The Watering Hole, Wednesday, February 26, 2014: Republicans support a jobs bill at last!

Well, dear readers, it seems that Republicans do support a jobs bill. That’s what Defense Spending is all about: jobs. It’s not about giving the military what it wants and needs. It’s about making things the military doesn’t want, doesn’t need and doesn’t work. Because it keeps people employed. And those people in turn continue to re-elect their representatives, no matter what they do to this country.

Too bad we can’t employ those same people to make solar panels, to make desalinization plants and pipelines to move water from water-soaked regions to drought regions.

But building infrastructure to help America compete well into the future doesn’t make permanent jobs. Building weapons that don’t work, that the military doesn’t want and doesn’t need – those are permanent jobs. Why? because they help keep those in power, in power.


59 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, February 26, 2014: Republicans support a jobs bill at last!

  1. Seems to me I remember during the recession how even if all we did was pay one person to dig a hole and pay another to fill it up, the effect on the economy was positive.

      • Heck, I’d support spending a few bucks to pave some gravel roads just around here. Doing so would create jobs, boost the local economy, cut down on dust, AND most important of all, give us road bike people some more route options! Yeah!

        Brings to mind the KXL thingee. I understand why numbers of Nebraskans are angry that a Canadian corporate enterprise presumes the right to impose eminent domain crapola along the proposed KXL route. I’m pissed at that too, and I live a long way from the Nebraska route. But how about this: how about that same KXL route be denied a pipeline and made instead into a paved bike route, from Canada to the Gulf, and that only walkers or bicyclists be allowed to traverse?? NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES allowed!

        I could vote for THAT!!

        Oh, and sure, we should repair and maintain Interstate highways and bridges too. But how about a new effort: interstate walking and/or bike lanes? From border to border, from sea to shining sea! Think of the jobs!

        And we could pay for it all simply by cutting the war department’s budget by 90%!

        It’s so simple! And think of the jobs needed to make bicycles, to make walking shoes, to make good socks even! I mean, hey, who knows, maybe Amurka could surpass even Taiwan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka in job creation!!!!

        I know, hard to even imagine. But still . . . 😯

        • I know I would be delighted if the city or county would hire a few people to spread some sand on sidewalks and perhaps even chip away some of the worst icy spots. Another good boost to the economy would be if they, at the very least, sent some healthy young people around to clear a little snow at bus stops. After this last blast they have yet to touch the local sidewalks and one has to stand well out on the street at our unshoveled bus stops.

  2. Episode 3 of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” this morning. Oh boy, getting paid to work on science.

  3. They have two jobs bills – the Keystone XL – all couple of hundred or so permanent jobs – woot!

    And for a fraction of the budget, they could stop the Ukraine falling into financial chaos and give some people a real chance to build their own country….. sigh.

  4. “Chinese scientists have warned that the country’s toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country’s food supply.”

    Regulation…EPA? Pffft, who needs ’em.

    • What happens, I wonder, when some 2 billion people are — thanks to their own pollution and resultant destruction of their environmental surround — the only organic carbon remaining in the food chain? I suspect there’s already a bio-model of the problem somewhere.

      Hmmh. When “I” am all that’s left of the food chain . . .

      Scary scary.

        • Hey, it works!

          And next, after the starving have been fed ‘to the hungry and the poor’ why not the next step? — i.e. feed all the rest to the rich and powerful?? Yeah! Cuz right after I wins the lottery . . .!!!


          Humans begin to remind me of what is, really, that most simplistic defining scenario which is obvious in each and every cockroach infestation under whichever sink. Only difference twixt us and them is, of course, that we the people are the earthly reps of god the creator, and cockroaches are . . . well, y’know, bugs.

          Some (see Fox-snooze) will argue there’s a difference. As would cockroaches, if only they had the proper forum.

    • I remember going to Beijing almost 10 years ago and the stink and suffocation even then of the coal-fired stoves in almost every flat and the industry. Climbing the Great Wall and looking back and the grey, LA-like, smog blanketing the valley to the south….. I am never going back there.

      • We went for the Paralympics and lots of factories were shut and traffic was limited. Still couldn’t really see the sun. I could not imagine the place with everything going full tilt.

  5. Missouri Republican senator introduces bill allowing the refusal of service for religious reasons
    February 25
    The Great Asshole Epidemic of 2014 Spreads to Missouri:

    The Star’s Jefferson City correspondent

    JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican state lawmaker on Monday filed legislation that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.

    Missouri Sen. Wayne Wallingford, a Cape Girardeau Republican, on Monday filed legislation that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service. Although it doesn’t mention sexual orientation, the bill could provide legal cover for denial of services to same-sex couples.

    Although it doesn’t mention sexual orientation, the bill could provide legal cover for denial of services to same-sex couples.

    The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, states that a governmental authority shall not substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest.

      • Indeed. We need to start a campaign to get up signs and bumper stickers that say: “Republicans are against my religion”. It would be true of everyone who doesn’t attend the same church as said Republicans.

    • Charity isn’t just taking your old stuff to Goodwill, or giving money to the church. It’s about openness to those with whom you may disagree. Tolerance.

      Somehow that message seems lost on Christians.

      CHARITY – Definition from the KJV Dictionary

      KJV Dictionary Definition: charity
      CHARITY, n. 1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.

  6. Imagine. The Surgeon General nominee wanting to insure people. Imagine. The Surgeon General nominee wanting to curb gun-related injuries and fatalities.

    How horrible this person must be and clearly not fit to be the medical leader of the country.

    I couldn’t help but notice too that he has a funny name (funnier than Rand) and he has brown skin. I’m sure none of that comes into play here.

    Sen. Paul tries to block Obama’s ‘political’ surgeon general nominee | Fox News

    Sen. Rand Paul is trying to block the nomination of President Obama’s surgeon general nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, over what he calls “serious concerns” about Murthy’s leadership in a group that promotes ObamaCare and gun control.

    • So, this doctor is too brown for Rand Paul?

      I thought Harry Reid ended the filibuster for political appointments and appeals court judges?

      • They did. They still allow Senators to place a hold so they can at leave voice their concerns (in this case it’s not a concern as much as political grandstanding), but Reid can still move the nomination forward to a vote despite Rand’s opposition to health care and ending gun violence.

  7. This has made some rounds on facebook, and probably the other social media. If it’s been posted here before I apologize.

    The gist of it is to add to your bucket list: Live your life in such a way that you get picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church.

  8. Federal Judge Rules Texas Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    A federal judge in San Antonio declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday.

    But U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a stay along with the ruling, so the ban remains in place for the time being. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is running for governor against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), is expected to appeal the decision.

    If Abbott loses the appeal, and it helps Wendy Davis win, that’s a two-fer!

  9. Judge: Final order requiring Ky. to recognize same-sex marriages expected within 24 hours

    A federal judge said Wednesday that he’s prepared to issue a final order within 24 hours that would require Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

    In response, lawyers for the attorney general’s office told U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II at a hearing that the state would “very promptly” decide whether to appeal the opinion. Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway, both Democrats, are the defendants in the lawsuit.

    I thought Kentucky was a red state, but they have a Dem governor and AG? Alison Lundergan Grimes may have a better chance to get to the Senate than one would expect.

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