A couple of weeks ago executives from Goldman Sachs were staring at the ceiling while congress questioned them. Now we have BP, Haliburton and Transocean’s presidents shrugging their shoulders and telling senators, “It wasn’t me” (but would anybody be surprised if their fingers are crossed behind their backs?). Conservatives have amassed their talking points, attempting to convince those concerned about the ecological effects of offshore drilling that this only happens two or three times every sixty some odd years and it’s better for our country’s security than any alternatives. Somehow, I don’t think most of the people in Louisiana would agree these days.
Another day, Another year
My birthday has come and gone, and it was a really great one. It was the coldest one on record. I don’t know what I think about that. My hubby gave me a really neat card and stuff and family and friends from all over called, emailed and IMmed their wishes. The kids helped me eat chocolate cake. At one point I think they thought it was their birthday, they were enjoying themselves so much. I have made some progress over the past year, but there is always room for improvement. In the past week, I’ve really grown a bit. I hope that I can continue that over the year.
Is it the year of the black republican? again?
It seems like black republicans are back in the news. There are 32 of them running for Congress, the largest number since reconstruction. I think that it is a great thing that African-American candidates don’t feel pigeonholed by what used to be the only option available to them, the route of the liberal democrat, but is the republican party truly ready to consider the needs of communities of any color? If the tea partiers speaking out these days are to be believed, perhaps they are. I doubt it, but anything is possible.
Former president George W. Bush’s version of fourteen events that defined his life is due out in stores November 9. He’ll be talking about everything from his decision to quit drinking to 9/11. I’m always up for a good book, but since I think the Bushes have enough money, I’ll be getting it at the library :) .
Goldman Sachs, a company that employed our two most recent treasury secretaries (another post for another time), was whining about losing money in the housing market while it was making profits? Why does this not surprise me? At All? I don’t care how much porn the SEC is looking at (and how in the world do you use a computer belonging to the GOVERNMENT to DOWNLOAD PORN? Is crack use THAT prevalent?). This is not a good look. At all.
Toyota got slapped on the wrist with a $16.4 million fine (it’s the largest in history) for hiding the sticky gas pedal fault between last September and this January. Never mind that the NHTSA was complicit in the cover up (where is THEIR fine? huh?) or that records of the fault extend back to the previous presidential administration.
Change I can believe in.
A report by the office of federal ethics finds that our current presidential administration employs former lobbyists in two dozen of 2900 positions. The former administration employed over 100 lobbyists.
What we spend.
Here’s an interesting break out on what the average American household spends for different things. It’s broken out by single, married, with and without kids. I found it really interesting because the overall spending numbers don’t appear to be that far apart to me on average.