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Grab bag Thursday

  • obama sotu 2010I was unable to watch the State of the Union address last night. (I was on call and somewhat busy.) I did watch it at about 3 AM. (I do love the Internet.) I’ve been watching State of the Union addresses for over 20 years and I can honestly say that I don’t like them. Any event that turns what are supposed to be dignified congressman into cheerleaders is a problem in my book. Whether it was Reagan, Clinton, Bush the Lesser or Obama, it seems like the purpose of the speeches are to tell us how great we are and gloss over our problems. Don’t we have FOX News for that?
  • Now, don’t misunderstand me. I think the President Barack Obama did a fabulous job. There was that one section that made me somewhat nauseated. “Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare Medicaid and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs will.” I won’t even get into the problem with discretionary versus “indiscretionary” spending. When 20% of our budget goes to national defense and 22% of our budget goes to Social Security and 12% goes to Medicare, there is a whole lot left over. We spend 7% of our budget just on interest. That’s over 60% of our budget. So, we’re going to hold spending on Head Start? Do we need to increase spending in order to increase demand until we are out of this recession?
  • Dr. George Tiller was gunned down while he was at church back in May of last year. His alleged killer is on trial now. Closing arguments begin tomorrow. In my mind, it doesn’t matter what Scott Roeder said on the stand. He’s never denied gunning down this man in cold blood. They should put him away and only let him out when the steel bars rust from age.
  • Nerves are raw everywhere in our country. Many liberals were calling for the replacement of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. After all, he did preside over the worst housing collapse in the history of our country. He ignored the warning signs. On the other hand, think about the backlash he would’ve received for standing up and crying wolf. Banks and financial institutions would have wanted to tar and feather him for calling an end to their party. I personally think he was a no lose – lose situation. In spite of the opposition, he won a second term.
  • Newly elected Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell gave the Republican response to the State of the Union. Two things stand out in his rebuttal. “The circumstances of our times demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level.” So who decides what the proper and limited role of government is? The new governor? The president? Congress? How do we pay unemployment benefits to millions while we are dismantling government? Personally, I want government to be large enough to be effective while still small enough to be effective. Whatever that size is. That’s what I want. The governor earlier quoted Thomas Jefferson as saying, “a wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry… and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned…” It sounds as if Thomas Jefferson was supporting the Republican cause for limited government. Unfortunately, the governor got the quote wrong. The full quote seems to support the government’s role in our society as a balance against big business. “Still one thing more, fellow-citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” Did Governor Bob think that no one would look it up?
  • John and Elizabeth Edwards have split up. Just think, he was really close to becoming president. Doesn’t that send chills down your spine?
  • Housing foreclosures continue to rise.
  • JD Salinger, the author of the Catcher in the Rye, has died.
  • Finally, we’re preparing for our second snowstorm of the winter season. If you love snow, this is great. If you’re like me, snow is better when seen on a postcard. (Pssst… I was told before I moved here that it doesn’t snow that much. WRONG!!)
By |2010-01-28T23:24:36-04:00January 28th, 2010|Congress, Economy, Legal, Party Politics|Comments Off on Grab bag Thursday

Moos take on Cramer vs Stewart

I talked about Jim Cramer before. I think that Jon Stewart was/is right. Many of these financial analysts are nothing more than cheerleaders. Jeanne Moos from CNN has a humorous take on the battle, complete with Stephen Colbert adding puppies and kittens to soften Cramer’s image.

By |2009-03-11T19:01:30-04:00March 11th, 2009|Economy, Media, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show|Comments Off on Moos take on Cramer vs Stewart
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