We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I ... do not think that anger improves any argument ever, or that the intensity of anger influences the morality or justice of an argument. The merits of an argument are quite independent of the emotion with which the argument is conveyed. Finally, it is the job of elected leaders in any serious country to dampen anger rather than accelerate it. To the extent our politicians (of either party) are exploiting or promoting anger rather than calming people they are doing their constituents and their country a great disservice. The exploitation of anger is the specialty of demagogues and dictators, and is not worthy of American leaders. Not even members of the House of Representatives.
As a share of GDP, CBO says this means spending will hit an astounding 28.5% in fiscal 2009, which ends this September, and still be at 25.5% next year, staying at close to 23% to 24% of the economy for the next decade. As CBO dryly notes, this is "above the average of 20.7 percent over the past 40 years." Even CBO's estimate is conservative because it assumes that most of the spending in the stimulus bill will be temporary, though Democrats are already planning to make much of it a permanent part of the budget baseline.
The trouble with all this off-prompter stuff — the Special Olympics joke, the whining about everyone in Washington being a Simon Cowell wannabe — is that the glimpses of the unscripted Obama are disquieting in what they reveal.
All terrific press for Orion, except that Obama kept pronouncing the company's name wrong, calling it OAR-ee-on.
Unbelievable. Orion is one of the best-known constellations, mostly because it actually looks like its namesake. So evidently we have to add astronomy to history and economics as subjects of which Obama is remarkably ignorant. I'm beginning to fear that our President has below-average knowledge of the world. Not for a President, but for a middle-aged American.
To what extent is his self-confidence and reputation for brains justified? Or is he just another slick and shallow narcissistic pol?
I'm no supporter of Obama but on the pronounciation of Orion, you might be a little off. Back in the late 90s I bought a house in a Navarre FL sub-division called Orion Lake. As I went around arranging utilities, etc; whenever I said Orion as in the constellation (with a NY accent no less), the locals would correct me by say Oar-ee-on. Apparently the original owner of the land for many years was named Orion (pronounced Oareeon), and the locals tried to keep maintain it that way out of tradition.
"To what extent is his self-confidence and reputation for brains justified?"
The same way judging a book by its cover is justified. We can only hope that as the pages of that slick-covered book turn, people will wise up and note the pages all say the same thing: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall...."
There is a town in Virginia spelled Staunton, locals say Stan-ton. Still, Obama is not from Florida or MI, so I would expect him to say O-ri-an, as in the constellation. Yeah, it's a little thing but he's built a persona on little things. IMHO, the clothes have no emperor.
I always thought it was Oar-ee-un, too, never having heard it pronounced. Many local place names have pronunciations that don't match up to what we expect, given our personal experiences. I heard an announcer on KUNM in Albuquerque, give a basketball score for "Veeyanova", and maybe the same one discussed currency prices, including the value of the "dooshmark."
Besides, we know The Won doesn't look at stars in the sky, he looks at Pie In The Sky.