Today marks the one year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. As the economy continued to crater after President Bush left office, Obama’s stimulus sought to provide tax cuts for 95% of working Americans, funds to buoy cash-strapped state governments, new construction and infrastructure projects, and other programs to create jobs, retrain workers, and promote economic activity throughout the country. In December, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the stimulus had successfully created up to 1.6 million jobs, and today, a report shows the Recovery Act will ultimately create 2.5 million jobs. Even the conservative American Enterprise Institute found that the stimulus had boosted the U.S. economy by 4 percent….read the rest here
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Everyone is reporting this:
Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat prominently mentioned in connection with the White House in recent years, said Monday he won’t seek re-election, saying he’s fed up with Congress.
“To put it in the words most Hoosiers can understand: I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress,” Bayh said in comments ahead of his official announcement in Indianapolis. His statement was obtained by The Associated Press from a Democratic official who declined to be named publicly.
Here’s the deal – Senator Bayh was 20 points ahead of his nearest Republican Rival. He was going to win, easily. But he resigned. Bayh was a moderate Democrat, more conservative actually. As I have stated earlier, I believe that the United States is experiencing a paradigm shift in politics. And frankly, I see a third-party erupting, perhaps with Bayh as a leader.
He made mention in his speech, that according to his church, public service was the highest call -
I was raised in a family that believes public service is the highest calling in the church, that what matters is not what you take from life, but what you give back. I believe that still.
He is, at last report, an Episcopalian.
I have noticed that more conservative Democrats are starting to speak up about religion in their lives. I have to wonder if a new party will erupt around conservative Democrats and moderate Republics – say the Religious Left and Middle – who generally represent Middle America.
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The UMWA released this today – Not just fighting for the rights of workers, but for the jobs of workers!
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts today made the following statement regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and the efforts of Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) to protect coal miners and the coal industry, and address the concerns of the UMWA:”Coal is America’s most abundant energy resource. We have more coal than any nation on earth. As the debate over climate change has evolved over the past two decades, we have not only insisted on the preservation of coal mining jobs, but argued as well for the essential part that coal plays in sustaining our national economy and ensuring our independence from foreign oil.
“While we still have concerns about this legislation, it contains many items that Rep. Boucher and others worked hard to attain and which we support, including over $100 billion to advance and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
“The bill also includes our recommendation for allowances to be given to utilities to permit the continued burning of coal, which should ensure that coal’s market share will remain constant throughout the period required to develop and deploy CCS technology. With 2 billion in allowances for offsets per year, coal should remain a major part of the nation’s power generating mix. In addition, these allowances will protect consumers from large increases in their power bills.
“Although utilities are obviously the largest customer for coal, the steel industry ranks second. This bill allows steel to remain a major part of the economy, as well as the metallurgical coal mines that supply the nation’s furnaces.
“Rep. Boucher and others in Congress have fought hard to protect the interests of coal miners and all working families. We look forward to working closely with him as the legislation moves through the legislative process.”
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MAY 7, 2009
UMWA Praises Obama’s MSHA Budget
United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“We applaud President Obama’s budget for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), especially with regard to the proposed $2.2 million increase in funding for coal mine safety and health. This proposal represents a good step in the right direction toward restoring MSHA’s oversight capabilities.
“Yet while we appreciate the President’s commitment to improving coal miners’ safety and health, we know that there is much more that must be done to change the culture of the agency away from one that coddles rogue operators to one that puts the welfare of coal miners first. We urge the appointment of an Undersecretary of Labor who shares that objective, and we look forward to working closely with the administration to ensure that it is achieved.”