Monday Morning Minutes
- So the lifting of the ban on creating new embryonic stem cell lines wasn't really a lifting of the ban at all. This new new speak is hard to keep track of.
- Everybody is all up in arms over how AIG has spent the money that the government has been throwing at it. It's a bit late now to try putting the toothpaste back in the tube. The millions that have already been paid out are gone and we ain't gettin' it back. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Hopefully somebody is paying attention and will stop giving them money.
- So is the economy totally in the tank or are things starting to look up? I've lost track of what the message is supposed to be this week.
- There is an unsavory whiff of protectionist xenophobia about this:
Amazing how Americans managed to get jobs with the glut of foreigners (we're talking legal workers here) taking all the good jobs before we started throwing money at failing companies.
- Mexico is disintegrating from within, has been for years. The border area is over run by lawless drug gangs and corrupt government officials. Colour me surprised. This is the country who's government printed comic books detailing how to illegally cross the Mexico U.S. border. U.S. government officials say now is not the time to militarize the U.S. Mexico border.
Mexican officials say the violence killed 6,290 people last year — and more than 1,000 in the first eight weeks of 2009. Warring drug cartels are blamed for more than 560 kidnappings in Phoenix in 2007 and the first half of 2008, and killings in Atlanta, and Birmingham, Ala.
I'm wondering how much worse it's got to get for the government to take that step.
Rufe said while the violence along the border in Mexico is appalling, violent crimes have not increased in U.S. border cities as a result. He said kidnappings are up, but violent crime is down.
"We're not so concerned, at least at this point, about that violence spilling over into our cities," he said.
So lots more people on the U.S. side of the border have to die before the government will act?
- HOw could I forget the one year anniversary of the implosion of the political career of former governor Eliot Spitzer.