Wednesday Morning Open Thread




Good morning.

So, the Senate actually passed the credit card bill. Nothing pressures Congress like an upcoming recess — and an intense lobbying effort from the White House. Of course, as with everything having to do with credit cards, we’ll need to read the fine print. But, when the Senate votes 90 – 5 for a bill to rein in an industry, that industry subject has really gone overboard. We can also surmise that the credit card industry is already figuring out ways to scam the law.

The five Senators who voted no: Alexander (R-TN), Bennett (R-UT), Johnson (D-SD), Kyl (R-AZ) and Thune (R-SD). South Dakota is the home of many credit card companies.

Next on the agenda: global warming and health care reform…they have to make it happen.

Let’s get it started..


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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