Obama acted dumb on public financing

Seriously, I consider this a non issue as far as all issues are concerned. I think Obama is doing the sensible thing not going with public financing. In the big scheme of things, I would rather see a politician go back on something like this, rather than an important issue such as the Iraq war or education. WHat I am pissed about is how dumb was Obama to make public financing an issue early on? Why would he paint himself in a corner? Why not leave himself a way out by not sounding that holier than thou early on?  

Let's be frank. This whole spiel that small donors negates the need for him to go with public financing is an insult to our intelligence. WHy didn't he mention this early on as a qualifier? This is what Obama thought. Obama thought he could use public financing when he thought he wouldn't get much money, but now that he is getting a lot of donations, he doesn't see the need for it. Now, I support him. I think it would be stupid of him to go with public financing, especially when he has the upper hand. What I do not like was he set himself up for a needless controversy.

I do not like public financing. No matter what people say, I believe the candidates who end up qualifying will mostly be people with resources. They are still going to be influenced by lobbies. No matter how many 527 reform bills passed, there will always be privately funded issue oriented ads which can circumvent the public financing limitations. Maybe we could have a "financing cap" instead of public financing though that will still have the loophole for fake independent groups putting up ads

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MARK PENN Avoids responsibility

Mark Penn has the gall to blame lack of monay for Hillary's defeat. THis is the same guy whose fees were one of the big moneysuckers of the campaign and he complains that there wasn't enough money?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/opinio n/08penn.html?_r=1

He starts off on a reasonable note.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of losing a close race is thinking about what else you could have done to win. You replay the campaign over and over again in your head. As an adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, I sure do.

Then he mentions a few standard platitudes about the Hillary campaign. Standard stuff, really.

But then he ends the essay on this unremarkable note:


Are there a lot of other things the campaign could have done differently? Of course. We should have taken on Mr. Obama more directly and much earlier, and we needed a different kind of operation to win caucuses and to retain the support of superdelegates. From more aggressively courting young people earlier to mobilizing the full power of women, there are things that could have been done differently.

OK genius, like what??


While everyone loves to talk about the message, campaigns are equally about money and organization. Having raised more than $100 million in 2007, the Clinton campaign found itself without adequate money at the beginning of 2008, and without organizations in a lot of states as a result. Given her successes in high-turnout primary elections and defeats in low-turnout caucuses, that simple fact may just have had a lot more to do with who won than anyone imagines.

huh? what was the freaking point of the article? He doesn't mention that the money donated to Hillary, while running low in the latter part of the campaign, was still high enough overall to have lasted. He doesnt explain why the money was spent. How much he made off of the campaign. Why he deserved that money? What exactly did he learn from his mistakes? Or does he think he was the only one not to make mistakes?

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It's too bad Hillary wasn't part of Gore 2000 campaign

I am watching Recount on HBO. Not a very good movie mainly because I am not a fan of the overly pretentious Sorkin style direction in the first half. But that's another issue.

But it should remind people that the lesson of 2000 wasn't to endlessly whine about Nader. It was how the Gore campaign failed to fight until the end their right to get a proper recount. It is how fighters prosper in our political system. Do not fear what someone might think of you. Another familiar idiot pops up in the movie - Lieberman with his self righteous TV appearance saying the military ballots should be counted even if late while failing to emphasize how the other ballots were being ignored. And people in this party failed to take this idiot to task for his limp performance all through the campaign until he decided to thumb his nose at others in the post Lamont primary win period.

Which brings me to the DEmocratic Party's main sin during the last 15 years - their lack of character in fighting all the way to the finish on issues they care about. Even now, we can't seem to make this election year a slam dunk one despite the many Republican blunders.

I see Hillary fight all the way to the end and wish that the Gore-lieberman campaign showed the same fighting spirit. People like to whine about Nader. But remember he, not Lieberman who was in the good graces of the party until recently(and still in Reid's good graces now) supported Gore's right to fight. If Hillary was in Gore's position, she would have not given up. And I think she should not give up now. Now, it doesn't mean the superdelegates should not end it for her by stepping in on June 3 and declaring their final choices.

