Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Iraq vs. Bailout: Bush Credibility

What a weird situation with the bailout issue. The Democrats are supporting Bush's bailout (after putting in funds for their causes) while most legislators from the President's party are against the bailout. Here is what is really weird. Remember Bush saying we have to attack Iraq or the sky would fall? Why would we believe him now when he says we must go into debt further by about another trillion dollars or the sky will fall?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Burning down the house: the economic crisis set to music

Check this out. It is from a Republican point of view but very clever. Anyone doing a democratic version?

democrats vs. republicans: whose fault on the bailout?

Both CNN.com and FoxNews.com had articles on the blame game. The House vote for a compromise bailout plan failed 228 -205. CNN reports that about 60% of democrats voted for the bill while only about a third of republicans voted for it, even though both party leaders in the House urged their respective parties to approve it. So, what do the articles say about who is blaming whom? Both articles note Nancy Pelosi's partisan remarks. Here is a quote from CNN:
Pelosi also said the cost of the bailout "is a number that is staggering but tells us only the costs of the Bush administration's failed economic policies -- policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything-goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision and no discipline in the system."
The top republican, John Boehner, said Pelosi's partisan comments alienated some republicans [not very good leadership on Pelosi's part nor did the republicans handle it well]. Barney Frank then blames the republicans for looking for an excuse for not being able to bring in the vote. When in reality I think this was the issue as mentioned briefly in both articles:
Before the vote, many House Republicans expressed opposition to the bill, saying it departed from free-market principles. Republican congressional aides also said calls from constituents were running 10 to 1 against the legislation.
People are angry and they have let their representatives know it.

Money guru Dave Ramsey as an interesting alternative to the bailout; go here.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

DNC vs. RNC: vice presidential candidates

Surprisingly, the Democratic National Committee gives very little mention of Sarah Palin on their website even though it would seem there is plenty of ammunition they could use. Using the search function on the web site there is only one reference to Palin.

On the other side, the Republican National Committee site hammers Joe Biden. On the home page there is a link to a Joe Biden Gaffe Timeline. Also, on the homepage is a “Biden His Time Clock” which counts the days/hours/minutes/seconds since Sen. Joe Biden was asked to release his earmarks. The site's search function shows 2760 references to Biden.

I wonder why the DNC has not jumped all over Palin?

McCain vs. Obama: debate falsehoods

As usual, FactCheck.org does a nice job of comparing claims made by both candidates that were false. Here is a link to the article:http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_debate_no_1.html.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

conservative vs. liberal: bumper stickers

I've created a slide show in the side bar that alternates conservative and liberal bumper stickers. The liberal ones come from Carry a Big Sticker. The conservative ones are from RightWingStuff at Cafepress.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A reason to vote for McCain?

Not being super thrilled with either major party candidate, I was thinking about the economy and our out of control spending. When the Republicans recently had both the White House and the Congress, spending took off. Supposedly against big government, the power went to their heads and they spent like crazy. Deservedly, many were ousted. What would our spending look like if the Democrats, believing in a stronger central government role, had both the White House and the Congress?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Biden vs. Palin: Prominence on Campaign Pictures

For what it is worth, if you check out the joint Obama/Biden campaign pictures on the official campaign web site, you see that Biden is usually in the background a bit (except for one style of campaign button). Always, when their names are in print in any item in their store, Biden's is in a smaller font. [By the way, is Obama getting more grey hair? Or is this photo below - header of the campaign web site - meant to look that way to give him the appearnace of more experience?]

Palin enjoys a little more prominence in campaign buttons and photos. She is usually pictured alongside McCain or at least a similar size photo. For store items, her name is usually in the same font size (with the excpetion of one lapel pin).

McCain vs. Obama: Who's Lying?

Instead of "lying" I could use words like misrepresenting, stretching the truth, exaggerating, etc. But those are all words used to soften what is, in fact, lying. So, who is lying? According to factcheck.org, both are. Here are just a few recent examples given on factcheck.org:

McCain's lies:

Obama's lies:

I suppose some just dismiss the above as gamesmanship or similarly have the attitude that that is just politics. But, as I see it, this is lying and cheating to try and get an advantage. It's sickening.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CNN vs. Fox: Palin probe

Is CNN.com trying to make the Palin probe look like more of a scandal? Is Fox downplaying it? Here is a screen shot of CNN's home page where Palin has been prominent since yesterday:

Here is Fox's home page with the Palin probe circled in yellow:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

CNN vs. Fox: Rove's comments

Fox News.com: Here is Fox's headline that has Rove faulting both McCain and Obama.

CNN.com: Here is the headline from CNN just picking on McCain (while acknowledging that Rove faulted Obama as well).

[been awhile since I posted because I have been sick and tired of politics. I think Rove is right, both campaigns are distorting the facts]