Friday, October 31, 2008

Insta-O.L.E.

Here's a quick slurry post with a spattering of random political news articles.

An Iraq War Veteran's impassioned support of John McCain for President in a video entitled "Dear Mr. Obama" has swept the nation as one of most viewed YouTube video of the election cycle, with over 11 million views. Watch it, it's very interesting to see.

If average guy Joe Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe the Plumber, decides he wants to run for Congress, which he's hinted at on the Laura Inghram show, there's already a support group out there. A group has already propped up ready to draft him for Congress. It may be interesting to see an average guy in Congress with little to no political experience, especially one who just seems to say it like it is and is willing to play devil's advocate. The best part about the site is their banner graphic...it says, "Plunge Congress."

According to a new AP poll, 1 in 7 voters are still ready to change their mind. This weekend really is the home stretch of the campaign and could completely revamp the polling depending on what happens. If McCain does well enough, he could close the gap -- if Obama becomes a better closer than he was in the primaries, he could turn it into a blowout. What's even more interesting, is that 40% of these voters...were former Clinton supporters. Mind you, this was a poll of 1040 people...but, still an interesting trend.

Bill Clinton recently said the following about Obama, "...I know what else he said to his economic advisers [during the crisis]...He said, 'Tell me what the right thing to do is. What's the right thing for America? Don't tell me what's popular. You tell me what's right -- I'll figure out how to sell it.'" I understand that you need to discuss situations with your advisors to come up with the best idea, but to say, "...I'll figure out how to sell it..." just comes across as cold to me. It makes him come across as less genuine.

A former speechwriter for Clinton, Edwards, and later Obama has now come out against Obama for President. The kicker for her was the Obama campaign’s treatment of Governor Palin and their treatment of Joe Wurzelbacher. Here’s a quote:
The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber”...The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations...Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was no outrage over “Bros before Hoes” or “Iron My Shirt.” Did Senator Clinton make mistakes? Of course. She’s human.

But here we are about a week out and it’s déjà vu all over again. Really, front-page
news is how the Republican National Committee paid for Governor Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Where’s the op-ed about how Obama tucks in his shirt when he plays basketball or how Senator Biden buttons the top button on his golf shirt?

UCLA Economists have calculated that FDR’s economic policies prolonged the Great Depression by nearly 7 years. The kicker of their study was the closing statement of this article --

"The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes…Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened."
- Professor Harold L. Cole

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