Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cantwell in Richland

Reflecting another of her new responsibilities, congressional oversight of the nation's nuclear sites, Cantwell will stop in Richland on Thursday to discuss accelerated cleanup efforts at the Hanford nuclear site. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, contains about $2 billion to speed the cleanup of the contaminated site and is expected to save or create 3,000 jobs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Fiscal Stimulus Will Pay For Itself

In a troubled economy tax cuts don't get spent. They get saved. Direct governmental spending increases incomes thereby increasing tax revenues. More people working increases demand and gets the economy growing again. More workers also reduces government expenditure on unemployment and food stamps.

Rural Stimulus

Here is what in the stimulus plan for rural areas (pdf). Let's hope it helps.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pakistan Gives Up Territory to Taliban

Pakistan recognizes the de facto control of the Swat Valley by the Taliban by making it official. Islamic law and the Taliban now are the official governing force there.

Swat was such a beautiful place when I visited back in 1984. It's sad to see it come to this.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Out of His Own Mouth

Doc Hastings spews crap again:
“The pain of the recession is being felt by families, small businesses and communities across our nation. With our state facing an unemployment rate of over 7 percent, our top priority must be stimulating the economy and creating jobs now. Unfortunately this bill is not about jobs – it’s about bigger government and more spending.

This bill will saddle our children and grandchildren with massive debt, while failing to provide the type of fast relief needed to help job-creating small businesses and struggling families.

Like many Americans, I don’t believe extra money for the National Endowment for the Arts, computer systems for federal agencies, the 2010 census or NASA climate change research has any place in a bill designed solely to create jobs and stimulate our economy.

We can do better. Providing tax relief to all Americans, holding the line on deficit spending and using taxpayer dollars efficiently is necessary if we want to get our economy back on track now.”

So let's get this straight. He voted against stimulus because the problem with the economy is that taxes are too high, the government is spending too much and tax dollars are not being spent efficiently.

Where was he as billions of dollars went down the rat-hole to contractors in Irag? Oh, that's right. He was cheering from the bleachers.!!! Will no one rid us of this troublesome lapdog?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Undercover at Wal-Mart

Charles Platt goes undercover at Wal-Mart to find the real scoop on this retail behemoth. What he finds should serve as a model for real economic recovery in America.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Greenpeace takes on Areva

In its attempt to mobilize opposition to the new EPR reactor to be build in France, Greenpeace grossly misuses radiation data, again. They have such passion that it drives out all reason. By doing so they squander their credibility. Whatever good they intend to do goes right down the toilet.