I should be preparing for a trip I’m taking tomorrow, but got caught up as I always do in reading and discussing politics online.
Ran across this great post at Keith Hennessey’s site. The president has a press conference scheduled for tomorrow evening. Naturally I’m expecting cherry-picked questions from an already doting corps. Keith has other ideas, including:
The U.S. economy has lost 2.64 million jobs since you took office. The unemployment rate is 9.5% and rising. The good scenario is one in which the unemployment rate begins to decline early next year. The Vice President said your Administration misread the economy. You said you had incomplete information when proposing the stimulus. Yet you have said you would not change anything about the stimulus if you could. If the facts have changed, why doesn’t it make sense to change your policy?
Most members of Congress who oppose these health care bills argue they have a better way of reforming health care, such as the Ryan-Coburn bill. Why is it fair to accuse them of defending the status quo? Can you name a Member of Congress who has explicitly argued for the status quo, rather than just arguing against your preferred alternative?
Your party controls the White House, has a 38+ seat margin in the House, and has the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome any filibuster. How can Republicans be holding up health care reform?
I’d also add (as one commentor over there has suggested) a question or two about Honduras.
Treat yourself this evening, and read the whole thing!
– Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)