Republican obstructionism, citizen journalists and chickens

Blogger journalism is ridiculous. Citizen journalism is equally dubious – pedestrian at best and misleading at its worst. Who has time to sift through this sea of mean-spirited tripe anyway? However, this experience has given me a newfound appreciation for blogger “journalists.”

As I spin through all the anecdotes and non-sequiturs rattling around in my head, I appreciate how difficult it is to write something meaningful every day.

It’s even more difficult to write something factual, based on solid reporting and research. And I admire anyone who takes the time to do it right in the name of altruism (or at least for our puerile enjoyment…sometimes we just need to laugh).

So, what do people want to read about? Local stuff? Statewide or national issues? I can’t imagine anyone would come to me for rants about politics. Go friend Dennis Rich on Facebook for that. Watch the Daily Show.

Although at the moment Republican obstructionism is burning my biscuit. It’s a scurrilous task that deserves challenge from every person with a conscience. For example, at a time when retirement savings and investments need the most protection, Republicans are doing their best to neuter the nascent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The New York Times reported in June that without a director the bureau has limited authority over “nonbank financial firms” (dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/director-or-no-wall-streets-newest-cop-is-ready-for-duty/).

It’s no surprise that Republicans recently blocked the nomination of former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Republicans played a similar role in dumping Dr. Donald M. Berwick as chief of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Qualifications do not matter. Working to make Obama a one-term president is the endgame. It appears the strategy is to ensure that important federal agencies are leaderless at a time when the most vulnerable and needy are at risk.

Whatever, this blog is already too long. Maybe next time I’ll tell you about our chickens.

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  1. #1 by Amanda on December 9, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Wow, I have to have a dictionary on hand to read your stuff! Such big words, makes me feel a bit, umm.. dumb! Haa haa! 😉

  2. #2 by Dennis Rich on December 13, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    I like that i get a plug before the Daily Show. Obviously you are a man of rare and refined tastes.

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