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Just the same old, same old

Posted Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 9:14 AM

Three quick thoughts on politics and our government:

1) The economic stimulus bill is full of spending proposals that have little to do with helping jumpstart the economy. Typical "pork" projects.

2) The newly-appointed head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, said Friday, "...For those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over. There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody."

Looks like bi-partisanship isn't going to happen, does it? There's such a thing as cooperation -- working together -- to solve problems. It's not weak to compromise sometimes.

3) Parts of Kentucky and Missouri are still frozen after Tuesday's ice storm. Residents are crying out for help from FEMA. So a FEMA official is quoted as saying that they can't get to some areas because of downed lines and frozen roads.

I thought taxpayers were funding FEMA so it would have the means to overcome those obstacles, rather than having employees who wring their hands and say, "We can't."

Looks like it's business as usual in Washington.


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Ai yi yi....

I would hope having some non-Gentiles and vegans in office would mean there'd be less fondness for pork.

Competency,a "can-do" attitude and a willingness to play well with others would be nice,as well.

Maybe,Mr.Steele means that anyone who is overly fearful,stingy,heartless or partisan will be pushed out of the way.

Maybe,he means that ANYone who refuses to be part of the solution will be denied the chance to be part of the problem.

Our country needs to be run by grown-ups who are more interested in people's welfare than in their personal agenda.

If the officials we have now can't or won't function in our best interest,perhaps they need to make room for those with more wisdom,talent and courage.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 3:26 PM

1) The "stimulus" package as passed in the house is more about social engineering than "stimulus". If the government wants to stimulate the economy, how about getting out of the way? The senate version will probably be significantly different, call your senator and let them know how you feel.

2) Steele is trying to reach back to the conservative base that left with the middle of the first Bush term. Quite frankly, they've (or we've) been marginalized by the party and now the country is paying the price. He sees that and is trying to right the ship (pun fully intended). I think he'll be successful and we'll see a lot of one and done congressmen.

3) When you come up with a viable transportation and power option to overcome these obstacles, let someone know.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 5:12 PM

My big question would be - Why is it up to the Federal government to come to peoples rescue everytime the weather causes problems? We live in a wonderful country where I know we still have a volunteer spirit, but where is it disappearing to?

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 5:47 PM

Sharon I agree we all use to have that volunteer spirit and look after our neighbors and friends. But these days most people do not even know who their neighbors are..much less know if they are ok.

FEMA is government funded by all our taxes they are suppose to help when there are weather disasters.. I saw were FEMA was called when the storms had power outages in KY and they said the weather was too bad for them to get to them...What do we need them for if they aren't going to help? If the weather wasn't bad then they wouldn't be needed.Think it has anything to do with KY being a red state?

http://www.azstarnet.com/news/278224

Did you see where the 93 year old man froze to death in his own home because he owed a power bill and the electric company put a power limit control device on his electric? This shows you just how much neighbors know what is happening to people who live right beside them.

http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 7:07 PM

I think the Obama supporters will soon be uttering the words.....OOOOOPS!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 1:02 AM

Yeah it should take 14 days to clean up 2920 days of a mess right? Yeah a couple people die in a ice storm and Obama is bad news...

Perspective, Katarina... yeah Bush really saved some lives there eh? 1000s of people, for over a week.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 1:12 AM

Who said people dying in an ice storm was Obama's fault? We were talking about FEMA if you are referring to my Red State comment that was meant as Humor.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 3:15 PM

People should never make light of a death no matter where it occurs . . . we as humans should be above that.

Sharon22 . . .unfortunately Americans are becoming a society in which they have become dependent on someone else to solve all their problems. The idea of rolling up your sleeves and get down and solving one's own problems is an idea of the past and unfortunately our government is facilitating the hand out mentality.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 6:32 PM

Considering I was the one who attempted humor I do assume that you jaxspike think I was making light of people dying when in reality I was making light of FEMA saying the weather was to bad for them to get to the people of KY...GESH

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 7:37 PM

Yes, I agree. That old man should have wasted no time rolling up his sleeves and solving his own problems. One has to wonder why he did not think of it himself while he was sitting there freezing to death.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 6:14 AM

It was a general comment that was inspired by another person's comment . . . I really hadnt read your comment until now.

