Towse: views from the hill

April 20, 2009

Live Vote: Give President Obama a grade

Filed under: government,politics — Towse @ 3:37 pm

Live Vote: Give President Obama a grade

Found this via a Facebook comment from SJ Rozan.

The teabaggers are giving Obama an F grade. (Currently 44% – F)

Want to leaven the results? Vote!

March 2, 2009

Obama vs. The Fear

Filed under: commentary,government,news,politics — Towse @ 5:41 pm

Obama vs. The Fear / Grin and be enthralled, or tremble and stuff dollar bills into your mattress?


This seems to be the bottom line, at least for now. We have, for the first time in just about forever, an enormously ambitious, confident, risk-taking president so full of grand and even borderline radical ideas they barely fit into a single generation, much less a single speech, and we have him at a time when we need, well, someone exactly like that.

That he just so happens to be tremendously intelligent, progressive, serene as an oak tree and utterly magnetizing? I guess you just call that a bonus.

What he (“he” being Mark Morford) said.

February 28, 2009

Schwarzenegger Declares California Drought Emergency

Filed under: California,culture,government,weather — Towse @ 10:54 pm

Schwarzenegger Declares California Drought Emergency

Some more rain is arriving tonight, if the weather mavens are to be believed, and carry over for a few days, but things aren’t looking good.

Step one: encourage farmers who suck up water to raise crops like cotton and rice to move their operations to places that are better suited for water-guzzling crops.

Step two: encourage folks who plant golf courses in deserts to transform them into something else and/or let the land lapse back into sand dunes.

Step three: see where steps one and two take you.

February 26, 2009

FY2010 Federal budget (USA)

Filed under: economy,government,news — Towse @ 9:52 pm

The proposed FY 2010 budget in 146pp of detail. This is a narrative take on the budget, not pages and pages of income/outgo numbers.

Take a look. [PDF]

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