I don't want Hillary to be the nominee, but other Democrats can take lessons from her no-quit spirit exhibited this campaign. I just think she needs to remember not to mess up other Democrats in the process as this is still an internal election.

I am glad Obama is not stupid enough to publicly ask Hillary to back down. But I think my fellow Obama supporters crossed the line a month ago when they kept asking for her to step down.

If only she and other DEmocrats fought this hard in 2000(Gore ) and 2002(iraq war buildup).

On a final note: I wish CNN would have covered the same points this movie did in REAL TIME. CNN always has a bad habit of doing some fair minded pieces months after an issue is dead. If they only did their jobs and there were more Michael Wares at CNN.

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Lieberman's stepson for Obama

HA HA HA HA HAA,  AAAAAAAH , YESSS.

On a political scale, this means nothing. But for my personal satisfaction, this means a lot to see Lieberman put in an uncomfortable position. I will take whatever cheap shots one can throw at Loserman.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/23 /liebermans-step-son-im-vo_n_103293.html


less Democrat listening to Sen. Joe Lieberman. Rabbi Ethan Tucker, the senator's step son, offered up his opinion on the difficulties facing Obama in reaching out to the Jewish community:

Tucker, 32, the biological son of Lieberman's wife, Hadassah, opines that an age split is apparent within the Jewish community in attitudes about Obama (as has also been shown in the overall Democratic constituency). Tucker, as paraphrased by reporter Jodi Kantor, asserts that younger Jews "have grown up in diverse settings and are therefore less likely to be troubled by Mr. Obama's associations than their elders."

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

I think I will forgive Hadassah for profiting off of Lieberman's political career since she did produce a son who has made this stance.

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Medical Record Privacy for Presidential Candidates

I was reading this article where it says McCain refuses to let the NYT have access to his medical records. Now this incident seems more like a case of pique than an attempt to protect his privacy as he allowed other outlets to view them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/22 /mccain-restricts-medical_n_103185.html

However, what if McCain didn't want to release his records to any outlet? Do we really have a moral right to demand that he produce his medical records just because he is going to be President? This trend of wanting to know every single freaking thing about our candidates is getting a little too out of control.

Sure, I understand that it is important we know whether our President will croak mid-office. But it is not that crucial.  You know what, if that happens, it can happen even to the healthier guy. Seriously, what are the chances of that happening for a President to die in the next four years? Small. And even if it did, it is not the end of the world.

We need to stop making a soap opera out of every incident. Life is not supposed to be complication free. When it happens, we deal with it and move on. The country will not fall apart. The Vice President will take over and everything will be just fine.

Seriously, I was watching CNN regarding the Ted Kennedy brain tumor. Sad, but let's face it. The guy is fairly old and is living past his expiration date for a guy leading the kind of  lifestyle he did. Still, I understand that it is jolting to hear about it. But is there any need to for networks to show live feeds of Ted Kennedy's vehicle driving down the highway ala the OJ coverage? Get a life, people.  

We know McCain is old. We know Obama is young. We know Hillary is healthy enough to go through a vigorous campaign. Use some common sense. Most voters do not really interpret real medical data that well, anyway. They are just as likely to overreact to some harmless problem just as a person with no knowledge will overreact to McCain's age or even Hillary's age. That is all we need to know. We can guess McCain is more likely to die in office compared to Obama. Their medical records are NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.

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Presidential Privacy: Medical Records (McCain and others)

I was reading this article where it says McCain refuses to let the NYT have access to his medical records. Now this incident seems more like a case of pique than an attempt to protect his privacy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/22 /mccain-restricts-medical_n_103185.html

However, what if McCain didn't want to release his records to any outlet? Do we really have a moral right to demand that he produce his medical records just because he is going to be President? This trend of wanting to know every single freaking thing about our candidates is getting a little too out of control.

