Burr on Finance Committee?

Not unlike a 9 year-old driving a tractor:

“Regrettably,” Burr said, “many of these laws and regulations have become so burdensome and complex that they are choking our nation's economy, hampering job creation, and drowning our country in debt. I look forward to working with my committee colleagues to address these critical challenges which I believe are among the most important of our time."

Clueless. And dangerous. It was out-of-control deregulation that brought about our financial meltdown in the first place. and now our very own Senator is echoing that idiot Phil Gramm:

The GOP's contempt for voters

Closing the early voting window:

Under current law, the early voting period runs 17 days, beginning the third Thursday before an election and ending the Saturday before. This measure would cut that time to 10 days, starting on the second Thursday before an election.

We all know what this is about. Early voters in 2008 gave Obama a boost that Republicans simply could not overcome, and they'd get rid of the entire process if they could. But they can't publicly admit that, so they have to cook up lame alternative reasons:

GOP bait and switch: The new big government


Charlotte Observer: Art Pope Republicans know what you need better than you do.

You have to admire their chutzpah. Because it is gutsy to run for the General Assembly as a conservative who wants less intrusive government, and, once elected, flood the place with bills overriding local communities' power to manage their own affairs. It seems that for many elected officials, the part about intrusive government applies only to governments to which you, yourself, have not been elected. Legislators have proposed so many bills to limit local control that planning advocates, and planners themselves, say they can't even keep up.

Martinez flip-flops during anti-Obama fever dream

Little Ricky spins out of control over bin Laden death:

President George W. Bush invaded only our enemies. President Barack Obama invades our allies.

Obama didn't let pesky international concepts like borders or sovereignty stand between him and a promise to kill Osama bin Laden, even if it was on Pakistani soil and even if it meant doing so without our ally's permission or knowledge.

In his defense, Martinez apparently wrote this diatribe during a nervous breakdown of some sort; a sparking robot head comes to mind. Compare this newfound love of Pakistan with what he said less than a year ago:

Mountaintop removal mining linked to poor community health

Cross-posted from the Institute for Southern Studies.

Living in a community where coal is mined by mountaintop removal can be bad for your health.

That's the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Based on a random telephone survey of residents in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the study used a health-related measure developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings appear in the May 2011 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Research has previously found an increase in health disparities in Appalachian coal mining communities. But the new study showed those disparities are especially concentrated where coal is mined via mountaintop removal, where mountain peaks are blasted off using explosives and the waste dumped into valleys below.

Republicans abandon teen mothers

Victims of the NC Taliban:

The 18-year-old mother of 3-year-old Destiny is one of several local teens who wrote to state lawmakers about proposed budget cuts that would eliminate Planned Parenthood's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program in Wilmington. Established in 1994, it provides services to pregnant or parenting teens 19 and younger aimed at keeping them in school and avoiding or delaying another pregnancy.

Jasmine Malloy started her handwritten letter, "Dear To whom (it) may concern."

That was your first mistake, sweetie. The ones who are in charge are not concerned about you.

On Redistribution, Or, “Afghanistan Peace Dividend Stimulus Lotto? OK!”

They tell us we’re dropping about $10 billion a month in Afghanistan so we can catch that Bin Laden guy...but eventually, we’re gonna catch him, and as soon as we do you can imagine that folks will be wondering why we’re still over there – and I gotta tell ya, I’m one of those people.

I mean, we’re over here talking about how we're so broke that we have no choice but to cut a couple of billion from heat assistance for the poor, and a billion-and-a-half from the Social Security operations budget, and money from food stamps and childcare assistance and tornado forecasting in Alabama…but every single month, just as regular as clockwork, we seem to be able to find another $10 billion to spend in Afghanistan, even as we have an economy that could badly use another round of truly productive stimulus.

And I don’t think y’all even realize just how much money $10 billion really is – but today we’re gonna see if we can’t fix that with a bit of a thought exercise.

Imagine if we set up a program that took that Afghanistan money and spent it right here at home for a year or two – and it was spent in the form of a lottery, where we stimulate the larger economy, help fix the mortgage crisis, and create a more energy-independent nation, all at the same time.

I got all we need except a catchy name; with that in mind let’s move on to the description of how the Happy Super Fun Day Peace Lotto Stimulus Thingy works.

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