Monthly Archives: September 2008

Top 10 McCainisms about the Economy

10. The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.

9. I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.

8. I don’t know where you got that quote from. I’m very well versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution.

7. Recession is partly psychological and not inevitable.

6. I still believe our fundamental underpinnings of our economy are strong.

5. I’d like to see a lot of the unnecessary government regulations eliminated.

4. I think the deregulation was probably helpful to growth of our economy

3. I have always been committed to the principle that it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers.

2. Now, my friends, I’ll offer anybody here $50 an hour if you’ll go pick lettuce in Yuma this season and pick for the whole season. …you can’t do it, my friend. (McCain, defending illegal immigration at a labor union meeting)

1. “I understand the economy. I was chairman of the Commerce Committee that oversights every part of our economy.” –ignoring the fact that it is actually the Senate Banking Committee which is responsible for credit, financial services, and housing — the very areas currently in crisis, CNBC interview, Sept. 16, 2008

honorable mention goes to mccain’s former chief economic advisor, phil gramm:

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession….We have sort of become a nation of whiners.”


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The republican BLACK HOLE….

No, not the space between Sarah Palin’s ears, that’s just silly…

I’m referring to the vast energy source that seems to suck all reference from  REPUBLICANS to President George Bush, the worst president in history, or the failed leadership of a republican congress for the first six years of his administration. The great source of power that sucks any mention of  republican failed policies which have lead to economic disaster from the lips of Sean Insanity, Bill O’Righty, or Rush Bimbo as they BLOVIATE about how the damn democrats and of course Bill Clinton are to blame for the mess. How a war, started by republicans, ran by republicans, reversed course by republicans, tanked by republicans, surged by republicans, and still remains in virtual limbo, from republican leadership, will lose if democrats take over.  

It truly is an amazing thing to witness as republicans won’t even acknowledge that the President of the United States is republican.  It’s like they hope no one will notice.  Like the guy who cheats on his wife, gets caught zipping his pants in front of naked woman,  and denies, denies,  denies… If he denies it enough, maybe she’ll believe it didn’t really happen. 

Criminals do this, they swear up and down that they didn’t commit a crime until they believe their own B.S.  

What we see here is a republican party that has literally brought our great nation to its knees and much like Bart Simpson, claim “They didn’t do it”. 

YES YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is your fault republicans. The war is your fault! The economy tanking is your fault. People losing their homes is your fault! Oil companies making obscene profits is your fault! Bin Laden still on the loose is your fault! The nations infrastructure falling apart is your fault! The outrageous deficit is your fault! Russia regaining cold war status is your fault!!! …And you know something else blame Clinton all you want, 911 happened on your watch, own it.

I’m sick and tired of your Rush Bimbo and company’s 30 million dollar spew machines fabricating boldfaced lies, racial attacks, and obscenely inflammatory rhetoric spins blaming the entire fault of your lousy policies on someone other than yourselves. Take responsibility for your actions for a change, stop blaming every else. Americans are tired of your fair and balanced refusal to accept responsibility for setting the country back 25 years, and we are sick of your lies and deceit.

Your candidate for President has proved himself to be a pandering opportunist who thinks the American people are children excited by the mere mention of Mighty Mouse coming to save the day.  Well, here’s a message for the core, Americans have grown up in the last eight years and were tired of being treated like goofs, were not going to take it any more and the first thing were going to do is band together as Americans and stick all of you in the black hole you’ve so righteously created. 

D.G Allen.


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there’s plenty of blame to go around, but only one man said that he would deliver the bailout package:

john mccain.

before the bailout his campaign had said:

“[T]his bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain. … But, you know, this is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain.” — Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, 9/29/08

“Earlier in the week, when Senator McCain came back to Washington, there had been no deal reached. … What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all the parties to the table, including the House Republicans.” — Senior adviser Steve Schmidt, 9/28/08

“But here are the facts, and I’m not overselling anything. The fact is that the House Republicans were not in the mix at all. John didn’t phone this one in. He came and actually did something. … You can’t phone something like this in. Thank God John came back.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 9/28/08

“Before John McCain suspended his campaign yesterday, the situation that we’re looking at today looked very different then. After he showed leadership and called for bipartisanship, for us to partisanship aside and tackle this solution head on, here we are.” — Spokesman Tucker Bounds, 9/25/08

needless to say, john mccain failed to deliver. pelosi, despite all of her flaws and despite being one of the worst leaders ever, actually delivered her end of the bargain: she managed to get 60% of democrats to vote in favor of the bill.

john mccain failed to get his own party to fulfill his wishes.  his heroic effort to suspend the campaign, cancel his appearance on david letterman , and push himself into every possible photo-op turned out to be an abysmal failure.

the simple fact is that john mccain did not deliver.

well maybe there’s a silver lining to this. as atrios at eschaton writes:

“Obviously Sarah Palin needs to skip Thursday’s debate so she can go to Washington and negotiate a deal.”

yes, please save us johnny.

