I was absolutely disgusted to learn that Sarah Palin, the self proclaimed “hockey mom” will be dropping the season opening puck for my hometown Philadelphia Flyer’s. But then I realized that this has the potential to blow up in her face. While she may look at this opportunity as a free way into the hearts of Pennsylvanian’s, she just may learn the hard way how completely unwelcoming Philly sports fans can be.  I can’t wait to see footage of the boos.

During last night’s Vice Presidential debates, Sarah Palin quoted Ronald Reagan in her closing remarks. The nature of the quote had to do with America’s freedoms coming under attack. So when exactly did the TV cowboy say this?  He said it here. I can’t wait for the sacrine sweet “Joe Sixpack” and her smug-fake-American-pie face to disappear back into the desolation of Wasilla, where she will be mauled by a kodiak bear the evening after husband is impaled on the horns of a large buck after he wipes out on his snow mobile.


 

If you care about this coming presidential election and own an iPhone, you may want to check out the new Obama iPhone application. It looks like a pretty brilliant way to keep afoot of the race and stay involved. Can you imagine something like this from the campaign of the old angry guy who doesn’t know how to turn on his PC? I guess that’s just me being a “cosmopolitan elitist.” Oh and by the way, if you don’t care about the election and have my phone number, lose it.

As Wall Street continues to hang by a thread everyone is searching for a good game-plan out of a seemingly impossible scenario. Michael Moore has proposed a bailout strategy that actually comes with some very logical points. In a nutshell, Moore suggests that the very richest Americans who prospered most (more than $700 Billion the last 8 years) should pull themselves out of turmoil, not the flailing US taxpayers.

The richest 400 Americans—that’s right, just four hundred people—own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. 400 rich Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is $1.6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly $700 billion—the same amount that they are now demanding we give to them for the “bailout.” Why don’t they just spend the money they made under Bush to bail themselves out? They’d still have nearly a trillion dollars left over to spread amongst themselves!
- Michael Moore

He does have a strong point. It’s amazing to me that we have set up a society that asks taxpayers to front $700 Billion (a low figure) to help out corporations, while on the other hand it doesn’t really expect corporations to pay taxes and help out Americans. The fact that our government can essentially get all the players at a table to try to pass a bill of this nature pretty much overnight, but hasn’t even attempted to fix our broken healthcare or educational systems is unacceptable. Dealing with either of these issues would cost a fraction of the money being asked of taxpayers to reward Wall Street for their greed and gross negligence with our money. But fixing education and healthcare wouldn’t be good for those who would like to drive a wedge in the middle class and divide America into two classes (rich or poor). How can we expect our elected officials to act with any sense of ethics when they are indeed the insane running the asylum. Democracy is truly a great thing, mostly for our forefathers good intuition and belief that the country belongs to the people. So what needs to happen?

We do need a game-plan to reinvigorate our financial market. Just as badly, we need to undo the electoral college, abolish lobbyists from DC and to create campaign reform in which all candidates are limited to an equal spending budget appropriated to them by the government. These steps truly give power back to the people unlike the bullshit rhetoric of why shrinking government is good. It would eliminate special interest that has literally hijacked and controlled pretty much every bill passed in DC, affecting everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. These steps would almost certainly see the end of the lame two party system that has continued to fail the citizens of this nation. And it would become a guideline so no politician could seize an office because of the size of their bank account. While that is a mouthful, I don’t see how we will stop the sky from falling if we don’t begin to do this. I’ll keep dreaming.

 

 

 

Tina Fey returned to SNL this week to once again perform the part of an uncanny Sarah Palin. This time around, she reenacted Palin’s well publicized interview with CBS TV host Katie Couric, in which the Governor struggled to put together a sentence belonging to the English language. I thought perhaps Palin might be simply misunderstood. Maybe she was actually speaking in tongues during the interview, guided by her pentecostal faith. After all, she does have a track record of calling on god to help her through political campaigns. But then I realized what her interview with Couric really reminded me of; Miss South Carolina in the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant. I guess that comparison isn’t too far fetched. I mean Palin is a former a beauty pageant queen herself.

After saving the economy, John McCain found spare time between naps to show up for the first of three scheduled debates with Obama. Though he desperately wanted to delay the debate, his “tactic” or “strategy” (whichever you prefer) blew up in his own face. McCain had no choice but to face America. I was so glad that he did decide to come. This meant that my elitist friends and I would be entertained with political theater to accompany our cheese plates and fancy cucumber cocktails. We had so much fun laughing and gasping that we managed to miss McCain’s greatest faux pax of the evening, “Horse Shit, Horse Shit.”

John McCain is a sitting duck. For months, I have been saying that he has been given a free ride in the media. Throughout the Spring and Summer months McCain quietly sat safely in the background as Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama went to town on each other. As should be expected, McCain’s campaign received a bump in the polls in the days following the RNC. The hot topic obviously became the choice of Palin for VP. Just as John McCain’s camp has worked vigorously to suppress the details of Palin’s sordid political past and personal life, they have gone out of their way to avoid any real discussion of topics that Americans want to hear. Following the Palin chapter of this campaign story, we entered a new phase last week with the complete collapse of our banking system.

This economic catastrophe hasn’t done anything positive for John McCain’s campaign; in fact just the opposite. Last week we finally saw our puppet media scrutinize McCain’s record as he shoved his foot deep in his own mouth, proclaiming that the economy was sound. And now just two days away from the first scheduled Presidential debate, McCain’s position in national polls has dropped to an estimated ten points below Obama among likely voters. So what nasty trick could his scummiest of scum campaign coordinate to fix their problems? He claims to have put his entire campaign on hold so as to be able to personally go to DC and fix our economy for us. In doing so McCain has averted any further decline in the polls that would seem inevitable after one round of debates with Obama. Should Obama play along with this trick, John McCain will crown himself the candidate who put our country first and his campaign second. And if Obama refuses to play along McCain will make the same claim. only he will say Obama is a selfish politician. Brilliant move again by the real evil-doers on the right. This slight of hand is not acceptable and MUST be criticized aggressively in the press. I won’t hold my breath.

 

I am very suspicious of the Federal Government’s Wall Street bail out plan. While I admittedly know very little about economics, I know a nasty pattern when I see one. The Bush Administration’s desire to rush towards such a plan seems irresponsible. Imagine that from them. I’d argue that its a classic case of “disaster capitalism.” What they are proposing seems to be so obviously flawed. Policies that ultimately allow the rich to get richer while everyone else is left holding the bag will be rushed through in a time of panic, no questions asked.

If I went to Vegas with a friend and he blew all of his money in the casinos and came to me asking to borrowing cash, I’d expect some sort of reasonable explanation as to how he lost his money before I’d consider giving him mine. So why should the American taxpayer fix these nasty gambling debts without an ounce of oversight or regulation? Certainly something is very wrong with this kind of economy; certainly something is very wrong with this kind of governing. Are we suppose to accept that ethics and trade don’t have to coexist? The one voice I generally trust when looking at issues through the lens of economics is that of Paul Krugman. In his op-ed yesterday, all of my suspicions were confirmed.

For more on disaster capitalism read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine.

 

My mother lives deep in the South; the important swing state of Florida to be exact. Several years ago she moved from a more liberal and socialist region of St. Catherine’s, Canada. She and her husband ironically made the move in search of better weather and a booming housing market to profit from. Instead they got hurricanes, an economic crisis and evangelicals. For all these reasons and more, I was so proud when my mother told me that this Labor Day weekend she volunteered her time at the local headquarters for the Obama campaign.