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There was alot of changes in the House and Senate.  Still waiting on two Senate seat in Virginia and Montana, but they both are looking fairly good at this point.

 Sorry I haven’t been posting but I have been an election judge and have had two greuling days.

 Congrats to all the new Congressmen and Senators and the ones that held their office. Now it’s time to work hard for change in this country. Be ever vigilant even on these new members.  Don’t let up or they will get too comfortable and we will have corruption sneaking in again.

More posts once I catch my breath and my mind clears from election overload!

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November 8, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Elections, Op Ed, Polls | 3 Comments

This Administration doesn’t like oversight!

Now why would they do this?

Congress Closes Federal Accounting Agency In Iraq…

Was it because they were finding too much graft, incompetence and mismanagement of money!?!

Here’s more from CQ:

Investigators Say Appropriations Panel Lost Appetite for Oversight

Last month’s mass firing of House Appropriations Committee investigators followed years of declining appetite for tough oversight and partisan squabbles that the investigators say often stalled their work.

Several members of the team, some of whom spoke on the condition that they not be identified by name, defend their record against committee spokesman John Scofield’s charge that recent work was not good. They suggest instead that majority Republicans had no appetite for oversight of the Bush administration.

The investigators said they identified billions of dollars in potential savings every year, particularly in the Defense budget, and that they heard no complaints until Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., dismissed 60 contractors on Oct. 16.
Joseph Stehr, a retired FBI agent who had been a member of the team off and on since 1985, said he remains stunned by Lewis’ action. “It reeks, it really does,” he said. “It just amazes me that after 60 some years, that just with the swipe of a pencil the thing could all go away.”

Stehr said the team gave the committee a unique window into Defense programs. “Who is going to look into all of this? GAO? I don’t think so. They’re slow-pitch Wiffle ball, where we throw 90 miles an hour.”

Scofield said the dismissals were part of a review of the team, and that the investigators might be rehired.

But Stehr, who worked on a now-stalled study of Katrina relief spending as well as on Pentagon budget scrubs, said many of the former investigators are so disillusioned that they would not return if the committee decides to reconstitute its investigative team in the 110th Congress.

Much more to this article here:

This admin has been secretive, lying, scandal ridden, and has morphed into arrogant.

Wake up America!!! Please!

November 4, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Iraq, Op Ed, Scandals, World News | Leave a comment

More on the VFW/Tammy Duckworth Non-Endorsment

Daily Kos has more on the story.  Of course this was a plan from the right.  Here’s what Kos found out:

 The botched endorsement

Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 03:15:35 PM PST

So Duckworth (D) lost both her legs when her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in combat in Iraq. She’s running for Congress against a Republican, Pete Roskam, who quite typically never served. Suddenly, today, out of the blue, the national Veterans of Foreign Wars endorsed Roskam. Unlike SOP for these sorts of things, the VFW never sent Duckworth a questionnaire. None of the local VFW chapters were contacted.

Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth gave both legs in sacrifice to her country, but that apparently wasn’t enough for the Veterans of Foreign Wars to endorse her. Instead, the national VFW relied on the word of former Republican state Sen. Ray Soden of DuPage County to back Republican Peter Roskam in the down-to-the-wire 6th Congressional District.

Roskam tried to bill the endorsement as a major boost to his campaign in the final days, but found himself admitting he sat on the endorsement until the end for maximum attention. The VFW representative was unable to give much of a reason for the endorsement or explain how it happened, and Roskam looked stunned at the harsh questioning from reporters.

So if no local chapters were consulted (and they support Duckworth), and if she received no questionnaire, how did it happen?

Roskam said the national endorsement was based on the recommendation by a few 6th District VFW leaders. The only one he named was Soden, a former head of the Illinois VFW who was appointed to fill out former Republican Senate President James “Pate” Philip’s term in 2003.

 Buttice said Soden sits on the national VFW’s political action committee board but had surgery Friday and was unavailable.

Next time, the VFW may want to consult with their local chapters. As is, this endorsement is blowing up big time in Roskam’s face. If nothing else, it gives Duckworth yet another chance to hold press conferences surrounded by vets and have her story repeated in newscasts.

Well, it’s blowing up in the RIGHT face. Get it? “RIGHT”?

The LINK 

Update: The Daily Herald has more

November 4, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Elections, Troops and Vets, Veteran Affairs | 2 Comments

VFW Disses one of their own!

What were they thinking and who made this decision?  Two lost limbs and they endorse a Chickenhawk who likes to ban books! I think it is time for vetting some of the vets in the VFW!

From the AP:

VFW passes over veteran in Illinois

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer 54 minutes ago

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ political action committee Friday endorsed a Republican congressional candidate with no military experience over a Democrat who lost her legs in combat in Iraq.

The endorsement of GOP state Sen. Peter Roskam over Tammy Duckworth angered some Illinois veterans, as well as national figures such as former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a veteran who lost a leg in Vietnam.

“They should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “They have some explaining to do to their members.”

