July 19, 2008

Voting Republican

I know, it’s difficult as it is to come up with reasons to vote Republican in general, not just this November. Well, the fine folks at I’m Voting Republican have come up with some excellent reasons to consider your Republican vote this fall:

(warning: satire alert!)

Vote Republican. You’ll get what you deserve!

More about the specifics of the movie here.

July 13, 2008

10 McCain Gaffes from This Week That Should Have Damaged His Chances

Good old John McCain. In some ways, I wish the attacks against him hadn’t started so early this campaign season, but frankly, he’s making it entirely too easy to call him out for his language and his policies.

If everyone were listening, this week should have been the week that all but ended his chances at being President, but not everyone was listening, I’m afraid, which is why these 10 gaffes bear repeating, even if the author at Alternet tends to overuse the “flip-flop” label (not entirely unjustified though, it was the right that invented the term, it’s only fair they be called out when their representatives do the same):

1. McCain unambiguously called Social Security “an absolute disgrace.”

2. McCain’s top economic policy adviser calls Americans a bunch of “whiners” for being worried about the slumping economy.

3. Iraqi leaders call for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, McCain gets caught in a bizarre denial and flip flop.

4. McCain’s economic plan to cut the deficit has no details and is simply not believable.

5. McCain’s deficit plan includes bringing the troops home represents a major Iraq flip-flop.

6. McCain campaign misled about economists support. (McCain claimed that “economists” supported his economic plan, and even included a letter signed by 300 of them…trouble was the economists that “signed” were signing on to something entirely different- NOT McCain’s economic plan)

7. McCain makes a joke about killing Iranians.

8. McCain denies, flatly, that he ever said that he is not an expert in economics.

9). McCain distorts his record on veterans benefits in response to a question from Vietnam Veteran, who then proceeds to call McCain out on it.

10.) McCain demonstrates he knows nothing about Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The trouble is, each one of these is incredibly salient, and hits McCain on every single point on which he believes he can stand out to Obama: the economy, the war, and national security and defense. In each instance, McCain proves that he’s not only out of touch with the American people and what they want from their government, but that he has this mad delusion that the policies of the past 8 years have been remotely successful.

[ 10 McCain Gaffes from This Week That Should Have Damaged His Chances ]
Source: Alternet

Phil Gramm Is Conservatism

The best thing about listening to people like Phil Gramm, John McCain’s economic advisor (and someone who would likely be the next treasury secretary or someone with similar economic powers should McCain become President), speak is that you get a feeling for what a McCain administration would believe in should it take power.

Don’t know who Phil Gramm is? He’s the guy who essentially said that the economy is doing great, and that Americans who believe otherwise have psychological problems or are overblowing the issue. I mean, as long as the “fundamentals are strong,” which is the same line that Bush has been parroting for the past eight years, everything is fine, regardless of unemployment rising to its highest rate in years, skyrocketing energy and food prices, home foreclosures at an all-time high, and mortgage companies and banks shuttering left and right.

To folks like Gramm, those things aren’t important as long as major American businesses are still posting profits, stockholders are doing relatively well, and the wealthiest Americans will be able to ride out the storm on the backs of the middle and lower classes. That shoudn’t be shocking after all, that’s how American conservatism operates.

Phil Gramm thinks that the economy is wonderful and those that feel otherwise are mistaken. This is does not make Gramm uniquely callous. It just makes him a conservative.

For several years, conservatives have been mightily trying to insist the economy tastes great, so shut up and eat it.

At the end of 2004, the National Review’s economic editor Larry Kudlow proclaimed, “The U.S. economy is hitting on all cylinders as 2004 passes into 2005 … Most in the mainstream media steadfastly refuse to give the economy a break.” He railed that “amidst all this economic good news,” a “declinist rant” was being perpetrated by “big-media.”

Ah, the hallmark of terribly policy-making: blame the media for reporting on your troubles, don’t actually try and address the troubles. But Gramm doesn’t stop there – he doesn’t just blame the media, he blames everyone:

This is conservatism. The dismissal of economic burdens from others making less money than you. The belief that an ideal economy can thrive with a small boat of winners and a giant sinking ship of losers. The insistence that your economic dissatisfaction is illegitimate, and can only be explained by a brainwashing from the media or politicians.

Gramm’s only unique remark was expanding the blame beyond “big media” and “the Democrats” to … everybody. Calling America “a nation of whiners” only made glaring the fundamental elitism of conservatism.

But make no mistake. Gramm is conservatism.

Well then, I suppose all of those unemployed people who have been struggling to retrain for new jobs, all of the people who are looking at layoffs and job losses at their businesses due to everything from margin-fattening layoffs to rising fuel prices, and every American who’s been feeling the pinch at the pump and in their paychecks are essentially “whiners.”

If that’s the kind of governance that America has to look forward to if McCain is elected, I think we all have a serious problem, and frankly, those hardcore conservatives who still believe that fiscal responsibility is a value of their party and that electing Democrats means fiscal downfall need to rethink where they’ve placed their faith.

[ Phil Gramm Is Conservatism ]
Source: The Campaign for America’s Future