Friday, August 19, 2011

Too little, too late

>  Once again, Gov. John "Lehman Brothers" Kasich got involved in a little drama.  Today, according to the SacramentoBee, Kasich and Republican leaders sat at a table.  Union leaders refused to meet with Kasich because Kasich wanted to negotiate a removal of Issue 2 from November's ballot.

Funny thing is, this is the most attention that Kasich and the Ohio Republicans have paid to unionized Ohioans.  When hearings were going on for SB 5, a bill to end collective bargaining in Ohio, Democrats were not allowed to offer amendments, and Republicans locked out Ohio's working men and women from entering the Statehouse.  Despite the fact that thousands of Ohioans asked to meet with the Kasich administration and Republican leaders before the bill was passed, the workers were ignored.  Now Kasich wants to talk?????  Kasich's actions are too little and too late.

*  I bet you are really excited to learn that some top dog at Bank of America said the following to Rick Perry:  "Bank of America, we will help you out."  The story and video from CSPAN are at Raw Story.

Rick Perry is completely nuts and he knows nothing about economics (look up his college transcript for his economics grade).  The last thing this country needs is a person who dismisses science and is from Texas.  We survived the last President from Texas!

****  The Republicans have gone crazy over President Obama's vacation. Pleeeeeaaaaaaaaase! Let the guy take a few days off with his family.  He got Osama bin laden!

No matter what President Obama does, he won't catch up to President George W. Bush's time on vacation.  According to CBS News, George W. Bush spent a lot of time out of the White House.  CBS News reported that Bush spent 487 days at Camp David and 490 days at his Texas ranch:   487 + 490 =  977

George W. Bush was President for 8 years (8 x 365 = 2,920 days).

977/ 2,930 = 33%

President George W. Bush spent 33% of his time in office on vacation.  

CBS has a new article with information on how much time President Obama has spent on vacation:

.....President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.

To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.

Today is the 230th day of 2011.  President Obama has been in office for 2 years and 210 days.  (He was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.) He has been our President for 940 days (365 x 2 =730 + 210 =940 days).  His vacation days don't even come close to the vacation record set by George W. Bush.