Obama to Revive Credit Flow

President Obama said in his weekly address today that “Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will soon announce a new strategy for reviving the country’s financial system while making sure that banking executives do not misuse federal money meant to assist their companies.” Watch Obama’s weekly address here: I must say, I have to agree with Creature on The Reaction, “Suck it up or go under,” needs to be the message to those greedy corporate ho’s on Wall Street.

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act

President Obama signed the  Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act this morning in the East Room of the White House. The Lilly Ledbetter Act act reverses the 2007 Supreme Court decision that limited the statute of limitations on filing pay discrimination law suits. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the White House ceremony. Clinton was “one of the initial co-sponsors of the Senate legislation (later blocked by Republicans) that sought to change this decision and, in one of her few official acts before being confirmed as Secretary of State, signed on as an original co-sponsor again this year.” *AP photo… HT to Madame Secretary.

Time to Ignore Republicans’ Demands

It’s time to “ignore Republicans’ demands about the stimulus plan” and every other issue that they have roadblocked and stonewalled in the past that comes up again. Democrats have the majority and it’s time to get moving on issues that are most important to the American people. In reacting to last night’s vote in the House on the stimulus plan John Kerry told Politico: “if Republicans aren’t prepared to vote for it, I don’t think we should be giving up things, where I think the money can be spent more effectively.” “If they’re not going to vote for it, let’s go with a plan that we think is going to work.” The Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate suggested tossing … Continue reading

Match THIS for Stupidity: Taxing a House of Cards

My wife is a smoker. Except for one year when she quit, she’s been a smoker since she was about 18. But she’s cut back, from as many as three packs a day to just three cigarettes. And, she now smokes outside the house. At various times, she was asked to show an ID. When in her 20s she saw it as an annoyance. By her 30s and 40s, it was a compliment. Now it’s just downright annoying. The law restricts persons under 18 years of age from buying or smoking cigarettes. My wife understands why she must be “carded.” Yesterday she was carded when she wanted to buy two lighters. The sweet lady at the grocery checkout counter said … Continue reading

Kerry Chairs Senate Panel on Climate, Gore Testifies

John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired a Senate panel on Climate today with Al Gore offering key testimony. As chairman of the SFRC and a long time environmental activist, Kerry is posed to be “an influential player” in the efforts to forge “a treaty and reshape U.S. policy on climate issues.” Sen. Kerry’s committee, which oversees the State Department, gives him a platform from which to influence the U.S. negotiating position in the Copenhagen talks, which are aimed at forging a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that requires many industrialized nations to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Bloomberg notes on today’s hearing:

Statement of Vice President Al Gore to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Former Vice President Al Gore, an expert on the issues of global climate change and international security, today released the following statement at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s first substantive hearing of the 111th Congress: Full text as prepared is below: We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the United States of America as part of the global community should address the dangerous and growing threat of the climate crisis. We have arrived at a moment of decision. Our home – Earth – is in grave danger. What is at risk of being destroyed is not the planet itself, of course, but the conditions that have made it hospitable for human beings. Moreover, we … Continue reading

Opening Statement of Chairman John Kerry at Climate Change Hearing

The full text of Kerry’s opening statement as prepared for delivery is below: We’re all grateful today to welcome back to this Committee not only a visionary leader, but an old friend and Senate classmate of mine-former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore. It’s well known that Al and I have a certain political experience in common.   What is less well-known is that we also teamed up on the first-ever Senate hearing on climate change for the Commerce Committee back in 1988.    On a sweltering June day, some Senate staff opened up the windows and drove home the point for everyone sweating in their seats during Dr. James Hansen’s historic and tragically prescient testimony.   We won’t be repeating … Continue reading