Tuesday, March 16, 2010
DEEMING AND RECONCILIATION
Chapter 2 on eternal life in SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity is about health. I got a personal view of the issue last year during Pearl's ordeal. The Congressional health legislation has become a political football, with the Obama administration absolutely needing this victory to indicate that change is, indeed, happening, and the Republicans taking advantage of this mess (well orchestrated) to position themselves for the Fall elections.
Earlier this month I mentioned reconciliation as the strategy. Today, the Democrats added deeming to the process. Well, to make a long story short, deeming will allow Democrats to allow threatened House members to avoid voting on the record for the health plan, thus permitting an amended Senate bill to proceed for a final House up or down vote on Saturday. Congress has used this strategy 20 times in the past 30 years. Confused? Well, let's see if this maneuver works.
My final lunch before returning to Hawaii tomorrow was with Sig Gronich, who spent a full career with the Department of Energy and its predecessors on solar thermal, biofuels, OTEC and hydrogen. He retired, got married and now lives in Oceanside. Sig drove two hours to the Los Angeles Airport to chat with me, and, hopefully his trip was worth his time. He is still actively campaigning for the hydrogen economy.
The Dow Jones increased 44 to 10,686, while world markets were all up. Gold jumped $18/toz to $1127 and crude oil surged to $82/barrel.
Tropical Cyclone Tomas as a Category 4 storm, caused considerable devastation on several islands of Fiji. A clip from Suva Point. Tomas is now moving away.
Tropical Cyclone Ului hammered the Solomons as a Category 5 storm and is now headed for Queensland.