Thank the gods for Huffington Post. At least they’re keeping the BP blowout up front, as the hurricane season brings “oil surf.”
Meanwhile, nobody but cable hosts are screaming about energy. Is there anything more important? Pres. Obama’s already on to immigration tomorrow.
Everyone is working towards what media talking heads are now calling the “triple crown,” health care, financial regulation, and hopefully energy passing. But we don’t need just any energy legislation. We need an F.D.R. wide, green jobs revolution.
I know, screw the vision thing. It’s so John F. Kennedy.
As for finreg, Kevin Drum, please read Ezra Klein, but both of you need to understand that Sen. Russ Feingold. I’ve disagreed with before, too; it was Feingold who voted against Mikulski’s amendment on reproductive funds for women.
It’s clear on finreg that Feingold has simply had enough of taking the good, when it’s not only not perfect, but won’t get the job done.
Wall Street and its allies have been calling the shots in Congress for decades, so they must be glad to see how things are shaping up on financial regulatory reform. Congress is about to vote on a final bill that fails to fix the key flaws in the bills passed by both the House and Senate. At the start of this process I made clear that I had a simple test for financial reform — will it stop another financial meltdown? This bill fails that test, and I won’t support legislation that fails to protect the people of Wisconsin from the pain of another economic disaster. And I don’t need to be lectured about this issue by people who supported the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which paved the way for this terrible recession. …
Chris Bowers has a detailed win, lose draw layout. He’s for it, saying it must be done.
However, what “done” means is another matter entirely. Obama loyalists ready to chalk up another “accomplishment,” while all I hear is Dylan Ratigan in my ear, mainly because I think he’s right, as is Feingold.
I’m just not impressed that a Democratic majority isn’t using it’s power more impressively, but is more easily seduced by any win at all.
Meanwhile, I just keep thinking about our dying Gulf… the animals and birds. The lack of any effort or enthusiasm to truly rally the nation to fix this problem, which would take a revolutionary new outlook in our lifestyles and priorities.
Since the BP blowout, I’m sensing the same drift as when George W. Bush missed the opportunity after 9/11 to rally the nation to a common cause and purpose. Where everyone started pitching in to do something about energy, including the way we use it, talk about it and think about it going forward.
I want the country to mobilize, but it all seems so business as usual still.
It’s alarming when cable hosts are crying out louder and more regularly on energy than Pres. Obama, whose presidential style mimics a teen with ADD.