Just joined. Nice weather. I'll get to this later.
Instead of providing a focus on the victims, or a focus on the nation’s bottom line, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have focused on pork-barrel projects as far from Sandy’s impact zone as one gets in the United States.
That’s no joke. The bill spends $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Post reported this week. That is perhaps a drop in the bucket for a $60 billion funding request, but sheer nonsense in relation to disaster recovery on the Atlantic seaboard. Nor is that the only absurd request. The bill contains another $4 million for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, hundreds of miles from Sandy’s impact zone. Another $8 million goes to buy cars and other equipment for the Department of Homeland Security.
Apparently, professor Duland hasn't had an original thought since he left the classroom. Comparing conservatives to Nazis...wow, can we bring the political debate into the 21st century? At least in Florida, politicians in the last election moved on to comparing conservatives to the Taliban.
That said, the comparision between 2010 America and 1930's Germany is a huge stretch. Germany was humiliated and traumatized by their loss in World War I, including 1.7 million killed and 4.2 million wounded (out of 11 million mobilized). Their economy was decimated. Germany was ripe to be taken advantage of by evil people.
On the other hand, the US is the world's leading economic, military and political power. We've recovered our national pride after the 9/11 attacks. Our economy is weakened, but we're not rolling wheelbarrows full of cash to Albertsons to buy bread. In an historic perspective, the US political scene has survived multiple conservative movements in Dr Durland's lifetime including those led by Eisenhaur, Nixon, Reagan, Gingrich, and G.W. Bush. None have resulted in an American Kristalnacht.
Can we have some fresh political viewpoints in the Indy, please?
Not watering medians or unused park land...now that's conservation.
Good related article in National Review Why We're Paranoid by Rich Lowry --
People are living in Tent City not because of adjustable rate mortgages (which, if it were true, they would have agreed to) or unemployment, but because of substance abuse. I agree that the Olympic handout money would have been much better spent on community services, including drug and alcohol rehab programs. Even cities with the best rehab programs, however, have homelessness.
You're a mean one, Mr Grinch.
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