10.31.08

What I’m reading today

Posted in Around The Nation, Around The State, Election 2008 at 12:27 pm by wcnews

Mandate ’08: Reagan vs. FDR

But with the Bush era finely tuning America’s BS detector, repetition and revisionism can no longer cloak reality.

“As the Republican ticket continues to run against the very idea of progressive politics, they are sowing the seeds of the post-election realignment narrative,” writes The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, adding that a McCain loss in such an ideologically polarized contest means “Democrats can justifiably claim that conservatism itself has been rejected.”

That would be the very mandate for “direct, vigorous action” Roosevelt described in his 1933 inaugural address. Should a President Obama try to capitalize on it, he will have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Texas’ power struggle adds to election intrigue

With less than a week before the Tuesday election, energized Texas Democrats believe that they are within striking distance of reclaiming control of the Texas House of Representatives but are confronting a fierce push-back from besieged House Speaker Tom Craddick and Republican allies battling to retain their slim GOP majority

Tarrant County plays a key role in Tom Craddick clash

Austin is worried about how we’re going to vote.

We know the feeling here in Williamson County, it’s got to matter.

And a fun one for the future, FORWARD WITH FIBER: AN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PLAN FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson presided over the country’s first economic stimulus package: the Louisiana Purchase. For a sum of $23 million and change, the U.S. doubled its territory and became a world power.

Wouldn’t it be cool to do a deal like that today?

We can, through infrastructure investment — not just in roads, electrical service and water systems; but in fiber optic connections to nearly every home and office. Nothing could do more for the economy while costing less.

2 Comments »

  1. HeavyDuty said,

    October 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    The government also needs to invest where the market will not, so that services will be available to assist in the economic turn around that has, so far, always followed a down turn.

    Texas has very few (grandfathered) municipal telecommunications networks, because they are illegal. This must change because telecommuting, distance learning and official/legal/emergency communication will play a large part in the future of Texas. The rural nature of the vast majority of the state of Texas means that there will never be sufficient customer base to provide a profitable return on investment (ROI) for private telecommunications companies; the government must provide this service.

  2. wcnews said,

    October 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Agreed, invest in the future. Just like they did with electricity, and it will pay dividends long into the future.

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