Monday, June 2, 2014

Something to Know - 2 June

Rob Rogers

1.  There are a couple of issues on the table where "deniers" muck up the discussion.  One that we are well aware of is "global warming" or "climate change", or any related phrase or phrases.   The other, which has been lingering, and now up close to the front burner is "Inequality".  Paul Krugman takes us there on this piece, and you should read it:

2.  Earlier this year, an abundance of GeeOpie Senators shot down a bill that would have funded improvements to the VA system to help heal the problems that have manifested themselves, and which lead to the ouster of Eric Sinsheki.  Those same legislators will now have a chance to revisit that same bill as Senator Bernie Sanders brings it up again.  Let's just see how all the high and lofty platitudes floated by those angry with Shinseki play out again as they have a more visible stage to show their concern and allegiance to those  "who have served and deserve the best":

3.  The problems of an aging interstate highway transportation system, poor public systems, and repair of existing roadways is addressed in this article.  The funding for all that we ride and drive on has not been realistically addressed for too long.  The political will to do something about it is in what you are about to read:

4.  Right now, it is too soon to accurately establish what the final outcome is as the "prisoner exchange" event from giving up Five Guantanamo "detainees" for one US Citizen will bring us.   Here is Conservative Bill Kristol, and the right-wing posture being developed to criticize Obama, Hagel, and the rest of the gang.   As far as I am concerned, (1) there is dialogue between the US and the Taliban, which is good.   (2) we have made good on rescuing our only POW in the Afghanistan mis-adventure, and (3) we have perhaps started a process where we can give up all of the Guantanamo "detainees", and finally shut the place down.   If the Conservatives and John McCain think these guys are so bad and harmful, why have they not been charged and brought to trial after all this time?   There is something rotten about holding people in jail without some sense of justice:

The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on.
-- John McCain

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