Sunday, July 31, 2011

Obama says there is a debt deal

Blogging from the Paul McCartney concert at Wrigley Field.

MSNBC is reporting that President Obama says that leaders of both parties have reached a deal on the debt-ceiling limit.

Oh, the show hasn't started yet.
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Video: Sessions says any ceiling deal is "only the first step" in reversing our debt trajectory

This morning Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, reminds us that we've stumbled along for "823 days without a budget." He says that any debt-ceiling deal is "only the first step" in reversing our debt trajectory.

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Video: Durbin deflects when asked why Senate hasn't passed a budget in over 800 days

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democratic embarrasment in the upper chamber of Congress, deflects Bret Baier's question when he asks the Springfield liberal why the Senate hasn't passed a budget in over 800 days.

"It's called 60 votes," he replied.

Durbin has spent almost entire adult life either as a legislator or working for one. Does he really believe what he uttered this morning? Odd thing: until 2010 Congress passed a budget every year since 1974. Durbin has served either in the House or the Senate since 1983.


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Durbin: If Obama showed leadership on budget he would be rejected

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Ronald Reagan Trail: Lowell Park and 78 lives saved

My penultimate post in my Ronald Reagan Trail series covers Dixon's Lowell Park, where Dutch worked as a lifeguard, "One of the best jobs I ever had," on the shores of the Rock River.

"I worked seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day, for $15--later $20--a week," Reagan wrote in An American Life, "and one of the proudest statistics of my life is seventy-seven--the number of people I saved during those summers." He once retrieved a swimmer's dentures, which earned him a $10 tip.

Rock River in Lowell Park
Reagan saved 77 lives at Lowell Park. But the lifeguard had one more life to save, which I will discuss in a bit.

Even though Reagan called Lowell Park "a forested sanctuary" in American Life, I expected a Midwestern "picnic savanna," large oaks with open spaces. But it really is a forested sanctuary.

The park opened in 1907 and is named for the poet and diplomat James Russell Lowell, his family donated the property to Dixon.

Lowell Park
Lowell Park is likely teeming with wildlife, but the only animals I encountered on the hot summer evening of my trip were mosquitoes--and plenty of them. Mosquitoes probably made the end of Dutch's lifeguard shifts very uncomfortable. Which could be why at the end of the day when swimmers wouldn't leave the water, Reagan would throw pebbles, according to CNN's Krya Phillips, and yell, "river rat!"

Oh, the 78th life Reagan saved was in Sacramento on July 4, 1967. The daughter of a California assemblyman was struggling in a pool and the governor dove in--fully clothed--and rescued her.

Next: Conclusion

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Where Reagan saved 77 lives

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Sunset east of Dixon--June 6, 2011

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Liberal Schakowsky accuses GOP of "fragging" American people

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) nominally represents me in the House of Representatives. She's arguably the most liberal member of the lower chamber. While complaining about "Tea Party radicals," the denizen of the far-left emitted this bile on the House floor today: "In battle, when you accidentally shoot your own, it's called friendly fire. When you deliberately shoot your own it's called fragging. Republicans, stop fragging the American economy and the American people!"

RealClearPolitics has the video.

Schakowsky was unaware that two weeks ago over 800,000 Chicago area residents, many of them like myself residents over her district, suffered a multi-day power outage.

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Audio of clueless Schakowsky on Chicago's massive power outage

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ABC News: Tentative deal on debt-ceiling between GOP and White House

ABC News' The Note blog is reporting that a tentative deal between the White House and House Republicans has been struck. The blog says it includes:

•Debt ceiling increase of up to $2.8 trillion
•Spending cuts of roughly $1 trillion
•Special committee to recommend cuts of $1.8 trillion (or whatever it takes to add up to the total of the debt ceiling increase)
•Committee must make recommendations before Thanksgiving recess
•If Congress does not approve those cuts by late December, automatic across-the-board cuts go into effect, including cuts to Defense and Medicare.
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