Archive for June 13th, 2008

by Jay Stevens

John McCain and his wife racked up $100K in credit card debt! Ouch! Boy, I hate to see those interest payments:

But not all credit card debts are created equal. In fact, according to a prior disclosure form filed in May that was provided to The Huffington Post, a significant amount of the McCains’ credit card debt is being held by American Express at an interest rate of zero percent — making their debt a lot less like the costly credit card pitfalls facing many Americans and a lot more like the big sweetheart loans that can get national political figures in hot water. (Sen. Barack Obama’s first choice to head up his vice presidential search committee resigned this week after a controversy emerged over a favorable mortgage he received from Countrywide, a key player in the current housing crisis.)

Zero-percent credit card interest rates are not exclusively for the rich or well-connected, of course. But the most common offers of that kind are often capped at a few-thousand dollars and shed their zero percent rate after six to nine months.

According to the May 15, 2008 disclosure form, though, during 2007 Cindy McCain originated an individual debt of between $250,000 and $500,000 with a zero-percent interest AmEx that was still not paid off by the time of the time of that filing.

Two Americas. One for you and me, where we work our tails off just to make ends meet. The other for folks like John McCain, where all the rules are rigged in his favor.

by Pete Talbot

Someday in this great country of ours, people in news stories will be referred to by their names only — “John Doe” or “Jane Smith” — without modifiers like: “African American” or “Latina.” Until that day, however, the media tend to give titles to folks (except for Caucasian or white, you rarely see that).

So, I’m having trouble with the modifier for folks from Montana tribes.

Some years back in a conversation with two outstanding Montana legislators, Carol Juneau (Blackfeet) and Norma Bixby (Northern Cheyenne), I heard them disparage the title Native American in favor of American Indian. But lately, especially from candidates for higher office, I always hear “Native American.”

In my posts, I’ll usually write “Montana Indian” because, hey, who doesn’t want the modifier, Montana, next to their title. Sometimes I’ll put Assiniboine or Crow, if I know which tribe the person is from but that can be problematic, too. There are Northern Cheyenne living on the Salish-Kootenai Reservation and Crow living at Rocky Boy’s, etc.

I notice that the Lee Enterprises correspondent for Montana newspapers, Jodi Rave, uses both Indian and Native, so that doesn’t help.

Please, some clarification here, so I can get it right. Thanks.

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