Friday Morning News Roundup

  • A couple of days ago, I talked about the craziness of our politics. I simply don’t understand why we are arguing over the debt ceiling. Sure, the Republicans think that they have the advantage and could get some cuts in some programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: programs they’ve hated since their inception). They are playing with our credit and our ability to borrow. This is just nuts.
  • It looks like this shutdown of the Minnesota state government is over. I’m not sure if the citizens of Minnesota have won or lost in this battle.
  • How did the prosecutor botch the Roger Clemens trial?
  • At the British Open, nothing went as expected. Tom Lewis, an amateur, shares the lead.
  • US women beat France to advance to the finals of the World Cup. Women’s soccer. Who would’ve thought that this is the best sport for anybody to watch in America today.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed one of the craziest ideas about raising the debt ceiling without actually voting for raising the debt ceiling. This is a whole lot of mental energy so that Republicans don’t look like they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
  • In Afghanistan, President Karzai’s half brother was gunned down yesterday.

I gotta run. What’s on your mind? What stories are you following? What stories am I missing?

0 Responses

  1. The Minn. gov caved.  Republicans have mastered the role of being 2 year olds throwing tantrums and getting away with it.

    I hope they don’t give up on Clemons.  Unlike the Casey Anthony trial there is evidence.  DNA on needles and cotton and Petite’s testimony.  It was stupid of them to sneak in Petite’s wife acknowledging he told her what Clemons said it since the judge wasn’t going to allow it.  I think they should allow it since Clemons argument is stupid – he misheard me.  Right. 

  2. On Rep. Ben Quayle’s facebook page he says he is co-sponsoring the Cut, Cap and Balance bill.  My suspicion is this is just another gimmick used by the GOP to fool and confuse.

    But what is depressing is shortly after posting there are 15 posts that cheer this, demand more cuts, no tax increases and no debt celing increase.  I suspect most of these are regular working people.  I am feeling like its hopeless.  The ignorance is winning.

  3. Now they are chanting for the Fair Tax or flat rate taxes.  Makes me want to just say go for it.  See how much you like paying for everything.  I’m in the higher earning brackets so I’ll just sit back and laugh at their suffering.  They asked for it.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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