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Thursday, September 30, 2010
About a year ago, Megan McArdle wrote this about trendy rolling stone journalist Matt Taibbi’s attempts to pin our financial mess on rich bankers:
The post is worth a read. But I’m reminded of it because today Taibbi has an article in Rolling Stone analyzing the Tea Parties ("the dingbat revolution” as he calls it) which is one of the most condescending sneering political pieces I have ever read. Buried within it is a legitimate point—that the disorganized nature of the Tea Parties puts them in danger of simply being co-opted by the Republican Party. He makes a good point about Rand Paul now toeing the GOP line on the issues. But that point quickly vanishes beneath an ocean of insults, snide remarks and broad brush generalizations.
He starts out by going in on Sarah Palin. But as I have noted about a million times, Sarah Palin is not the Tea Party. Again, I refer to the Rauch article about how unorganized the Tea Partiers are. And that’s just the first paragraph. He also claims the tea parties started with Rick Santelli’s CNN rant (they didn’t), they they a product of Freedomworks and the eeevil Koch Brothers (they’re not) and the fundamentalist tinge to the Kentucky GOP represents the entire nation (it doesn’t). This is fairly typical:
You know, I’m not a big-time journalist, but I have spoken to numerous members of Tea Parties. The subject of race rarely comes up. The subject of our impending bankruptcy is what I hear about—over and over and over again. Massive government is THE issue. You will find Religious Right loons, you will find anti-abortion zealots, you will find anti-immigration types, you will find nutbag libertarians like me. Hell, you’ll probably even find saucer people. If that’s all you’re looking for, you’ll find it. But the over-arching concern, the unifying theme, is the explosion of government spending and the danger of long-term debt. Maybe they aren’t serious about it—willing to countenance tax hikes or cuts to Medicare and defense. But that is the issue.
Another quote, based on his visit to the ridiculous Discovery Museum:
No, it’s a campaign against the bankrupt, government-controlled world that we fear lies in our future.
He also ignores one very very critical point in all this: the general public does not trust the Republicans. They have not, as he claims, forgotten what happened to them ten seconds ago. They simply have no alternative if they are to break the Democrats’ hold on power. They thumped the Republicans twice, now they are prepared to thump the Democrats. And they’ll thump the Republicans again if they get into power and start racking up debt again. The voter may be an angry man with a 2x4 in his hand. But at the moment, he’s using to beat anything that moves—Republican or Democrat.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/30/10 at 08:05 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Cato Rates the Guvs
The Cato Institute has put out their periodic rating of the nation’s governors. They are evaluated on their spending and taxing records. This has to be one of the first things considered when we’re talking about governors moving into the White House.
There’s some encouraging signs on this. Four governors receive an “A” rating—Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty and Joe Manchin. Pawlenty and Jindal have higher aspirations. Sanford did until he went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Manchin is a popular Democratic governor but has little chance at national office.
In the B’s, you get an even split of Republicans and Democrats. But the Democrats on the list are mostly from fairly conservative states (Wyoming, Oklahoma, Montana, Missouri, New Mexico). Presidential aspirants Ricky Perry and Mitch Daniels show up here, as does—to my utter shock—Democrat Martin O’Malley. I did not have a favorable impression of him when he was the Mayor of Baltimore.
Now we get to the bottom of the list. Can you guess which party is heavily represented in the D’s and F’s? Of the 18 governors who get D’s and F’s, all but four are democrats. And those four Republicans? Charlie Crist gets D but I somehow doubt that asshole will stop bragging about his earlier high ranking from Cato. Arnie gets a D but I think that’s the best he could do given the shit sandwich he was handed. Jan Brewer gets a D, which is probably why Her Inarticulateness is making such a big deal about illegal immigration at at time when both illegal immigration and crime are trending way down. Jodi Bell of Connecticut is the only Republican with an F.
Sarah Palin is not rated, partially because she quit halfway through her tenure and partly because Alaska isn’t a normal state. It’s more of a nationalized oil company.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/30/10 at 09:48 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
CNN still pretening ACORN wasn’t caught in illegal activities, and that they are objective.
It seems the left, doubly so the MSM, is still hard at work trying to pretend that ACORN wasn’t caught red handed enabling criminal activity, but smeared by some dude pretending to be a pimp, and this new article about how clever one of their own was to avoid said fake pimp, sets new levels for “Teh stupid”. It’s deep.
