 AM PST · by jessduntno · 25 replies · 1,425+ views
    gopusa ^ | Today
    It's Worse Than We Thought By Doug Patton February 10, 2009 Perhaps it was all the hoopla about the historic nature of Barack Obama's presidency. Maybe the hype of election night and all that talk about wishing our first black president well actually made us all believe, for just a fleeting moment in time, that things would not be as bad as we feared they would be. It turns out they are worse. -snip- McCaughey reports that the bill calls for all medical treatments to be tracked electronically by a new federal bureaucracy known as the National Coordinator of Health...
  • Despite Daschle, Health Reform To Be a ‘Central Focus’ of Obama Budget (Too old? Too bad.)

    02/09/2009 4:46:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1,607+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/09/09 | Sarah Rubenstein
    Despite Daschle, Health Reform To Be a ‘Central Focus’ of Obama BudgetFebruary 9, 2009, 9:29 am Posted by Sarah Rubenstein Tom Daschle’s recent withdrawal from the HHS nomination has some people worried about the prospects for major health reform. Those folks may take some solace in something a senior administration official told the Treatment, the New Republic’s nifty health-care blog: Health care will be a “central focus” of Obama’s first budget proposal. The specifics are far from clear, but the comment is a signal that the administration isn’t giving up on health reform. In anonymous interviews with the New Republic,...
  • President Obama May Name Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius as Health Secretary

    02/08/2009 11:50:53 PM PST · by Fred · 15 replies · 987+ views
    Life News ^ | 020809 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Kathleen Sebelius, the pro-abortion governor of Kansas who has been criticized for supporting late-term abortions, is now seen as the most likely pick for Health Secretary. Should President Barack Obama select her, it would add to his growing pro-abortion record as president. Obama must find a new Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department because his previous selection, pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle, removed his name from consideration after a scandal over his not paying taxes properly. Pro-life groups complained about the Daschle nomination because the senator backed abortion and could craft a federal health...
  • What a start for Obama (The "King of Hope" Tanks)

    02/08/2009 10:57:18 PM PST · by Syncro · 45 replies · 3,149+ views TribLIVE ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | Ralph R. Reiland
    What a start for Obama By Ralph R. ReilandMonday, February 9, 2009 "Well, That Certainly Didn't Take Long" was the headline on Maureen Dowd's column in The New York Times last Wednesday.Dowd, unswervingly a Bush-basher and pro-Obama over the past two years, was referring to Obama's success in knocking himself off his elevated pedestal within two weeks of his inauguration.Obama and his "arrogant attitude" went "SPLAT" (caps in Dowd's original) after a "cascade of appointments who 'forgot' to pay taxes" and the development of a "helter-skelter stimulus package." Rasmussen Reports survey on Feb. 2 found that only 37 percent of...
  • TOUGH TIMES: An old tax collector tells why they cheat (Geithner, Daschle)

    02/08/2009 9:02:29 PM PST · by diefree · 19 replies · 2,257+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/08/2009 | BY RICHARD YANCEY
    For 12 years I collected taxes for the federal government. I was a field officer, knocking on doors in every kind of neighborhood, from gated subdivision to dilapidated trailer park. I collected millions of dollars, some of it voluntarily repaid to the Treasury, some after a bit of friendly persuasion, and some only after I took something. A car. A boat. A house. There was no profile of your typical delinquent taxpayer in the thousands of cases I worked. White, black, rich, poor, young, old, sick, healthy . . . the only things they had in common were that they...
  • Most Americans say cheating on taxes is unacceptable

    02/07/2009 6:35:46 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies · 1,044+ views
    ap ^ | Feb 2, 2009
    An IRS survey finds that nearly nine in 10 Americans think it is "not at all" acceptable to cheat on your taxes. Although the survey was conducted in late August, its release comes as Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, has acknowledged failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had similar problems on a smaller scale.
  • Willie Brown: Obama should have dropped Daschle more quickly

    02/08/2009 8:38:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 720+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/9 | Willie Brown
    My sources tell me President Obama had a heads-up on Tom Daschle's tax problems nine days before they came out in the press. I'm also told that Daschle offered to step aside as Obama's health and human services secretary nominee before the story got out, but that Obama, who thinks of Daschle as some kind of father figure, said "no." If that's how it happened, then the new president wins the Rookie of the Week award, hands down. He should have accepted Daschle's offer then and there. Obama was being loyal. But in this business, sooner or later you learn...
  • So Much For Magical Obama Mystery Tour

    02/07/2009 10:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,289+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 6, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    "A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe." —President Obama, Feb. 4Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill. And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position. Followed by a Treasury secretary who allegedly couldn't understand the...
  • Tom Daschle Was Indispensable Only To A Hasty Health Care Fix

    02/07/2009 10:30:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 322+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 7, 2009
    Health Care Politics: The Obama White House had high hopes that Tom Daschle could push (or sneak) its reform scheme into law. Sounds a little like the Hillarycare syndrome to us.Looking back on the scope of Daschle's tax transgressions, you might wonder why the president stuck with him as long as he did. Here's a guess: Obama needed a legislative technician, and Daschle fit the bill. As one insider, John Podesta, told the Washington Post, Daschle "was the right guy for the job of leading the department (of Health and Human Services) and finally getting health care reform across the...