Politics and Media Headlines 3/16/09
by Caro, Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 12:27:09 PM EDT
In unity there is fatuity (by Mike Flugennock at Stop Me Before I Vote Again)
Where is the American left while all this hell is breaking loose? Why, they're helping lay astroturf for Barack Obama! Read on to find out more about the massive Kool-Aid party being organized to boost the Obama Agenda -- and presumably, the Obama approval rating, which has apparently sunk to something more appropriate to normal objective reality.
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Unity '09: Dem groups quietly align (Politico)
A broad coalition of left-leaning groups is quietly closing ranks into a new coalition, "Unity '09," aimed at helping President Barack Obama push his agenda through Congress. Conceived at a New York meeting before the November election, two Democrats familiar with the planning said, Unity '09 will draw together money and grassroots organizations to pressure lawmakers in their home states to back White House legislation and other progressive causes.
It's a New Progressive America (Center for American Progress)
CAP reports show a majority of Americans agree with progressive principles, and want the government to take a stronger role in the economy, writes Ruy Teixeira.
So why not take advantage of it, Mr. Obama? Why do you keep pushing toward the right?--Caro
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits (New York Times)
The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as "the largest middle-class tax increase in history." Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses.
Always hit the little guy. Always. So is Unity '09 going to support this? See the problem when you tie your support to a person, rather than a set of principles?--Caro
THIS He Keeps on the Table? (by Alegre)
BHO's said single payer health care is "off the table". The one thing that will ensure that all are covered and have access to health care services and he's told us he won't even consider it as he revamps our health care system. So imagine my shock and disappointment when I read that he's willing to consider taxing employer-provided health insurance... I expected this from the Republicans - in fact McCain proposed this sort of tax during the campaign and BHO went after him in campaign ads. But I sure as heck didn't expect this from a DEMOCRAT!
Sunday: What color is the sky in their world? (by riverdaughter at The Confluence)
[A]dding a new tax on top of the hidden tax we all pay without coming up with a plan that will cover all of us? I'm sorry, I can't get aboard that train. The middle class is already subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich middle men who are the insurance industry. And I'm not talking about the hapless claim reviewers who work in cube farms. I'm talking about the stingy fat cat capitalists who run UnitedHealthCare and Aetna and the rest. These people need to be reined in. The gravy train has to stop for those people who always seem to get a piece of the action and produce nothing of value before I sign on to a new tax.
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