Conservatives Should Get A Second Job To Pay War Costs That Might Reach $12 Billion A Month

I really find it troublesome that conservatives in the White House, and their conservative kind in Congress start needless wars that cost the nation in both blood and national treasure.  Then the echo chamber of conservative talk radio and FAUX News takes the weakest minds in the country and encourages them to mimic the war chants and lies that only continues the madness in Iraq.  A madness that has stripped our country economically to the point that we are in a serious recession.

That leaves the average American working harder, making less money, having less purchasing power, and wondering what in heck is happening to the nation.

The news for the average American got worse with the latest prediction about the cost of President Bush’s needless war in Iraq.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and co-author Linda Bilmes report in a new book “The Three Trillion Dollar War” that in this, the sixth year of the war, the conflict will cost about $12 billion a month. That’s triple the cost of the war’s earlier years.

Beyond 2008, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion — or more — by 2017.

They said interest on money borrowed to pay those costs could alone add $816 billion to the bottom line.

I for one have been advocating that all the conservatives who champion invading foreign lands and killing their leaders and citizens might give up their free time at night and on the weekends and find a part-time job to pay for the war.  These brave little soldiers of the mouth are not brave enough to actually fight, so I feel they should at least participate in paying for the war they created and condone.  Their trophy wives at home, and the men they shoot skeet with at the Club will have to adjust as the nation is in need of more money to fund these mindless and bloody adventures.  Finding a part-time job will also give these morally disadvantaged conservatives time to mingle with the average American that knows what it is like to work two jobs all year long.   In the end these conservatives should just turn their checks over to the defense department and the war effort.

It is the least conservatives can do for absolutely ruining our nation.
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Dick Morris Writes Hillary Clinton Presidential Race Is Over

Dick Morris is not my favorite political pundit, or political practitioner, but he has a good handle on the topics of campaigns and elections.  I find that he is far easier to read than watch on TV, and so with that I offer his written views about the current state of the Democratic presidential race.

If this were a drama on television, or a major motion picture, the whole script would be flushed, but after the chaos and energy on the campaign trail this year Morris cannot be discounted.  Let us all hope so.

The results are already clear. Obama will go to the Democratic Convention with a lead of between 100 and 200 elected delegates. The remaining question is: What will the superdelegates do then? But is that really a question? Will the leaders of the Democratic Party be complicit in its destruction? Will they really kindle a civil war by denying the nomination to the man who won the most elected delegates? No way. They well understand that to do so would be to throw away the party’s chances of victory and to stigmatize it among African-Americans and young people for the rest of their lives. The Democratic Party took 20 years to recover from the traumas of 1968 and it is not about to trigger a similar bloodletting this year.

John McCain’s nomination guarantees that the superdelegates wouldn’t dare. A perfectly acceptable alternative for most Democrats, McCain would harvest so large a proportion of Obama’s votes if Hillary steals the nomination that he would probably win. Even putting Obama on the ticket would not allay the anger of his supporters; it would just make him complicit in the robbery.

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Will Hillary win Pennsylvania? Who cares? Even if she were to sweep the remaining primaries and caucuses by 10 points, she would move just 60 votes closer to Obama’s total of elected delegates. And she won’t sweep them all. Even if Hillary wins Pennsylvania, the largest prize up for grabs, Obama will probably win North Carolina, which is almost as large. He’s likely to win Mississippi and Wyoming and has a good shot in Oregon and Indiana. The most likely result of these coming contests is that Obama will be roughly where he is now, about 140 elected delegates ahead of Hillary.

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Hillary won’t withdraw. That much is for sure. The tantalizing notion that 800 insiders can offset a season of primaries and caucuses will drive both Clintons to ever-escalating rhetoric. Will their attacks hurt Obama? Likely all they will achieve is to give him needed experience in the cut and thrust of media politics.

Left out of the entire equation is poor John McCain. Unable to get a word in edgewise and unsure of which Democrat to attack, he will have to watch from the sidelines as Hillary and Obama hog the headlines. If the superdelegates deliver the nomination to Hillary in the dead of night without leaving fingerprints at the crime scene, McCain’s nomination will be worth having. If Obama prevails, it won’t be worth the paper on which it is written. The giant killer, Obama will have soared to new heights of popularity and McCain won’t be able to bring him back to Earth in the nine weeks that will remain.

