Paul Krugman opines on the ugly turn occurring in the McCain/Palin rallies:
The crisis isn’t the only scary thing going on. Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain’s chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage. It’s not just a mob phenomenon — it’s visible in the right-wing media, and to some extent in the speeches of McCain and Palin.
And from HuffPost:
And rightly so. From ABC News:
Its ambiguity: Very short on specifics and oversight, they say. Its fairness: Because taxpayer’s will be subsidizing the risk investors “chose” to take. And it’s long-term effects: The economists say paying for it will take a generation
“Ben Bernanke likes to say there are no atheists in fox holes, well General Bernanke just called in from the fox hole and said we want a nuclear strike. It’s that radical and we’re going ‘is it really that bad?'” said John Cochrane, finance professor, University of Chicago
The Democrats should be right along with this as well. I understand something must be done to keep credit flowing within the banking system. But people should also be held accountable for their mistakes. Why should we as taxpayers, who pay their mortgages, bills, and taxes on time be forced to bail out folks who gambled?
It’s a known fact: As mayor of Wasilla, an Alaskan town, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin thought it was prudent to have rape victims pay for their own rape kits and exams. From the NYTimes OpEd Page:
The insult to rape victims is obvious. So is the sexism inherent in singling them out to foot the bill for investigating their own case. And the main result of billing rape victims is to protect their attackers by discouraging women from reporting sexual assaults.
This on top of some startling stats from staralaska.org:
- Alaska is the # 1 state in the country for Rape and has been for 23 out of the last 30 years (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)
- Alaska’s reported rate of rape per capita is 2.6 times the national average (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)
- Anchorage has the ninth highest sexual assault rate of any city in the United States, and Fairbanks is ranked first (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)
- Fairbanks’ rape rate is 4.7 times the national average (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)
We really need to understand her reasoning behind this and call her on it. She’s kept quiet about it far too long.
From the DailyKos, regarding Palin’s interview with Katie Couric:
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions.
As Kos points out, Palin says that “Reducing taxes has to be accompanied by tax reductions.”
It doesn’t get any better than this.
Oh boy, let the mudracking begin. From the National Enquirer [hey, they were on the money with the John Edwards affair], reports that Sarah Palin had an affair with Brad Hanson, Todd Palin’s business partner and former city council member from nearby town.
No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with husband Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.
And the breakdown from Gawker.
It’s a sad fact but racism is still alive and well in America as these articles suggest, which will make Obama’s run for the presidency all the more difficult.
Pat Buchanan opines on how the neocons are schooling Palin on foreign policy.