Happy August. It's time for another installment of me sorting / regurgitating news items to you. And away we go:
- The Debt deal has passed the House. You can see their votes here. It will now go on to the Senate where it will probably pass. Then we continue to pass the buck down the line. Republicans in the future need to do a better job of fighting to cut spending. If I go up to the cap on my credit cards, I don't just ask them to raise the limit on my cards - I probably get declined for future cards I wish to get. Why isn't our government held accountable in much the same way. But, I digress.
- But not quite too far of a digression as I link over to Jimmie Bise's piece at Sundries Shack discussing all the lovely, mellow rhetoric used by the left regarding the debt ceiling debate.
- The Maryland Public Policy Institute has a piece asking if we should be supporting the Hippodrome in Baltimore City. They make excellent points on us incurring the debt of the Hippodrome that I suggest you read.
- Casa de Maryland and eight Maryland residents are suing the MD Board of Elections regarding the MD DREAM Act petition / referendum. The kicker? Two of these people on the law suit are illegal immigrants. My hope is that this suit is thrown out, but you never know here in Maryland.
- Incumbent Baltimore City Council member Robert Curran (D) told constituents to lie to the police to try to speed up their reaction time. His opponent in his reelection bid is, understandably, annoyed and is calling for his resignation of this issue.
- Matt Coulter of Race42012 suggests that when, not if, Rick Perry announces for President - expect Giuliani and Palin to be by his side. He makes a fairly compelling argument.
- Pat McDonough (R) has suggested that he's MAY run for US Senate depending on the redistricting process in Maryland.
- Mark Newgent of RedMaryland says that this is not the guy we want coming "off the bench" to run for US Senate in Maryland.
- McDonough also said he was seriously weighing bids for Governor or Baltimore County Executive in 2010, he ran for neither.
- Also, in 2004, McDonough was involved in a physical altercation with lobbyists. He admitted that he shoved a labor union director who he said had gotten in his face.
- Who's getting rich in California? How about some City Managers in Anaheim who are earning an average of over $280,000 a year. That's beyond ridiculous and borders on the absurd, as R.S. McCain points out, that's more than a US Senator, the director of the FBI, or Secretary of Defense.
- Lightsaber Rattling has the newest tidbit from Timothy Zahn before the release of the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire. I love that book and that whole Thrawn Trilogy.
Guess who said the following...
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.