I don’t know, there’s something about the death of David Cassidy that is curious, haunting and thought-provoking. If you are one of those people who were born between 1955 and 1965, you grew up in an era where there were one maybe two TVs in the house. If you lived in a relatively big city, you had 3 to 5 television channels. Everybody watched the same shows. At night, from approximately seven to approximately nine PM everybody watched TV. One of the most popular TV shows was the Partridge family starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. The whole premise of the show was somewhat contrived and crazy. This was a family, without a father, that traveled the country in a school bus making a living as a singing group. David Cassidy, because of his looks and demeanor, was the “perfect” teen idol. I’m sure that I could write volumes just on the TV show itself. The death of David Cassidy for thousands of people is somewhat sad. He really was a heartthrob at the time. He had one megahit called, I Think I Love You which reached number one on the Billboard charts. He was never able to replicate that success. From my standpoint, this was one of the worst examples of soulless, bubblegum music ever produced. It goes into the same category as The Hustle, Rock the Boat and Muskrat Love. David always struggled with his success. He seemed to have mental health issues all of his life. RIP, David Cassidy.
Zimbabwe strongman steps down. It is really unclear to me what this really means.
Over 500 people have died in Egypt. Over 3700 have been injured. President Obama made a statement earlier today. “While we want to sustain a relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets. The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the past several days.” As expected, President Obama stopped short of specifically stating that what is happening in Egypt is a coup. Yet, as the violence escalates, I believe we will have to, President Obama will have to, withdraw our $1.3 billion in military aid from Egypt. Look for Al Qaeda to try to exploit this. No matter what kind of diplomatic mumbo-jumbo comes out of the State Department and the White House, whatever’s going on in Egypt, it is clearly not a democracy.
Just to make sure that we know that George Will is still alive and kicking, he wrote one of the most unhinged, neoconservative pieces of gobbledygook that I’ve read in a while. Now, President Obama is worse than Nixon. Yes, he is talking about the Affordability Care Act. The fact that the administration stated that they’re going to wait a year before implementation represents an offense worse than Watergate. Nope, I don’t understand it either. Let’s be clear. Presidents have pushed the envelope of presidential power for as long as we’ve had a Republic. It is up to Congress and the Supreme Court to push back. Currently, we have a completely dysfunctional Congress. They can’t agree on what time of day it is, let alone whether something the president does is right or wrong. As usual, George Will is way off base.
Robert Reich continues to be one of the best progressive voices on the economy. The following is a presentation on income inequality. It is wonderful.
The violence in Egypt is simply breathtaking. Maybe heartbreaking is a better term.. I understand that Egyptians, for the most part, weren’t happy with the Muslim brotherhood. I’m sorry. If you indeed had a free and fair election, you need to live with the consequences. I am sitting here in North Carolina seizing over what has happened to what was the most progressive state in the South. Our answer is not to take to the streets and begin randomly shooting people. Instead, we are organizing. We’re going to get more people registered to vote. We’re going to vote these ultra conservative Republicans out of office and take back our state.
Paul Krugman had two excellent posts yesterday. The first post had two things that were very interesting to me. First, Professor Krugman wondered if most Americans knew that the budget deficit has been rapidly decreasing. Somebody from Google got in contact with him and they quickly put out a survey. This isn’t the exact same thing as a poll, but it does give you an idea of the power of the Internet. The poll suggested that over 75% of the respondents had no idea that the federal deficit had significantly decreased. This brings me to my next point, that the budget deficit has significantly decreased compared to GDP.
In Paul Krugman’s other post, he talks a little bit about the economy in the Netherlands. The Netherlands had the kind of “Grand Bargain” that several in Washington have been arguing for for the last couple of years. Basically, cut the federal budget and cut the federal budget some more. Then, when you think you’re through, cut the federal budget once more for good measure. Well, this didn’t work out so well for the Netherlands. Their economy is in the tank. Continue reading News Roundup – Egypt, Paul Krugman, North Carolina→