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Shhh…don’t say that out loud

remember in the debates when mccain chastized obama for saying that he’d launch strikes in pakistan?

well here’s mccain and palin trying to excuse her same exact statement:

“We had a great discussion with President Zardari as we talked about what it is that America can and should be doing together to make sure that the terrorists do not cross borders and do not ultimately put themselves in a position of attacking America again or her allies,” said Palin. “And we will do what we have to do to secure the United States of America and her allies.”

“Is that something you shouldn’t say out loud, Sen. McCain?” asked Couric.

“Of course not,” replied McCain. “But, look, I understand this day and age of ‘gotcha’ journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn’t hear … the question very well, you don’t know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don’t announce that you’re going to attack another country …”

“Are you sorry you said it?” questioned Couric.

“… and the fact …” trailed McCain.

“Governor?” asked Couric.

“Wait a minute,” interrupted McCain. “Before you say, ‘is she sorry she said it,’ this was a ‘gotcha’ sound bite that, look …

“It wasn’t a ‘gotcha,'” said Couric. “She was talking to a voter.”

watch the clip here.

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Still worth it?

well no, i don’t think the $558 billion we spent on the war could’ve been better spent in this country.
why do you ask?

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Palin vs Russia

“You know, the experience that she comes from is, what she has done in government — and remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.” – cindy mccain (8/31/08)

“Alaska is right next to Russia. She understands that. Look, Sen. Obama’s never visited south of our border. I mean, please.” ~ john mccain (9/3/08)

“… it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.” ~ sarah palin (9/25/08)

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McCain’s Entitlement: The Presidency

What the last 2 weeks should have taught the American people about John McCain is that an attitude of entitlement as emerged from his campaign. Beginning with his declaration that “the economy is fundamentally strong,” to his self appointed position as “messianic overseer” of the congressional economic bailout, to his flippant disregard for the importance of the presidential debates, McCain believes he should be anointed and not elected president.

As Dick Morris, a avid contributor to Fox News and a frequent guest on the Bill O’Reilly show pointed out last week (paraphrased) “McCain sees himself has a knight on a white horse coming to save the day, a brilliant move.” I agree completely (though not for the same reasons) with Dick Morris a former Bill Clinton adviser turn political pundit who is usually wrong to such degree that it amazes me Fox still cuts him a check. 

McCain doesn’t see himself as President, he sees himself as a mythical creation sent by the Gods to cure all of America’s woes in our greatest time of need. A “White Night” sent to battle the forces of darkness, (yes deliberate racial undertones, read them and curse the author)  John McCain, a man you can trust, as opposed to, well, you know who. John McCain, a man with all the answers, (albeit wrong 90% of the time if you judge them based on his voting record with George Bush.)

“MCCAIN, THE REFORMER.” “MCCAIN, THE MAVERICK.” “MCCAIN, THE STALWART.”   John McCain, everything to everybody…  How dare anyone question the natural ability of such a great man or deny his succession to the throne of the United Sates.

The culmination of this view should have been obvious to even the casual political observer at the Friday night debates. Even if you excuse his expressions of disdain for Obama, his scowls, his refusal to make eye contact, or his apparent contempt as “game face” or “disciplined concentration,” his words told the tale. “You’re naive,”  “you’re inexperienced,” “you don’t know what you’re talking about.”   Translation;  “You shouldn’t even be on the same stage as me, senator, you’re not worthy.”

Arrogance, elitism, snobbery, professorial dissertations, all characterizations heaped upon Barack Obama as disqualifications for the presidency are emerging as the natural attributes of John McCain. 

The utter and complete arrogance or worse, ignorance, of a sitting Senator to suggest that he, and only he can go to Washington and lead the the other ninety nine sitting Senators in a negotiation he knows nothing about was ludicrous, by any measure.   Was it elitism or stupidity when McCain sat silent with Obama and other leaders at the presidential invitation to discuss the bailout.  Was it snobbery or disrespect for McCain to hold a nation at bay while he decided whether or not the importance of debating an unworthy minion could be fit into his schedule.

McCain chafes with indignation when asked about his questionable vice presidential selection. He deflects questions about ads that blatantly lie about his opponent with retorts that Obama should participate in town meetings if he doesn’t like the lies. He defends his campaign staffs documented ties to lobbiests by suggesting that anyone who questions them are liars, and he has become increasingly unrepentant in defending a war that will enter its sixth year with out resolution. 

As November 4th nears it is becoming more and more apparent that John McCain is tired of the campaign, and tired of campaigning. He’s convinced himself that the presidency is his and the sooner he gets to it, the better off we will be.  It is so obvious to McCain that he is the only choice in this race, we the people, should be ashamed of ourselves for even considering an alternative.  At least the  American people can take solace in that regard, we do have an alternative.



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