Daily Archives: Aug. 21, 2009

Are you ‘wee-weed up’?

obama2“There’s something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up,” President Obama said at a health care forum Thursday. There must also be something about August when so many people are trying to figure out what “wee-weed up” means. Some responses reported by Politico:
“Wondering if media elite latte consumption correlates to ‘wee-weed up’ factor?” tweeted Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary. “So am I wee-weed up? I thought it was just allergies.”
The Weekly Standard’s Mary Katharine Ham: “My little brothers often wee-weed up the pool in August.”
The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “When will birthers start saying that ‘wee-weed up’ is an old Kenyan Muslim saying?”

Against government insurance but for Medicare?

doctormedicareAfter listening to mostly older participants at Rep. Jerry Moran’s town hall meeting in Hillsboro last week complain that the country was headed down the road to socialism, 73-year-old Pat Ketchum asked how many of them were willing to give up their Medicare or Social Security “so they would not be considered socialists.” No hands were raised, KHI News Service reported. She also asked why it was so bad for government to involve itself in health reform yet OK for insurance companies to make as much money as they can. A man in the audience answered, “An insurance company is a private entity. The government is not” — which prompted applause. After the meeting, Ketchum said one man thanked her for her comments but a couple of women laid into her. “They said they weren’t socialists because they’d paid their taxes, and socialism is when you take from the rich and give to people who sit around all day,” Ketchum said.

Open thread 8/21


Try to find way to allow public to use garage

Though the Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to begin work on closing off the City Hall parking garage to the public, it’s good that the council asked staff to try to find a way to let the public continue to park there. After all, the public paid for the garage and should, if at all possible, be allowed to use it. Additional security measures are needed in this day and age, but they should be reasonable and not create unnecessary barriers between the people and their government.

Rove says role was ‘entirely proper’

rove2Recent news accounts about information gathered by the House Judiciary Committee have drawn a clear and political link between Bush adviser Karl Rove and the firings of a number of U.S. attorneys during President Bush’s second term. Rove dismisses his critics in his Wall Street Journal column, saying the facts “show that my role in the U.S. attorneys issue was minimal and entirely proper.” He also brushes off allegations that he was behind the 2004 prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Far from admitting any mistakes, Rove suggests that the New York Times’ and Washington Post’s editorial boards should admit they got it wrong about him. “It would be the responsible thing to do,” Rove concluded.