1. Yesterday Brit Hume reported on the confirmation of Jim Nussle to the office of Director of Management and Budget. The vote was 69 to confirm, 24 against, and 7 did not vote. Of the 24 against, one was Bernie Sanders and the rest have D’s after their names. Brit Hume noted that the senators who voted against confirmation stated their reasoning as something like (I can’t find the exact quote) “We think he’ll be too influenced by the President and do what the White House wants.” Now, isn’t that what a White House Director of Management and Budget is supposed to do?

“The first way out of a ditch is to stop digging. Unfortunately, appointing Jim Nussle as OMB Director is another example of President Bush digging our nation in deeper,” said Mr. Dodd in a statement released yesterday decrying the Senate’s 69-24 approval vote. (source)

Later in the same article:

“Congressman Nussle’s record in support of the President’s failed economic policy inspires little confidence that he will do what is really needed for America,” according to the statement released by Sen. Dodd’s office.

Oh, that’s right, those HUGE majorities the Dems won in the last election mean that President Bush must do everything they say now…

2. Here in Illinois we are having budget problems. Here in Illinois Democrats are in the majority in both the House and Senate, and Democrats hold all high state elected offices, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor.  Note to Democrats: Holding majorities in the House and Senate and holding the Presidency does not make everything all hunkey-dorey.

In fact it seems to make it all worse. And this time it’s not partisan fighting.

Part of our budget problems arise with funding the public transit system. The legislature wants to raise sales taxes in the relevant counties (Cook [Chicago] and the six collar counties). Governor Blagojevich absolutely refuses to raise sales taxes anywhere for any reason, although he will spend $100,000 to spruce up his plane. He also won’t live in the Governor’s mansion at the state capitol of Springfield, preferring to live in Chicago and flying back and forth between Chicago and Springfield.

I heard someone on the radio saying that we must look at who’s driving on the road in front of us and think about how clear the roads could be if the person driving on the road in front of us were using public transportation instead.

How arrogant. It’s the “you must sacrifice so that I may continue my existence in the manner to which I am accustomed.” John Edwards says we need to give up our SUV’s, but he won’t give up his jetting around (or his SUV’s, or his 28,000 sq foot home)…

3. And last but not least today, Don Surber points us to Grouchy Old Cripple’s reporting on Jesse Jackson’s new hire Mel Reynolds. GOC notes that this is a political first:

Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democrat Congressman
Mel Reynolds to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton’s last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.

This is a first in American politics:
An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate…
won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate…
then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.

His new job?
Ready for this??
YOUTH COUNSELOR

Lest you think I’m making this up, I checked it out.

Reverend Jesse Jackson has hired a Registered Sex Offender to be a Youth Counselor.

Update: at the I checked it out link we find that this story is several years old. But it does fit the category…

Eye Dee Ten Tea.

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