The US Government Accountability Office says we could save $5.5 billion
over the next 30 years if the dollar bill was phased out in favor of a dollar coin. I don't feel strongly one way or another, but I want Obama to propose this just so we can all see how much the Tea Party cares about our paper currency. I think the meltdown would be epic.
Last year, I spent about a month putting together this 2008 Election Round Up
of reactions, articles, thoughts, videos, etc. It's fun looking back at it now and actually using it the way it was intended. It seems like a year was a long time ago and yet not that long ago. I'm not sure how many of the links are broken now, but take a look through it and pass it on.
Via Talking Points Memo
, a poll from Public Policy Polling
drilling down into the nonsense regarding whether President Obama is a naturalized citizen of the US.
According to the poll, 24% of the population do not believe Obama was born in the US. That's not a huge surprise, because that's about the % of the country that supported Bush until the end of his presidency (though, it's obviously not certain these are the same people). More of these people (10% to 7%) believe he was born in Indonesia, rather than Kenya, which is weird because as TPM notes, everyone knows that Obama was born in Kenya, or at least that's what they say.
Most telling, tough is the 10% of people who acknowledge Obama WAS born in Hawaii. 6% of them don't think Hawaii is part of the US and 4% aren't sure.
Reasonable people can disagree, sure, but these people aren't reasonable.
I read Elizabeth Kolbert's profile of Van Jones
in the New Yorker a couple months ago and was struck by what he's doing tying the environment to the war on poverty. A couple weeks ago, the Obama administration tapped him to be
the 'green' jobs adviser.
The profile of Jones is interesting on a couple points, Jones changed his name from Anthony to Van to create a new persona, his ability to speak to different audiences (â€œThat was my street rap, you get to hear my Ã©lite rap later onâ€), and his single-minded approach to recognizing his goal.
Iâ€™m not looking for the points of difference. Iâ€™m looking for the points of commonality. Iâ€™ve trained my mind so that people can say twenty-seven things that might be objectionable, but as soon as they say one, that twenty-eighth thing, thatâ€™s in the right direction, thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m going to go in the conversation. I think thatâ€™s really important in a country as diverse as ours, to listen. So this guy, he says, I donâ€™t want this, I donâ€™t want that. But he says, I want everybody to be included. Well, thatâ€™s all I need. Dayenu.
The aspect I found most fascinating about Jones is how everything he says sounds like a sound bite (in a good way). I imagine this comes from his appreciation of Ronald Regan's speaking ability.
Ronald Reagan I admire greatly. You look at what he gets away with in a speechâ€”unbelievable. Heâ€™s able to take fairly complex prose and convey it in such a natural and conversational way that the beauty of the language and the power of the language are there, but you stay comfortable. Thatâ€™s very hard to do.
I'm not the first to say this, but I know I won't be the last. Van Jones is going to be a very big deal very soon. Mark it.
The single serving site to rule them all
. I can't stop clicking refresh because every time I do, I'm greeted by another bad painting of Obama. The paintings aren't all bad. And some are good. But as a collection, it's like a car crash. This is the type of internet I want on my computer and I can't look away.
, thanks, Aaron!)
Watch the positive Tweets come in in the days
surrounding the Inauguration - it gets crazy around 9 AM Tuesday morning.
Since my favorite authors
refuse to have blogs of their own, I will do it for them. Here's an article by Chuck Klosterman about Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson
a college basketball coach in Oregon. The famous campaign story of Michele making (NBA alumni) Craig let Obama play basketball with him and his friends is retold and analyzed from a different light.
Here's Klosterman on The B.S. Report
podcast. Haven't listened yet, but I imagine it will be good.
And you know what else? Someone needs to come up with an Alltop
channel that features all the articles by all the good authors who refuse to have blogs. I'm thinking Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan, Klosterman, maybe Susan Orlean if it's about origami or orchids, maybe Krakauer, Gladwell because he never updates his site. There's others. Who am I missing?