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Bush and Health Care – Not

I didn’t look to see how the op-ed pages tried to spin their own survey, but the data looks pretty bad for the gang in the White House.

Nearly half of Americans don’t trust President Bush to reform the nation’s health-care system, a new Wall Street Journal Online/Harris health-care poll found.

When asked much they trust the president to come up with good policies for improving and reforming the U.S. health-care system, 49% said “not at all,” while 16% said “not much,” according to the online survey of 2,482 U.S. adults. By comparison, 18% said they trust Mr. Bush “to some extent” and only 9% trust him “a great deal” on the issue. The survey was conducted Feb. 7-9.

Do they really think anyone is surprised that America doesn’t trust Bush any more. I think the real story is how anyone can trust this administration in any regard at all.

Source: Many Americans Don’t Trust Leaders To Reform Health Care, Poll Finds –

Will the ‘decider’ branch out? | – Houston Chronicle

Jim Wright says it all right here… 

It would help immensely if the president can remember that every senator and representative considers him- and herself chosen and charged by the public and instructed by the Constitution to be a “decider,” too.

Source: Will the ‘decider’ branch out? | – Houston Chronicle

We should all take ‘voice lessons’ from Dixie Chicks | – Houston Chronicle

This was in the newsfeed from the Houston Chronicle today. 

In the new spirit of media disclosure, I should tell you that I own several Dixie Chicks CDs. But I’m not writing this as an adoring bluegrass fan. I’m writing this as a shame and empathy researcher.

That was how Brene’ Brown started her piece. Brown is on the research faculty of the UofH Graduate  College of Social Work. This is what she said about the “Chicks”…

Three women stood up, spoke out and got slapped down by a culture that doesn’t take kindly to women folk who break the rules. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that only men are to blame. There are many wonderful, strong men who support authenticity in women, and there are plenty of women who pledge allegiance to silence. Often, when women live under the weight of silence and fear speaking out, they have the least tolerance for other women who break the rules — they use them as targets to discharge their pain and rage.

I was thrilled to hear about the Dixie Chicks’ big win at the Grammy Awards. I only wish that all women who have endured the pain of speaking out could be publicly acknowledged and have something on their mantel to remind them that it’s time to trade in the old “voice lessons” for some freedom.

In the spirit of disclosure, I’ll be honest in saying I own all of the Dixie Chicks CD’s and DVD’s. I like their music, I like their politics, and I like the fact that they are from my home state of Texas. A few days ago I commented on their win and how I felt the reaction to the comments about the President were exacerbated by the consolidation of media ownership. My comments were not liked by the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters). I stand by my belief as stated. The arguments against my assertions were unconvincing (to me at least).

Source: We should all take ‘voice lessons’ from Dixie Chicks | – Houston Chronicle

This I Believe…

The take away paragraph tells the story of this President’s term in office. 

Bush has always supported a faith-based initiative, but his recitation of beliefs in the East Room yesterday — he listed no fewer than 18 principles he holds to be true — sounded less like a question-and-answer session than a reading of the Nicene Creed. The only thing the president did not believe in was answering the questions he was asked.

Well Mr. President, I believe you live in a bubble. And your answer to Martha Raddatz’s question is the first time you have been honest about it.

“Do you believe it’s a civil war, sir?” Raddatz pressed.

“It’s hard for me, you know, living in this beautiful White House, to give you a firsthand assessment,” he punted.

That should be your answer to every one of the beliefs you professed to yesterday. Your position as a informed spokesperson on almost every issue has so far been shown to be less than informed…So why should your beliefs matter when the evidence placed before American is contrary to those beliefs? Once upon a time in America it was assumed that the President of the United States had access to better sources of information than the rest of us. That may well still be true. But the past few years have shown that if you do you are not listening to them. Therefore, it will take some really potent evidence and not just your “This I Believe” statements.

My advice Mr. President is leave your beliefs in church and us the facts to govern. I am sorry Sir, but beliefs are not morals, and you Sir need to lead by example not belief.

Source: Dana Milbank – A Man of Many Beliefs Gives a News Conference With Few Answers –