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With Friends Like These

Daniel Powter sang about having a bad day, but Obama’s next career, besides criticizing President Romney and organizing things, may be as a singer.  His one hit may be titled With Friends Like These.  Without further ado…

Washington Post and Richard Cohen had this article:

The president who seems not to care

In their defense they did use the word “seems” in this article, but it was rather blunt for a liberal newspaper;

War of 1813

No there wasn’t some new battle  201 years ago.  The war is happening now or at least hopefully there is a war, but one can never be sure about the Republicans.  As Congress is trying to pass a transportation bill many legislators like to seize the opportunity (or “crisis”) to do bad things that we end up paying for (or amendments that have nothing to do with the original intent of the bill or to stick on things that they hope no one will notice).  Under consideration is the Democrat “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”  Boy doesn’t that sound nice and with the bunch in Washington one must, however, be cognizant of the the use of the word “progress” since the Progressives are little more than Socialists.   This is a highway construction funding bill (funny, but I initially typed “bull” by mistake), but the elected officials in Washington have decided that this HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BILL needs the following:

Ten Men Walk Into A Bar

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill for all comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing like they do now with the present income tax structure.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59 of the bill.

Government 101

I have unfortunately been exposed to something from which there is no cure…the writings of intelligent people.  Most of us have read textbooks chock full of ten cent words written by people with lots of initials and abbreviations after their names and we really gain nothing from them.  They are written in a language other than what we speak which I’ll call Intelectish.  The pedestal that these authors put themselves on is so high and they look so far down on us poor, tired, huddled masses that they cannot see what is above them. 

Hungry Shopping

Last Saturday morning I slept in a little and headed off to go grocery shopping at my favorite warehouse club.  I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before I left so I planned to have lunch at the club after shopping.  Plus it was Saturday and I knew the sample booths would be out in force attracting crowds of shoppers.    The free sample thing really works as I picked up a few extra items, but the traffic jams near the little carts can be irritating.  I am not sure why folks feel they have to eat the sample in front of the server.  That’s one of my pet peeves.

Health Care Bull

There is going to be a lot written and spoken about the nearly 2,000 page piece of legislation that was hoisted on us yesterday.  There are many experts who will evaluate this piece by piece and page by page.  Some will love it most will hate it, but there will be huge push to pass this thing.  I have a few thoughts as we move forward:

  • oldvnewhcarebillFirst of all, kudos to Congress for actually making this available for us to read.  It is also nice that the representatives have the opportunity to also read the bill before they vote on it.  Even John Conyers may take the time to read this bill.