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2008 February 06 — Why Now?
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Make Them Talk

The Associated Press is reporting that GOP senators block alternative stimulus plan

WASHINGTON – The fate of $600-$1,200 rebate checks for more than 100 million Americans is in limbo after Senate Republicans blocked a bid by Democrats to add $44 billion in help for the elderly, disabled veterans, the unemployed and businesses to the House-passed economic aid package.

Make them talk. If they want to filibuster, make them filibuster. Keep the Senate open and make quorum calls. Make the Repubs put up or shut up. This is a much better stimulus package than the dishwater House bill, and a filibuster stalls progress on everything else, including the telecom amnesty bill, so make them talk.

February 6, 2008   3 Comments


I haven’t made it a secret that I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but let’s keep the record straight.

Dave Johnson at Seeing The Forest does the work on Hillary Clinton’s legal career: she was an intellectual property law specialist and did a lot of pro bono work on child advocacy, not a typical corporate attorney.

Another issue is that she was on the board of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992.

It would be hard to find anyone who dislikes today’s Wal-Mart more than I do. They are a destructive force that: hired “non-English-speaking workers” to build a “Supercenter” that sucked the life out of many of my favorite local merchants; stiffed a local city for tax abatements and infrastructure improvements when they built their original store; abuses their workers by not adequately staffing the store while maintaining a large roster of part-time employees to avoid paying benefits; etc. ad nauseum.

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February 6, 2008   8 Comments