Saturday, January 31, 2009

Weekly Address: Moving Forward

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama addressed the latest economic news and urged the passing of an America Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. He also announced that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing a new strategy for reviving our financial system -- which will not only ensure that CEOs aren't abusing taxpayer dollars, but also get credit flowing and lower mortgage costs.


Rarely in history has our country faced economic problems as devastating as this crisis. But the strength of the American people compels us to come together. The road ahead will be long, but I promise you that every day that I go to work in the Oval Office I carry with me your stories, and my administration is dedicated to alleviating your struggles and advancing your dreams. You are calling for action. Now is the time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities.

The Republican response so far is to do anything but come together: Both the recovery plan and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the House along party lines. My Congressman, supposed Republican moderate Dave Reichert, voted "nay" on both bills. I sent him the following emails, first regarding the recovery plan:
I wish to express my extreme disappoint that you chose to oppose the economic recovery package supported by President Obama.

Our country's economy is in serious condition. The rigidities of ideological laissez-faire conservatism have not only failed, they have led the country into its present situation. In the past, you have shown an admirable independence from the hard-core right wing of your party and voted as a true moderate. I am surprised and disappointed that your independent values failed you on this critical issue. Simply put, it appears that you voted to obstruct because you are more committed to opposing the President than you are to working across party lines to face down the recession.

You will have another opportunity to support the recovery package when it emerges from conference committee. Please put country ahead of party and support economic recovery.
Regarding the Ledbetter Act:
It is beyond me why you voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The intent of the act is a matter of simple fair play and decency; by opposing the legislation you allied yourself with the most reactionary elements of your party. I for one am not willing to see the 8th District become synonymous with the politics of Deep South Republicans. Shame on you.

Mardi Gras Parades have started! The New Orleans Daily Photo has a picture of last year's Bacchus Parade here. Go here for a complete schedule of this year's parades...

Eunice, in St. Landry Parish, is typical of many Cajun communities that hold Mardi Gras “runs,” known as Courir de Mardi Gras. Revelers don homemade costumes and painted wire-screen masks, and they ride through the countryside on horseback or flatbed trucks, “begging” from their neighbors...

Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, flew over the work Friday afternoon and was ecstatic.

"This is a bright doggone day for the coast, " he said. "It's one little rinky-dink project in the grand scope of things, but this will start to restore the natural hydrology, the natural plumbing.

"The coast finally has a chance to start healing itself."

5 comments:

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Sylvia K said...

Hooray for you! And I second everything you have said!

SparkleFarkle said...

Thanks for stepping up to the plate (contacting you congressman). You've inspired me to do the same. Mucho appreciation!

The End said...

Thanks pips for the updates on politics and the festivals. I have been led to conjecture the remarkable and interesting time in which we live.

Editilla said...

I am pissed off as hell that Obama is sitting on his ass while 42 Americans have died, and over 850,000 other citizens are STILL FREEZING without electricity after the recent Ice Storm National Disaster. Obama is a National Disgrace. I voted for him and campaigned for Change and Hope and what we have here is a failure to communicate, a failure to act and an abject failure to lead this country during a clear and present danger.
Sorry, I hate it when Presidents ignore the suffering of the American People during Disaster.
If he doesn't get on the stick like tomorrow, I will no longer believe a Word he says. Take that to the bank, since that seems to be the only thing the man can talk about these days. Nothing about 42 dead Americans. NOTHING.
Do I sound like I am kidding? Check out this picture from the White House Blog (which also HAS NO MENTION OF THE ICE STORM POSTED:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/BipartisanSuperBowlParty/
Here is the phone number for comments: 202-456-1111
Please phone the White House and ask them WTF?
Has anyone heard Obama say ANYTHING about this ongoing and growing tragedy?