Playing Politics in the Face of a World Pandemic

  • GQjock

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    Apr 27, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    Why would someone block the nomination of the Human Health Services Secretary when we have a possible health emergency going on next door?

    Sebelius confirmation hearing fails to end in vote.
    Governor Sebelius’ confirmation hearing on April 2, before which “Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) predicted the Senate would confirm her the same day, but he later said further action was being blocked by an unnamed GOP senator, pushing the vote until after the two-week spring recess. The unnamed GOP senator has been rumored to be Jim Bunning (KY)


    Why would somebody cut the funds for emergencies resulting from epidemics from the stimulus package when we are staring down the barrel of exactly THAT?

    Famously, Maine Senator Collins, the supposedly moderate Republican who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: "Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not."


    Even now, Collins continues to use her official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate's version of the stimulus measure.
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    Apr 27, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    And you expect something different from Republicans? Their motto is "Party Before People."
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    You certainly don't hear COUNTRY FIRST anymore!


    What a shameful joke!
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    Apr 28, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    yaaa cuz she's totally qualified to by HHS Secretary, without her getting confirmed quickly that whole branch of the goverment might just shut down.....hmmmm...
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    Some people are petty and trivial. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    Glenn Beck is now suggesting that this swine flu outbreak is a ruse to get GOV Sebelius' nomination confirmed. Un-freakin'-real!


    Glenn Beck: "This coud be to move (President Obama's) Health and Human Services person into the office rapidly. She's supposed -- she's supposed to go through more confirmation hearings today, I think. She can be confirmed right out of the gate because of this swine flu. So don't look over here, look at the swine flu, look at the swine flu, look at the swine flu."
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    He always does.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 28, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
    Glen Beck ..... now there's someone with a handle on reality

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  • wave173

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    Apr 28, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
    The swine flu is just another distraction to prevent Americans from actually seeing what Obama and his administration are doing. People don't open their eyes and look past what the media reports. Then there's the fact that Obama is outraged about the plane over NYC. He knew about it. Now he's just trying to pretend he didn't bc people are not happy about it. Obama keeps quiet when things could go badly, then if it goes well, he takes credit, if not, he blames others. Hmm, a president that won't take responsibility for anything. Can't wait till history puts Bush as better than Obama.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 28, 2009 10:40 AM GMT
    Hmmm .... Umm like case in point

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  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2009 11:36 AM GMT
    Ah-ha!!! Sean Hannity does lurk these RJ threads!!! I knew it...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 28, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidAh-ha!!! Sean Hannity does lurk these RJ threads!!! I knew it...icon_rolleyes.gif

    Haha! I was glad when Beck left CNN for Fox, because I feared CNN was straying too far from a news format to an entertainment one. And shows like Beck's tainted the entire network's journalistic integrity. CNN still has some clunkers in its lineup, but at least the worst offender is gone. Let Fox have him, he's in fitting company now. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 28, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    God, that has to be horrible for Collins. Had swine flu not become the panic-du-jour she could have just spent the rest of the congressional cycle being eaten out by every senator who wants to pass something. Instead she is doing damage control and chose the ostrich-with-her-head-in-the-ground tactic, great for waiting out a few weeks but terrible if lots of people get infected.

    And to the larger GOP world in the senate. Come on, are you going to play this game with ever nominee? Grow up.
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    Apr 28, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    wave173 saidThe swine flu is just another distraction to prevent Americans from actually seeing what Obama and his administration are doing. People don't open their eyes and look past what the media reports. Then there's the fact that Obama is outraged about the plane over NYC. He knew about it. Now he's just trying to pretend he didn't bc people are not happy about it. Obama keeps quiet when things could go badly, then if it goes well, he takes credit, if not, he blames others. Hmm, a president that won't take responsibility for anything. Can't wait till history puts Bush as better than Obama.


    LOL - Some people are just too darn funny:icon_razz.gificon_twisted.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 28, 2009 12:51 PM GMT
    The worst thing to do in almost every hiring circumstance is to throw someone into a position without examining their record thoroughly first.

    Just because she was elected governor doesn't mean that she is qualified for the post. The senate has a right to advise and consent on any cabinet post. What they are doing is perfectly acceptable. Also there is an acting secretary in the position. It is not like the lights are out at HHS.
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    Apr 28, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Can we say they still have the after-taste of a bitter defeat on their tongues!
    Oh god. Even in 2000 we managed to move forward. You would think they have lost the world. Come to think of it in their warp sense of reality and over-blown sense of self importance they seem of have. They got hit with a double whammy.
    Not only did they loose the White House to a Democrat but to one who is mixed raced. It's sad but true. Our president could PINK just do a good job and get the country out of this MESS!
  • wave173

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    Apr 28, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    Daschle would have been approved long ago unanimously in the senate had he not had tax issues. Even if he didn't remove his nomination, he still would have gotten confirmed. So don't blame the GOP for not liking Sebelius. If she is going to be the next HHS, they need to examine her background, like, umm, not paying taxes. Oh wait, I guess all Obama's secretaries don't need to pay taxes.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 29, 2009 12:30 AM GMT
    Gimme a Break .....

    This is nothing more that the Republicans once again eating Sacred Cow
    It's the God damned Abortion thing again
    and aren't you sick and tired of this yet?

    Associated Press reported on April 23: "The head of the Republican Party called on President Barack Obama to withdraw Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as health secretary unless she answers more questions on abortion

    Senate Minority Leader McConnell (KY.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Reid's (Nev.) push to vote today on Kansas Gov. Sebelius' nomination as HHS secretary

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    Apr 29, 2009 9:32 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    wave173 said Can't wait till history puts Bush as better than Obama.

    Oh, another teabagging moron.


    It is kind of odd that they’re popping up at such an unusually high rate. Since we know their numbers are shrinking nationally, I suppose the ones that remain are becoming more vocal as they become increasingly frustrated.
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    Apr 29, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    Satyricon331 said It is kind of odd that they’re popping up at such an unusually high rate. Since we know their numbers are shrinking nationally, I suppose the ones that remain are becoming more vocal as they become increasingly frustrated.

    They're bitter, because---well, I heard a rumor that there's a black guy in the White House. And because they can't actually say how much they hate that, they've invented 37,001 other reasons to be angry. But......did you know there's a---I can hardly say it---BLACK guy in the White House?


    Unless of course we are talking about a historic moment in American race relations. Then he is only half-Black.