Archive for September 26th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Five years at it certainly deserves a notice. He does it with a bite and passion that I both admire and fear. He is also certainly at the very top of the list of Montana’s finest bloggers. If you are missing A Chicken Is Not Pillage, you are missing way too much.

Congratulations Wulfgar!

by Rebecca Schmitz

Terrific. The guy hasn’t even been elected yet, and he’s already hanging up a “Mission Accomplished” banner.

by Rebecca Schmitz

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Rob Natelson of all people, but that’s what the Bush bailout has created: odd bedfellows. I agree with Garth and Jay on the left and, on the right, Carol and GeeGuy; I oppose the bailout. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert in economics, but in the words of James K. Galbraith, the bailout is not “necessary“:

The point of the bailout is to buy assets that are illiquid but not worthless. But regular banks hold assets like that all the time. They’re called “loans.”

After eight years of free market fundamentalism, suddenly the Bush Adminstration has discovered that government handouts are, to paraphrase Martha Stewart, a Very Good Thing. Here’s David Sirota:

Close a factory in socialist Denmark, and workers get immediate government help, along with their free health care. Shutter one in Ohio, and workers get nothing, except politicians saying their jobs are never returning and national health care is “unaffordable.” But if investment banks teeter, those same politicians quickly find billions for bailouts. Of course, socialist revolutions can share key traits. Many feature aspiring dictators like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs banker. He is pushing Hugo Chavez-style legislation demanding totalitarian authority to spend the $700 billion “without limitation” or “review by any court of law or any administrative agency.” And surprise — Paulson’s scheme would enrich his Goldman Sachs pals.

Somewhere in Hell there must be a ski slope open for the season, because I’m cheering on the conservative Republicans in the House. They seem to be the only ones listening to the public. Carol and Garth have posted plenty of contact info on their sites for we, the public. Be sure to give Baucus, Tester and Rehberg a call.

As for the Republican presidential nominee, well, pulling a silly–and patently fake–stunt like “suspending” the campaign isn’t “bold” or “masterful”; it only makes you the headline act at the freak show this week. If you’re going to cancel your appearance on Letterman because you have to rush back to Washington to help solve our financial crisis, it might be a good idea to actually leave New York, not wander over to Katie Couric’s studio for an interview, give a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative later that evening, spend the night in the Big Apple, and show up in D.C. a day later with nothing to say.

At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.

Do you think McCain wanted to dazzle everyone with his Clarence Thomas impersonation? Lord knows we all need a little humor right now, because this joke isn’t funny anymore.

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