The Auto Bailout is On

Friday, December 12, 2008

Now that that GOP has killed the auto bailout in Congress, what will happen?

The automakers will get their money.

Bush will order Paulson to use TARP (or an emergency measure will pass in the Senate.) It is a certainty.

The GOP is stupid, but they’re not suicidal. They’re going to realize that letting General Motors go bankrupt in this economy, just before Christmas, will damn them through 2012, at least. It would be, as Cheney warned, “Herbert Hoover” time for the Republicans.

Thinking about it, it could just be a bit of gamesmanship here. Bush will cover (pun intended) Congress with the TARP money, and the Republicans can still look like principled fiscal conservatives. Bush was never a true believer, they’ll say (despite the fact that they went along with everything).

At any rate, don’t bet against the bailout. It’s a done deal.


Georgia Unprepared for Voter Turnout

Friday, October 31, 2008

Naturally, the GOP Secretary of State has refused to extend voting hours in the hopes of waiting out voters. Disgraceful.

Just look at this video. No one should have to wait this long to vote. The GOP’s suppression efforts are undemocratic and un-American.

Is it any wonder they are heading for a historic defeat?

I suggest the Georgia Bulldogs refuse to play this Saturday in protest.


Charlie Crist Stands Up for Democracy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

And twists the knife in McCain’s back a little deeper.

So it’s a twofer.

Crist just signed an executive order extending early voting hours in Florida to 12 hours a day (from 8). The move is widely thought to help Democrats.

Either way, bravo to Charlie Crist. This kind of action (imagine helping people vote!) is so rare (from the GOP) that it’s almost shocking. He should be proud of himself for standing up for democracy. From Crist:

As to the perception that more early voting helps Democrats, Crist said: “This is not a political decision. This is a people decision.”

Amen, brother. One step at a time, we’re going to take back our democracy. Crist is earning himself a place at the table.


Socialist Sarah and Uncle McCain

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What are these two talking about?

Alaska is the nearest thing to a socialist state in America. From HuffPo:

Alaska is more dependent upon government spending and subsidies than any state in the Union. This includes the vast federal government subsidies, as well as the state government spending. According to the State of Alaska Legislative Finance Division’s own “Fiscal Summary,” Palin’s state budget request for fiscal year 2009 was $12,680 per person.

This is a state that “redistributes” the heavy taxes levied against oil companies to the masses. It’s why Sarah Palin is so popular there. She squeezed the oil companies to better “spread the wealth!”

And McCain is, no surprise, talking out of both sides of his mouth. One moment, he’s trying to claim Obama is a socialist because he wants to cut taxes for the middle class and the next he’s talking about the government buying up people’s bad mortgages. Does this crazy, say-anything hypocrisy not register on the viewers of Fox News and the National Review Online?

Apparently not.

William F. Buckley must be rolling over in his grave.


Palin 2012

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Please, please, please, please.

Please.


TR on Palin and the GOP

Monday, October 27, 2008

Teddy Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris channels the great man himself in the NY Times today. On Palin:

Q. Talking of foreign policy, what do you think of Mr. McCain’s choice of a female running mate?

A. Times have changed (sigh). It is entirely inexcusable, however, to try to combine the unready hand with the unbridled tongue.

And:

Q. One last question, Colonel. If you were campaigning now, would you still call yourself a Republican?

A. (after a long pause) No.

The “interview” is entirely made of direct quotes from TR. Good stuff, I thought.


Bush Wagging the Dog?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

You knew the administration that always puts politics above policy would do something, right?

So are over the border (from Iraq) helicopter attacks on Syria their October surprise?

How could anyone trust Bush on this?