An unhelpful distraction from an important national discussion

Today the Naples Daily News ran a commentary on its Editorial Opinion page titled “Death panels? Palin’s warnings coming true,” and yesterday it ran one titled “Politically-motivated end runs ignore our Constitution.” As I predicted in a post on my health care blog on Sunday, the death panel discussions are back.A reader suggested I forward … Continue reading An unhelpful distraction from an important national discussion

Obama and the tax deal – triangulating or governing?

A friend and I got into a heated discussion the other day about whether Obama had fought hard enough for the Democratic agenda in the tax deal he negotiated with the Republicans. My friend, really angry, said he hadn't. He also said he thought Obama should have fought harder for a single-payer health care plan.Our … Continue reading Obama and the tax deal – triangulating or governing?

Are your spending decisions helping Democrats or Republicans?

In the 2007-2008 election period, Netflix made $616,357 in political contributions. None went to Republican candidates. Barack Obama received the largest amount ($19,485).Costco Wholesale gave $306,033, with 92 percent going to Democrats - $32,240 to Obama and $9,700 to Clinton.Amazon.com contributed $279,269. Seventy-nine percent went to Democrats, with Barack Obama receiving the most ($104,382).I’m happy … Continue reading Are your spending decisions helping Democrats or Republicans?