Category: election 2008

Swine Flu – CDC and WHO

With everyone hyping up the swine flu on blogs and the news. I found two links that are down to earth and sane about whats going on.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization), are the two areas where you are going to be informed with knowledge and truth. They update everytime there is need and if there are going to be warnings these are the sites to look at, not all the blogs and such looking for attention.
CDC/Swine Flu

WHO/Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)


Only in those two areas are you going to find truth about the swine flu and or any other information dealing with disease control.

Save your self the panic – get the truth!

Huckabay Previous Abductions and Arson

Melisa Huckaby already in jail awaiting charges of rape, abduction and murder of Sandra Cantu and 8 year old victim, now is being link to other crimes.

In January Huckaby has been listed in a 4 hour missing 7 year old from the same trailer park. The 7 year old was found and appeared to have been drugged with a strong muscle relaxant. The child’s speech was slurred, she could barely walk or stand. Unfortunately the police couldn’t prove that Huckaby was the cause and no arrests were made.

Also in 2007 where she resided in Southern California she is a person of interest in two deliberately set fires. The two fires were deliberaly lit during an 8 day period. Further investagtion or possible arrest had been dropped due to the Cantu murder trial.

Save Now Pay Later

Is that what is going to happen in these trying days ahead? Vermont courts were ordered to close their doors  for five “furlough days” in order to achieve $245,000 in cost savings ordered by the state, which is in the throes of a fiscal crisis.

Ok, that ‘sounds’ good on paper, but, (and there always is), what happens to the already over crowded dockets? Now judges have a ‘day off’ and that will add 5 times more to their work load to which they are having trouble with now.

So I’m thinking in theory, Overloaded dockets, a rush to justice, clean out the files, run the ‘bad guys’ through fast today due to the day off, there is going to be more human error and those who are innocent may be awarded the wrong sentence, which means lawsuits. which means more cost to the tax payers in the long run.

Then there is the human error of allowing a criminal to run free, well we all know what that means.

At any rate Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber says all nonunion employees of the judiciary who make more than $60,000 a year will be subject to the furloughs.

A half-day-a-week court closing plan imposed earlier this year will remain in effect, except in weeks when the courts close completely for the day. In those cases, the furlough day will replace the half-day closing.

We will see how this all pans out.

Women Are Easy-Men Are Difficult

Valentines Day is right around the corner. Women are easy, we know all about flowers, candies, dinners, there are many gifts to choose from as women just love everything it seems! (hint-don’t get her a vacuum cleaner, bad choice.)
But men, here is your chance to write what gift you would really love to receive. There are some men that are sick of tie clasps, ties, cuff links, etc. What would you really love to get for Valentines Day from your favorite woman?
Be nice as we all know the number one thing so you don’t need to write that.

Republican Alternative Stimulus Package

You know this IS debatable, but it does seem like a nice thing to think of actually having more money on a daily/yearly basis instead of a fast boost.

Top Republican lawmakers on Friday unveiled a plan for tax cuts and other steps meant to pull the battered US economy out of its slump after White House talks with President Barack Obama.

The blueprint, anchored on a series of tax-cut proposals and an effort to prop up sagging US home values, came with the Senate and House of Representatives looking to send Obama a stimulus bill by February 16.

Republicans have fiercely opposed a Democratic bill that comprises 550 billion dollars in spending and 275 billion dollars in tax cuts, charging it is too big, would do little to restore growth, feeds too many pet projects, and kicks in too late.

But “there’s unanimity that our economy needs help,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said at the White House after laying out the Republican initiative before Obama.

The Republican plan relies on cutting lowest individual tax rates from 15 percent to 10 percent and from 10 percent to five percent, tax deductions for small businesses, and a ban on tax increases to pay for new spending — which they say should be paid for by cutting spending in other areas.

It would also make unemployment benefits tax free, and offer a home-buyers credit for those who make a minimum down payment of five percent, according to a statement from the Republican leadership.

“At the end of the day, government can’t solve this problem. The American people have to solve it. And the way they can solve it is if we allow them to keep more of the money that they earn,” said Boehner.

Republican leaders were expected to meet with Obama next week to discuss the plan, as the House prepares to vote Wednesday on the Democratic plan and any Republican amendments.

Vermont Governor Douglas Meets With Obama

Vermont is a small state, sometimes so small it gets lost in the shuffle.

Monday morning Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will sit down with President Obama for a one-on-one meeting in the oval office.

Douglas is scheduled to speak with the President about the Federal Economic Recovery Package at 11 o’clock. The Governor is expected to stress the importance of this package as states struggle to balance budgets and the need for greater flexibility so that Governors and state leaders can determine how to best use the funds.

Governor Douglas is also scheduled to meet with Vermont’s Congressional Delegation. The Senate is expected to start debate on the bill Monday.

The great depression

The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world.

Though the U.S. economy had gone into depression six months earlier, the Great Depression may be said to have begun with a catastrophic collapse of stock-market prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929. During the next three years stock prices in the United States continued to fall, until by late 1932 they had dropped to only about 20 percent of their value in 1929. Besides ruining many thousands of individual investors, this precipitous decline in the value of assets greatly strained banks and other financial institutions, particularly those holding stocks in their portfolios. Many banks were consequently forced into insolvency; by 1933, 11,000 of the United States’ 25,000 banks had failed. The failure of so many banks, combined with a general and nationwide loss of confidence in the economy, led to much-reduced levels of spending and demand and hence of production, thus aggravating the downward spiral. The result was drastically falling output and drastically rising unemployment; by 1932, U.S. manufacturing output had fallen to 54 percent of its 1929 level, and unemployment had risen to between 12 and 15 million workers, or 25-30 percent of the work force.

The Great Depression began in the United States but quickly turned into a worldwide economic slump owing to the special and intimate relationships that had been forged between the United States and European economies after World War I. The United States had emerged from the war as the major creditor and financier of postwar Europe, whose national economies had been greatly weakened by the war itself, by war debts, and, in the case of Germany and other defeated nations, by the need to pay war reparations. So once the American economy slumped and the flow of American investment credits to Europe dried up, prosperity tended to collapse there as well. The Depression hit hardest those nations that were most deeply indebted to the United States, i.e., Germany and Great Britain. In Germany, unemployment rose sharply beginning in late 1929, and by early 1932 it had reached 6 million workers, or 25 percent of the work force. Britain was less severely affected, but its industrial and export sectors remained seriously depressed until World War II. Many other countries had been affected by the slump by 1931.

Almost all nations sought to protect their domestic production by imposing tariffs, raising existing ones, and setting quotas on foreign imports. The effect of these restrictive measures was to greatly reduce the volume of international trade: by 1932 the total value of world trade had fallen by more than half as country after country took measures against the importation of foreign goods.

The Great Depression had important consequences in the political sphere. In the United States, economic distress led to the election of the Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt to the presidency in late 1932. Roosevelt introduced a number of major changes in the structure of the American economy, using increased government regulation and massive public-works projects to promote a recovery. But despite this active intervention, mass unemployment and economic stagnation continued, though on a somewhat reduced scale, with about 15 percent of the work force still unemployed in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. After that, unemployment dropped rapidly as American factories were flooded with orders from overseas for armaments and munitions. The depression ended completely soon after the United States’ entry into World War II in 1941. In Europe, the Great Depression strengthened extremist forces and lowered the prestige of liberal democracy. In Germany, economic distress directly contributed to Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The Nazis’ public-works projects and their rapid expansion of munitions production ended the Depression there by 1936.

At least in part, the Great Depression was caused by underlying weaknesses and imbalances within the U.S. economy that had been obscured by the boom psychology and speculative euphoria of the 1920s. The Depression exposed those weaknesses, as it did the inability of the nation’s political and financial institutions to cope with the vicious downward economic cycle that had set in by 1930. Prior to the Great Depression, governments traditionally took little or no action in times of business downturn, relying instead on impersonal market forces to achieve the necessary economic correction. But market forces alone proved unable to achieve the desired recovery in the early years of the Great Depression, and this painful discovery eventually inspired some fundamental changes in the United States’ economic structure. After the Great Depression, government action, whether in the form of taxation, industrial regulation, public works, social insurance, social-welfare services, or deficit spending, came to assume a principal role in ensuring economic stability in most industrial nations with market economies.

Jobless Rate Hits 7.2%, a 16-Year High

“The simplest way for a company to hoard cash is to drain their inventories and fire their workers,” said Robert J. Barbera, chief economist at the Investment Technology Group, a research and trading firm, “and everywhere you look, that is what is happening.”

The total number of jobs lost in the recession now totals 2.59 million, counting upward revisions for October and November, with many more job losses expected in coming months.

Stimulus bill benefits

When one doesn’t do the daily house work – home becomes a disaster. It then takes a clean up crew of mass proportions to clean it up so its livable……. manfred

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, building support for his economic stimulus plan, said Saturday it would save or create up to 4 million jobs.

Speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said a report written by his economic advisers concludes that the vast majority of the new or saved jobs affected by the stimulus measure, which could be as much as $800 billion, would be in the private sector.

“The report confirms that our plan will likely save or create three to four million jobs,” Obama said. “Ninety percent of these jobs will be created in the private sector. The remaining 10 percent are mainly public sector jobs we save, like the teachers, police officers, firefighters and others who provide vital services in our communities.”

Attempting to refute Republican criticism that too many of the jobs created under the stimulus measure would be short-term, “make-work” positions, the president-elect said, “They’ll be the kind of jobs that don’t just put people to work in the short term, but position our economy to lead the world in the long-term.”

Obama also pointed out the bill would extend unemployment insurance and healthcare coverage

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