It’s a New Year but we’re hearing the same “ol’ Rag”. Disgruntled former (decorated) Vietnam Veteran John Murtha once again is singing sour notes about our military. Not satisfied with classifying the Armed Forces as “demoralized” and “ill-equipped” the Pennsylvania Congressman is now telling Reuters that he “wouldn’t join the military now”. With his defeatist attitude, today’s Marines wouldn’t want him doing midnight KP in Antarctica. Picking up where he left off after a nice long congressional vacation Murtha’s call for folding the tent is the second verse in a song we’re sick of before hearing the refrain. Like much ’formula POP’ these days, we’re already punchin’ buttons on the tuner. Coincidentally, we received the latest newsletter from the Marine Corps Heritage Museum to which we donate. I also noticed Rep. Murtha’s name on the Honorary Committee. I respect the former Marine’s fight to protect my right to criticize him. I still think he’s wrong. You can donate to the Marine Corps Heritage Museum here.
Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff has Washington reporters licking their collective chops. With the Bush Administration bereft of any real scandal, the press must look to the enlisted ranks for malfeasance. Clearly congress has the door open 24/7 for any opinions other than those of their constituents: Levin & Stabenow come to mind. Congress enjoys the convoluted nature of the legislation they produce. It allows for the endless calls for “reform” and “consideration” when the law produces ’unintended consequences’ for some suddenly beleaguered group. The AP headline reads: “Top Republican Lobbyist Pleads Guilty…”. The report names 2 Republicans, but leaves out many Democrats that held the door open for Abramoff. These types of headlines bore us these days. With the ’blogosphere’ and the alternative media, Reuters, AP, and the other wire services get their ‘sources’ picked clean before the carcass gets cold.
A forgetful media assumes that simply being Republican is synonymous with ‘corruption’. Conveniently forgetting names like Rostenkowski, Don Riegle, John Glenn, Charles Keating, we’ll except the media favorite: “straight talking” John McCain. Carl Levin busily searching the dumpsters of the White House is having his own wastebaskets looked into with his own ties to Abramoff.
With one hand we applaud the Republican’s policy of limiting terms of congressional committee chairs. It is at best, a symbolic measure meant to stave off possible corruption and perpetual pork channeling (IE: Robert Byrd) The other hand wants to strangle whoever authored the policy for the ascension to leadership roles Senators like Frist and Specter.
A single rate tax policy for all could go a long way toward real Lobbying Reform. Simplification is a medicine consistently rejected by members of congress. Rather than taking the oral treatment, it looks like many are now going to get treatment where it hurts.
As many now know Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in very fragile condition following a stoke Wednesday. After 2 operations to stem hemorrhaging, the outlook for the Military Legend is bleak. While the free world waits and hopes for good news, the enemies of Israel fire guns and hold rallies rejoicing the Prime Minister’s demise.
Congratulations to ‘Blog favorite; Mayoral Re-elect Kwame Kilpatrick. After brushing aside meager polls early on, Kilpatrick is now enjoying a second term as ‘Hizzoner’ in the Motor City. While many enjoy taking the potshots that come with the turf, Kilpatrick’s inaugural speech was spot on. Admonishing Detroiter’s to take pride in the City and vowing to improve the City’s image as well as an attempt to ’reach out’ to us in the ’burbs. We hope you do, Mr. Mayor. Could you start with some speech coaching for event killer Gov. Jennifer Granholm? Kilpatrick will probably get more of what he wants and needs to get the city right with the retirement of council President Maryanne Mahaffey, the commissar of obstruction for decades. Her claim to fame was being the “ROAD CLOSED” ’ to regulatory and zoning flexibility that’s much needed in Detroit.
The Detroit Lions hunt again for a new coach. It’s all been said and done before. We don’t expect much to come of it. Maybe once in 40 years the Fords and Matt Millen will surprise us. We’re not holding our breath, we’re holding our nose.
The Citizens of Detroit get their own School Board back after nearly 6 years of state control. We could rag on the quality of Detroit Public Education, the Teachers Union, the limo rides former board members used to get to work and the deplorable condition of the city’s schools. Instead of a ‘rag’, we here at the ’blog will change the tune and boot up: “The Morning After”.
“Let’s get Crackin’!”