Monday, September 29, 2008

House Republicans Throw A Tantrum...

The House of Representatives defeated the bailout plan for the economy today 228 votes to 205. House Republicans voted 133 against and 65 for the plan, dooming its passage to failure in spite of President Bush and John McCain's efforts to the contrary. Was this a principled stand by Republicans against government intervention in a free market society? Were they worried about your tax dollars being wasted on Wall Street welfare? Don't be silly. Nancy Pelosi hurt their feelings in a speech so they bailed on the American people. See here:

It's nice to know that such profound judgment on these matters is executed on behalf of the American people when House Republicans vote.

And our would be President:
"I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so." - John McCain, Wednesday, September 24th, on suspending his campaign and trying to delay the debate.

His senior campaign advisor:
"What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this." - Steve Schmidt, Meet the Press, Sunday, September 28th.

His campaign spokeswoman:
"We're optimistic that Senator McCain will bring House Republicans on board without driving other parties away, resulting in a successful deal for the American taxpayer." - Kimmie Lipscomb, Friday, September 26th.

John McCain = The change we need.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


In last night's debate John McCain really brought it on everything from earmarks, to Iraq, Iran, Russia, and the United States' responsibility in the world. Obama stood toe to toe with him on every issue, demonstrated his fundamental concern for middle class Americans, and explained why our predominant focus on Iraq is having a detrimental affect elsewhere. He demonstrated a breadth of knowledge and understanding, as did McCain, that has been sorely lacking in the White House for eight years.

The moment regarding two bracelets from mothers expressing different sentiments on Iraq was a powerful, culturally significant moment that really said so much about our divisions as a nation.

Only in America can a candidate like Barack Obama be possible. There was no question last night that Democrats made the right decision in making him our nominee.

Friday, September 26, 2008


The country faces a terrible financial crisis. That much is certain.

As a result of Treasury Secretary Paulson's dire warnings, echoed last night by President Bush in his televised address, there is panic cascading through families and businesses nationwide. While the fear mongering maybe a political calculation on the part of the administration to force through their proposal in congress, that doesn't the change the fact that we should be very, very afraid about our economic future: Unemployment is rising, the economy is on the precipice of recession, we have gone from 4 trillion dollars of national debt, to almost 10 trillion dollars during the span of the Bush administration. The deficit is literally exploding and now our financial institutions are in disarray.

We the people need a solution from our leaders. The marketplace requires immediate action and re-assurance. We cannot try to solve all our problems with this current bill. That requires extensive study, debate and leadership and should follow the bailout, in my opinion, along with Hillary Clinton's proposal of a moratorium on housing foreclosures.

What's lacking in our economy is confidence in the fundamentals. There is no confidence in the President, in the treasury, and in Ben Bernanke. The economy is inflating and deflating on nothing but hot air. We need a more solid and less dramatic approach to economics akin to the financial management of Robert Rubin in the 1990's, the informed leadership of President Clinton, and also, to be fair, the fiscal discipline of the Republican congress (before they evolved into closet socialists expanding the role of government and spending beyond record levels).

So given the crisis, and the urgent requirement for a speedy and surefooted solution, what does John McCain do? He panics.

At first he suggests the fundamentals of our economy our strong. Then he opposes the bailout plan, before supporting it. Then after supporting the plan he tries to scupper it in today's meeting with Bush and Obama, so he can come up with a new proposal that he can take credit for. He says that as President he would fire the SEC chairman Christopher Cox, even though a President doesn't have the power to do that.

And, now, as his poll numbers plummet in critical battleground states in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Colorado, and Wisconsin, he decides that what the delicate negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the hill require is an infusion of Presidential politics. Now instead of focusing on what can be agreed upon by all parties, we are going to have a drawn out procession of political posturing on both sides, jeopardizing the economy even further. McCain says he's suspending his campaign, but the reality is that he's continuing to run ads, send out surrogates, and give interviews to network news.

Ironically, after spending the entire campaign suggesting that Obama puts politics before country, it's McCain that has put his political ambitions above his integrity and the nation at every turn. He opposed the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans precisely because of the exponentially growing national debt, and yet, running for the Republican Presidential nomination he changed his position for political expediency. He promised an honorable campaign without any negative advertising, and then proceeded to run ads about Britney Spears and Paris Hilton at a time of national crisis. He flat out lied about Obama's desire to teach sex education to kindergarten children, while also suggesting, disingenuously, that Obama had called Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin a pig, when McCain had said exactly the same words about Hillary Clinton.

