NATIONAL LENS — NOT BITE-SIZED — The House is set to vote Tuesday on a measure cutting $6 billion from the government’s budget as the price for keeping it open three more weeks while the White House and Republican lawmakers seek a longer-term agreement on spending cuts. The measure is needed to prevent a partial government shutdown when a temporary funding bill expires Friday at midnight. Dozens of federal agencies have been kept open under a series of stopgap bills since the 2011 budget year began last October.
It as been said that the average car in 1990 had far more computer power than the Apollo rockets that took man to the moon. This computer power has only increased since then and with the increase in power has come an increase in the complexity of diagnosing problems. A good scan tool and a related DTC is a great starting point to properly diagnose the problem but only after following the proper flow chart can the exact problem be determined. I hope this information has helped take some of the mystery over that little orange light that illuminates your dash and the steps to diagnose the problem.
UH OH — The state’s four freshmen in Congress have been “called to the principal’s office” says 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan, for going against GOP leaders in a vote to float the federal government for the short term. Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California asked for a meeting with Duncan, Tim Scott, Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney on Monday evening. Duncan says he thinks the four will -quote “get whipped” for their refusal to sign the House continuing resolution (CR) for the federal budget to get through the next few weeks.
You are going to charge me to look at my car? This is another one that gets mentioned a lot. The majority of the time, we do not charge to “look” at a car. We will, however, charge to “diagnose” a car. As my previous example illustrates, running the proper diagnostics for the DTC is crucial to determine the problem and fix it correctly. Diagnostic flow charts take time to run. Time costs money, as we have to pay the technician to run the chart, we have to buy the proper equipment for the technician to use, and we have to have the facility to operate in. The average time to retrieve a DTC and run a flow chart is around 45 minutes. Not to mention that “computer thingy” we use, also called by its proper name a diagnostic scan tool, costs lots of money to purchase and update. We have well over ten thousand dollars invested in our latest scan tool purchase, the Snap On Verus.
AFTERSHOCKS — Aftereffects of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan began to ripple through the U.S. economy Monday as the stock market had its first full day of trading since the disaster. The crisis is affecting global business — from retailers with a large presence in Japan to the future of the nuclear industry as that country tries to avoid a meltdown of several reactors. Here is a look at how several key areas were affected Monday.
RISKY BUSINESS — Higher oil and food prices. Unemployment near 9 percent. Crises in the Middle East and Japan. The U.S. economy faces threats at home and abroad that have the potential to dull growth or stoke inflation. Or both. When they meet today, Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Federal Reserve colleagues will debate those risks. At the top of their agenda is whether to make any changes to the Fed’s $600 billion Treasury bond-purchase program, which is set to expire at the end of June. The bond purchases are intended to help the economy by keeping long-term interest rates down, encouraging spending and driving up stock prices.
ONE OF FOUR — In these tough times, even how we nominate presidents is facing the threat of the budget ax. Lawmakers and elections officials in at least six cash-strapped states are hoping to move or replace their stand-alone 2012 presidential primaries, sacrificing some influence over who wins the nominations in favor of saving millions of dollars. The moves to either delay primaries by several months or hand over the nominating process to party-run caucuses comes as Republican and Democratic parties implement new rules to limit the number of states voting before March 1.
FIT DE-BILL — U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint introduced legislation Monday to overhaul how the federal government chooses which harbor, bridge and water projects to fund by setting up an independent review panel. DeMint’s bill would establish a Water Resources Commission modeled on the base-closure panel Congress set up in 1988 to decide which military facilities would be shuttered around the country. The DeMint measure also would give states more power to pay for Army Corps of Engineers’ projects by returning federal harbor-maintenance taxes to them in the form of block grants.
SHOO FLY — French and British efforts to build support for a no-fly zone over Libya ran aground Tuesday at a meeting of top diplomats, with Germany’s envoy saying his country was “very skeptical” about military action against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. Foreign ministers from the so-called Group of Eight countries agreed more action within the U.N. Security Council is needed to pressure Gadhafi — possibly through new sanctions, but not military action, diplomats said.