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.
Despite the hysterical fear-mongering, the US economy is just fine, outside of Wall Street - and outside the print MSM, which is in a chronic economic and emotional depression.
This is what seems truly depressing to me, and I think there is some truth to it despite being from Time:
The deeper problem, say growing numbers of worried GOP establishment types, is that while lurching around to win the daily and weekly news cycles, McCain has failed to give voters a broad, forward-looking explanation for why they should support him. McCain's national security experience and reputation as a reformer add substance to his theme of "putting country first," but they don't explain what a McCain presidency would mean, or how it would differ from the past eight years. "At no point have they told the American people where John wants to lead them," says a third Republican strategist. "Had they spent more time laying the predicate, they'd have something to fall back on now."
If McCain loses, prepare the circular firing squad. How could an inexperienced, left-wing guy with sketchy pals win an election? I think the banking mess has just freaked people out and made them feel insecure. It makes "change" sound good, regardless of what it really entails.
We have to remember that most people are too sane to follow politics closely, and are wise enough to know that this, too, shall pass...
This mess reminds me of War of the Worlds. You have the press and the pols marching around yelling "the sky is falling". So the sky must be falling, then, eh?
McCain needs to transcend this insane puppet show and not wallow in it. He's starting to look like part of the problem, again, and again.
Just when I want to put my energy into something that resembles sanity, I lift back the cover and there's John with rabbit ears and a diaper on dancing with Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank. At least pretend to be a patriot UNTIL you get elected....
Maybe this is the time when people start to learn to depend a little less on Government . Here in Connecticut the dems have veto proof majorities, a RINO Governor and compliant press yet still have failed to enact any of their supposed agenda. (same applies to the US Congress). They will all get reelected this time around, but if all you do is hand our favors to friends this too will pass.
A key sign is the increasing popularity of home schooling. When people are willing to pass up the single largest government benefit for families and thus spend many hours of their time teaching, it says something. My Daughter is applying to colleges now (she is not homeschooled but I spent many hour compensating for bollixed curricula) we noticed everyone made provision for homeschooled applicants!
People will sacrifice for their families and will bypass govermnent programs if there is a path to do so.
Park Slope Pubby has it right. With 70 or 80% of the folks against the bill, McCain's position is no different than Obama's. He should have opposed it, as should all the republicans, letting the dems pass it. It's their Congress, and they caused most of the problem. John's got his ass in exactly the wrong place.
The third party candidates stand to gain some on this, both Nader and Barr being opposed.
Park Slope ... there is no way that McCain could have opposed the bailout without having to, along with the rest of the Republicans, carry the can for the resulting down market, stock losses, uneasy credit disturbances, etc. That, in fact, is the reason that our Democratic controlled Congress delayed passing the bailout, some form of which was destined to be imposed anyway, whether the Republicans fought it or not. Need I remind you that the Democrats hold majorities in both houses? They could have passed the bailout right away, if they'd had the guts. They delayed until they could acquire enough Republicans to join them in voting for the bailout, so that later they could blame the Republicans for the recession when it occurred.
Check out your history. The Community Reinvestment Act, which the Democrats conceived and passed during Carter's administration, and reinforced and increased during Clinton's administration, was a typical blue-sky Democratic plan to encourage people of low incomes to try to buy houses that were too expensive for them to afford to pay for. The CRA mandated that banks abandon their time-honored and cautious rules on qualifying mortgage-seekers by income and debt researches, and just loan those nice people mortgage money so they could buy a $200,000 house when they only made $25,000 a year.
It seemed like such a nice idea. All these nice people could have nice houses. Problem was, the nice people couldn't continue to pay their mortgage payments because the rates kept going up and their salaries didn't. So they walked away. And the banks had to foreclose, and were left with these houses they had to try to sell even at a great losses.
McCain tried to point out the dangers of this plan in 2004, and that toxic twit Barney Frank, and bigmouth Chris Dodd made speeches arguing that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were perfectly solid and safe.
As you see now, they weren't. So the country was left with the foundations of its banking and credit systems threatened, and its stability of currency under fire. And you are trying to blame this on John McCain? Get real. Read some history. Think about this. There are at least two Presidents who, among others, can be blamed for this [the dreadful Jimmy Carter, and Slick Willie Clinton] and neither of them are George Bush or John McCain.