So, the Clintons reported that they have earned more than $100 million since leaving the White House. What are we doing wrong? Let’s write some books, make some speeches and throw our money to major donors for major investment deals.
Don’t feel sorry for John McCain. His wife Cindy is heiress to her father’s stake in one of the largest beer distributorships in the country, with a net worth of a cool $100 million. That’s a lot of suds.
Obama’s a mere pauper by comparison. The good news for Barack is that he’s raised the most money.
Hey, everyone, enjoy the weekend. OIB had more than 1,000 page views each of the past three days. I’m going to announce a party soon to thank everyone. Invites to all OIB followers. Even you, Yahooy! I leave you with a few releases from the camps of Congressman Chris Shays and Mayor Bill Finch.
Shays Outlines Observations on 20th Trip to Iraq
Washington, D.C. – In a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, others in the Bush Administration, and Congressional, military and Iraqi leaders, Congressman Christopher Shays (CT-4) outlined 14 observations and 20 recommendations based on his 20th trip to Iraq since April 2003. In the close of this letter, Shays points out:
There has been noticeable progress in Iraq, especially as it relates to security. We need this forward momentum to continue. We have also seen some progress from Iraqi legislators. Although I believe they should and could be doing more, we must remember we have asked a great deal from a country and its leaders who have limited experience with democracy. We should give them as much time as practical to work out their differences.
Timelines are essential. Some Iraqis feel we will never leave, while others believe we will leave too soon. Establishment of timelines will let both extremes know we will leave when Iraq is stable and able to maintain its own security, but not stay with such a large presence indefinitely. A timeline for US troop drawdown is important to help motivate the Iraqi Government to take bolder efforts to stabilize its country. Our forces should continue to be reduced, with minimal exception, by approximately 5,000 troops per month until we reach a level of 50,000 to 60,000. This reduction rate is safe and responsible and our best hope for success.
Shays also renewed his recommendation of June 2007 that the Iraq Study Group be re-engaged and have the opportunity to present new assessments and conclusions to the American public and the president-elect by the end of the year.
City Hall news releases:
Bridgeport’s City Council meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. will include a presentation from the Bridgeport Police Department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) about what they’ve accomplished since their inception and how their work affects quality of life issues in the City. The NET team will also be announcing a new program for Bridgeport.
Councilman Angel DePara and the following City Council members: Maria Valle, Michelle Lyons and Tom McCarthy, arranged the visit with the Mayor’s Office.
The City of Bridgeport and Mayor Bill Finch will host a press event to promote the UR HOME program on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 9:00am. The Mayor will introduce the program at the City Hall at 45 Lyon Terrace, after which representatives from Blake Financial, LLC will be available to give out information to the public from 9:30am-1:00pm at the City Hall and from 2:00pm-5:00pm at the City Hall Annex at 999 Broad Street.
The UR HOME Program, conducted through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), assists homeowners in purchasing a house by lending 100 percent of the purchase price plus closing costs at a reduced rate as well as a $20,000 to $25,000 forgivable grant to repair or improve property. Participants’ primary employment must be with the City of Bridgeport, the State of Connecticut in a Bridgeport state office or a private sector employer that will contribute funds towards down payment and/or closing costs. The home purchased must be in Bridgeport. Applicants do not need to be first time home buyers to qualify.
“Particularly in this time of economic difficulty in the real estate market, the UR HOME program can be a huge help to those who wish to buy a home in Bridgeport,” said Mayor Finch. “Bridgeport workers are encouraged to stop by next week to find out more about the program and if they qualify.”