Ronald Reagan once said that the nine scariest words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” In thus opining, he was simply reflecting an American tradition that began with the Founding Fathers: a healthy suspicion of government.
In an attempt to paint Senator John McCain as “bitter” over his defeat in the 2008 presidential election, President Obama was blunt during last night’s Health Care summit. After McCain articulated some of the GOP’s concerns with the health care bill, a cantankerous Obama tells him, “Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”
Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its timetable to start regulating industrial greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Responding by letter to lawmakers' requests, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency will target large facilities beginning in 2011 but will wait until 2016 to require smaller plants to comply. However, automobile manufacturers will receive new greenhouse-gas emission standards late next month.
President Barack Obama's first year in office has done much to stir broad and angry opposition to his autocratic rule and his efforts to nationalize and socialize virtually the entire American economy. However, as the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which met recently in Washington, D.C., demonstrated, the opposition is far from unified. The three-day event (February 18-20) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel was a factious, inharmonious affair exposing the deep philosophical divisions and conflicting political goals within the loosely defined "conservative movement."
In an effort to drag health care reform back onto the legislative stage, on February 22 President Barack Obama released a blueprint of his version of a comprehensive overhaul of the American health care system. The announcement was designed to set the scene for the pantomime show set for Thursday when C-SPAN will televise a confab between Obama and Republicans in Congress.