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Sequester, Bob Woodward And Other Craziness

So, we are in the post-sequestered era. What happens now?

Bob Woodward

First of all, let’s deal with the craziness. The Obama administration has been accused of threatening legendary journalist Bob Woodward. I think that this falls into one of the common themes facing Barack Obama – he’s from Chicago. Because Barack Obama’s from Chicago he must be part of the Chicago, “rough-and-tumble” political machine. Yet, we’ve seen no evidence that Barack Obama plays politics this way (well, it may be an overstatement to say that we see no evidence). Personally, I doubt that the Obama administration has threatened any journalist, let alone Bob Woodward. it appears that the truth is that the superficial political website, Politico, is playing this up in order to drive hits to their website. It is probably also true that Bob Woodward is playing this up in order to drive book sales. The fact that he went on Fox News’ Hannity, where the discussion turned from this latest flap to Sean Hannity’s favorite topic, Bill Ayers, says everything that needs to be said.

What has been lost in the sequester flap is that the sequester has started. Across-the-board spending cuts are going into effect starting today. The spending cuts will have real consequences.

From the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • The roughly 3.8 million long-term unemployed workers receiving federally funded unemployment benefits will face nearly 11 percent cut in their weekly benefits, according to the Administration. This will translate into a cut of roughly $130 per month for jobless workers.
  • As we explain in a new paper, the WIC nutrition program for low-income pregnant women, infants, and young children will have to turn away an estimated 600,000 to 775,000 women and children, including very young children, by the end of this fiscal year.
  • We estimate that more than 100,000 low-income families will likely lose housing vouchers.

More later.

By |2013-03-02T12:31:08-04:00March 1st, 2013|Budget, Party Politics|4 Comments

Worst Person in the World

Why is it that some Republicans try to out-hate everybody? It’s not that they have cornered the market on hate. That would be an overstatement. Instead, there are some who seem to go out of their way to be nasty, testy and downright anti-American. Mike O’Neal, a Kansas legislator, sent out an e-mail that basically said that he hoped that Obama’s children and wife would be fatherless and husbandless. What the heck this this about???? (He sent Psalm 109, which states in verses 7-9, “When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”)

Donald Ainsworth just appears to be an old curmudgeon who has knee-jerk reactions when he hears things. Unfortunately, he drives for Greyhound and kicked 13 people off the bus because they were “associated with” the Occupy movement. As far as I know, they weren’t being disruptive and didn’t violate any of the Greyhound rules. I don’t get it. I guess this is why he was labeled the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD.

By |2012-01-18T06:44:24-04:00January 18th, 2012|Countdown|Comments Off on Worst Person in the World

Bad Company

To say that Bad Company dominated the rock scene in the mid-’70s would be an overstatement. They were one of the bands that started the big hair that we saw in the ’80s. They really had only two big hits, but they had a strong following. I was always amazed at the simplity of their drum parts. I was never a drummer and I thought, “I can play that!”

Artist: Bad Company
Tune: I feel like making love

By |2009-10-17T21:50:29-04:00October 17th, 2009|Music|Comments Off on Bad Company
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