Get it? The damned “fake pimp” didn’t really catch them doing anything bad, he just bamboozled people into thinking there was criminal behavior and ginned up a scandal! It’s not like ACORN really was caught red handed doing anything bad either. See, all the nice people at ACORN really do is help people get low and middle income housing and register voters!
Evil “fake pimp” edited his videos to make the ACORN employees look bad for helping him get housing for his underage imported hookers, in not one but several locations, so he could make money to run as a democrat politician. Heck, they even were kind enough to show him how to avoid taxes! Nothing wrong with helping people get this kind of housing break, ya know. And who cares if ACORN has repeatedly been caught falsifying voter registrations? This is all the doing of few bad apples. And don’t you dare point out that it is a persistent and wide spread practice of ACORN to engage in these shenanigans to swamp voter registration offices so they can’t actually do the job of cleaning up and keeping voter registration roles current. Dead people & criminals have a right to vote too!
And can’t you see ACORN was innocent according to a circle jerk of democrat agents & operatives in California and New York which claimed to find no wrong doing despite a mountain of evidence of all sorts of nefarious and illegal activity by ACORN people going back decades. Maybe California and New York encourage tax evasion and child prostitution? Cause it sure looks like they “encourage” voter registration tampering and fraud, for the right party, of course, too. NICE!
See, the only reason a demcorat owned congress felt compelled to defund ACORN, when the massive funneling of tax payer dollars was ended ACORN was left with no recourse but to disband, was because the American people fell for this made up scandal. The fact that the demcorats have not cared much for what the American people think and done whatever the hell they wanted on things ranging from a nearly $1 trillion
And we all know “fake pimp” is a dammed criminal too! This alone should invalidate any and all evidence that ACORN was an out of control den of democrat supporting criminal activity. Don’t believe me?
Who cares that he was doing this to prove Landrieu’s office was lying about a problem with their phones when they were simply trying to avoid the angry backlash from their constituents after the whole congressional debacle where demcorat leadership, despite their party being in the overwhelming majority, was forced to buy votes from their own members with massive tax payer funded largesse, in this particular case better known as the Louisiana purchase? And who cares that the charges were all trumped up crap to basically help the crooks in Louisiana hide the embarrassing video and audio evidence of that? And what a shame that the government had to settle for a misdemeanor charge instead of the original attempt at claiming he had committed a big felony because he wanted to tamper with the phone system! He is on probation! At least if he was a criminal ACORN could have helped him register?
If you waste your time reading the rest of the article it is also obvious CNN got lucky, despite their claims to the contrary, because I guarantee you that O’Keefe was on the money here. For a no good “fake pimp” he sure as hell has these leftist MSM outlets all hot & bothered. Maybe that’s because there is more truth even in the “edited videos” from the “fake pimp” than there is in any of what CNN passes off as unbiased news these days?
I mean, come on. Nobody but the leftards are under the illusion, after you read this garbage CNN is passing of as objective reporting and the way they try to paint ACORN as the victim and O’Keefe the bad guy, that CNN was trying to do this piece on O’Keefe’s music or band because they thought the guy was great, right? Maybe CNN would have been better off not posting this piece too. Their attempt to make O’Keefe the bad guy fails miserably, and it makes them look pathetic. I say score another one for O’Keefe. Especially since he does a better journalistic job than CNN even when pulling flaky stuff like this.Close this post...
Posted by AlexinCT on 09/30/10 at 07:59 AM in Deep Thoughts Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Dude! The case of revenge served cold steaming, gone astray?
The article doesn’t say why he did it, but it is a clear case of dumping in the wrong car, as one can clearly see.
I am sure we have all had a spat with our significant other, but this kind of get even tactic simply never crossed my mind. You have to admit it is kind of whack, though.
Posted by AlexinCT on 09/30/10 at 07:48 AM in Deep Thoughts Fun and Humor • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
UAW’s Face Effectively Spited
I saw this on Mish’s blog a couple days ago, and I still can’t believe it--I mean, how often do you see people in the midst of a depression deliberately vote themselves out of work?
Here were part of the proposed terms, cited in another article at the link:
Now, for most skilled workers, obviously this is a huge fucking pay cut, and if you have a mortgage, $15.50 an hour probably ain’t going to cut it unless you were saving a chunk of your income beforehand (Yeah, I know, stop laughing). However, rejecting the deal should be done under the presumption that the jobs would be available at some point down the road.
