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Democrats reach deal on health plan

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Tue Dec 8, 2009 9:26pm EST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters about healthcare legislation after the senate Democrats' weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic negotiators said they had reached agreement on Tuesday on a compromise on a scaled-back public insurance plan in a broad healthcare overhaul and would seek cost estimates on the deal.

“We have a broad agreement,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters, refusing to give details on the proposals that will be sent to the Congressional Budget Office.

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The government-run plan, along with the issue of abortion, was one of the two biggest hurdles remaining for the overhaul, which is President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

A team of 10 Senate Democrats — five liberals and five moderates — had been working for days on a substitute to the government-run plan included in the Senate bill, which has dismayed some moderates.

Democratic Senate sources said the substitute proposal would create a non-profit plan operated by private insurers but administered by the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises health coverage for federal workers.

The sources said negotiators also sought cost estimates on an expansion of the Medicare health program for the elderly, which is now available at age 65, to Americans as young as 55 who could “buy-in” to the coverage.

“Insurance companies will certainly have more competition,” Reid said of the deal. “The American people will certainly have more choices.”

The other potential hurdle to the healthcare overhaul was abortion, and the Senate on Tuesday rejected an attempt to tighten restrictions on abortion coverage — a vote that could threaten a crucial Democrat’s support for passage of the final bill.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson’s amendment to tighten the bill’s restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions, identical to a provision approved by the House of Representatives last month, was killed on a 54-45 vote.

Without the abortion language, Nelson had threatened he would not back the final healthcare bill when it came to a vote. If he followed through, Democrats would be one vote short of the 60 they need to pass the measure.

But after his amendment failed, Nelson softened his stance slightly. “It makes it harder to be supportive. We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters.

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Spend Mo Money!

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Can you believe this clown?  Spend our way out of debt? No holds barred?  I guess he’s going to start pulling money out of his butt now. My comments in RED.

New Obama plans: ‘spend our way out’ of downturn

Dec 8 12:35 PM US/Eastern
By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to “spend our way out of this recession” until more Americans are back at work.  ***NO SUCH LUCK BO, THE MORE YOU SPEND, THE MORE CAPITALISM DIES***

Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of new spending for highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects, deeper tax breaks for small businesses and tax incentives to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.

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“We avoided the depression many feared,” Obama said in a speech at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. But, he added, “Our work is far from done.”

For the third time in a week, Obama sought to focus on job creation, noting that the unemployment rate was still at 10 percent in November, though down slightly from its 10.2 percent peak. He said “a staggering” 7 million Americans have lost jobs since the recession began two years ago. ***AND THAT’S NOT COUNTING THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF FUNDS THAT AREN’T REPORTING****

While his proposal did not include the kind of direct federal public works jobs that were created in the 1930s, he said government could set the stage for more job creation by private businesses.

A major part of his package is new incentives for small businesses, which account for two-thirds of the nation’s work force. He proposed a new tax cut for small businesses that hire in 2010 and an elimination for one year of the capital gains tax on profits from small-business investments. ***BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CRAP CHARGES FOR HEALTH CARE, THE INCREASE TO BUSINESS FOR THE RAISE IN MINIMUM WAGE, THE NEW FULL TIME AT 30 HOUR PROVISION, ETC…MAYBE IT WOULD HELP IF THOSE WERE CUT FIRST***

Obama also proposed an elimination of fees on loans to small businesses, coupled with federal guarantees of those loans through the end of next year. ***AND THEN ANOTHER CRASH OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR BECAUSE THE LENDERS AREN’T MAKING ANYTHING ON THOSE LOANS?***

He called for more government spending on infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and water projects and for new tax breaks for consumers who invest in energy-efficient retrofits in their homes. This could be what some administration officials have called a “Cash for Caulkers” program modeled on the now-expired Cash for Clunkers program of tax rebates for people who turned in old cars for more fuel-efficient models.

The administration also is eyeing ways to get money still not spent in the $787 billion stimulus bill passed last winter into projects more quickly.

Obama did not characterize his new proposals as another stimulus program like that mammoth measure, but Republican critics have called it just that and have said it will increase a federal deficit that is already at a record level.

Obama included sharp criticism for Republicans in his speech, accusing them of opposing economic stimulus efforts and his health care overhaul while supporting tax cuts and spending that have ballooned the deficit. ***EXCUSE ME, WHO HAS SPENT MORE MONEY THAN ALL THE PRESIDENT’S COMBINED?***

He said that soon after taking office, he and congressional Democrats took “a series of difficult steps” to try to stabilize the financial system and pull the economy out of a deep recession.

“And we were forced to take those steps largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it to others to solve.”

Obama did not say how much his proposals would cost, although congressional Democrats are eyeing a $70 billion package to help create jobs and to provide aid to hard-pressed state and local governments. Administration aides suggested that the part of the package dealing with roads, bridges and other infrastructure could total about $50 billion.

While acknowledging increasing concerns in Congress and among the public over the nation’s growing debt, Obama said critics present a “false choice” between paying down deficits and investing in job creation and economic growth. ***AIN’T THAT THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK?***

To pay for the new programs, the administration is citing the Treasury Department’s report on Monday that it expects to get back $200 billion in taxpayer-approved bank bailout funds faster than expected.

