Welcome to December… let’s watch Congress drag us further into misery.

We are starting December with a very heavy rain… it began around midnight last nite and was still raining five minutes ago when I brought the dogs in from their 10:30 AM walk. I expect it to keep raining most of the day. The low spots on our back lot are flooded already and I imagine groundwater rises are happening all over town. I’ll find out when I go out to the store a little later.

December begins the three or so weeks that Congress has remaining in the Lame Duck Session before all the overpaid and underaccomplishing elected officials head home for the holidays to brag about what they did or didn’t allow to get passed and beg for money. Perhaps they will leave after making at least one or two progressive legal advances get through before the Republicans take over the House and add to their seats in the Senate. Taxing the Wealthy would be one legal wonder. I don’t count on it as Obama seems, as usual, getting ready to cave. To me, the best thing would be for nothing to happen and the taxes go back in place for everyone.

I heard one Republican Congressman say on a TV interview that if the taxes go back to pre-Bush levels, the average tax increase for us poor middle-classers will be around $2,150.00.  This, of course, is not true… the average is thrown way off by the top 1% of the population whose millions-through-billions in income throw off the 99% that averages in the lower thousands. This is being done to scare the middle and lower class voters into supporting the Reps and Senators being paid off by the Murdochs of the world. I expect my taxes to go up a couple of hundred dollars at most… and the amount that would be taken from the wealthy 1% would bring in a huge amount of bucks… perhaps over a trillion dollars.

In reality, if the overall Bush tax cuts for EVERYONE are extended for a couple of years it will put us the same trillion-plus deeper into debt. And if you think that will improve our economy and increase jobs I have a great bridge to sell you.



Welcome to December… let’s watch Congress drag us further into misery.

We are starting December with a very heavy rain… it began around midnight last nite and was still raining five minutes ago when I brought the dogs in from their 10:30 AM walk. I expect it to keep raining most of the day. The low spots on our back lot are flooded already and I imagine groundwater rises are happening all over town. I’ll find out when I go out to the store a little later.

December begins the three or so weeks that Congress has remaining in the Lame Duck Session before all the overpaid and underaccomplishing elected officials head home for the holidays to brag about what they did or didn’t allow to get passed and beg for money. Perhaps they will leave after making at least one or two progressive legal advances get through before the Republicans take over the House and add to their seats in the Senate. Taxing the Wealthy would be one legal wonder. I don’t count on it as Obama seems, as usual, getting ready to cave. To me, the best thing would be for nothing to happen and the taxes go back in place for everyone.

I heard one Republican Congressman say on a TV interview that if the taxes go back to pre-Bush levels, the average tax increase for us poor middle-classers will be around $2,150.00.  This, of course, is not true… the average is thrown way off by the top 1% of the population whose millions-through-billions in income throw off the 99% that averages in the lower thousands. This is being done to scare the middle and lower class voters into supporting the Reps and Senators being paid off by the Murdochs of the world. I expect my taxes to go up a couple of hundred dollars at most… and the amount that would be taken from the wealthy 1% would bring in a huge amount of bucks… perhaps over a trillion dollars.

In reality, if the overall Bush tax cuts for EVERYONE are extended for a couple of years it will put us the same trillion-plus deeper into debt. And if you think that will improve our economy and increase jobs I have a great bridge to sell you.



Bush Lame Duck Watch: Exodus Begins at the EPA

In the Bush administration there has been little stomach for taking responsibility for individuals' actions. With this in mind it should come as little surprise that the staff of the EPA, which has largely served as an arm of industry rather than protector of the environment, is getting ready to leave effectively en masse rather than face the prospect of actual oversight that digs into their actions. Bob Novak (consider the source...) has the story.

Facing two years of critical oversight from the Democratic-controlled Congress, Bush-appointed officials in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are making plans for a quick departure.

An investigative onslaught is expected from Rep. Henry Waxman of California as chairman of the Government Reform Committee and Rep. John Dingell of Michigan as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. They plan to probe corporate influence on EPA policy.

One can argue over whether President Bush is relevant anymore (I'd say he is, at least to a degree, because of Republicans' continuing embrace of his politics and policies) or whether he still has the capacity to affect American domestic policy (in my estimation he can do little outside of utilizing the veto stamp), but without a staff that is willing to continue to serve for the next two years it's going to be awfully difficult for him to even carry out the basic functions of government. And while I don't necessarily forsee the exodus expanding to also affect all of the agencies under the President's watch (largely because of the already present glut in the supply of conservative staffers in the market due to Republican losses in the Senate and the House), any brain drain will no doubt affect this administration more than others.

There's more...

Lame Duck Senators Plan Fresh Assault on Net Neutrality

To learn more about GOP plans for the lame-duck session visit Lameduckhunt.org

If national polls are right, the upcoming midterm election could bring a dramatic shift of power on Capitol Hill. But that may not save us from a last-minute assault on Net Neutrality by members of the outgoing Congress.

There's more...

Lame-duck Congress May Cut Social Safety Net

To find out more on the lame-duck congress visit Lame Duck Hunt.

When Congress returns in November, it must deal at least temporarily with most appropriations bills before funding runs out on November 17. The Coalition on Human Needs is extremely concerned about the threat of cuts to many human needs programs as Congress takes up domestic appropriations. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed difficult cuts in many health, education, job training, and social services programs. (For detailed examples, click here - PDF.)

These new reductions would follow upon $12 billion in domestic appropriations cuts over the past two years. Since FY 2002, direct services such as youth training have been cut 25 percent; the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant has dropped 15 percent; the Community Food and Nutrition Program was eliminated; Even Start was slashed 65 percent; and the Mental Health Performance Partnership Block Grant was cut 16 percent, just to name a few. There has been strong bipartisan opposition to making things worse. But so far votes have been ignored and promises broken.

Please take action by writing a letter to the editor and sending it to your members of Congress.

There's more...

Diaries

Advertise Blogads