Here is something rather interesting, from the Indy Star:
In other words, the UAW had no leverage at all here--GM was bound and determined to close the plant, a corporation stepped in to try and keep it running, and the union played a game of chicken in which they had no real threat because they simply assumed JD Norman would cough up more money “just because.” It’s this kind of thinking--that money somehow just magically appears when you need it--that’s become de rigeur ever since the original wolf in Santa clothing, FDR, promised people a bunch of free shit that other people would pay for. Eventually, people start taking for granted that some sugar daddy, usually the government, is going to step in like fucking Superman.
These union workers just got a real dose of the New Normal--that the party’s over, and no one’s obligated to save their ass. They better pray to whatever gods they worship that the current 99 weeks of welfare holds up, because they’re going to be on the street eventually offering handjobs for food when it finally comes to a halt.
The Religion Quiz
The topic de jour:
I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not. I have frequently found that even very religious people don’t know what’s in their own bible, least of all anyone else’s. People talk about the Bible being the unimpeachable word of God and then are shocked when it has things like the levirate duty. I’m not sure WHAT IT ALL MEANS. But I thought it was an interesting result.
You can take a short version here. The only I missed was the last one. The quiz is not difficult. The questions are less “What two people in the Bible never died?” than “Who started the Protestant Reformation?”.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/29/10 at 07:16 PM in Religion and Sky Pixies • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Crist and the Kooks
Always remember, friends, it’s only Right Wing politicians who indulge anti-science kooks. Moderates like Charlie Crist are devoted to real science and would never ... I’m sorry, JREF?
The amazing Orac has the rundown here on Kompothecras and the Geiers, who are vaccine conspiracy theorists of the first order and quacks of the zeroth order. Kompothecras not only supports this vaccine nonsense—which has recently claimed the lives of nine California children in an outbreak of whooping cough; he wants the state to turn privacy laws and HIPAA inside out to support more pseudo-scientific research. And according to the article, Crist is pressuring officials to give in.
(The latter claim is anonymously sourced. But given Crist’s record of spinelessly caving in whenever it gives him a political advantage, it sounds imminently plausible. Crist has no principles to violate.)
Florida’s Biggest Sore Loser should be ashamed to even know, let alone take sacks of money from someone like Kompothecras. I worry about the anti-science attitudes of many Republicans. But that’s peanuts compared to someone who is openly sympathetic to one of the biggest public health scandals of our time—the false and dangerous assertion that vaccines cause autism. This is yet one more reason—as if we needed another—to hope that Crist goes down in flames this November.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/29/10 at 05:47 PM in Elections Election 2010 • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
How desperate is Alan Grayson? So desperate, he’s resorting to the kind of tricks his buddy Michael Moore like to play—carefully editing reality:
Webster was actually telling men to observe the biblical verse about giving themselves to their wives, as Christ gave himself to the church. Grayson also claims Webster wanted women to stay in abusive marriages. This is a semi-truth: Webster favored allowing people to opt for “covenant marriages” which only be broken in cases of adultery. But “opt” is the key word there; it would not have applied to all marriages.
If you want to criticize Webster, that’s fine. For example, he’s endorsed the recent Republican platform to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape, incest or severe congenital disorder. But this is bullshit. And the sign of a man who is desperate to hold onto power.
It’s OK, Mr. Grayson. You’ll always have a home on Michael Moore’s stupid blog.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/28/10 at 08:10 PM in Elections Election 2010 • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, September 27, 2010
The Right To Kill
This is one of those rare times when I think we ought to take Glenn Greenwald seriously:
I can maybe understand how an American President might order a US citizen to be assassinated. I think of the Cold War and what we might have done had a high-level agent defected to the Soviet Union. But the criteria for killing a US citizen outside of a battlefield needs to be set pretty high. It needs to be a last resort, if capturing or extraditing them is impossible and their continued presence is a clear and massive danger to US security.
Obama is now claiming not only to have this power, but to have no check whatsoever on it. Again, think outside of this specific circumstance. He is claiming that any America overseas can be killed at any time by his own government and we just have to trust that it was necessary. This is a step too far even for some Bush people (as Greenwald quotes).
