Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Finally, at last, some recognition

From a Faux News article headlined "Obama Appeals to Liberal Media in First Prime Time Press Conference":

He seated a left-wing radio host [Ed Schultz] in the coveted front row. He called on a liberal blogger [Sam Stein] from the Huffington Post. He even brought far-left columnist Helen Thomas out of the wilderness[...]

Even if Faux in its bitterness has to lie by embellishing, it is news when anyone in the media with a non-right-wing point of view gets any attention.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Their ideas got us into this mess

A Nobel laureate in economics believes that the stimulus package under consideration isn't enough, and that the Republican proposals for it would hurt the country rather than help. Big time.

Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead, into hackneyed political theater, with Republicans spouting all the old clichés about wasteful government spending and the wonders of tax cuts. It’s as if the dismal economic failure of the last eight years never happened — yet Democrats have, incredibly, been on the defensive. [...]

It’s hard to exaggerate how much economic trouble we’re in. [...]

It’s time for Mr. Obama to go on the offensive. Above all, he must not shy away from pointing out that those who stand in the way of his plan, in the name of a discredited economic philosophy, are putting the nation’s future at risk. The American economy is on the edge of catastrophe, and much of the Republican Party is trying to push it over that edge.

Somebody please tell me: why were there twice as many Republican politicians as Democratic ones talking about the bill on TV this week? Remember, when it comes to the future, Peter Drucker told us "what got us here won't get us there." Right-wing fixations like tax cuts and hacking government created this problem, and they won't solve it. They were proved wrong, we (rightly) booted them out of the majority for it; now, stop listening to them.

Editors win!

Why it's definitely a good idea to marry a good speller.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

IOKIYAR Number... where are we again?

There are many, many things that are OK for Republicans but not OK for Democrats, according to our national media. Perjury, for instance; political corruption, for another; sexual affairs, for another; I could go on literally all day.

Among the differences in treatment: what does "patience" mean, and who deserves it when? For years and years, George Bush and the press urged Americans to be patient about Iraq; now, after ten days of the Obama administration, Republicans are "signaling they are losing patience with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress." Oh, that is truly rich. And reported without snicking, emoticons, or irony!

Full list of Bush's appeals for patience is here, wrapped up by this thesis sentence:

Apparently patience is a partisan virtue, extended only to presidents who start wars and depressions, not those who are elected to clean them up.