July 26, 2009

AS SOMEONE POINTED OUT THE OTHER DAY...:

Obama failing to make plan deficit-neutral (Matt Mackowiak, 7/26/09, Philadelphia Inquirer)

There is an important thread that connects the failed stimulus bill and current efforts to reform health care: the federal deficit. And there is only one group on Capitol Hill with the commitment, credibility, and political mind-set to block the current health-care legislation.

The Blue Dog Coalition is currently made up of 52 conservative and moderate Democratic members of Congress and has been in existence for 15 years. The organization exists, primarily, to join politically vulnerable Democrats and serve as a moderating influence on the larger and more liberal Democratic caucus.

On the organization's Web site, you'll find the following figured prominently: "Currently, the U.S. Debt is estimated at: $11,226,807,380,955.11. Your share of today's public debt is: $36,683.01." The Blue Dogs have kept a laserlike focus on the federal deficit in recent years. [...]

The question is, do regular people really care about the deficit? The answer appears to be yes. A poll released on July 20 conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News showed that public approval with President Obama's handling of the deficit is now at 43 percent, with more independents disapproving than approving (48 percent to 42). Interestingly, the public does not just disapprove of his handling of the deficit; they prefer deficit reduction to increased spending to revive the economy by 55 to 40 percent in the same poll.


...if the reason health care should be reformed is to save money then revenue neutrality represents failure anyway.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2009 8:06 AM
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