Perhaps more technology is not the solution for problems caused by technology.
Fairness Doctrine: The Republicans keep claiming they will not raise the debt ceiling because they have to rein in the President. But the debt, every penny of it,- exists because the Congress - which, much to our chagrin, has had a goodly number of Republican members for a long while - keeps telling the Executive Branch to spend more money than they see fit to raise. In the American system, the different branches of government are designed to act as a check on one another. In this case, Congress (or at least the Republican contingent) are abusing its power by trying to force the country into default. The Executive Branch would be well within its Constitutionally mandated responsibilities if it could find a way to stop this irresponsible behavior. If it takes a platinum $1 trillion coin, so be it.
Wordsmithery: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is getting "off the very fast track for a little while," and that she plans to rest and then serve as an advocate for women and children. The White House would be a good platform for that, no?
Over There: German unions, saying that letting more and more employed people become poor despite being employed is not an option, wants to increase wages “by a significant amount.” The working poor in the US should take notes.
Peer Pressure: The Obama administration reportedly told London that if the British public votes to curtail UK membership in the EU, their usefulness to the US would be severely limited. Actually they said the UK would be “sidelined in the international community.”
Don't Touch That Dial: The American Petroleum Institute insists that it cannot promise a rosy and oily future if the government raises taxes on the oil industry, or imposes new regulations, or takes away any of the billions in subsidies. Do any of those things and they will... do what? Not produce oil and skip those billions in profits? Ha.
Flash Bang: The Administration is considering actually withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in 2014 , instead of just announcing victory and pretending to withdraw the troops. Pakistan certainly hopes so.
When You're Right... Ezra Klein points out that the US does not have a spending problem so much as it has a military spending problem. He's got data and charts and all that.
Worser: Mathematically challenged failed VP candidate Paul Ryan (Troglodyte-WI), warming up for 2014, has reintroduced a draconian bill aimed at curtailing women’s reproductive freedom by designated a fertilized human egg “a person”, with all the rights and privileges thereunto pertaining. It won't pass, but the base will be enthused.
The Wonderful World of Disney, Incorporated: Disney has figured out a way to extract even more money from its hapless visitors. Each will be given a wireless-tracking wristband which will collect the names, ages, spending patterns (and not just at Walt Disney World, for it will be tied to the family credit card and all that implies), the rides and attractions visited and - of course - where they are at all times. Oh, and it will also be their room keys, park pass and payment method. What's not to like?
Sad But True: The Post Office is not actually losing money – it is being strangled to death by unreasonable Republican demands. It is a wholly manufactured crisis as part of their drive to privatize the postal system, one that could easily be resolved by a competently functioning Congress.
The Parting Shot: