Apr 25 2006
*** Update: polls are actually lagging indicators to where the nation is heading. A leading indicator is consumer confidence, which is now at a 4 year high! The summer rebound is coming, barring any disasters ***
To folks new to the site, the ‘Fly By’ post is a way for me to attempt to be brief on a variety of topics in one post. Not a trivial (or successful) feat I may add.
Last January, upon the news of historic record breaking profits in the oil industry, I called for investigations into gas prices because the oil companies had claimed the price hikes we saw post Katrina were needed to repair infrastructure. Since investment into repairs would impact profits, it did not take a rocket scientists to figure out there were lies promulgated as fact. Want to raise your prices? Fine, don’t pretend you are doing it because you need to. Well, the recent round of hikes smells just as fishy. And we do have anti-monopoly laws and laws against price fixing (I don’t want collusion in the government or national, critical industries). So I am glad to see Bush calling for an investigation, and not surprised to see the gas prices magically start dropping all of a sudden.
The term ‘cattle car’ for coach airfares is going to become a reality it seems if you check out Drudge’s site. At 6’1″, 225 lbs I can barely squeeze in as it is. Airbus (EU manufacturer) is taking it a step further – no seats at all. Strapped to the wall and left to dangle, that’s the new option. Does an image of humans being transferred in cattle cars jump to mind? I know this is not the same thing, but the imagery is hard to miss.
Bush came out and put to rest the idea of deporting all illegal immigrants. He said it is not realistic, which is the right answer. If you want to see Reps lose the WH, Senate and House, run pictures every night of families being rounded up, resisting and flanked by friends and neighbors, and thrown out of job, school and home. There’s a winning strategy for a crime which is on the level of not having a valid driving license (license to work, license to drive).
Now, with that said, I support a strong border fence, guest worker program, holding employers accountable and having them pay some of the burden of the program, and the idea of one strike your outte here. The people in this week’s round ups in Florida are just the kind of people who should be deported and barred from ever having the opportunity to work here again:
Federal immigration authorities arrested 183 fugitives and other illegal immigrants in Florida alone last week, the state’s largest roundup in a single week, officials said Monday.
The arrests included people convicted of sex offenses, child abuse, cocaine trafficking and weapons violations. They were originally from 26 countries and most eventually will be deported.
RCP has a must read on what is a leak and what is not from Peter Brooks. Obviously the Mary McCarthy debacle will be a focus of many stories and blogger posts. Hopefully we can keep the media honest and fact based on this one. Or, at a minimum, expose those too lazy or jaded to be professional journalists!
Update: Seems Congress is going to be taking action to toughen laws and arrest powers against leakers of classified information:
If the measure is approved by Congress, the nation’s spy chief would be ordered to consider a plan for revoking the pensions of intelligence agency employees who make unauthorized disclosures. It also would permit security forces at the National Security Agency and the CIA to make warrantless arrests outside the gates of their top-secret campuses.
Hopefully more later. Have a great day!