The morning after the President’s speech at the Democratic National Convention showed a drop in the unemployment rate, but fewer than anticipated new hirings. Immediately, the Romney campaign pooh-poohed the report as yet another sign the President’s plan wasn’t working. When it comes to reducing headcount, the Quarter Billion Dollar Man From Bain is the Jedi Master.… [Read more]
Even when you know the story by heart, where the villains are classic WWF-styled heels and the good guys are us, thank Christ, and not them, a political convention is compelling stuff. Talking heads babble and party flacks coo about how only their gang really ‘gets’ the American people. It is a riveting event, like a train wreck in slow motion, or a fat guy falling over the third base railing trying to snag a foul ball and keep his beer from spilling.… [Read more]
In the midst of the gloom expressed over the continued moribund state of the American economy, it heartened yer obedient scribe to see that even a 76 year old, life appointed US Supreme Court justice can rock his inner capitalist and push publishing royalties with the best of them. Hollywood celeb tell-alls, the Harry Potter franchise, Da Vinci Code hilarity, and (forthcoming) the wit and wisdom of Nancy Grace, certain contender for the world’s thinnest book award – step aside!… [Read more]
We began this week discussing accountability; we were focused on international issues — Pakistan, specifically — but, once again, the nutty GOP — Mitt Romney, specifically — diverted our attention…Oh goodie! Since we’re all about putting the truth out there, we’re glad to see that even the mainstream media is catching on to the notion that the most phony candidate this side of Mars doesn’t want to be held accountable for where he worked and/or where his
loot money is stashed.… [Read more]
The 2012 presidential election is just around the corner, and it appears the two contending parties are gearing up for a knife fight. With Democrats now treading down a slightly more dirty route with privacy-breaching campaign tracking of Republicans (a tactic that would strangely seem right out of the Republican playbook), and the Romney camp out-fundraising Obama, its obvious that someone’s blood will be spilt.… [Read more]
Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s “lemme see your papers” doctrine; such laws are completely constitutional, and, furthermore, illegal aliens are guaranteed precisely zero protections under the U.S. constitution. Also, we need to keep American jobs for Americans and Mexicans are a drain on our already-burdened social welfare system.… [Read more]
I’m not an economist. And neither are the politicians who keep referring to ‘the economy‘ as some kind of divine justification for all their political machinations.
Mitt Romney says President Obama’s remarks that “the private sector is doing fine” prove how out of touch the President is with the American people. This from the man reportedly worth $250 million.… [Read more]
Living in one of Americas most expensive cities, and hailing from an expensive city overseas, has often made me wonder what it would be like to live somewhere with a significantly lower cost of living. I’m sure that neither the salaries nor the perks of living in NYC would be quite what I’d want them to be.… [Read more]
The April jobs report came out today and by the grumblings and groans heard out of John Boehner’s tanning room, you would think the economy lost over 115K jobs instead of gained. I’ll admit I’m no great economist but I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around positive job growth being a bad thing.
When the January and February job reports were released, the Right had a problem.… [Read more]
7,700,000 American seniors living in poverty 16,200,000 American children living in poverty 21,600,000 Americans living in poverty 45,800,000 Americans receiving food stamps 49,900,000 Americans with no health insurance 12,580,000 unemployed Americans 14,000 Americans controlling 40% of America’s wealth
To the above, fold in Paul Ryan’s budget, cuts to Medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, welfare and Social Security benefits.… [Read more]
You’ve been having some problems with the ladies lately, haven’t you? Your current favorability rating among us is 14 points lower than the President’s. You tell us we need to work, even if we can’t afford childcare costs, yet you say we should stay at home to rear our children. You were pro-choice back when it was cool but now it’s hip to be anti-abortion.… [Read more]
Recently Mitt Romney‘s own communication director, Eric Fehrnstrom, had an unintentionally candid moment that lead to full disclosure. Political comedian, John Fugelsang, who is part of Stephanie Miller’s hilarious Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour was a guest contributor on CNN and asked Fehrnstrom “Is there a concern that the pressure from Gingrich and Santorum might force the Governor to tack so far to the right that it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?”, to which Fehrnstrom replied “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign.… [Read more]
I’m not one who finds it especially comforting to look on the bright side. A native New Yorker, I’m much more of a glass half empty type of girl, especially when it comes to the slow economic recovery. But if there is one tiny benefit to reduced employment, it’s the time it gives you to clean.… [Read more]
“R” or “D“?
After all of the primaries, debates and caucuses are over, in November the nation’s registered voters will pull a lever
or toss their vote away if it’s via Diebold machines and it comes down to this: vote Republican or vote Democrat.
Much of the time, I don’t care for categories and classifications because, while they have practical applications, they often don’t take nuances into consideration.… [Read more]
One thing that the libertarians are extremely good at is channeling the anger at Democrats for the Republican misdeeds. The methodology is rather simple and this is how it works.
- Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
- Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
OK, by now, you’d have to live in under a rock or have been partying all week in Thailand (I’d prefer the latter) to not have heard Mitt Romney’s latest gaffe, showing him as an elitist who is out of touch with the common man. But, in case you were in Patpong or Soi Cowboy, here it is:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor,” he said.… [Read more]
Mitt Romney has forged a path to victory. He beat his opponents in the GOP Florida primaries by a solid margin
even though many in his party still neither like nor trust him. He immediately laid out his priorities when he said, “While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama.”
Huh?!?… [Read more]
Although we have moved forward by one week, events we discussed this week may make us wonder if we’re going backwards. Here we are in 2012 and we’re revisiting things that took place during the McCarthy era: loyalty oaths that threaten our ability to function as a democracy and ramped-up requirements that threaten trample on voter’s rights.… [Read more]