Maybe it hit a nerve?

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 6:15 AM

I just think it's sad that sometimes we forget to check on out neighbors, myself included, at times. I do wonder at times, if personal pride, no matter how old we are, gets in the way. I think we have a certain part of society that is dependant on the government to met all their needs, then we have those that are still very independant.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 11:10 AM

It hasn't taken long to see that our new President is not willing to work across the isle. As the President he should be setting the standard to get everyone, or as many as possible, to work on getting the country back on track. And I don't care to hear what Bush did while he was in office. He did not cause this issue with the economy no matter what you dig up from the New York Times. This was set in motion long ago; the economy is cyclical and has been from the time of our establishment as a nation. If Bush is guilty of anything, its slow reaction time. The Dems for pushing Fanny May and Freddy Mac to back unsecured loans in the late nineties, and the republicans for deregulating Wall Street and the banking industry around the same time, they are the culprits along with the greedy CEO's in the ivory towers George is gone, it's time for the change we heard so much about, stop the partisan bickering and get to work on the countries business. We are all Americans lets work together like Americans and get this crap fixed. When any one no matter they be Democrat or Republican, closes their mind to other ideas, you you're your ignorance. Wise men and women listen to all, weed out the bad and harvest the good, for there in lies true wisdom.

-- Posted by docudrama on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 2:05 PM

I have never laughed so hard at all the Bush loosers. pay back is bad Bush fans SO GET OVER IT THE OLD DEEP SOUTH HAS GONE WITH THE WIND

-- Posted by gary ashley on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 4:28 PM

2) The newly-appointed head of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, said Friday, "...For those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over. There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody."

Looks like bi-partisanship isn't going to happen, does it? There's such a thing as cooperation -- working together -- to solve problems. It's not weak to compromise sometimes.

"The Bill needs to be looked over, and all the unneccessary spending needs to be removed from the bill. From what I heard on the news last week, Obama claims he will remove all the unneccessary spending from the bill so that the Republican party will accept it and pass it. What more reaching across the table does he need to do?"

He is the president, everything he decides on is not going to be pleasing to everyone, let him present it, let them deny it, let them rearrange and re-present it until it is something everyone can agree on. That is the way all business should be handled. There needs to be a place/places provided for these people without electricity or help to go. FEMA should be able to go and help move people to a better and safer place until they can get things back to normal in those areas. Of course some may refuse to leave, but food water and possible kerosene heaters, oil lamps, etc. should be provided as well as someone going in to check on them regularly. That is what they are getting paid to do, so DO IT"!

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Tue, Feb 3, 2009, at 11:12 AM

Under the title of Same Ole Same Ole..

It has come to light that bailed out Bank of America spent millions of dollars on Superbowl sponsership..with your tax dollars no doubt. Americans can not afford to pay their mortgages but yet the very banks and mortgage companies that hold their mortgages are spending tax dollars like there is no tomorrow.

I don't know about you but I am about sick of all this..

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Feb 3, 2009, at 1:35 PM

Same ol', Same ol' is what we will continue to have until we the people see thru the facade our pollutedticians are hiding behind and start holding them accountable. This past election was almost as bad a farce at the Florida election was when so many chads hung up. So why was the outcome as it was? 1. Our President is a VERY gifted speaker. 2. He had a war chest that completely overwhelmed the opposition. 3. He told the people what they wanted to hear but not what they needed to hear; i. e. he promised things which we cannot afford and the majority of the nation was gullible enough to believe him.

Basically our pollutedticians are using taxpayer money to obtain a spot at the goverment hog trough. It is not just the Demoncrats or just the Repukelicans, it is BOTH.

I'm not quite sure I'm ready for a female president or VP but this Pallin gal from Alaska sure impressed me. Not because she professes to be a Christian, nor her stand on abortion, nor because she's an NRA member. Yes, I think those are all commendable, but the one thing I really liked about her was that when she took over as Governor she started cleaning house; not on the other side of the aisle but within her own Republican party. I am sure that did not go unnoticed by the Democrats. I can hear 'em now, "Oh No! We're next! We better shape up before she ships us out too!"

-- Posted by Brown Biscuit on Thu, Mar 5, 2009, at 11:32 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.