It’s not their money

English: , U.S. Attorney, Governor-elect of Ne...

English: , U.S. Attorney, Governor-elect of New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chris Christie spent $24 million taxpayer dollars to hold a special election in New Jersey that recently elected Cory Booker to the US Senate. Ted Cruz led a government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion, one thousand times the amount wasted by Christie. At the same time the GOP are moaning about the national debt, the GOP are wasting taxpayer money on schemes they support. And who do they stick with the bill? The 99% who are asked to embrace austerity. The 1% refuse to pay their fair share.

Cory Booker

Image representing Cory Booker as depicted in ...

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Largely overlooked yesterday was the good news that Cory Booker was elected to the US Senate from New Jersey. I have been impressed with him for some time now. He tried to live on stamps for one week to see the effects. I wish all the members of Congress were required to try to do that before they vote on a reduction of food stamp benefits. Moments ago on CNN, Senator-elect Booker quoted an old saying as to how he intended to conduct himself in the Senate, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Cory Booker

English: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey

English: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cory Booker, the high-profile mayor of Newark, New Jersey, intends to live on a food-stamp budget for one week to demonstrate how difficult it is to do. I wish him well, I am looking forward to his reaction and report on the experience. I wish that every critic of food stamps and hunger in America would take a food-stamp challenge before uttering any criticism. As I watch the well-fed pundits and politicians on TV, I know that none of them are hungry.

Trust and technology

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Ill...

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Illinois, right after Biden was formerly introduced by Obama as his running mate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is now possible to alter any electronic recording of sound or video. The technology that makes information sharing so easy in today’s world can be used by the unscrupulous to try to mislead for financial gain. I no longer trust what I see or hear on the web or TV. It is much too easy to edit raw data to support a specific point of view. The only senses I trust are my own. I must actually be a witness at an event to fully trust what I see and hear.

I first became aware of slanted presentation when Gerald Ford was president. The liberal media was actually liberal at the time and they portrayed Ford as a physical bumbler when he actually was a skilled athlete. Every sliced golf swing or trip or stumble was reported to give the impression that they were typical of the man; they were not.

I watched neither speech, but recently both Joe Biden and Cory Booker have been portrayed negatively. Joe Biden spoke  in Ohio and commentators I trust praised his speech as very effective. On the other hand, FOX and others showed a few selected clips and then proceeded to condemn the speech. Cory Booker appeared on Meet the Press and condemned all the negative political advertising. Now his words are being used out of context by the GOP to attack the Obama campaign.

Ronald  Reagan said, “Trust but verify,” about the Soviet Union. In today’s computerized media world, vigilance is a necessity before granting trust to media reports.