Category Archives: Good News

Congratulation Mr. President, Now Can You Compromise withe Republicans on the Fiscal Cliff

I know it a little late but congratulation Mr. President, Can we compromise with the Republicans on the fiscal cliff. $16 Trillion is ENOUGH we must not ruin your children and my niece and nephew and their eventual children’s’ future. America cannot afford of debt.

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques was Used to Get Information Which Led to the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques  played a role in the killing of Osama bin Laden. From the Washington Times:

The debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration is being rekindled by the successful operation against Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, which was based on information about the courier extracted from detained terror suspects.

Rep. Peter T. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said initial clues to bin Laden’s location can be traced to the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the interrogations of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the former No. 3 al Qaeda leader captured in 2005.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed basically gave up nothing until after he had been waterboarded,” Mr. King, New York Republican, said in an interview Tuesday. “It was after that that he first mentioned the courier, he identified him by his nom de guerre, and after that … al Libbi also gave us additional information on the courier.”

The Obama Administration denied that information was a result  of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques:

White House counterterrorism coordinator John Brennan said Tuesday that he is not aware that waterboarding produced intelligence that led to the identity of bin Laden’s compound.

“Not to my knowledge. The information that was acquired over the course of nine years or so came from many different sources — human sources, technical sources, as well as information that detainees provided,” Mr. Brennan said on MSNBC.

CIA outgoing chief Leon Panetta said on Tuesday in an interview with Brian Williams of NBC News that Enhanced interrogation techniques role is an “Open Question” the information gathered on Osama bin Laden. From Real Clear Politics:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Can you confirm that it was as a result of water boarding that we learned what we needed to learn to go after Bin Laden?

LEON PANETTA: Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information and that was true here… It’s a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got… I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I’m also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.

Real Clear Politics has the video.

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Compromise!:America Remains Open for Business

At 10:30 P.M. a compromise between Republican controlled House of Representatives and Democrat controlled Senate along President Obama  finally came together to pass the 2011 federal budget. The agreement includes nearly $40 Billion in cuts in budget. The most reductions in US History. But This is just the beginning, Next up the battle for the raising the federal debt limit and the 2012 federal budget. From the AP via Yahoo News:

Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a historic agreement late Friday night to cut about $38 billion in spending and avert the first federal closure in 15 years.

Obama hailed the deal as “the biggest annual spending cut in history.” House Speaker John Boehner said that over the next decade it would cut government spending by $500 billion — and won an ovation from his rank and file, tea party adherents among them.

“This is historic, what we’ve done,” agreed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the third man involved in negotiations that ratified a new era of divided government.

The GOP got other concessions including a vote on Obamacare health care reform law and a loss of funding to hire extra IRS agents, and ban federal funding of abortion in Washington,DC. In return the House withdrew a rider to stop funding for Planned Parenthood.( That battle is postponed until the 2012 budget negotiations start in a few weeks.)

Slammed down: Florida Federal Court Judge Rules ObamaCare Unconsititutional

The White House handed a major defeat on Monday as Florida District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the mandate  to force citizens to buy health insurance unconstitutional. From Reuters:

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” he wrote, “This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications.”

Referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Vinson sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring the Obama healthcare reform unconstitutional.

“Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution,” Vinson, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, ruled.

The white house was not amused:

“We strongly disagree with the court’s ruling today and continue to believe — as other federal courts have found — that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said.

The Obama Administation  begans to appeal process. They will defy the just and continue to implement the law as if nothing has happened:

The Obama administration said it would appeal Vinson’s ruling and believed it would prevail on a highly politicized issue likely to end up at the Supreme Court.

A White House official told reporters the administration planned to continue with implementation of the law.

“We’ll continue to operate as we have previously and suspect that the states will do the same,” said the senior administration official, who asked not to be named.

“Obviously this case will be appealed … and so implementation would proceed apace … This is not the last word by any means,” the official said.

But the fact that the judge did not issue a stay of his ruling pending appeal by the government could threaten the application of many of the provisions of the healthcare law.

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Chilean Rescue Ongoing

Nearly 70 days stuck in a mine in Chile 33 miners are rescued from a mine collapsed in August. So far 3 miners have brought up to the surface. Chileans at the San Jose mine in the town of San Jose, Chile.

Crowds of family members, friends, well wishers and politicians including Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.to cheers of  Chile, Chile.!

[Rescued miners are returning above the ground ]To hugs, cheers and tears, rescuers using a missile-like escape capsule began pulling 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom at last early Wednesday, 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine almost a half-mile underground. Rescued first was Florencio Avalos, who wore a helmet and sunglasses to protect him from the glare of bright lights. He smiled broadly as he emerged and hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son, Bairon, and wife.

Yahoo News has the rest of the story.

Vice President Joe “Gaffetastic” Biden Has Done it Again Says “We are Going in the Right Direction”

Vice President Joe “Gaffetastic” Biden is at it again. In answering criticism by House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said on Tuesday that “…no doubt we’re moving in the right direction.”

Boehner who was in Cleveland,Oh addressing the City Club of Cleveland, called on President Obama to fire the remaining members of the White House Economic leadership team Treasury Secretary Timothyy Geithner and White House Economic Adviser Lawrence Summers.

Biden responded,”[That’s] very constructive advice and we thank the leader for that,” Biden said sarcastically.