If you believe the President has this power, you believe the President pretty much has any power. And you also ignore the plain language of the Constitution, which was written specifically to prevent our government from doing this:
It would be one thing to try this guy in absentia with proper precautions to keep classified information from leaking. It’s another thing entirely for the executive branch to declare him an open target and never have to justify it. Balko:
This an utter disgrace. And if either the Right or the Left were serious about both liberty and adherence to the Constitution, they would be going ape-shit about it. It should not matter to the Left that it’s “our guy” doing this. It shouldn’t matter to the Right that Awalki is a supposed terrorist. This is wrong.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/27/10 at 04:28 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Different name, same scams….
So they changed their name, but they didn’t change their tactics and scams, as this piece on the organization formerly known as ACORN points out:
At the heart of the dispute is the fact that some terrible accounting has been going on here, and that the tax payers are footing the bill for whatever ACORn, or whatever it is called now, did with the cash. I wouldn’t be surprised the cash was used in some illegal activity though. Do I have proof that the money was scammed or used in voter scams, for exmple? Nothing other than the fact this is SOP for ACORN, no. But when you see a crack addict acting like they are on a bender and offering to suck your “you know what” for some crack, you have to admit you are going to suspect the guy needs a fix, right? Same when you see ACORN, or whatever your new name is, and misused or misplaced cash.
Am I being harsh? Who cares? These are crooks, whatever the name, and I will continue to treat them as such.
Posted by AlexinCT on 09/27/10 at 09:11 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Money is For Nothing and the Cafe For Free
As Don Boudreaux points out at Cafe Hayek—which must count as some sort of anti-matter to Cafe Venezuela—the cheap coffee is the reason inflation is rampant in Venezuela. The funds for that coffee have to come from somewhere and they are likely coming from printing money. As P.J. O’Rourke always said, the law of supply and demand tells us what happens when you set the price of something below market value. Pretty soon, you run out of it.
It gets better. The NYT, not content to uncritically report on the cafes, interviews a couple of ... well, back in the 80’s, they were called Sandalistas—stupid people from the US who went to Nicaragua to support the brutal Sandanista regime. Apparently, America is plum out of stupid people, so these are cheap Italian knock-offs.
I’ll wait while you bury the desire to punch these moronic seniors in the face. Yes, socialism can be nice when you’re rich and it keeps the masses down. But it’s not so nice for the masses when Venezuela is more violent than Iraq and most people wind up getting terrible healthcare from the government, as noted in the next interview with a woman who couldn’t get care for her 12-year-old daughter.
You have to feel sorry for leftist bastions like the NYT. Communism has become such a joke that even Fidel Castro is admitting it doesn’t work. Hugo and Lil’ Kim are all they’ve got left. They can’t get into North Korea, but Hugo is more than happy to let reporters wander around his country and talk about the spirit of the cafes.
I realize this is just a breezy slice of life piece from the NYT, but I have a raw nerve where pieces like this are concerned. News outlets frequently do “ain’t it cute” stories like this about communists and their sympathizers, usually complete with framed pictures of murderers like Chavez, Castro, Che, Mao and/or Stalin.
I don’t think it’s funny or cute. People in Venezuela are dying. Their economy is crumbling despite sitting on one of the largest troves of natural resources in the world. Any reporting on these cafes that does not expose them for the horrible economy-crushing joke that they are deserves all the scorn it can get.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/26/10 at 04:41 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, September 24, 2010
Update on the UK Coalition
Who would have thought that a Tory-Lib Dem coalition would produce this:
Under the Labour Party, the number of quasi-non-governmental organizations soared to over a thousand, with over 100,000 employees and 65 billion pounds of expense. The coalition has already dumped 80 of them. If they go all the way, that means 40% of these bodies would be abolished within the first year or so of the Coalition. And almost all of them will claim that they serve some legitimate purpose and help the greater British public. None of them will admit to being useless or redundant.
This is what budget cuts look like, my friends. Get familiar with it. One day, it will have to come here. The question is whether it will be before or after we drive into a fiscal brick wall.
While I am not happy with the UK government’s plan to have paychecks funneled through government for taxation (see Alex’s earlier post), I am really liking the coalition in the UK in most other respects. National ID cards are being dumped, the surveillance state is being rolled back, civil liberties are on the mend and the government is serious about cutting spending (although rumors that they plan to gut science budgets are bit alarming). The GOP isn’t where the Tories are, yet. But there’s hope.
