Monthly Archives: September 2008

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Change on the Cheap

from Tax Prof Blog Perhaps the Obama-Biden campaign needs a new slogan: “Change You Can Believe In (As Long As Someone Else Pays For It)” Joe Biden today released ten years of his personal income tax returns, drawing further attention…

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The Big Bust Bonus Bailout

I remember how in the laste 1980’s Michael Milken ‘earned’ a $500 million dollar bonus and the following year his employer, old line brokerage house Drexel Burnham went out of business. With the federal government having to bail out so…

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The Christaphobics

I find it interesting to see in the e-mails and blogs from the left how they attack Palin because of her controversial, radical, extremist church, yet they have no problem with Barak’s 15 year relationship with Reverend Wright. I do…

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Obama’s Fatal Flaw

Excellent article in Asia Times’ Sep 3, 2008How Obama lost the election By Spengler excerpts “[Obama’s] recital of a long list of domestic promises could have been delivered byany Democratic nominee from Walter Mondale to John Kerry. There was no…

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Obama as Jesus

Master blogger Erick Erickson smacks the “Obama as Jesus” analogy at his “Confessions of a Political Junkie”- exerpts Being a partisan, I want to win this election. And I think you lefties have come upon a winning strategy to help…

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The Junkie’s Dilemma

by Henry Oliner The history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dates back to FDR and LBJ. Their mission was to provide mortgage loans to middle and lower income citizens. But like so many popular government programs (including health care)…

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Diluting Hot Button Issues

According the popular web site and book, “Stuff White People Like”, one of the long listed items is “Irony”. So here is my irony observation on this political contest. By picking a candidate, Obama, that is so far left, the…

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Higher Gas Prices Saves Lives

Apparently highway accidents are down because gas prices are high. People are driving less, particularly the young and the elderly who are impacted most by higher fuel prices. These are also two groups with higher accident rates. Do the math.

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Voter Credit

By Henry Oliner9/17/2008 4:16 AM We are midway into a week of financial crisis, and the blogosphere writers seek the insights to explain it all. While this debacle has a long complicated history, the basics are really pretty simple. The…

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New Feminism

Sarah Palin has been referred to as a ‘Republican Cyborg’- almost too perfect. She is as real as a woman gets, yet she impresses with a sense of accomplishment and balance few people can imagine. She is smart, powerful, friendly…

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The Limits of Experts

“It seems that knowing a lot is simply not as helpful in making predictions about human behaviour as people tend to assume. Too much knowledge can actually trip you up, because it gets enlisted on behalf of your favorite hunches-…

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Another Damn HKO Prediction

Lehman is bankrupt. Merril Lynch is acquired. The Dow is down 500 points. I predict it will end the week higher than it started.

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Money, Chewing Gum, and Elections

I like books that challenge conventional thinking beyond shallow left and right analogies. In this vein I recommend Nassim Taleb’s “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Black Swan”, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, and “The Tipping Point”…

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Democrats on the Defensive

“[Sarah] Palin’s speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don’t do well on defense. Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are…

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The Emotional Factor in Risk

“for example, we consider having a gun in the house far more dangerous to children than say, a swimming pool, but in fact children die at the rate of 1 per 11,000 swimming pools, but only at the rate of…

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Who Are the Rich?

from The Wall Street Journal Online If You Like Michigan’s Economy, You’ll Love Obama’sBy PHIL GRAMM and MIKE SOLON September 13, 2008; Page A13 excerpt Mr. McCain will lower taxes. Mr. Obama will raise them, especially on small businesses. To…

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Will Palin Attract Independents?

As we learn more about Ms. Palin it becomes interesting to figure out how she will affect this campaign. I start with the simplistic notion that a third of the voters will vote Democrat no matter what, a third will…

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Rhetoric and Reality

from National Review Online September 12, 2008 8:30 AMHow Team Obama Pays WomenPay equity for thee, but not for me.By Deroy Murdock excerpts ‘Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Democratic…

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Suicide Ads

Never try to kill someone who is busy committing suicide. First Obama alienates even more women with the “lipstick on a pig” remark. Then he alienates the seniors with the ads berating McCain’s IT skills. Does anyone in his campaign…

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Vote Early

With the left energized by Obama’s campaign and now Palin energizing the Republicans, you can expect this election to have a record turnout. Conisder voting early. You can do this at your local board of election office. Neither side wants…

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