Monday, August 3, 2009
Rep. Lynn Woolsey still seems to be threatening 60 liberal votes to sink the House health care bill unless it has a "robust public option" with "rates based on Medicare rates." Nobody believes her , which is why people at a recent Pelosi press conference were laughing at her. .... House liberals would be lucky, at this point, to get the Blue Dog deal, inferior though it may be. ... Isn't there some introductory Welcome to Congress course where they tell you that threatening something you obviously won't deliver is a way to lose respect and power? But Woolsey has been there a long time. ... 11:16 P.M.
Want a Grant? Get a "Partner": John Rosenberg reads the House Energy & Commerce health bill and finds that there is a whole lot of "coordination of diversity and cultural competency programs" going on. He sees future funding streams for leftish community organizers in the bill's requirement that when it comes to cultural competency program coordination,
the Secretary shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of the following:
(1) Addressing, or partnering with an entity with experience addressing, the cultural and linguistic competency needs of the population to be served through the grant or contract.... [E.A.]
That's in the version of the bill that Rep. Woolsey says she won't vote for because it's not liberal enough . Where are the Blue Dogs when you need them? ... P.S.: Was the big, program-establishing New Deal and Medicare legislation festooned with these little Dem interest group time bombs? If not, that may be why it got passed.** ...
** Admittedly, it was a big liberal time bomb in the New Deal legislation, allowing cash payments to children in families with an "absent" breadwinner, that eventually produced the welfare explosion of the 1960s. ...
"Center for Latino Mental Health," based on the proposition that American Hispanics have "unique" mental health needs.
Kind of undermines the social-egalitarian everyone-in-the-same-waiting room rationale for universal health care , doesn't it? Though I suspect the Center for Jewish Neuroses will be heavily utilized. ...
**--Sentence corrected 8/6. [ Thks to reader J.S. ] ... 11:03 P.M.
A Sunday NYT "Week in Review" piece ridicules the famous Dem think tank Third Way for predicting a "crime wave" due in part to "the lengthening shadow of illegal immigration"--when, in reality, illegal immigration receded and crime ... went ... down. ... Hmmm. ... Maybe broken immigration laws are a bit like broken windows , a contagious sign of disorder. Just a thought! ... P.S.: The Times piece also does not discuss the reduced-lead theory , which would seem to roughly fit the trend of permanent lower crime, no? ... 11:03 P.M.