Obama vows to end homelessness in 10 years

June 22, 2010

Chalk it up on the Hoping-and-a-Changing list.

“Stable housing is the foundation upon which people build their lives — absent a safe, decent, affordable place to live, it is next to impossible to achieve good health, positive educational outcomes or reach one’s economic potential.”

I have a great idea!  In order to end homelessness, the federal government should mandate that banks provide cheap loans to people who can’t necessarily afford to pay for them.  Nothing bad could ever happen from that, I mean, the benefits far out way any possible recession or bursting housing bubble or….

The Obama Administration plan sounds startlingly similar to President Bush’s plan to end homelessness.  Check Nan Roman, the president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, shout out to the Bush policy.

I thought Obama was going to bring new fresh ideas to Washington?


Hara-Kiri is not Japanese for Harry Caray

June 15, 2010

What is more disgusting than oil washing up on a Louisiana beach?  The faux outrage expressed by Rep. Ahn Cao (R-LA) today during a House hearing which included testimony from the CEO’s of Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and BP.

During the hearing, Cao told Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, that instead of resigning McKay should commit hara-kiri, an ancient form of suicide favored by Japanese Samurai.

Now, don’t get me wrong, BP has a lot of explaining to do.  And Mr. Mckay, an American, will be a vital window into the operations of BP, a foreign company.  As a result, Mr. Mckay should neither resign nor kill himself and it is wholly inappropriate for Mr. Cao to propose such a thing.  Instead, let BP focus on fixing its leaking well.  And as for Mr. Cao, he can start working in a bipartisan fashion to fix the broken system of federal regulations which played a large role in this disaster.

The last thing Louisiana and BP needs is another Johnny-come-lately trying to impress voters with how much ass they’re going to kick or how mad at BP they are.


The Mysterious Alvin Greene

June 15, 2010

Perhaps one of my most favorite political stories in….I don’t know maybe  a week, is the story of Alvin Greene.

Mr. Greene, an unemployed political newcomer, managed to knock off a political veteran to win South Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary.  Whats the big deal you ask?  Well, it seems that no one, including Mr. Greene knows how he won.  In his own words, Mr. Greene didn’t have many campaign meetings and only held a few informal rallies.  Democracy at its finest?  Hardly.

Not soon after winning, Mr. Greene was accused of being a Republican plant by Congressman James Clyburn and others; an idea so laughable its almost sad.  Unfortunately, it would seem that Mr. Clyburn simply doesn’t want to accept reality:  South Carolina Democrats are apparently incapable of distinguishing a legitimate candidate from a bumbling, quiet, unemployed veteran.