Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A prescription for repairing the economy.

It's probably a good thing that Van Jones was fired by the Obama administration after being made the target of a smear campaign by Glenn Beck. For he has gone on to better things. His new organization, Rebuild the American Dream, is working on, well, rebuilding the American Dream.

They have released a contract that is a prescription for repairing the economy. From the preamble:
We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice . . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together. Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops, and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out onto the street.
Go read the whole thing and sign it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello? Is this thing on?

I'm back. Perhaps.

Two main factors contributed to my prolonged absence. Well, three if you count general laziness, but I'm planning on skipping that.

1) The cab driving business has turned to complete shit. Business never came back after the recession which the people who claim to know say is over but it really isn't. Times are bad, and they are getting worse. One of the first luxuries the people cut when times are tough is the daily cab ride. Business was too slow, and I was not earning enough to keep up with my free-spending lifestyle.

So, I said fuck it. I packed up myself and the cats and flew off to the Pacific Northwest. I've been here about a month now, and I've discovered that this is a land of tall trees, big mountains, and a disturbing lack of guardrails. Oh, and rain. Apparently monsoon season is starting. The ten day forecast calls for nine days of rain.

2) This whole atheist community I was getting involved in has really begun to annoy me. The amazing kerfuffle surrounding Elevatorgate is pretty fucking disturbing. To think that with all that is going on in the world, this is the most talked about event for the past year. perhaps the past several years. I haven't been paying attention enough to know. Pathetic. Really completely and totally pathetic.

I wonder, do I really want to get involved with such a dysfunctional group?