Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This summer, federal inspectors made a routine visit to 11 homes in St. Louis to see what taxpayers got for the $5 billion that President Obama spent to help Americans weatherize their homes to save energy.
As it closes in on retrofitting 600,000 homes, the government’s weatherization program—a key element of President Obama’s green-energy initiative—has had its share of happy, energy-saving customers. But it has also been riddled with problems. In one review, Energy Department investigators found that 14 percent of weatherization projects surveyed, from Tennessee to West Virginia, failed to meet safety or quality standards. Many customers were poor or elderly, with few resources to pursue wayward contractors.
Mystery of the White House hole: Is Obama building a super-bunker under the West Wing (or maybe he's treating himself to a swimming pool?)
It is a huge hole in one of the world's most famous gardens - but nobody knows what it is for. Workmen have torn up an enormous section of the lawn in front of the White House for a mysterious, top secret project. The hole by the West Wing is roughly 100ft by 100ft in size and has for the first time in living memory left the ground and pipes beneath the Oval office exposed to the elements.
During your remarks Sunday at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, you noted that in a time when politics is deeply divided Dr. King “would want us to know that we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other’s love of country” and he “would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst.”
Less than 24 hours later in Asheville, North Carolina, however, you stated that the Republican jobs plan “boils down to a few basic ideas.” Specifically, you said,”you got their plan, which is let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.” You also claimed that “they (Republicans) want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants.”
Aren’t you — contrary to what you said Dr. King would want — assuming the worst about Republicans?
By claiming that Republicans want “dirtier air, dirtier water,” etc., aren’t you impugning their “love of country”? Or were those “just words?”
Where do Republicans get their air and water?