Columnists Spout About Palin

In his recent column in the NY Times, Thomas Friedman asked these very valid question about Sarah Palin and the conservative commentators boasting of her appeal: How in the world can conservative commentators write with a straight face that this woman should be vice president of the United States? Do these people understand what serious trouble our country is in right now? And Friedman’s not alone asking questions about Palin’s ability to be VP… In an interview with The Atlantic, David Brooks “praised Palin’s natural political talent, but said she is “absolutely not” ready to be president or vice president.” He explained, “The more I follow politicians, the more I think experience matters, the ability to have a template of things … Continue reading

McCain Calls Americans ‘My Fellow Prisoners’

What in the world was McCain doing here calling Americans ‘my fellow prisoners’: Is this who Americans really want to lead our nation? Talk about your “creepy Freudian” slip’s. Does John McCain want to put us all in jail forever? Hell, we’re all going to be living at the poor farm soon thanks to 8 years of BushCo. No one in this country needs 4 – 8 of more of the same, that’s equivalent to a life sentence at this point, speaking a prisoners.

The Problems With Walk-Clinics and Medical Care

(Promoted by Stuart O’Neill from the article by County Doc and his subsequent answer in the comment section. Hope you don’t mind, Country Doc. This is a worthy subject.) Since Stuart has goated me on, studies show that walk-in clinics are less expensive that an ER visit, but more expensive than a primary care office for the same diagnoses.  Cost, however, is only a small part of my bias against this form of care. The real issue with walk-in clinics, urgent care centers, retail clinics, or any other no appointment necessary model is that the care is by definition episodic and discontinuous.  This is the antithesis of what health care should look like. Walk-in clinics can treat asthma exacerbations, but … Continue reading

T. Boone Pickens and Energy

Each of us have seen the extraordinary media swarm of T. Boone Pickens about his Pickens Plan. He has funded this TV campaign out of his own dollars. That’s significant for me. If you believe in something then spend your damn money on it. It proves you really believe. Don’t just ask others to fund your campaign but get in there and use your own capital. He has, to me, proved sincerity and conviction. I have visited his site a couple of times. He has a good written plan on the site. His media portion of the site is actually more interesting to me. He has a very detailed video that I’m including below. I thought it was comprehensive. Yes, … Continue reading

Undecided’s Say Obama Won The Debate and More

Democracy Corps had a focus group of undecided voters in Nevada watch last night’s debate: “Unlike the first debate, when Democracy Corps research showed half the voters remaining undecided and the two candidates splitting the other half, the vote following the second debate showed a decisive shift toward Senator Obama. This debate was a clear victory for Obama who made major gains not just in the vote but also on personal favorability and key attributes like ‘has what it takes to be President,’ which ultimately drove undecided voters into his column.” In addition, Fox News and CNN focus groups of uncommitted voters also said Obama won. In addition a CNN nationwide poll A majority of debate watchers polled thought Obama … Continue reading

Lindsey Trella with the Debate Question of the Night

Amidst a discussion of health care in which both candidates rattled off plans for tax credits, debated employment based health care, and praised electronic health records, it was the question from an audience member that really told of one of those “fundamental differences”.  The question of the night went to Lindsey Trella, “Senator, selling health care coverage in America as the marketable commodity has become a very profitable industry.  Do you believe that health care is a commodity?” Sen. Obama didn’t answer the question head on, but did give an adqueate reply describing the burden that the middle class faces when it comes to health care.  He spoke well of the “moral committment” to address the crisis.  McCain’s language clearly demonstrated that … Continue reading

Aggressive Debate And A Blizzard of Attacks

Maybe after I’ve had more time to think about this goddamn crap I’ll be able to give a better reading of the debate. Obviously both Obama and McCain were more aggressive. The constant contradictions of each other wore on me deeply. There are definite written plans. Why can’t we get any newsperson or moderator who has complete non-partisan analysis and can simply interrupt the speaker, whoever it is, as say, “Sorry, Senator, that’s not true.” The fact that McCain didn’t attack based on the bullshit that Palin has been spreading this week does seem to me that he doesn’t want that kind of campaign. While McCain is willing to let others do the dirty work, he doesn’t want to do … Continue reading