Breaking: Mitt Romney secret video where he calls half the US population welfare grubbing tax cheats. Mother Jones video here.
For those of you who celebrate the Jewish New Year- happy new year. For those of you who don't- happy day off.
What Rumpole is Reading? Lots of things actually, but isn't that always the case?
Presidential junkies will love "The President's Club" by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. Want to know how presidents treat former presidents? This is the book. Starting when Truman resurrected Hoover, to the unlikely "adoption" of Clinton by the Bush family, this book will surprise those of you who, like us, think we know it all when it comes to the presidency. As a one term president who oversaw the start of the depression, Hoover was 58 when he was turned out of office. He would live for another 32 years, and was banished into the political wilderness until Harry Truman reached out and asked him in 1947 to help save Europe from starvation. Hoover was an engineer by training and once he overcame the suspicions of a political trick on Truman's part, he dove into the job and saved millions from starvation in post war Europe- just as he had done in WWI as chairman of the Commission for Relief Of Belgium and then head of the US Food agency. Hoover knew how to distribute supplies, perhaps better than any living person. Truman's selection of Hoover was brilliant. Hoover's decision to distribute the food through schools saved an estimated 3,500,000 German children from starvation and helped in the distribution of 40,000 tons of food starting in April 1947. Truman and Hoover created the President's Club. President Bush 43 would repeat Truman's move and have Bush 41 and Clinton team up to lead efforts in raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Bob Woodward's "The Price Of Politics" continues Woodward's inside reporting on the Obama administration. Remember the budget and debt ceiling crises of 2010-2011? Woodward reports it in excruciating detail. Finishing the book automatically makes you a budget and policy wonk. Join the club.
David Herbert Donald's "Lincoln" bears re-reading in the run up to the November premier of Spielberg's Lincoln staring Daniel Day Lewis. Donald's book has become the recent definitive biography of America's greatest president.
Dwight Eisenhower is under going a renaissance of sorts these days, so we decided to start with Stephen Ambrose's "The Supreme Commander" which chronicles Ike's rise to supreme commander in WWII.
There is more to us then presidents and politics and we often peruse the smallest corners of the internet searching for a new writer. We think we've found a gem in Hugh Howey, who appears to be a self e-publisher. We started with a short story "The Walk Up Nameless Ridge", continued with a teenage coming of age-first love- angst story in "Hurricane" (superb character development) and are now wadding into Howey's multi-part apocalyptic series : "Wool".
That should keep you busy for a while.
REQUIEM FOR A PUBLIC DEFENDER
Judging from the comments over the weekend in the "MISTAKES and mistakes" post, morale in the Dade Public Defenders Office is just above morale in the Romney campaign, and just below those "Sarah Palin in 2016" supporters morale.
Morale in the PDs office is low. Very low. The biggest complaint beyond the latest firing seems to be the fostering of an attitude of "Mitigation NOT Litigation". It's easy to criticize such a motto, but it's harder (impossible really) to try all of the tens of thousands of cases the PDs office is appointed to handle. Any large office providing legal services to indigent clients in criminal court had better have a bevy of top notch mitigation experts ready to assist in the myriad of cases the office handles. Rumors of lots of attorneys preparing to leave are rampant. And we say: "In this economy?" Really? Jobs in the Dade PDs office (and the Dade SAO) are high coveted and prestigious. Once hired, either office is going to provide the new attorney with a legal education easily worth a million dollars.
So is moral really that low? Or are our commentators just the outspoken "nattering nabobs of negativism?" Extra credit: Who first said that alliterative phrase and who wrote it?
Enjoy your day off in worship or relaxation.
See you tomorrow in court ready to roll.