Posted by Michael Swickard on Sunday, January 2, 2011
From Capitol Report New Mexico - A sobering story from CBS News about the looming Social Security and Medicare crisis that’s now on top of us since the Baby Boomers are retiring: Rob says, "The only argument I have about the package is Sheryl Attkison’s claim that many of the angry people at town hall meetings were upset about the government cutting entitlements. No, most of the angry folks at those meetings were ticked off about lawmakers who don’t have the guts to talk frankly about out of control entitlement spending." more
gatewaypundit.com -Barack Obama nominated a US ambassador to Syria in February of this year after a 5 year absence. The US recalled its Ambassador in the wake of the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005 and speculation over Syrian involvement. Iranian regime President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian dictator Assad and Hezbollah terror leader Hassan Nasrallah met for dinner this year in Damascus. Hassan Nasrallah (far right) has made few public appearances since 2006. This dinner was held right after US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns’s visit with Assad in Damascus. A Kuwaiti paper reported on Saturday that the Obama Administration is holding secret peace talks with Syria. The report said Syria really wants to change. More here
latimes.com -When she takes the oath of office Saturday morning in Santa Fe's historic plaza, Susana Martinez will become New Mexico's — and the nation's — first elected Latina governor. The 51-year-old, four-term Doña Ana County district attorney is also a rising star in national Republican circles, already being mentioned in the blogosphere as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012. But as she takes over from Bill Richardson — a termed-out Democrat whose final two years in office were clouded by federal investigations into pay-for-play allegations — Martinez faces stiff challenges as New Mexico deals with a high unemployment rate and a hefty budget deficit. More here
bloomberg.com -New Mexico is receiving a bonus of $8.5 million from the federal government because of its efforts to provide health care to more children through Medicaid. The Human Services Department said the federal government provides extra Medicaid money to states that streamline the enrollment system and sign up more children in the health care program. The agency said the federal money will help the state cope with a budget squeeze this year. Medicaid provides health care for about one-fourth of New Mexico's population. The program will cost nearly $4 billion in state and federal money this year.
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