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Democrats mount new sales pitch for health-care law – Washington Post
Last Updated on Sunday, 9 January 2011 08:47 Written by admin Sunday, 9 January 2011 08:47
Democrats, who were widely perceived to have blown the political messaging over President Obama’s signature law, are revving up for a campaign-style offensive in an attempt to get it right the second time around.
In the run-up to a House vote on repeal – originally scheduled for Wednesday but delayed after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and others in Tucson on Saturday – Democrats are staging news conferences and rallies outside the district offices of nearly 70 targeted Republican House members, many of whom were elected in districts Obama carried in his 2008 race.
The White House has set up a rapid-response operation and was planning to deploy Cabinet secretaries this week to make the Democrats’ case in newspaper editorials, on the radio and in satellite interviews with local television stations.
Party officials said they will also showcase regular folks who have benefited from the health-care law – such as those younger than 26 who are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans and people with preexisting conditions who can now get coverage – in local and national media to “put a face” on popular provisions.
“It’s not often you get a second chance to make a first impression, but [Republicans] are giving that right to us,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “Right now, people don’t realize all the good things in the bill. The more we have an opportunity to talk about them, fewer and fewer people are going to be for repeal.”
The first time around
As the bill was being crafted in 2009 and 2010, opponents seemed to gain the upper hand with their political message. Activists dressed down Democratic congressmen at their town hall meetings. They staged hands-off-my-health-care rallies. They dubbed the overhaul “Obamacare.”
Opposition to the bill helped propel Republicans to the majority in the House, and their effort to repeal it will fulfill a campaign promise and tea party priority. They scheduled a vote for Wednesday on a measure called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” In the likely event the effort fails to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, House Republican leaders say they will keep whacking at the law piece by piece until it crumbles.
“We’re listening to the American people,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters Thursday. “They want this bill repealed, and we are going to repeal it. And we’re going to do everything we can over the course of however long it takes to stop this because it will ruin the best health-care system in the world, it will bankrupt our nation and it will ruin our economy.”
Republican strategists say convincing a majority of Americans they are better off with the health-care law than without it will be a high hill for Democrats to climb.
“The fundamental problem for the Democrats is that the bill as a whole is widely perceived to raise health-care costs, raise health-insurance premiums, increase taxes, increase the deficit and hurt the quality of care,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said. “That’s a five-count indictment that creates major public opinion problems for the health-care reform bill that the Democrats passed.”
Public opinion on the law has long been divided. A December poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that 42 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of it and 41 percent an unfavorable one. One in four respondents wants to repeal the law in its entirety, while another one in four wants to repeal parts of the law and keep other parts. The remainder wants to leave the law as is or expand it.
George Bush’s memoir set for sales success – The Guardian
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:04 Written by admin Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:04
George Bush’s memoir looks set to become a UK bestseller according to book trade experts, who feel that confirmation of the former president’s authorisation of waterboarding – not to mention his comment that British public opinion “doesn’t matter” – won’t dent sales.
Amid blanket media coverage, Waterstone’s said it had seen “strong early sales” of Decision Points this morning, with the book rising to the number 11 spot on amazon.co.uk’s bestseller list following its release yesterday.
Jon Howells, a spokesperson for Waterstone’s, said: “Blair was our prime minister, but you cannot overlook the fact that George W Bush was president in a key period of recent history which has had a huge impact on Britain. If you’re interested in politics, [this] is a book you have to read, no matter what your personal feelings are. We’ve had strong early sales today.”
Howells added that every book by a political player from recent years constitutes “another piece in the puzzle”, as people grapple to understand our recent history – though he predicted Bush wouldn’t match sales of Tony Blair’s A Journey, which has now sold over 250,000 copies in the UK.
Political publisher and rightwing blogger Iain Dale predicted Decision Points would sell a minimum of 50,000 copies in Britain, and could shift over 100,000. “Bush is not exactly Mr Popularity in this country but there seems to be a tradition that, even if you don’t like a politician, you want to know what he has to say,” he said. “Alastair Campbell’s diaries and Peter Mandelson’s memoir are good cases in point. I think his admission on waterboarding will encourage sales – people will think: ‘We thought it was going on, he’s admitted it, let’s see his reasoning.’”
Dale said that the book’s biggest problem was that it had “the crappiest title of any book I’ve ever seen published”.
Agent Eddie Bell – who presided over publication of Margaret Thatcher’s memoir The Downing Street Years when HarperCollins chief in the 1990s – predicted a sale of 20,000 copies in the UK for Decision Points, saying: “Prime ministerial and presidential memoirs always sell across the world and I think there will be a good audience in Britain for Bush. Everybody said, ‘Nobody is going to buy Blair’s book because of the Iraq war’ – but it didn’t stop 250,000 people going out and getting it. I found the coverage of Bush’s book yesterday unbelievably interesting and, frankly, I stuck it on my Christmas list.”
