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Great American Songbook

After being prompted by a commenter, I thought that we could take a stab at putting together some the greatest American songs of all time. Please notice that I said “we.” I think that this could be a an absolutely fabulous project, but I’m going to need some help. This is going to be an interactive project. Please post songs that you think should be included in the Great American Songbook. The criteria for Great American song is somewhat loose. It has to be more than simply a popular tune. It really has to transcend its time. For that matter, let’s not restrict the genre to pop music or rock ‘n roll or symphonic.

Let’s see what we can come up with. Tell your friends. I look forward to your input.

Saturday Morning Roundup

  • Netroots Nation (progressive blogger conference) is going on right now. This is the energy, the center of the progressive movement. Recaps can be found here.
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Obama have locked horns over the War Powers Act. President Obama believes the War Powers Act does not apply to action in Libya. I believe this is the same type of action that we saw from the Bush administration, where the president simply didn’t believe that he needed to follow the rules. Glenn Greenwald has more.
  • A closer look at former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty reveals more of the same in his economic policy. Tax cuts for the rich. Excuse me, huge tax cuts for the rich and pennies for the rest of us. All this is is repackaged trickle-down economics. We know it doesn’t work. We’ve experienced the pain of trickle-down economics.
  • Recently a commentor on my blog suggested that Reagan was the “best” president with regards to the economy. I suggested that nothing was further from the truth. When you stack up presidents with regards to economic prosperity Reagan isn’t first or second. Looking at presidents from Eisenhower through Clinton, President Reagan ranks fourth. Reviewing a number of factors, including gross domestic product, real disposable personal income, unemployment, employment (job creation), inflation and deficit reduction, Ronald Reagan is not the economic powerhouse that conservatives would like us to believe. No president is perfect. No president has done everything right. Let’s not get carried away and think that President Ronald Reagan was an economic guru when, in fact, he wasn’t. By the way, if you’re wondering which president comes out as number one, it’s Bill Clinton.
  • Too many CT scans are driving up medical costs. I always have a problem with the retrospective review suggesting that physicians have ordered “too many” CT scans. What were the clinical circumstances? Was the physician really in a quandary? Did the patient need reassurance?
  • More voter suppression. Two former aides to a Maryland Governor have been indicted for voter suppression. We need to get a handle on this.
  • There’s a fight in the Democratic Party over anonymous campaign contributions. On one hand, those who are idealistic about trying to clean up campaign finances would like to eliminate anonymous donations. On the other hand, we live in the real world and Republicans are killing the Democrats with a flood of campaign contributions from anonymous donors.
  • Keith Olbermann may give Anthony Wiener a job.
  • You remember when Michele Bachmann said that the lying King was nothing more than gay propaganda? This isn’t even close to the craziest thing that she’s ever said. Here are her top 10.
  • If texting while you’re driving is dangerous, how about having sex while you’re driving? 🙂

Grab bag — Thursday evening version

  • I’ve put a new comment system into place. Let me know if you like it. I think, I hope, I can change back if you don’t.
  • I’m gonna consider amount of comments and traffic today about Joe Wilson’s outburst. I guess a right wing blog linked to me because a lot of the comments are clearly off the wall. “Joe Wilson is a true patriot and should be lifted up on our shoulders.” “It’s about time the Republicans said something to this assmaggot Obama. It’s long overdue!!” There are more but they all are about the same. Only a few are thoughtful. There was one person who made a point that I thought was relatively insightful. He/she stated, “there is no method for clarifying whether or not a person qualifies for the plan. If it is not explicitly written into the bill that illegals are not eligible, they will slip into the system.” This is the most thoughtful response of the bunch. The commentor admits, though, that he has not read the bill by stating if it is not explicitly written into the bill. It is. Page 143 states: “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who were not lawfully present in the United States.” Read and then comment. You sound smarter that way.

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  • New census data is out. Since I live here in North Carolina, I was interested in North Carolina numbers. One out of six North Carolina residents lack health insurance coverage. Over the past three years an average of our 1.5 million residents were without health care. The national average was 15.5%. North Carolina averaged almost 17% of its residents without health insurance.
  • Median income fell almost $2000 from 2007 to 2008. The median income for Americans in 2008 was $50,303. This is a 3.6% decline in median income which is the largest one-year decline on record (since 1967). I think this completely and totally closes the book on Bush’s tax cuts. Median income dropped throughout President Bush’s tenure.
  • After Joe Wilson’s outburst, Democratic challenger Rob Miller has raked in over $500,000 from over 14,000 individual donors. That’s what I’m talking about!
  • ACORN continues to have issues.
  • I haven’t talked about the resignation/firing of Van Jones. I didn’t talk about it because I didn’t know anything about the man. I would like to think I follow politics pretty closely and I don’t remember ever hearing this guy’s name. Yet when he resigned people like Glenn Beck rejoiced. Why? As I understand the controversy, Van Jones said something crazy eight years ago. I don’t see this as a victory for the right but a capitulation of the Obama White House. I guarantee George W. Bush would not have accepted the resignation under such circumstances — remember Rumsfeld.
  • Paula Abdul is out. Ellen DeGeneres is in. Ellen is funny and Paula really isn’t. That is your American Idol update.