Oh my god. All I can say is “Oh, my god!” We added a wireless access point on the third floor of our house yesterday (where I am writing) and it has opened up whole new vistas! No longer do I wait for seemingly interminable minutes as screens open or posts get saved. No longer do I see that little red “X” that tells me I’m off line. Oh the sinking feelings gone! Oh the frustration erased from my days. Like the WordPress upgrade plugin I found earlier this week … this has been a time of technological magic. Ah February! Tho’ the economy may be continuing its dive, with no bottom in sight … I am happy in the knowledge that I can “watch” … uninterrupted … now.
So – what’s happening? Well, Obama is giving a big speech on Tuesday night … and yes, I definitely plan on watching. The stimulus bill that he signed into law will be rolling out with varying degrees of speed in the coming months – and there’s still lots of debate about its anticipated efficacy. I love the split that seems to be emerging between Republican Governors and mayors … and the GOPers in Congress.
Truth, on Main Street USA has offered a very succinct post (Hell No!) re. the rumored plan being touted by some – that would loot Social Security to address the deficit. William Greider, in The Nation, sounds the alarm …
“Governing elites in Washington and Wall Street have devised a fiendishly clever “grand bargain” they want President Obama to embrace in the name of “fiscal responsibility.” The government, they argue, having spent billions on bailing out the banks, can recover its costs by looting the Social Security system. They are also targeting Medicare and Medicaid. The pitch sounds preposterous to millions of ordinary working people anxious about their economic security and worried about their retirement years. But an impressive armada is lined up to push the idea–Washington’s leading think tanks, the prestige media, tax-exempt foundations, skillful propagandists posing as economic experts and a self-righteous billionaire spending his fortune to save the nation from the elderly.”
Read on, it’s an excellent and sobering piece. His proposed solution? That we begin contacting Obama now – supporting him in standing up to the pressure – putting millions of voices (and votes) behind him as the pressure mounts.
Meanwhile – on the stimulus front – I was psyched to see on Huffington Post a map of the proposed new and/or improved high speed rail lines. Can you imagine where we would be now if we hadn’t wasted 8 years mired in Bush-world? Ah – to be able to get places on trains – what a concept!
Women’s soccer is undergoing its own version of the stimulus as WPS gets into gear. This post from Stars and Stripes on BigSoccer outlines the potential impact of the new league on USWNT players’ pocketbooks. Nice to see these women able to make some $$.
And speaking of women (lame segue, I know) … March 8 is International Women’s Day. I’ve never been a big fan of “days” and “weeks” and “months” – as they seem at once marginalizing and celebratory. But it looks like some cool stuff is happening … and the site is interesting … and I guess it never hurts to pause and reflect, acknowledge, celebrate, and maybe even agitate!
Oh my god – and speaking of women – is it not totally refreshing to have Michelle Obama in the White House? Check out this recent event – where she invited 180 kids to the House and they toured and heard Sweet Honey in the Rock and had what sounds like an amazing and “real” time. Read the transcript of her remarks in the link. Authenticity in the White House … I could weep with relief (and with sadness, that it has been so long absent). Thanks, Michelle!