This morning’s Democratic Talk Radio show with guest Patrick Slattery was great. Patrick spoke about why he is running for the State House in the 134th District and why things are so bad in Harrisburg. More on that later today.
The devastation in Haiti was horrible before the disastrous earthquake struck. Now it is beyond grim. While too early to really comprehend the extent of the death and destruction you can help. Text the number 90999 and “Haiti” on your cell phone to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Let us all be partially liable for this. We haven’t done enough, as people, for the people in Haiti. Too many died because buildings, houses and other structures weren’t built to withstand such an earthquake. In this day and age we know how to build well but we ignored the people of this noble nation. Why?
While assholes like Pat Robertson make horrible, despicable statements let us remember this was a natural act. The earth didn’t slip its tectonic plates as punishment to Haiti for declaring independence any more than Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans because we separated from Britain. It isn’t time for despicable demagogues to lay some sort of Biblical blame it is time to work together to save people. The right wing talking heads remind me I’d rather be a bleeding heart than be heartless.
Gov. Rendell announced another $161 million in budget cuts today. These include a 1% cut across the board and significant cuts to things like public radio, mental health, agricultural product promotion which helps keep farmers on their farms and us with food, museums, etc. It serves as a reminder of all the good things are tax dollars do.
Another heroic Pennsylvanian Marine died in Afghanistan. Cpl. Matt Ingham of Blair County died while trying to save his fellow soldiers.
David Sirota, one of my favorite political writers, asks why America may be going soft on terrorists and what this may mean for the Ft. Hood killer.
While being interviewed yesterday by The New York Times I mentioned how important it is that Democrats do positive, constructive things this year to re-motivate their rank and file. We watched an angry, disappointed Democratic voter bloc stay home on election day, disillusioned by the farcical efforts in Harrisburg and Washington. Meanwhile Democratic leaders are saying they won’t touch controversial issues such as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, immigration, EFCA and other major issues because they are afraid of voter backlash. This is insane. This is exactly when Democrats are looking to these “leaders” to do what they sent to do, provide leadership on important issues. If they choose not to they’ll get what they deserve come November.
I saw a recent rumor that Faux News may be ready to dump Roger Ailes, the Republican operative who has run the network since its founding. Mark Karlin of Buzzflash fame writes about Ailes and how American shock therapy foreign policy has destroyed Haiti. Good reading.
President Obama has come up with a new version of bank fees. This time instead of predatory bankers imposing fees on all of us we’re imposing one on them. It will raise $100 billion over ten years. What’s that old saw about paybacks? Take our money and then refuse to lend it to get the economy running, give it to yourselves instead, yes, paybacks are heck.
President Obama has renominated Dawn Johnsen to be head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department. Republicans and some Democrats, including Arlen Specter, blocked her for her past activism for women’s rights and other progressive causes. This is the same position for which these morons approved John Yoo who wrote the infamous memos allowing torture. If Yoo was OK but Johnsen isn’t need we know anything more about their morals? Specter has now turned around, for political expediency, and announced his support for her renomination. Meanwhile, almost a year into the Obama Administration the position sits vacant.
The Massachusetts Senate election remains hotly contested. Vicki Kennedy, widow of former Sen. Ted Kennedy has come out strongly for Martha Coakley. It’s too bad the President didn’t see fit to give the people of Massachusetts the same effort he gave the Chicago Olympic Committee.
The Montgomery County swim club which evicted Black children last summer has now been sued for discrimination by the Justice Department. The Club, already in bankruptcy because of its bigotry, is now in the deep end of big time trouble. You might even, given a propensity for puns, say they’re in hot water. It couldn’t happen to nicer people…
Singer Teddy Pendergass died yesterday. A soulful crooner from Philadelphia he was paralyzed since 1982 after crashing his Rolls Royce. His golden voice will be missed.
I’ll be in Harrisburg all day Friday at a Keystone Research Center seminar about how the ARRA (stimulus bill) has impacted Pennsylvania. Don’t expect to see much writing, I’ll catch up over the weekend.
As I write the above comment HUD sent me an email announcing $2 billion in Recovery Act grants to stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild local economies. The ARRA is working as was advertised. They are issuing grants, through review processes, over a two year period to foster economic growth and stop the economic freefall caused by the collapse of Republican ideology.
Congressman Paul Kanjorski is asking for the rejection of tolling on I-80. I understand he has to do this because it directly affects his constituents. However let’s be fair: either we all pay tolls and contribute for bridge and highway construction or none of us. I pay tolls all the time, it’s only fair that our neighbors upstate do also or none of us.
Sen. Arlen Specter is now calling for a hearing on fugitives avoiding arrest in Philadelphia. The candidate is suddenly calling for hearings on every new sensational news item. How about holding a hearing on the abominable fact that I haven’t won Powerball yet? I want answers!
Rep. Bill Kortz has ended his unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign. A nice and good man he never gained any traction among Democrats. I’ll say one thing, he traveled all across Pennsylvania campaigning.
Will Democrats gain yet another candidate in the crowded field for Governor? Recently exonerated victim Dr. Cyril Wecht is considering a run. Persecuted unjustly by U.S. Attorney and “loyal Bushie” Mary Beth Buchanan, the famous coroner did get some black eyes though as testimony showed he used his assistants for menial personal jobs and errands. While not illegal it would provide valuable fodder for opponents television ads.
So State Rep. Mario Civera’s first act as a Delaware County Councilman is to hit his taxpayers with the cost of a special election? Is this man out of touch or what?