The US Senate Can Make Obama Into Nero
Anyone who is not in power in American politics fears the potential havoc that could be wrecked by an Imperial Presidency. Simply by declaring “I am the decider,” George W. Bush put the fear of Dog Almighty into the Godless left. “I won.” Had a similarly galvanizing effect on Conservative opposition to Barack Obama in the United States. While logical people, both Right and Left, | Read More »
Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?
“I cannot guarantee that those checks (Social Security Payments) go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” – President Barack Obama, CBS News President Barack Obama has announced that he may not be able to mail Social Security checks out on 3 August if he has not been | Read More »
Why We Have The Entitlement Programs We Have
“There are solvency problems with both programs (Medicare and Social Security),” Sen. Olympia Snowe said in an interview on Friday, “They have to be addressed but not as part of the debt reduction talks.” (Bangor Daily News) This cowardice displayed by Senator Snowe in the face of reality, is the key assumption in the Democratic Party’s strategy to win the debt ceiling showdown and make | Read More »
Freedom From Choice, It’s What You’ve Got.
“I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.” – Thomas Edison. We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money. – Stephen Chu – 2011.
Charlie And Jesus
“What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else,” the New York congressman said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I don’t want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do.” – Congressman Charlie Rangel. It seems that Charlie Rangel has found a new friend. | Read More »
The Austerity Diet Hits Minnesota
Government shut-downs are such brutal things. Consider the tragic case of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. The GOP has been so mean, and so uncaring, and so inconsiderate that he has been forced to lay off ½ of the 40 people originally on staff due to a government shutdown. According to the Minnesota Post, the following essential personnel stand tall by their beleaguered governor’s side.
Government Class At Atlanta Public Schools
The teacher corps of Atlanta’s public schools recently did terrible things. The schools elected to pursue a policy of directed, managed and administratively enforced dishonesty with regards to nationally mandated standardized testing. They did this in response to the fundamental cupidity and evilness of Atlanta’s School Superintendent Beverly Hall. Yet the perverse incentives, mandated by the No Child Left Behind Law, fueled Beverly Hill’s career | Read More »
AGW and The Latest China Syndrome
The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway… – Dr. Judith Curry, Georgia Tech University. The AGW pep-squad has lately found itself befuddled. Kevin Trenbarth of NCAR National laboratory in Colorado, summed up their problem in an email to Dr. Michael Mann. The | Read More »
Would You Pay $7mil For Internet Access?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) appropriated $7.2 billion to subsidize broadband deployment, including $2.5 billion to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Prior investigations have shown that RUS’ broadband subsidy programs were not cost effective, and often funded duplicative coverage in areas already served by existing providers….The evidence indicates that RUS’ history of funding duplicative service has continued under BIP, and that the current | Read More »
What If What You Knew Was Wrong?
What if what you knew was wrong? What if you had a set of political beliefs that you could translate into actionable policy? What if you acquired so much political power that you could actually put those policies into play – and then they failed? What if you believed that using public monies to mitigate the impact of economic recession would lead to higher employment | Read More »
J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!
“If we do not have revenues, that means there are a bunch of kids out there who do not have college scholarships,” Obama said. “[It] might compromise the National Weather Services. It means we might not be funding critical medical research. It means food inspection might be compromised. I’ve said to Republican leaders, ‘You go talk to your constituents and ask them, “Are you willing | Read More »
Louis XI Could Save France. Al Gore and Barack Obama Can Not Save America.
King Louis XI was a hated man. His passing was not mourned by his subjects and his feudal vassals undoubtedly emitted a great sigh of relief upon his expiration. Louis XI schemed, tricked, back-knifed, bribed and practiced all the numerous black arts of political skullduggery. He had no great moral difficulty with killing his brothers or his dad. He did all this in service of | Read More »
Our Nation Is All About The Choices We Make
GOP Willing To Sacrifice Sacred Defense Cow For A Debt Ceiling Deal Recent HuffPo acquisition, Business Insider Personally, I find this decision to compromise more of an outrage than the Huffpo Insider headline. According to a somewhat more trustworthy source of news and information than Huffpo Insider, there actually is a substance behind this particular instance of political snootiness from the typical troglodytes of the | Read More »
When Too Much Is Asked Failure Is Predictable
“The Corps of Engineers has completely and totally let us down,” Gary Grittner, a Fort Pierre resident, said. “We, the people of Fort Pierre and Pierre, are paying the price for incompetence on the part of the Corps of Engineers.” – Sioux City Journal Overall, court records reviewed by The Washington Times show at least 170 confirmed falsifications of interviews or record checks and more | Read More »
Labor Refighting the American Civil War
But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that….too often, alas, it was the beginning of the end, as | Read More »