Wednesday, September 30, 2009
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.
America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it.
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
Quote from Balloon Juice, the article's been taken down because some people found it kind of outrageous. You know, calling for the overthrow of the government.
There is a fairly prominent fringe of the conservative movement that is, to my eyes, crazy and dangerous. I don't mean to paint with a broad brush here but this is a staff writer for a fairly major conservative news outlet. Would a staff writer at Huffington Post advocate this sort of thing under Bush?
The original article can be found here (pdf).
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
DC Vote Fine-Tunes Its Hill Strategy
Sept. 29, 2009
By Emily Yehle
Roll Call Staff
Less than a year ago, District residents seemed poised to get their first-ever Representative in Congress after decades of protests, political negotiating and repeated disappointment.
To voting rights advocates, the environment seemed perfect: A Democratic Congress paired with a new president who had once publicly supported the city’s goals. Within weeks of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) had reintroduced the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) had made the bill’s passage a “high priority.”
But four months ago, the bill’s progress came to a halt in the House thanks to an amendment that would create new, looser gun laws for the city. Under pressure from the National Rifle Association, conservative Democrats wouldn’t vote for an amendment-free bill, and D.C. officials wouldn’t settle for Congressionally imposed gun laws.
The bill’s supporters still hope to pass the legislation during the 111th Congress. But the political wrangling over the voting rights bill has also prompted local advocacy group DC Vote to broaden its efforts beyond the bill.
This summer, DC Vote’s board of directors officially extended its mission to include “home rule” issues that affect Washington, D.C.’s autonomy. Though the group’s focus will continue to be Congressional representation, officials will also energize its members whenever Members of Congress try to change city policy from the halls of the Capitol.
“We believe that with votes in the Congress, the District will be able to have a say in issues that matter but also have the power to prevent other Members of Congress from imposing their will on the city,” said Ilir Zherka, executive director of DC Vote. “However, as we’ve worked on this issue over the years, we have been forced to defend the city’s home rule rights.”
The fight over the voting rights act had put the conflict in sharp relief: In order to pass a bill giving the city Congressional representation, D.C. officials were forced to consider an amendment that stripped the city’s authority to pass its own gun laws.
In June, advocates decided the price was too high, and DC Vote began considering a larger mission.
“That was very important because they were slapped in the face by the NRA,” Norton said in a recent interview. “They saw wisely that equality and freedom for the District is not a one-issue matter.”
In fact, even if Congress passed the voting rights act, the federal government would still wield a great deal of power over the city. The voting rights act only gives the District a voting seat in the House; the Senate is left untouched, along with laws that allow Congress to review the city’s budget and legislation. For years, Norton has introduced bills to give the city budgetary and legislative autonomy, but they have never made it out of Congress.
The fate of the D.C. voting rights bill is similarly uncertain. Congress is poised for months of work on an array of legislation, while District officials seem to be stuck in a catch-22 on the bill. DC Vote has focused much of its efforts on changing the mind of Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.), who penned the provision that became the voting rights bill’s poison-pill amendment.
Norton said she has made progress in negotiations but declined to give any details. She scoffed at the idea that Congress’ full plate might thwart the bill’s chances.
“The notion that we can’t walk and chew gum at same time has been disproven repeatedly,” she said, later adding: “We have not been sitting on our hands for the past four months.”
Other D.C. issues where Congress may choose to inject itself are also on the horizon, however. D.C. Councilmember David Catania has said he plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. If passed, it promises to spark debate among Members of Congress, who have the power to veto any of the city’s laws.
In such scenarios, DC Vote will now pitch in with its 80 coalition partners, who can call on their members to write letters, visit Congressional offices and stage protests to try to prevent Congress from intervening.
“Within our city, within our coalition, we might have differences of opinions on, let’s say, guns and gay marriage, but we all agree that the proper venue to decide those issues is the city council,” Zherka said.
