Sunday, October 26, 2008

Four years too late

Senator McCain took President Bush to task in the Reverend Moon's Washington Times :

"Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government, larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America, owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously," Mr. McCain said in an interview with The Washington Times aboard his campaign plane en route from New Hampshire to Ohio.
"Those are just some of them," he said with a laugh, chomping into a peanut butter sandwich as a few campaign aides in his midair office joined in the laughter. 

More Corporate welfare

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Who watches the watchmen?

NY times headline: Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation
...a humbled Mr. Greenspan admitted that he had put too much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and had failed to anticipate the self-destructive power of wanton mortgage lending.

“Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief,” he told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Meanwhile, appearing on Bill Moyer's journal, economist James Galbraith said,
"Here in the United States the capacity to handle the crisis exists. What we need is a government that's willing to use that capacity, that believes in it... Regulation is not a burden on business. When it's done properly, it's a framework which favors the more efficient, the more progressive, the more satisfactory elements of business that are prepared to work within the guidelines set by a larger public purpose."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Small town, pro-American fashion

Was it Dick Nixon that boasted of his wife's decent Republican cloth coat? Read all about hockey mom Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe, courtesy of the Republican Party. Just the day before, I received a letter from Governor Palin inviting me to join the Republican National Committee with a 2008 campaign contribution. Individuals may contribute up to $28,500 to the RNC per year!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Powell Endorsement

A few weeks ago conservatives were forwarding a viral video of a Palin-McCain march in Manhattan. The marchers were jeered and suffered rude gestures from annoyed New York "liberal elites." The video was part of the Democrats as intolerant fascists and socialists campaign in full swing. 

Of course, people from Colin Powell's generation can remember marches too. Marches that involved dogs and fire hoses, police batons and prison time. People like Powell might also be familiar with rallies and crowds shouting about black folks in even more negative terms suffered by the Neo Cons marching through the Upper West Side. Besides his being made into a stage prop by the second Bush administration, it's possible Colin Powell is sincerely alarmed by the McCain campaign's embrace of old style Republican racist and red baiting politics.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Another one...

Savage Dragon has Obama's back. So does Christopher Buckley. Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Joe who?

My plumber must be doing something wrong, since he charged me only $100 to get toothbrushes out of the upstairs toilet (his girlfriend actually got them out since her hand was slender enough to reach into the pipe and pull them out. ) Tooth brushes can't be snaked out, so you've got to detach the bottom and lift the toilet up. Take note future parents.
See Joe the Plumber debate Obama here:

Addendum, October 19th
Turns out Joe will probably benefit from Obama's "socialist" tax proposals.
You can see one plumber's association of Obama here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008


Good news for Obama, er, if you have any respect for economists. The Economist magazine did an unscientific poll of economists and found that 80% of those responding believed Obama would do better than McCain at assembling an economic team.

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