October 4, 2012
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I did not stay up to watch the debate tonight, but according to Zero Hedge Romney managed a freakish 217 words per minute compared to Obama’s 172. That’s quite a performance; try it yourself. Will obviously have to watch on YouTube learn his tricks.
January 25, 2012
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Mark Thoma has a nice and short post today on the presidents State of the Union speech. He thinks the speech was “nice”, but since ‘putting people back to work should be treated as a national emergency”, he consider the speech as too vague on what to do now:
The plan the president outlined is fine as far as it goes, but I wanted a jobs plan that was big and bold. I wanted a plan that puts immediate job creation at the forefront. However, this plan is largely tax cuts, it’s piecemeal, and it’s mostly directed at our long-run problems. Bringing business home doesn’t happen overnight, R&D takes time, so does infrastructure, and so on. Millions of people need jobs now, not later. They don’t have time to wait, for example, for manufacturing to move from China back to the US, and there’s no certainty that will happen in any case. What was missing from the speech is a strong, coherent plan to create jobs immediately. Don’t get me wrong, we need to address our long-run problems. But we also need to get people back to work as soon as possible.
I agree with Thoma. As I noted yesterday, Obama is a great orator, but he constantly disappoints on execution. True, he is facing formidable and very strong opponents, both on Capital Hill and outside. But so far he has not had the will or courage to take on special interest groups. And, his views on energy and gas production will be controversial in the run up for the presidential election, ref. all the discussion about fracking.
January 11, 2012
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Matt Romney has a solid lead in NH, but Ron Paul will finish a strong no. 2. He carries the young and independent voters, and surprisingly many disappointed Obama voters as well. With such a strong position, it is time to look closer at his polices, apart from wish to abolish the Fed. If you are curious how this congressman from Texas continue to draw large, young crowds, you should read the blog below.
Glenn Greenwald of salon.com offers an interesting analysis of liberals ambivalent views of Ron Paul.
Ron Paul’s candidacy is a mirror held up in front of the face of America’s Democratic Party and its progressive wing, and the image that is reflected is an ugly one; more to the point, it’s one they do not want to see because it so violently conflicts with their desired self-perception.
Unfortunately, Ron Paul has been associated with certain groups on the right with not so clean views (racism, and worse) and this make him unacceptable for many progressives. But Greenwald argues that Obama has many (if not more) dubious positions on his slate, including continued support for covert wars and the industrial-military complex. So if the choice is between two evils, many liberals may this year support Ron Paul, even though they may vote for him while they hold their nose.