Blog News of Note — July 28, 2010

Posted on July 30, 2010

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News stories and commentary not to be missed:

  • Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, claims that while he was in the House, Republicans claimed government spending was good for small business.  Huh?  Republicans believe tax cuts for small businesses which allow those businesses to create new products, hire new employees and grow in size overall is what’s good for small business, not government spending. 
  • In case you missed President Obama’s appearance on the daytime television program The View (as I did), you might be surprised to hear that President Obama described African-Americans as “sort of a mongrel people.”  Eye-opening? Yes. Controversial?  Apparently not if your President Obama.  I guess it’s a bit like the joke he made comparing his bowling game to the Special Olympics.
  • The U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has closed in order to review its “security posture.”  This is the same town which across the border from El Paso, Texas and which has had a tremendous increase in violence since President Calderon started his crackdown on drug cartels. 
  • You’ll be ever so reassured to know that nearly 10 years after 9/11, e-passports are still easy to obtain using fraudulent information that should alert government authorities.  Between this and not securing the border, I’m beginning to think the government isn’t doing all it can to keep us safe.
  • The spending on defense pet projects has been cut by over half down to $1.2 billion.  That may seem like a lot of money, but when you compare it to the projected $1+ Trillion projected for our newly passed healthcare reform or even the $1.4 Trillion deficit for this year alone, it doesn’t seem like so much any more.