News & Notes July 29, 2011

Congress still hasn’t addressed the debt ceiling issue.  The House is set to vote on Speaker Boehner’s plan at 7 pm after which it will be DOA in the Senate.  Why are they wasting time chasing windmills?  Why doesn’t Nancy Pelosi come up with a clean debt ceiling bill which would be supported by Democrats and enough sane Republicans and send it to the Senate?

Daryl Metcalfe, ALEC’s chief agent in Pennsylvania, was caught collecting per diems while attending an ALEC conference.  Per diems are supposed to cover legislator’s expenses while working in Harrisburg…for us not organizations like ALEC.  Sam Rohrer suddenly forgot all of his principles and agreed with Metcalfe’s theft of public funds.

Congressman Darrell Issa who began investigating Democrats as soon as Republicans got control back of the House should be investigating himself for corruption.  He has obtained earmarks which directly benefit his own business interests.  That’s as corrupt as it gets.

Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois has been everywhere lately decrying the government for not being able to pay its debts and demanding default.  He knows all about default having failed to pay $117,000 in child support.  Deadbeat is as deadbeat does?

May he/she without any personal debt be the first to throw stones about the national debt.  Everyone has some debt even if it is short term.  Families no more live within their incomes than government.  Some things have to be mortgaged like homes and capital projects.  Republicans chose to defund government, fight wars on the dole and collapse revenues through financial deregulation.  It’s time to pay their piper and they’re turning into deadbeats.  It turns out Tea baggers actually do believe in debt.

A domestic terror attack got almost no mention in national news week but someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas.

Truthout reports on news about how the 2004 presidential election was hacked and rigged in Ohio.  A firm called Gov Tech was hired by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and provided access tot he state’s election computer system.  On election night tabulations were manipulated straight from the White House through Gov Tech and Ohio turned for Bush.