Monday, October 31, 2011

Luncheon with Herman Cain

This afternoon I attended a luncheon with Herman Cain at the National Press Club. It was a swell time. Not really sure what inspired me the most: his speech, the 9-9-9 cupcakes, or his singing.

Paul Krugman on: Military Keynesianism?

I admit, I found this on Reddit. But it's something I've always pondered: "small government" and fiscal scrutiny rarely applies to the military.

"Anonymous" hackers threaten Mexican drug cartel

Hacktivists, "Anonymous," continue activity despite controversy and criticism. This time, they're back with a message to the Mexican Drug cartel, "Zetas". Anonymous threatens to expose all information linked to this cartel on November 5th, if their comrade is not released.

U.S. cuts UNESCO funding after Palestinian membership vote

One nation, two camps: The most ideological election in years

“It will really be the first election since the 1930s in which there has been such a focus on economic divisions and the role of the state.” - Nolan McCarty

More on Occupy...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Huntsman's 3 daughters spoof Cain's "smoking" ad

Huntsman's daughters recently made a web video (and twitter account) spoofing Herman Cain's silly ad that came out last week. The video itself is pretty hilarious, and the girls obviously will use its boost in popularity to try to draw attention to their dad. Could Huntsman really use this opportunity to catapult himself into the spotlight?

Happy Belated Birthday, Lady Liberty

Here's a video of the festivities as well

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Herman Cain Sighting

My post yesterday about the scarcity of political Halloween costumes due to disillusionment with government may have been a little premature. Last night in Adams Morgan I saw this distinguished gentleman.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween costumes, politics not mixing this year

DC is the capitol of topical Halloween costumes. However few have opted for political costumes this year, indicating public dissatisfaction with government

3rd candidate on the rise?

American Elect, a group consisting of Democrats, Republicans & Independents, fed up with party polarization in Washington will be holding a national primary election online for a third party presidential candidate.

Power networking

Kevin, Cara, Caroline, and Binchan chat with Austin Imperato '07 at Bar Louie.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cain may get important endorsement

Heritage getting a little pushy?

Maybe a bit of over-polarization from the ideologically driven think tanks like we were talking about...

Occupy Oakland Gets Ugly

Police throw tear gas into the crowd. 102 people were arrested.

President's student loan plan will save graduates less than $10 a month

Occupy financial aid office?

Obama's Mortgage Plan

Personally I like this plan and I am happy to see the administration taking steps to help heavily indebted borrowers refinance their mortgages. However I am concerned that Obama passed this via executive order. I am wary of legislating through executive order. Our Constitution clearly gave Congress the ability to pass laws and I think that in recent years the executive has over-stepped their bounds by taking a lot of liberty with executive orders (whether it be Obama with mortgage changes or Bush with his national security executive orders that allowed for increased surveillance and extradition of suspected terrorists). Presidential executive orders are on the rise and I do not think this is what the framers had in mind when they designed our democracy. What does everyone else think?

Income Inequality Rises According to CBO

I wonder how this will play out in 2012? The economy is definitely stagnant and will probably be the primary issue on voters minds. But it is possible that the anger at the super-rich in this country exemplified by the OWS protests might play out in Dems favor. This might become very important issue especially if the Republican nominee is somewhat like Herman Cain or Rick Perry, both of whom produced economic plans that would significantly benefit the top earners in the country.

DC magnet for hip young Americans

and their mature American fearless leaders.

U.S. economy grows nearly twice as fast in 3rd quarter

The economy kept "chugging along, steadily if not spectacularly, even amid volatile financial markets, deepening fears about a possible economic collapse in Europe, and a U.S. debt downgrade" (Irwin, Washington Post).

I do not deny that there is high unemployment rates but the constant flow of bad news squashes confidence in our economy. The market is, always has been, and always will be a confidence game.

Overall, this is some moderately good news. Check out the Market this morning (October 27, 2011):

Credit: Bill Cara's Blog

In honor of our debate last night, is it too late for Obama?

Cain's odds

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Answer to Tim's question

According to this expert, not ok to hand out copies of your resume while working a room.

New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government

This article discusses how Americans current distrust of government will impact the upcoming election.

Ralph Nader is tanned, rested, and ready

Revolt against experts?

East Wing tour

Thanks to Sara Feuerstein!

More on fat lady singing in GOP race

Rick Perry's WAPO nightmare

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Obama rasing funds with the 1% in Hollywood

Good to know that Obama is still in DC working hard for the American people- Oh... he's campaigning again...

Obama's West Coast tour just made a stop in Hollywood to raise money with Celebs in expensive fundraisers, and to spend some time talking with Jay Leno for his second time since taking office.

No wonder he's outraised the Republicans so far.
No wonder things aren't getting done in Washington.

With Congresswoman Janice Hahn

A document signed by President Obama and Nancy Pelosi

Ed Lee is 2 Legit 2 Quit

The Cain video I linked earlier might be one of the worst campaign videos I have ever seen, but this video just might be one of the best...

Romney Beating Obama in a Fight for Wall St. Cash???

Will this effect Obama's chances in 2012???

Is POTUS overrated?

DOJ goes all in on obamacare lawsuit

Utterly bizarre Herman Cain ad

Must be seen to be believed.  Watch the whole thing through.

The Republican Idea of Tax Reform

9-9-9 at AEI next Monday!

If research doesn't advance agenda, we'll kill it.

How often do you think this takes place at think tanks? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a strategy?

Can Dems retake the House?

When Condi met Gaddafi

Bad stereotypes of power women

If you want a friend in Washington.........

get a dog.

Monday, October 24, 2011

'New DC Licence Plate'?

Comrades, so after work today, I was walking down on K-Street and I inadvertently ran into my Occupy DC brothers and sisters. This time around, I saw a 'replica' of the DC license plate I thought I should share. Some of you might have already seen this....but I found it quite hilarious. As the fearless leader once said: "Power to the People!" lol Enjoy!

"Taxation without Representation" is now "Representation Thru Occupation"

Is it over?

Karl says no election for Obama, too

-weak economy
-key voter groups unhappy
-unpopular policies
-poor strategic decisions

Even Steve Jobs saw Obama as a one term president

What the Occupy protests tell us about the limits of democracy

Results of New Poll of Electoral College

Low percentage of Americans support keeping electral college votes as they are now.

Biden 2016?

More on Newt's resurrection

I'm skeptical.

Dems and GOP, read my lips...

Lower rates and broader base works.

Supporting DC sports

This weekend, the ladies of 512 branched out and journeyed to McLean, VA to participate in a dance class instructed by the Redskins cheerleaders. Tasha is the only Hamilton student in attendance whose moves would make the squad.

Saturday evening, I watched the Caps play the Red Wings, the only 2 teams with undefeated records. With the final score at 7-1, the Caps are 7-0 and going strong.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Is Romney the Republican version of John Kerry?


This article was written some few months ago, but it still raises some very salient points.

"High unemployment aside, if the history of presidential politics shows anything, it’s that when you give voters a choice between the incumbent they know and the radicals they don’t, the former will win."

Michele Bachmann says Libya should reimburse the US for "liberating" it. What absurdity? Did anyone invite you? Radicalism to its core. I mean, if people like Bachmann are considered 'alternatives' to Obama, then it's a DONE DEAL for him in 2012. 

Can Obama win....

by holding himself out as the only thing standing in the way of unified GOP control of government? Not sure many voters decide in the way author suggests.

Why Obama will lose

Why Obama will win

Will Newt be the new flavor of the week?

An old-ish article, but with 9 9 9 (hopefully) fading into oblivion Newt may be able to pull the underdog routine. But mainly because he's the last candidate that hasn't shined in the spotlight: I can't see a similar surge occurring with Jon Huntsman or Rick Santorum. Definitely the most intellectual candidate, but we aren't in the 1990s: can he still play politics?

Mitt Romney, Walking Press Release

Also, unrelated to the article but I thought you guys might enjoy this:

Carter + Hoover = Obama's reelection role models

Forbes editor-in-chief argues that President Obama can't win the 2012 election if he proposes more programs similar to the days of the New Deal since most Americans disagree that binge spending leads to economic growth.

Will Obama win the 2012 election?

Charles says no. President Obama was lightning in a bottle back in 2008, but he now has a record that few independents approve of.

It's not about US politics...

But with OWS there's a lot of debate over whether capitalism is "moral." This article reveals the consequence of socialist values.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

After Qathafi, Jobs, Saudi Crown Prince Dies!?!?!

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud