Friday, June 22, 2012

Things to Know - 23 June

Matt Wuerker

1.  Remember those warnings, accusations of failed policies, and lack of energy policy...and that we would be paying over $5 for a gallon of gas?  Heck, even Porkie was promising $2.50 a gallon gas if he were elected.  Well, Lookie now.  The screwed up global economy is going to be around that same $5 price by election day, and Obama had nothing to do with it.  It kind of takes the wind out of the sails of those lobbying for the Keystone XL Pipeline who said that the plumbing was necessary to lower gas prices (which is pure BS).  Well maybe Obama did have a hand in it - by pushing for more alternative and renewable energy projects....ya think?:

2.  Welfare entitlements are under attack as spending programs that are draining our coffers and redlining our budget.  So, yes, probably so, but look at who is getting a bigger hunk of some welfare programs - yup, the corporations.  So, maybe you start there before you take away food and shelter from the truly needy:

3.  There is much to admire about how the Germans go about things.   Take renewable energy, for example.  They are not messing around with nuclear plants.  They have a very agressive and growing wind and solar production going for them.  We should be doing the same:

4.  The industry of mining, manufacturing, and drilling for fossil fuels (oil and gas) could be doing us no favors.  In fact, it may be on a path of destruction.  You see, all the liquids that are left behind, or used in fracking, are pumped back deep into the ground.  Below the surface is a lethal cocktail of toxic substances that seep into the empty spaces underground, and leed into the soil and into our sources of drinking water, and also bubble up into the rivers and streams.  This stuff kills:

5.  One of the two leaders of the extreme-right wing of the Republicans is not an elected official, neither is the other one,  One is up in Park City, at this moment, illegally coordinating strategy for the gathered Super Pac billionaire donors for Romney, that guy is Karl Rove.  The other guy is a little imp by the name of Grover Norquist, who runs around with enough clout to put any Senator or Congressman back in place should they stray from a pledge that he had them sign.   Is this any way to run our representative government in a democracy?  Hell no, and what is anybody doing about it...????  nothing:

6.  This article highlights a dark and tragic incident back in 1982.  It also speaks to the cultural issue of closed minds converging with ethnic assimilation.  Time have changed but it is difficult to say if the conditions that open hearts and minds have not progressed as the nation continues to clumsily grope with the changing faces in this nation:

7.  As his MIttness tries out his sombrero and serape two-step in front of a Hispanic voter audience, he's got a problem.  His etch-a-sketch tango is not working for him:

8.  If the Supremes turn back the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obama Care"), states like California are in for hard times ahead:


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