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Politics
May 15th, 2009 by Mike

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” 1Ernest Benn

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1. Ernest Benn
Officials
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.

Another Trillion
Mar 23rd, 2009 by Mike

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money. 1Paraphrased from the original Everett Dirksen quote

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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?

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

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

Ahh, Politics
May 5th, 2008 by Mike

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

Higher Beer Prices: Hops Scarce
Apr 25th, 2008 by Mike

The Villages Daily Sun quoted the New York Post regarding global warming and beer prices:

High beer prices are on tap, and global warming could be to blame.

The environmental crisis has hit suds-lovers where it hurts most–at the bar and in the wallet–as prices of grains and hops soar, activists say.

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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 Florida 1and I don’t know how many in Michigan whose vote didn’t count.The cost of another primary is estimated to be $17 to $25 million dollars. 2Some have whittled the estimated price down to $6 million by conducting a mail-in primary  The DNC says they don’t have enough money to pay. 3Read that, “Correct our mistake.” 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.”
Florida Senior Moment
Feb 6th, 2008 by Mike

From the Daily Sun, February 6, 2008:

Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots

Florida voters got so caught up in the excitement of Super Tuesday many tried to cast ballots for the presidential primaries — again.

Election officials across the state said they fielded hundreds of phone calls from confused voters asking where they could vote Tuesday, apparently unaware that Florida’s presidential primary was last week.

“We’ve had over 100 calls at least over the last two days,” said Kathy Adams, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor.

“Caught up in the excitement” is a complete mis characterization of the ignorance of these Florida voters. It’s not that we had early polling for two solid weeks before a week ago Tuesday’s election complete with campaign visits and ads from all the Republican candidates. One would have to living in a cave to miss all that.

Maybe we should yield to the stereotype of Florida and chalk it up to a “senior moment”.

Maybe since the Dems side of the primary was essentially marching in place due to the decision by the DNC to not count Florida’s votes at the convention for having the primary on Jan 29, many Dems weren’t paying attention to the election. 1It wasn’t reported, by the way, how many of the callers were Republicans or Democrats Or since Hillary came to Florida after the primary vote, perhaps voters got confused as to when the election was. 2Palm Beach County is the next county north of the infamous Broward and Miami-Date counties made famous by the 2000 presidential election

Maybe some voters just figured that they were entitled to vote twice during each election. 3We do have migrants from Chicago and New York, don’tchaknow

I don’t know.

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1. It wasn’t reported, by the way, how many of the callers were Republicans or Democrats
2. Palm Beach County is the next county north of the infamous Broward and Miami-Date counties made famous by the 2000 presidential election
3. We do have migrants from Chicago and New York, don’tchaknow
Phooey
Jan 30th, 2008 by Mike

Rats! If the national Republican race goes anything like Florida’s primary then in November we’ll have a choice between a liberal and a socialist.

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