“After a tough week in Washington, [President] Obama shifts to economy.” Is “shift” really the right word for this? With all three scandals still dominating the headlines, “distract” is more like it. Yes, the economy is a distraction now. God help us.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) says the Benghazi talking point revisions had no impact on the 2012 presidential election. “That’s what pisses us off!” says every Republican defense hawk in America.
Religious groups ramp up complaints against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), now, too, accusing them of improper targeting. Why do I have the feeling that everyone will accuse the IRS of improper targeting in the next week or so? That’s why you should always target properly.
The Pentagon asks Congress to redirect Afghanistan-related funds to other areas of its budget, particularly transportation, due to high fuel costs. They also need to pay for “8,400 more offices,” holy crap. Are you sure that wasn’t a typo and they really want more “officers?” Nobody needs that many offices!
The tech industry waits with bated breath for the presentation of high-skilled immigration legislation. Has anyone seen anyone else demanding that the tech industry step up retraining efforts for long-term unemployed Americans, in order to fill their own labor shortages? Because if that hasn’t come up, that’s disappointing.
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) puts forward legislation calling for a national strategy dealing with the health effects of climate change. She’d have a better chance at earning bipartisan support if she talked about pollution, as opposed to climate change. Republicans still have too much breathing room to get away with ignoring it.
There’s a new effort in Congress to require labels on genetically modified (GM) foods. I don’t have a problem with labeling; I do have a problem with pushing this before anyone presents evidence that years of GM consumption has altered the human body. Is it really more than just a suspicion?
Russia sends a new load of anti-ship cruise missiles (with advanced radar technology!) to Syria. Here’s Secretary of State John Kerry: “I think we have made it crystal clear that we would prefer that Russia is not supplying assistance.” Yes, but have you made Russia give a shit about your preference? Because that’s what matters.
Congress gets tired of waiting around for the White House and passes a new round of sanctions against Iran. If anyone is worried about how other countries that still trade with Iran would react, well, there’s your geopolitical argument for natural gas exports, or just helping them frack.