25.9.08

Quote of the Day

"COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more, and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?"

"PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it’s got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade — we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation."

I think calling her response 'incoherent' is probably about as kind as I can be. Seriously. Three weeks of intense study with a spread of PR, policy wonks, and fellow politicos and the best she can do is babble word salad. "Why do you want to help the banks?" must have been a question she would have been prepped for? Right?

Sarah Palin has morphed from Governor of Alaska, super-hockey-Mom of five, hot librarian MILF, into a completely hollow android whose poor positronic brains sparks and sizzles when asked to compute Pi to the last digit.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,its your old friend, Nat, from JP. I recenly finished reading "The Irrational Atheist" by one Vox Day. The book provides a list of 52 Atheistic mass murderers from the twentieth century alone. Each was was responsible for at least 20,000 murders. Every case is documented in the history books. I already knew that the biggest mass murderers, Stalin and Mao, were atheists, but I had no idea there were that many. You guys are scary.

badrabbi said...

Cameron;

I got the exact same email from Nat on my (neglected) blog.

I have to say, as hard as it is for me given that I have been a Republican, and given that I did like Sarah, that the campaign has been a disgrace for the Republican side, and Sarah has proven herself to be a bit of an incompetent.

badrabbi said...

Cameron: Here's my shortlist for why Obama is better than McCain;

- Foreign Policy: Obama correctly voted no to go to war in Iraq,

Bad: Cameron, this too is what I thought because the media made it sound this way. However, please note that Obama did not enter the Senate until long after the Iraq war had begun. That is to say, he never voted one way or the other for the war as he was not a Senator at that time!

Cam: ...sees Iraq as a drain on US blood and treasury,

Bad: Correct. I too have been against the war. But once again, as the Cypriot saying goes, 'a fool throws a coin into an ocean and a thousand wise men can not get it out!". The war is in progress and an end to it must be done wisely and not rashly. On this, I do not think Obama and McCain disagree.

Cam: ...and has correctly identified Afghanistan as the correct means place for US effort (to prevent another failed state).

Bad: That is correct; you, I, Obama, and McCain all agree on this.

Cam: McCain sang 'bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' to the Neocon faithful.

Bad: I have heard this but I do not know the circumstances of this singing. I agree that this is unbecoming of McCain.

Cam: Obama gets an A+, McCain gets an 'F'

Bad: Obama must be your favorite student. You are showing favoratism!

Cam: - Foreign Diplomacy: Obama believes in the utility of talking with ones enemies, McCain does not. To be fair to McCain his base won't let him soften his position to anything like reality, but it isn't clear from his statements that he even recognizes what reality is.

Bad: This is a non-issue. This issue of talking with Iran with or without pre-conditions is a red herring. Who cares whether there are conditions for a talk or not. Next I know, they will debate about the color of the furniture at the place of the conversation! To be fair, McCain and his supporters have made a big deal about this and I think it is stupid. Nations should talk to one another if they believe that there is a realistic chance of the talk being productive. While I agree with you, Cameron, that Obama gets this 'issue', I do not think this is at all a major point.

Cam: Obama in contrast had to tack against the wind of public opinion by articulating a position of pro-dimplomacy with enemy regimes.

Bad: Again, I do not think that the public know or care one way or another how a national leader comes to correspond with another. This is a false issue thrust upon us.

Cam: That said, his position could have been better argued. Obama A, McCain D+

Bad: Again, I give Obama good marks on this issue but the issue is so minor that it should not be included in the test.

Cam: - The US Economy: Obama's tax cuts for the middle class (which should stimulate spending and hopefully ameliorate what is likely a dreadful recession)

Bad: Cam, I have searched for a coherent tax policy that Obama has put forward. The best I have come to understand is the following:

1. Obama will raise taxes on people making 250K and over. How much he will increase the taxes, I do not know.

2. Obama will give people making less than 100K (?) a tax cut. I am not certain whether this is true, though, as I am not sure what Obama's definition of 'middle class is'

3. Obama will allow the Bush tax cuts of 2001 expire.

Now the problem with point 2 and 3 are that they are mutually exclusive. If you allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, then the following will happen:
- The so-called 'marriage penalty' that was eliminated, will be reinstated. Thus, a married couple will once again pay more taxes than two individuals.Will this be good for the middle class?
- The 'child tax credit' which was increased by $1000 will once again be lowered. Thus, families with children will pay more taxes. These are families both rich and poor.
- The 'rich' tax bracket, that is for those making more than 350K will once again be raised from 35% to 40%. Ok, Obama likes to tax the rich, but look what else will happen....
- The current 33% bracket will be raised to 36%. These are upper middle class folks.
- The middle class, currently paying 15% will be raised to 28%. This, Cameron, is hardly a tax break! On the contrary, this represents an almost doubling of taxes on the middle class.
- The lower middle class and the poor, who are currently at 10% bracket, will have to pay 15%. Again, this is not a tax break.

