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Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Been extremely busy the last 48-72 hours. I thought the trauma season was supposed to end when the cold weather begins to creep on in. Not.

There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when politicians were actually relatively thoughtful. They didn’t say ridiculously stupid things out in public. Freshman Representative Roger Rivard stated, “some girls, the rape so easy.” You know, it doesn’t matter in what context you say something this stupid. It should never be said in public.

Syria appears to be in a world of trouble. Turkish fighter jets forced down a Syrian airliner that left Moscow heading towards Damascus. This is starting to get ugly, really ugly.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had what some would call a hearing, but others recall a knockdown drag-out, partisan fight that resembled something from WWE. At the center of the finger-pointing was the attack on our embassy in Benghazi. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of not providing enough security. Hell, an argument erupted over whether a particular photo was classified or not. In my opinion, shouldn’t the State Department know whether a photo they have is classified? If they don’t know, they should be fired. The bottom line – I don’t know what the protocol is for security at an outpost like Benghazi, Libya. After a day of finger-pointing, I don’t think they were any closer to understanding what happened in Benghazi and whether the security was adequate or inadequate, nor whether the embassy asked for more security or not.

According to the US Court of Appeals for the DC circuit, the South Carolina voter ID law does not discriminate against African-Americans. Yet, they have stated that the ID law cannot go into effect until 2013.

Get out your Etch-a-Sketch, Mitt Romney has significantly changed his positions on multiple issues including taxes, immigration, healthcare and even education. Are you surprised?

 

By |2012-10-12T11:59:49-04:00October 10th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Saturday Morning News Round Up

Most of the changes for the blog have been completed. Please let me know what you think.

Gun Violence

An interesting study of crime looking at six cities – Philadelphia, San Diego, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Austin and Toronto, was carried out by the Police Executive Research Forum. One of the central messages from the sample study is that gun violence continues to plague poor urban neighborhoods. The question is how to fix the problem.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is hinting that Attorney General Eric Holder is stonewalling them. They are threatening to hold him in contempt. (more…)

By |2012-05-05T17:49:16-04:00April 28th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Saturday Morning News Round Up

What's going on – Thursday Night News Roundup

Thursday Evening News Roundup

  • I just got back from a fundraiser for Holly Jones , who is running for Buncombe County Commissioner. It was an extremely fun event. The food was provided by Chef in Motion and it was fabulous.
  • Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was widely heralded as the guru who oversaw the American economy for more than 20 years. Today, he testified on Capitol Hill in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He admits he was wrong about fighting against more regulation. I’m not sure that admitting you were wrong as the market goes up in flames is all that helpful.

  • It appears that Joe the Plumber has been a mixed bag for John McCain. There’s a new poll that suggests John McCain has gained in Florida, in part because of Super Joe. On the other hand, in other key battleground states Obama continues to gain momentum. Personally, I find all of this “common man” campaigning very tiresome. It is always possible to find somebody with a gripping story, (i.e. Joe the Plumber or Susie the Watchmaker) . The question shouldn’t be who has the best story but instead which plan is going to work for most Americans.
  • I thought the Republicans had placed Rudy Giuliani in a closet somewhere. Nope. Giuliani, who probably ran the worst campaign in the history of modern presidential campaigns, is Robocalling for McCain.  Giuliani lies about Barack Obama — no surprise there.
  • Latinos and Asians make up a large portion of voters in key swing states. Immigration, of course, is a key issue for them. As my grandson says all the time, Guess what..? A large percentage of this base seems to be supporting Barack Obama.
  • I’ve been sitting on the fence on the issue of term limits. On one hand, I support the idea of getting a new perspective, some new blood. It seems that corruption evolves when someone is in government for years and years and years. Therefore, term limits could help decrease corruption. On the other hand, there is something to be said for experience and understanding the workings of government. Developing an understanding of how things get done takes time. Ideally, the longer someone is in government, the more effective they become. It seems to me no matter what side of this argument you’re on, you have to oppose changing the rules in the middle of the game. That’s what New York just did. Michael Bloomberg, the two-term mayor of New York, was scheduled to be kicked out of office because his term limit was up. Somehow, he convinced the City Council to change the rules so that he could run for reelection, again. This is crazy. (By the way, the City Council, by extending term limits, have allowed several Council members to run for reelection.)
  • GM has announced that they will not be able to match 401k paymentsThis is just wrong.
By |2008-10-23T22:50:53-04:00October 23rd, 2008|Domestic Issues, Economy, Election 2008, Race, State and Local Politics|Comments Off on What's going on – Thursday Night News Roundup
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