Friday, September 12, 2008

And the Hits Just Keep On Coming

"I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time."

-- Sen. John McCain, quoted by the New York Times, during the Republican presidential primaries.


In a forthcoming book by Fortune columnist Matt Miller, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, Sen. John McCain's chief economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, "makes it clear that the next President is going to have to raise taxes," according to Joe Klein.Said Holtz-Eakin: "If you do nothing on the spending side, you're going to have to raise taxes whether you're a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian."He then immediately makes it clear that the "spending side" part of the argument for cutting taxes is "nothing more than a political fig-leaf" covering up basic arithmetic. The growth of entitlement programs and spiraling health costs make it nearly impossible to cut spending for McCain's proposed tax cuts.


The Los Angeles Times notes that this week news organizations and independent watchdog organizations "seemed to reach a consensus to say 'enough' to the McCain camp's efforts to demonize Barack Obama.""It got so bad... that -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury -- had to put out an extraordinary news release. It chastised John McCain's campaign for -- now get this -- distorting FactCheck's debunking of distortions."In a related article, the AP notes that "even in a political culture accustomed to truth-stretching, McCain's skirting of facts has stood out this week."


"Show me where I've ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change."-- Gov. Sarah Palin, in an interview last night on ABC News.

"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."-- Palin, in an interview with Newsmax on August 29, 2008.


"No sane American or European leader would ever, ever, ever give an answer like that. You do not get into hypotheticals about nuclear war. You just don't. Palin references the Cold War. The only reason the Cold War stayed cold is because our leaders understood the stakes of getting things wrong and saying things that could lead to catastrophic nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis every word, every public statement, and any message that the Kennedy administration sent to the Soviets was checked, double checked, and triple checked to make sure it was sending precisely the right signal. This is what you are forced to do when you have thousands of nuclear weapons and so does your opponent. The stakes are simply too high. And yet there is a nominee for the vice presidency of the United States who may one day have her hand on the button and she is casually talking about potential catastrophic nuclear war."

- Ilan Goldenberg, the policy director of the National Security Network


Anonymous said...

I read the first one and had to comment (I will read the rest). You do realize that Palin is not running for president, right? Palin is the VP candidate - not the presidential candidate.

What is next...a posting about McCain using the word flatulence, or better yet 'old fart'? Will you be like, "Aha! Gotch-ya, you old fart hypocrite"

If you think she would be a scary president because of a lack of experience, what about Obama who has less experience than Palin? The more that people pounce on Palin for lack of experience, the more light is shined on Obama's lack of experience.

Julius_Goat said...

My point is not whether or not Sarah Palin is prepared to be president. She's clearly not, especially after last night's debacle of an interview, but that's really not the point of this post.

The issue is that John McCain -- the guy who is running for president -- is running on hypocrisy, intellectual dishonesty, and lies. And it is getting so obvious that I can't believe he's skating by with it.

I'm sure I'll be back to being poker clown next week, but this week I'm just bemused and and blogging what is on my mind.

I like how the comments get annonymous as the posts get political.

RaisingCayne said...

Enjoyed the recent posts J. Goat! The extent of hypocrisy in the political arena is unmatched.

And anonymous comments are moo points... you know, like a cow's opinion, they just don't matter.

Julius_Goat said...

Thank you Mr. Tribiani

Riggstad said...

" -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury "


You liberals make me laugh - HARD!!!


Riggstad said...

Dag!! I meant to post that anonymously!

Julius_Goat said...

Riggs: Nuh-Uh!!!11!!!

muhctim said...

Didn't we just go through eight years of this double speak stuff. Here comes Bushie III. Perhaps the real Bush Doctrine is to talk out of bosth sides of your mouth ntil you have enough quotes to pound on the one that fools the most people.
Fool me once shame on you, fool me again and again, call me Bushie.

Anonymous said...

I like the poker clown and it is nice to live in a country that allows you to blog your mind (and reply anonymously).

The issue is that Barack Obama -- the guy who is running for president -- is running on a grand promise to change everything, but yet he supplies no specifics to the change, let alone how he plans on PAYING for the changes.

The lesser of two evils. Which one of these guys will hose us over the least? Besides, it is the congress that calls all of the shots anyway.


Anonymous said...

Well, it's my blog so I'm going to post annonymously, too. So there.

Um, yes, I agree. It's the one who will screw us over the least. It's just that, for me, that person is pretty clearly Obama.

I remember the feeling I got when Bush was running in 2000; it's the same vibe now from McCain. Remember, this guy is very much behind almost all of the Bush policies. That's not just an Obama campaign slogan. The Bush policies don't just need a little tweak here and there, we need to do a 189 (yes, a 189. We can't go whole hog) And of course, McCain says he won't raise taxes, but it's clear he'll have to. Even his own economic chief is saying it now. It's just that the tax plan he is representing is the Bush tax plan, which IMO was and is a total disaster. McCain will either raise taxes to spend or he will just spend without raising taxes, which will spiral us further down.

But that's just the economy. If you want to get into the civil liberty angle (I clearly do), the abuse-of-power angle, or the respect-of-our allies-angle, McCain is not the guy to get it done.

That's all just my opinion though.

What I was trying to do with this post, once and for all, was establish that the Straight Talk Express has gone off the rails. It's been replaced by innuendo and damned lies, and distractions from the issues.

You may not give Obama any credit for what he says. You are entitled to that, of course. He hasn't been a plaster saint in all this. But let's not pretend we can believe anything that comes from the Senator from Arizona these days. His whole campaign has been jettisoned for filthiness. I think that's a shame. I had hopes that this year would be different.

Look for regularly-scheduled sillyiness this week, unles Sarah Palin eats a baby on live TV.

Anonymous said...

LOL at posting anonymously on your own blog. I will respond, I just need a 28-hour day today. I also want to learn more about the civil-liberties angle.

I added a word to your last line. There were some others I thought of, but this one fits the bill...

"Look for regularly-scheduled sillyiness this week, unless Sarah Palin eats a baby SEAL on live TV."

Anonymous said...

I will change it to:

"Unless Sarah Palin eats a NAVY seal on Live TV."

Anonymous said...

Well, obviously for me, it is McCain and Palin. I would have voted for Senator Evan Bayh had he not dropped out of the race – shame on me, huh?!

Either way, they will both have to increase taxes. That is the only way to start paying off the deficit, pay for the Iraq war (Afghanistan was the right move), infrastructure inspections so bridges do not fall down, and so forth. I think we will spiral farther down with all the neat changes Obama wants to make. The only way he can pay for all of his changes is by increasing taxes. I prefer McCain’s tax plan to Obama’s since it will be cheaper. Did Obama not say at one time that he wanted to extend the Bush tax cuts? That the Bush tax plan had some merit to it? Cut the capital gains tax, no?

The economy... no president has ever controlled the economy and never will. They talk a good game about controlling it and I find it humorous that some people think the president controls the price of gasoline, or has control over the investment banks that have recently crashed. I just heard your horse on TV talking about how he will control CEO salaries... lol. How is he going to do that?

$150 billion dollars for alternative energy research... I guess he does not want a capitalist economy but one funded and ran by the government. GE is one of the largest manufacturers of wind turbines. Why do they need the extra R&D money? Which companies will get some of that money and what qualifies them to receive it?

A wind-fall profits tax on big oil unfair is that? Raise taxes on a company that makes money. He will have to raise the taxes on all companies that make money, including the big three (if they ever turn around), pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, insurance companies, investment banks (before they all go under), et al.

So no, I do not give Obama credit for what he says. There are just too many promises of this, that, and the other thing coming from Obama with no specifics. But let’s not pretend we can believe everything he says either. His whole campaign is pandering to anyone that will believe him. After one of his appearances here in Indiana, some college students were all fired up. He promised to assist with tuition and in turn their student loans would ‘disappear’. How? The only way for the government to do that is to incur the tuition costs, but these kids did not think that would increase their taxes.

I understand the intent of your post, I respect your opinion. You are entitled to all of that. In fact, I demand that you express it, blog about it, and disagree.

I am SilverVW (FT and Absolute Cheaters, yeah I know, but FT makes my junk hurt).

By the way, I have $5 that says Palin CAN eat a Navy