This morning's news on health care reform is good on two fronts.
The CBO has scored the latest bill and it will reduce the federal deficit by $132 billion over the next ten years. An earlier GOP alternative would have save only have as much.
Democrats have secured a 60th vote that will end debate and bring the current bill to a vote before Christmas.
Clearly, there is a lot of emotion on both sides of the issue, but the extreme positions of far left liberals like Howard Dean and Keith Obermann, along with the do nothing antics of the entire GOP congressional caucus (less one) make the pragmatic approach taken by the President and the Democrats of the Senate even more satisfying.
In 2005, I became the first non-Republican to win a seat on the Washington Township Committee since 1978. My decision to enter politics was solely driven by 2005's infamous 11% municipal tax increase imposed by an all Republican committee. Over the next three years, my efforts as Finance Liaison drove municipal tax growth below 3%. As you can see from the chart above, it didn't take the Republicans long to screw up a good thing. In fact, it seems my efforts were so successful the GOP recently abolished the position of Finance Liaison to avoid comparisons to my record.
In late 2007, I joined the Morris County for Obama grassroots organization as its Co-Chair and made the decision to affiliate with the Democrat Party and run on the Democrat ticket in the 2008 Primary and General Elections. As many predicted, running as a Democrat in “Republican dominated” Washington Township didn’t advance my political career. While Obama’s overall electoral fate did not rest in the hands of township voters, mine obviously did.
Nevertheless, I am proud to have served as the local “anchor” man on the President's ticket and have no regrets whatsoever.