Heath Care Task Force Showed Hillary’s Penchant for Secrecy

hillary health careOnly time will tell just how damaging the current email controversy is to Hillary Clinton. But looking back, it was the same penchant for secrecy, and disregard for rules that others must follow, that doomed her attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care system in the early Nineties, the most ambitious project of her life next to running for president.

NLPC was a plaintiff in the successful 1993 lawsuit to open the meetings and records of the task force. A good historical account of the task force, and the fight over its proposals, can be found in a 1996 book titled The First Lady: A Comprehensive View of Hillary Rodham Clinton, that I co-wrote with my brother Timothy. Here is Chapter Nine titled “Health Care:”

Calling it a tour-de-force would be an understatement. There she was, the First Lady of the United States with the media and the entire …

Scott Brown Victory Is Reaction to Obama’s Corruption of Democracy

Scott Brown photoIn recent days, Barack Obama gathered with House and Senate Democrats in the Cabinet Room of the White House to “negotiate” health care. They no doubt grew alarmed as Scott Brown surged in the polls, but they seemed strangely unaware that their very actions  — meeting behind closed doors in a rump legislative conference from which Republicans were excluded — were fueling the outrage that would make possible a Brown victory.

Even worse, when asked the impact on health care by a Brown victory, they sketched out various scenarios, from not immediately seating Brown to passing the bill under reconciliation, requiring only 51 Senate votes. The unceasing message to Massachusetts voters was that their vote did not count.

The House and Senate health care bills are, of course, not popular with the public. Bad legislation is not enough, however, to make Tea Partiers take to the streets in every corner …

Economist’s Advice to Obama Carries a Union Label

Krugman photoPaul Krugman has become to print media what Keith Olbermann is to television:  a Left-leaning prince of darkness.  A professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton this decade, Krugman, now 56, has cultivated a recognizably caustic style of scoring points against free-market economics in theory and practice, especially in his New York Times op-ed and blog columns.  The problem is that as he’s become a public figure, he’s shed, or at least has kept well-hidden, his empirical sense.      

 

There’s no denying the fact of Krugman’s smashing resume, the capstone of which is his Nobel Prize in economics last year for research on the effects of economies of scale on global trade and the location of industry.  Let’s hope the Nobel committee doesn’t hand out any awards for his advice on labor policy.  Case in point:  his lengthy open

Union Bosses Demand New Congress Pass Card Check Bill

When the new 110th Congress convenes this week, it can count on intensive and sustained pressure from organized labor to enact pressing agenda items.  Unions spent an estimated $100 million on the 2006 midterm elections, with the AFL-CIO paying for about $40 million of the tab.  The candidates benefiting from this largesse, directly or indirectly, were overwhelmingly Democratic.  Now that the Democrats have regained a majority in the House of Representatives and (to a lesser extent) in the Senate, ending a dozen years of frustration, labor bosses want Congress to deliver the goods.  That means hiking the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour; restricting free-trade agreements; and expanding employee health and safety coverage.  Most of all, it means passing card-check legislation, introduced in the last Congress by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., that would enable unions to