June – Week 2 Summary

11 Jun

June 5, 2011

  1. Have you noticed how the economy hasn’t really gotten better, why job creation has gone stale, why nothing really seems to be happening in Washington (except for bitching about the deficit, abortion, and gay marriage)? Robert Reich published an article to his blog at truthout that I found particularly interesting. Robert hypothesizes that Republicans aren’t interested in doing anything about jobs and wages, instead they are so intent on ruining Obama’s reputation that they have time for little else. By maintaining the crappy economy through election day they’re hoping they can pin the whole mess on Obama by simply sitting on their hands. He further suggests that they can use the poor economy as a way to blame government spending and that somehow cutting government spending will cause jobs to magically re-appear. Democrats aren’t completely blameless in this however, they’re to petrified that admitting there’s still problems will destroy consumer confidence and the bond market. His 3rd thought is that the real reason nothing is happening in Washington is because the problems aren’t being talked about. He goes on by mentioning that the unemployed aren’t politically represented in Congress, they don’t make major campaign contributions, they aren’t lobbying congress, there isn’t a “National Association of Unemployed People.” All across the country jobs have been dropping like flies while the companies laying off workers post record profits. Cash is king, and our government couldn’t be a better example of that. We’ve got politicians voting based on how much their contributions were from Company X, Republicans interested in nothing more than shifting blame to the President so they can have a better chance at winning in 2012, and us in the middle, getting screwed on a daily basis while the media does its best to make sure we’re always blaming the wrong parties. And I don’t give a rat’s ass about Anthony Weiner’s stupid twitter post with his underwear, why is this what everyone is talking about. (Full story on truthout)

June 6, 2011

  1. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation, chaired by David Koch (you’ll remember him as the union hating guy with his hands in Scott Walker’s pockets during the union battles of Wisconsin, and also as an extremely wealthy man as a result of the refining industry), is launching rallies and media campaigns throughout the country asserting that the Obama administration’s regulation of the energy industries is the reason for the exorbitant prices at the gas prices. The rest of the logical world blames global economic recovery, Middle Eastern events, speculative trading, or hey maybe just plain old greed. That last one seems most likely given the record breaking profits of the largest oil companies during this year’s first quarter. Tom Phillips, president of the foundation, claimed that the “Interior Department is failing to really push forward permits.” Really, is that why they’ve approved 55 shallow-water drilling permits, and 15 deepwater permits (out of 40 due to changes to subsea containment requirements after the Gulf spill last year). These idiots I tell you, you wouldn’t have to deal with these pain-in-the-ass regulations if you had been honest, thoughtful of the environment, and not so stinking greedy. They also like to blame the fact that Obama has been trying to make oil companies pay more taxes to allow reinvestment into new and cleaner energy sources. That’s it, blame the President trying to fix our addiction with oil for the betterment of our environment and our wallets, they are obviously making plenty of money and I don’t understand why they believe they are entitled to those subsidizations to begin with. I know who’s responsible for the pricey gas…the oil companies. (Full story on Politico)
June 8, 2011
  1. I wasn’t aware of this, but Indiana apparently passed a law that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics (due to their abortion services, which represent only a small portion of their services). Shortly after its passing The Department of Health and Human Services said it would prohibit the state from imposing the new law, bravo. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the Indiana law against Planned Parenthood places illegal restrictions on the ability of Medicaid recipients to choose their health care providers. A News Flash posted to ThinkProgress Health indicates that while a federal judge considers whether to block the law, donations from across three continents have begun pouring in. 1,200 donors contributed a total of $116,000 to the Indiana division of Planned Parenthood allowing them to run through June 20. Hmm, when the rest of the world sees what you’re trying to do and finds a way to keep it running despite your horribly misguided attempts perhaps you need to reevaluate the situation. While Planned Parenthood does provide abortion services, they are performed very infrequently, everything else they do is designed to help mothers make choices they can feel good about well into the future. (Full story about the law on USA Today) (Full News Flash on ThinkProgress
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