Obama suggested this windfall would both help the government spend money on job creation while also paying down the nation’s debt, which now totals $12 trillion.

Obama called the bank bailout, under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), “galling.”

“There has rarely been a less loved—or more necessary—emergency program,” Obama said. The program is expected to go out of business at the end of this year unless extended by Congress.

Since the program is costing taxpayers at least $200 billion less than expected, Obama said, “This gives us a chance to pay down the deficit faster than we thought possible and to shift funds that would have gone to help the banks on Wall Street to help create jobs on Main Street.”

But Republicans continued to insist that the leftover and repaid TARP money must be used exclusively for deficit reduction and not for a new jobs program.

“The president’s announcement is further proof that TARP has morphed from an emergency injection of liquidity to thaw frozen credit markets into a $700 billion revolving slush fund to promote the Democrats’ political, social and economic agenda,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Obama said he is backing the measures he outlined because they “will generate the greatest number of jobs while generating the greatest value for our economy.”

“These targeted initiatives are right, and they are needed,” he said.

CBS airs perverted ‘Frosty the Snowman’ Ad

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This is absolutely disgusting…..what kind of parent would want their children to see this? This an article from onemillionmoms.com CBS has gotten 24,000 emails to date voicing their disgust with this ad. Help them to raise this to 50,000 complaints.

CBS airs perverted ‘Frosty the Snowman’ Ad

CBS airs perverted ‘Frosty the Snowman’

CBS has combined the raunchy television show “How I Met Your Mother” with the children’s holiday classics “Frosty the Snowman” and “Frosty Returns” in an ad on CBS’s website.

The disgusting result was the video “Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman,” in which Neil Patrick Harris’s voice (in character from the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”) was dubbed over Frosty footage.

Harris’ Frosty said things like, “We’ve got to have a bros’ night at a strip club” because it’s “healthy” and “harmless.” He also discussed his “porn collection” and “the Dominator 8000 – the best bull whip on the market.”

Well-known scenes of the classic Frosty delighting children by coming to life were perverted by the ad which included Frosty saying, “I have been with a lot of women. Blondes. Brunettes. Redheads. Big boobs. Small boobs. Medium boobs. Some boobs that were big but kind of in a bad way.”

WARNING: Don’t let children see this video:

The new, crude snowman also encouraged the white rabbit in the movie to have sexual fantasies: “You should have hit that. Dude, your pants were already off. You had a classroom full of people to cheer you on. And you can’t knock her up because it’s a dream.”

The voiceovers also included lines showing “Frosty’s” willingness to punch anyone – “I’ll punch a baby. I don’t care.” – and his delight in “scoring front row seats to a lethal injection.”

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Obama to accept peace prize as war president

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What? Obama ran his presidential campaign to stop the war in Iraq. Now he’s accepting the Nobel Peace Prize as a “war president”? Yep! He also said he’d make government more transparent, but a lot of the health care plan is being discussed behind closed doors and he said he was against the Patriot Act, but now he’s extended it instead of letting it expire. So it’s beginning to appear that whatever Obama says, the opposite is the truth.

Obama to accept peace prize as war president

US President Barack Obama, seen here atthe White House, will accept his Nobel peace prize this week as a war president, and will address the awkward timing of his Afghan troop surge announcement head on, the White House said Monday.US President Barack Obama, seen here atthe White House, will accept his Nobel peace prize this week as a war president, and will address the awkward timing of his Afghan troop surge announcement head on, the White House said Monday.

AFP – President Barack Obama will accept his Nobel peace prize this week as a war president, and will address the awkward timing of his Afghan troop surge announcement head on, the White House said Monday.

Obama will leave for Oslo on Wednesday and accept the surprise award the next day, on a delicate mission on which he must juggle the status of the prize with his so far limited foreign policy record.(Not to mention he got the nomination just one month after taking office and had done nothing yet and had ran on stopping the war, not expanding it.)

“We’ll address directly the notion, I think, that many have wondered, which is the juxtaposition of the timing for the Nobel Peace Prize and his commitment to add more troops into Afghanistan,” said Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs.

“That’s obviously something that he will address,” Gibbs said. Asked whether Obama would accept the prize as a “war president,” Gibbs replied “Exactly.”

The choice of Obama as Nobel peace laureate, and his Afghan troop decision, has sparked anger among some critics and spurred activists to plan demonstrations in Oslo which have prompted a massive security operation.

Earlier, in Norway, Benjamin Endre Larsen, the head of umbrella organization Fredsinitiativet organising a demonstration, told AFP “the Peace Prize creates obligations.”

“The decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan is sad and cynical and this shows that Obama has not understood his obligations.”

“We think that Obama received the prize prematurely, but now that he has it he has to prove himself worthy,” he added.

The Norwegian government has earmarked 92 million kroner (10.9 million euros, 16 million dollars) to cover security needs during Obama’s visit — more than 10 times the prize money awarded to the Peace Prize laureate.

France24.com