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Four firefighters died – huge fire in Houston consumed a motel and a restaurant, causing the deaths of four firefighters. This is the deadliest fire (with regards to loss of firefighter life) in Houston’s 116-year history of the Houston fire Department. Very sad.

Car salesman has a deep conviction – Paul Scott is an average car salesman. He doesn’t make any more or any less money than any other average car salesman. Mr. Scott is going to pony up over $32,000 in order to have a brief conversation with the president at a fund-raising event. He wants to convince the president that electric cars are the way to go. He wants to personally pitch the president. Electric Cars. On one hand, I think this is very noble and thoughtful. On the other hand, Mr. Scott shows that he doesn’t really understand our political process. Even if he convinces President Obama that electric cars of the greatest thing since sliced bread, what then? Suppose the president and his advisors immediately sit down in the White House and create “the perfect” electric car legislation which requires parking lots with over 50 parking spaces to have electric car recharging centers. The legislation will also give tax rebates or tax credits to any parking lot owner who adds a recharging center. This supercharged legislation would give any American who buys an electric car from an American car company a $5000 tax deduction. Now, and here’s the important thing, the legislation goes to Congress, where it dies. There’s no way any kind of progressive legislation like this will get through the conservative House. I applaud Mister Paul Scott for putting his money where his mouth is. He is dipping into his savings in order to try to enact legislation and try to make the country a better place. Unfortunately, with a recalcitrant Republican Party, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to get this type of legislation through the Senate. I have a better chance of winning the lottery than this legislation has a chance of getting through the House. (more…)

By |2013-06-04T22:24:29-04:00June 2nd, 2013|Healthcare, Party Politics, Television|Comments Off on Sunday Morning News Roundup

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Congratulations to Louisville and Michigan. Man, Wichita State was a great story. Just didn’t have enough fire power to take out Louisville.

Still bumming about Roger Ebert.

Rick Warren’s son has committed suicide. My heart goes out to Pastor Warren and his family.

The Sequester is killing or has killed the jobs market. The economy was limping along gaining about 150,000 jobs per month. 88,000 jobs last month is sad. The economy needs help. Americans need help. Congress? What are you doing to create jobs?

Paul Krugman continues to fight for the working man and woman. He continues to argue that the government needs to do more to help the economy. He is 100% correct

It turns out that the urge to purge — the urge to see depression as a necessary and somehow even desirable punishment for past sins, while inveighing against any attempt to mitigate suffering — is as strong as ever. Indeed, Mellonism is everywhere these days. Turn on CNBC or read an op-ed page, and the odds are that you won’t see someone arguing that the federal government and the Federal Reserve are doing too little to fight mass unemployment. Instead, you’re much more likely to encounter an alleged expert ranting about the evils of budget deficits and money creation, and denouncing Keynesian economics as the root of all evil.

Now, the fact is that these ranters have been wrong about everything, at every stage of the crisis, while the Keynesians have been mostly right. Remember how federal deficits were supposed to cause soaring interest rates? Never mind: After four years of such warnings, rates remain near historic lows — just as Keynesians predicted. Remember how running the printing presses was going to cause runaway inflation? Since the recession began, the Fed has more than tripled the size of its balance sheet, but inflation has averaged less than 2 percent. (more…)

By |2013-04-07T22:13:42-04:00April 7th, 2013|Economy, Movies, North Korea, Religion, Sports|Comments Off on Sunday Morning News Roundup

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I really haven’t said anything for the last couple of days because… I really haven’t had anything to say.

A large earthquake in Canada caused a tsunami warning in Hawaii. Tsunami warning was just lifted. Thankfully, it was a false alarm.

Once again, I’ve become disillusioned with North Carolina. No, I think “disappointed” is better. It is now clear that the progressive wave that swept the state back in 2008 was overtaken by the tea party in 2009 and 2010. We are still recovering from our tea party hangover. I was hopeful that we may had flipped back into the progressive column, but we haven’t. Latest polling still shows North Carolina leaning towards Romney.

This probably reflects my bias, but I think it is critically important that the Salt Lake Tribune has endorsed Barack Obama for a second term. The language of the endorsement is pretty stark – More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax.

Nate Silver, from the New York Times, has put out a comprehensive assessment of where everything stands in the polls. It is clear that Barack Obama has halted the momentum that Mitt Romney achieved after the first debate. Ohio continues to be the pivotal state. All signs continue to point to President Barack Obama winning four more years.

For years, everyone has said that in order to win elections you really need to win the ground game. You have to organize. You have to get people out to the polls. You have to get volunteers on the phone banks. You have to do the groundwork. Once again, this election, just like the last one, has come down to who has the best organization. Once again, it’s not the best organization in states that don’t matter like Texas, New York and California. Instead, it is who has the best organization in the swing states like Nevada, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina that really matters.

Please don’t assume that anything that I’ve written today or in the past suggests that this race is over. It is not. This race is very close. A major gaffe, a major event, something unforeseen can still swing this election for Obama or for Romney. There is still plenty of work to be done on both sides.

Make your voice heard. Vote!

By |2013-11-03T18:15:48-04:00October 28th, 2012|Elections|Comments Off on Sunday Morning News Roundup
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