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Keeping promises, dodging responsibilities

   The lead editorial in today's Buffalo News -- "Keep the promise" -- slams the Obama administration for even thinking about a proposal to bill the private insurance carriers that have U.S. military veterans as  Va clients for some of the care those veterans receive for service-related injuries and illnesses.

   Obama, or someone in his employ, may well want to remind everyone that America’s general, non-veteran system of health insurance reeks of high cost and low satisfaction. But threatening to dump U. S. military veterans into that maw is no way to do that.

   This just in: Veterans groups are returning to the White House Thursday to talk it out some more. 

   The second editorial -- "Legislature just watches" -- whacks the Democratic leadership of the New York Senate for announcing that they aren't even going to pretend to draft a budget for the coming fiscal year. Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says he plans to show up empty-handed when he meets with the other two men in the room -- Gov. Paterson and Speaker Silver -- to hash out the real state budget.

   Nothing is to be gained by abandoning even the form of a legislative process. Smith’s plan does away with the whole process—bills, hearings, debates, amendments and, most important of all for constituents who want to monitor their elected officials’ behavior, roll-call votes.

See also:
The Ventura County Star focuses on the more helpful aspects of Obama's proposals for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including an budget hike of $25 billion over five years and opening the system to help more vets.
Bruce Coulter, in the Burlington (Mass.) Union taunts: Hey, G.I., is that a gun in your pocket, or is it just Obama and company reaching for your insurance card?
See also also:
- Newsday slams New York legislative leaders for breaking their promise to hold budget negotiations in public.
- The New York Post is unhappy about how a deal to save the city's transit authority died in the state Senate.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle laments the quick death of Gov. Paterson's proposal to add a tax to obesity-causing sugary drinks: With the proposed 18 percent tax, maybe, just maybe, adults would have thought twice about buying sugary drinks that are linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

-- George Pyle/Editorial Writer

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