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

One Week in the Flipping and Flopping and General Cluelessness of John McCain

The USA Today published a useful editorial on Friday recapping McCain’s “many gyrations” in response to the financial crisis. You know, first the economy is fundamentally strong, then there’s a crisis, then he’s a Reaganite deregulator, then he’s some would-be Teddy Roosevelt reformer. What’s the truth? Well, who knows? But he’s certainly not TR. Throughout his political career, in fact, behind the faux maverick facade and fawning media coverage, McCain has been whatever he’s needed to be at any given time, a shameless, money-grubbing opportunist. If anything, his history, with respect to the economy, has been to cozy up to big-time lobbyists and play quid pro quo with Big Telecom, Big Alcohol, Big Gaming, and any other Big Industry that … Continue reading

The US and The World Looks At Wall Street

Last week I was adamant that the sky wasn’t falling in on us as a result of Wall Street’s instability. I still believe that is true. It is also true, however, that the government has to take quick action, and I mean over the weekend, or we may be in deep bandini. There are so many reports and so many news stories that I’m simply going to list some US and International media links and let you, our reader, select which one’s to read. To write a comprehensive analysis would take a book…and you can bet a bunch are already started. McCain, Obama spar over Wall Street crisis [The Hill] Video:Obama Calls For Help On ‘Main Street’ [AP] Meltdown Puts … Continue reading

Landrieu Smackdown Of Opponent: A Classic

This one speaks for itself. While Mary Landrieu is no favorite of many ‘progressives’, she’s the Democrat we can get elected in the simply nutty political system of Louisiana. I love this attack ad just released. Good for her. She’s not only holding her own in that crazy Republican state she’s once again winning.

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton Discuss Women’s Issues

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton sat down together for a web cast with questions from women on the issues that are most important to them. Watch the video here: As a single mother and a small business owner, I have to say they addressed a lot of issues that important to me, including health care, social security, choice and equal pay. And, speaking of women’s issues, Big Ten Battleground Poll, a public opinion survey of Midwest voters, shows that “Obama has an advantage among women in the region, including double-digit leads over McCain in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We need to keep that advantage and make sure it spreads through out the country. [Originally posted at]

Ten Post Round-Up: Aargh! Edition

I totally slipped up not posting, yesterday.  I had to get a new phone and my dealer hooked me up with the lastest form of crack, also known as the Blackberry (Curve, flavored).  I just want to thank John McCain for making that possible. I started researchin’ for today’s Ten Post Round-Up and I had this whole “opposite day” theme planned. Then, I realized that today be “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” and decided that I would run with t’ pirate theme instead and save t’ “opposite day” theme for some other day that I will likely forget in t’ future. In keepin’ with today’s theme, I humbly offer you Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline: Pirates of … Continue reading

The Lying Game

John McCain has been exposed. He is now seen as the candidate “less likely to bring change” and members of the media are, one by one calling him out on his lies: McCain’s lies have ranged from the annoying to the sleazy, and the problem is in both degree and kind. His campaign has been a ceaseless assault on his opponent’s character and policies, featuring a consistent—and witting—disdain for the truth. Even after 38 million Americans heard Obama say in his speech at the Democratic National Convention that he was open to offshore oil-drilling and building new nuclear-power plants, McCain flatly said in his acceptance speech that Obama opposed both. Normal political practice would be for McCain to say, “Obama … Continue reading