Kos Doubles Down
Daily Kos defends his comparison of American conservatives to the Taliban in a post that somehow manages to be both dumber and more offensive than his stupid book:
You know, I’ve been to a number of right-wing events and have yet to see anyone “stringing up their Matthew Shepperd’s”. The use of that comparison is massively offensive because there was, in no way, a political aspect of Shepperd’s murder, which was condemned by everyone except the Westboro Baptist Church. There was some debate about hate crime laws. But there are valid reasons to oppose hate crime laws—that they are really thought crime laws—that have nothing to do with hating gays.
Moreover, Kos’s basic premise is faulty here. His logic is that conservatives and the Taliban share “mores, values and tactics”. First of all, as he himself acknowledges, they don’t share tactics. He thinks this is only because our system of government holds them back; ignoring that the same system jailed and punished gays for centuries. Apparently, if it weren’t for our laws, Newt Gingrich would be rampaging through Dupont Circle, burning gays at the stake. That’s a fairly dim view of human nature. But not unexpected from someone who thinks the Republicans are also secret racists.
But the “mores and values” thing is a bigger problem. His argument is that since conservatives think homosexuality is immoral and the Taliban thinks so, that makes them equivalent. But that’s bullshit. Many liberals share “mores and values” with ecoterrorists. Does that make them equivalent? Many share “mores and values” with various communist dictators who think they are doing everything that’s right for “the people”. Does that make them equivalent? Kos and the liberals have spent the last couple of months defending American Muslims and assuring us, on the Ground Zero Mosque question, that moderate Muslims do not share the Taliban’s values. But moderate Muslims do share “mores and values” with the Taliban. In fact, they draw their inspiration from the same book. Many moderate Muslims have traditional views of gender roles and prefer women to wear headscarves. They do not eat pork or drink alcohol and they take a dim view of homosexuality. Where they differ is in degree and on the subject of oppressing and terrorizing the non-Muslim world.
Religion is a well from which people can draw many things—extremism or moderation, oppression or tolerance, ignorance or wisdom. Kos thinks that because the Taliban and the conservatives draw from similar wells, that makes them equal. But that’s garbage. The well isn’t the problem; the people drawing from it are.
It’s good for people to have strong moral views. Where it becomes dangerous is when they want those moral views enforced by law. And where it becomes really dangerous is when they want them enforced with the gun and the rope. Kos wouldn’t dream of saying that moderate Muslims (or orthodox Jews or Mormons) are like the Taliban because some of their moral views overlap. But it becomes acceptable when talking about conservative Christians.
Then there’s this:
These would be the mythical “voter suppression” efforts that Michael Moore has been harping on for years and that the Left has yet to present any real evidence in support of. The only argument they can make is that bans on letting felons vote “subverts democracy”. Because the one thing democracy needs is more criminals in control. The argument that we have too many people in prison has some weight. But again, we are a nation of laws. People aren’t put in prison for no reason. If you don’t like the drugs laws, change them.
And once again, we get the “tactics don’t matter” line that allows Kos to make this odious comparison. But tactics are everything! Tactics—which most people call “politics”—is how we resolve issues peacefully instead of violently. Intentions and sub-conscious desire means nothing; process is everything.
(I do share one concern with Kos—the erosion of civil liberties during the War on Terror. Once those go, they’re gone. We should never trust government with our freedom. But then again, Obama has been pursuing those violations with equal enthusiasm. And it’s much easier to control and oppress people’s civil liberties when you also control their retirement, their education, their healthcare and their job.)
Then there’s this stretch:
I could just as easily say that the Left and violent Marxist guerrillas share the same values—hatred of wealth, opposition to economic liberty, worship of the state. The creation of an ideological bubble? Have you seen the composition of Obama’s cabinet? Or been on a college campus lately?
For the “propensity to resort to violence”, he goes to the recent surge in firearms purchases and a spate of supposed “right wing” violence. But the latter, as we have shown numerous times, is wildly exaggerated while the former has more to do with the fear that new gun controls laws will be imposed. The Left Wing has been beating this violence drum ever since Obama was elected, even trying to cast the supposed murder of a census worker and the attack on the Discovery Channel as expressions of Right Wing hate. They tried to make the “Oath Keepers” into a violent group, ignoring that the group was simply promising to refuse to enforce oppressive laws. Where is this surge of Right Wing violence? It exists only in the minds of such as Kos. The Tea Party isn’t calling for a revolution. They’re voting. But, to the likes of Kos, every right wing vote is really an act of violence.
