He that lives upon hope will die fasting

“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” — Benjamin Franklin

New York Times: Oct 6

As Democrats have found, aiding those who have lost their jobs is simpler than preventing more layoffs and creating new jobs.
“There may not be anything we can do,” said a Democratic Congressional leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. “Under any circumstances, it’s going to take a while for jobs to recover.”

Did someone forget to mention to them that government doesn’t create jobs. Employers create jobs.

You know, those evil capitalist bastards. 🙂

And what happened to all those “saved or created jobs” or even the promise that the stimulus would be a rousing success and unemployment would peak at 8%??

Now, experts say it will be at 10% soon and likely to be around that for 2010.

The official website of the Department of Labor shows the following statistic that is now being
cited by the Washington Post and even by Bloomberg News: U.S. unemployment (as of about a month or so ago) is 16.3% when one includes the so-called “discouraged workers” (who have stopped looking for work) and the new part-time workers who were seeking a full-time position but could not find one.

Furthermore, if one includes all the others who are not counted in the “official” statistics—-
including those over 65 who are looking for work, those who have recently left a school of
some kind, those who live on family farms but are looking for work somewhere off the farm
—-some estimate that the real unemployment rate is between 18 and 21%.

Dept of labor Statistic: In September, 35.6 percent of unemployed persons were job-
less for 27 weeks or more.

“Since the period last winter when we were losing 700,000 jobs per month, we have certainly made some progress on this front. But today’s job report is a sobering reminder that progress comes in fits and starts, and that we are going to need to grind out this recovery, step by step,” President Obama said (Oct 2).

Yeah, losing 230,000+ jobs a month is an improvement over 700,000!

“Obama reiterated his claims that the stimulus plan will help reverse the economic downturn once the bulk of its funds are distributed to states and localities.” (CNN 3/6/09)

The bulk of that money coming in 2011 just before the election.

And Health Care reform starts in 2013.

Hmmm… 🙂

But don’t worry, Congress is on the ball.

After taking control of the House in 2006 — and again when President Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) boasted that lawmakers would work four or five days a week to bring change to America.

When Hoyer released his 2009 legislative calendar last December, he said: “The American people voted decisively for change this November, and we will work hard to make that change a reality.”

(And this the same Harry Reid who cut a deal for 100% Medicare funding for Nevada all by itself. Whatta guy!)

A Democratic leadership aide vehemently defended the schedule, saying members shouldn’t be kept in Washington for four or five days when work can be completed in fewer. (Politico)

“We’re in the middle of a health care reform bill,” said Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This is a 24/7 operation.”
“This is a fiscally responsible bill,” said Jake Thompson, spokesman for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), chairman of the Senate’s legislative branch appropriations subcommittee.
The question is 24/7 what? Certainly not working at your real job.
2 1/2 days a week. Big month long recesses. And As the AP notes, a $4,700 pay raise took effect in January; congressional salaries now stand at $174,000.
Gee what a sweet deal.
But don’t worry, they are using there time wisely…working hard for you, the American people!
GRETA VAN SUSTERN: Congressman Greg Walden is fighting for a 72-hour review period for all bills in the House. He joins us live and — he brought us a little reading material! What have you got there, Congressman?

REP. GREG WALDEN, R – OR.: Well, let’s see, 1,420-page national energy tax, cap-and-trade. Here’s the health care bill, 1,026 pages, right, 1,026 pages. We had 14 hours and 43 minutes before the committee voted on the bill.

VAN SUSTEREN: How about for the cap-and-trade bill? How much time…

WALDEN: Cap-and-trade bill…We had 16-and-a-half hours. This is the cap-and-trade bill. This is the one that passed the House. They had a 390-page amendment filed at 2:49 in the morning the day we voted on this.

VAN SUSTEREN: So let me get this straight…

WALDEN: See why people are angry?

VAN SUSTEREN: Yes, now, before we even get to the third one, does — tell me how this works. So the committee comes out with a bill…

WALDEN: Right.

AN SUSTEREN: … in the House, and they say, OK, we’re going to take it to the floor and vote on it.

WALDEN: So it goes up to the Rules Committee.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK. So you got to grab it between the committee and the — and before it hits the floor?.

WALDEN: Right. But it goes to a separate committee, the House Rules Committee. They decide the terms of debate. They decide what amendments will be allowed. And frequently, what will happen is you’ll have a 390- page — think about half this, about 400-page amendment to this bill that then is combined, but there’s never a combined document. They may put it up on line, but we’re voting a matter of hours after that.

VAN SUSTEREN: What’s the third one?

