(Community Matters) It might be an urban myth, hard to believe wouldn’t have made the papers, and tonight I was told staff and patrons were robbed at gun point about 6 weeks ago during restaurant hours at the original Hyde Park Bar & Grill.
update: i’ve confirmed this happened in Dec.
(Community Matters) The Regents’ direct investment of $10mm bypassing the campuses and UTIMCO never did make sense and as AAS has reported, resulted in a complete loss – smells like fish, probably fishy.
Wish state Reps. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Dan Flynn, R-Canton, co-chairs of the House Select Committee On Transparency in State Agency Operation would add this topic to their hearings and subpoena relevant documents. Quite possibly nothing but faith in government requires confirmation from time to time.
(Community Matters) Found this AAS letter to the Editor thought provoking:
Minimum wage woes
Re: Feb. 3 article, “Gap widening under Obama’s failed policies.”
I find that Matt Mackowiak has missed a major point in his opinion piece on income inequality. He states, “When labor costs increase without productivity increasing, jobs are usually the first thing a business owner cuts.” What he fails to recognize is that when productivity increases and wages do not, as has happened in the past 30 years, the rich get richer and the rest of us get poorer. If the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity over the past 30 years, it would be over $20 per hour. And the economy would be booming.
The rich do not spend their extra money on things that stimulate growth. And, the rich are not job creators. Jobs are created by demand for a product or service. And that demand is created when the 99 percent have sufficient income to live comfortably, enough to purchase more than the bare necessities to sustain life.
David A. Petersen
I didn’t fact check Mr Petersen
(Community Matters) in response to a Facebook posting by MSNBC moderator and friend, Christopher Hayes, commenting on the Texas Observer story on Wendy Davis‘ press relations, I discussed this with friends. I thought the conversation enlightening and relevant. Thought I’d share some points:
no doubt Wendy’s communications team has some kinks to work out
and, we’re talking a press corps that has dealt with a governor who has refused to debate or appear before editorial boards during the last two gubernatorial campaigns
we have to do better, and press should quit holding D’s to a different standard than they’ve held R’s (or if not all R’s, certainly Rick Perry).
worth noting that Republicans weren’t in despair about their candidates not giving access to press.
maybe we (Ds) care more about openness and transparency
Maybe all trumped as Alfred reminds, “Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.”
(Community Matters) I’m not an expert, and I do love these lines:
“I would tell her to be much more of a risk taker and not to be so concerned about will this incremental position hurt me or this incremental position help me and just lay out there what you believe,” said former Edwards pollster Harrison Hickman. “She’s someone people will respect and people aren’t going to get overwrought if they disagree with her on one or two issues.”
“They can actually undercut an essential characteristic of presidential candidates — they want to see someone fighting for it, they want to see someone earning it the hard way,” said Benenson, the Obama pollster. “They want to see her demonstrate some of that grit that she brings to the table.”
Personally, I’m a huge fan, and my enthusiasm would increase even more if more Elizabeth Warren in her domestic agenda.
Buzz: Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy
(Community Matters) If I were a Democratic operative, I’d love the Republican House to cause another shut down – how well did the last one go for them? House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook. Jeez . . . I admit to being one of those kids who had to stick a bobby pin into an electrical outlet – but I only did it once.
(Community Matters) Lies, damned lies & more damned lies . . . I don’t agree both parties lie as easily; it seems to be de rigueur for Republican politicians today. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her response to Pres. Obama’s State of the Union Address slumped to the standard. Paul Krugman writes about her reference to Bette in Spokane who faced a $700 a month premium hike:
Which brings me back to Bette in Spokane.
Bette’s tale had policy wonks scratching their heads; it was hard to see, given what we know about premiums and how the health law works, how anyone could face that large a rate increase. Sure enough, when a local newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, contacted Bette Grenier, it discovered that the real story was very different from the image Ms. McMorris Rodgers conveyed. First of all, she was comparing her previous policy with one of the pricier alternatives her insurance company was offering — and she refused to look for cheaper alternatives on the Washington insurance exchange, declaring, “I wouldn’t go on that Obama website.”
Even more important, all Ms. Grenier and her husband had before was a minimalist insurance plan, with a $10,000 deductible, offering very little financial protection. So yes, the new law requires that they spend more, but they would get far better coverage in return.
So was this the best story Ms. McMorris Rodgers could come up with? The answer, probably, is yes, since just about every tale of health reform horror the G.O.P. has tried to peddle has similarly fallen apart once the details were revealed. The truth is that the campaign against Obamacare relies on misleading stories at best, and often on outright deceit.