The city’s budget is another area where officials constantly battle Congressional interference. Recently, Democrats removed a few long-standing provisions from D.C.’s budget that, among other things, banned the city from holding a referendum on medical marijuana and using funds on needle exchange programs. That victory, however, wasn’t total: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) attached an amendment that makes needle exchange programs within the city difficult, prohibiting them within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds and a variety of other youth-oriented areas.
Such efforts, Zherka said, often “have to do with politics outside of D.C. and have nothing to do with politics within the District of Columbia.” DC Vote’s mission is to change that culture — by protecting the city’s home rule day to day and eventually by helping the city become a full-fledged state.
“Ultimately Washingtonians need to be in their own jurisdiction, not overseen by Congress,” Zherka said. “We recognize that’s not going to be easy, and we recognize that there’s going to be some resistance to that and also that it will take a lot of time.”
"'He was just referring to the way President Obama has set himself up as the most pro-abortion president in America's history,' Bethany Haley, spokeswoman for Franks, said. She ticked off a list of the president's policies and appointments she said were favorable to abortion rights.
'It's a trend — it's not just one or two things. Ever since his days in the Illinois Senate, President Obama has been radical on the issue of abortion,' Haley said.
A White House spokesman had no immediate comment."
"Obama's first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers' money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries. Now, I got to tell you, if a president will do that, there's almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that. We shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can't do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity."
I hear about this all day, and have worked on it a bit, so I figured the least I could do was pass it on. The link above is to the main site, which has some pretty interesting stuff on it, and this is the week's schedule: http://supremecourt.c-span.org/TVPrograms.aspx
"I wonder what her opinion would be if one replaced the perpetrator in this case with the name 'George Bush,' and the victim with 'your daughter.' "
In this tussle, Democrats, by pushing an optional, self-sustaining, government-run insurer to keep private insurers honest, may be offering a more clear-cut proposal for increasing competition than their free-market counterparts on the other side of the aisle.
Whereas the Democrats’ plan would operate in the existing marketplace, many Republicans would like to revamp that marketplace completely — something that makes most Americans queasy. Ideas range from dismantling Medicaid to upending the system of employer-provided health care so that insurers cater to the people they cover, rather than the companies that pay for that coverage."
Monday, September 28, 2009
The words of praise on the back cover say it all:
"Great words can accomplish great things. If you really want to capture the power of communication, read Words that Work" - Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx
"Language is like music. Unfortunately, the Republicans have Paul McCartney in the person of Frank Luntz. Somehow, we Democrats got stuck with Yoko Ono." - Al Franken
"Words are enormously important. I love language, the sheer pleasure of words in the right order. Frank Luntz is brilliant about words." - Rudy Giuliani
"Frank Luntz understands the power of words to move public opinion and communicate big ideas. Any Democrat who writes off his analysis and decades of experience just because he works for the other side is making a big mistake. His lessons don't have a party label. The only question is, where's our Frank Luntz?" - Senator John Kerry
If you don't know already, Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl in 1977. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor (the sodomy, rape, molestation, and drug distribution charges were dropped), but he fled to France before sentencing. Swiss police arrested him yesterday, and may extradite him to Los Angeles.
Personally, I hope they lock him in the deepest, darkest hellhole the federal penitentiary system has to offer until the bastard expires. Sorry for the emotion, but I just read the transcripts myself, and I have absolutely no sympathy for him, and no common ground with his sympathizers. He is sick, and he deserves worse than what he will get.
First stop on excursion.
In 1934, Americans grappled with an economic situation that feels all too familiar today. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration created the Public Works of Art Project—the first federal government program to support the arts nationally. Federal officials in the 1930s understood how essential art was to sustaining America's spirit. Artists from across the United States who participated in the program, which lasted only six months from mid-December 1933 to June 1934, were encouraged to depict "the American Scene." The Public Works of Art Project not only paid artists to embellish public buildings, but also provided them with a sense of pride in serving their country. They painted regional, recognizable subjects—ranging from portraits to cityscapes and images of city life to landscapes and depictions of rural life—that reminded the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community and optimism.
