Ten Post Round-Up

Even without a clock or a calendar anyone with a radio or a television can see that we are coming down to the wire in this political season.  The ads are getting nastier and the blowhards talking heads are getting louder. Maybe some of you will find something to help you forget all that nonsense in today’s Ten Post Round-Up…On second thought, I doubt it (*wink*). Before we go any further, I must ask you a question: Does it bother you when McCain plays “the age card”?

Hillary Clinton: “No Doubt” Obama Will Be Next President

In an interview this morning on CBS‘s “The Early Show,” Senator Hillary Clinton said “Barack Obama is going to be elected the next president and that she has “no doubt” about it.” Clinton also said that while she recognizes that race and gender play a role in the minds of voters as they make their presidential choices, she believes enough people want change from Republican policies to put Obama over the top in November. Referencing Republican nominee John McCain, Clinton said that “he has a record of supporting deregulation of business.”

The Gay Man and the Senator

A question from Michael Rogers: Which nominee for President of the United States is homophobic and has a gay chief of staff at his Senate office in Washington, DC? A. John McCain B. Barack Obama That’s right, McCain’s chief of staff, Mark Buse, is gay. (Rogers and SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile have outed him.) Which doesn’t bother me at all. He can be, and should be allowed to be, whatever he is, and if he’s gay, so be it. No, what bothers me — and many others, of course — is that Buse is working for McCain, who is running on an extremist social conservative platform that includes the gay-bashing agenda of the homophobic right (now central to the … Continue reading

Dodd’s Alternative to the Bail Out Plan

I’ve just finished reading the key points to Senator Chris Dodd’s alternative to the bail out plan and I have to say I agree with the folks like Paul Krugman who are saying this is more like it — it’s a “step in the right direction.” The thing is, as Krugman points out: Paulson displayed a lot of arrogance here — he basically marched in and said Daddy knows best, don’t worry your pretty little heads about the details. He offered no, zero, zilch explanation of how the plan was supposed to work — just “it’s a crisis and we need to act now.” And he overreached, especially with that demand for immunity from any review. Dodd’s plan includes the … Continue reading

McCain Aide Schmidt Blasts New York Times on Conference Call and Gets Smacked Down

McCain aide Rick Davis wasn’t too happy today about being called out by the NY Times, on his ties to Fannie & Freddie and particularly the role he “played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000.” Davis and fellow McCain aide Steve Schmidt took out their frustrations on the NY Times on a conference today: Marc Ambinder has some of the text from the call here. Schmidt was just a tad “touchy” about “about being pegged as liars.” Ben Smith noted on Politico that “the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it … Continue reading

About That Blank Check

I spent the weekend preparing for my move cross country, which I have been alluding to here for a while. I will finally be posting about it later this week. What I can tell readers now, is that the planned move has arisen out of the financial crisis our country is in. As I noted here last Monday when the news started emerging on how deep the crisis is, as a “small business owner, I’ve watched my sales slide downward for the past couple of years.” I’ve reached a point that simply put, if I want to stay in business, I need to move somewhere that is more economical to live. That said, let’s talk about that blank check that … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up

Two good things about Fall: 1) fashionable clothes that don’t require the revealing of copious amounts of skin and 2) only a few more weeks left in this election cycle. Thankfully, I have the first one sewn up, easily, since Fall fashions favor big girls, like me.  But, this continuing election cycle is getting on my last nerve.  Now, with the economy in full-blown crisis mode, the yammering from both sides of the political spectrum is really making me long for the days when the latest news I read about came from a Scholastic Newsletter. But, like any good blogger, I cannot look away from the spectacle that is this (or any) election cycle and so, I will dutifully post … Continue reading

The Unfinished Bail-Out Bill And Some History Of Another Crisis

First, this isn’t Bush’s plan. It’s the plan of experienced financial leadership, in government and mostly outside, of pretty realistic people trying to overcome the bullshit passed years ago that caused this mess. Bush couldn’t explain the details of this plan if he had a….well he just couldn’t. [This is a long post but please stick with it.] The leadership in Congress, also, has made it clear that the homeowner and middle class has to be included or it’s not going to pass. The leadership, however,  isn’t in a real strong position. If they don’t pass some bill, even an interim bill, then they will be blamed for a possible meltdown. And the election will go to McCain. If Bush … Continue reading