Scott Walker authorized payment to Michael Best & Friedrich of up to $500,000; to date, the firm has billed Wisconsin nearly $100,000. Scott Walker has provided no explanation for why this contract is appropriate and has yet to respond to open record requests seeking information. Not surprisingly, the state’s largest paper (and Walker endorser), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, still hasn’t touched this story. For more, see the article linked above.
Long before Rosa Parks was hailed as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” she wrote a detailed and harrowing account of nearly being raped by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper in 1931.
The framework of a tentative deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling calls for up to $2.8 trillion in total deficit reduction over the next decade, two sources familiar with the negotiations told CNN late Saturday night.
The agreement, still being negotiated by the White House and bipartisan congressional leaders, would allow the debt ceiling to be raised by enough to last at least through the end of 2012.
The debt limit would be increased in two stages, both of which would occur automatically — a key Democratic demand that would prevent a repeat of the current crisis before the next election.
The agreement includes upfront spending cuts in the range of roughly $1 trillion, the sources said. A special congressional committee would recommend additional spending reductions of up to $1.8 trillion no later than Thanksgiving. If Congress failed to approve the recommended cuts by late December, automatic, across-the-board cuts - including both defense and Medicare - would take effect.
And why can’t we just pass a stand alone bill to raise the debt ceiling? One of my friends said it well: “Whether or not it is a spending problem or a revenue problem is not relevant to the question of what to do about it now. It doesn’t matter what we had for dinner, the check is here.”
The figure of the tyrant-monster is known to the mythologies, folk traditions, legends, and even nightmares of the world. And his characteristics are everywhere essentially the same. He is the hoarder of general benefit…
The inflated ego of the tyrant is a curse to himself and his world - no matter how his affairs may seem to prosper. Self-terrorized, fear-haunted, alert at every hand to meet and battle back anticipated aggressions of his environment, which are primarily the reflections of the uncontrollable impulses to acquisition within himself…
Wherever he sets his hand there is a cry: a cry for a redeeming hero, the carrier of the shining blade, whose blow, whose touch, whose existence, will liberate the land.
”—Joseph Campbell, A Hero With A Thousand Faces. Thought this was beautiful and true… seems the characteristics of today’s “powerful few” are well-defined here - uncontrollable impulse to acquisition, the hoarders of general benefit. Though-provoking, anyway. (via caleblund)
Before the economy soured in 2007, 12 percent of youngsters age 3 and under whose families were randomly surveyed in the hospital’s emergency department were significantly underweight. In 2010, that percentage jumped to 18 percent, and the tide does not appear to be abating, said Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at BMC.
“Food is costing more, and dollars don’t stretch as far,’’ Sandel said. “It’s hard to maintain a diet that is healthy.’’
The emergency room survey found a similarly striking increase in the percentage of families with children who reported they did not have enough food each month, from 18 percent in 2007 to 28 percent in 2010.
Pediatricians at hospitals in four other cities - Baltimore; Little Rock, Ark.; Minneapolis; and Philadelphia - also reported increases in the ranks of malnourished, hungry youngsters in their emergency rooms since 2008. But Boston’s increases were more dramatic, said Sandel, a lead investigator with Children’s HealthWatch, a network of researchers who track children’s health. Researchers said higher housing and heating costs in Massachusetts probably exacerbated the state’s surge.
Seriously, what the hell is Sir John of Orange doing? Last night, Boehner finally had to abandon his attempt to get his debt limit bill passed, because he couldn’t get enough votes in the House to push it through. But that’s OK, because there was no way in hell the Senate was going to pass…
“Let me just say, he [Paul Krugman] is influential because if you’re a blogger, and you’re still living in your mom’s basement, and you got Cheetos all over the keyboard, you type in your underwear, unlike Alex Trebek, then yes, you look at Paul Krugman and you think yes, he is my hero.”—
“Boehner’s comments this morning — “I and my Republican colleagues are prepared to move on our own” — sounded a lot like a House leader who’s not even interested in finding a solution at all. His goal is likely to avoid blame, not to resolve the problem.”—Steve Benen (via quickhits)
The continuing adventures of right-wing corporate mascot, Scott Walker, from John Nichols:
[Governor Scott] Walker…is clearly starting to feel the heat of a Wisconsin summer gone awry.
After he got out of the Denver airport and finally made it to Salt Lake City for the Governors Association gathering, Walker gave interviews in which he talked about how he had made “mistakes” in selling his agenda — as part of a “charm offensive” aimed at making the governor seem humble and perhaps even reasonable.
“I don’t think we built enough of a political case,” Walker told the Reuters news service, “so we let … the national organizations come in and define the debate while we were busy just getting the job done.”
Walker was, of course, lying.
He made no “mistakes.” He implemented an agenda, dictated by right-wing donors such as the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and supported from the start by the network of conservative think tanks and organizations developed to push the pro-corporate agenda in the states. He and his aides engaged in a coordinated effort to “build” the “political case” for that agenda, through a media blitz in February — and that blitz was augmented by television and radio ads paid for by national right-wing groups.
Those were the “national groups” that came in and tried to “define the debate.”
The only “mistake” Walker made was in believing that Wisconsinites were foolish enough to fall for the fantasies about needy corporations and big bad unions that he was peddling.
They weren’t. Wisconsinites saw through the spin.
That’s why hundreds of thousands of them turned out to protest against the governor and his agenda in February and March. That’s why they are working to recall his allies in July and August.
President Obama hosted a town-hall event in College Park, Maryland, this morning, and much of the discussion naturally turned to the debt-ceiling fiasco unfolding on Capitol Hill. Of particular interest, though, was an exchange about the so-called “Constitutional Option.”
Everything here is alive, working at something, fulfilling itself without thought of my patience; yet when the track was laid down a hundred years ago I never winced for the cold; my heart, soaking in rain under the skies of Cautín never ventured so much as a…