Daily Archives: November 12, 2015

Sanders Endorsed By Postal Workers Union

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From Reuters:

The U.S. postal workers union’s executive board said on Thursday it had voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, the union said in a statement.

The endorsement was a setback for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who has been vying with Sanders, her chief rival, for the support of organized labor.

“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the postal workers union. Dimondstein called Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, “a true champion” of workers.

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Parliament Can’t Agree On Whether or Not Repairs Are Needed, And If So, How To Make Them

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I read this in this morning’s Wall Street Journal:

“Big Ben risks coming to a halt without urgent repairs that will cost millions of pounds. Miles of outdated wiring, much of which form a tangle in the basement, need replacing, according to parliamentary officials.”

It’s frustrating because there are members of Parliament who say that it’s really not so bad, and there are members of Parliament who say it’s horrific. Who do we believe? To top it off, there are members of Parliament who just don’t care:

“Lawmaker Douglas Carswell, a member of the UK Independence Party, said he doesn’t have time for other lawmakers who complain about the state of Westminster, with all of its splendor.

OK, it’s not perfect, but every time I walk into the House of Commons, a small part of me, goes ‘wow,’ said Mr. Carswell. “Having a tea room without rodents in it is nice, but it’s the political rodents that we need to be more concerned about.”

I think that most people agree, government is a necessity. Unfortunately, I think most people would also agree that government is often horribly inefficient. In this case, it’s members can’t even agree on whether or not repairs are needed, and if they are, how they are to be made.

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