Who gets the credit?

Exclusive: Treasury’s TARP, AIG Bailout Costs Fall to $30 Billion

From about $700 billion to $30 billion. I would be dancing in the streets, but I am skeptical. Is this funny Washington, DC math, again? One thing is sure – our government experts do not understand national economics. But then, did they ever?

Fervently, I hope this poll is wrong…

The Mood of Voters: Men Are Fuming, Women Despairing

“. . . women . . . , the poll suggests . . may stay home this year. . . giving more of the decision-making to men by default. . . “:

Two thoughts came to mind as I read this: (1) For all these years, I thought women wanted to get out of the house. (2) Referring to people who would not exercise their authority, my mother’s favourite saying was: If you do not sit in your chair, a dog will. Got that ladies, about giving default authority to men.
Just think of pocket-book (“economy” for the educated types) issues. You may conclude that the Democratic party might be better. What sayeth, all you’all?
By way of full disclosure, I am a rationalist -for now it means a liberal independent with Democratic party leanings.

From Fighting Terrorists to Fighting Corruption: It is getting “curiouser and curiosier” in the Land of Afghans

U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption

We need to fight the mid-week blues. Unfortunately, like phantom leg pain in amputees, even the unemployed go into this Wednesday funk. So, let us , as a diversion, imagine that Hamid Karzai loudly proclaims that he wants to root out corruption in the United States. Everybody in Afghanistan will laugh and all the camels there will, quite likely, miss the humor. Let us laugh with the Afghans – after all, we are trying to help them. If nothing, laughter might alleviate the Wednesday depression without the annoying side-effects of SSRIs.

Democrats “wimping”, again

In Ad Wars, Democrats Shy From Ties to Own Party

These three instant thoughts crossed my mind, when I read the “. . . Shy[ing] . . .” headline:

1. “Your greatest strength is the weakness of your convictions” (line from the TV sitcom The Golden Girls)
2. Cowards die a thousand deaths . . . (from Indian stories on Rajput bravery)
3. It is such Democratic wimping that gave us 8 years of George W. Bush and 2 wars (based on my 40+ years as an American observer)

Obama appears to have lost his “fire”. I agree he should have done more for Main Street than for Wall Street, but he is our best bet, compared to the Republicans -especially the “ideas-bankrupt-John -A.- Boehner” types who are gleefully looking for an American train wreck. Come this November, if he becomes the Speaker of the House, then we Americans would have spoken quite unwisely.
[By way of full disclosure, I am an independent (I prefer “rationalist”, but that would require a lengthy explanation) who is more sympathetic to the current Democratic administration/Congress and think that, at least, they are weakly trying/trying weakly to help the declining middle class and the growing poor.

Are we aiding and abetting this minister? Silence, I say is best

The 5 Percent Doctrine

By the outrage expressed by Presidents(s), the Pope, General(s), Editorialist(s) at this proposed irrational act by a religious fanatic, are we saying that burning the Koran by such an idiot is a true insult to muslims? Are we provoking others to to indulge in such silly acts to get attention? The rational muslims (most them are) will understand that this single act is not an attack of the religion of Islam because this country allows its own flag to be burned. As for the irrational ones, no amount of appeal will influence them. They will always find something to foment violence. I would suggest silence is the best way to deal with such events. Let our Constitution speak for itself.

USA Today Article: Education Secretary and Hoops

Education Secretary Duncan: Ban NCAA teams with low grad rates

You want schools with less than 40% graduation rate be banned from NCAA post-season play. Very wimpy, Respected Mr. Secretary. What will that really do, for the athlete, if that is who you are worried about?

Why not 80, 90, or, can we get bold and say even a 100% rate? While you are at it, how about a decent quality of education, so that these athletes can get a decent job, when they graduate in a good economy. I have been in university academia long enough to know that, if you pass that rule, there will be a 40% graduation rate overnight in all NCAA schools- sort of the Lake Woebegone effect- where all children are above average. Or being in Washington, would you prefer the “smoke and mirror” analogy?

I looked at some graduation rate numbers- only your neighbor Maryland with an 8% (USA Today is my source for this and other numbers I provide) is well below your expectation; next is CA with 20%; others AR-Pine Bluff (29%), Baylor (36%), Clemson (37%), GA Tech (38%), KY (31%), Louisville (38%), Missouri (36%), Tennessee (30%), and Washington (29%) are close. So, a bump in graduation rate to 40% would be “statistically” insignificant.

Your turn.

By the way, that 40%, where did it come from? baseball – Ted Williams batting average?

Oh, what fun…

it is to be rich these days! We have $ (obviously), have power (always did), and now the government is giving us the poor people’s money. Life is sweet, indeed! Unfortunately, I belong to the working class.

Obama to Delay Pacific Trip by Three Days (NY times, 3/12/2010)

I thought the President could run the country from Air Force One.

Re-post: A pre-presidency message to President Obama

Entry for November 9, 2008

Dear Barack,
Your job is to serve the people. It looks like our government has largely forgotten this central mission.

Real issues often get obscured by “smart” people rhetoric. Please do not let that happen to your Presidency.
I wish you well, as a supporter.

“Obama Calls Jobs Report Better Than Expected”, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, March 5, 2010

Naturally, he is employed!