News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
This edition is all about Obama’s bad week though Americans who rely on the mainstream media missed most of the implications.
Brief 1: Obama and his employees Tim Geithner (Treasury Secretary) and Ed Whitacre (Government Motors CEO) were all a tizzy when GM paid back part of their TARP loans…with interest. GM even made a commercial to announce the success of the program. This news of such a government success couldn’t come at a better time for Obama as he looks to take over Wall Street. Unfortunately Sen. Chuck Grassley and some others (including the Inspector General for the TARP program) read the fine print on the alleged payback…with interest. Grassley stated;
Debate is still raging over Democare. I am thinking that “Democare” may be more descriptive than Obamacare as we need to chain this legislation to all of the Democrats. Let’s pin this to them like a tattoo. Unfortunately, the left is still pushing a vigorous agenda of big government and big spending and wealth spreading. Lest you are relaxing as Democare has taken a hiatus (you know it will be back) here are some of the other socialist agenda items that you may have missed:
Czar us defined as:
“One having great power or authority.”
Synonyms: autocrat, despot, leader, ruler
Can you use it in a sentance?
“So in effect we have NON-ELECTED officials, who are backed by The White House, who are given the tools and resources to do the bidding of the President and they are accountable to NO ONE! These czar’s don’t have to undergo Senate Confirmation Hearings, they just get appointed.”
What does Charles Krauthammer think?
“More czars than you find at a Romanov wedding. What I don’t understand is why you want to call anybody a “czar.” The czars had a sorry history of success and achievement.”
The events surrounding the AIG bailouts, fallouts and now hearings made me think of an episode of the animated series The Simpsons. You will have to give me a little leeway to develop this concept.
The episode (Bart the Mother – 1998) featured a storyline where Bart accidentally killed a robin only to find the abandoned nest full of eggs. He becomes obsessed with hatching and raising the birds. When the eggs hatch, he is surprised that the young are not robins, but an invasive lizard species that replaces bird eggs with its own eggs.
March 15, 2009 Update – Here we go again. The US House and Senate have graciously, no generously agreed to give up thier pay raise. Lawmakers were knocking each other over to get “mic” time to show their great leadership. Unfortunately, the raise that they agreed was not due until 2010. They will accept the raise this year. This is a quote from Bloomberg News (Sorry, but I could not find the link):
“Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, accused Vitter of ‘playing politics’ with his proposal (to eliminate all congressional pay raises). Inouye said, “Most Americans have a healthy understanding of the difference between a pay raise and a pay adjustment based on inflation.”