By Dave Mudcat Saunders, Huffington Post
January 12, 2012
The GAO report is clear. Because of conditions on Haitian ground, USAID is going to have a tough time ever getting anything done. Two years ago, President Obama promised the people of Haiti: “You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten.” From what I’ve seen, working with those already in Haiti who have a record of getting things done is the only way the United States can fulfill that promise. This must become an immediate priority — in Obama’s own words — “swift, coordinated, and aggressive.” Continue reading
Swampland: A blog about politics in the nation’s capital
Posted by Mudcat
I woke up this morning and was going to start my stint as a guest correspondent by trying to kick up a dialogue on how my people in rural America are getting screwed into the stone ages. As an inexperienced blogger (I think this is the third time I’ve posted anything), I thought it prudent to get some tips from the Time staff on what I should be doing. They told me I could write anything I wanted, but I should keep my eye on the site and watch the conversation going on at the time of a post and weigh in.
Well, that’s what I’m going to do…weigh in on the current conversation. I’ve got all week to talk about how Republicans take the rural and southern vote for granted in national elections and how the Democrats, for some insane reason, let’em have it.
I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the “Metropolitan Opera Wing”. These are the people who talk of tolerance but the only true tolerance they ever exhibit is for their own pseudo-intellectual arrogance. Continue reading
By Dave “Mudcat” Saunders
CBS News – As I get ready to head to Manchester, N.H., for this weekend’s second Democratic presidential debate, I am already agitated at the thought that this one will mirror the first, with no talk of the “economic inequality” that is threatening to take down this country.
It is becoming painfully apparent that many of the Democratic candidates want to simply turn their back on the old Andrew Jackson staple of the Democratic Party — economic fairness.
It doesn’t seem to matter that both the numbers and the leading economists are screaming that “economic disparity” will put this nation in the toilet much quicker than a nuke from Iran or North Korea.
Our not-so-far-off future is in grim danger unless “economic fairness” is restored to the American capitalistic system. Yet none of the top-tier candidates, other than John Edwards, seem to want to deal with it in strong fashion. Continue reading