That’s right. It appears that she feels a need to declassify information that will give dates, names and occurrences where the CIA used torture to extract information from enemy individuals. Well, the torture issue is not new. What happened was some tapes from an enemy combatant were erased by the CIA to save lives. Feinstein and her committee decided to investigate the CIA and the CIA starting looking……with interest….into Dianne Feinstein. This is more a case of ruffled feathers than anything else. Also, because the Senate will change political sides come January; if Feinstein doesn’t release this report now, the new Senate will never let it get released. So for ruffled feathers and for little, if any, new information on tactics and techniques, Feinstein will put American lives in peril, as well as make it near impossible for future endeavors to get intel from foreign nationals or governments. It is hard to fathom how 8 years of a Dem president and 8 years of a Dem Senate with 4 years of a Dem House could set back this country 60 to 80 years. How do you explain this stuff to grandbabies and great grandbabies, who ask you how it came about and why was it allowed to come about.
Our entire area is filled with lobbyists, cronyists, bureaucrats, special interest sharks, and political insiders. Welcome to the new America where one is either an oligarch getting rich on tax subsidies, or struggling and living on some form of federal assistance:
Chart via American Enterprise Institute:
There is also a very good article on this theme by Scott Beyer of the American Enterprise Institute. Read it here
A little local news to cleanse the palate. Loudoun County Public Schools are considering asking Richmond for permission to charge students for riding the bus.
I saw this story and it made me ask: “Why are we having such budget problems in Loudoun that local officials are actually considering making parents pay for bus rides to school?” (Read the full story is here)
Some are saying that this is proof that sprawl does not work and that taxes are too low in Loudoun
A few takeaway questions:
- Considering that children pay for lunch, why would it not be reasonable to pay for the bus ride?
- Are taxes too low in Loudoun? If the county is spending too much, then where’s the waste? (not saying there’s no waste, just want to know). Also consider that Loudoun County can’t afford to build new roads because the new developments are so spread apart.
- Are our local elected officials focused too much on policies that promote sprawl? Considering that we can not even transport our children to school with out having to consider levying some type of fee because schools and housing are too far flung and budgets are not covering the needs, the answer to that question is probably “yes”.
- If we are having budget troubles now, just imagine how much fun it will be once Loudoun has to pitch in to pay for the Metro in about 5 years or so.
You all should know well by now that I am no fan of unions. I don’t like their focus, their tactics, the politics or their ways of doing business. Here is yet another example. The dock workers and longshoremen in Tacoma and Seattle, now also LA and San Diego, have been working without a contract since July 1st. That they continue to work under an old contract is admirable. To slow things down to get their way is not. Yes, they do have the option to strike, which would probably speed negotiations up since it is believed that each day of a strike could cost a billion dollars or more. That ain’t chump change. The ports handle about 29% of our GDP and that is a force to be reckoned with. It appears that there are other contributing factors at work here, and have been for many years. That a letter was sent to the Obama administration for arbitration is a good thing. That they have waited this long is not. Many businesses are and have been suffering because of this slowdown, through no fault of their own. Unions don’t seem to really care about who they hurt at times. In a time of plentiful cheap labor (being pushed by big business and Obama), the unions seem to be cutting their own throats. But that seems to be what big business wants. Who will win in the end between big business and unions is anyone’s guess. The losers will be small business and consumers. That never bodes well for the economy.
Looks like the “nobody knows him” Obamacare architect Gruber will go before Congress to see just what the hell type of scam the Dems and their cronies were perpetrating on American citizens (and the rest of the world was surely watching). It is about time.
Meanwhile, Chuck “I’m so lost” Hagel is resigning. Why? I don’t like or respect the guy and think he was way over his head in that post, so it doesn’t matter who flinched first. Rumors have it that Obama wanted this. Maybe Hagel has had enough of Obama. I feel that this will be the first of many as Obama re-arranges his cabinet to more fit his radical push going forward. That’s just my guess. Anyone that may make Obama feel irrelevant at this juncture needs to go because this loser in the WH wants his library and needs SOMETHING, ANYTHING that he can attribute to his tenure. Well, he has plenty contributed to him, just none of it “positive”. Poor, lost, dictator. Poor, retched man.