A 21st Century New Deal Idea


When becoming President in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the importance of re-building America's infrastructure so that economic growth would be made possible. The programs made sense, people needed work, and America needed new buildings, bridges, etc. This overhaul of America's infrastructure paved the way for the economic expansion America saw after World War II and allowed the United States to become the leader of the industiralized world.

In 1933, a major infrastrucure improvement was to deliver electric power to rural areas of our country. President Roosevelt made this goal a major part of his New Deal package of reforms and created the Rural Electric Authority. This agency was responsible for bringing electric power to farms and small cities across America, allowing these areas to grow economically as well.

Power rankings: NC Delegation Sucks

A little gem from Under the Dome at the News and Observer.

North Carolina's congressional delegation ranked 44th in the nation in the Congress.org "Power Rankings" released this week. And though a few individual members of the state's delegation hold some authority in Congress, for the most part our representatives float near the bottom. Given the party in power, it helps to be Republican of course.

The rankings are based on a formula that takes into account a member's committee assignments, any leadership positions, proven influence and legislative authority, demonstrated by how effective he or she is at pushing through bills.

Scraping the bottom of the Puppetshow barrel

For those not familiar with the John Locke Foundation, it's North Carolina's own wingnut think tank. More than 95% of its funding comes from businessman Art Pope, a rich white guy with a big inferiority complex. Around these parts, we call Mr. Pope the Puppetmaster - and his sprawling reactionary empire is known as the Puppetshow. And last but not least, there's John Hood, the Stage Manager, who's responsible for grinding out the propaganda through a right wing rag called the Carolina Journal.

Democracy on the Rise in America

Now what, pray tell, could be funny about the above headline? I know most of you don't do odd things like listen to the Connecticut state convention streaming over your computer. I do. I have been following the Ned Lamont v. Joe Leiberman primary challenge.

Lamont is the candidate supported by the netroots and Lieberman is the Bush Republican clothed as a Democrat. Lieberman has never faced a primary challenger and if you know the process in Connecticut you'll understand why. A challenger has to receive at least 15% of the ballots at the convention or gather 1500 (give or take a few) signatures to qualify for the primary.

There is a funny below the fold...

When Taylor flip-flopped on Flight 93, OK folks screwed

North Carolina Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) held up a White House request for funding for Flight 93 memorial for two years. Taylor only relented in May, 2006 when publicity from a related movie brought on massive media attention. Taylor cited an undisclosed agreement as the reason for his change of heart. According to Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Istook, Jr, there was a similar signed agreement to fund the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. And Taylor has since reneged, denying the Oklahoma memorial their promised $2 million.

NCDP Chair Calls For Investigation Into Taylor/Abramoff

AP: "In an election-year letter to House ethics panel chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., state party chair Jerry Meek demanded scrutiny of Taylor's ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has admitted giving gifts to lawmakers in return for legislative favors.

I really Cant Beleive What I'm Seeing in Graham County!!

NO! I havent gone blind! Im not drinking and quite sober as I just finished up 2 hours of grueling Color Guard Drill Team work! I admit, I am tired but I dont think that accounts for it!

I wish I had of had a digi camera to photo it but I will have some pixs tommorow! I have never seen the little town of Robbinsville like this! We love the biker traffic & sports car rallies we get during the summer months because it really adds to the ecomony! But Wow!

Tonight, on the eve of the 1st Annual "Ride for our Troops'' & Armed Forces Day celebertion, You could re-name
this town "STURGIS JR" or "Little Sturgis". The motels and campgrounds are full. Everywhere you look you see Motorcycles! And not a bad apple in the bunch, Most all are Some of the most respectfull folks Ive ever met!


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