Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

Poll: Bush still blamed for economy

Again, this is a riff off of an article in Politico.  Supposedly, 

“Thirty-one percent of the 2,344 adults surveyed said Bush deserves the most blame for a rough economy, leading the second-place Wall Street by 6 percentage points.” 

George Bush must have been some powerful man to cause the entire freaking world economy to tank.  I can see if it was just America’s economy that tanked.  That would make sense to blame Bush. He was at the helm.  But you need evidence of a cause and effect, dear idiots.  George W. Bush did not force banks to lend to people who were not qualified for mortgages under traditional accounting practices. That would be the Democrats who did that.  The Republicans tried to change the status quo at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the Democrats stopped them. 

Long before Bush came into office, the Dems led by Clinton and Treasury Secretary Robt. Rubin lead the charge to repeal Glass-Steagall.  That lead to the “too big to fail” banks that just had to be bailed out.  I can see blaming Bush for bailing out Wall Street, that was almost criminal, using taxpayer money to ensure that Wall Street Bankers got bailed out while we the little guys got screwed.  But Obama has not come in and done anything different,  he  has kept doing the same thing, so I don’t see how you can blame Bush and not Obama. 

For those in the know, the economic melt-down was caused by a perfect storm.  Glass-Steagall was repealed, allowing banks to become too big to fail.  Liberal policies encouraged banks to lend to people who could not pay.  Democrat lackeys at Fannie and Freddie put profits and bonuses ahead of sound business practice.  Lack of oversight allowed the packaging of toxic loans to be sold world-wide.   Personally, anybody stupid enough to blame GWB for the world-wide crash that occurred should be automatically disqualified from voting.  And maybe even from breathing. There is blame enough to go around.

Is America shallow when it comes to choosing our presidential candidates?

The presidency is not a beauty contest

This article is inspired by the recent article in Politico by Ben Smith, “Rubio’s path,” which mentions that some are touting Marko Rubio as a presidential candidate.   But my ire is not just aimed just at Rubio, but many politicians from both sides of the aisle. 

President Obama is a walking breathing Exhibit A of why we should not elect inexperienced politicians about whom we know very little.  But Sarah Palin is no more qualified to fill in than Obama.  Both gave a great speech (Obama at the 2004 Convention, Palin in 2008), and are photogenic, and able to raise money.  But that should not qualify one to become President of the United States. Before talk of Rubio, we heard talk of Scott Brown running for president. We don’t even know what the hell he believes in, but he won in Massachusetts so some think he is qualified to become president.  

Similarly, I’ve heard some talk about people wanting Gen. Petraeus to run, just as many wished Colin Powell would run before him.  Sure, both are distinguished generals, but we do not even know what they stand for on the issues.  Being a general in and of itself does not teach skills that transfer to being the president.  See, e.g., General Grant and Ike, but it doesn’t rule out one becoming a great president.  See, e.g., Geo. Washington and Andrew Jackson.

Good speeches catapulting the speakers to prominence is not new.  Many remember the speech by Andrew Cuomo that instantly caused him to be considered presidential timber.  Bill Clinton rose to prominence based in part on a speech he gave at the 1988 convention.  Jack Kennedy is still considered one of our top five presidents by many dumbasses citizens, in large part because he spoke well, was handsome, and the press treated him as though he was a rock star.

Kennedy was too young and inexperienced.  So was Clinton, and GWB, and so is Obama.   Of course, Clinton was special, the best politician in my lifetime except for Ronald Reagan. 

So what do I want in a candidate?  I want executive experience, not just long years in the House or Senate.  Military experience is a plus.  Business experience is a plus.  Good looks and the ability to speak contemporaneously is a plus.  But I’m more swayed by a solid history of being consistently on the right side of the issues, not a recent “come to Jesus” convert to conservativism (see, e.g., Mitt Romney) or a say whatever it takes type (see, e.g., John McCain). 

Yes, I like where Rubio is on the issues.  Yes, I like the fight in Sarah Palin.  I’m glad Brown won in Massachusetts, but I’m leery of anybody from MA, let alone having them be president.  So gain some experience, dudes, and let’s talk in a few years.  Maybe ya’ll are presidential timber, maybe you aren’t.

Thoughts On Confederate History Month

Primer: See the Washington Post article here.

I’m gonna tell you up front.  I don’t live in VA.  Hell, I don’t even live on the East Coast.  But I’ve seen a lot in writing and on TV regarding Gov. Robert McDonnell (who I am a fan of) declaring April “Confederate History Month” in VA. as many governors before him have.  And I have three words about it:

Big.   Fukking.  Deal…

Let’s get right down to brass tacks about this.  Gov. McDonnell’s proclamation is meant to show historical respect to brave men who fought for what they thought to be right in a dark period of our nations history.  He is embracing the heritage of the state, and in the process setting a stage for an increased interest in Virginia’s rich cultural heritage and a great destination for visitors.

Good for him.

There is nothing in this proclamation about slavery.  There shouldn’t be.  Slavery is a dark, but real, part of this nations history – and while repugnant – still a legal state in the 1860s.   This is NOT about slavery.  And it should be noted that slavery is only a portion of what led to the Civil War.  We are remiss in not remembering that states rights and intrusive Federal government were larger reasons for the Civil War.  Not so dissimilar to today, oh by the way…

Bear with me for a moment as I post the eight paragraphs of Gov. McDonnell’s proclamation:

WHEREAS,  April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has long recognized her Confederate history, the numerous civil war battlefields that mark every  region of the state, the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today; and

WHEREAS,  it is important for all Virginians to reflect upon our Commonwealth’s  shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present; and

WHEREAS, Confederate historical sites such as the White House of the Confederacy are open for people to visit in Richmond today; and

WHEREAS, all Virginians can appreciate the fact that when ultimately overwhelmed by the insurmountable numbers and resources of the Union Army, the surviving, imprisoned and injured Confederate soldiers gave their word and allegiance to the United States of America, and returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace, following the instruction of General Robert E. Lee of Virginia, who wrote that, “…all should unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war and to restore the blessings of peace.”; and

WHEREAS,   this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert McDonnell, do hereby recognize April 2010 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

This is not about slavery.  It is not about the denigration of black people.  It is about Heritage.  Sacrifice.  Patriotism.  It is a call to remind ourselves of how issues that divide us should – and should not – be handled.  About how a people, feeling disenfranchised by their Federal Government chose a very hard path to fight for what they believed in.  It’s about remembering how hurt can be healed by the right person, doing the right thing, at the right time.

And to those who wish to make this an issue about black vs. white:  Fukk off.  It’s not about that, I know it – and so do you.  You are just too narrow minded to admit it.

So, embrace your history Virgina.  Learn from it.  Apply it to some of the very issues we face today.  The term “Virginian” used to bestow pride and honor amongst those who wore the moniker.  DO NOT be afraid to feel that way today.

With respect,

-LTB (Of the West Coast)

Rush was right?

From NFL.com:  “Brian Baldinger: Eagles have no regret
The Eagles should be ecstatic. I view McNabb as a flawed player, and it was never more apparent than in the back-to-back losses to the Cowboys last season. His flaws will never go away. Now, the Eagles get at least two chances to expose the same flaws they’ve been covering up for 11 years. It works against the Redskins that McNabb is still in the division. Andy Reid can finally stop covering up for one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the history of the game. The Eagles will go to the playoffs. The Redskins will be watching from the golf course.”

Now, I wish he had elaborated upon what Donovan’s “flaws” are.  I always thought his flaws were the lack of quality receivers.

Barack Obama is disposable

from iOwnTheWorld