"We Are The World" Haiti 2010 version
I apologize for the abomination of having to wake up to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, but I selected this video to make a point. There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing in the progressive community this week. Not without justification, mind you, but I think it would do all of us good to step back and take a look at the real big picture. For as much as we feel frustrated or betrayed or doomed, the fact remains that we have it so lucky in this country. We really do.
My kids' school adopts families in need during the holiday season. This year, the kids decided themselves to donate the clothes, blankets and money to a school in Haiti. With an epidemic of cholera, scarce food and clean water, 2,000,000 homeless, violence and corrupted elections guarantee things won't improve any time soon. It's just a relentless nightmare for the Haitians. Suddenly that tax cut extension to the top 2% seems not so important, right?
I know things are tight for many, but if you can spare it, please think about sharing a little with the people of Haiti.
The shows this week will be focused on the Obama/GOP tax cut deal. Look for lots and lots of misinformation from Republicans on the national benefits of giving the uber-rich more money and lots of rationalizations from WH representatives on why this is pretty good deal. Well, again, compared to Haiti, they may have a point.
ABC's "This Week" - White House adviser David Axelrod; Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni; former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Axelrod; Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
NBC's "The Chris Matthew Show" - Panel: Andrea Mitchell, Michael Duffy, Helene Cooper, Andrew Sullivan. Topics: Did Barack Obama Get Back on the Right Track This Week? Top Ten Political Gaffes of the Year. Meter Questions: Could Obama Win A National Movement For A Debt Plan? YES: 6 NO: 6;
Could Sarah Palin Beat Barack Obama With Independents? YES: 0 No: 12
CNN's "State of the Union" - Axelrod; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash.; Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - The President cut a deal with the GOP to continue the Bush tax cuts while extending unemployment benefits. Fareed's take on the issue? It's a missed opportunity to invest in America's long term growth. And he'll tell you about a country that seems to be setting itself up for the future, while the U.S. is putting more on the credit card. Israel's Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.
"Fox News Sunday" - Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
So what's catching your eye this morning?