"The three-legged stool [of Social Security, retirement plans, and 401(k)], if you will, has gone to two legs and it's wobbly. And it's wobbling, and I'm not sure that it's gonna support anything. And that's the scary part and people are afraid," Brooks Hamilton, who has helped design retirement plans for some of the country's largest corporations, told [CBS correspondent Steve] Kroft.
I like the Yahoo News site; it's got some editorial flavor, unlike Google's. So, even if they are only aggregators, at least there's some value add! Plus, we get hits from them (which is kind of amazing, a C list blog like ours...) One sharecropper to another... Read below the fold...
Greider said that progressives should respond to those southern Blue Dogs and other conservatives by telling the party, "We are going to their districts and talk about what they’re for and what they’re against. Are they for whacking Social Security or aren’t they? Let’s put it on the table. Let’s have an honest debate about that. If that makes people nervous, that's good."
“Yes, I am for putting candidates into selected districts who themselves have no great prospects for winning, but who may very well destabilize that safe seat for an incumbent. I’m for that," he went on to say. "And if that leads sooner or later to Democrats losing their majority control, yes, that’s a real threat. And think about it, Democrats. If you want to do something about it, you can. If you don’t, we are going to try to destabilize your comfort.” Read below the fold...
These memos make it clear that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution. Congress should impeach him. And if the administration will not conduct a thorough investigation of these issues, then Congress has a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If that means putting Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales on the stand, even Dick Cheney, we are sure Americans can handle it.
It is unlikely that Bybee would be removed because there are a minimum of 34 bloodthirsty, pro-torture Senators in the congress. And perhaps the man is so rigid that nothing could ever make him resign, not even the disgust of his peers and shunning by decent people everywhere. But he should be impeached anyway, if only so that the Judiciary Committee can publicly consider this outrageous notion that obscure Justice Department lawyers can indemnify agents of the government from illegal activities by issuing a badly reasoned, secret memo.
Because, ya know, the market is always the best -- and a business model of denying care for profit can always be fixed by tinkering round the edges! Fast Company (remember them? From the dot-com bubble?): Read below the fold...
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said Congress will probably review the authority granted to the Fed following emergency credit programs doubling the central bank’s balance sheet to $2.19 trillion.
I think; it doesn't do, to project too much. Alongkorn Parivudhiphong in The Bangkok Post
Finally it came to an end ... I am talking about hit series Sab Poo Saa (Cursed Apparel), which concluded last Wednesday. The talk of the town since its debut in February, the series revolves around a string of vendettas of a female ghost and her obsessions with unrequited loves from her last life.
[T]he last episode - fraught with fears and tears - gave me the "eureka" moment, when I started to see some similarities between this popular soap and the political situation.