- Finally, capital gains taxes, which had been reduced to 15%, will once again be raised. Obama has indicated that he wants to raise them to become equal to income taxes, which for the highest tax bracket will be 40%. This is hardly an amelioration that you are seeking.

Cam:... is manifestly more intelligent than McCain's desire to permanently install the Bush tax cuts for the top 1%.

Bad: This is patently false. The Bush tax cuts are ACROSS THE BOARD.

Cam: Further, while Obama isn't exactly John Kenneth Galbraith when it comes to economics, McCain is a professed ignoramus. Obama B, McCain D.

Bad: I do not know about this. I suggest that Obama has no track record from which one can judge his acumen. You have given him a B without even conducting a test. A student walks into the classroom with a strident walk, smiling and confident, and you say 'that's good enough for me, I give you a B'!


Cam: - Supreme Court Justices: Obama wants to promote someone in the mold of David Souter. He could have picked one of the more liberal justices (Ginsburg) as his template and I would have been OK, but Souter is a conservative (in the old sense of the word) appointed by Bush Sr., who is nevertheless not an ideologue and more importantly a staunch defender of the constitution. McCain is in the pocket of Dobson et al. for his pick, so you can expect another whack job fire-breathing type ala Scalia. Obama A+, McCain F.

Bad: Cam, I disagree. Seuter was a stealth candidate, professing his conservatism, and has surprised in his liberal leanings. Scalia is a conservative.

It is simple really. If you elect Obama, you will get a left leaning candidate. If you elect McCain, you will get a right leaning candidate. This is a matter of ideology. There should not be any grades given for this.

Cam: As for you criticism of Obama as a populist, I too share your suspicion of anyone who carries so much charisma that they evoke powerful emotional responses. I didn't like Reagan for precisely this effect (and it turns out for good reason).

Bad: Agreed. I don't much like Messiah for President.

Cam: But whenever I review the things that matter to me in a US President, I realize that Obama has them in spades.

Bad: Again, this is your bias talking. The fact is, we have no way of judging Obama other than his words.

Cam: Once upon a time I liked McCain, but with his pick of Sarah Palin to be his VP I think he demonstrated two significant things;

1. He does not actually have the best interests of the American people at heart. If he did he wouldn't have placed such an ill-informed empty suit so close to the Presidency, and...

Bad: Cam I agree. Initially I liked her and thought that she was a sincere and smart. Her speech at the convention was outstanding. Her record as put forward was similarly good. As I got to know her through the media and her interviews, I came to understand that she is not ready for presidency.


2. He does not possess the temperament or judgement necessary to be President. The single most important decision he can make as a candidate is his running mate, and by allowing his advisors to bully him into taking someone he didn't even know over a roster of excellent candidates (Lieberman, Hutchinson, Ridge, etc.) that he did know, shows that he isn't commander in chief material.

Bad: I agree with you on this point.

Cam: Best of luck voting next week BR! Vote Well and Vote Often!

Bad: Ok, a few points: I must say that over the past few weeks, McCain has proven himself a disappointment. He has sold out his core beliefs and has morphed into something unrecognizable. I suspect that he has allowed this to happen because his handlers have told him to do so. This is to his shame. Also, his choice of Sarah is disappointing, especially since I initially did like her.
But I am not ready to allow a man to run our country about whom I know next to nothing. Yes he talks a good game but I do not know who he is or what he has done. He is an unknown. I am suspicious of the sources of the enormous monies he has raised and it makes me uncomfortable.

I would suggest that he might make a good president in 4-8 years. By then, we would know a thing or two about him, about his stances and about his voting record. What, after all, is the hurry? He is 40 something years old. Let us vet him a bit more.

I write all this knowing full well that his election is a foregone conclusion. I do not mourn this event as he may well turn out to be a good president. Who knows? But let it be known that Obama continues to remain an unknown. Let it be known also that McCain has run an atrocious campaign and when he loses the fault will be his own.