President Obama

January 20, 2009

Congratulations to our new President, Barack Obama, on the day of his inauguration. It is indeed a momentous event and I wish him the best as he begins his Presidency.


No on the auto bailout

December 11, 2008

The auto bailout seems like a staggeringly bad idea to me. Sure, compared to the size of the bank bailout it’s not that large, but $14 billion still amounts to a lot of money (enough to buy a $30,000 car for every member of the United Auto Workers union, for example) and of course it is only the beginning.

The fact that Congress seems to want to use this opportunity to force car companies to adopt high fuel efficiency standards and impose a political agenda on the manufacturers via a “car czar” makes the idea even worse, since we are likely to get car companies that continue to limp along making cars that no one wants and that take actions not to improve their market viability but to please political considerations in Washington.

A much better idea, as painful as it may be, would be to let the car companies fail and see what replaces them. Many of the workers may be hired by foreign auto makers with plants in the United States. New car companies may even spring up with new blood and new ideas. The auto bailout merely preserves an unworkable status quo while adding layers of bureaucracy that will confuse the purpose of any auto maker: to make cars that people will buy.


December 11, 2008

It would not surprise me at all if our governor is a crook, as has been alleged, but I sincerely hope that President-Elect Obama has not been involved in any of this. Our nation does not need this type of corruption scandal right now at the Presidential level. That said, of course there should be an investigation and justice should win out, because if there is one thing we need less right now than the perception of corruption it would be actual corruption in an administration that is poised to make sweeping policy changes in response to an economic crisis.


November 4, 2008

Congratulations to President-Elect Barack Obama and his supporters on his victory.

I tried to vote

November 4, 2008

I just went to my polling place and found that I could not cast a normal ballot because the system had me listed as having early voted. Since I know I didn’t vote yet, I find this somewhat disconcerting.


October 6, 2008


Unlike John McCain and others, I am not all that interested in limiting the amount of money that individuals may contribute to political campaigns and the ways in which they may demonstrate their support. However, I am in favor of transparency in political donations, which makes this story about the Obama campaign’s lack of disclosure somewhat disappointing. I understand that Obama has attracted so much money from so many sources that it would be an almost impossible task to monitor them all, but the least the campaign could do is release the complete donor list so that contributions like those of Mr. Good Will and Mr. Doodad Pro can be identified and returned if appropriate.

This is some strange definition of “overwhelming” with which I am not familiar (via Instapundit).

What Just Happened?

October 4, 2008

We’ve seen some very cool advertising this political season. Here’s a stylish one from the Republicans on the financial mess: What Just Happened?

Ad in an elevator

October 4, 2008

Text apparently reads: “Take action. Love your heart.”

Posted by directdaily (via Neatorama).

SNL Tonight – VP Debate

October 4, 2008

Assuming that Saturday Night Live will be spoofing the VP debate on tonight’s program, here is my suggested take: Palin answering every question with a rambling non-sequiter; Biden giving straightforward, clear answers that are completely wrong. For example:

Ifill: With the financial crisis on Wall Street and global economic uncertainty, middle class Americans are facing difficult times. What policies would you pursue to restore confidence in the American economy?

Biden: You know, Gwen, whenever I’m in Wilmington, I always go to the local Burger King and order a Big Mac and a Frosty and talk to the people, and I can tell you they’re hurting. Gwen, I remember watching Teddy Roosevelt address the nation during the Depression and tell us to ask not what our country could do for us, but how we could put a chicken in every pot, and that’s what a Biden/Obama administration would do for America.

Ifill: Governor?

Palin: I think the American people are the best, most productive and also the fundamentals of the economy are strong with the focus on John McCain’s history of cutting taxes and, as a Maverick, his success in bringing the parties together to help America succeed also. But, Gwen, I actually want to answer a different question…

Ifill: Of course you do.

Palin: …and the answer to that question is… “Live from New York…”

Well, you know where it goes from there.

UPDATE: SNL nailed the VP debate out of the park on the show tonight, in my opinion. I also really liked the bailout press conference sketch. This was one of the more enjoyable SNLs I’ve seen recently. Their political humor has been spot on and pretty evenhanded.

I thought both candidates did well in the much-hyped vice-presidential debate last night. Neither had any major stumbles that attracted much attention and both stuck pretty well to their scripts. Palin bounced back well from her uninspiring interview with Couric to show herself able to engage in debate with a Senate veteran and Biden came across as personable in style and reasoned in his arguments. I think Palin was on message more often, but Biden made the better rhetorical points.

In fact, I would have said that Biden won the debate on points if it hadn’t been for his stunningly incorrect answer on Ifill’s question regarding the role of the Vice President in our Constitution. Biden claimed that the Vice President is in the Executive branch because discussion of the VP appears in Article I. There are two problems with that:

1. Contrary to Biden’s assertions, Article I does not deal with the Executive branch (it deals with the Legislative branch);

2. the Vice President does not appear under Article I alone (the Vice President appears in both Article I, which identifies his role as the President of the Senate, and Article II, which deals with the VP’s election and role in taking over the Presidency if necessary).

For a man who has spent over half his life in the legislative branch
(that’s nearly one-sixth of the life of the country since the adoption of the
Constitution), to get these facts wrong but state them with such certainty is a huge error.

I find it hard to believe that Senator Biden was completely unaware of the role of the Vice Presidency in the Constitution, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that he was just tired and not thinking clearly at the end of a very long debate. Fortunately, Biden showed a lot of good humor and a willingness to engage in self-deprecation during the debate last night, so I would suggest that Biden put out a brief statement of apology to all high school government teachers for misleading their charges and publicly correct his statement as to the proper role of the Vice President in American democracy.

At Gene Expression

From YesButNoButYes:

…on Sunday at least 35 religious leaders from churches across the country will give sermons officially endorsing a Presidential candidate.

“Pastors will tell their congregations which presidential candidate they should vote for, according to the Scriptures. These endorsements represent a direct challenge to federal tax law, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from engaging in partisan political activity.”

What do you think? Good idea or bad?

And, for comparison

September 27, 2008

How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Take the quiz at

Actually, both of these place me fairly accurately. I’m a small government conservative who cares a great deal about protecting individual rights and promoting social justice (both links via Miss Celenia).

How to Win a Fight With a Liberal is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Conservative Identity:

You are an Anti-government Gunslinger, also known as a libertarian conservative. You believe in smaller government, states’ rights, gun rights, and that, as Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

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Look Who’s Irrational Now

September 26, 2008

An interesting article about who is more likely to believe in pseudoscience and the paranormal.

“Of course we don’t like it when the Russian president or Russian
generals threaten us with nuclear annihilation. It is not a friendly
thing to do, and we have asked them to do it no more than once a month.”

Legal Immigration Flowchart

September 24, 2008

From reason (via Boing Boing)

Bumper Stickers

September 23, 2008

Obama bumper stickers for every state.


September 23, 2008

For anyone following the U.S. Presidential Election, is an excellent resource.

Tony Blair on the Daily Show

September 22, 2008

Last Thursday, Jon Stewart had Tony Blair on the Daily Show. I found it very interesting to watch Stewart try to spar with Blair on the Iraq War and President Bush.


September 21, 2008

Daniel Gross: “More Subprime Loans, Now! Why the world needs cheap loans at insanely high interest rates” (via Instapundit). Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus gets a mention.

Electoral Map

September 20, 2008

Real Clear Politics has an electoral map and lists the ten toss up states that may decide the election (via QandO).

Are we fighting a holy war?

September 19, 2008

An effective response to Charlie Gibson’s question for Sarah Palin.