April 21, 2014

This Is Retarded. Twitterviews? Give Me A Break …

I don’t think I have to say a thing about this:

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What Happened to the Automakers Bailout?

Remember when the U.S. financial services sector was in its darkest hour?  My Lord, Congress, the President, Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke and candidates for county commissioner all called for a bailout – nearly a trillion dollars worth.  Inside of a week Barney Frank and Chris Dodd marshalled the troops on Capitol Hill and we had ourselves a big bill.  Even being defeated in the House on its first go-round couldn’t stop the $700 billion love offering to the likes of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo.

Our government – Democrats, Republicans – executive and legislative branch – fell over themselves to deliver for Wall Street.  John McCain even suspended his presidential campaign for about 12 hours.

The Wall Street/Main Street construct has been used so much as to become trite.  Well, here goes another one.  Washington, Main Street needs some help now.  It’s called keeping the Big Three U.S. automakers solvent in the worst economy since the 1930s. 

Forget about the entitled UAW-represented autoworker for a moment and think about that machine shop you drive by on your way to work every day.  Think for a moment about the truck driver living next door.  Ask yourself what’s going to happen to your cousin Bob who works at the Chevy dealership and his 75 co-workers. [Read more...]

Map of How Franklin County Voted in Prez Election

From the looks of things, there is a distinct core of reasonable, thoughtful folk dedicated to the change we need surrounded by a throng of Sarah Palin fans several miles wide but only an inch deep.  Thanks to the Columbus Dispatch.  To see the original, larger version of the map go here.

Video: John McCain Concession Speech, November 4, 2008

Transcript: John McCain Concession Speech, November 4, 2008

(Source: Fox News)

JOHN MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.

(APPLAUSE)

My friends, we have — we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.

A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him.

(BOOING)

Please.

To congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving. [Read more...]