This is what a successful presidency looks like!
In 6 years under President Barack Obama, we have made incredible progress as a country. The President saved the auto industry; brought our dependence on foreign oil and domestic emissions to historic lows; and stopped health insurance costs from ballooning out of control. Often in the face of incredible obstruction, the President has continued to fight for us and lead us forward.
One thing we can always count on from Republicans is a great sense of over confidence and hubris in the event they win an election. After a successful election cycle, the GOP invariably believes that the voters have given them a mandate for their entire agenda and even their toxic tactics. We are now beginning to see this kind of arrogance from the Nebraska GOP even though Governor-elect Ricketts promised that any changes in spending and taxation would be phased in over several years and would be very… Continue reading
On Nov. 14, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reported that 200 of the 1,400 multi-employer plans covering 1 million participants are at risk of failing within the next decade. The PBGC is worried about this because it becomes responsible for the pension obligations of these failed plans.
In a recent editorial, the Lincoln Journal Star evaluated Ricketts’ use of special interest funds to finance a talent search for key department heads and asserted that Ricketts showed “executive savvy” and that it’s “clear that he’s off to a good start.” Unfortunately, it is way too early to tell if Ricketts is off to a good start and there are tell tale signs that should concern all Nebraskans. Just what are those signs? Why should the voters be concerned?
Nebraskans should be troubled by the fact that… Continue reading
President Obama sought to calm tensions in the wake of racially charged protests in New York and Ferguson, Mo., saying in an interview to air Monday that the nation has made progress on race relations but emphasizing that the distrust between minority communities and law enforcement “will not be solved overnight.”
“His mother and I would have had to make the very cold calculation: Do we spend our own retirement savings on his medical care trying to extend his life, or do we cast him adrift to save what we can for our own later years?
Because, what company would have ever insured him without the ACA? Not one.”
In March of 2013, Don and his family were dealt a devastating blow. His son Daniel, a hardworking 35-year-old, was diagnosed with brain cancer and had to have a tumor removed.… Continue reading
Last month, President Obama issued an executive order on immigration that will shield 5 million undocumented workers – also known as “aspiring citizens” – from deportation from the U.S. This order will keep families together and allow many aspiring citizens an opportunity to come out of the shadows.
In response to Obama’s order, the Republicans – as usual – went on the attack. Instead of acting on the immigration bill that passed in the Senate last year or offering up a legislative solution, the GOP resorted to their… Continue reading
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) was once among the handful of state executives to sue the federal government over the Affordable Care Act. Now, he says he wants his state to expand Medicaid under the ACA to cover thousands of low-income residents.
The influence of ongoing demographic changes on politics is a familiar story. Given current voting patterns, the increasing diversity in the population is likely to work to the advantage of Democrats in future presidential elections. For Republicans, the question is not just how, but whether they can bend the curve.
The head of the Nebraska Democratic Party called Wednesday for a special prosecutor to investigate the state’s prison scandals.
Vince Powers, party chairman, said testimony from Parole Board Chairwoman Esther Casmer conflicted with accounts given by Gov. Dave Heineman last month. Both testified before a special legislative committee that has been investigating prison issues. Read full article >>
Brad Ashford already is focused on how to provide swifter medical care for veterans, and he has teamed up quickly with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to pursue federal funding assistance for Ebola care… Read full article
Nearly a half-million people chose health plans through HealthCare.gov during the first week of the new open-enrollment period in the online insurance marketplace, federal health officials announced Wednesday. Read full article >>
One of the things you can count on from Republicans are apocalyptic predictions of what will supposedly occur if some measure supported by a Democratic President should be enacted into law by the Congress. We certainly got one of the most apocalyptic predictions of our time when Ben Sasse predicted last year that: “If the Affordable Care Act survives, America will cease to exist. ” This follows on the heels of John Boehner’s over heated 2010 prediction that passage of health reform would be “Armageddon” … Continue reading
The conventional wisdom regarding election 2014 is that the Republicans won big and the Democrats were trounced. The top line numbers certainly support that facile analysis. The Republicans did regain control of the Senate and increased their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here in Nebraska, the Republicans did win many of the contested races – winning the Governor’s mansion, winning an open U.S. Senate seat and picking up 5 legislative seats.
What that conventional wisdom leaves out is that most Republicans ran as moderates in election year 2014.… Continue reading