By Russell D. Longcore
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The Nation: The President and the Senate threw the House Republicans under the bus and rolled them, making them look ridiculous this week. Granted, that wasn’t terribly hard to do, but the Republicans asked for it. Sure, they crafted a bill that solved the problem of the expiring payroll tax cut for an entire year, which is what Obama said he wanted. But then they loaded on other issues, like the Keystone XL pipeline. Even the Republicans in the Senate voted Obama’s way. Boehner is a moron, and has no idea how to play rough like the Dems do.
The Nation II The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that since June 2009, 54% of all jobs created in all sectors of the economy were jobs through temporary agencies and staffing companies. Apparently, with the lack of predictability about business regulation and taxation coming from Washington, temp jobs are the new normal. And how can you blame employers? Washington now lives a month-by-month existence and that forces the business community to protect themselves against Washington.
International: Vaclav Havel, the shy playwright and poet who helped take Czechoslovakia out of communism to become the first President of the Czech Republic died this week at age 75. He won the Gandhi Peace Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also a jazz enthusiast. Think about a President that doesn’t have his army invade other nations, tell other nations what to do, try overthrowing other governments and minds his own nation’s business. Guy like that can go to late-night jazz clubs without a motorcade and Secret Service guys to keep him from getting assassinated.
International II: “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s crazy dictator, died this week. Do you think the world will ever outlive hardline communists like Brezhnev, Mao, Khrushchev, Kim Jong Il, Boris Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Pelosi, Reed, Obama, Boehner, Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry?
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Business: AT&T dropped their efforts to buy T-Mobile this week, as they couldn’t structure the deal in any way that the Feds could approve. Once again, fascism reveals itself in Washington and negatively affects the American economy.
Economy: The unemployment claims dropped to 364,000 this week. At least the numbers have been lower for two whole weeks running. But no one can point to anything Washington has done that accounts for the drop. In my opinion, Washington is simply cooking the numbers in a different way. They already cook the numbers, and the official unemployment rate is a cruel joke.
Sports: Two NFL quarterbacks are competing for MVP. Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Drew Brees of New Orleans are putting up amazing numbers. Which one do you think will come out on top?
Entertainment: I saw the trailer for “The Hobbit” this week. The film is scheduled for release December 2012. Looks AWESOME. I’d rather think about this for a year than think for one second about Alvin and The Chipmunks, released a week ago. Jason Lee should shoot himself.
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