Obama’s Health Plan Is Better

Earlier today I wrote about the disaster that looms for health care if John McCain is elected. We must not let that happen. If you think long and hard about the economy and the reasons why so many Americans are struggling these days to make ends meet, it’s pretty clear that health care costs are part of that equation. In fact, as pointed out in an OP/ED in today’s WSJ, “[T]he big threat to growth in the next decade is not oil or food prices, but the rising cost of health care.” The doubling of health insurance premiums since 2000 makes employers choose between cutting benefits and hiring fewer workers.Rising health costs push total employment costs up and wages and … Continue reading

Richard Wright (1943-2008)

I meant to post something political today, but I have been deeply touched by the loss of Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright, who died yesterday at the age of 65. It is a sad, sad time for all of us for whom Pink Floyd means so much. If you’d like to read my lengthy personal reflections on Wright and his music, including some video and pics, click here.

McCain Aims Do Away With Employment-Based Health Insurance

We’ve been so distracted in recent weeks by the nonsensical chatter in this election cycle that has been about everything but the issues. You know, it’s the constant stream of debating the lipstick, who’s a celebrity politician and the chant to “Drill, baby, drill” because the right wing has some wild fantasy that off shore drilling will solve our oil woes. It’s time to start paying attention to the issues, especially the McCain-Palin plan for health care insurance. As a small business owner, it’s been a few years since I had health care insurance and ensuring that all Americans get health care insurance, is important to me because of that. I believe like most Democrats that health care insurance should … Continue reading

Obama Takes On The Equal Pay Issue

Forget Sarah Palin… The opponent is John McCain and his stance on the issues represents more of the same, not change. That’s the message in Obama’s latest ad that focuses on equal pay for women: On Monday, in a conference call with female supporters, Barack Obama and his aides outlined a new strategy to target women voters who could be undecided between Barack Obama and John McCain. It’s a no brainer to me, but obviously there are some women out there that think that the idea of having a woman as VP is more important that Democratic values and principles. So the Obama camp is working to woo those women, as Sam Stein reports on the HuffPo:

Ten Post Round-Up: Embracing The Pig AND The Lipstick

Is it just me, or does it seem like we live in an upside-down world?  A few months ago, Republicans were falling all over themselves declaring that there was no sexism going on in their denouncements of Hillary Clinton.  But, now, when somebody says, Sarah Palin is not qualified to be vice-president (because she’s about as coherent and truthful as our current president, George Dubya Bush), Republicans are  falling all over themselves screaming “sexism!”. There’s still a lot of talk about lipstick in the news and in the blogospere and it got me thinking about what that saying, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”, actually means.  For the uninitiated, or those who have not … Continue reading

McCain Goes It Alone

The view from above at John McCain’s rally at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena today was pretty damn bleak. In a stadium that seats 16,000, John McCain addressed a paltry “crowd of roughly 3,000 people.” Sam Stein notes on the the HuffPO that “Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, the campaign has been exaggerating its crowd numbers.” Well, if the photos in Sam’s post say anything, they say John McCain isn’t too adept at drawing a crowd on his own.

Wall Street Reels as Dow Drops 500 Points

Wall Street reeled today in the wake of growing credit crisis and ended the day with 500 point drop. Maybe the sky really isn’t falling in the wake of the Wall Street tsunami but “there will be blood.” John McCain’s record on economic reform is a big fat: ZERO. Today he proved once again how out of touch he is with the crisis on Wall Street when he said, “You know that there’s been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall St. And it is — people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong. But these are very, very difficult times.”