Duckworth is a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the Army who lost her legs when her aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Flanked by more than 20 veterans at a news conference, Duckworth said she was never contacted by the organization or asked to fill out a questionnaire, as typically happens when organizations are deciding which candidates to endorse.

“I think it’s unfortunate they did this,” she said.

Duckworth has said that invading Iraq was a mistake but now that American troops are there, withdrawal should be tied to an aggressive training plan for Iraqi forces.

Roskam has repeatedly said the military needs to “finish well” in Iraq. He caused a stir during a debate when he said the district wasn’t a “cut-and-run district” — something Duckworth supporters called inappropriate, given her injuries.

Here’s the Link

November 3, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Op Ed, Veteran Affairs | Leave a comment

Impending Economic Slowdown – Are you prepared?

Many Economists are predicting this slowdown.  At this point the concern is more recession than inflation.  Another article from the AP:

Halloween brings more US data to spook markets

By John AuthersTue Oct 31, 1:25 PM ET

Here we go again. On Tuesday, disappointing data from the US spooked world markets, appropriately enough on Halloween. Once more, the betting is that the US economy is set for a sharp downturn. Graphs of the dollar against the main alternative currencies, and of Treasury bond yields, all show the trajectory of a jet heading for a hard landing.

Following last week’s drab gross domestic product figures for the third quarter, yesterday brought an outright drop in consumer confidence. Analysts had expected the continuing fall in gasoline prices to fuel an increase in confidence, so this was negative. Add the survey of Chicago purchasing managers, which showed its weakest reading since August of last year, and everything was set for a run on the dollar.

Events elsewhere are compounding the dollar’s problems. The Bank of England seems certain to tighten rates at its next opportunity, and a December tightening from the European Central Bank is also firmly expected.

The dollar is at its lowest level against sterling for the year – almost $1.91 at one point on Tuesday. The pound has gained 3.5 cents since the Federal Reserve’s meeting last week. The euro has gained 1.8 per cent, and the yen has strengthened even more, moving from Y119.36 to Y116.82 since the beginning of last week. The Fed Funds futures market puts the odds of a rate cut by next March at 50 per cent, having priced out any such possibility by the beginning of last week.

The 10-year US Treasury bond yield has given up a cool 21.5 basis points over the last six trading sessions, dropping from 4.83 per cent to 4.61 per cent.

The Halloween “tricks” could come for those making money from the yen carry trade – borrowing in low-yielding yen-denominated accounts to go “long” elsewhere. But more dollar weakness could be a “treat” for equities outside the US. The flood of US investors’ money into foreign markets is fuelled by the dollar.

According to Morgan Stanley Capital International, the world outside the US has grown by 9.4 per cent this year in local currency terms, but by 16 per cent in dollar terms.

Wake up America!  The only way to really bring down this country is economically and we are letting this happen.  Think about it.  Who owns most of our debt? Where are the jobs going?  How many corporations are now off-shore and pay no taxes? And how many countries own or are running businesses here?  Remember Dubai has bought but never sold back the running of our ports.  Wake up and question this government and every politician on this subject.

November 1, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Economy, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Take heed of this and mind your future

Found this article on the AP today.  Comments to follow.

 Pressure builds on U.S. business to outsource: study

Tue Oct 31, 4:55 PM ET Pressure on the U.S. labor market from the outsourcing of traditionally white-collar jobs is just starting to build, according to a new study.

 Fortune 500 companies could potentially save $58 billion annually, or some $116 million per company, by offshoring general and administrative jobs, according to the Hackett Group, a strategic advisory firm.

 Hackett will formally issue the study next week.

 The study estimates that increased use of cheaper overseas labor could affect up to 1.47 million back-office jobs, or nearly 3,000 at a typical Fortune 500 company.

 Some of the job functions that can now more readily be shipped overseas than they could several years ago include IT, finance, human resources and procurement, the group said.

 “Over the past few years, the resources available offshore have matured to an extent no one could have imagined, creating a paradigm shift that companies can ignore only at their peril,” said Julio Ramirez, Hackett managing director.

The education base and skill set, and with it the potential savings on labor costs, is on the rise in India, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Brazil and other emerging countries, the Hackett study contends.

Many companies are relying on outdated analysis to assess the benefits of outsourcing, and risk “under-scoping” such initiatives, Hackett said.

But once they get up to speed, it could be “Katie bar the (office) door.”

 Hackett is a division of Answerthink Inc. (Nasdaq:ANSR – news), a business and technology consulting firm.

This will hurt not just employment, it will hurt our economy.  These studies seem to stop at the savings for the Corporations but do not show how the loss of this many jobs, here, will effect our economy. Let’s face it…if people in the US can’t find good jobs, who will be able to afford the goods and services these corporations sell. And who will be able to afford to buy stock in these corporations.

Penny wise and pound foolish!

Time to put limits on these corporations and turn “free” trade into “FAIR” trade.

November 1, 2006 Posted by | Current News, Economy | Leave a comment