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Shark attacks drop; expert cites ailing economy (via Andrew Sullivan)
Obama said the stimulus bill will create or save 4 million jobs. Perhaps he misspoke, but the distinction = 4 million jobs. The bill may lack earmarks, as Obama repeatedly boasted, but that doesn’t mean it’s pork-free. There are no “earmarks,” as they are usually defined, inserted by lawmakers in the bill. Still, some of the projects…
the bradley effect
Obama should appoint Bill Bradley to run the treasury and forget about raising taxes. Not now, with a recession looming. Eliminate loopholes instead, as Bradley advocates. The very rich presently exploit those loopholes to pay little or no taxes. Just ask Warren Buffett.
what if michael bloomberg had run?
The New York mayor seriously considered a third-party candidacy last winter. Too bad he didn’t pursue it. Considering the current financial crisis, who do you think voters would turn to? The candidate with little experience, the one tethered to George Herbert Walker Hoover or the pragmatic innovator and self-made billionaire? Beyond his business acumen, Michael…
new conservative strategy: contempt for the public
Even if Phil Gramm was right about the U.S. becoming a nation of whiners, how would he know? Think ‘ol Phil and his wife, lobbyists each, hang with the common folk? Rich guy Republican Fred Barnes, who just last year compared Bush to Lincoln, agrees with Gramm. Glad to see conservatives, from a comfortably safe…