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Apr 3rd, 2009 by Mike

Ok, so how many more tax dodgers will be nominated for major government positions? Maybe we should start an Internet pool.

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Another Trillion
Mar 23rd, 2009 by Mike

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.1

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  1. Paraphrased from the original Everett Dirksen quote []
Theory of Rational Expectation
Oct 8th, 2008 by Mike

OK, so Congress passed the bailout (and about $150 billion of pork) and the stock market continues to tank. Could it be that fear, not tight credit, is fueling the market? Did it help that both presidential candidates said that this is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Do the cries of the media help the situation?

The Theory of Rational Expectation in economics says that the economy will follow the expectations of the population. Are we expecting the economy to tank?

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Recent Thoughts
Sep 5th, 2008 by Mike

I’ve been trying to decide what to make of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech a week ago Thursday before the Democratic National Convention.

First let me say that I thought the speech was dynamite. Obama is a first class orator and he was superb in his delivery. And even though he was criticized by some for lack of detail in his plans, I thought he had plenty of detail for an acceptance speech.

Like others, my first view of Obama was during his keynote address to the DNC in 2004. His message of “were all Americans” was inspiring. I thought, “This guy is destined for great things in politics.” I admired his bent to statesmanship instead of the same old party politics that punctuates most political activities. Good idea. Let’s cooperate and accomplish the stuff that America needs. Let’s all do it together.

Four years later and some of the idealism and statesmanship have been traded for the politics of getting elected. I understand the need for this, yet I long for the old Obama. And I don’t hold this against him. I hope, that if he is elected, he can return to his place as one who calls for us to rise above ourselves for the good of America.

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Bill Hits the Home Run
Aug 27th, 2008 by Mike

What Hillary lacked in support for Barack, Bill Clinton supplied. Bill actually endorsed Barack for President. Hillary’s speech was an, “It’s all about me,” speech. Bill’s was, “Obama’s ready to be President,” speech–in spite of all the things he’s slammed Obama during the primaries. Clinton is a pro and he showed it tonight.

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Give it to the Dems
Aug 27th, 2008 by Mike

An historic moment. The Democrats have nominated the first black1 candidate for the President of the United States of America. Congratulations to the Democrats! I’m proud of you.

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  1. I say black because, even though African-American is the PC term, there are many black-Americans that are not from Africa []
Two Things I’ve Observed
Aug 27th, 2008 by Mike

I’ve observed two things from the Democratic National Convention: First, they’ve done a good job of teaching the dignitaries to clap in front of their own faces in case they get a close up during ovations. And Second, Bill Clinton is great at mugging for the cameras. When he sees the cameras on him, he breaks into a big smile, gets wet eyed, and when Hillary is speaking, mouths, “I love you,” and shakes his head just so proudly.

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The Rule
Aug 11th, 2008 by Mike

Jake Winter, a specialist in forensic bureaucracy, explains The Rule thusly: “In any analysis of a confusing political problem, the rule is to ask, ‘Who benefits?’ You will find the answer to any political or bureaucratic question, if you can answer that one correctly.” — from Dead Watch by John Sandford

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Politics
Jul 27th, 2008 by Mike

“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” —Ambrose Bierce

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” —Ronald Reagan

“Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.” —Lester B. Pearson

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

“Crime does not pay … as well as politics.” -Alfred E. Newman

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Ahh, Politics
May 5th, 2008 by Mike

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” –Napoleon Bonaparte

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Do the Do (Over)
Mar 8th, 2008 by Mike

The political buzz around Florida is the possibility of a do-over primary. The Democratic National Committee last year ruled that Michigan and Florida delegates elected in the January 29, 2008 primary would not be seated at the convention because the primary date violated the rules of the DNC. Now, with the race “too close to call” some are crying, “Foul!” and want Michigan and Florida to count. So the party of enfranchisement is trying to figure out how to dis-disenfranchise the 1.7 million voters in Florida1 whose vote didn’t count.The cost of another primary is estimated to be $17 to $25 million dollars.2  The DNC says they don’t have enough money to pay.3 And Florida’s governor Charlie Crist will sign a bill OKaying the primary as long as the State doesn’t have to pay. Who do you think should pay for the do-over? 

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  1. and I don’t know how many in Michigan []
  2. Some have whittled the estimated price down to $6 million by conducting a mail-in primary []
  3. Read that, “Correct our mistake.” []
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