Friday, June 22, 2012

Catnip 6/22/12: All the Rainbows


The Haight. I was a little bit early sun-wise to catch these in all their shiny glory, will make it back one of these days. I have the "Full House" houses too - but same problem. Didn't feel like walking back once I had walked by. Something about those monster hills...

Some news:

Romney's Bain pioneered off-shoring American jobs. Surprise, surprise, surprise. "During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission." Would love to see someone take a stab at estimating how many jobs Romney destroyed between his bankrupting of some companies and the outsourcing of others.

Krugman: Prison privatization leads to political corruption and abused human beings, both employees and prisoners alike, and it doesn't save the taxpayer any money. Seems I've heard this somewhere before, namely Arizona and Indiana as recently as last year, and Florida before that. Something to consider about before you continue down the path of privatizing the public schools, don't you think?

The Senate is finally getting around to requesting that the CBO score the cuts on the sequestration deal from the debt ceiling standoff of last year. "The goal was to lay out the damage that the automatic cuts would cause, compelling an agreement to avert them." * looks at watch * Yeah, might want to take a look at that at some point.

Miracle of miracles, it seems a deal on student loan interest rates may be in the works. Shhhh! Be very quiet. Don't scare it away.

More miracles, the farm bill passes the Senate. Click link for picture of smiling Debbie Stabenow. And for those screaming about the Democrats facilitating the $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamps, keep in mind a couple of things: Number one, this never gets through the House, where Paul Ryan has suggested $134 billion in cuts to food stamps AND turning it into a block grant program, and number two, the election of 2010. Take the victory of a Democratic majority in the Senate getting something done, and start throwing your disgust at the GOP House - because they will make the Dems look like Santa Claus before this is over.

One Republican candidate for Senate throws Paul Ryan's budget under the bus. Nice try, but sorry dude, you're still GOP, and there is more damage to our country waiting in the wings than just that budget. Tester still the best choice, Montana. And what is it with all the contrarians in West Virginia?

There have been many, many stories on what may happen if Obamacare is struck down by the Supreme Court, but none as compelling as this one from the NYT this morning. "The tumor grew like a thick vine up the back of Eric Richter’s leg, reminding him every time he sat down that he was a man without insurance. In April, when it was close to bursting through his skin, he went to the emergency room. Doctors told him it was malignant and urged surgery. His wife called every major insurance company she found on the Internet, but none would cover him: His cancer was a pre-existing condition." Will deal with this next week, I'm sure.

One more day until fun. Gotta run.