On my way into see "Under The Skin", about Lyme disease, I was accosted by some crazed loon who thought he had the disease wanted to talk to me about the film after I saw it. I got away from him with great difficulty.
Then on the way in to see "Funny People" I was accused by some nutbag of cutting in front of him in the ticket line. I had to be diplomatic to defuse that.
These encounters with disturbed, resentful people are a constant today, and the fear is that you rub one of the the wrong way, and he is armed.
The Republicans will not vote in any numbers for any Obama nominee. So, the next time he might as well go whole hog with an ultraliberal like Pam Karlin. No point trying to appease people who will oppose anyone you pick.
The Republicans are in a vindictive, nihilistic, self-destructive frame of mind.
The Cambridge police department evidently has a goodly number of dummies (you have to be awfully ill-informed not to know who Gates is), but they are politically astute. They knew that a black President had put himself in an untenable position, that they could demand and get a retraction.
Had an outraged George Bush made the same "stupid" comment, people would be hailing his courage and leadership on race issues.
The concensus forecast for the economy is that we probably stopped shrinking in June (the stimulus was such a failure), and will be growing at about 2% at years end. That won't do much for unemployment, but there will be a sense that things are brightening, and it will give Obama some wind at his back that will be reflected in these polls.
The Kos poll has him at 62% holding firm. Lower poll ratings feed into the manufactured media meme that momentum is starting to shift from him. A manufactured bit of psychodrama that all the cable and network TV media seems to be buying into.
This will be among the most significant pieces of legislation ever enacted by Congress, ranking with passage of Medicare/Medicaid. It is inconceivable that alleged liberals like Joe Lieberman or any Democratic Senator would not want to be part of it.
Zandi was McCain's economist, but he has a calm, apolitical view of the way the mini-Depression is unfolding. Basically he is saying that the stimulus is having a positive effect at the State level, and that we just have to be patient and give it a chance.
What he is really saying is that much of the Republican criticism of the stimulus is dishonest.
I'd really like to see us tell Israel to take a hike, to chart their own course over the next eight years. We have more important things to do than get dragged down by an ally that thinks it has a God-given right to larceny.
There is one other thing H.W. should say: As one of the very few remaining Republican leaders commanding widespread respect, he should call for an end to all the anti-Obama, anti-liberal hate talk and all the violence. He should tell people to cool it, and conduct civil discourse only.
Even if you had a Public Plan, there would always be a market for premium, private plans which the well-to-do would buy. Also, there would be a huge market for supplemental or gap plans, like you have presently with Medicare.
Reports are that Pakistan is ramping up nuclear weapon production in a big way at the same time the risk of capture of these weapons by the Taliban is increasing. With the US and Russia actually cutting weapons, the Pakistanis have to be told to cease and desist.
Has the monkey stopped to consider that a public plan, paid for by taxes, would be beneficial for business broadly because employers would be relieved of the obligation to provide costly healthcare benefits. That profitability, competitiveness, and stock prices would rise?