Democrats Shame, Skewer Insurance Shills

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Eloquent, down home as well as brutally truthful and direct in a classy manner, Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) shamed 6 witnesses who testified at the House of Representatives' Subcommittee hearing on Housing and Community Opportunity. Each of these witnesses asserted that from the perspective of the insurance industry, the status quo was good enough. One after the other with painful repetition in this four hour subcommittee meeting that I watched online, each of these corporate shills reiterated the same talking points with a single goal in mind: protect the status quo.

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Bookies, Pimps, and Insurance Companies

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The insurance industry has a great scam of a gravy train going on with home and business owners. Think about it. Collect the premiums, deliberately fail to pay out the claims, pocket the profits, leave town, reduce the coverage, increase the premiums, repeat.

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MSM and the Blogs, Walking Hand-in-Hand

I have many problems with and complaints about the blogosphere, but one thing it usually does well is highlight important-but-ignored news items. It was the blogs that pushed Trent Lott's comments about Strom Thurmond into the news. It was blogs that nailed Dan Rather to the wall. And we all know that it was blogs that highlighted Joe Liebermann's parroting of the Bush administration on foreign affairs.

Sadly, Katrina recovery is not one of the issues the blogs have chosen to save. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are still Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). New Orleans secondary education couldn't be any worse if the teachers tried. Crime is spiking in certain neighborhoods, and innocent citizens are getting caught in the crosshairs. The city is a poster child for our health care complaints, if we would only chose to focus on it. FEMA wastes our money on inefficient policies. Rebuildable neighborhood after rebuildable neighborhood sits empty, and all we have to do to make it worth it is build the levees to specification.

And where are the blogs on this issue? Walking hand-in-hand with the mainstream media (MSM). So I come to you today, hat in hand, pleading. To quote Albert Camus, "If you believers don't help us, who else in the world can help us do this?"

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MSM and the Blogs, Walking Hand-in-Hand on Katrina

I have many problems with and complaints about the blogosphere, but one thing it usually does well is highlight important-but-ignored news items. It was the blogs that pushed Trent Lott's comments about Strom Thurmond into the news. It was blogs that nailed Dan Rather to the wall. And we all know that it was blogs that highlighted Joe Liebermann's parroting of the Bush administration on foreign affairs.

Sadly, Katrina recovery is not one of the issues the blogs have chosen to save. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are still Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). New Orleans secondary education couldn't be any worse if the teachers tried. Crime is spiking in certain neighborhoods, and innocent citizens are getting caught in the crosshairs. The city is a poster child for our health care complaints, if we would only chose to focus on it. FEMA wastes our money on inefficient policies. Rebuildable neighborhood after rebuildable neighborhood sits empty, and all we have to do to make it worth it is build the levees to specification.

And where are the blogs on this issue? Walking hand-in-hand with the mainstream media (MSM). So I come to you today, hat in hand, pleading. To quote Albert Camus, "If you believers don't help us, who else in the world can help us do this?"

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Katrina survivors get extension of federal aid

The Bush administration announced today that federal housing assistance for more than 120,000 families displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina - and still living in trailers - will receive assistance through March, 2009. Assistance was scheduled to end Aug. 31.

ACORN has been pushing for months to get FEMA to extend assistance to hurricane survivors. Hundreds of ACORN members protested at FEMA headquarters in Washington March 12 and sent e-mails to members of Congress.

In addition, starting Sept. 1, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will take over responsibility from FEMA for managing housing for hurricane evacuees. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said the aid extension would cost more than $1 billion.

This transfer of authority is long overdue. HUD is experienced in managing housing while FEMA clearly is not.

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