TARP reform passed the House of Representatives, despite the attempts of the Republican caucus, including our local Rep, Michael Burgess. The following is the CRS Summary. I guess Republicans instinctively vote against anything that makes corporations accountable for what they get from government. I'll bet the lobbyists appreciate the Republican support.
H.R.384 Title: To reform the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury and ensure accountability under such Program. Sponsor: Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] (introduced 1/9/2009) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.RES.53, H.RES.62 Latest Major Action: 1/22/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.SUMMARY AS OF: 1/9/2009--Introduced.
TARP Reform and Accountability Act of 2009 - Amends the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to require specified depository institutions under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to report periodically on their use of TARP assistance.
"'Perma- what?' is usually the response we get," says Kirsten Huber, the host for Wayne Weiseman's Permaculture Design Certification course being held in Cowtown on March 21st -29th, "but instructors have been around teaching Permaculture design skills since the 1970's – way before it was popular." This 72- hour intensive certification course attended by everyone from designers and city planners to academics, homeowners and farmers, is the culmination of decades of research and practical application of the eco-skills needed to create a sustainable future. Since Weiseman, who is the director of the Permaculture Project in Carbondale, IL only teaches three or four courses a year in the U.S., Cowtown should count itself lucky over the prospect of a greener future.
Lewisville Sprinkler Ordinance In its Monday Night council meeting, the Lewisville City Council will consider a new ordinance required by state law, to regulate new residential sprinkler system installations. Hopefully this will help keep wasteful water consumption down.
Speaking of Lewisville... Still waiting on some elaboration from the Mayor, but I'm working on a review of the city's oil and gas lease contract with Chesapeake Energy. It seems as if the deal sucks for the city, but I'm sure there was some good rationale. Nothing sinister there, but maybe poorly conceived. We'll see.
Today, I have struggled to organize my thoughts about the history that we have witnessed. Perhaps I will share something tomorrow.
But tonight, my most important celebration is that of my oldest son's 10th birthday.
Seth is 10 years old today, and I couldn't be a prouder dad. Though he gets on my nerves at times because he is JUST LIKE ME, he is truly the one who taught me what real love is all about. And though he gets annoyed at his mom and dad at times for the things we choose not to give him or do for him, I hope he knows that my love for him transcends my own need for survival.
Seeing how much this young man, my son, has developed in just a decade amazes me, and fills me with pride. I am a richer man having been touched by this young soul that God has entrusted to us.
Seth, I am sorry that your day was taken up with so much attention on other things. I enjoyed spending the day with you and the family, sitting on our bed, watching the Inauguration on TV.
I want you to know that the work that your mother and I put in so that Barack Obama might become President, was done with you and your brother in mind. I hope that some day you will understand.
Join us for a casual get-together at Prince Bistro in Flower Mound tonight to celebrate our new President, BARACK OBAMA!
When: 7:00 PM, Tuesday January 20th, 2009 Where: Prince Bistro Southwest corner of FM 3040 and Morris Rd. Flower Mound, TX What: Full TV coverage (remote power is ours for the evening), full bar and menu. Who: All Americans. Kids welcomed. Cost: No cover - just buy your own food.
See you all there to clink glasses and share smiles of hope and joy!
Film Title: The Loser’s Waltz Film Type: Short Film Shooting Schedule: Feb. 7 - 8, 2009 Location(s): Denton, Texas and Lewisville, Texas
Film Synopsis: Two people, each with troubled pasts journey down paths of loneliness until a fate meeting brings them together. (This is a short film project that will be entered into the Pimp My Short Contest presented by Texas Filmmakers and Lightning Bear Productions.)