Daily Archives: 04/13/2011

Pres Obama Today on the Budget

(Community Matters)


‘In his Wednesday speech, Obama took on the Ryan approach in harsh terms, calling it a vision that would see “roads crumble and bridges collapse,” young Americans unable to go to college, seniors left uncared for, Medicare ended, and 50 million Americans left without health insurance.’

“I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society,” Obama said in his speech. “I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs.”

love, love, love that the President agrees and did preempt his entire speech with the narrative of what we stand for (the belief that we’re all connect; some things we can only do together; public schools & universities; we’re a more prosperous country as a result; each one of us deserving a basic measure of security and dignity) and how we got into this mess (how our fiscal challenge was created, we were on the path to no debt until 2000 – increasing spending for two wars and prescription drug plan while irresponsibly cutting taxes).

fantastic that he pointed out the 2/3rd of budget is SS, Medicare, Medicaid & national security, and that 20% is really discretionary

the vision of America we want to see!

Very good that he points out the Rs goals would lead to a “fundamentally different America”

R’s are telling Americans to fin for themselves.

The average income of average working Americans declined, while top 1% say income rise by an average of $250k each – “that’s who needs to pay less taxes?”

33 seniors to pay $6k more for healthcare costs to finance the tax cut ($250k) for Pres Obama – that’s not gonna happen while I’m president

The R budget is “Less about reducing the defiict than about changing the basic social contract in America”

Empire State Building: Lightning Strikes Thrice Last Night

(Community Matters) The storm was big last night – definitely big thunder. Wish I’d seen the strikes

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Ballroom Marfa

(Community Matters) Ballroom Marfa’s NY Art Auction benefit last night – much fun in a cool Chelsea space. Guests arrived and were transported via a huge freight elevator to the former DIA space third floor, lined with art, free flowing Casa Dragones tequila, unpretentious hors d’oeuvres, then further upstairs for a South/West Texas flavored dinner and the live auction of art and vacation weekends – even telephone bidders, one winning a particular piece for $86k.

Friends in attendance included: Suzanne Deal Booth, Virginia Lebermann & John Wotowicz, Fairfax Dorn, Tim Crowley, Deborah Green, Chris Mattson, Ross Moody & Agapi Stassinopoulos.