Sunday Afternoon News Roundup

  • It seems that everybody on the planet is following the Casey Anthony trial. I actually had to do a Google search in order to figure out who Casey Anthony was. I think it’s far more interesting to follow the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the former head of the IMF. He’s been accused of the rape of a hotel maid. I thought the case was locked tight when his DNA was found on the maid’s clothing. But no! The prosecution’s case has begun to crumble. The maid was taped during a call with her boyfriend saying, “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing.” That doesn’t sound so good for the prosecution. She lied about being gang raped in Guinea. She told prosecutors that she had a single source of income, her maid job, but she has four different bank accounts with over $1000 each in four different states. All of a sudden the former IMF chairman seems to be looking less and less guilty.
  • Another week goes by and another Republican announces that he/she is running for president. This time it is Thaddeus McCotter, a congressman from Michigan.
  • A huge protest at the Georgia state capitol over their extremely restrictive immigration law. We need to get a handle on immigration. This is not something that the states need to undertake or should undertake, in my opinion. Instead, Congress needs to fix this.
  • According to a new poll, only 58% of Americans knew the answer to this question: “In which year did the United States declare its independence?” Seriously? Republicans are cutting education budgets throughout the country. When you see results like this, it is obvious that we need to increase education funding, not cut it. In case you’re wondering, the answer is 1776.
  • If you’re looking for a good reason why the American middle class struggling, just look at this article on a BMW plant which is closing. This is exactly what happened throughout the Midwest. Once good manufacturing jobs leave, members of the middle class, as a rule, are forced to take lower paying service sector jobs. I think I would feel differently if companies who are outsourcing jobs were losing market share or losing money, but neither is the case. Instead, companies want to make more money than they’re already making. I would feel better if this outsourcing and increased corporate profits would lead to increased salaries for workers, but it doesn’t. The only ones who win from this outsourcing are the corporate executives. When America begins to care about the middle class again, stuff like this will not happen.
  • A Pennsylvania congressman confronts his constituents over cuts to the middle class and protecting big business and the rich.
  • Michele Bachmann ended her gaffe-prone week by stating, “a dollar in 2011 should be the same as a dollar in 1911.” I’m not sure what Michele Bachmann meant by the statement. I think that she was implying that the Obama administration’s trying to stimulate the economy and injecting money into the system has caused the devaluation of our dollar. I guess she was suggesting that we should’ve done nothing and sat by as millions more Americans would’ve lost their jobs, pushing unemployment rates up to the 15-20% range. Is that what she is suggesting?
  • Leave it to Chuck Schumer, Senator from New York, to say what everyone else is thinking. The GOP is sabotaging the economy for their own political gain. I don’t know if this is true or not. I do know that a stimulus of some sort will help the economy and help drive down the unemployment rate. The GOP is resisting this with all of its might.

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  1. Regarding immigration Republicans have no solution.  They just all scream “border security” like trained parrots.  The AZ Senate President (who is being recalled) believes lining up buses to Detroit is a viable solution.  So there is little hope until the people realize who the real problem is – the GOP.  And there is no humanity.  A letter to the editor in today’s paper criticized Napalotano for not arresting the people who had come forward to speak to Congress.

    Republicans ARE satotoging the economy.  The only question is whether they are doing it intentionally or not.  Their desire to return to failed economics and unwillingless to raise taxes on those that can most afford it is the testimony.

  2. you are so right. It seems that Republican thinking doesn’t get any farther than its illegal and let’s round them all up and put them in a bus and send them back. By the way, in their minds, there is no cost associated with “rounding them all up.” This procedure is done almost instantaneously with a magic wand or something like that. There’s no thought given to the possibility of having to hold please “economic refugees” in some facility which will need to be maintained. Of course, the logistics of driving tens of thousands and dumping them somewhere into Mexico have never been worked out. There seems to be no consideration that some of the economic refugees don’t actually live in Mexico but may come from other parts of southern and Latin America.

    both sides seem to be about rhetoric.

    Thanks for your comments.

  3. To paying for it they’ll scream about all the money they will save in schools and medical care and that they don’t even pay taxes. 

    You do know they have those “I’m illegal so I don’t have to pay sales tax” buttons don’t you?

  4. Exactly how is the GOP sabotaging the economy?  What is it they are specifically doing, even though they don’t have the congressional votes to do anything?   If they are resisting another “stimulus,” it’s because the previous “stimulus” was a complete, total and utter failure.  Things have only gotten worse, because Obama and his no-business-experience administration have not even the slightest clue on what to do.  The “Jobs Council” is a joke: jobs don’t come from Congress or policy groups or “czars”  — they come from the people, the employers, the businesses, etc.  How come this is so hard for you liberals to get? 

  5. Check the numbers – it has not “gotten worse” it has gotten better since your hero GWBush left office.  Holding the debt ceiling hostage while refusing to recognize that the top 3% have gotten so much richer and they and top corporations are sitting on cash and are NOT creating jobs.  Failing to recognize that the budget has a revenue and expense side is how the GOP is sabotaging the economy.  How come this is so hard for you conservatives to get?

  6. And let’s not forget the economic cost of letting all those crops rot in the fields.

  7. So if the government spends money on rebuilding roads or schools or fiber optic networks, this benefits no one?

    Have you ever compression-started a car with a friend? Once it gets going, you can drive yourself to work…

  8. If they do not raise the debt ceiling and the US defaults on some of it;s debts to bondholders, we will pay more for our money. That means everything instantly gets more expensive, including job creation, whoever does it. And if we don’t have money to pay everyone who don’t we pay? Soldiers? The FBI? Other Govt. employees? And if they don’t get paid, and since the Fed and State governments are huge employers and perform critical services, then you can imagine how that might have negative, rippling effects throughout a struggling economy, can’t you?

  9. Jeff – Bud isn’t interested in your facts. He is just interested in spouting what the conservative talking heads have told him. Bud has yet to respond to the simplest of questions. the economy was shedding jobs at the rate of over 600,000 per month before the stimulus. Now the economy is gaining jobs, after the stimulus. How is this a failure? I have now asked the simple question to Bud on two separate occasions and he will not or cannot answer it.

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

  10. well stated. There was a movie, I can’t think of the name of it, where, it was set in the 1950s and these two groups of teenagers were in cars driving towards each other at breakneck speeds. Who would blink first? The problem is nobody blinks both parties lose. This is exactly what is happening with the debt ceiling right now. Republicans are playing chicken hoping that the Democrats will blink. The problem is the country is losing.

    Thanks for your comments.

  11.  If the stimulus was a failure then doesn’t it fall on the state governor shoulders? It was up to the states to get the money and make it work. It was not the democrats fault the republicans said it wasn’t big enough and it only passed by 1 vote. They refused to allow it to be any larger and then sat back and complained. It saved millions of jobs. It worked in Utah but I don’t know where you live so why don’t you ask your state legislature what they did with the money alloted to them.

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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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