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I am not an economist, but I am an intelligent voter and a taxpayer. The last few weeks have shone how badly an under-regulated banking industry polices its self. I understand that Treasury officials and economic officials are stressing the urgency of a federal bailout of the banking sector. However, as a fairly educated constituent, I ask that you withhold your vote until the Executive branch, the Treasury department, and the Financial Industry offer a better explanation of what has happened. Also, how they will prevent it happening again, and how the banking melt down will actually effect the lives of regular middle class tax-payers and citizens, in clear, easily understood, non-economist language. I am not talking about Bernanke using scary language like “foreclosure” and “unemployment”, I am talking about solid macro and micro economic theory and facts about how giving $700 billion of American Taxpayer’s money to rich people will protect the regular people of this nation.

In addition I ask that you do not support Section 8 of the proposed bill that would extend unprecedented rights to the Treasury Secretary and excuse that office from legislative oversight. Our nation’s first Treasury Secretary was also it’s strongest federalist, and if he, Alexander Hamilton, had intended for the Treasury Department to weld this level of power he would have advocated it during the framing. I ask that you vote against any bill that would use back door methods to alter the structure of our political system or abridge the constitution’s checks and balances through subterfuge.

Please remember that the $700 billion the banking industry is clamoring for belongs to the people, many of us are struggling against the winds of economic hardships as well, and most of us do not have golden parachutes.

Posted on: June 5, 2008

Via AP

“President George W. Bush and his top policymakers misstated Saddam Hussein’s links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq’s arms programs as they made a case for war, the Senate intelligence committee reported on Thursday.”

I can has impeachment?

Posted on: May 22, 2008

To all you Hillary supporters who say things as brilliant as Evelyn Norena’s statement that “she’ll vote for McCain in November, partly because she believes Clinton got cheated by her party. ‘They would force me,” she said. ‘

Go the fuck ahead.  Get out of my party.  You are not a democrat and you were never going to vote democratic.  A real democrat would never look at McCain as a viable option.  Clinton’s beliefs are closer to Obama’s than McCain’s, and yet Obama, your supposed party’s candidate is a worse choice than a formerly independent now rigidly conformist republican candidate?  How’s that?

There’s the door – don’t let it hit your ass on the way out.

 

 

I want to take a moment to thank Hillary Clinton and her supporters.  This was a hard election cycle for the Democratic party, but I believe it has made us tougher as a party.  It has given us the ability to fight!  That vigor will do right by us in November.  Take the time you need to gather your selves, we can wait.  We will be here when you are ready to work together for the General Election.  Together the Democrats can make the White House ours again.

 

Solidarity means we can make a change!

This might seem like party in fighting to many of you, but I am growing increasingly concerned by the rumblings that Michigan and Florida are going to seat their delegates at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

When both states tried to move their primaries earlier in the primary cycle the Democratic National Committee ruled that if they did so not a single delegate from either state would be seated. Additionally the primary would not count towards a delegate victory for any candidate, and asked all the democratic candidates to remove themselves from the contention within those states.

Michigan and Florida proceed with their earlier elections and the DNC followed through with its threats. All candidates with the exception of Hillary Clinton removed themselves from the ballot. Hillary also campaigned in these states. Hillary claimed victory in those states but it was a meaningless victory because she ran unopposed for no delegates.

Now she wants to seat the imaginary delegates she “earned” by breaking the DNC’s edict. To do so would give her a huge advantage in delegates.

If the DNC backs down I truly believe it will destroy the Democratic Party. I am a life long democrat, I pay dues to the DNC, and I will leave this party the very day that the DNC caves to such dishonest tactics from a political opportunist in populist clothing – her claim for seating the delegates is “inclusion” but her goal is victory – no matter how dishonest that victory. Hillary Clinton wants to win and she will do what ever it takes to win, even if it means subverting the party system. If Hillary works the system and plays the game to get those delegates seated her claim to the candidacy will be as tenuous and immoral as G.W. Bush’s in 2000. Does it achieve anything for our party to create parallels between these two elections? I personally want 2008 to be a clean start.

If the DNC feels that Michigan and Florida Democrats should be allowed to have their votes counted I would support a caucus in both states that was paid for by each state’s party. It is not fair to ask the State government to foot that expense a second time, nor should the DNC be responsible. Ultimately though I think Michigan and Florida should be shelved as a lesson for the future, that there are repercussions for not toeing the party line. People forget that the democratic primary season is to select the party loyalists’ candidates, not the independent, swing voters’ candidate. This is party politics, and everyone should play by the party rules.

This is a great collection of interviews produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  My favorite is Melvin Wilkerson, from my home neighborhood here in West Oakland – appears he voted at my polling place too.  He has one of the most delightful comments about Obama’s experience that I have yet heard (4th row, 3rd from the left):

“What we are hearing now is Hillary’s got more experience the Barak Obama.  But George Washington was first, and he had no experience.”

John Edwards has announced his withdrawal from this presidential race. I for one am very sorry to see him go. He has been my candidate, and I truly believe the best candidate for America.

As I read the articles and the punditry over why he failed, why his campaign has not taken off, why he has never managed to connect with the public even as his opponents stole his platform and his agenda, I can only come to one conclusion. His focus was on struggling families in this country, the struggling middle class, the forgotten working man and he did so eloquently with quotes such as this “If you’re one of the forgotten middle class, people who are working and struggling just to pay their bills, literally worried about every single day, we will give you voice in this campaign.”

but his vernacular, the day to day language of his campaign was “poverty” and no American, no matter how few paychecks they may be from the “street” will willingly wear that nomenclature.

John Edwards’ mistake was not speaking for the poor, but calling them poor. The “Right” has so vilified the word “poor” and “poverty” attaching it to images of welfare queens (myth) and urban blight, that no one self identifies as poor. His language was asking people to acknowledge themselves as poor, and in our self-starting, pull your self up by your bootstraps – if you are poor it is your own fault – nation, that kind of label just wont jibe. If only he had couched his platform in less loaded terms, if only…if only…if only…

John Edwards

John, thanks for running, thanks for remembering New Orleans, thanks for remembering the working class, thanks for speaking for me. Good luck and I hope to see you in the future.