President-elect Barack Obama has begun laying the groundwork for overhauling the troubled U.S. healthcare system, reaching out to interest groups and building grass-roots support for the huge undertaking.
Obama, who takes office on January 20, is using many of the Internet tools employed in his election campaign to engage the public. His Internet site www.change.gov asks people to submit ideas for changing the costly and inefficient system that leaves tens of millions uninsured.
Not surprisingly, neither the outgoing Bush administration, President-elect Barack Obama nor the Democratic leaders of Congress wants to be blamed for the loss of a once-proud domestic auto industry and the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of jobs.
With the economy sinking faster, employers are giving more Americans dreaded pink slips right before the holidays.
The Labor Department releases a new report Friday that’s expected to show the employment market deteriorated in November at an alarming clip as the deepening recession engulfed the country.
The U.S.-Iraq pact passed a key, and perhaps final, hurdle when Iraq’s three-member presidential council — a Kurd, a Sunni and a Shiite — signed the security agreement.
The parliament had approved it earlier. The agreement, at Sunni insistence, may have to be put to a referendum in late July. But U.S. forces will have withdrawn from Iraq’s cities a month earlier, so the American presence should be less onerous.
The pact calls for American troops — except for those the Iraqi government specifically asks to stay — to be out entirely by Jan. 1, 2012.
On the way out the door, presidents have been known to inflict a mountain of damage on the American public with the pardon power. Since President Bush has funneled more garbage into the American political system than just about any president in history, why should we be surprised when he leaves a trail of garbage as he waltzes out the door?
Some days it just doesn’t pay to get up in the morning. President Bush must have felt that way on a growing number of occasions in the last four years as he has watched his presidency slip into the depths of a faltering economy, two wars that have gone on far too long, his administration’s miserable failure in dealing with two hurricanes that nearly wiped out a huge swath of the Gulf Coast, and approval ratings so low they cost his party much of its vitality.
Leave it to diet Marxists G.W. Bush, Henry Paulson, and Ben Bernanke to saddle American taxpayers with $8.347 trillion in bailout commitments, yet not spend a thin dime on incentives to revive the U.S. economy. In fact, the faintest echo of an incentive is not a Reaganite act of commission, but a Reagan-lite act of omission.
Congress opened a shiny, new visitor’s center on Dec. 2. The $621 million underground complex opened four years behind schedule and $400 million over budget — hardly extraordinary in Washington, D.C.
What is noteworthy is a last minute change to the center’s edifice: A cheap plaster plaque with the nation’s official motto "In God We Trust," now covers up "E Pluribus Unum." The defunct motto had been engraved in marble before anyone noticed the error.