Monthly Archives: August 2009

A Chill Pill? LOL.

Proving David Hannum right on the sucker born every minute front, check out this website for Bravina, a self-described “special blend of nine natural supplements” that “will help prepare you to execute an articulate public presentation.”  For a mere $19.95, you too can have six tablet-sized amalgams of passiflora, motherwort, St. John’s wort, ashwagandha, Valerian […]

Max Atkinson on Joe Biden’s Ted Kennedy tribute

An excerpt of our friend Max Atkinson’s take on Joe Biden’s Ted Kennedy tribute: Of the all the tributes to Edward Kennedy I’ve heard over the past couple of days, the one that stood out for me came from Vice-president Joe Biden. A bit long, maybe, but there were moments of genuine sincerity that could […]

John Kerry, Lyin’ of the Senate?

John Kerry is like an old toy you don’t think you like anymore, but then you pick it up after six months and you’re like, “Oh, yeah, I remember how fun this was!” Case in point: Here’s John Kerry, talking to Time magazine this weekend about health care reform and what it means to be […]

Storm Clouds Ahead for Environmental Agenda?

New Washington Post-ABC News poll today that is supposed to be good news for President Obama and congressional Democrats, but probably isn’t. The details: Most Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling energy issues and support efforts by him and Democrats in Congress to overhaul energy policy — including the controversial cap-and-trade approach […]

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

Memories of Senator Ted Kennedy will be in many minds and hearts today and in the coming months. Here are links to two of Senator Kennedy’s more famous recent speeches: his endorsement of Barack Obama for president in the winter of 2008 and his rousing speech at least year’s Democratic convention. Both speeches exemplify the […]

Good Luck, Chuck

It’s a tough time for financial services firms to hold their ground in favor of free market economics. Given their lack of popularity and their IV drip of government funds, most money companies don’t have any leeway to resist government overreach. Which is why it’s refreshing to see Chuck Schwab make a run at America’s […]

Contract with America: LARGE PRINT EDITION

The Republican Party is out today with a new Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights. As described by party chairman Michael Steele in the Washington Post, the guarantees include: Protecting, not cutting, Medicare; Prohibiting government from getting between seniors and their doctors; Outlawing any effort to ration health care based on age; Preventing government from […]

Speechwriters Talk

Earlier this summer, Ed, Jeff, Clark, and I had the pleasure of lunching with the editors of Politics magazine.  Check out  highlights of our conversation in the current issue, here, including war stories from the Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations; views on the rise of the celebrity speechwriter; and perspectives on the changes we’ve seen […]

Women Seen and Heard

Forbes’ latest list of the world’s 100 most powerful women is out, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on top, FDIC  hero Sheila Bair at #2, and “performance with purpose” Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi at #3. Women to watch include Ursula Burns of Xerox, Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank, Johanna Sigurdardottir of Iceland, and Sallie Krawchek […]

WSJ on Obama’s Contradictions

The editorialists at the Wall Street Journal have been listening closely to President Obama’s town halls on health care and what they’ve heard implicates the president as his own fiercest opponent. A sample: Maybe you’re starting to fret about all those bureaucrats and bean-counters again. You shouldn’t, according to Mr. Obama. “The only thing I […]

Unintended Consequences of Health Reform

More from on health reform:

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Subpoena ‘Em

In a display of Congressional power that would have pleased Joe McCarthy, Democrats Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak – representing the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight – have demanded internal documents about salaries and expenses from insurance companies. As Politico reports: By Sept. 4, the firms are supposed […]

Dems Get Ready to Pull the Trigger (Not on Grandma)

With Republicans resisting the push for socialist-ish medicine, Democrats are ready to go it alone – and of course blame Republicans for standing in the way of progress. Here’s Rahm, via ABC: “The Republican leadership,” said the White House chief of staff, “has made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama’s health care proposal is […]

Why Obama Lost Health Reform

In early May, President Obama announced that a series of health industry organizations had agreed to trim $2 trillion in costs from their operations. The move signaled that the big players in health care were aligning with, not against, systemic reform. It may have been the high water mark of the president’s push for government […]

CNN’s Fishy Take on Obama

Not since Teddy Roosevelt carted carcasses into the White House have the press found so much meaning in presidential pastimes. Earlier this week Time magazine told us how President Obama’s golf game offers insight into his leadership style. Friday, previewed the president’s trip to Montana with a story headlined: “Obama’s fly-fishing trip is apt […]