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.
The young Senator has been a supernova exploding into our politics, more phenomenon than conventional candidate. His achievement in winning the Democratic nomination has been impressive. Now comes a harder audience. The presidency has to be earned, and Americans have a right to know much more about the gifted man who is the least tested and experienced major party nominee in modern times.
AVI asks: "Do you really want to help the poor and the developing nations of the world, or do you just want to do those things that feel good?" He alerts us to The Copenhagen Consensus on the world's top 30 problems. "Climate" comes in 30th. Quote from the above piece in Reason:
At number 30, the lowest priority is a proposal to mitigate man-made global warming by cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases. This ranking caused some consternation among the European journalists at the press conference. Nobelist and University of Maryland economist Thomas Schelling noted that part of the reason for the low ranking is that spending $75 billion on cutting greenhouses gases would achieve almost nothing. In fact, the climate change analysis presented to the panel found that spending $800 billion until 2100 would yield just $685 billion in climate change benefits.
Betsy on Dem populism, which, as we have often noted here, is negative as it is designed to inspire childish feelings of helplessness and grievance - and the delusion that government can offer you a life make-over. She quotes Mrs. Obama:
Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!”
From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach (“Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America”), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
Give us something? Like what? Would the Presidency suffice for your family, Mrs. O?
Off topic, why am I always the one who learns about these family feuds after the fact, and then I end up getting my ass kicked just for asking naive questions or trying to get my loved ones to be more Christ-like and forgive one another? I'm staying out of this one, I'm an outcast already.
Back on topic, Entitlement rears its ugly head, and makes noises that sound confiscatory. I think I need to make some drastic financial moves before 2009 to hide my piggy bank from Michelle & Company. Mostly, I fear America will see widespread muslim-type celebrations from blacks that will results in violence. All it took in the past was for a Rodney King or O. J. Simpson to get a favorable jury verdict and blacks across America rioted and went on whitey-hunts. We have some tense days ahead; I'll be carrying 3 firearms for the next few months.
I twolaneflash may be just a bit paranoid. The problem with the first Black nominee for President is not that he is Black but that he is untested and inexperienced and the journalists will be afraid to peer inot his past to bring out the truth. They will be called racist no matter what they do and at the end of the day he will lose for reasons other than the color of his skin but that is what will be blamed. Does anyone really believe Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson would hold court if there skin color was white? America wants to talk about racisim then they better understand that Black America is more racist than any other sector!
America wants to talk about racisim then they better understand that Black America is more racist than any other sector!
Got that right. Should be quote of the day. The goal use to be integration and equality, but now it's separatism and more than equal. I've read of some polls saying that blacks are basically conservative on most issues such as school choice, but invariably vote liberal. Now they are 90 to 95 per cent going for the most liberal man ever to run for the White House, almost solely because he looks like a black man. Voting for someone for their color and not on the issues they stand for, is racism.
Sean,read some of Phil's posts of yesterday. He had some really good stuff on Jumbo ears Oblamea. As far as the racism goes I'm votin for that mick/harp fellow. You said it best two weeks ago after seeing him and his mom in that vidio. To bad we can't vote for her, she's a real classy lady.