Here are just a few thoughts I had running through my mind at 5 am this morning as I perused the papers and the days events:
- In Moore we celebrate the “rebuild it” mentality as we did in New York after Sandy. I wonder why. Can’t we learn from stupid choices which are sure to repeat themselves soon enough?
- We are going to limit our drone wars. I can’t help it. Killing and war are fairly stupid and if we believe in human rights, there should be due process. Mistakes are common. Collateral damage just isn’t acceptable. In a declared war is one thing, but we are violating everything we stand for because we think it will never apply to us
- Apple gets celebrated for their innovative ways of tax sheltering billions of dollars and we want to send tax collectors (IRS) to jail. Tells you something about our Congress and why the country is becoming about the 1% or as Jared Bernstein said this morning in the Huffington Post, “Because they can indefinitely shield their foreign profits from U.S. taxes, meanwhile engaging in endless (legal) schemes to avoid taxes in countries where they book those earnings, the link between the profitability of American companies and the well-being of America is broken”
- I guess the compromise excluding gay couples from the immigration bill may be worth throwing our principles about equal rights out. After all there was that three-fifths thing in the Constitution regarding counting slaves for representation. But then that got sorted out in the Civil War. Also thinking somehow the Supreme Court will bail them out on this in their ruling on DOMA is a pipe dream
- Yes the deficit is coming down, but for all the wrong reasons at the wrong time or as the Wonkblog put it, “Our deficits aren’t dropping because we’re doing something right. They’re dropping because we’re doing everything wrong. We’re cutting deficits much too quickly in the next few years — that’s what Bernanke’s testimony is about. We’re letting them rise (albeit modestly) between 2016 and 2023. We’re doing basically nothing about long-term deficits, which is where the problem actually lies. And we’re using policies, like sequestration, that most everyone agrees are bad policy — so we’re cutting spending by cutting the wrong kind of spending.”
- In Florida an 18-year-old American is facing felony charges over claims that she had sexual contact with her underage girlfriend in a consensual affair. That is after a model student at another high school was charged with a felony after a science experiment went bad (discharging a destructive device which was Mentos dropped into a plastic Coke bottle). Another state I never want to visit or live in. These people need to get a life.
- In the world of giant hypocrisy, Stephen Fincher, a Tennessee congressman who supports billion of dollars in cuts to the food stamp program is one of the largest recipients of federal farm subsides, collecting nearly $3.5 million in subsidies from 1999 to 2012. In 2012 alone, the data shows, Mr. Fincher received about $70,000 in direct payments, money that is given to farmers and farmland owners, even if they do not grow crops. I wonder how many food stamp folks got $70,000 in food stamps. So who is the leech again?
- In hearings, the IRS has taken the Fifth and is not being cooperative with Congress. I wonder why? Could it be because the Republicans, before knowing anything, sent out a lyching party to “throw people in jail”? One has to wonder why anyone would work for the federal government
Well just a few of the “say what?” moments while reading the paper this morning. Oh, and nothing on creating jobs, dealing with global warming, fixing our infrastructure, etc. Is this a great country or what?