One of the key unknowns today is the approach that President Barack Obama will take with tonight’s attempt to reboot the debate over health care reform.
As for himself, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he wants to see a president who is at least chastened by the roars from August town hall meetings.
Talking Points Memo, the liberal blog site, is passing around this Fox News clip from Tuesday:
I think what you’re looking at is folks on my side anxious to see what the president has to say tomorrow night. I think he’s going to have to express some humility based on what we’ve seen around the country during August, and that’s not his inclination.
Please note that Chambliss did not use the “U” word.
In an op-ed in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, claims victory on the “death panel” issue, which she said “rang true for many Americans.”
Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He’s asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs.
In an interview with the New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . . .”
Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.
Working through “normal political channels,” they made themselves heard, and as a result Congress will likely reject a wrong-headed proposal to authorize end-of-life counseling in this cost-cutting context. But the fact remains that the Democrats’ proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we’ve come to expect from this administration.
In Rome, Ray McBerry, a states’ rightist and Republican candidate for governor, said he’d abolish both income and property taxes. This according to the Rome News-Tribune:
“Low taxes attract business, provide a stimulus and provide more capital to start and expand businesses,” McBerry said during a campaign stop at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.
He said increasing the sales tax to between 10 percent and 12 percent would offset revenue losses from abolishing the property and income taxes. He would exempt necessities like food and medicine from the sales tax. Overall taxes would decrease under such a plan, he said.
Thurbert Baker, the attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor, will head back to his Rocky Mount, N.C., hometown for a fund-raiser Sept. 15, according to the local newspaper. It will only cost $50 to shake the hand of a local youth who made good.
WABE (90.1 FM) this morning has a piece on the lack of campaign cash in this year’s Atlanta mayoral race. Without money for TV, the candidates have had to devise other means of getting their messages out. The report notes that 20 mayoral forums have been held so far — that includes a televised one on WSB-TV on Sunday. With many more to come.
Georgians headed to the anti-tax, tea party rallies in Washington on Saturday have picked out a few rendezvous here before they head up I-85.
One will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell. Two rallies will be held at the state Capitol on Friday, the first at 8 a.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
MARTA could run the Beltline. Day of reckoning near in CRCT cheating? Cobb nixes electronic signs in neighborhoods. Report: Lax oversight made DeKalb court vulnerable to scam. Milton may ditch private firm that manages city. Crime wave hits metro Atlanta campuses. Students learn from Obama.
Pro & Con: Are tuition tax credits helping improve education in Georgia? Target Atlanta’s gangs with lessons learned in Baghdad. Congress must end oil price gaming.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
WP: U.S. “unlikely” to recoup auto outlay, panel finds. NYT: Despite fears, health care overhaul is moving ahead. WSJ: European leaders call for Afghan summit.
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