Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mrs. Roosevelt

"Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little." Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thinking Aloud

To think is to differ. Clarence Darrow

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

The tipping point toward a candidate is perhaps the greatest act of individuality in our unique democracy, although in this day and age of unprecedented political divide, telling somebody who you are voting for has no upside: There is no respect for your right as a citizen, but outri
ght hatred from those who do not agree with you. I fear that I will lose friends, some of whom I hold inside my heart. Of course, I will also lose friends I really don’t like anyway. Buzz Bissenger, The Daily Beast, 10-8-12

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own belief. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Second Debate Nerd Behavior

My nerdy debate notes ought not go to waste. For those who missed it, this mostly one-liner rendition will surely get you up to speed:
R – Romney
O – Obama
M – Moderator
A – Audience of undecided voters
M – First question.
A – College students & jobs?
R – I know what it takes.
O – Your future is bright.

M – What about the long term unemployed?
R – Policies over the last 4 years haven’t worked.
O – Romney has a 1 point plan – folks at the top get different rules.
A – Gas prices?
O –R wants to let oil companies write energy policy.
R – Let’s look at policies – not rhetoric. Criminal bird act.
M – New normal? Gas over $4 – can the govt fix this?
O –Romney didn’t say anything true. Suddenly Romney is a champion of coal.
R – Obama cut licenses.
O – Companies weren’t using leases – use it or lose it.
R – Production on govt land is down.
M – Pres. Obama, please address gas prices – if the energy policy is working?
O – Gas prices were so low because economy was on verge of collapse. We’ve built enough pipeline to wrap around entire earth.
R – I don’t have a policy of stopping wind jobs.
M – Taxes?
R –People at the high end will not pay less. O’s borrowing and spending will result in higher taxes.
O –If we are serious about reducing deficit – moral obligation – then we need to have the wealthy do more. R thinks tax credits grows the economy.
R – I’m not going to cut taxes for wealthy. Lower rates make it easier for small business.
M – R said not going to allow top 5% cut.
O – That’s not settled. Cost of lowering rates 20% and eliminating other cuts – 5 trillion dollars, spend 2 trillion on military – up to 8 trillion dollars! Sketchy deal. You’ll lose your deductions.
M – What happens if the numbers don’t add up?
R – Of course they add up. O’s talking about plan foreign to the real plan, and then we have his own record. Road to debt. I know what it takes.
A – Inequalities in the workplace?
O – Great question. Raised by single mom. Grandmother. Smart as a whip. Glass ceiling. The first bill I signed – Lilly Ledbetter. We do not tolerate discrimination.
R –Binders full of women. Massachusetts had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state. I have done it already. I know what a working economy looks like.
O –I’ve got 2 daughters and I want to make sure they have the same opportunity.
M – Next question is for Romney.
A – What’s the biggest difference between you and Bush?
R – Bush had a different path for different time.
O – We did come in tough times. Been digging out of policies that were focused on the top doing well.
A – I voted for O. Not as optimistic now.
O – Tough 4 years.
R – I think you know the last 4 years haven’t been as good as he said.
A – Immigrants living here without green card, but are productive.
R – Immigration nation. O broke promise on immigration legislation – didn’t even try.
O – We are a nation of immigrants. Have done everything I can on my own! Arizona law. If my daughter doesn’t look like a citizen I don’t want her subject to that law. I did try!
R – O needs to check his pension – Investments in Cayman Islands, China.
O – Mine not as big as R’s.
O –[Immigration] is a divisive political issue. I could have done it all because of the Democrat congress.
A – Libya – State Dept refused security – who denied it and why?
O – Diplomats serve all around the world, dangerous job, my representatives. Nobody more concerned than me. Beef up security in region. Investigate. Hunt them down. R made it a political issue. I mean what I say.
R –Buck does stop at the president. O went to fundraiser before we knew what happened. Symbolic significance. Apology tour. Policy unraveling.
O –I was in the rose garden after the attack. Suggestion that anyone on my team would play politics is offensive.
R – You said it was an act of terror? Not a spontaneous act?
O – Go on Governor.
A – AK47 – limit availability?
O – I believe in the 2nd Amendment. Aurora. Reduce violence generally. Chicago. Comprehensive strategy.
R –Parents need to raise kids – 2 parent family, poverty goes down, opportunities go up. Failure in gun violence – Fast and Furious.
O – R seeking NRA endorsement.
A – Outsourcing?
R – Make it more attractive to come here. No trickle down government. Make China play by the rules. I will label China a currency manipulator.
O – Create jobs here. R wants to give breaks to those overseas. Chinas currency has gone up 11%.
M – iPhone manufactured in China. What can we do to make those jobs come here?
R – We can compete with anyone on level playing field. China cheats.
O – Some jobs won’t come back - low wage, low skill jobs.
A – What is the biggest misperception about you?
R – I care about 100%. Don’t have to settle.
O – Govt creates jobs – I don’t believe that. Free enterprise. Self reliance. Individual initiative. Risk takers. But fair shot, fair share, same rules. 47%. Victims.

NOW, aren't you so much better informed?! ;)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Enemies are not credible

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him. ~Napoleon Hill

Monday, October 15, 2012

The downside to a less stratified society

Asked why Peterffy wanted to personally take out the ad buy–and star in the spot–he said he was concerned that Americans were unaware of the "downside" of a "less stratified society."
"If people want to go that way, I want them to go with eyes wide open, aware of all possible consequences," he added.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An Evening with Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz is in Charleston tonight.
"My goal is always to keep support for Israel a bi-partisan issue and never make a national election any kind of referendum on Israel. "