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New York Times: Spend Money You Don't Have

New York Times columnists lately have been channeling the George W. Bush of 2001. Michael Kinsley urges us (with tongue only a bit in cheek) to “Show your consumer confidence. One last shopping spree. Buy that coffee maker whether you want one or not.” Thomas Friedman exhorts with greater force: “Now is when we need [...]

Deborah Honeycutt Incoherent On Health Care

What kind of “government restrictions” prevent physicians from helping people who lack the money to pay for adequate health care? Does Deborah Honeycutt think that there is a government regulation that forbids physicians to help people pay for medical treatment? [...]

Sarah Palin Opposes And Supports Big Spending

Pop quiz: Who supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq, a big government program that will cost between one and two trillion dollars before it’s through? Obama or McCain? [...]

159,000 People Lose Their Jobs In September. Are You Better Off?

Fired. Laid off. Let go. Call it what you want, but 159,000 people lost their jobs last month.

Are you better off than you were eight years ago?

Clueless Unreality at OH McCain Rally: "Greatest Job Growth Since WWII"?

Ohio Republican State Representative Jim McGregor of Gahanna, speaking at the September 29, 2008 rally for John McCain and Sarah Palin in Columbus, Ohio:

“You know, I believe Ohio is on the leading edge. We’re leaping into the greatest job growth since the era of World War II.”

What alternative reality does Jim McGregor reside [...]

Will John McCain Shut Down the Government?

If John McCain really thinks that it’s a good idea to “veto every single spending bill that comes across” his desk, then he’s saying that it’s a good idea to shut down the United States of America. [...]

Palin Economic Plan: Convert Bankers To Christianity?

Thomas Muthee and Sarah Palin can’t even get their own religion right. How can we entrust Sarah Palin to reform the economy through faith-based banking? [...]

Beware The Rush To Put America 700 Billion More In Debt

If there really is such a rush, and if the consequences of Wall Street failure are truly so monumental, why don’t those individuals who will benefit from the government bailout pay for the scheme? Why not pass the legislation – along with a special investment income tax that will provide the money to make the deal work? [...]

Palinism of the Day: Defending the Verbage from Unfair Attacks

“The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” — John McCain, September 15 2008

After millions of Americans responded with incredulity to John McCain’s blase attitude, Sarah Palin tried to defend her new mentor in the following way last night:

It was an unfair attack on the verbage Senator McCain chose to use…. that was an [...]

Sarah Palin's Economic Empowerment Plan: Take Up Sports

You know, the Republicans tried really hard to fix everything just right for Sarah Palin to take her first-ever question from an actual member of the American public. They shut down public access to the “town hall” in Grand Rapids so that people in the town weren’t welcome to come. They made it a ticketed [...]

McCain Fumbles for Transparency Policy on CEO $$$, A Bill Barack Obama Wrote Over a Year Ago

Today, in the wake of the massive collapse of financial corporations traceable to exactly the sort of deregulation John McCain loves, the McCain campaign groped in a panic for some policy, any policy, that would make it look like John McCain cares about the economy.

Chief McCain campaign economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin hit the airwaves [...]