<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: March 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Michael Steele for president!

So Michael Steele planned that whole Limbaugh spat thing.


And now he's thinking about running for president.


I guess it's all part of his “strategy”...or something.

Steele/Jindal 2012!

An AIG insider's perspective

Apparently, not all AIG executives are evil, greedy monsters who deserve to die by immolation and defenestration. Some of them are actually honest, hard-working family guys who had nothing to do with AIG's meltdown--and, yes, totally deserved their million-dollar bonuses.

Or at least that's what the author of this letter would have us believe.

Update: Matt Taibbi thoroughly and convincingly discredits every one of Jake DeSantis's arguments.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

GOP to Cheney: Stuff it

Some Republicans are not keeping quiet about Dick Cheney's apparent inability to keep quiet.

In response to Cheney's recent fear-mongering and Obama-bashing on TV and radio talk shows, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R) said, “I would just encourage everybody who has left office to follow the tradition of the Founding Fathers — to write your memoirs, but to refrain from [criticizing].”

And Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) had this to say: “We should focus on the people that will lead us tomorrow, not the people who led us yesterday. With all due respect to former Vice President Cheney, he represents what’s behind us, not what’s ahead of us.”

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) opted for subtlety in his admonishment: "What gets a majority back is deeds, not words.”

President Obama also had a few choice words for Cheney during his interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes: “I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney...I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can’t reconcile our core values, our Constitution, our belief that we don’t torture, with our national-security interests. I think he’s drawing the wrong lesson from history. The facts don’t bear him out.”

Well, Dick Cheney never did let facts get in his way, and I'm betting he won't let a few whacks on his head get in his way, either. We'll be hearing more from this mole.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Decider is writing a book about...his decisions

Presumably, the book George W. Bush has agreed to write for Crown (apropos) Publishers, Decision Points, will reveal the thinking behind some of his bad decisions. But first he would have to admit that he actually made some...


Limbaugh defends AIG

Wow. Just when you think Rush has sunk to a new low, he sinks even further. But that has become his shtick, hasn't it? Say whatever you can to generate the most controversy--the most publicity--and let the truth be damned.
A lynch mob is expanding: the peasants with their pitchforks surrounding the corporate headquarters of AIG, demanding heads. Death threats are pouring in. All of this being ginned up by the Obama administration. ...how do you get to the point where you're going to bail out the company, but you don't want the employees to get paid?

Uh, hello, Rush? The employees were already getting paid--quite handsomely. We're talking about $1 million + bonuses here. For failing.

But then, you get paid an obscene amount for failing to make any sense, so of course you're going to defend the practice.

They should have listened to Ron Wyden

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says the fiasco with AIG's bonuses could have been avoided if Obama and Congress had backed legislation that he and Sen. Olympia Snowe introduced more than a month ago. Their provision would have forced bailout recipients to cap bonuses at $100,000, with any amount above that being taxed at 35 percent. The language made it through the Senate, but during conference committee with the House it was inexplicably removed.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Flush Rush

Had about enough of Rush Limbaugh? Me, too. That's why I made this.

Jim Cramer confesses to SEC violations

In an interview taped in 2006, "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer reveals how he manipulated the stock market when he was a hedge fund manager. The only question left now is, will CNBC drop his show before or after the SEC brings charges against him?

Meanwhile, bless Jon Stewart.