(As an aside, the liberals really need to get it through their heads that there really isn’t a conservative “movement” as such. Last week, I linked up Jonathan Rauch’s article about how disorganized the Tea Party really is. The Tea Party represents a broad spectrum of ideological views only vaguely unified by their opposition to big government. Yes, there are some crazy Right Wing religious nuts in the movement. But there are a lot more who aren’t in that wagon. And the issue of gays has really not come up at all, except in passing. Vast majorities of conservatives support a repeal of DADT—despite this week’s fiasco—and even the likes of Glenn Beck are moderating on the subject of gay marriage.
Conservatives are leery of societal change, in general, because we understand that maintaining a society is more important than “fixing it”. We’re nervous about making big changes to a system that works, however imperfectly. But we do come around—as we have on women’s rights, civil rights and a number of gay issues. That the Republican leadership is still in anti-gay mode is yet another illustration of how out of touch they are with the electorate. But then again, the Democractic leadership has almost identical positions on the issues.)
As I’ve said many times, attempts to probe the underlying psychology of politicians is stupid. I’ve attacked the amateur psychologists who are trying to get into Obama’s head. And I’ll attack the armchair Freudians who try to get into the GOP’s. Who cares what they’re thinking? Who knows that they think it all? What matters is what the do. Oppose that and leave the historical comparisons to pot-smoking poli-sci majors.
This is not a serious commentary on American politics. This is simply a desperate attempt to smear a political opponent. It is an attempt to terrorize and motivate the liberal base because their party is on the verge of a political catastrophe. Kos really thought that he had changed the game—that the Nutroots had opened the door to a permanent liberal government. Now that this isn’t happening, now that his beloved Democratic party is on the verge of getting swept out, he’s losing it. He can’t believe that liberals are losing in the arena of ideas. It has to be something—anything—besides the fundamental conservative nature of the American public.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Pledge To Nothing
The GOP released their “Pledge to America” yesterday. Full text is here.
Once you get past the frilly language and bastardized excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, there are parts to like, such as requiring every bill to identify its Constitutional authority, reforming Fannie/Freddie and requiring Congressional approval of big regulations. There are parts that have no chance in hell while Obama is in the White House, such as repealing healthcare reform. There’s stuff that’s already being done, such as sanctions on Iran. And there are parts that should be in but aren’t, such as a commitment to free trade, an overhaul of the tax system and emphasizing major medical coverage as a way to fix health care.
There’s some bad stuff, too. As I feared, the want to eliminate the insurance mandate but keep the pre-existing coverage provisions. This is a recipe for disaster. And there’s the usual screaming hysteria over trying terror suspects. I guess I should be relieved that they didn’t put “restore torture” as a provision.
But the fiscal side—the most important side—is pure hokum.
NRO does not mention that the pledge specifically exempts Medicare, Social Security and defense spending while promising to extend the Bush tax cuts. Even worse, they promise to reverse Obama’s planned Medicare cuts, adding half a trillion to the budget. Now I don’t expect the GOP, on the verge of an electoral victory, to announce they will make unpopular cuts. But I’m very concerned that this indicates they still don’t fucking get it. Rolling back discretionary spending to “pre-stimulus, pre-TARP” levels is already happening as those two programs expire. Are they going to cut education? Or highway funding? Or farm subsidies? They never did before. I suspect they’ll cut foreign aide and science funding and call it quits.
This is pablum. It’s a market-tested, focus-group approved grab bag of phrases and buzzwords. It doesn’t propose anything new or interesting. The only affect it has on me is to raise my concern that the GOP, once in office, will go back to their bad habits. I guess that’s an improvement over Obama and a Democratic Congress. But Obama and a Congress consisting entirely of hamsters would be an improvement on that. We need something better and bolder if we’re to get out of this mess.
(More from the indispensable Nick Gillespie here, although I disagree with him on the Contract With America. Not many voters knew about it, but not many have to know to have an impact on an election.)
Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/23/10 at 08:44 AM in Elections Election 2010 • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The Cactus In Chief
Nothing serious here from the Onion. It just cracked me up:
You know that if Research 2000/Daily Kos said this, it would be taken as gospel.
Personally, I always pegged Obama as a laburnum. Decorative, but dangerous:
Foaming at the mouth, wild eyes, vomiting and shitting your pants. Yeah, that’s about the reaction he induces in a lot of us.
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