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News Roundup – Moving, Benghazi, Blockbuster

I really hate these "happy" movers

I really hate these “happy” movers

I really, really hate moving. I hate the whole process. I hate being in limbo, not knowing where your stuff is. I really hate boxes. Damn.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest. I don’t understand CBS’ story on Benghazi. Lara Logan, a reporter who has done great work in the past, spent a year on this story. A year. Basically, she tells Dylan Davies’ story which I might add will be published by Simon and Schuster. Simon and Schuster just happens to be owned by CBS. WaPo has mentioned that this guy has told at least one version of his Benghazi experience that was really different than what was shown to us on the tube. For some reason, that doesn’t seem to bother Lara Logan and 60 Minutes. Personally, I don’t know what to believe. I do know that we were attacked by terrorists. I do know that we did not have adequate security. I have no idea what the protocol for security in a hostile environment would be. We have been told that the attack took about 90 minutes. Top military officials said that there wasn’t time to get military assets from wherever they were to Benghazi to help our ambassador. That’s what I think I know.

Stick a fork in Blockbuster. They are more than done. The once mighty company has decided to close its remaining stores. They were everywhere just a decade ago. Faster, stronger internet, smartphones and the iPad killed Blockbuster. It is sad that Blockbuster couldn’t adapt quickly.

By |2013-11-07T00:35:28-04:00November 6th, 2013|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on News Roundup – Moving, Benghazi, Blockbuster

They aren’t working for us

When I grew up, in the ’70s, it seemed as if every week 60 Minutes would have a blockbuster story. Over the years, the CBS news program seems to have lost its focus and hard-hitting journalism. Last night, they seemed to be getting back into form. Last night, they revealed that many Congressman, as most of us thought, aren’t working for us. We elect them to represent our interests in Washington. It appears that many of our congressmen are more interested in lining their own pockets than they are in passing legislation that helps the American people. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an American people issue.

Here is some information on the Stock Act (here, here and here)

By |2011-11-14T13:34:32-04:00November 14th, 2011|Congress, Legal, Party Politics|3 Comments

Conservatives’ last stand

This is nothing really new. The conservatives will pick a subject and then decide that this will be their Waterloo. This is where they draw the line. They shut down the government with this tactic during the Clinton administration. They were able to make the healthcare reform bill significantly more conservative with this tactic. Well, as it turns out, they aren’t going to spend any more money. The debt ceiling is their new line in the sand. Let’s see how this plays out politically. I think that it will sink the Republicans, who always seem to overplay their hand.

From Political Animal:

In mid-November, after the dust had settled from the midterm elections, incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged that he’s well aware of the fact that his chamber is going to have to extend the federal debt limit. He noted that’s already “made it pretty clear” to his own caucus that Republicans are “going to have to deal with it as adults.”

Boehner added, “Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

Dealing with the debt limit “as adults” doesn’t appear to be going well. This morning, two right-wing lawmakers — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (R-Minn.) — reiterated their opposition to raising the debt limit on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Soon after, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that failing to raise the debt ceiling “would be very bad for the position of the United States in the world at large.” Graham, however, quickly followed that by saying he’s prepared to hold the debt limit hostage “until a plan is in place” for the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges that meets his satisfaction.

So much for dealing with this “as adults.”

Austan Goolsbee, chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, doesn’t sound pleased with the direction of Republican rhetoric.

The chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers said today it would “insanity” for Congress to refuse to lift the nation’s debt ceiling, and that inaction would be “catastrophic” for the nation’s financial recovery.

“This is not a game,” CEA chairman Austan Goolsbee told Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week. “The debt ceiling is not something to toy with.”

Think Progress adds more to this discussion:

Over the past few weeks, several Republicans have followed the Tea Party’s lead in declaring that they will vote against any increase in the national debt ceiling. Today, on Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) drew a thick line in the sand, declaring, “I’m not going to vote for a debt ceiling increase unless we go back to 2008 spending levels, cutting the discretionary spending.”

On ABC’s This Week, conservative columnist George Will responded to Republican opposition to raising the national debt ceiling and the threat it poses to the fiscal solvency of the nation:

I know of no other developed nation that has a debt ceiling. This is a purely recurring symbolic vote to make people feel good by voting against it.

The trouble is it’s suicidal if you should happen to miscalculate and have all kinds of people voting against it as a symbolic vote and turn out to be a majority. Because if the United States defaults on its sovereign debt, the markets will be — well, it will be stimulating.

By |2011-01-02T22:41:17-04:00January 2nd, 2011|Budget, Congress, Party Politics|2 Comments
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