What about the fluffy bunnies?


Don Surber:

Objective journalism of the day

From CBS News: “(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders say they are rejecting President Barack Obama’s jobs proposals to rebuild schools and blighted neighborhoods, and help keep state and local employees on the job.”

Oh, come on, CBS, you can do better:

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders say they are rejecting President Barack Obama’s jobs proposals to rebuild schools and blighted neighborhoods, and help keep state and local employees on the job, and cure cancer and help the lame walk again, and find good homes for puppy dogs and kitty cats, and take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew and cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two, and teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, and grow apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtledoves, and slow the rise of the oceans, and begin to heal our planet.

Anything I left out?


The lede from CBS looks like one of the bad writing examples we used to get when I was in journalism class back in high school.

Doesn’t it seem like every year the federal government gets deeper and deeper into financing education? Do we really want the feds to control the purse stings?

How do you rebuild blighted neighborhoods when we’re in the middle of a housing crash?


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18 Responses to What about the fluffy bunnies?

  1. 1539days says:

    Detroit has been knocking the houses down.

    Here’s the deal. Let’s say a school get a $100,000 grant to repair its infrastructure. The district has a total budget of maybe $100 million. Now, the school district might say “Great. We can cut taxes or keep down the increase.” Most likely, they will keep the revenue where is is because its a one-time deal and expenses always go up.

    Now the Teachers’ Union finds out about this windfall and decides that the school has the money to correct poor wages. The board refuses, as that money is for infrastructure, so the union asks for new parking lots and better teachers’ lounges.

    I’m not keen on a crumbling school but some of that is caused by cronyism with the original construction company. It happened where I live. However, fixing interstates and bridges would make it possible for more and better movement of good and people, and that’s good for the economy long-term.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I thought we fixed all the schools with the first stimulus?

      • ralphb says:

        That was for the original graft payment. Actual work to follow later 😉

      • Mary says:

        I thought fixing schools was a district/state responsibility, paid for by local property taxes.

        Besides, I betcha a dollar “infrastructure” funds will go to high speed rail and expanding broadband. A bridge here and there, but mostly the first 2.

        • Jadzia says:

          The idiots at the law school where I used to work pretty much creamed themselves after Obama’s election because they believed that high speed rail was finally coming to our small and insignificant town! The whole thing reminded me of the Simpsons episode where a huckster came to Springfield and sold the people a monorail.

          I sure do love the train, but Oregon/Washington spent a gazillion bucks on supposedly “high speed” Talgo trains ten years ago and it STILL takes an hour longer to travel from Portland to Seattle on the train than it does to drive!

          Nobody is ever going to spend the money that it would really take to have an American TGV/bullet train. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we won’t pretend to invest in it, likely by giving gazillions more dollars to cronies and campaign contributors–but I repeat myself.

          • myiq2xu says:

            One problem with the concept of a bullet train is you have to get to and from the terminals at both ends. You can’t have too many stops because that defeats the purpose of high-speed rail.

            We need to focus on improving intra-city public transportation first.

        • Jadzia says:

          Or public transit in all neighborhoods. For example, on LA’s subway, you can get to many parts of the inner city, and from the inner city to downtown, fairly well. However, you can’t really get OUT of those neighborhoods over to the more developed West Side. Why? Well, every time TPTB proposed extending the lines, there were a million and one specious reasons (usually “environmental”) that the residents and business owners in the wealthier neighborhoods objected. But from the outside (i.e., from my own working class neighborhood) it sounded a lot like “we don’t want those kind of people coming in.”

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Sort of related, but I’m just still stunned and amazed that the Repubs via Sarah now own the crony capitalism meme, making the New Dems look like idiots. Sigh.

    These New Dems couldn’t be more lame and set up for a massive 2012 loss if they tried. Hmmm.

  3. ralphb says:

    Sy Rosen: Smell like a senior citizen

    From a great comedy writer, this is just hilarious!

    Seniors should have our own scents, perfumes that could help dispel some serious prejudices and stereotypes about older people.

  4. yttik says:

    “…. cure cancer and help the lame walk again, and find good homes for puppy dogs and kitty cats, and take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew…”

    That made me laugh out loud! That’s the damn truth.

    I am the most pro-education, invest in our schools person possible and I reject Obama’s proposal. Give us some damn jobs and we’ll rebuild our own schools!

    In my community we have two beautiful schools, could probably use a bit of work, but they’re shut down because nobody can afford to live here anymore and they’re all leaving. You can make those schools as fancy as you want, but if nobody can find a job, there won’t be any kids around here to send to school.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of blighted areas, what about the “food deserts” ? Money taken from the food stamp program to pay for……thankyouverymuchmichelleobama……love, your donors. This is from a Brooklyn neighborhood blog who noticed nobody wants to build healthy food stores in HIGH CRIME AREAS, so we’ll improve what we got, maybe, or just spend it on bling 😉

    http://bushwickbk.com/2011/06/27/grocery-chains-cash-in-on-food-deserts/

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