5. The Mormons are finally reigning him in. Very profitable transactions of Reid’s keep popping up after being “missed” on public disclosure statements, and they want their 10 percent tithe. What? Harry Reid is a Mormon? All this time I only knew about Mitt Romney. Who knew?
4. He’s tired of everyone asking about what really happened in that exercise “accident” on New Year’s Day. Seriously.
3. Nancy Pelosi has been making some really inappropriate and suggestive comments to him. And it was scary.
2. Wants to be invited on the next season of “Dancing With the Stars”.
1. Hillary Clinton told him to.
The whiz-bang financial analysts of the United States Senate approved a measure that would give the Postal Service $11B (that’s Billion with a “B”), freeze most facilities closings that were planned to reduce costs, along with implementation of 5-day delivery. For the first time ever, I have to side with the Postmaster General on this issue:
“It is totally inappropriate in these economic times to keep unneeded facilities open. There is simply not enough mail in our system today,” the Postal Service’s board of governors said in a statement. “It is also inappropriate to delay the implementation of five-day delivery.”
This is coming from the guy who’s captain of the sinking ship, and throwing a life-preserver isn’t going to help this vessel – plugging holes and bailing is a better course. In fact, the Senate bill explicitly prohibits the USPS from making most of its cost-cutting measures for YEARS to come:
The Senate bill would halt the immediate closing of up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,700 post offices, part of a postal cost-cutting plan to save some $6.5 billion a year. Donahoe previously said he would begin making cuts after May 15 if Congress didn’t act, warning that the agency could run out of money this fall.
The measure would save about half the mail processing centers the Postal Service wants to close, from 252 to 125, allowing more areas to maintain overnight first-class mail delivery for at least three more years. It also would bar any shutdowns before the November elections, protect rural post offices for at least a year, give affected communities new avenues to appeal closing decisions and forbid cuts to Saturday delivery for two years.
Got that? The Senate wants to spend $11B this year to prevent the USPS from saving at least $6.5B every year, and start paring down its operation. Since the Post Office is a creation of the Legislature, they require its authority to do anything, even save money. Where the hell does this $11B come from, anyway? The USPS reminds us on its website that
The Postal Service receives NO tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. We are required by law to cover our costs.
Unless Congress says so. I smell election-year hijinks and 500,000 solid Democratic votes. There are a nice bunch of Postal employees in swing states according to workforce size by state listings. California, New York, and Texas are the states with the largest postal workforce, but filling in behind is : #4 Florida: 32,000, #6 Pennsylvania 27,600, #7 Ohio: 22,300, : #10 North Carolina 15,200 ,and #12: Virginia 15,300. Interesting. It remains to be seen what the House of Representatives does with this next.
A thank you to friends of Israel from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Let us pray that Mitt Romney’s administration will prove to be a better ally to Israel than we are today – it should not be difficult to beat that standard.
Democratic Adviser Hillary Rosen opened the angry-mommy floodgates this week by arguing that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life”, so she should not opine on economic matters. She could have said that the Romneys have never dealt with financial hardship, so they cannot relate to Americans that are in dire financial straits, and that would have been a factual observation. But instead, she said what many liberals (to include liberal women) believe: that choosing to stay home and raise your children is an under-utilization of your skills and intelligence, and a cop-out to accepting real-world responsibility. This was just another slap at traditional American family life, delivered by a person very close to the White House. Ms. Rosen dug herself deeper when she “apologized” for coming off badly, but she kind of flubbed that, and I think she said exactly what she wanted to say. Now the Democrats are running for cover to distance themselves. But the message was delivered. And received.
Ann Romney never had to get a job and just stayed home with her kids = Bad!
Sarah Palin was governor of a state and ran as Vice President and did not stay at home with her kids = Bad! Very, very bad!
Hillary Clinton famously commented that “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life” = You go, girl!
Today’s feminism is not about supporting women in their almost limitless choices in this day and age, or about ensuring equal opportunities for women, or supporting women’s rights worldwide (cue the crickets on the liberal response to women’s rights worldwide). Today’s feminism is about women applying a different set of standards to other women, depending on which side of the aisle they sit on. And the bottom line to all of this unprincipled posing, posturing, and judging is abortion. It seems that the unfettered right to abortion is the modern woman’s Holy Grail, and it must not be threatened in any way. Are we seriously so “evolved” that this is the single most important issue in our lives? What does that say about us as women, if the most important issue in our lives is the ability to end one?
We do not have to agree with each others’ choices, but we must respect and support them. To be used by politicians to apply a double standard to different women makes Ms. Rosen and her ilk unprincipled whores, plain and simple. And I respect their decision to be whores – tools of men in power, but I certainly do not agree with their choice. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get out of my bubble bath, stop eating my bon-bons, and get to library duty at my kids’ elementary school.
…in Boston at the Tea Party on Wednesday, the 14th. It was a pretty mellow gathering, truth be told. Someone today asked me how it was, and I said “it was nice”. I was in Worcester last year, and it was really rowdy, but I was hanging with some older folks in Boston, and it was very low-key (and I wandered around a lot, and I didn’t see much rowdy at all). I forgot how pretty Boston is in springtime, and it was a beautiful day to see Sarah P. in Massachusetts(!), get a burrito from my favorite cart vendor, and feel the rumble of the MBTA beneath my park bench as I basked in the midday sun for the quietest lunch I’ve had in years.