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Today's programming highlights...
10:00 am ET - House hearing on 2012 federal budget - President Obama's proposed budget for next fiscal year caused quite a buzz in Washington Monday. Expect more of the same this morning when OMB Director Jacob Lew testifies before the House Budget committee. Lew will also testify before the Senate Budget Committee at 2:00 pm ET.
12:30 pm ET - Internet freedom discussion - Social media played a critical role in the Egyptian revolution, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to bring that up when she delivers an address on global internet freedom in Washington.
1:00 pm ET - NASA briefing on comet flyby - NASA will discuss the results of the Stardust-NExT mission spacecraft's close encounter with comet Tempel 1.
1:30 pm ET - Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony - The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed to a civilian in the United States. Today, President Obama awards the medal to several recipients, including former president George H.W. Bush, investor Warren Buffett, poet Maya Angelou and baseball great Stan Musial.
4:00 pm ET - Figure skaters on Wall Street - The Winter Olympics don't happen for another three years, but who says figure skaters can't stay busy off the ice? U.S. skating greats Evan Lysacek, Sarah Hughes and Tara Lipinski ring the closing bell on Wall Street.
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I think that if this government really wants to solve our budget issues, stop send our tax dollars to other countries. There is so many Americans struggling to make ends meet and pay their bills. Yet we send billions of dollars overseas to other countries. Why does our country find it so easy to help others but not really do anything to help its own people?
I pray they do not cut S.S. benefits or Medicare.Most people on S. S. are living at or below the poverty level. I say if Congress wants to do what is right they should cut their own salary and benefits! They should also stop sending BILLIONS of dollars to other countries that hate us. Charity should begin at home.
They should sell all our bases elsewhere and bring everyone home. Could probably cut a quarter of the manpower. 'course, then they'd need jobs
I know you bloggers are right, but I think the big political machine is too big and powerful to change anytime son. This foreign aid business is way out of hand. Who's to stop it and how? Obama, our next president?
The real issue is representation of people. If those elected did their job rather than worry about preserving their seat it would be a start. To effectively make changes in government the people has to unite and demand it. The fact is the government at this point is holding the lives of many in it's hand and effectively failing.
As many become dependent on the government for the basic needs of survival it yields more control. Our rights are trampled in the name of security and our economy crashed for control.
The information reported is distorted, by that I mean inaccurate, to maintain popularity which has also failed to a degree. People see love ones and children suffer while we are told "it is getting better".
Why is there no real coverage of the possible shut-down of the government or the programs it will effect? Simple answer, people as an individual does not matter if they oppose the government. In the weeks to come there will be "change" in the government as promised but will it be for the good of the people?
If there are any with a voice and the backbone to use it left now is the time to speak out. You DO NOT need to be violent, use your phones to call, computers to send email and unite with others. A single voice can be dismissed but the rumble of many can not be ignored.
I thank each person that has taken the time from their day to read this post and invite each one to Blalockcampaing.com
The caption (or the photo) is wrong. The man in that photo doesn't even remotely resemble Jacob Lew.
The man in that photo is Austan Goolsbee, who was (when this story was written) the Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Well, I see they fixed the error by removing the photo. Aren't errors supposed to be acknowledged and corrected? Doesn't can have journalistic ethics?