Paul Krugman in his blog says what many people have been waiting for someone to say:
“I mean, is there anything at all in Romney’s stump speech that’s true? It’s all based on attacking Obama for apologizing for America, which he didn’t, on making deep cuts in defense, which he also didn’t, and on being a radical redistributionist who wants equality of outcomes, which he isn’t. When the issue turns to jobs, Romney makes false assertions both about Obama’s record and about his own. I can’t find a single true assertion anywhere.”
Couldn’t agree with him more.Sometimes I have wanted to scream at some reporter “Are you just going to let him lie and not say a thing? What is your job? Secretary?
The human costs of Republican administrations
Seems like every Republican administration moves the clock for equality backwards in this country. Well, at least since Nixon who signed the Title IX provisions that have given young women many opportunities that never would have happened left to their own devices.
I simply can’t understand why taking citizenship rights from groups of people is not only tolerated, but voted for. Why can’t gays have the same rights as others? Why can’t all citizens vote?
We fall further behind every year
In a poll released the other day, Americans overwhelmingly stated they believescience is the key to the future.
Yet at election time, from school boards to the state house and the US congress, they continue to vote in candidates who cut the hell out of education and try to force schools to equate science with religion.
As our youth is less and less educated in science, America’s once formidable lead in this area has drastically shrunk. The telling point may not come for another 25 years, but we all know this will cost us dearly.
Sears going ….. going …..?
Thursday Sears was put in the position of essentially paying up front for vendor shipments. The ability for vendors to make ‘loans’ was cut off.
Maybe I am wrong but it looks like that vaunted staple of America free enterprise – competition – is about to take another shot in the chops. Slowly we will be forced to shop in stores like Walmart and Target. It is sad.
She sold the WHAT? And she wants to BUY IT BACK???
Governor Jan Brewer may have hit a new high (low?) in fiscal mismanagement in Arizona. First they sold the state capitol to pick some quick cash ($81 million) and now, little over a year later she wants to buy it back. And it will cost a cool $105 million. That is a $24 million mark-up in a year. Take some more money out of education.
You need to read this
And now to endear himself with Latinos
Mitt Romney got an endorsement from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Koback. Koback is the author of model anti-immigrant legislation fro ALEC after which Arizona’s repugnant SB1070 and Alabama’s new anti-immigrant laws are modeled. Despite trying, Romney was unable to get the endorsement of Maricopa County, Arizona’s notorious Joe Arpaio. Arpaio went for Rick Perry.
Winter is finally cold and LIHEAP is won’t be helping much
I heard Jerry McKim speaking about LIHEAP on IPR yesterday. Real winter cold is just settling in. LIHEAP money has been slashed by congress and on down the line awards for those who apply will be cut. McKim said there will be something for all that apply, but with less money, higher costs for fuel and now real winter temps it probably won’t help the way it was intended. (See here for previous story)
Since no one can have their heat cut until April 1, most people will be okay. The problem comes next year when anyone who has an outstanding debt to whoever sells them heat will not be allowed to be hooked up again. Reminder that much of the so-called debt reduction is on the backs of those it will hurt most.
Gas going higher?
Let’s face it, if one thing could kill any recovery and at the same time kill an Obama run for re-election, it would be a huge spike in the price of gas. And the rumors are already floating about a major run up in price this spring. I have believed that much of the pricing of oil has been manipulated for many years. No one has yet had the political will to take on the oil companies assertions on their prices. This could really blindside Americans and make voters quite angry.