And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
BHO Like FDR
New York Democratic Congressman Jose Serrano is looking to make BHO like FDR.
Serrano introduced a bill Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment -- which places term limits on the presidency. Currently under law, presidents can only serve two terms.
Serrano has proposed similar resolutions a number of times -- regardless of which party was in power -- twice in Bill Clinton's administration, four times during George W. Bush and this is the second effort under President Obama.
None has ever made it to a floor vote.
Cash for Clunkers was apparently a clunker for the environment.
E-Magazine says the program produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The emphasis was on car shredding -- not recycling -- even though the Automotive Recyclers Association says cars are almost completely recyclable.
E-Magazine says if the program had recycled just metal and plastic, it would have saved 24 million barrels of oil.
The Department of Transportation deemed Cash for Clunkers a success.
Good Money After Bad
Welfare recipients are taking out cash at New York strip clubs, liquor stores and x-rated shops and presumably spending it there.
The New York Post looked at 200 million electronic benefit transfer (EBT) records from January 2011 to July 2012.
The food-stamp program bans the purchase of booze, tobacco and lottery tickets with an EBT card.
But cash assistance -- which is accessed through the same card -- and is intended to be spent on housing, utilities and household necessities can be obtained at ATMs.
A senior fellow at the Cato Institute says -- quote -- "I don't blame recipients. If you are poor, it's a crummy life and you want to have a drink or see a naked woman. I blame the people who are in charge of this."
And Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick is downplaying the news his state cannot locate 19,000 people who have either been receiving welfare benefits or have applied for them.
He dismissed the concern, saying, it amounts to only four percent of the people the government attempted to contact.