Sure, I understand that it is important we know whether our President will croak mid-office. But it is not that crucial.  You know what, if that happens, it can happen even to the healthier guy. Seriously, what are the chances of that happening for a President to die in the next four years? Small. And even if it did, it is not the end of the world.

We need to stop making a soap opera out of every incident. Life is not supposed to be complication free. When it happens, we deal with it and move on. The country will not fall apart. The Vice President will take over and everything will be just fine.

Seriously, I was watching CNN regarding the Ted Kennedy brain tumor. Sad, but let's face it. The guy is fairly old and is living past his expiration date for a guy leading the kind of  lifestyle he did. Still, I understand that it is jolting to hear about it. But is there any need to for networks to show live feeds of Ted Kennedy's vehicle driving down the highway ala the OJ coverage? Get a life, people.  

We know McCain is old. We know Obama is young. We know Hillary is healthy enough to go through a vigorous campaign. That is all we need to know. Their medical records are NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.

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Hypersensitivity gone amuck. Clueless Affirm. Action office at IUPUI

Everyone seems offended these days. You got the "ordinary hard working" white Americans who are offended by some clumsily worded but benign "bitter" comment from Obama. We got "liberals' who had no problem with flag burning in the past all of a sudden find "goddamn America" to be some kind of a hate speech from Wright (yeah yeah, he made some other exagerrations too, but this was also mentioned as being offensive by some MYDD readers). Some white lady who should know better what her priorities should be decides to ask in the precious air time she gets why obama doesn't wear a freaking flag lapel. People are outraged by every freaking thing these days. Obama people are not guilt-free either. You got people accusing Hillary of being a racist for bringing up the Lyndon Johnson - MLK legislation example. Sheeesh. When did we  become a nation of pussies so prone to hurt feelings? Oh maybe we always were like this?

And now, I read about an incident at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) that tops anything you see in the primary. An incident which really does a disservice to people on our side because any legitimate complaints in the future at this university will be made tougher to take seriously because of idiotic incidents like this.

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KBR - Electrocuting our soldiers one by one

Somewhere out of this article, I see ample fodder for an attack ad on the awfulness of the REpublicans in control and how they have "stood up" for our brave soldiers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/world/ middleeast/04electrocute.html?_r=1&p artner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagew anted=all&oref=slogin

In October 2004, the United States Army issued an urgent bulletin to commanders across Iraq, warning them of a deadly new threat to American soldiers. Because of flawed electrical work by contractors, the bulletin stated, soldiers at American bases in Iraq had received severe electrical shocks, and some had even been electrocuted.

While several deaths have been attributed to inadvertent contact with power lines under battlefield conditions, the Army bulletin said that five deaths over the preceding year had apparently been caused by faulty grounding, and the circumstances of others have not been fully explained by the Army. Many more soldiers have been injured by shocks, Pentagon officials and soldiers say.

American electricians who worked for KBR, the Houston-based defense contractor .... said they repeatedly warned company managers and military officials....

One electrician warned his KBR bosses in his 2005 letter of resignation that unsafe electrical work was "a disaster waiting to happen." Another said he witnessed an American soldier in Afghanistan receiving a potentially lethal shock. A third provided e-mail messages and other documents showing that he had complained to KBR and the government that logs were created to make it appear that nonexistent electrical safety systems were properly functioning.

Those electricians have a ready response to anyone who suggests that poor electrical work might be considered an unavoidable cost of war. "The excuse KBR always used was, `This is a war zone -- what do you expect?' " recalled Jeffrey Bliss, an Ohio electrician who worked for the company in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006

Murder by negligence.

Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Everett, 23, of the Texas National Guard was electrocuted in September 2005 while power-washing a Humvee at Camp Taqaddum, in central Iraq near Falluja. His mother, Larraine McGee said Army officials had told her that the equipment he was using was connected to a generator that was not properly grounded, and that soldiers had previously complained of shocks.

