WSJ: Obama Will Push Public Option In Speech To Congress

In his speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, Obama will cater to his base and push a public option.  Even though the majority of Americans are against it, Blue Dog Democrats are against it and Republicans are vehemently against it.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in a high-stakes speech Wednesday to Congress and the nation, will press for a government-run insurance option in a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health-care system that has divided lawmakers and voters for months.

White House officials say the president will detail what he wants in the health-care overhaul, as well as say he is open to better ideas on a government plan if lawmakers have them.

Democratic plans call for requiring most Americans to carry health insurance. Failure to comply could cost families as much as $3,800 a year, according to a new Senate proposal.

The president is likely to say that a government-run insurance plan, known as the “public option,” will not provide a level of subsidies that give it an unfair advantage over private insurers, according to aides familiar with the speech preparations.

Insurers oppose the public option, saying it will lead to excessive government control of health care and could eventually drive them out of business. Republicans say they won’t support an overhaul with a public option, and liberal Democrats say they won’t support one without it.

Over/Under on how many times Queen Nancy will leap out of her seat like a tween at a Jonas Brothers concert?

Pelosi, Hoyer: “Drowning Out Opposing Views is Simply Un-American”

In a USA Today op-ed, they write:

In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.

However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.

Let the facts be heard

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.

(emphasis mine)

Queen Nancy and Hoyer the Court Jester are walking a very dangerous political line with this tactic.  You want to see some REALLY pissed off people?  Tell them they aren’t smart enough to understand what’s good for them and call them un-American for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Panetta to Congress: Time To Move On

In today’s Washington Post, Leon Panetta tells Congress to cut the crap.  He doesn’t mention Queen Nancy by name, but she has been leading the charge against the CIA whom she claims “lie to Congress all the time” so this has to be aimed at her – at least in part.

Unfortunately, rather than providing an opportunity to start a new chapter in CIA-congressional relations, the meeting sparked a fresh round of recriminations about the past. I recognize that there will always be tension in oversight relationships, but there are also shared responsibilities. Those include protecting the classified information that shapes our conversations. Together, the CIA and Congress must find a balance between appropriate oversight and a recognition that the security of the United States depends on a CIA that is totally focused on the job of defending America.

Cash For Clunkers Program Being Halted, Almost Out Of Money

If any of you were planning to take advantage of the Cash For Clunkers program this weekend, you are out of luck.

The Obama administration is telling lawmakers that its much-touted “cash-for-clunkers” program is already running out of money and will be suspended  Thursday night, according to three Senate aides familiar with the discussions.

The program — aimed at giving at boost to the U.S. auto industry — was supposed to expire at the end of October. But in the one week since it took effect, it appears to have run dry of the $1 billion allocated to it, aides said Thursday.

The White House will need to decide whether to push for more money at a time when it’s also pushing an ambitious and expensive domestic agenda — or let the program fade after it was touted as a way to help Detroit while improving the environment.

One Michigan Republican, Congresswoman Candice Miller, has alreayd come out in favor of extending the program, saying in a statement that “There can be no doubt that the Cash for Clunkers program is a complete success given the fact that the entire $1 billion allocated to the program was expended in less than a week.”

How about they take the $16.1 million allocated for Queen Nancy’s salt marsh harvest mice to help keep the program running?

Obama’s poll numbers are tanking while Dick Cheney’s are climbing

He is down in every category, but has to be especially concerned about the hemorrhaging of Independents.

Only 39% approve of closing Gitmo

Only 35% approve of Obama’s GM bailout/takeover

Only 20% are extremely confident that Obama has the right set of goals and policies to improve the economy

But this is the big one – Obama’s support among Independents has taken a nosedive.   They favored Obama by 60% to 31% percent back in April.  Now it’s almost split at 46% to 44%.

And this tidbit is especially satisfying – Dick Cheney’s approval rating has increased by 8 points since April and he is now more popular than Nancy Pelosi.