Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Obama criticized (link)

The back and forth continues on the debt ceiling negotiations and it seems as though the Obama administration and Democrats might be losing the PR battle. Speaker John Boehner launched more vocal attacks on the President Sunday saying that Obama should stop looking towards the next election. According to the Hill:

Boehner also criticized President Obama for recommending a debt ceiling deal be timed to last beyond the next election season.

“The president’s worried about his next election, but my God, shouldn't we be worried about the country?” Boehner said. “I'm not worried about the next election. I told the president months ago: Forget about the next election!”

The administration though has indicated that the debt ceiling should be raised at least through 2012, in order to take politics out of the negotiation.

To be fair, I think both sides are worried about the next election. How could they not be? I'm just glad the GOP is holding strong.

2. Should the government rent out foreclosed homes?  (link)

That’s the question that government officials are now pondering. Here is what one writer from the Atlantic said:

One possibility would be for the government to act as landlord for all of the foreclosed properties that it owns through its agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This option has a slew of potential problems, however. First, it could be very expensive, as the government would have to create an infrastructure to manage rental properties. Second, the idea of the government as a landlord might not thrill everybody. But finally, it's not immediately obvious that the government would need to step in when private investors may be willing to do so.

To me, this doesn't sound like a good idea at all. Why should the government be in the housing market anymore than they already are? Plus, do you really want the government to be your landlord? No thank you.

3. Community Potluck (link)

Remember today is the community potluck protesting the City of Lubbock's permit law. For some background info and details, check out Allen's blog from last week. I wonder how many people will show. It's a great idea.

These and many more topics coming up on Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.