- Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary, Offers Harsh Critique of Obama’s Leadership in ‘Duty’ [Washington Post]
- White House Pushes Back on Gates [National Journal]
- “Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.” [Al Jazeera]
- Gabrielle Gifford’s: The Lesson of Physical Therapy [NYT]
- The Real Reason Hillary Rented Her Email List: To Get it Back [TIME]
- Kentucky Town that Gave War on Poverty a Face Still Struggles [NPR]
- “President Lyndon B. Johnson declared America’s “unconditional” War on Poverty fifty years ago Wednesday, setting up far-reaching government initiatives like Medicaid, a greatly expanded food stamp program, and federally funded education programs. A half century later, Democrats and Republicans agree that more work needs to be done, but the War on Poverty has become a war of words.” [TIME]
- Farm Bill Nearing Home Stretch [Roll Call]
- Morsi Trial Delayed in Egypt [NYT]
- Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It [Bloomberg]
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OK. We'll save a discussion of Obama's Afghanistan for Friday and later.
Oh the ironee.
And speaking of poverty caused by corporate greedBank Tellers Join Fast-Food Workers in Minimum Wages, Public Aid 01/08/2014 - 6:15 AM EST
BOSTON ( MainStreet) Fast food and Wal-Mart workers are not the only ones scraping by on minimum wage and depending on public assistance to make ends meet. Bank tellers also often make barely living wages and have to rely on government aid to get by.
According to a report from The Committee for Better Banks, made up of labor groups, $899 million in tax dollars are spent each year to fund public aid benefits for bank tellers and their families, and about one-third of bank tellers get at least one form of public aid such as Medicaid or food stamps. Broken down, it's about $534 million in Medicaid and low-income medical insurance for children, $250 million in tax credits and more than $100 million for food stamps.
Corporate greed? Oh, my! Hate to tell you, but bank teller is not a high-skilled job these days.
Ever consider political greed?
Does the name Solyndra ring a bell?
Yep Greed. When Bank CEOs make millions with money that they get at subsidized rate from the Fed, it is greedy to stick the same government with the bill for public benefits because you choose to underpay your employees.
@collioure In your cabeza.
There is something in there?
Are you sure?
Mantis, it's solemnly amusing to note that below, collie boasts to you that the answer to poverty is jobs, and then here moans that not every job can support a family. You can have the honor of pointing out his, ahem, inconsistencies. I have other things to do (like buy groceries and cat food), so have a good evening, everyone. Good posts today, especially the bridge ones.
Is Christie throwing his staff under the bus over Trafficgate?
I guess he can't now. It's not going away. He has to eat someone.
Why bother when staffers are a dime a dozen?
I feel for Christie's kids, must be no fun in their household. To punish them when they won't mow the lawn or break curfew, he probably placed cones in front of the bridge to Terabithia so they can't play in their fantasy kingdom in the woods. Then again, at least no one drowns. The only saving grace is they get helicopter rides to their baseball games.
"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,"
top Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly wrote on 13 August, in one of the emails obtained by US media.
replied David Wildstein, whom the governor appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the George Washington Bridge.
On 9 September, two of three traffic lanes to the bridge - which is a major crossing to New York City - were shut for several days.
Mr Christie and Port Authority officials later said the decision was part of a traffic study.
So he's not treating it all like water under the bridge?
It was all a traffic study, of course!
...he said, grabbing the hot sauce.
Never mind me. I'm enjoying the word play.