Thursday, March 22, 2007

More of how the shrub loves you

Foreclosures will sky rocket this year!

• Analysts predict between 1 million and 3 million foreclosures in 2007
• The industrial heartland hard-hit by foreclosures in 2006
• Some economists believe a recession could result from the mortgage defaults

The areas being hit the hardest are those that were already having troubles - the industrial middle -
and those areas that relied on automobile manufacturing.

This clip is about home auctions in Detroit:

After selling house after house in the Motor City for less than the $29,000 it costs to buy the average new car, the auctioneer tried a new line: "The lumber in the house is worth more than that!"

As Detroit reels from job losses in the U.S. auto industry, the depressed city has emerged as a boomtown in one area: foreclosed property.

Who loses? Usually minorities, women, the disabled, single parent households ... but especially the children..

It's a national shame and can only go back to the shrub's policies that encouraged all sorts of financial "magic" to encourage people to buy homes when the lenders knew they cold not afford any increases in the mortgages.

Now the homes are selling for less than what is owed and we are facing a major disaster...

That's what happens when you have crooks, liars and their cronies in control!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

More re pet food and lack of FDA inspectors

Another unbelieveable!

They knew about the bad pet food on February 20th!

From the CBC website: full story HERE

The investigation is focusing on wheat gluten used at two U.S. plants as the likely source of contamination.

The FDA first learned of a potential problem after receiving complaints on Feb. 20 and followed up by feeding the "cuts and gravy" product to 40 to 50 cats. Of those, seven animals died, said Stephen Sundlof, the FDA's top veterinarian. He added the contamination appeared more deadly to cats than to dogs.

I love my pets and my food is not on the list - and I don't feed pouches and/or wet food to them.

Turns out the the bad stuff most likely comes from two US plants - not the Canadian manufacturer..interesting?

We live in a country where people food is bad and pet food is bade...any connection to an administration that has curtailed inspections of food? Hmmmmm

More that needs investigating - but we know that democrats can multitask and do more than who-knows-how-many investigations at the same time.

From the AP FEBRUARY 27

FDA food-safety inspections steadily decreasing

By Andrew Bridges and Seth Borenstein

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The federal agency that has been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food-safety inspections it did three years ago.

The cuts by the Food and Drug Administration come despite a barrage of high-profile food recalls.

"We have a food-safety crisis on the horizon," said Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

Between 2003 and 2006, FDA food-safety inspections dropped 47 percent, according to a database analysis of federal records by The Associated Press.

Full article HERE

Guess we should start asking who knew about all this bad food and when did they know it?

Monday, March 19, 2007

In just a few short months

The Democrats have been in power since early January - only a few short months ... or weeks - since this Thursday it will be only 11 weeks! And they have taken time off....

Look at what has been accomplished in 11 WEEKS or less!

It is amazing what scrutiny and sunshine can do ...

Congress is supposed to engage in oversight but in the last 6 years they did nothing that resembled oversight. Instead - they gave way the store, the wallets and our children to a greedy power driven bunch of cronies in D.C. and around the country and globe.

We have no military readiness, we have no money and we have lost the backing of the rest of the world - well except for those in the shrub's pocket... like poodle guy...

Our education system has gotten worse but it costs more
Our health care system is sick....
Our care for veterans is abysmal
And so on....

Imagine if we had had actual oversight 6 years ago and a press that actually did it's job of asking tough questions...

Would be be in a better place today? Sadly the answer is yes...

Can we learn from this? I hope so....but given the parroting of the right wing sound machine in the papers and on will take more and more of the corruption making headline for that percentage of the population who still believes in shrubs to face actual reality....