Daily Archives: December 7, 2009

Just Back from the Light Booth: Holmes and Watson Opens Friday

Rehearsal tonite went pretty well… we added the sound and light cues to the dress rehearsal. Charles and I sat in the booth as the two person cast (Joe and Justin) carried on below.

Anyway, it looks like it will be a good show, so if you are near Shepherdstown, WV, during the next twp weekends, head over to Full Circle Theater on Princess Street. You’ll enjoy it.

Box office info HERE.

While the Middle Class Disappears…

I’ve been reading a number of articles on the subject, recently, as I try to put my finger on why my own world is shrinking. It won’t be long and there will be no Middle Class, or a very small one that we use as a museum exhibit to remember when the world worked better than it does now.

Elizabeth Warren’s piece on Alternet titled America without a Middle Class – It’s not as far away as you might think is a good starting place:

Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can’t make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners out on the street.

I’m in the first “1 in 5″… have been for 18 months or so… and I’m also part of the “5 trillion” in pension and savings losses (in my case, $30,000. from a once-secure 401 k.) So does that put me in the disappearing middle class?

PBS’ FRONTLINE explored how the credit card industry has shattered the Middle Class. It’s worth watching HERE. I watched and then thought how lucky I was that I gave up credit card use 5 years ago… only spend what I have, only use a debit card.

Health Care costs (which we are all evaluating as we watch the Senate debate the current Bill), have done their best to eliminate much of the Middle Class’s economic structure. There is a report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which lays out the economics of this situation HERE.

Plenty to read… plenty to think about. I hope you have a job and don’t have time to read it all… and, if so, I’m jealous.

Specter takes on Lieberman and Collins over Health Care:

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

I just watched an interesting public option colloquy of sorts between Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) on the one hand and, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and a newly in-the-mix Susan Collins (R-ME) on the other. It was the first time I’ve seen a senator call out his colleagues, however politely, on their misrepresentations of the public option.

The trio spoke at an event in support of a cost containment amendment to the health care bill that they hope to introduce shortly. About 15 minutes in, though, Specter, who’s tacked significantly to the left since he switched into the Democratic party, put his colleagues on the spot about their public option opposition.

“I continue to support a robust public option,” Specter said. “There are differences on that, and my two colleagues have expressed their own reservations.”

“This bill may be so good, look so good, to Senator Lieberman that he may be willing to make some accommodations.”

Lieberman and Collins both demurred.

  blog it
Thanks to Brian Beutler on Facebook.

Go to the whole article on Talking Points Memo and see what Collins had to say…

For a Zappadan Monday, Let’s Start Off With…

… Catholic Girls!

I get younger every time I hear this stuff!

For my friends in Connecticut – from Connecticut For Lieberman

Now YOU can send Joe a message at All About Joe.