GOP Chooses Millionaires over Federal Employees – Democrats have been trying to extend the federal payroll tax, and in their plan, said they’d pay for it by a slight increase in taxes for people making over $1 million a year. Sounds fair, right, in a time when the wealth gap in the U.S. continually grows? Not for the GOP, who again have shown they will protect their rich sugar-daddies at all costs. In response to the Democrats plan, Republicans countered by removing the tax increase for millionaires, and instead extending a pay freeze for Federal employees to help pay for it. Federal employees already are in a 2-year pay freeze, and this would extend it another year. Occupy Wall Street protesters, you have yet more ammo. Again the GOP shows its true colors.
ESPN “Sports” News of the Day - One of my pet peeves is just how negative the media is in the U.S. Stories with a negative tilt seem to be what the public craves though. The negative tilt on news even extends to sports news. This evening I visited the ESPN.com main page. On the right, they have about 10 major headlines. The top headlines in all of sports included 1) Jerry Sandusky sex scandal updates 2) Football player fined for endzone dance 3) Feds conducting search of another sex-scandal coach 4) Another story about a NFL player fine…well, you get the idea. I would find it very depressing to be a sports reporter, only to get into the business and find myself always reporting on scandals.
Newt Gingrich – “I helped defeat Communism” - Wow. Gingrich says he helped defeat Communism, and also helped develop supply-side economics. The man certainly has an ego. Given that “occupy” movements continue to grow though, I’m not sure I’d be trying to identify myself as a supposed creator of Reagan-esque, trickle-down economics. If it were such a success, you’d think the economy would be booming right now, given that the rich continue to greatly expand their share of the Nation’s wealth.
Viruses Survive For Long Periods in Environment – I currently have the most god-awful cold that I’ve had in many years. I really don’t want my wife and son to get what I have, so I’ve tried to be very careful. I’ve stayed sequestered in a corner of the house, washed my hands constantly, and tried like heck to not spread my germs all over creation. I always assumed that viruses and bacteria really can’t live for long outside the body. However, the study in this story notes that flu viruses can actually live up to several months outside the body, if conditions are right. After reading this story, I have decided to personally take over our basement, lock the door, and keep the family away until mid-2012. Better safe than sorry.
Cain Blasts “Character Assassination” - Cain says “they” are conducting a character assassination on him. I assume “they” are not only the legions of women stepping forward to level accusations of disgusting sexual behavior against him, but also the media for carrying the stories. If Cain wants to accuse anyone of character assassination, all he really needs to do is look in a mirror. The man is a pig. Thankfully, he’s also a horrible politician, and unlike slick politicians who seem to often have negative press just roll off their backs, Cain’s campaign has been pretty clueless in terms of trying to respond to all of the allegations. Bye-bye Mr. Cain, your moment at the top is over. Now I just hope Gingrich’s run at the top of the GOP race is just as temporary.