December 25, 2010
One FB reader has asked me to "go light" on this special day, and I would like nothing better but it ain't easy, McGee. Okay on the light side, let's start with Paul Krugman, every thinking person's favorite economist. This week he wrote about the "Humbug Express," noting that A Christmas Carol is a dangerous leftist tract.
Early in the book Scrooge said he would not contribute to a poverty relief fund. "I'm opposed to giving people money for doing nothing," he said. But Krugman corrects the record. The quote belongs to Newt Gingrich not Scrooge! Scrooge asked, "Are there no prisons?"
Would-be stand-up comic Tim Pawlenty said, and this is not made up, "Thanks to Obama 'government is the only booming sector in our economy' since January 2008..." Ah but proving that Palin is not the only dumb one, Krugman points out to Pawlenty that Obama was not inaugurated until 2009. Yikes, Tim, get a new writer.
Moving along, we read "Obama Set to Shuffle Staff"! Huzzah! OK! Let's get back to the base! But we pushed the cork back into the bottle....when I read "the president is seeking insight from, guess who...Mother Jones? The Nation, FightingBob.com? Nope: He is seeking insight from business leaders to guide the second half of his term! Yikes! Learn to shuffle to the right. I'll bet a few more White House receptions and the Chamber will be eating from the president's hand.(Look out, Mr. President. Their bite is worse than our bark!)
JOBS: Mr. Privatizer Walker is angry. Turns out all sorts of new governors are saying "_______Open for business." Scott thought that originated with Charlie Sykes or Mike Grebe. Not so. It was generic Madison Avenue fare. (Ohio and Wisconsin have new reactionary governors that are open for business. Both returned millions to the feds so Obama could help California and Florida.)
How is Walker doing on the promise of 250,000 new, permanent, family-supporting jobs in four years? At 177 new jobs per day, he will make the goal. How's he doin'? Well, he is 11,327 behind as he moves gingerly toward the swearing in on January 3. So, Voilà! 250,000 new jobs is now 261,327--but he did announce 100 new jobs (salary not stated) in Wautoma, so reduce the goal to 261,227.
A couple other light ones: Senator Coburn of Oklahoma is holding up the First Responder health bill! I am not kidding. And Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has blocked the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act to save money. (It passed unanimously in the Senate.) Actual cost? Zero. Impact of rape on young girls?
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One would wish that it was a truly Merry Christmas for all but....
The numbers of homeless and hungry are up and now it is families, not drunks and dopers. Reports are in that letters to Santa this year are not ones asking for toys and goodies but a good coat for mom, or socks for little sister. Even the kids know how bad it is out there.
Foreclosures continue apace, still no Banksters in handcuffs or orange jumpsuits. But not to worry. Uncle Tomobama is off to Hawaii for some golf and to read a book about how Reagan did it. He may not have openly declared that he has switched his party affiliation but that may come in the New Year. After all, you have to forestall Bloomberg.
Yes,one would like to say "Merry Christmas" but when the supposedly Democratic President cannot address these issues, call for action and work to some result, when he says nothing about the near shafting of the 9/11 workers, well, we just ain't feeling the cheer. Not this year.
In the New Year the mantra to remember is: Nobama is good 'bama.
-Ziggy Zickenschlager | Sturgeon Bay, WI. | December 25, 2010
Wal-Mart is open for business, too. Is this beneficial to the Wal-Mart worker paid poorly and without benefits?
When Walker takes credit for all these new Wisconsin jobs, will he also take credit for how poorly they pay and the lack of benefits?
And those jobs in Wautoma? You can easily find workers there who would be delighted to work for $10 an hour before taxes. Big deal!
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley | December 25, 2010
I met a young UW grad student from China today at the community meal in Madison. This was her first time volunteering and she enjoyed it. When I told her that she could sit down and eat, too, she replied that she didn't think it was right to take food from the poor and hungry.
I don't think she'd make a very good Republican't.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out | December 25, 2010