Pump-priming works only if there's water in the well.
Unclear on the Concept:House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have told Obama to show up for a meeting with them so they can go over his upcoming talk on job creation and point out where he's gone wrong.
Only Just Begun:Now that Gaddafi is out of the way, the real fight for control of Libya (that is, for control of Libya's oil) can begin. On one side will be the NATO-backed remnants of the old regime, on the other will be those who made the revolution. Change is good, in very small amounts.
Don't Do Anything Rash: As the recession drags on, new parents cut back on diapering to save money. This shows up both as a decline in diaper sales and as an increase in the sales of diaper rash ointments.
They're Everywhere! The Portuguese Prime Minister, acknowledging that the country has one of the largest income disparities between the rich and the rest anywhere in the world, says there will be no significant increase in taxes on the rich, for fear of scaring them away. The government is, however, going to focus on charging tolls on highways as a way of cutting the deficit.
Good News, Bad News: A new report finds that rats fed GM soybeans and corn (maize) develop kidney and liver abnormalities at twice the normal rate. So rodents munching on stored GM crops may be more likely to die off. The report did not speculate on the effect these crops would have on larger mammals.
Ranking: The US has dropped from number 28 to number 41 in the deaths of newborns – behind a bunch more countries with the dreaded socialized medicine.
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Illuminati Republicans: A long-time GOP congressional staffer has come forward to explain why he abandoned ship, alleging that the Republicans main goal is to thwart Obama at every turn, even (or especially) if that means deliberately blocking policies that would strengthen the economy. They feel that the more government fails, the better for them at the polls in 2012. They are, of course, right.
Optimists: Over one-third of Americans think the two party political system is hopelessly broken. The other two thirds are evenly split between those who think that Cher's kid shouldn't be on Dancing with the Stars, and those that think John Beck would make a better quarterback than Rex Grossman.
On Government: Rick Perry thinks that citizens should stand on their own two feet and not expect government to deliver services they can provide themselves. That's why Texas cut funding for volunteer fire departments in the state from $30 million to just $7 million. Perry also thinks that FEMA should be cut down to size, right after it gets through helping Texas deal with the out-of-control-wildfires that are overwhelming the underfunded volunteer fire departments.
Porn O'Graph: The median is mean, very mean.