Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


The Big Three

December 4, 2008

An email I just sent to my US Senators and Congressman.

Senator/Congressman Murray/Cantwell/McDermott,

I support a government loan to the big three American Auto Companies.

While many of their wounds are self inflicted, the current economic crises has affected them in a way that few companies could survive. While I am a believer in a capitalist economy, an economy where good companies win and bad companies lose, the Big Three should not be forced to close their doors because a significant number of the nation’s financial institutions were run by incompetent fools. While any one of them may deserve to go under in the future, this is not the time.

If one or more of these companies fail, I believe that the loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector, in the midst of the recession, will drag the economy down even further, leading to further job losses and declining incomes. For the most part, the people who will suffer the most will be the ones who had very little to do with the auto industry’s poor decisions and that is profoundly unfair.


Joe Grindstaff


Vice Presidential Candidate Follies II

September 28, 2008

Hmm, maybe the Obama Campaign should go with the ‘No Press Conferences’ idea.


Vice Presidential Candidate Follies

September 28, 2008

Well, now we know why they don’t want her to have a press conference.

And this isn’t Tina Fey on SNL. This is really Sarah Palin.


The Banking Crises

September 22, 2008

“Welcome to History”, an easy to understand explanation of the meltdown in the financial markets.


This is what Paulson and Bernanke are trying to manage. They have done three big things in the past couple of days:

1. Proposed a huge RTC-like government “bad bank” that banks can dump all their bad loans into. (Apparently, though, unlike the case with the RTC, they will not need to declare bankruptcy to do it.)

2. Provided a federal guarantee on money-market accounts.

3. Promulgated a temporary ban on naked shortselling for about 800 financial stocks (in related news, the new recommended medical practice when you discover that you have a fever is to smash the thermometer against the wall, since this makes the problem go away).

I had never heard of this site (The American Scene) until today.  I skimmed through a few of the postings and at first glance, it looks like something I’ll want to check out regularly.


Speaking of Potatoe

September 19, 2008

Just for the fun of it, one of the defining moments of the 1988 presidential race

(confession: I was a Dan Quayle apologist.  I’m a loyal Hoosier and I had very little knowledge of politics. Yes, I even agreed when he <gulp> took on Murphy Brown)


Energy Expert

September 19, 2008

I was going to make some clever joke about her answer.  But I can’t do it because the whole thing is so depressing.

Seriously? This is what passes for competent politicians now days?  Has anyone asked her to spell potatoe?


The Muslims are Coming!!

September 16, 2008

Republicans = Classy.

Nothing like scaring the hell out of people to get ’em to the polling place.