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Friday, September 17, 2021

Sarah’s pissed over Newsweek cover? You betcha!

Newsweek magazine dug up an old Runner’s World photo of Sarah Palin in running shorts and used it on the cover for a story entitled How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?

So Sarah’s pissed. She called the cover “sexist” and conservative pundits are weighing in with bombastic self-righteous indignation.

Odd. These same pundits gleefully promoted Palin as the new sex symbol for the GOP when the John McCain campaign plucked her from obscurity in a desperation effort to salvage the 2008 Presidential election.

But Sarah, wearing a bright-red, form-fitting top in the photo, is seeing red over the cover photo.

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Independents abandoning sinking Democratic ship

Independent voters who put Barack Obama into office in 2008 may cost him the Presidency in 2012 and take other Democrats down with him.

Recent polls show independents are jumping off the Good Ship Democrat. Gallup says only 14 percent of independent approve of the job the Democratic-controlled Congress is doing, a new low for the year.

Other polls show Democratic incumbents trailing Republicans among independents. Some of the margins are double digit.

For Obama, the numbers are equally bad. CBS polling shows the President’s approval rating among independents falling to 45 percent — a 10-point drop since April.

“We withdrew from the accounts of voters and now we need to pay them back,” Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, tells Politico. “We are having these conversations right now about what independents need to see and hear.”

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Americans divided on government health care

Tell Americans that letting the government sell insurance in competition with private industry would be cheaper for them, and a majority is in favor.

Tell them the government would be making decisions about what medical care they could get, and support sinks.

The findings from an Associated Press poll come as lawmakers struggle to advance President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul, with the final shape of any government insurance plan very much in doubt. The issue has been the biggest flash point in the health care debate, and the poll results underscore that how it is defined can make a big difference in the public’s response.

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Government lost $98 billion from waste, fraud, abuse

More than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits, representing an increase of $26 billion from the previous year.

In all, about 5 percent of spending in federal programs in fiscal year 2009 was improper, according to new details of a government financial report that were released Tuesday. Saying the overall error rate was similar in 2008, officials attributed the $26 billion jump to some changes in how to define improper spending as well as an increase in overall spending due to the recession.

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Sen. Bob Byrd now longest serving member of Congress

West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd has become the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, a milestone to be marked Wednesday with a Senate resolution.

“I look forward to serving you for the next 56 years and 320 days,” Byrd said in a statement marking the occasion. His only regret, Byrd said, was that his late wife, Erma, was not there with him.

“I know that she is looking down from the heavens smiling at me and saying congratulations, my dear Robert — but don’t let it go to your head,” Byrd said.

It was unclear whether Byrd would be able to attend Wednesday’s session.

Setting records is old news to the white-maned Democratic lawmaker. Since June 12, 2006, Byrd has been the longest-serving senator and later that year he was elected to an unprecedented ninth term. His colleagues have elected him to more leadership positions than any senator in history. He has cast more than 18,000 votes and, despite fragile health that has kept him from the Senate floor during much of this year, has a nearly 98 percent attendance record over the course of his career.

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Obama’s failue is America’s failure

Wrote two stories for our local newspaper from Tuesday’s meeting of the Floyd County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors.

As usual, bad budget news dominates. More cuts from the Commonwealth, more changes in the budget for a county living on a shoestring, just like most of us.

Saw more fallout from a bad economy while covering Circuit Court on Monday. More theft cases. People steal more when times are bad.

There’s little doubt that the current recession/depression is testing America’s ability to bounce back, both nationally and locally. At the Floyd County Board meeting Tuesday, Social Services director Carl Ayers said applications for assistance are at an all-time high, driven by pleas for help from those who have never sought welfare in their lives.

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