Virgin Books, the arm of Random House publishing the memoir, would not divulge the UK print run or the number of copies ordered by the country’s retailers. But spokesperson Sarah Bennie said the publisher was “really pleased with the support for the book across all sales channels and expecting strong sales on the back of the broad spread of media coverage”, which she predicted would continue now that journalists had full access to the book itself rather than simply the snippets appearing in the US press. Any sales totals in the UK will likely be dwarfed by the book’s performance in the US, where its publisher, Crown, has ordered a print run of 1.5m copies.
The Stop the War Coalition yesterday said it would be encouraging its supporters to continue the bookshop reshelving protest campaign begun with Blair’s A Journey by moving Decision Points into the crime or fantasy sections of bookshops. US activists have vowed to adopt the same tactic.
The Apple Ipad Claim Yours Now
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:11 Written by Jessica Lovitt Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:11
The ipad is a thing of love and hate. You either love or hate it, We love the ipad for being a cross between a very large ipod touch and a very crappy net book.
The iphone 4 had a huge demand and the new ipad is very close behind as stock levels around the world are low. Consumers are rushing day after day and with the winter holidays coming the will only increase demand.
We have looked at the ipad and also compared some websites who are offering them for free.
Unless you have the 3G ipad there really is nothing more than the ipod to do. But its big and better and so much faster than the ipods.
For watching movies it has to be the best option as the screen resolution beats most laptops and much more comfortable to have sat on your knee for a few hours.
Games seem to be more immerse and so much more fun to play games on the ipad than the ipod touch or iphone. Apps are a plenty designed for the ipad and growing daily.
Ok, so how do you go about getting yours free? Well we looked around and found the two best sites which are offering them free.
First off is Freebiejeebies.co, this website has a nice clean design and explains in good detail the requirements which you need to fill to claim your free gift.
Myfreeiphone.co.uk is our favourite choice, this site has been running since early 2007 and over this time has helped consumers claim a free iphone.
Deciding if you want a free Apple gadget is easy once you have read the information on either of these websites. The steps to follow are simple and easy to keep with.
After deciding to use Myfreeiphone.co.uk and follow the instructions on the website we soon had a brand new Apple ipad delivered. It does require a little of your time but is very straight forward and easy.
Don’t be sceptical these sites really do work and people fail to see past the too good to be true feeling. Well its good to be true and most certainly is.
Las Vegas Garage Door Repair
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:34 Written by Jerry Driver Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:34
Maintaining an existing garage door will not only keep your home aesthetically pleasing, but is not difficult if fixed when problems occur. Many people believe that working on this feature of the home is too massive a project so do nothing until problems require drastic action. Everyone driving by the property and even homeowners arriving home see the garage door first and any damage can really have an impact on the overall look of the home. Whether it needs a slight repair or a total replacement, experts at the many Las Vegas Garage Door Repair shops are eager to help keep any property looking its best.
Metal doors are much different than wood not only in their composition, but also in how they are repaired. To repair many doors is an easy at-home project since many flaws are superficial. However, since many metal doors contain slatted panels, which reduces repair costs, simply replacing the damaged section can solve the problem. In this case, an expert in the field may need to be consulted since sometimes special tools are required to get panels in and out without damaging those around them.
In attempting to find a panel there are a few options. One can look on the door itself to find the name of the manufacturer and contact them, via the Internet, to find out if the panel is available or to get a reference to dealers in the vicinity from homeowners who have the same model. Another option is to check with recycling and rebuilding places. Sometimes when a property is demolished some parts of the garage are retained and can be purchased from a recycling center.
If damage has been done to the beams of the framing structure, more difficulty may be experienced during repair. If out-of-square in any area not only will the door not open and close correctly, but it may not provide the required seal when close either. Fortunately, the many Las Vegas Garage Door Repair shops have skilled craftsman who can provide assistance when needed.
Most often, a garage door must be painted the same color as the house. Other times it remains the original metal color. If it has been painted, trying to match the color may be difficult. It is suggested that a piece of the damaged part be taken to a paint store where they can usually combine tints to match colors.
Metal doors are painted somewhat differently from wooden ones. They still must be sanded, but the process is a little different. Next, they must be primed, then painted, and finally sealed. Additionally, it’s important to take note of they type of material the door is made from as galvanized metal is treated somewhat differently from more high tech products. Whenever possible, however, finding recycled material will save much in the long-run.
It’s important to remember that the value of the home is generated from its total appearance. Since the garage door is the largest piece on the house it makes a huge statement and can have a significant impact on resale value if not properly maintained. If concerns arrive, or general maintenance is required, it’s always best to contact one of the experts working from las vegas Garage Door Repair shops in the area.