The ACTUAL State of the Bailout

ProPublica, a great independent website that helps cut through all the political spin, has a Bailout Tracker, which follows the flows of funds from the bailout.  Here’s their latest summary: The Bailout Scorecard Last update: Aug. 29, 2012 Altogether, accounting for both the TARP and the Fannie and Freddie bailout, $604 billion has gone out […]

Getting Ready for November

Miss me? Some good quotes to ponder as we prepare for the November election. Sentient beings, take note. Repubs, you should pay attention too. “Those who are willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security.” – Benjamin Franklin   “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.” - Thomas Jefferson   “To stand in […]

What (and Who) is Missing from RNC 2012

Is it me, or has the cast of characters really changed in the GOP at the convention this year?  Also, what about the subjects that have been the keystones of Republican focus for over a decade?  Listening to the speeches last night, I was more struck by what is not being said and who is […]

The Southern Strategy Lives

The Romney campaign has decided they aren’t moving the needle far enough and fast enough with economic issues, plus they can’t overcome the fact that people just don’t like Mitt Romney, so it’s time to pull out the old Republican tried and true–the president is near. “Having survived a summer of attacks but still trailing […]

Breaking News: Romney’s a White Guy!

Mitt Romney thinks he made a funny with his “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate” line in Michigan yesterday: “In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday, Mitt Romney played down the remarks he made about President Obama’s origins, arguing that they amounted to a joke and not […]

Akin Keeps Digging

After refusing to withdraw from the Senate race in Missouri yesterday, Rep. Todd Akin went on Mike Huckabee’s radio show in an attempt to clarify his remarks about “legitimate rape.” As could be expected, Akin pulled out his trusty shovel and kept digging: “You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of […]

“Trickle-Down Snake Oil”

President Obama yesterday in New Hampshire: <br /> “They have been trying to sell this trickle-down snake oil before. It did not work then. It will not work now. It’s not a plan to create jobs. It will not reduce the deficit. It will not move the economy forward. It’s the wrong direction for America.” […]

A One-Man Death Panel

The headline at The Hill reads “Ryan saves boldest plan for Medicaid.” I think the word they’re looking for is cruelest, not boldest.: “Medicare is not the only entitlement Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has big plans to reform. Its sister program, Medicaid, would lose about three-quarters of its federal funding by 2050 under proposals from […]