- Barack Obama won of course, but he gets no time to celebrate. That’s because he has to get to work solving something people are calling the “fiscal cliff”. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that will ruin the economy and doom all of mankind. To solve this, I hear that we need something called the “grand bargain”. The “grand bargain” is a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that will bring prosperity and save all of humanity. Only in Washington does this make any sense.
- Also only in Washington, the idea that if you don’t pass something by some arbitrary deadline, you can’t possibly pass it later. Oh wait, that’s not actually true. So anything that goes into effect on January 1st can be undone on January 2nd. Or January 14th. Or some point afterwards. Pretty sure the world won’t cease to exist at the beginning of the year.
- I think Mitt Romney pretty much cleared things up on why he lost with his comments this week regarding “gifts” to young people, Latinos, African-Americans, and women. Not the policies don’t have any role in elections, but I think a lot of winning votes for President has to do with establishing a connection with the people. Voters have to trust you. And these comments, much like the comments regarding “47 percent” of people, show that Romney views a good number of people with disdain. People can pick up on that, and you are not going to trust somebody who doesn’t even respect you.
- Once again, here in Alabama, we failed to remove racist language from our state Constitution. This is the second time the effort has failed. The first time it failed because the proposed amendment would have also removed language that stated that Alabama children do not have a right to an education (Yes, folks, believe it or not, Alabama’s constitution explicitly states that children do not have a right to an education. Though funny enough, children are compelled by law to attend the schools they do not have the right to until they are 17.). Right wing radio decided that removing this language would somehow lead to tax increases, and goodness knows a tax increase, even imaginary ones, won’t pass in this state. So this time they tried it leaving the language regarding the lack of the right to an education untouched. However this time it was black organizations and the Alabama Education Association that opposed the amendment, claiming that it would take the right to an education away, though the Constitution as currently written already does that. At this point, I hope we just stop putting this issue on the ballot. It looks bad to keep voting down the removal of racist language, but it is clear that no one trusts our legislators enough to remove the language without there being a catch (this lack of trust is not exactly undeserved mind you).
- OK Republican governors, you hate “Obamacare”. We get it! But could you all tell us what is so awful about the idea of setting up insurance exchanges to help people find the cheapest health insurance coverage option? And what is so bad about accepting federal dollars to help expand Medicaid coverage to the poor? Would you be willing to do it if we would start calling it “Reagancare”?
- A union is going to get the blame for the fall of Hostess. And I would grant that they are probably thinking they did miscalculate with the strike. But the real downfall of Hostess? Go beyond the nostalgia for Twinkies and I think it’s the fact that Hostess products just aren’t very good, especially in this day in age where virtually all grocery stores have their own bakeries offering actual fresh products.
- Ridiculous secession petitions sprung up on the White House website following Obama’s reelection, followed by ridiculous deportation of secessionist petitions. I wondered if that might spell the end of the White House online petitions, but I should have known that if it’s online and free for anyone to create, it’s going to be ridiculous (but funny). Among my favorites is a petition to establish a new legal system of motorcycle riding judges who will act as judge, jury, and executioner and an interesting idea of requiring colleges to provide 100% refunds in return for diplomas.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!