Healthcare reform IS good for the economy……..

These days a lot of Republicans are arguing that they are scared that Obama is tinkering with Healthcare…….that Healthcare reform will cost too much money…….well, the way I rememeber it….For the last ten years the country, and Congress in particular, has been too scared to mess with Healthcare, even though EVERYONE knows that the costs in that field are eating into more, and more, of the entire United States budget……I give props to President Obama for going at something that Congress and the Republicans (and most Democrats also ) have been running away from . Working to craft a program that gives more American’s medical coverage, and that begins to control costs.

The future of the Unites States, Afthaganistan and Pakistain……

In the coming weeks the President, Congress, and this country are going to have a public discussion about Afghanistan, and Pakistan (AFTPAK)……the US General running the war campaign there is going to spell out what he needs to carry on the war. The request he is going to hand up  by September 24 is going to include Troops, hardware and money (lots of it)…….this is because the battle with the Taliban is being carried out in a country with no infrastructure……a country (‘right out of the old testament’ )….now some in congress are objecting to the obvious fact that the United States in going to have to fight an enemy AND BUILD AFTGANISTAN INTO A 21ST CENTURY COUNTRY…….and will probably take a lot of time (a decade? ) and patience…….cause AFTPAK is gonna make Iraq look like child’s play if the president gets the ‘go ahead’……..

The US increases its presence in Columbia…….

The United States Air Force was kicked out of  Ecuador recently……The US has therefore scrambled to increased its presence in Columbia, from at least one base, to several…….including three air force bases, and additional two army, and naval bases, each……..it should be noted that the US provides $5 Billion in foreign aid to the country every year……to say the least…..the increased US military numbers does not sit well with a lot of South American countries…..who have several leftist leaders and bad memories of US military visits to the continent……..

Burris, Corzine and Schumer………..

Well they are all Democrats…..but that’s where it ends……..Roland Burris (D , IL) is thinking about changing his mind and running for re-election…..Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Governor is asking …….why won’t Christie answer his Freedom of Information requests on Christie’s actions and dealings as US Attorney in New Jersey?………and Chuck Schumer is on a roll……….Gillibrand, Sotomayor, Democratic senators elected while he did the recruiting………

Maloney will not run for the US Senate…….

Making a smart choice, Carolyn Maloney has taken herself out of the race for the US Senate from New York ( doing exactly the same thing as Carolyn McCarthy, in staying in a safe House seat ). She leaves Kristen Gillibrand, the rookie Senator, with clear sailing for the democratic nomination, and the seat for the full six years. Senior Senator Schumer has to be happy. He has gotten his way, and is done laboring behind the last New York junior senator,  Hillary Clinton, who stole almost all of his thunder for the past few years……..The voters of New York City will not really be happy……but what the heck?

Feingold will be against any troop increase in Afghanistan……

Next week Gen. McChrystal, who is in charge of the Afghanistan war campaign, is most assuredly going to ask for more troops. Mindful of the mistakes Rumsfeld  made going into Iraq, and emboldened by the progress with ‘surge’,  he has to ask for more troops………

Sen. Feingold  is staking out the opposite position upfront. Namely:  that more troops will just push the Taliban into Pakistan….. He makes a good point… But what do we do?……If you don’t keep pushing…… you lose the current gains on the ground, since the Taliban WILL regroup and come back stronger………my feeling is that the US wants to push the Taliban back to India, where there is a stronger army, that will present a wall to the fundamentalist’s……….