FROM Marc Cannon
Cash for Clunkers: Does Haste Make Waste? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that Cash for Clunkers “has worked better than any other stimulus program that was conceived.” It started off slowly on the first of July, and then exploded through almost a billion dollars in the past week alone. The House quickly approved another two billion before taking off for vacation, and this week the Senate appears ready to go along.
Cash for Clunkers: Does Haste Make Waste? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says it "has worked better than any other stimulus program that was conceived." Starting slowly on July 1, " Cash for Clunkers " then exploded through almost $1 billion in the ten days. The House quickly approved another $2 billion before leaving for vacation, and this week the Senate appears ready to go along. Auto dealers are ecstatic, but students of car culture say the summer jump in sales would have occurred anyway, without any government subsidy. One skeptic says trade-ins might end up costing taxpayers $20,000 apiece; others complain that past gas guzzling is being rewarded. We look at the unexpected benefits and unintended consequences of CARS.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.