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President Obama finally came clean yesterday and decided to send 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. In typical President Obama fashion, he made a spectacle of the announcement with another prime time speech. We have a couple of issues with the leader of the free world this morning based on last nights show. This makes 100,000 in the Afghanistan theatre, 50,000 of which President Obama will have sent in his first 11 months in office. It was odd to see him say President Bush did not fund or give enough troops to this conflict and then about 25 minutes later he claimed the troop request was for 2010 so there was no delay in needing troops on his part. He never mentioned the words “war on terror” “jihad” or “Islamic Terrorist” in this speech at all. The speech itself should have come from the oval office those poor cadets having to follow orders to watch this speech about something they will never be involved with because the timetable is 18 months. Two problems here the first twice the live camera feed of the audience found cadets sleeping, next is telling anyone we are only fighting for 18 months is defeating the purpose of the objective. He did in true President Obama fashion say that the issues on the ground would dictate when the withdrawal of the troops will take place, because history will tell us, that these people will wait out 18 months as they have been invaded by Britain and Russia and they are still there.
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The first vote on health care overhaul legislation in the senate is (no surprise) A bipartisan amendment to increase insurance benefits for women. The amendment was co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat Maryland, and Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine. This would require policies to include a variety of yearly screenings, this is a reverse from the recommendation last month that women undergo fewer mammograms and Pap smears to test for cancer. The bill is not a mandate for mammograms, but if your doctor says you need one, then you will get one. The Congressional Budget office said the amendment would cost $940 million over a decade. This is only the first of what is likely to be dozens of amendments, the democrats know they need to bend and shape to pass Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2,074-page bill. Sen. John McCain, Republican from Arizona offered the first GOP amendment. The amendment would strip out more than $400 billion in Medicare cuts to home health providers, hospitals, and hospices. The rubber and the road will meet when Liberals who favor the government insurance plan come to terms with moderate and conservative Democrats who oppose it. This is going to be a tough three weeks in Washington as the holiday season politics will turn to blood sport by Christmas recess.
The first of the healthcare debate passed in the senate without much fanfare. There were no votes plenty of amendment ideas, and partisan outrage. Behind the scenes Monday evening as cast of characters assembled to strategize that included Harry Reid, Democrat Senator from Nevada the Senate Majority Leader and most responsible for the 2,074-page bill. The healthcare gang of six including Senator Max Baucus of Montana, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, If you remember President Obama choose Daschle first for the Health and Human Services Secretary after all he did write a book on healthcare. He withdrew his name over his failure to accurately report and pay income taxes. In true Whitehouse fashion, they gave the job to Kathleen Sebelius another tax cheat instead. Today there should be some amendments and some votes as the democrats need to secure 60 votes needed to pass this cornerstone of the Presidents administration. The bill itself is growing everyday as today it is reported to be a 10-year, nearly $1 trillion legislation. This will include a first-time requirement for most Americans to carry insurance, expands the Medicaid federal-state insurance program for the poor, and require insurers to cover any paying customer regardless of their medical history or condition. Typically the senate will go on holiday recess from December 21-January 4 based on passed years. This means there is only 14 days excluding weekends but do not be surprised with an up or down vote on Saturday December 19.