LIES, FAILED PROMISES


"We were told that as a result of his death all the generators were being repaired and that it wouldn't happen again," Ms. McGee said. "But if it is still going on, something's not right."

Another soldier said in an interview that he was repeatedly shocked in the shower in December 2007 and submitted requests for repairs. But nothing was done until the day after Sergeant Maseth's death,...

WHISTLEBLOWER FIRED

In 2006, John McLain was working as a KBR electrician at the United States regional embassy compound in Hilla, south of Baghdad, when he made a disturbing discovery. A KBR quality control inspector had recently cited employees there for failing to file quarterly ground resistance testing logs -- reports on whether the wiring in the upgraded embassy building was properly grounded and safe.

Mr. McLain soon realized that the testing was not being conducted, because the building had never been grounded, though KBR and at least one Iraqi subcontractor were supposed to install proper safeguards during a renovation the previous year. Mr. McLain said he had sent a series of increasingly blunt memos and e-mail warnings about the safety hazards to KBR officials.

Mr. McLain said other KBR electricians later created logs that incorrectly made it appear that the grounding system existed. KBR fired him in 2007 after he told a visiting defense contracting agency official about his concerns. His candor proved useless, however. Mr. McLain said that the contracting agency official showed no interest. "He said, `I'm not an electrician; I don't know what you are talking about,' "Mr. McLain recalled.

On a personal note, I was traveling on Emirates Air and Dubai was one of the stops. This was a couple of years ago. I overheard a couple of KBR employees at Gatwick discuss the expensive hotels they were going to be at and some delight in the expense accounts. I am guessing this is how business was conducted. There was no sense of sacrifice here. Just an opportunity to fleece the government coffers.

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Great day for democracy in PA

I was born in State College. Lived in Pittsburgh as a lil kid and then later on after high school. I don't live there anymore.

But I am glad such a big state finally gets its deserved shot at having a say in this primary process.

I am for Obama but some Obama supporters were dead wrong to want to deny PA the chance to express their wishes by asking Hillary to drop out. Nothing wrong with asking Hillary to cut the crap when campaigning but there is something wrong when you ask her not to fight all the way until the end.

If the party does not want to have a process like this, why did these party elders condone a schedule like this in the first place? Why not just have one big final Super Tuesday last month? Unless you answer this question, there really is nothing more to talk about.

Until then, enjoy your moment in the spotlight, Pennsylvania. Go Penguins. I can't get myself to say Go Flyers for tonight's Game 7. I will leave my Philadephia peers to do that in the comments section.

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Obama needs to include "LOWER TAXES" in his message

I am personally indifferent to the tax issue. I feel like there is no right answer to the level of taxation. However, when the government spends our money unwisely, I am for lower taxes until the government can rebuild it's internal efficiency to the point where it can be trusted with more taxes. I believe that a lot of our infrastructure is not being rebuilt because of wasteful expenditure on defense and other pork barrel projects.

I have talked to quite a few independents on the conservative side and it is amazing how much they prefer the republicans fiscal plan despite the fact that it is not proven to be sound. My feeling based on conversations is taxes.

Now Obama does not have to reduce taxes for the rich or even capital gains taxes on the big corporations to sell his message of lower taxes. Just leave those upper levels static, and then propose cuts for every other income group and small business and instantly he becomes the guy who is selling the message of lower taxes. All he has to do is propose varyling level of cuts, some of which can be very minimal.

We are not going to fund education by merely raising taxes. The truth is the government needs to put an end to Iraq like misadventures and pork. Get rid of excessive subsidies and bailouts.

All Obama has to do is cut a very minimal percentage for the richer of the groups we decide to give tax cuts to, and a bigger percentage for the middle class, champion AMT reform, and he will be seen as a fiscal moderate instantly(despite the fact that he is no fiscal extremist on the left in reality).

If Obama can sell himself as the lower tax guy, he will win the general election - GUARANTEED!

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