The truth is that Democrats have to do what's in the best interest of the country. If the Republican's won't agree to this urgent deal to assist our financial institutions then I believe they should press ahead and pass the bill without their support. It may not be politically beneficial for Obama, but right now, it's what the country needs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What President Barack Obama Really Means

1. A departure from the failed Bush economic theory of tax cuts, tax cuts, and more tax cuts for the wealthiest earners. As the Clinton administration demonstrated in the 1990's, a more balanced approach of fiscal discipline, planning, incentives, and investment, can grow the economy from the bottom up, as opposed to creating a volatile boom and bust economy like we have now, employing trickle down Bush-economics.

2. Lower Healthcare costs. Your premiums will cost less than they would under President McCain. Prescription drugs will cost less than they would under President McCain. The healthcare burden for smaller businesses will be less than it would be under President McCain.

3. Better public schools. More teachers. College will be cheaper and students will have the opportunity to earn credits against their loans performing services in their community.

4. A dramatic effort to research and develop alternative fuels that are the only real path to lower energy prices and freedom from our reliance on foreign oil. Under President Obama there will be greater access to hybrid cars, fuel efficient cars, and cars that run on natural gas. Under President McCain nothing is going to change. You'll still be pumping the same gas into your car in 4 years time, domestic drilling will bear no dividens by then, and there will be nothing to stop the constant summer increases in the cost of gasoline that we're currently subjected to.

5. Unemployment will fall. Under President Obama more will be done to incentivize welfare to work with investment and job training opportunities. McCain will simply rely on the failed theory of trickle down Bush-economics, providing tax cuts for the wealthiest earners. This last quarter the economy grew but unemployment went up sharply. Bush-economics are not designed to benefit you. They are designed to benefit the few. John McCain does not care about you, and the economic policies of President McCain will not help you. President Bush has not cared about you, and his economic policies have not helped you for the last eight years.

6. Less domestic jobs will be shipped overseas. More will be done by President Obama than President McCain to discourage US companies from employing low cost labor from other parts of the world at the expense of the domestic workforce.

7. Our military will be re-focused on Afghanistan and defeating the Islamic extremists who threaten the homeland. Under President McCain our troops will be focused on Iraq for many more years to come and it will be more of the same, emboldening Iran, antagonizing Iraqi's with a seemingly endless occupation, and wasting tax payers money on corrupt Iraqi politicians. Under President Obama there will be a more effective approach to the Arab world, aggressively pursuing terrorists and extremists, as well as restarting the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

8. Under President Obama there will be more investment in our domestic infrastructure. We will be better prepared to handle national disasters like Hurricane Katrina as opposed to the disastrous neglect of the Bush Administration.

9. The Supreme Court will remain a balanced forum for resolving our legal disputes. By contrast, under President McCain it will be 7 Conservatives to 2 more modern interpreters of the constitution. Roe vs. Wade will be overturned and abortion will be criminalized in some states. Women will go to jail for having abortions. Doctors will go to jail for performing abortions. Women will have to risk their lives to have underground abortions. If Vice President or President Sarah Palin gets her way this would also apply to situations in which a woman has been raped. The irrefutable reality of overturning Roe vs. Wade is the criminalization of abortion in many states.

10. Finally, there will be no risk, whatsoever, at any point, of President Sarah Palin, leader of the free world.

We cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. We just have to summon the courage to change.

More of the same, more Bush, more McCain, more ugly, nasty partisan politics, more economic instability, more profits for oil companies, health insurance companies, and drug companies, more unemployment, more jobs being shipped overseas, more tax payers money wasted in Iraq, more underfunded government agencies unprepared for national disasters, and even more Conservatives on the supreme court. This is not what America needs.

Let's not make another mistake that we have to wait until 2012 to undo.

A Great Leader Departs Iraq

General David Petraeus relinquishes his command of Iraq today. During his 20 months in charge, through intelligent and aggressive strategic planning, Petraeus has done much to turn the situation around in Iraq. He is a great American and deserves an enormous amount of credit for bringing the qualities to our mission in Iraq that were so absent during the initial invasion and chaotic aftermath. Less of the sacrifice the United States has made in Iraq has been in vain as a result of Petraeus' remarkable leadership.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lies, Lies, Lies

I have to say, the utter disregard for the truth and the lack of accountability for the McCain campaign this election cycle has left me outraged. From Thatcher, to Major, to Blair, to Reagan, to Bush Senior, to the Clintons and dare I say even Bush Junior... I have never experienced in my entire life a national election campaign based so fundamentally on lies, falsehoods, smears, and a concerted effort to distract the national conversation away from the issues that really matter: the economy, healthcare, education, foreign policy, the environment, and so on and so on.

