Saturday, November 7, 2009
· On Friday, the Obama administration allowed that the national unemployment number had reached 10.2 percent in October, but quickly pointed out the number is still lower than the early 1980s peak of 10.8 percent. According to piece in the New York Times, unemployment shows 17.5 percent were unemployed or underemployed in October. The rate is closer to 20 percent in states with housing bubbles, like California and Arizona, or that have large manufacturing sectors, like Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and South Carolina. No wonder the president signed a bill extending unemployment benefits for 20 additional weeks.
· Meanwhile, Politico reports as Washington reels from the news of 10.2 percent unemployment, the Center for Responsive Politics is out with a new report describing the wealth of members of Congress. Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body as opposed to about 1 percent of Americans overall. CRP says California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at about $251 million. Next in line: Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), worth about $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), worth about $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), worth about $209.7 million; and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), worth about $208.8 million.
· Obese homophobe, Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes gay marriage says stopping marriage equality in New Jersey is a top priority. The Democratic controlled legislature in New Jersey, which currently recognizes same-sex couples in civil unions, is under pressure to pass a bill authorizing gay marriage before Gov. Jon Corzine ends his term in mid-January. Voters defeated Corzine on Tuesday and replaced him with Republican Chris Christie, who opposes gay marriage.
· And finally, Ted Haggard, the disgraced homophobic preacher and male prostitute enthusiast, is rebuilding his empire out of his basement. Just weeks after tweeting he didn’t want to start his own church, Haggard is doing just that from his house at 1865 Old Ranch Road, in Colorado Springs, CO. The first meeting is this Thursday and will be a “prayer meeting.” Remember, Teddy is a charismatic, motivated man who started the New Life Church in 1985 with just 25 people meeting in his basement. In America, there is always room for a new fundie leader with a Bible in one hand and a bottle of poppers in the other hand.