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A quick and rather formless weekend post

Michael Soyfer June 5, 2011 Soapbox Blog Comments Off on A quick and rather formless weekend post

I’m sitting on a Megabus to D.C., and, as I’m rather bored and tired of rolling or widening my eyes in outrage and/or surprise, I thought I’d post a mish-mash of items with short comments.

I know very little about India (outside of a few lectures I’ve heard on poverty and slums in South Asian mega-cities and the simple knowledge that bribery and corruption are widespread), but this is rather worrisome. I’m often alarmed seeing stories about crackdowns on protesters, but cracking down on hunger strikers led by a “yoga guru” is really taking repression to a new level.

The Washington Post has a great story, complete with graphics, on the congressional votes that pushed the nation into the red. It’s presented in exhilirating venn-diagram form! But, then again, we all did kinda know that costly wars and post boon-time tax cuts were responsible for a huge portion of our debt. I guess this brings us back to the point I tried to make with immigration in my previous post — the distinction between what’s obvious and what’s politically obvious.

Rick Santorum is making a last-ditch effort at political relevance. Google his name if you’re eighteen or over…or, really, also if you’re not. Just don’t tell anyone I told you to do so. He lost to one of the least-inspiring winning campaigns I’ve seen, and he’s still pushing social issues. It seems he missed the message on the economy, which really is the President’s biggest weakness. That’s not to mention that he’ll be up against Bachmann and (the ever-misinformed) Palin, both of whom have greater name recognition (and will precede him alphabetically on the ballot). But the economic issues will probably render him totally irrelevant–if he isn’t already.

Oh–and also, some foreign diplomats bring slaves to the country and get away with it. I knew it was difficult to get diplomatic immunity waived for parking tickets and even some more serious crimes, but one would think that violations of universal human rights would warrant a more robust response. But, that’s diplomacy for ya’! At least there’s a shred of hope that these forced domestic servants can break free and sometimes get compensation (though most of them don’t).

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A Criminology major and Philadelphia native, Michael Soyfer hopes to one day escape the city walls and run off to DC to work somewhere in this crazy, labyrinthine government of ours.

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