FloppingAces–Curt Post: A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats to convince most Americans that the health care overhaul passed last week will help them and their families.
In the poll, 50% call passage of the bill “a bad thing” and 47% say it was “a good thing.” That’s at odds with the findings of a one-day USA TODAY Poll taken a week ago — a day after the U.S. House approved the legislation — in which a 49%-40% plurality called the bill “a good thing.”
It was only a few weeks ago that the Russian government was proclaiming its brilliance in killing “notorious gang leader” Said Buryatsky in Ingushetia after allegedly linking him to the November 2009 bombing of the Nevsky Express passenger train between St. Petersburg and Moscow, an incident that left 39 Russians dead.
But if the Kremlin meant to suggest that such incidents were now a thing of the past, it was very much mistaken.
Early Monday morning, just as rush hour was beginning, two Moscow subway stations were bombed, one just steps from the headquarters of the KGB on Lubianka Square. An almost identical number of Russians were killed as in the Nevsky incident, and right in the heart of the capital city. Almost immediately, a lethal team of “black widow” suicide attackers was blamed. It was as if the Caucasus rebels were sending a clear message to Vladimir Putin himself: “You think you’ve won? Think again.” (PMJ)
BigGovernment–Guy Benson: In my piece over the weekend, I cited the Obama administration’s “Making Home Affordable” mortgage bailout plan as a paradigmatic example of why the public is right to distrust the federal government’s capacity to manage health care. I quoted a grim New York Times article from January entitled, “US Loan Effort is Seen As Adding to Housing Woes.” The headline speaks for itself. The piece says that top experts have concluded that Big Government’s intervention to reverse the housing market spiral has actually accelerated said spiral:… (read more)