The Vice President says the American Voter should not re-hire Republicans

“For eight years before we arrived in the West Wing, Mr. Boehner and his party ran the economy literally into the ground,” he said. “We’ve seen this movie before, Mr. Boehner. We’ve seen it before and we know how it ends.”

Biden defends the Obama Adminstration decision to kill the Bush Tax Cuts:

“It’s a Wall Street tax cut, not a Main Street tax cut,” he said of the expiring law. He also attacked Republicans for blocking in the Senate a planned $12 billion tax cut that Democrats had offered.

The Swamp-Chicago Tribune

Get Ready for Recovery Summer!

You must pardon the American people Mr. President if we don’t celebrate the Administration’s touting Recovery Summer. Between the high unemployment, health care reform nonsense, and the federal government response to Gulf of Mexico oil spill the public’s faith in the federal government is waning. Meanwhile,President Obama and Vice-President Biden will be touring the country during a six-week campaign to remind the American people what a great job the administration did with the economy via stimulus based shovel ready jobs.

The administration will trout out an increase in stimulus spending will lead to 3.5 million “saved or created jobs” Today, President Obama will visit Columbus,OH to celebrate the nations 10,000 recovery act job site at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.. While Vice President Biden will travel Monday to Midland, MI to break ground at Dow Kokam battery plant.

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod said on Thursday:

“This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing. … In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began. They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on. Just over a year later, the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again. But our work is far from over.”

Man I am encouraged Woo-Hoo!!!! Let’s Party like it’s 1999! Um O.K. maybe not!

Politico

WellPoint and Blue Shield to End Recisions

WellPoint the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California have announce to end the practice of rescission of their members in a press conference on Tuesday. This comes when President Obama chastised Anthem Blue Cross for announcing premium increase of 40% earlier this year.

This year the Congress has eliminated the policy  to cancel health insurance policies of very sick people, when they pass the health care reform law.Recision is normally use when a member commits medical insurance fraud

WellPoint Chief Executive Angela Braly said in a statement that the company’s “goal is to make reform work for our members and for the country.”

Cindy Ehnes, director of the California Department of Managed Health Care and the first regulator to take on the insurers over the practice, said the move would help consumers. “People can have more confidence in their coverage, and that’s very exciting,” she said.

Even before Tuesday’s announcements, however, health insurers in California had all but stopped the number of policy cancellations, state records show.

Times has changed in 2005 1,552 health insurance policies canceled. Last year only four policies were canceled. In 2004, 5000 people had their health insurance polices stopped.

Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, Kaiser and PacifiCare(engaged in the process). That includes about 3,500 policies regulated by the Department of Managed Health Care and another 1,600 policies regulated by the Department of Insurance.

The decision hailed by critics of the policies of the health insurers.

Rescission is “on life support, and they’re about to pull the plug,” said plaintiffs lawyer William Shernoff.

The lawyer won a $9-million judgment against Health Net in 2008 over its rescission of hairdresser Patsy Bates after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Evidence showed the company paid bonuses to an employee based in part on rescission volume.

LA Times has more

Congressman Bart Stupak Give Pelosi and Obama Health Car Victory

Sunday night President Obama made a deal over the weekend with what was formerly known as “Pro-Life” Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak(D-Nancy Pelosi) to give the President a victory to pass ObamaCare.

The bill passed 219-212 with no Republican support. 34 Democrats opposed the bill.

The president’s staff wrote an Executive Order that would allegedly restore the Hyde Amendment. But legal minds say that an executive order does not trump settled law.

The bill now forces Americans to buy health insurance or face stiff fines.  The bill now provides subsidies to families to buy health insurance they must not earn more than $88,000 to qualify.

The bill also states there no life time limits, and patients cannot be banned if they have a pre-existing health condition such has diabetes, high blood pressure, blindness, etc.

Reaction is swift Democrats are victorious and Republicans deflated and defeated when the votes were tallied.

“We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans, said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, partner to Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the grueling campaign to pass the legislation.

“This is the civil rights act of the 21st century,” added Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the top-ranking black member of the House.

Republicans readily agreed the bill would affect everyone in America, but warned repeatedly of the burden imposed by more than $900 billion in tax increases and Medicare cuts combined.

“We have failed to listen to America,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, leader of a party that has vowed to carry the fight into the fall’s midterm elections for control of Congress.

President Obama is expected to sign the measure on Tuesday.

There will be challenges to the constitutionality of the legislation.

AP via Yahoo News has more.

Obama says H1N1 a National Emergency

On Friday, President Barack Obama declared that the H1N1 virus(a/k/a swine flu) an national emergency. By the declaration it allows the health and human services secretary to move emergency rooms to rev up the pace of treatment and to protect the non-infected.

The White House announced on Saturday the declaration the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius authority to bypass federal laws to allow hospitals open off site facilities to inoculate the public from Swine Flu. The  hospitals and clinics must ask permission to open off site clinics at places such as schools, community centers and senior centers.

46 states have been recorded as the flu as widespread. Only 11 million does have been made available to doctors, clinics, health departments. There is back log of the flu vaccine.

A few hospitals have open drive through clinics to screen and treat patients infected with H1N1 virus.

The process may also relieve hospitals and clinics for ask for extensive  background information of patients to speed up doctor and medical professional ability to treat people.

The declaration allows hospitals to seen reimbursement from Federal Government. Federal law state if a hospital set a temporary facility it must be no more than 300 feet from a hospital entrance or no reimbursement . With the declaration hospital will be paid for off site facilities.

MSNBC

AP Via Yahoo News