Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thoughts on the Election

Obama Shows Up for This One

Nice to see that the president showed up for this debate. I have to say I watched only the first 40 minutes of it. I’ve been tired lately and wanted to get to bed early. I knew if I stayed up and watched the whole debate I would stay up even later to watch the instant analysis on the networks and then turn to cable and stay up even later. Also I just can’t stand to watch Romney talk. He is just so disingenuous in what he says. The way he pitches his programs when the reality is they won’t work out any way near the way he says they will.

Like I said nice of Obama to show up in contrast to the last debate. I think he did very well. He started off a little too hot in the beginning but settled down. It was good he pointed out Romney’s well how shall I put it not exactly truthful statements.

I thought Obama gave an excellent close. He said the Romney’s plan will be forward to the past.

The Romney Non-partisan Study

The great non-partisan tax study which supports Romney’s plan comes from the American Enterprise institute. Wow what alternate universe do they live in when that organization is called non-partisan without producing laughter. Ed Gillespie of the Romney campaign was called on this by none other than Chris Wallace from Fox News. Here’s the exchange:

Gillespie: These are very credible sources, and, you know...
Wallace: One of them is from a guy who is – is a blog from a guy who was a top advisor to George W. Bush. So these are hardly nonpartisan studies.

Gillespie: Look, Chris I think if you look at Harvard and AEI [American Enterprise Institute] and other studies are very credible sources for economic analysis

Wallace: You wouldn’t say that AEI is a conservative think tank?

Gillespie: I would say it is a right-leaning think tank. That doesn’t make it not credible.

Wallace: It doesn’t make it nonpartisan.

Gillespie: It does make it nonpartisan. It’s not a partisan organization, I can tell you, there are many instances where there have been things AEI came out with and said, I didn’t find it to be necessarily to be helpful to the Republican Party.

Wallace: Would you say Brookings Institution is nonpartisan?

Gillespie: I would say the Brookings Institution is left leaning and nonpartisan.

Well Ed, I think you are the only Republican that would say that Brookings in non-partisan.

Sick of the Damn Ads
I was sick of them over a month ago. Now I have to refrain from yelling or throwing something at the TV when they come on.

There is a gambling referendum going on in Maryland. If passed it will allow a casino to be built at National Harbor the place I went earlier this year. It is a bit of a convoluted proposition. Not only must the majority of Maryland voters pass the initiative but a majority in the county where the casino will be built. The people against it are out of town liars from West Virigina who don;’t want to loose business. The people for it are telling the truth about all the promised money really won’t go to help out schools. So sick of seeing these ads.

But in the next few weeks they will really intensify. You can tell that when ads for positions in West Virginia starting running in DC.

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