The 2009 economic stimulus package has largely been a bust. However, one sector of the economy that should be seeing robust growth is the medical software industry because the stimulus law requires all Americans’ medical records to be stored electronically and made available in that form to all healthcare providers and, in some instances, to the federal government — all by 2014.
Success or failure for a political lobbyist often comes down to access; without easy access to legislators, it is naturally much harder to apply the pressure to drive legislation in the desired direction. But lobbyists in Austin, Texas, may soon begin applying a variation on Chairman Mao’s saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” — albeit not in the way the Marxist dictator had in mind.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made remarks indicating it was possible for the Democrats to lose control of the House of Representatives in November’s election. Already irritated Democrats were further angered because they viewed this admission as the White House intending to distance itself from what may truly be huge losses at the hands of disgruntled American voters.
“And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many.”
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the 1952 Republican National Convention