Friday, September 02, 2011

Nobody Asked Me, But...

1) Apologies for my absence yesterday. I was under medical treatment for tennis elbow. I got it playing softball after an earlier bout of it from bike riding. I think God's trying to tell me to take up tennis.
2) The Zadroga Bill for injuries and illnesses suffered by Ground Zero first responders passed by Congress...after much arm-twisting by Obama and even Jon Stewart... made an exception for coverage for cancers until a scientific study was completed. I'm not sure if this is sufficient, but...
3) It was a maganimous gesture made by President Obama, rescheduling perhaps his single most important address to Congress of his administration so they could hold the tee ball game that is a GOP debate. The NFL should reschedule the Thursday night season opener one hour later. It's in the midwest, which is one hour behind DC anyway, and IT'S JUST A FUCKING FOOTBALL GAME!
4) But keep in mind "No presidential request for a joint session had ever been turned down."
5) Jonathan Allen needs an enema to clear his sinuses.
6) A pain in the ass is dead.
7) It's about fucking time. By the way, believe it or not, this suggestion comes from a Bush administration official, Glenn Hubbard:
Hubbard is proposing with colleagues Christopher Mayer and Alan Boyce a national refinancing of mortgage debt for the estimated 37 million federally guaranteed loans Americans have with government mortgage issuers like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The issuers would send borrowers an application to refinance at current low mortgage rates; the borrowers would have to be current or become so for at least three months; no down payment would be required; and the government would guarantee the new loans just as it chose in 2008 to guarantee the existing ones, meaning taxpayers would not be taking on any new risk.

A national refinancing effort could slow the number of foreclosures by making mortgage payments more manageable for borrowers who can stay in their homes if they get a few thousand dollars a year in interest savings. It might also stimulate consumer spending — Hubbard estimates $50 billion to $70 billion worth — as homeowners wouldn't feel quite so pinched. "A national refinancing would be like a large, permanent tax cut which would have a very big effect on the economy," says Hubbard, who has briefed the Obama Administration since he introduced the idea.

8) Please. Get involved.

9) Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.

10) Finally...this story appears to be serious.