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News Roundup – Egypt, George Will, Robert Reich

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.

By | 2013-08-18T22:42:26+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Party Politics|Comments Off on News Roundup – Egypt, George Will, Robert Reich

Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Maureen Dowd, from the New York Times, has written a fabulous column pointing out what we already know, that women rule. Women decided this election.

Somehow, I got drawn into a very long and tedious discussion on the deficit. This was a discussion with one of those deficit peacocks. (A deficit peacock is someone who hollers about the deficit, except – they really don’t want to raise taxes, which will bring down the deficit, or touch military spending, which adds to the deficit.) This particular peacock has decided that the federal budget can be cut by $1.6 trillion. I asked where he came up with this number. I got no answer. He then went into the typical deficit Peacock gobbledygook about how there’s just so much waste within the government and we could cut that amount of spending with no consequences. Currently, government spending equals 15-20% of GDP. Cutting government spending will slow the economy. Our current economy is faltering. It is trying to get on its feet. Any significant cuts to the federal budget will push us back into recession. It will lay off tens of thousands of Americans. Paul Krugman agrees. Now, I’m not saying that we never, ever need to get our spending under control. What I’m saying is that timing is critical. When the economy is back on its feet, when unemployment is under 5% and when median wages begin to rise, then we need to aggressively tackle our deficit.

The one thing that is clear from the growing personal scandal surrounding David Petraeus and his mistress is that infidelity happens. Soap operas, which have been on the air for more than 50 years, revolve around simple themes of sex and infidelity.

Austerity doesn’t work. The Mexican crisis of 1994, the Asian crisis of 1997 and the Argentinian crisis of 2002 were all made worse by budget cuts and austerity measures. The Great Depression was made much worse by President Roosevelt. (I won’t even get into the craziness that Herbert Hoover started by trying to balance the budget in 1930.) Listening to budget peacocks go on about cutting back on government spending in 1937.

Only 33% of Americans want to repeal ObamaCare.

Finally, there are rumors that President Obama is thinking about appointing Senator John Kerry to be Secretary of Defense. Fox News will have none of it. They are reviving the swiftboat garbage once again.

By | 2012-11-14T21:19:37+00:00 November 13th, 2012|Economy, Elections|2 Comments

Monday Evening News Roundup

I was working really late last night and I didn’t get home until about nine o’clock this morning. I was kind of exhausted. Now, finally, I think the cobwebs have cleared…

I don’t know about you, but I find it funny that Mitt Romney several Republicans have decided that they are champions of American manufacturing. Remember, Mitt Romney has made millions of dollars by dismantling American manufacturing and sending the pieces overseas.

For me, one of the problems with Rick Santorum is that he doesn’t make any sense. Last week, he decided that he was going to jump on the social wars bandwagon. He was going to attack Barack Obama and his administration for their “war on religion.” He stated that Barack Obama followed a theology that was “not based on the Bible.” First of all, I truly hate playing the game I’m more Christian than you. Because truly the only one who can ultimately decide whether you are playing the game right or not is God. The rest of us are simply guessing. Santorum then went on the CBS Sunday morning talk show and said, “I just said when you have a worldview that elevates the earth above man and states that we can’t take those resources because were going to harm the earth – things like that are not scientifically proven like the politicization of the whole global warming debate.” What? How does that even come out of your mouth? I guess he got an A in gobbledygook.

I truly don’t understand Governor Christie’s stance on same-sex marriage. It seems to me that he wants to have his cake and eat it, too (pun intended). Basically, he stated that he believes in same-sex marriage, but that he’s going to veto a bill that’s been passed by the New Jersey Legislature legalizing same-sex marriage. He’s going to veto the bill because he believes that this issue needs to be brought up as a referendum. Really? Isn’t the issue as simple as either you believe in equality under the law or you don’t? To me, in the eyes of the state, this is a civil rights issue. From a religious standpoint, you and your pastor figure it out. From a legal standpoint, I just don’t see how any state can continue this legalized discrimination.

Conservative Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has been thrown in the national spotlight has decided that he is going to openly support gay marriage. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to wrap my mind around any sentence that includes Arizona, conservative, gay and Sheriff.

Under the heading Lying with Data, George Will looked at the following data and stated that there was no recorded evidence of global warming for more than a decade.

When you step back and look at the data (below), the trend is clear. I would like to congratulate George Will on a fabulous job of lying with data.

Nuclear officials are traveling to Iran to meet with Iranian leaders to see if they’re building a nuclear weapon. No, seriously. Stop laughing. Okay, I can’t help it. I’m laughing, too. What a waste of time. We know that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. The question is what to do about it. Nobody seems to have any reasonable answers.

Joan Baez met with protesters before her concert. This is clearly an example of people talking to each other instead of, as we do most of the time, talking past each other. Very nice to see.

Here’s a nice list for PC Magazine of 10 apps that you need for your android phone.

By | 2012-02-20T20:30:23+00:00 February 20th, 2012|Business, Civil Rights, Economy, Environment, Iran|Comments Off on Monday Evening News Roundup