In China, the owners of the plant that produced tainted milk protein powder that was responsible for the deaths of six children were sentenced to death. In America, the Georgia owners of the peanut processing plant that is responsible for the deaths of eight people from salmonella may get a fine and a slap on the wrist. Worse, records show that the plant shipped out peanut paste even after it knew about the salmonella taint. Perhaps we should move this case to a Chinese court...
Sarah also had dinner with Barack Obama, and even issued a self serving compliment:
"I applaud President Obama's focus on alternative and renewable energy," Palin writes, "and here in Alaska we've joined the effort: I have asked Alaskans to focus on obtaining 50% of our electric generation from renewables by 2025. In the meantime, we must not abandon oil and gas explora
While Mr. Wen never named the U.S., his critique of its failings was as sweeping as Mr. Putin's. The financial crisis, he said, was "attributable to inappropriate macroeconomic policies of some economies and their unsustainable model of development characterized by prolonged low savings and high consumption; excessive expansion of financial institutions in blind pursuit of profit" -- and other excesses." Also, the head of Dell Computers, Michael Dell, offered Mr Putin help in solving its IT problems, hoping for a nice, fat contract. Mr Putin replied, no thanks, the trick is, that we don't have an IT problem...
"As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009, $540 billion of the one trillion will be spent on infrastructure as defined by President Obama and the Democrats. The remaining $460 billion, or 46% that voted for Senator McCain, will be directed towards tax cuts, as determined by me," Limbaugh said. He added that he would cut the capital gains and corporate tax rates.
"So Obama gets $540 billion to spend his way. The other people of this country who did not vote for his way get $460 billion spent the way they would like it spent. This is bipartisanship! This is how bipartisanship really works," Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh says businesses need tax cuts to hire people; and he says reducing or eliminating the capital gains tax would encourage investment. "And once Wall Street starts ticking up 500 points a day, you watch what happens to the rest of the private sector."
"The federal government announced today that the recession ended back in November of 2001. It ended two years ago! Be sure to pass that on to all your unemployed friends. So you know what that means? The past twenty months of job layoffs, corporate bankruptcies and declining stocks, those were the good times. We should have been living it up." —Jay Leno
"Yesterday Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he would be willing to serve another term. Greenspan said, 'Where else would I get a job in this economy?'" —Conan O'Brien
"Democrats were quick to point out that President Bush's budget creates a 1 trillion dollar deficit. The White House quickly responded with 'Hey, look over there, it's Saddam Hussein.'" —Craig Kilborn
"President Bush unveiled his new economic stimulus plan this week. It was reported that if the plan passes, the president himself would save $44,000 in taxes, Dick Cheney would save $327,000, and you could afford to take the whole family down to Burger King to pick up job applications." —Tina Fey, on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update"
"President Bush's economic plan will create 2.5 million new jobs. The bad news, they are all for Iraqi soldiers." —Craig Kilborn
"According to a new study, bad economic times can actually be good for you because people tend to exercise more and eat better. This is not a recession, this is the Bush Health Care Plan." —Jay Leno