Thursday, January 29, 2009
Okay ... so "bipartisanship" means not an exchange of ideas from both parties, or a chance to vote on proposals from both parties, but Democratic agreement on approving the GOP agenda? Good luck with that.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, a former federal prosecutor and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a floor speech, “As the President looks forward and charts a new course, must someone not also look back, to take an accounting of where we are, what was done, and what must now be repaired.”
There's a lot of sentiment to just let this all slide. This is, in my opinion, the absolute worst thing we can do. I'm not one of the big 'tough on criminals' crowd, but if government officials break the law and go unpunished, it damages all of us and sets a precedent for future government officials to do the same.
Some elected reps may be less than enthusiastic for the investigation as they signed off on or just turned a blind eye to the crimes committed in our name. Well, tough shit. Elections have consequences and so to the actions of elected officials; if they acquiesced out of fear or apathy, then they should be exposed and suffer the consequences. We don't elect them to take the safe path, we elect them to do the right thing; when they don't, they should be publicly pilloried and take the consequences (of which they've speaking much lately, in another context!)
As the saying goes "sunlight is the best disinfectant." A wound uncleaned and untreated will fester and corrupt (see the Republicans since the Nixon and Reagan gangs went unpunished). Sometimes sunlight works best, sometimes 10-30 at Leavenworth works too.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Bush wasn't just a Republican president, he was the Republican president. Bush was the guy who took everything on the GOP platform seriously. He went to bat for every idea that ever got the official elephant nuts seal of approval. The record that resulted isn't just a measure of Bush's incompetence, it's a measure of just how bad Republican ideas are in practice.
Republican insistence that the market could be self regulating wrecked the market... as it has every time it's been tried.
Republican insistence that rewarding folks who already had loads of cash was the best way to spark the economy failed to make things better for the average American and widened the gap between rich and poor... as it has every time it's been tried.
Republican insistence that giving the oil companies billions would result in a burst of domestic production failed... as it has every time it's been tried.
Republican insistence that the market alone would position us for our energy future left us more vulnerable to those who control overseas oil resources... as it has every time it's been tried.
Of course, there are plenty of other numbers to track. Illegal signing statements. Violations of the Constitution. Americans and non-Americans killed in an unnecessary war....
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The prisoners in Guantanamo are a problem for which I have no easy, pat answers. A large number of them, apparently, have no business being there, and should, in all fairness, be released. Of the remainder, a large number can NOT be tried in any legitimate tribunal, due to government malfeasance, not to mention torture. The remainder probably can and should be tried and sentenced. They are the easy ones to deal with.
The first two groups are problematic. Can we just let them go. Of the first group, there's probably (probably is a key word in all this due to the outrageous treatment of them by the Bush administration clouding so many issues) no major threat. A few of them may be radicalized into action against us, but a few more or less in the sea of enemies won't be noticed. The second group is the most troubling. We can't try them, and we can't safely release them. Yet, we must do one or the other. So where do we go? This will be one of the key questions, and problems, for the nascent administration.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Now, it's true that a serious investigation of Bush-era abuses would make Washington an uncomfortable place, both for those who abused power and those who acted as their enablers or apologists. And these people have a lot of friends. But the price of protecting their comfort would be high: If we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we'll guarantee that they will happen again.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Update: Minor humor update (barring any catastrophic news)... CNBC is going on about how the Airbus 'might' have had Rolls Royce engines... no mention that it 'might' have had GE engines cuz Daddy don't do no wrong......
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
(Cross posted at Precise Walk)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The U.S. recession will last two full years, with gross domestic product falling a cumulative 5%, said Nouriel Roubini, chairman of RGE Monitor. Roubini was one of the first economists to predict the recession and the credit crunch stemming from the housing bubble. For 2009, Roubini predicts GDP will fall 3.4%, with declines in every quarter of the year. The unemployment rate should peak at about 9% in early 2010, he said.
Thanks to Chris at Americablog for pointing this out. Ouch!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
But on the Burris thing, she's basically right. The whole 'lock him out' thing has been a stupid waste of time, energy, and effort, and just makes Harry Reid look stupid and not in control of his house (not that he needs much help with that!)
They're going to end up having to seat him so why not just do it and get it over with. We have bigger fish to fry (the Franken seating for one) and this just distracts us and the Senate from more important things, to no benefit.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Wish me luck! :)
Monday, January 05, 2009
The Repugs are not, ever, never never never never(hold your breath till you turn blue), going to support the bailout; at least, not until it's been neutered and watered down to the point of uselessness and turned into a giant corporate taxcut program. So, why even bother to try??
Get the bills out, straighten out TARP, and if the Repugs obstruct (and if they do, make them actually stand on the floor and filibuster, none of this 'we're gonna...' shit that we've put up with the last two years. If all else fails, just spend the money; it's what Bu$hCo's been doing, so it MUST be legal! Right??