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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Oh, its the first week of January, 2014 and the New Year in politicking is already in full swing.

The president and daughters Sasha and Malia returned to the White House from their seventeen-day vacation in sunny Hawaii.  Mrs. Obama remains on the island another week where she will be celebrating her 50th birthday. 

Already, the haters are remarking.

Fox News' Greta Van Sustern made disparaging remarks
 about the First Lady remaining in Hawaii for her birthday.
We'll just paraphrase what Greta Van Sustern said on her show on Fox News on Monday evening:   "With Mrs. Obama staying an extra week in Hawaii, that means Air Force One will have to fly from Washington to Hawaii and back to Washington for one person, on the tax payer's dime.  Van Sustern went on to say that just because someone else did it, doesn't mean you have to do it too."

Hey Greta, just because your male colleagues wear suits to work everyday, doesn't mean you have to do it too.

Sustern went on to say that now isn't the time to charge tax payers extra money, while so many Americans' unemployment benefits are coming to an end.

Sadly, for Greta (and her friends) there will never be a 'right' time for the Obamas, because you can't see past your own racism.  Oh, and one other thing, Greta... it's your Republican friends who decided to go on a little vacation of their own, leaving Washington without extending unemployment benefits to thousands of unemployed Americans - during Christmas time.

President Obama plans to deliver remarks on Tuesday urging Congress to act to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

In other New Year's news both parties did, however, confirm Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve.  She becomes the first female to hold the male dominated position, replacing outgoing Chair, Ben Bernanke who has held the post for the last eight years.

There's a new Fed Chair in town!  Janet Yellen has been confirmed to replace Ben Bernanke.
Said President Obama, "With the bipartisan confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands that the ultimate goal of economic and financial policymaking is to improve the lives, jobs and standard of living of American workers and their families. As one of our nation’s most respected economists and a leading voice at the Fed for more than a decade – and Vice Chair for the past three years – Janet helped pull our economy out of recession and put us on the path of steady growth. Janet is committed to the Fed’s dual mandate of keeping inflation in check while also addressing our most important economic challenge by reducing unemployment and creating jobs. And she understands that fostering a stable financial system will help the overall economy and protect consumers. I am confident that Janet will stand up for American workers, protect consumers, foster the stability of our financial system, and help keep our economy growing for years to come."

Are we really still in a recession?

Moving on.

In case you haven't heard, Colorado is open for business.  The pot business.   Colorado became the first state to have a walk-in pot store that sells 'medical marijuana'.  Reports indicate that the response is so overwhelming that the store can barely keep up with customer demands for the product. 



Were you expecting anything less?

New York is also leaning towards the idea of selling the much sought after medicinal brand of Mary Jane.  Governor Cuomo, once against the idea of legalizing pot, may be changing is previous stance. 

Writes Bloomberg News, Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to revive a 1980 medical-marijuana law to allow some New York hospitals to make use of the drug for patients with cancer, glaucoma and other illnesses.

Interesting.

The state with the most uncivil stop-and-frisk policy - anywhere -  will now have a new reason to stop and frisk even more people on the streets of New York.

Congratulations to new Mayor Bill DeBlasio as he tries to make New York one city, indivisible, with liberty, economic equality, and justice for all.

Of course, if you're in the DMV, you can always get pot 'from your friends who work on the Hill', according to this article.

Cheers!

And that's your New Year's first week rap up.

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