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  • Weekend edition - Fact Checker(McCain gets four Pinocchios)

  • McCain on the View - onegoodmove Forum

  • Op-Ed Columnist - Hold Your Heads Up - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
    Ignorance must really be bliss. How else, over so many years, could the G.O.P. get away with ridiculing all things liberal?

  • The Truth? You Can't Handle the Truth!
    As a fairly recent arrival to US shores, I always used to enjoy sniggering, perhaps over a warm beer and a game of darts, at my colonial friends and their ridiculous fascination with creationism. However, no longer can I thank Pastafari for having been born a Brit – because it now seems we’re just as bad

  • Lipstick on a Wing Nut
    John McCain chose the supremely under-qualified Sarah Palin as his running mate partly because she is a woman. If you have a problem with that, you're a sexist. She talks incessantly about being a mother of five and uses her newborn, Trig, who has Down syndrome, as a campaign prop. If you wonder how she'll handle all those kids and the Veep job too, you're a super-sexist. "When do they ever ask a man that question?" charges that fiery feminist Rudy Giuliani. Indeed, Palin, who went back to work when Trig was three days old, gets nothing but praise from Phyllis Schlafly, James Dobson and the folks at National Review, who usually blame all the ills of modern America on those neurotic, harried, selfish, frustrated, child-neglecting, husband-castrating working mothers. Even stranger, her five-months-pregnant 17-year-old, Bristol, gets nothing but compassion and respect from Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others who have spent their careers slut-shaming teens for having sex--and blaming their parents for letting it happen.

  • Taking the pledge… » Listics

  • Not Eating with the Bushes - John Baker’s Blog

  • Sarah Palin may not know the Bush Doctrine, but she sure sounds like Bush. - By John Dickerson - Slate Magazine


 

Comments

I thought this was an interesting take on Palin from Arianna Huffington: A Trojan Moose concealing four more years of Bush. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/sarah-palin-a-trojan-moosb124867.html?showcommentid=15510983

And then there's this from Alan Greenspan - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080913/aponel_pr/mccain

That America cannot support McCain's tax cuts without cutting spending but....As I understand it: McCain is saying cutting the earmarks will do it when even the conservative estimate (the amount seems to be under debate) of the tax cuts doesn't come near to be covered by the cutting of earmarks.

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I loved the Lipstick on a Wingnut link! I had to double check to make sure Robinson didn't pen it ;-)

Sorry for getting that wrong --- Thanks, Syngas. That works very well...

Here is the first one. Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of Bush

I just pasted the other one in since Yahoo keeps moving the url.

WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan says the country can't afford tax cuts of the magnitude proposed by Republican presidential contender John McCain — at least not without a corresponding reduction in government spending.

"Unless we cut spending, no," the former Federal Reserve chairman said Friday when asked about McCain's proposed tax cuts, pegged in some estimates at $3.3 trillion.

"I'm not in favor of financing tax cuts with borrowed money," Greenspan said during an interview with Bloomberg Television. "I always have tied tax cuts to spending."

McCain has said that he would offset his proposed cuts — including reducing the corporate tax rate and eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax that has plagued middle-class families — by ending congressional pork-barrel spending, unnecessary government programs and overhauling entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Democrats pounced on Greenspan's comments, in part because McCain professed last year that he was weaker on economics than foreign affairs and was reading Greenspan's memoir, "The Age of Turbulence," to educate himself.

"Obviously he needs to go back to that book and study it some more," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said during a conference call arranged by the campaign of Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

McCaskill said eliminating congressional earmark spending — estimated at $17 billion annually — cannot offset McCain's proposed tax cuts.

"That's a huge amount of money, but it's not even a drop in the bucket to pay for $3.5 trillion in tax cuts," she said. "So, every time he throws up earmarks and he's asked how he's going to pay for it, he knows he's being disingenuous, he knows he's not being forthcoming."

McCain campaign officials dispute the $3.3 trillion figure, saying it assumes eliminating 2003 tax cuts made by the Bush administration and then cutting from that higher level. They say McCain is proposing tax cuts worth $600 billion from current levels.

"John McCain opposed President Bush's tax cuts in 2003, because they didn't include the necessary spending controls. Sen. McCain's proposed job-growing tax cuts are modest in comparison to his plans to slow the exploding growth of federal expenditures — meaning that contrary to Chairman Greenspan's assertions, this relief isn't proposed on borrowed money," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

While McCain opposed the 2003 cuts and previous Bush administration tax cuts from 2001, he now says he would leave them intact. Obama has said he would repeal Bush tax cuts benefiting families making over $250,000 annually to pay for programs and provide middle-tax class relief.

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