Wednesday, 2/27/13, Public Square



by | February 27, 2013 · 6:00 am

14 responses to “Wednesday, 2/27/13, Public Square

  1. The Republicans in congress have really painted themselves into a corner with the sequester. Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.

  2. Lots of things concern me about the sequester, not the least of which is the price of meat. Yeah, I know the health benefits of vegetarianism or at least eating less meat, but, come on. It’s hard for a Kansas farmgirl to give up beef.

    One of the lesser known aspects of sequestration is that USDA meat inspectors will be furloughed, either working fewer days or laid off entirely. And since meat processing plants can’t operate without inspectors on premises, there will be less meat processed and sold.

    It isn’t just red meat on the chopping block. (Pun intended.) Poultry plants and seafood processing plants will also be operating at less than capacity. There will be less supply, and I doubt demand will go down in the short run. Couple that with the NWS projection that the midwestern drought will continue through October, and you get… rapidly and dramatically rising meat prices.

    Vegetarians are not in the clear. While the drought may affect grain supplies, inspectors will also be in short supply for veggie processing plants and distribution centers. Remember the salmonella problem with peanuts and peanut butter a few years ago? Recent reports that many food borne illnesses come from veggies not properly picked, stored or processed?

    Oy. If ever you thought about growing a garden, this might be the year. Of course, seed prices have gone through the roof due to rising demand and increasing consolidation and monopoly of suppliers. And then there is that pesky drought thing which means more watering and higher water rates are in the offing as are treated water shortages.

    There is nothing mother nature does to us that can’t be made worse or exacerbated by government austerity. Soon, even the wealthy one percent might not have cake to eat!

  3. Regarding the sequester, I hope the repukes are also filing this under “Be Careful What You Ask For.”

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

    Gillian Christensen, an ICE spokeswoman, said ICE has reviewed “several hundred cases” of immigrants being held in jails around the country and released them in the last week. They have been “placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release,” she said.

    Christensen said the agency’s “priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.” She did not say how released immigrants were selected or what jails they were released from.

    Tuesday’s announcement of jail releases is the first tangible impact of the looming budget cuts for DHS.

    The Obama administration has been issuing dire warnings about the impact of the sequestration and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters at the White House Monday that across-the-board cuts would impact the department’s core operations, including border security and airport screening operations.

    She also warned that DHS might not be able to afford to keep the 34,000 immigration jail beds mandated by Congress. On average last week, there were 30,773 people being held in ICE jails.

  4. I haven’t even read today’s comments because I’m so excited and motivated!

    I recorded a program on PBS last night and just finished watching it.

    MAKERS: Women Who Make America

    It premiered last night, but there are other showings. Go to the link and find one, please watch it. It’s well done, we all need this reminder of where we were, how far we’ve come and far we have to go, especially since the battles don’t stay won and the Republican Party is threatening each and every right we’ve gained.

    • I’m glad it made you excited and motivated, Fnord. It kind of made me tired and discouraged in the knowledge that after all this time, we’re still fighting the same battles over and over and over.

      I was also struck by how Phyllis and the defeat of the ERA energized the right, especially the religious right, and helped open the door to usher in the Reagan era and all the damage since. I lived through that time, but perhaps I was too close to the forest to see the trees.

      Just shows the power of a motivated woman, even if she’s motivated by evil. Maybe especially if she’s motivated by evil.

  5. I watched it too, Fnord. There were some parts I had to turn away because it was difficult to watch. Sometimes, the truth hurts, and getting to where we are, such as it is, has not been easy or without sacrifice.

    I was chagrined at the part regarding suits and silk ties in the 80’s. I’m sure it’s hard to believe, but as a hard charging, young, up and coming businesswoman, I did wear the uniform, including hose and short heels.

    It’s probably why I dress the way I do now. Polar opposite. Back then, I was an executive by day and dyke by night. Now? Full time farmer dyke. Hey, at least back then I had money. Now? Not so much…

    • Boy do I agree about the turning away from the hurt. I was there and to go back seemed more painful. I was also shown how ashamed we better feel because we treated one another EXACTLY the way we have fought against being treated! We didn’t include ‘women of color,’ lesbians, not even poor women. I think we’re stronger today and those who are still trying to make us second-class citizens are a smaller and much weaker batch of idiots. Back to the fight, we’re capable, experienced, and today we have the support of many good men! Another Clarence Thomas will never be confirmed! We can do this AGAIN, we will do it AGAIN!

    • rick liebst

      I can so relate, that period I did within the Corperate world almost felt as if it would cost my mortal soul. Principles and morals were something that were set only by the moment. Having to watch and try to catch what was the moment’s opinion and thought based on the head cheese’s changing opinions and thoughts from moment to moment. I did not last long and that dipwade would always ask my opibions?

  6. Lindsay Graham makes a fool of himself.

  7. Bob White

    Most disgouraging thing about politics is that “all politics are local.” Then look at Kansas. Why are local people persuaded to choose Republicans? Can we not see the error of our ways? This is a mystery to me. Is it as simple as intelligence?

  8. Bob, there are some counties that still elect Democrats at the local level and yet send repukes to the statehouse, Cedar Crest, and Washington. Trego County is one, Ellis, Rush and Russell Counties used to be but are losing ground. But if you look closely, you can still find lots of local elected Democrats. They just die and wither on the vine or stay in their cushy local jobs and never rise to run for higher office.

    I blame the Kansas Democratic Party for not cultivating and supporting a bench to move into higher office from the local level. These successful Democrats at the county and city level get no help or encouragement from the state party. In fact, the state party actually discourages them from running. Remember, this past fall the KDP encouraged everyone to support moderate Republicans and not muddy the waters with good democratic candidates. That proved to be a disaster after Brownstain’s minions swept the repuke primaries and there were no Democrats on the ballot as an alternative. Kevin Yoder anyone? The Democrats didn’t lift a finger to develop their own slate of candidates. Instead, they meekly handed over their party to moderate repukes who lost in droves and never made it to the general.

    All the KDP does is feather the nests of some people. As one of our good blog friends always says, the KDP is set up to put money in the pockets of a select few, and once you understand that, the rest of it makes sense.
    They honestly don’t care that much about winning elections as long as certain mainstays (looking at you Paul Davis, Anthony Hensley and Jan Pauls) and some political consultants (looking at you RJ Wilson and other old timers who continue failing to win elections) keep their jobs and keep their cash rolling in. Winning? Meh. Ringing the cash register? You bet.

    It doesn’t work worth a damn in governing the state or building any kind of future for the Kansas Democratic Party, but it works great for how it was designed. To keep the fat cats fat and the little guys, who might actually have a chance to win, down and out.

    • Bob White

      Excellent reply. Thanks. You are correct about so very much of what you have pointed toward. And I totally agree with your points regarding the state Dem party/leadership. Thanks, again.