Terrific News Tuesday

And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? –Chuck Noland (Cast Away)

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Malmstrom AFB
  • HELP-Link
  • Health Insurance
  • USAF Thunderbirds
  • New Hampshire Primary

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Extend Unemployment Insurance Now

It’s really a no-brainer – the U.S. Senate and U.S. House should extend unemployment benefits. They should get it done this week.

The 1.3 million people who need these checks lost their benefits late last year when congress failed to act before the holidays. It was a pretty cruel way to treat constituents. These people are now facing two or more weeks without a check.

I only have one condition – find some way to pay for it. I don’t care if it’s down the road a ways, just pay for it.

Members of Congress have overall approval ratings in the single digits, plus a new report found that over half the members of congress are millionaires. They are so out of touch with regular folks that showing just a little kindness might help people have a better opinion about them.

The basic reason for extending benefits is that we should take care of our own.

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Be willing…

Jobs should be the major issue in the United States today.  Many media outlets have been airing stories about jobs and the economy, but the CBS Evening News has gone a step further and has been conducting a series of interviews with CEOs about how to get Americans back to work.

It has been interesting to watch.  I have placed a link to the story at the end of this column.

Scott Pelley of the CBS Evening News recently interviewed Robert L. Johnson.  According to CBS, “… Johnson founded Black Entertainment Television, and later sold it to Viacom for almost $3 billion. Johnson is now the chairman of RLI, which invests in companies in a variety of industries, from entertainment to real estate.”

Besides his ideas on how to put America back to work, toward the end of the interview Pelley asks him what he would say to elected officials in Washington.

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Thursday Numbers

You’ve almost got it made – just today and Friday and the weekend is here!  Congrats!

My faithful readers know that almost every Thursday, we examine the numbers and the stories behind the numbers here at The Western Word.  This week is very interesting as we take a look at pizza, bears, money lost, vacation days, child poverty, unemployment compensation, and much more – so read on… Continue reading

Looking Toward 2020…

The headline in today’s Roll Call kind of said it all:  “All Talk, No Action on Jobs.”  The key point of the article is “With no money to spend, lawmakers talking about job creation aren’t likely to accomplish anything unless a plan is swept into the deficit talks dominating Capitol Hill.”

Wonderful.  Of course the Democrats are blaming the Republicans and the Republicans are blaming the Democrats.

As voters, we get to decide who really cares about jobs – and you bet it will be a campaign issue.

Of course the folks not doing anything to help with job creation have jobs, so why should they care?  Many folks don’t think about jobs while they have one.  I used to be like that.  Once you lose the job or the job ends you start thinking about it more and more.  Throw in a couple of “non-selection” letters and hear a politician say people are lazy who get unemployment benefits and soon a person gets ticked off, or depressed, or both. Continue reading