Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Day With Senator Harkin

Saturday, Mieke and Rafael (pictured above) hosted a gathering for Iowa Senator Harkin, who was fundraising, but also visiting his daughter and grandson in LA.

It was a great afternoon and that's all I'll say about that. I'm done discussing politics.


Mieke said...

Done discussing politics? That can never be! I just heard that John Sununu (can't be much more conservative or Republican than that man) has called for Gonzales to step down.

This from the news report:
Sununu said the firings, together with a report last Friday by the Justice Department's inspector general criticizing the administration's use of secret national security letters to obtain personal records in terrorism probes, shattered his confidence in Gonzales.

"We need to have a strong, credible attorney general that has the confidence of Congress and the American people," said Sununu, who faces a tough re-election campaign next year. "Alberto Gonzales can't fill that role."

This is a bold move by such a Republican insider.

I thought it was amazing to hear the statistic that Medicare/Medicaid spend 3% of their total cost on paper shuffling as opposed to the private insurance companies. Those people who poo-poo the ability of the federal government to run programs well aught to take a good look at that -and the inefficiency, cost over-runs, and graft committed by the contractors this government hired to do jobs in Iraq and Walter Reed that were once the purview of this government. It's outrageous.

I could go on and on!

Done talking about politics?!!! NEVER!!!

Mieke said...

That should have read "as opposed to the insurance companies that pay 15%" - and let's not forget they are for profit too!!!

Mieke said...

And today this in the Washington Post:

The Coast Guard took the unusual step yesterday of canceling a troubled $600 million patrol boat program, saying the service could manage the effort more efficiently than two of the nation's largest defense contractors.

By managing the work itself and rebidding the development work, Coast Guard officials estimated they would save enough money to buy an extra ship and address a patrol boat shortage by getting ships built faster.