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General Rant For Period 9-10pm, 6 Oct 2012

We knew this was coming. An article in today’s WaPo relates that the Department of Homeland Security has been a failure as far as providing a better intelligenc e product through integration of intelligence, security and law enforcement components across the country

The reorg of the intel agencies was promulgated by 9/11. TheDHS reorg was fast tracked, on the back of the 9/11 'crisis' by the Bush admin. DHS is comprised of some agencies with 23000 employees. Their scope of authority goes from the CIA to NOAA, FEMA and similar.

Some $1.4B after the reorg "Senate investigators portray 'fusion centers' as pools of ineptitude." Some 77 'fusion centers' are, according to the 141 page report, pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intruders.

IMO, and that of many, all that was ever needed was a couple of tart memos from congress to the 3 or 4 main intel/justice agencies to tighten it up or else . . . a dollars worth (??) of printer paper would have sufficed.

Again, IMO, putting politicos, such as Janet Reno in charge of hard intel agencies is not wise. Think 'fast and furious' and Susan Rice's statement re the Libyan consulate event. I would like to think Gary Johnson would see the DHS as a way to cut the budget and improve intel/security by doing so.

Meanwhile, US births fell for the 4th year in a row while immigrant business startups dropped from 25.3% to 24.3% of all startups. Some want the gov't to issue green cards to immigrants who are STEM graduates. But, congress seems to be holding out for comprehensive immigration reform.

Also, Harold Meyerson has an article in today's WaPo citing 35 questions the 99% would like presented and answered in the debates. I'll gist a few:

How much pain will you inflict on the public to get a balanced budget?
Why are wages stagnant/decreasing while productivity and profits rise?
Is globalization to blame?
If so, do you plan changes in our trade policies?
If so, how low should we go?
Why are wages falling even for those jobs that are not affected by outsourcing, such as nursing?
Should the Fed Reserve work to boost unemployment or just stick to controlling inflation?
Has the decrease in collective bargain been causal?
Should the gov't work to increase collective bargaining?
If not, what would you do to increase incomes?
Should the gov't s be able to bargain with pharmaceuticals?
Are medical specialist overpaid?
Should the gov't speed up the shift from fee-for-service to integrated group care?
Should the gov't increase financial aid for college tuition?
Should it set tuition and fee threshold and deny grants and aid to thos institutions that exceed it?
Has the growth on wall street been a boon or a bane?
Should we reenact the Class-Steagall Act?
A financial transaction tax to help with a balanced budget?
Are tax shelters a problem?
Is the solution to lower our taxes or special tax the sheltered money?
Is CEO pay to high and are golden parachutes a good thing?
Have corporate boards done a good job of setting pay for top execs?
Should there be a public rep on these boards?
Does gov't spending on the military spent in the US stimulate the US economy?
Does gov't spending on non-military spent in the US stimulate the US economy?
Why has intergenerational mobility in the US declined?
Why is there more in Europe?
Why has the life expectancy for white highschool dropouts declined?
Has the American economy become less fair?
Does the coming generation have the opportunities of their elders?
If not, who is to blame?

If there was any time left I would ask:

How would you remove the money influence from gov't?
Will you stand for the abolishment of corporate personhood?
Will you work to implement REAL campaign finance reform?
Will you work to implement a flat tax?
How do you plan to pay off the federal debt?
What will you do about immigration?
How will you downsize gov't?

Keep your ears perked for any definitive answers and get back here soonest - - -

Otherwise - - -

Posted by Roy Ellis at October 3, 2012 8:27 PM
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To all concerned at WB

I will not be on WB from this day forward

I have stage 3 Leukemia

May God bless each and every one of you.
I sincerely mean that for those on the opposition side of things too.

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Tom, your situation causes one to pause, think about family, community, country. Let’s hope we can move forward as ‘one nation, under God’ - - -

Thank you for caring about your country.

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Tom, on behalf of the WB staff I would like to say thank you for being such an important of our site and we wish you and your family nothing but the best moving forward. God bless.

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