Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Some bulbs are brighter than others and some are simply blow

Dim Bulb Bachmann once again tackling the tough issues.  The low wattage Congresswoman from Minnesota wants to resurrect her failed 2008 bid to repeal the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  This bright idea is the latest from the tea party queen and her war against tyranny and job creation. 
The above notwithstanding Bachmann, like the President during his SOTU address, did correctly cite the latest Government Accounting Office’s (GAO) analysis of government waste.  The problem is the report contained the usual duplication of control and lack of harmonization between agencies.  For example, the 2008 Farm Bill assigned USDA responsibility for catfish, thus splitting seafood oversight between USDA and FDA. Huh?  While there is likely billions of dollars in easily identifiable savings, unwinding the bureaucracy and establishing new authorities will not happen tomorrow or next year. 
The Supreme Court is getting a lot of criticism for affirming the Appellate Court’s decision in declaring the Westboro Baptist Church’s heinous protests at funerals free speech protected by the 1st Amendment.  The 8-1 ruling, no word if Justice Thomas said anything during the hearing or if he was awake, was met with the usual Palin snarkiness in this tweet:
Common sense & decency absent as wacko "church" allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers' funerals but we can't invoke God's name in public square
I don’t think Palin understands what the 1st Amendment says or what it means.  She is equating the Constitution’s protection preventing the Government from abridging the free speech rights with the establishment clause preventing the Government from establishing a state religion.  I can understand her confusion, they are both in the 1st Amendment and the Founding Fathers did not provide a Cliff Notes version of the Constitution.
Apparently Teach for America has been designated an "earmark" in the GOP budget and slated for elimination. Teach for America costs the federal government $21m a year.  Wow Boehner and company are really looking for the big ticket items to cut spending.
Scotty Walker may be losing the battle in Dairy Land.  Recent polling suggests that Americans agree that unions should contribute more to pensions and healthcare, and should accept pay freezes or cuts to help strengthen state economic conditions.  BUT, they also agreed at nearly a 2:1 ratio that the public unions should be able retain their collective bargaining rights.  With recall petitions under way against incumbent Democrats (the guys hanging out in Illinois) and now Republicans, this story won’t be going away anytime soon.
Yes it’s true.  According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, 22% of Americans think the Affordable Care Act has been repealed and is no longer in effect.  Additionally 26% didn’t know or refused to answer; remarkably nearly half of respondents are wrong, don’t know, or don’t care.  I think we need to bring back CBS News and the Christopher Glenn narrated In The News before Hawaii Five-O, Survivor, CSI, and NFL football.

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