The Republican echo chamber has brilliantly played and cowed the media from holding the McCain/Palin campaign accountable for their candidacy. They can say whatever they want. Sarah Palin was against the bridge to nowhere even though she wasn't. Even when the bridge was cancelled she gladly accepted every cent of the $250,000,000.00 of tax payer money to spend on other projects in Alaska. They say she fought earmarks as a reformist, when in fact she accepted more federal money and raised taxes on Alaskan's too. They say Obama called Palin a pig even though he didn't. They say Obama wants to raise your taxes even though he doesn't, unless you earn over $250,000.00 a year. Even then, were our tax rates under the Clinton administration so prohibitive that it stagnated economic growth? Hardly. By contrast we've fallen off the laffer curve during the Bush Adminstration.

We have a Vice Presidential candidate who has never even expressed a fully fledged point of view about any foreign policy issue, let alone the fact that her experience is limited and her record as mayor and governor of Alaska is full of unethical practices, corruption and religious zealotry. The notion that Sarah Palin requires deference before any press interviews is just beyond comprehension to me considering that if McCain wins the Presdiency at the ripe old age of 72, she will be in line to become the most powerful person in the world, with the fate of most nations resting in her hands.

What happened to the argument that Obama doesn't have what it takes to face off against Iran and Russia because he can't take being questioned on Fox News. But, Sarah Palin is unwilling to be asked ANY questions without condition, by ANY journalist, period. But, she'll be fine facing down India and Pakistan, with rising tensions between those two nuclear nations, or confronting Russia and the growing threat they pose? I never thought I would say this but can we keep Bush for another 4 years after all???

The latest lunacy:
Washington Post Article that shows how Sarah Palin's ethics advisor recommended she apologize for her behavior in the Troopergate scandal

Has Sarah Palin ever read the U.S. constitution? I don't think so:


More McCain lies

Joe Klein, Andrew Sullivan, and Matt Damon, below, share my sentiments:

Lipstick On A Pig?

Are you friggin serious? And today McCain goes all out suggesting that Obama was calling Palin a pig releasing an ad to that effect? The guy has ZERO integrity.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Baby Gate

I don't know what to make of this but it looks like a story with legs:

Andrew Sullivan: Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

Daily Kos: Sarah Palin Is Not The Mother Of Trig Paxson Van Palin

I can't believe that the McCain campaign did not scrutinize this issue properly, but we will see.

Some more evidence:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What Republicans Really Think

Palin Debacle: You Tube Round Up 09/03

Enjoy this monologue from, quite possibly, the future leader of the free world:

Money Quote:
"Pray for that also (the Alaska Gas Pipeline). I think god's will must be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built. I can do my job ... but really that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God."

And on criminalizing women who have abortions, even in the event of rape or incest:

Some great commentary from ForaTV:

Just in case the prospect of President Palin is too much for you to digest, here is some light relief from Lisa Nova and Sarah Benincasa:

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Reverend Wright Re-Visited

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
"And I won’t be buried under their damn flag. I’ll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.”
- Joe Vogler, Founder of The Alaska Independence Party (the former quote is still on their website).
Sarah Palin's association with the AIP:
1) According to Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd were members in the 1990's and attended statewide conventions.

2) From the AIP website: "Our current governor who I mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected . . . .and there was a lot of talk about her moving up. She was an AIP member before she got the job as mayor . . . " (Video Evidence)

3) Her husband, Todd Palin, was a member until 2002.

4) And finally, here is Sarah Palin's address to the AIP convention this year.

McCain's campaign slogan is "Country First." By contrast, the AIP campaign slogan is "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."

Would you be associated for decades with a political organization that professes hatred towards America? Or does hatred of America only matter if its espoused by your pastor, as opposed to your political party?

As I wrote below, the issue for me in all of this is the judgment and vetting (or lack thereof) of John McCain. I cannot imagine how insulted eminently qualified candidates like Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Olympia Snow, or Elizabeth Dole must feel right now. Not to mention, Hillary Clinton voters, whose proclivity towards their candidate has been reduced by John McCain to gender politics in this calculated attempt to win them over in November.