Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Today was a big day of change. I only caught the last part of President Obama's inauguration speech, so I'm hoping the full thing will be on the new Whitehouse.gov Blog soon.  I really like the changes that are visable on the site.  There are some things that are not seen though.  According to Jason Kottke, the new robots.txt file is a mere two lines.  The old robots.txt was over 2,400 lines long.  What this means is that the old Bush whitehouse.gov was telling Google and all the other search engines not to index their site.  The new whitehouse.gov is allowing everything to be indexed, which means it will show up in Google and archived on web.archive.org.  It's nice to see transparency at this level.

Not only was there change at the federal level, but Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware's new Governor.  Delawareans might notice there are major changes on delaware.gov as well.

I'm happy to see these positive changes at both the state and federal levels.  I have a lot of faith that things will change for the better, but my expectations have risen as well.  These leaders have campaigned on better government and I expect better leadership than Bush and Minner.

On a somewhat not so related note, I got my electric bill today.  They included the energy sources used for the 2007 calendar year.  I'm including it below as it might be interesting to see what that mix looks like in a year or two.

Source Percentage
Coal 55.9%
Gas 7.3%
Nuclear 34.2%
Oil 0.5%
Captured Methane Gas 0.2%
Geothermal 0.0%
Hydroelectric 0.9%
Solar 0.0%
Solid Waste 0.6%
Wind 0.2%
Wood or other Biomass 0.2%
Conventional Energy Subtotal 97.9%
Renewable Energy Subtotal 2.1%

I hope to see large improvements in our energy policies. Such as use of more renewable energies like wind and higher efficiency solar panels that can sell back to the grid to lessen the load on those hot summer months. I think using oil from the middle east in our cars is a larger problem at the moment, but it's all related.

[EDIT 20-Jan-2009: I know it seems strange I'm talking about energy sources from 2007.  Maybe they are that slow??  See for yourself, here is a link to the insert that was included with my bill. ]

[EDIT 21-Jan-2009: The Inauguration is now on Youtube.  I also saw an interesting article on ARS Technica regarding the electrical grid and energy storage.]

McCain’s Temper Tantrums

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Learn something new every day.  So John McCain has anger management issues. He even backhanded a woman in one of the capital buildings and is known to push or poke people in the chest.  I think many people struggle with controlling their emotions.  I have in the past. But physically hitting and pushing people?  That crosses the line.  Scary.

Polls and Politics

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I just saw the following in this CNN article.  I think it would be great if his polls slipped two more points.

"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1975, and is only 2 points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22 percent mark in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

With the financial madness and $200,000,000,000 pork needed to get republicans to vote for the $700,000,000,000 bail out, I don't have a whole lot of respect for all those people in DC.  I really don't like the idea that our government needs to go around and bail out airlines, insurance companies, and banks.  I can understand it when they need to pump money into Amtrak, USPS, or even Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac as they are companies controlled by the federal government.  If people and small businesses need to declare bankrupcy, why not large companies too?  Why have these banks become so large?  That seems problematic in of itself.  However, I do think that raising the FDIC insurance limits was a good move.  If all these banks really needed so much capital, why haven't they raised interest rates?

I saw an awesome quote last week in the NY Times (unfortunately, they require an account after so many days).  It pretty much sums up how I feel about all our representatives.

I've always believed that America's government was a unique political system - one designed by geniuses so that it could be run by idiots. I was wrong. No system can be smart enough to survive this level of incompetence and recklessness by the people charged to run it.

Hopefully things will change for the better.  We need some change.


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