IowaHawk brings the funny yet again. Read the whole thing. (Parental Guidance suggested.)
UPDATE: My stomach still hurts from laughing at this other IowaHawk post. Sheer genius.
If you’re a Nevada resident who cares, the RGJ has a poll up about Yucca Mountain. The poll question is:
As of my own vote (#2 – Yes, there are benefits) the results were:
Yes, it is coming whether Nevada likes it or not. 11% (29 votes)
Yes, there are good benefits that could be negotiated for Nevada. 50% (126 votes)
No, it will discourage tourism in Southern Nevada. 0% (0 votes)
No, transporting nuclear waste to Nevada is too dangerous. 10% (26 votes)
No, states that generate the waste should take care of it. 28% (72 votes)
Total Votes: 253
So…61% of those who responded to the poll say “Yes” to Yucca.
From the American Enterprise Institute:
The nation’s GDP grew at a surprising 3.3 percent rate in the second quarter, up from 0.9 in the first quarter. That is welcome news for the nation’s 154 million strong labor force on this Labor Day holiday. The Census Bureau reported that, in 2007, real median household income rose for the third straight year, a point Douglas J. Besharov made at an AEI conference on August 25.
Although most Americans are uneasy about the nation’s economy, they remain optimistic about their personal prospects. In a recent HarrisInteractive poll, only 18 percent said the country was on the right track; 76 percent felt that way about their personal lives.
From today’s Nevada News & Views:
LETHAL WEAPON NO MORE
Harry Reid declared the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository dead…just before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a “green light” to move forward with the final stage of the licensing process and dismissing a challenge to it by the state of Nevada.
Then Obama began running ads attacking John McCain on his pro-Yucca Mountain stance, figuring it would do electoral harm to the GOP nominee’s chances in Nevada…just before a new poll came out showing that less than one in four voters saying the Yucca Mountain issue would have a major influence on their votes. And 38 percent of them said the issue wouldn’t effect their vote one way or the other whatsoever.
It’s starting to look like the proverbial “third rail” of Nevada politics isn’t quite so lethal any longer.
SUFFERING FROM YUCCA-SCHIZOPHRENIA
“It seems 58 percent of Nevadans polled oppose the Yucca Mountain project, where the government wants to bury the highly radioactive waste from nuclear plants. But in a different question, 58 percent of Nevadans said they had no problem whatsoever digging up more uranium to refine and use in nuclear power. Thus creating more nuclear waste. Thus creating a greater need for the disposal of said nuclear waste. Thus creating more pressure to build and operate Yucca Mountain. Which 58 percent of Nevadans say they’re against.
Does that make sense to anybody? We didn’t think so.”
- CityLife editor Steve Sebelius, 8/26/08
Gallup is reporting the lowest Congressional job approval rating since Gallup started polling 34 years ago. This dismally low number reminds me of…hm…Something…oh Yes! It’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently saying the following in re: to comments about a possible presidential veto by Senator Mitch McConnel (quoted from Mark Hemingway’s June 30 column @ National Review Online):
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “A veto by the President? Gee whiz, who would be afraid of him? He has a 29-percent approval rating. How in the world could anybody be afraid of him vetoing a bill? I cannot imagine why anyone would care about that. . . . I say to my friend and I say I don’t know how many people are up here for reelection, but I am watching a few of them pretty closely, I say to all these people who are up for reelection: If you think you can go home and say, I voted no because this weak President, the weakest political standing since they have done polling, I voted because I was afraid to override his veto — come on.”
So, Senator Reid… If a 29% presidential approval rating renders W. “weak,” what does a 14% approval rating render you and your feeble Congressional pals?