Capitol Idea: Hurricane-Force Politics: Ron Paul Nostalgic For 1900, The Year a Big One Killed 8,000

We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960. I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district. –Ron Paul The Texas congressman and serial Republican presidential candidate uttered this comment just ahead of Hurricane Irene making landfall over the weekend on the East Coast. Call it Ron Paul’s “pre-buttal” against the storm, but there he was telling his fellow Americans anxiously waiting to face Irene that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just wasn’t necessary. We should just be more like the year 1900, huh? Paul ought to know better. He brags of representing Galveston, so he should know that in 1900 a Category 4 hurricane hit … Continue reading

Eric Cantor Becomes New Target For American Dream TV Spot

A prominent progressive advocacy group says it will next target House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with its new TV ad which calls for the defense of the American Dream. Democracy For America (DFA), which first launched the spot last week, says its supporters have voted to air the ad in the Republican leader’s Virginia district. “On Friday, we asked DFA members to vote on which Republican to target next with our new TV ad exposing the Republican attacks on Medicare, Social Security and education. It was close, but the winner was clear: Republican Eric Cantor,” DFA Political Director Charles Chamberlain says in an email sent Sunday. “Now, we’ll hit him hard across his Virginia district before he heads back to … Continue reading

Nurses To Converge on 60 Congressional Offices, Calling for New Tax on Wall Street

From Maine to California, nurses, joined by others angry over the ongoing economic crisis, will call on members of Congress in their local district offices on Thursday to support a tax on Wall Street financial speculation to pay to, in their words, “heal the nation.” The nurses — members of the National Nurses United (NNU) labor union — will visit the home offices of Republicans and Democrats, with a common message: Everyday Americans are hurting, and they need jobs, healthcare, housing, quality education, nutrition, and a secure retirement, not more cuts, as has been the recent obsession of Congress. Among the lawmakers nurses want to meet with are members of the leadership of Capitol Hill, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), … Continue reading

Not Merely Crazy, but PREDICTABLY Crazy

Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. Other times, I already wrote it before the madness in question even hits print. Today, we have two cases in point. First you might recall my chronicling, yesterday, of the attempt by Politico’s lazy writer to boil down an hour-long interview (by someone else, on TV) to seven flaccid paragraphs. The Daily Caller, financed by Foster Friess, helmed by juvenile Tucker Carlson continues the sensationalization and smear predicted yesterday… Continue reading

Hello Irene!

Hello Irene! Hurricane Irene is moving farther north and we’re just starting to get stronger winds up here on the North Shore in Massachusetts. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm but it is still packing a wallop and just getting started in my area. My neighbors said there’s a power outage already in downtown Amesbury, MA.. In the midst of this hurricane that is still battering the Eastern Seaboard causing billions of dollars worth of damage, FOX News is asking, “Do We Really Need a National Weather Service?” As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, news stations bombard our televisions with constant updates from the National Hurricane Center. — While Americans ought to prepare for … Continue reading

Waiting For Irene to Come

Sitting here in limbo… Waiting for Irene to come… It’s been raining here in Amesbury, MA a few hours now, but the winds and heavy rain still has a few hundred miles to go before it hits us. I live in an old house on the Merrimack River, about 5 – 6 miles from the coast. We’re expecting to have surge floods here along with Tropical Storm strength winds and rain. Scott Nance checked in with a post a little over an hour ago, he’s in the D.C. area riding out the storm. It’s going to be a long night for East Coasters, either in the midst of Irene right now or waiting for her to come.   Irene has been “weakened but … Continue reading

President Declares Disasters In Irene’s Path

President Obama has signed emergency declarations for the following states: North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maryland, according to the White House. The declarations come as Hurricane Irene barrels up the East Coast. The storm has been blamed for at least eight deaths. By Saturday evening, Irene was moving northward slowly, with wind speed of 81 mph. Gusts were 98 mph. Some 2 million were without power in Virginia alone. “Don’t delay.  We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst.  All of us have to take this storm seriously,” Obama says. “You need to listen to your state and local officials, and if you are … Continue reading

Irene Wreaks Havoc, Heads for NYC and New England

Hurricane Irene has been on the path of destruction and is heading towards New York City. If it strikes hard in the New York City area it could be a multibillon dollar catastrope: Apart from the potential loss of life in the most densely populated part of the country, history suggests that the economic damage could run into the tens of billions of dollars, depending on the severity of the storm and how close it comes to the city. Unlikely but theoretically plausible scenarios could have the damage entering the realm of the costliest natural disasters of all time, and perhaps being large enough to have a materially negative effect on the nation’s gross domestic product. There have been mandatory … Continue reading