1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project by drawing on the Smithsonian American Art Museum's unparalleled collection of vibrant artworks created for the program. The paintings in this exhibition are a lasting visual record of America at a specific moment in time. George Gurney, deputy chief curator, organized the exhibition with Ann Prentice Wagner, curatorial associate.
A lot of people may say the timing is completely wrong, as unemployment is still high, the healthcare debate is still hot, and the Olympics will be in his final year of office anyways (assuming he wins in 2012). However, these protests are ridiculous and stretching for reasons to criticized the president. He will only be abroad for a few days (the winner will be announced on Friday) and the Olympics is a great event and honor for any country to host. This world wide event is one of the few things that really brings a country together and isn't that what we need in this time of crisis? Also, it is a great opportunity for the host city and country to show off. People announced the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the official coming out party for China, where they showed off their new money by making amazing facilities and orchestrating a grand opening ceremony. If America wins the bid for 2016, we will have an opportunity to show we are still the best and most powerful country in the world. America is in a crisis and the world is doubting our presence. Winning the bid for the Olympics can go a long way to shutting down those claims.
Obama's presence will greatly help Chicago's chance to host the Olympics and he should definitely take a few days off to make any attempt he can at winning this. The Olympics isa country uniting event and as the President, he should aim for this goal whenever he can. Every other leader from the other candidate countries is attending and it is Obama's right and duty to do so as well.
"I hadn't noticed I was a racist, but that was no doubt because I was too busy being a homophobe. Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot. Since I do not want America to suffer another Sean Penn movie, I will accept that I'm a homophobe, too. And I'm a male chauvinist due to the fact that I think Nancy Pelosi is blowing smoke--excuse me, carbon neutral, biodegradable airborne particulate matter--out her pantsuit."
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Will Obama's plan alienate the middle class? Obama has already lost senior citizens over the proposal to cut $500 billion from Medicare. What about average Americans who will have to pay thousands before receiving any subsidy?
Does ObamaCare cause more "pain" than reform?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tickets are only $42, and it's worth it. There aren't any choice restaurant options in the immediate area, so either eat at home before hand, or leave plenty of time eat in nearby Georgetown.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I don't care how exactly we go about guaranteeing affordable insurance for everyone. We can have vouchers, or Medicare for all, or a public-private hybrid system. I really am not that picky. But people our age should not die because they're scared of the bill that comes from seeing the doctor.
1) Fossil fuels benefited from approximately $72 billion over the seven-year (fiscal years 2002-08) period.
2) Subsidies for renewable fuels totaled $29 billion.
3) More than half the subsidies for renewables—$16.8 billion—are attributable to corn-based ethanol, the climate effects of which are hotly disputed.
4) Of the fossil fuel subsidies, $70.2 billion went to traditional sources—such as coal and oil—and $2.3 billion went to carbon capture and storage, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.
5) Government energy subsidies highly favored energy sources that emit high levels of greenhouse gases over sources that would decrease our climate footprint.
This is what I was talking about last night regarding the difference between Washingtonians and New Yorkers
" 'The people who developed the system that's falling apart and trying to fix it? That's just crazy,' said Sondra Perry, an art student from New York state.
'Our message here is about climate change, poverty, capitalism: they're all very intertwined and it's time that we all understand that if we are going to do anything, we have to work together,' she said."
The poll reflects the challenges facing the White House as it is consumed by two issues, Afghanistan and health care. By a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent, Americans said Mr. Obama has better ideas about overhauling health care than Republicans. And the percentage of Americans who approve of how Mr. Obama has handled health care has gone from 40 percent in August to 47 percent, about equal to where it was earlier in the summer.(emphasis is mine)
On one of the most contentious issues in the health care debate — whether to establish a government-run health insurance plan as an alternative to private insurers — nearly two-thirds of the country continues to favor the proposal, which is backed by Mr. Obama but has drawn intense fire from most Republicans and some moderate Democrats.
The New York Times polled 1,042 Americans, conducted last Saturday through last Wednesday, and it has a margin of error of 3%.
In case you're curious about how this poll stacks up to others, a recent Research2000 poll found that nearly 60% of Americans support a public option.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said all should lend a hand to make the country strong again.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said take a stand, make sure everyone gets a chance.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said red, yellow, black and white, all are equal in his sight.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama.
Yeah! Barack Hussein Obama.
…Hello, Mr. President, we honor you today
For all your great accomplishments, we all do say hooray.
Hooray, Mr. President, you are No. 1
The first black American to lead this nation.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As I walked along the street trying to keep pace with my dad, I contemplated the advice he had offered on the train. “Now I don’t know if I’ve told you this before, but when I walk in the city I always look down. If you look down, others assume you don’t see them, so they’ll get out of your way… Just always remember that if you’re ever in a hurry..” Of course, as always, he had imparted this strategy many times before, and I had efficiently stored it away where I would never remember. And as I motored a few paces behind him rushing to get to the office on time, I discovered its efficiency.
But, when I rush to work in Washington, I get the feeling the strategy wouldn’t fly. Unsure of an alternative, I don’t rush. Turns out nobody is rushing, at least not until the subway door begins to close and then it seems like EVERYONE is rushing. Somewhat ironically, no one, no matter the city, wants to wait another 3 minutes on a subway platform when they could be at work 3 minutes earlier. Even when you leave the train it’s a race to the turnstalls, almost as if the smartcard charged based on time spent travelling.
The escalators bring back the lethargy. I find myself the minority as I trapse up each moving step. I’d stand to experience the Washington culture, but I cannot bring myself to submit to the lack of urgency. Urgency of nothing, it turns out, despite the seeming importance of the Hill’s activities…But then again, perhaps this truly ISN’T reality, but some fiendishly expensive knock-off featuring thousands of staffers and interns scurrying around but merely shuffling papers and speaking in hushed voices. Does anything really ever get done anyway? Most times it seems unlikely.
Wall street, on the other hand, now there’s a purpose behind that urgency. Stocks to be traded, and money to be made – A national economic dominance to be asserted. But, what IS the purpose? It seems in the current economic crisis this purpose is lost as well. Turns out, BOTH systems are broken, so why do we hurry, head down, in Manhattan?
"A genuinely tough sanctions regime on Iran would be the Fonzie moment in Obama's Richie Cunningham presidency."
Washington is a bar of Ohio State, Penn State, Georgetown, the Red Sox, and Eagles fans. It is one of the best stadiums in baseballs, courting perhaps the worst team, nearly empty. It is a stunning park that is so frightening none wish to enjoy it. It is the home of the highest crime rates coupled with the highest judiciary powers. It is a lipstick stain on the favorite shirt that reminds you of a lost love; the only fallen tree in a forest that spans the river; a sunburn after a long summer day. It is the beauty that comes with not getting it quite right.
Professionals come to Washington because they idealize pragmatism. Washington is where things happen--where problems are not only discussed, but addressed, and occasionally solved through concrete action and tangible institutions. The Washingtonian, by Baker's account, is concerned less with what should be done than with what can be done. This philosophy shapes the Washingtonian's urbane, conservative, grounded demeanor. This characterization of the Washingtonian--and the contrast between him and, say, a New Yorker or a San Franciscan--is a manifestation of the dichotomy between the Virginia gentleman and the Boston patriot, between George Washington and Sam Adams, between the calm, pragmatic professional, and the fiery, spirited activist.
As put by Rich Lowry, in 2003:
Comments critical of the commander in chief on foreign soil on the eve of a war are, uh, shall we say, not appreciated.
But then Sarah Palin goes and says, in Hong Kong:
Prominent voices in the Democratic Party are opposing the additional U.S. ground forces that are clearly needed.
She doesn't mention Obama by name as one of these Democrats. But from reading Lowry, I thought we were all supposed to rally 'round the Commander in Chief and agree with whatever decisions he makes.
(Hat tip to Firedoglake, but I dug through Palin's speech myself.)
I am not only a winter baby, but also adopted and originally born to an unmarried, less affluent 18 year old, so this study hits home for me. I've always joked that my Dec. 15th birthday makes me a "spring break baby" (count backwards 9 months...), but I had never considered the implications of that in terms of how many others might be in precisely the same position. It turns out that data shows that winter babies tend to be born to unmarried, poor women, although the article points to prom as a possible culprit.
The Malcolm Gladwell book "Outliers" discusses a similar point -- how circumstances can influence success (I recommend it), and points out that when you're born during the year can influence how good you'll be at sports and in school due to cut off dates for grade and team rules. I hadn't thought about it before, but the same ideas could possibly apply to how good a political leader one might be? I conducted some breif research and found that among the Presidents since JFK, only two presidents are born in the winter months. Reagan and...wait for it....Carter. The article also suggests that those born in the winter are sometimes young for thier grade due to cut offs, so perhaps being young makes you less of a leader among peers. Additionally, since winter babies tend to be less academically successful, I motion to give any of us winter babies some sort of handicap for grading -- it's only fair right?
Anyway, I thought this was really interesting, and although not directly related to politics, there's always room for a little psychology and sociology, right?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So in the end this is something that has to come with a, if there’s a push for a socialist society, a society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together, living collectively off of one pot of resources earned by everyone. That is, this is one of the goals they have to go to is same-sex marriage because it has to plow through marriage in order to get to their goal. They want public affirmation. They want access to public funds and resources. Eventually all those resources will be pooled because that’s the direction we’re going. And not only is it a radical social idea, it is a purely socialist concept in the final analysis.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"The democratic ideal springs from the ideas of liberty, equality, majority rule through free elections, protection of the rights of minorities, and freedom to subscribe to multiple loyalties in matters of religion, economics, and politics rather than to a total loyalty to the state. The spirit of democracy is the idea of importance and worth in the individual, and faith in the kind of world where the individual can achieve as much of his potential as possible." [Rules for Radicals, p. xxiv]
"We are not here concerned with people who profess the democratic faith but yearn for the dark security of dependency where they can be spared the burden of decisions. Reluctant to grow up, or incapable of doing so, they want to remain children and be cared for by others. Those who can, should be encouraged to grow; for the others, the fault lies not in the system but in themselves." [Rules for Radicals, p. xxv]
"If you respect the dignity of the individual you are working with, then his desires, not yours; his values, not yours; his ways of working and fighting, not yours; his choice of leadership, not yours; his programs, not yours, are important and must be followed; except if his programs violate the high values of a free and open society. We learn, when we respect the dignity of the people, that they cannot be denied the elementary right to participate fully in the solutions to their own problems. Self-respect arises only out of people who play an active role in solving their own crises and who are not helpless, passive, puppet-like recipients of private or public services. To give people help, while denying them a significant part in the action, contributes nothing to the development of the individual. In the deepest sense it is not giving but taking— taking their dignity. Denial of the opportunity for participation is the denial of human dignity and democracy." [Rules for Radicals, p. 122-123]
He was so popular, in fact, that he became only the fourth Democratic President in the last century and a half to win an outright majority of the popular vote — something Woodrow Wilson, and Harry Truman, and Bill Clinton, and even the sainted John Kennedy failed to accomplish.
Imagine, then, how frustrating it must be for him to be that popular, but not to be able to enact either his legislative or his political agenda; to know that, among the public, he has a deep reservoir of goodwill, but to know that for his ends, it is all but worthless."
"You know [King Saul's] daughter must have been beautiful because there’s no guy whose gonna die for an ugly girl. Our women are hot. We have Michelle Malkin. Who does the left have, Rachel Maddow? Sorry, I prefer that my women not look like dudes."
-David Mattera, speaking at the Values Voters summit, making a David and Goliath metaphor. In particular, addressing how David (the conservatives) would slay Goliath (liberals), and how King Saul promised his daughter to anyone who could slay Goliath.
At the end of the day, though, I find most political opinion polls completely worthless. It's all about the wording of the questions, which always manages to skew them in some way. If the question was "How do you feel about what the current Congress has accomplished so far?", I bet you'd see different results.
Fantastic analysis. Scary, but optimistic.
Monday, September 21, 2009
"Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see you. … Oh, God love you! What am I talking about? I tell you what. You're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. … Stand up for Chuck!"—Telling Missouri State Sen. Chuck Graham, who is bound to a wheelchair, to rise at campaign event, Columbia, Mo., Sept. 9, 2008
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"CNN: The [least] trusted name in news"
Obama refused to interview with Fox recently (they refused to televise his address to Congress) but also speaks with 5 other news sources in interviews that seem to go too well? He's so good at talking to the media, staying calm and composed, and maintaining a firm and consistant message, it seems as though it's become ineffective. Perhaps what we once saw as his best characteristics and skills will end up defining the downfall of his presidency, rather than its sucecss? He continues to make his message clear, but it never seems to catch on. The countdown on 2009 has really started and it will be very interesting to see if he can get healthcare reform through, and how that outcome will influence the rest of his presidency.
Additionally, it's interesting that his press office seems to be on the offensive with Fox. Obama never seems to stray from complete composure, but perhaps he's set up the structure of his white house staff so that he can remain calm while others fight the battles. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm starting to become less interested in what he has to say to the American people and much more interested in what goes on behind closed doors with his staff. He MUST have a less composed side, and maybe he'd get more done if he let out a little passion sometimes...just to remind us he is indeed human?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
"The left-wing rhetoric and symbolism are so thick on the right, in fact, that some conservatives have been taken aback by it: The logo for the Sept. 12 protest in Washington, which organizers called the 'March on Washington,' featured an image that looked so much like those associated with the labor, communist and black power movements that some participants objected to it — until they found out that’s what the designers were shooting for." "The irony thus far seems to have been lost on the left, however, which has mostly voiced either disbelief or derision that the conservatives would be so shameless — or so clueless. In Democratic Underground’s discussion forum, a photo of a marcher holding a 'Keep Your Laws of My Body' sign was captioned 'OK, the cognitive dissonance hasn't hit them yet.' And of the 9/12-ers’ logo, one poster on Stephen Colbert’s site asks, 'Did these guys grow a sense of humor overnight, or did they just skip history class?' "
"It will soon come to pass that all this screaming 'racist' for any reason will devalue the truly racist activity in our society. I really pity the poor people who are truly treated wrongly who will be overlooked because it will become impossible to find them amongst all the other claims which appear to be based on extending one particular political philosophy."
Constitutional: http://www.slate.com/id/2224258 (Professor - notice the reference to Amar)
"Obama and his policies sure is holding up well to scruntitny doesn't he? Perhaps that's why the fringe media didn't do any. Obama was electeed because he was the Democrats destroy America wet dream, all their dumb socialist programs in one packaage."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"Carpe diem. Live this moment without flinching, live this second without wincing, live this year in its presences, and just be."
“We’re absolutely rooting in the race. We don’t want Richard Burr to get reelected. We wanted Obama to win last fall,” said Jensen. “But our reputation is predicated on getting it right, and we’re not going to cook the numbers just to tweak Richard Burr’s nerves. They are what they are.”
Recently, a poll of likely New Jersey voters was put on the blog. What kind of reputable polling company would ask people questions like, "Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States?" and, "Do you think Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ?" Probably one that's looking for a few cheap laughs.
Definitely some of the most useless information I've ever read.
It's amazing that these days parents would rather give their children a pill than a spank.
Also interesting that, with the exception of Reagan, the bottom of the list is comprised of our most recent presidents.
From Kennedy on, Heritage ranks presidents as follows:
"The movie on this could be called Terminator 5: Rise of the Republicans"
For benchmark parameters, we find that the US can increase tax revenues by 30% by raising labor taxes and 6% by raising capital income taxes. For the EU-14 we obtain 8% and 1%. Denmark and Sweden are on the wrong side of the Laffer curve for capital income taxation.
Via Matt Yglesias.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A link in the Politico story leads to a longer New Yorker story on Rahm Emanuel.
Last week, when the President addressed the Joint Session of Congress in a speech on health reform, he referred to some of the untruths – okay, lies – that have been spread about the plan and sent a clear message to those who seek to undermine his agenda and his presidency with these tactics: "We will call you out." So consider this one of those calls.
Other headlines: 6% of New Jersey citizens support the abolition of the federal government, but only 5% support the end of public education. Truthers number slightly less than birthers. More if you click the link.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Borlaug on the Greens:
"They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for 50 years, they'd be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things."
“We have always worked for opposing candidates, but our common campaign experience has led us to the firm agreement that the inefficiencies of the election administration system require common sense upgrades...
We have formed the Committee to Modernize Voter Registration, a national, bipartisan group of individuals with vast and varied experience in elections...
[We] share a commitment to update the way that we register voters so it is more efficient, costs less, provides adequate safeguards against fraud and ensures that all eligible Americans can participate in the process...
There are two problems [with our current voter registration system]: First, our system is based almost exclusively on paper voter registration forms, and second, too many forms are submitted in the last weeks before voter registration deadlines. The result is a chaotic environment in which election officials are forced to develop complex, costly systems of data entry and quality control to decipher millions of handwritten forms in the lead-up to a major election. Millions of eligible Americans each election cycle are blocked from the polls as a result...
But there is a solution. States should use an automated system to add voters to the registration rolls when they become eligible, and that registration should move with the voters when they change residences. If we do this, we can get rid of the paper, free up resources for state and local governments, provide strict protections against voter registration fraud and eliminate many of the frustrating problems that voters face on election day...
In the area of voter registration, there is a bipartisan chorus calling for reform. Unfortunately, the closer we get to an election, the more likely partisanship will drown out our unified voices on this critical issue. Implementing the reforms will take time, but the moment to act is now."
A very popular, expensive restaurant in my town received a $267,000 loan to cover expenses. Seeing stuff like that is pretty cool if you ask me.
Or, the dangers of generalizing.
I worked with Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner, and he is one of the smartest, most witty columnists I have ever come across. He writes regularly about big government/big business collusion (a topic not often covered by conservatives).
This video is absolutely classic, and anyone who is fed up with network television news should watch it:
Monday, September 14, 2009
Long story short, she's a crank, and her ideas aren't very well backed up by reality. Don't believe me? Why didn't the whole country 'go Galt' when the top marginal tax rate bumped up against 90%?
Last week we discussed whether any of us would actually want to be the President. Here's an interesting Telegraph article about the sort of threats that Obama receives on a daily basis, as well as how thinly stretched the Secret Service has become.
"I’m a Republican, but I’d rather have a Democrat in Congress who I may disagree with but who has some fundamental character and decency that Wilson clearly lacks."
“The economy – we go into a deep recession or depression. Number two is Afghanistan and the terrorist threat. They could cause attacks like that again. That’s why we are there – to protect attacks against it,” Skelton said.
Skelton said the president should listen to General Stanley McChrystal, the top commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan, who has delivered a report to the president that is expected to request additional to fight resurgent Taliban extremists.
http://thinkprogress.org/ - Disclosure: run by CAP
http://washingtonmonthly.com/ (Steve Benen's blog is the front page.)
http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/ - Disclosure: he's at CAP too.
Not a liberal but generally worth reading: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/
Probably the most conspicuous absence is DailyKos, which I find generally not worth the time. MyDD is also...okay, although I find that it has a weird brand of liberalism that I generally don't see eye to eye with and so it's not something I read often.
My favorites are Matt Yglesias and Atrios, who blogs at Eschaton.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Edit: Apparently Kelsey already linked this. Sorry!
Anyone else get to talk to teabaggers yesterday?