Monthly Archives: August 2008

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Political Translations

Universal Healthcare means government controlled health care rationing. Rationing means that you do not get as much of something as you would like. Rationing means that some get more than they otherwise would and some would get less. Call it…

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The Consequence of Randomness

One of the critical functions of any sales incentive system is pay for performance. But performance is often hard to measure depending on the industry. Your sales may be up 50% but are you selling 50% more units or has…

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A Sense of Humor

Barbarians for Palin The Republican’s secret weapon is a sense of humor. Obama and Hillary seem almost humorless. Biden seems capable of a smile, but he is the exception. Humor will beat anger in the voting booth.

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Which One Is the Candidate of Change?

Just thinking: Obama has selected a 32 year veteran from the Senate who could hardly place as a Democratic presidential candidate, who outdoes Obama on gaffes and has a bad history on foreign policy decisions and… McCain picks a young…

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Intrade Can Be Wrong- Hooray!

Last week before I took my daughter to college at Indiana, Romney was the favored VP pick for McCain with 75% odds at Intrade. When I returned yesterday, Tim Pawlenty had risen to the likely pick with 75% odds. At…

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How Do They Keep a Straight Face?

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Adrianne Marsh, a spokeswoman for Obama, said in a written statement. HKO answers this moron: 1. Most…

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Victory Belongs to the Committed

Many of the Democrats who voted to authorize the war in Iraq publicly regretted their vote. Hillary said she made a mistake and John Edwards publicly apologized for his vote. When they regreted their votes they clamored for a withdrawal.…

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McCain’s VP

Intrade has had a rapid change and it looks as if Pawlenty is the VP candidate – we will know for sure tomorrow. Tim Pawlenty has an intersting record of accomplishment and real change as governor of Minnesota. A good…

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Intrade vs the Polls

While the main polls still show a minor, but narrowing, lead by Obama Intrade still shows a very wide gap showing a 59% odds of Obama winning and 40% odds of McCain winning. I am not sure how this squares…

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Will the Change Message be Changed to Adapt to the Changes

When Obama’s campaign began it was about “change”. The mortgage market was collapsing, real estate was falling, the dollar was dropping like a rock, gas and food prices were soaring, and most of all the war was still a quagmire.…

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Old But Not Out

The senior citizen voting block is powerful and the candidates love to suck up to the old folks with tax breaks that do not make sense. Yes the senior citizens do have an issue with health insurance costs which will…

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The Golden Path to the White House

from the WSJ.com Political Diary Can McCain Surf a Stronger Dollar?All sorts of economic models scour the data and seek to forecast who will win the presidential race. But such models are generally poor predictors in close races — which…

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Why Obama Admires China

From an Obama speech, speaking about China: “Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you’re starting to think, “Beijing looks like a…

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The Possible Real Cost of Success

By Henry Oliner History students have pondered why Winston Churchill, so victorious in leading the British through WWII was so easily defeated and dismissed from office immediately after the war. Likewise how was George H Bush defeated after a 90%…

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Hybrids Only

I proposed to a member of our city council that the city make “Hybrid Only” parking zones in downtown Macon. It would encourage alternative fuels, and lead other cities by example. It would costs nothing; I am sure the Toyota…

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Romney and Biden

According to Intrade Mitt Romney is the likely VP nominee for John McCain. Intrade had Biden in the lead in the weeks up to the recent Obama announcement. Personally I think Romney will do more for McCain than Biden will…

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Justice for Edwards

Warren Buffet (an Obama supporter) suggested that the financial backers of John Edwards should consider a class action lawsuit against their candidate. Edwards knew his liason would sink his chances, yet he continued to take money for his campaign. This…

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Do Political Associates Matter?

by Henry Oliner When Ron Paul was a Republican candidate he was easily the first choice of the hard core libertarians. Yet he also attracted many hard core anti-Semitic and white supremacists. While I support many of his libertarian principles…

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Houses of Cards

The attacks on McCain’s number of houses is foolish for three reasons: 1. No one really cares.2. It is a thin issue, easily forgotten the months before the election. It has no sticking power.3. It is an easy issue to…

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Biden

Biden is far more qualified to be president than Obama, yet he is second on the ticket. This alone should speak volumes on how screwed up the nomination process is. If Biden had won the primary, I doubt that he…

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