WALDEN: The third one is the so-called stimulus. So it was 1,073 pages, 12 hours. Now, Speaker Pelosi said we’d have a minimum of 24 hours.

VAN SUSTEREN: But even that’s insane!

WALDEN: It is.


But don’t worry they are hard at work for you, 2 1/2 days a week!! 🙂

That gives them plenty of time to read 1000+ page opuses that will fundamentally destroy that which know as America.

Doesn’t that just give you the warm fuzzies…. 🙂

And they are “transparent” just like they promised.

The “dark days” of the “most secretive administration in American history” (i.e. the Bush Administration) and the “culture of corruption” of the G.O.P. controlled congress are over…right?

The senators wrote, “At a time when trust in Congress and the U.S. government is unprecedentedly low, we can begin to rebuild the American people’s faith in their federal government through transparency and by actively inviting Americans to participate in the legislative process.”

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) joined a group of eight Democratic senators today in calling for greater transparency and public engagement as the health-care debate moves to the Senate floor. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) also signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, citing their constituents’ frustration and want for more information.

Webb and his colleagues wrote: “Whether or not our constituents agree with the direction of the debate, many are frustrated and lacking accurate information on the emerging proposals in Congress. Without a doubt, reforming health care in America is one of the most monumental and far-reaching undertakings considered by this body in decades. We believe the American public’s participation in this process is critical to our overall success of creating a bill that lowers health care costs and offers access to quality and affordable health care for all Americans.”

Sounds rosy, but remember just a few days ago.

The senators are borrowing the idea from Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning, who offered an amendment during the Finance Committee debate that would have put the health care reform bill into legislative language, scored it by the Congressional Budget Office, and put it online for the public to read for three full days before the committee voted on it.

When he introduced his idea, Bunning said, “Quite frankly, I think Americans are tired us us taking the easy way out, tired of us not reading or having the time to read the bills. They expect more from us and we should deliver it.” The Democrats are asking Reid to deliver on all three of Bunning’s suggestions.

When Bunning introduced his amendment last month, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) accused him of trying to stall progress on health care reform and the committee rejected the amendment, as “it was a serious amendment”.

“Let’s be honest about it,” said Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. “Legislative language is relatively arcane, very legalistic, and most people don’t read the legislative language.”

Gee, that is transparent. 🙂

And remember, the Senate bill that is available is only “the conceptual” version that is 256 pages.

Wonder if anyone will read this on their 2 1/2 day work week??

Even the liberal New York Times is questioning President Obama’s promise of transparency.

A Times editorial from September 5, 2009 says: “White House officials are now proposing deep revisions to a Senate Judiciary Committee bill that weaken protections against forcing reporters to reveal their sources.”

The Times says a shield law to protect journalists is necessary, but that the White House wants judges to defer to the administration’s view of what constitutes a security leak: “The executive branch would arrogate power to decide the public’s right to know by crimping the news media’s ability to make a case for disclosure. The latest hedging from the White House does not deliver on his promise for a new era of openness.” (FOX)

You mean Big Brother wants to control the media?

Heaven Forbid.

Remember, he has “Diversity” Czar for that.


Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd:

“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press.  This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.

“[T]he purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance.”

What Lloyd says about Chavez is more than a mite frightening:

“In Venezuela, with Chavez, is really an incredible revolution – a democratic revolution.  To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.

The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled – worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government – worked to oust him.  But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country.

Ridiculously exorbitant fees and fines on broadcasters could certainly be “used to financially strangle groups that criticize the government,” could they not?  That is, when the government’s not simply “revoking the licenses” of stations that don’t toe the Party line.  Or better still, “seiz(ing) control of media outlets to stifle criticism.”

This entire censorious evolution – from fines, to license rescissions to outright seizures – took place in just over three months.  This is Lloyd’s definition of Chavez “tak(ing) very seriously the media in his country,” as a part of leading an “incredible..democratic revolution.”

But it couldn’t happen here:

Especially from the guy who wrote a June 2007 report entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.”

* Restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations.
* Ensure greater local accountability over radio licensing.
* Require commercial owners who fail to abide by enforceable public interest obligations to pay a fee to support public broadcasting. (a 100% of your operating budget fee that is…)

Sound familiar?

But don’t worry, we’re from the government and we work hard (2 1/2 days a week) for your money (we just get an automatic raise every year) and we are on top of all the legislation and give them all a fair hearing and debate.

Don’t you feel better about your government working hard for you now!

(and thank you to Benjamin Franklin for the title of this piece)

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