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Easing Your Political Frustrations

If this campaign season has not caused you a fair amount of political frustration you either are not reading the newspapers and following the news, or you are in a coma.  For those of us who do follow the ups and downs of the campaign trail there are times when we need some way to let the angst that we feel over Election 08 out in a healthy non-destructive way.  After all, we Democrats are not war-mongers.  So instead of bombing our way out of frustration I offer a sane route.  Turn your speakers up and relax a minute or two.

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Hillary Clinton’s Monster Mash Makes For Best Paragraphs In Sunday’s Newspaper

It has been another amazing and frustrating week in America as the political process grinds on, and the candidates are forced to deal with silly aspects of a campaign as they maneuver their way to the Democratic nomination.  Having said that, the best paragraphs in the newspaper today are once again found in the column inches that often get a first read from Sunday newspaper readers.  Those are of course written by Maureen Dowd, a national treasure.  What a writer!

After losing Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and his mojo, and getting whipsawed around by Hillary and his own chuckleheaded coterie of advisers, he will now have to come to grips with something he has always skittered away from: You can’t be elected president unless you prove you’re tough.

Hillary’s undeniably tough, as even admiring conservatives admit. The Wall Street Journal op-ed page dubbed her Ma Barker, saying she had tapped into the angst of blue-collar women who know they have to ignore their “moping” men and “suck it up and hold the house together.”

Ma Clinton knows where Obambi’s soft spots are; she knows he likes being petted on his pedestal, that he’s unnerved by her, and that he can never fully accept how shameless she is. What could be more shameless than suggesting to Democrats that John McCain would make a better commander in chief than Obama?

The Obama campaign seems naïve when it keeps reacting with hurt feelings and play-by-the-rules protestations to the Clinton modus vivendi of grabbing the slightest slip and ripping it open. Hillary’s kneecapper Howard Wolfson compares the goo-goo Obama campaign to Ken Starr with a straight face.

The superdelegates are watching to see if Obama can stiffen his backbone. After seeing their candidates lose races they should have won in 2000 and 2004 because they flinched at Republican political waterboarding, Democrats do not want to watch the bully swipe their lollipop a third time.

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“Dinner At Mr. Jefferson’s”: Why Can’t It Be Like That Today In Washington?

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There are so many times when I yearn for the major players in Washington D.C. to strike a compromise and surge forward with ideas that will lead the nation in a positive direction.  Unfortunately, that is hardly the modus operandi these days for the politicians in either Congress, or the Bush Administration.

So it was most heartening recently to read the latest book by Charles Cerami as he delved into the famous dinner at Thomas Jefferson’s home in 1790 in which the fate of the credit worthiness of the fledgling nation was resolved, along with the future location of the capital.  “Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America” is a prime example of what leadership once looked like in this country.  After enjoying the highly engaging and quick read, I must say the after-effect is a yearning for these types of minds to again populate our national stage.

Thomas Jefferson was reluctantly the Secretary of State to President George Washington.  Jefferson was opposed philosophically to the idea advocated by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton that all the states should bear the united costs of the war by placing the financing under the power of the federal government.  When Jefferson arrived back in the country from Paris in 1790 he soon developed a deep concern over the motives of Hamilton, and was wary of the famed Treasury Secretary’s “assumption plan.”  Hamilton is portrayed here, as in many books, as being highly intelligent, energetic, and forward thinking.  Again, as in others reads, he is one of my favorites of this time period. 

But as the weeks evolved, and the national mood turned sour over the very nature of the nation itself, Jefferson worked in conjunction with James Madison to forge a compromise with Hamilton.  In the end, the country’s needs were lifted above the parochial desires of those three men at the dinner table.  How it arrived is the theme of this amazing book.

The story of the dinner is not new of course, but the sense that statesmen once lived and acted above their own interests makes it seem knew, as it is in stark contrast to what is the common tone of current day Washington.   It certainly was a refreshing read, and a reminder that even determined men can find the ability to reason and work together when the times demanded it.

Over the past few years I have read many great books about the founders of the country.  It has been in many ways a departure from the sanitized, and short-sighted versions that many Americans are first fed in our schools.  The multi-dimensional and colorful personalities have come alive for me in books by Joseph Ellis, David McCullough, Ron Chernow, and Charles Cerami allowing a richer understanding of the past.  The men who help found the nation were high-toned and also vulgar, caring for ‘the rights of man’, but blind about the fate of the slaves.  Some may not have thought much of political parties, but all were able to use the political skills required to secure the deals that led to the formation and success of the Union.

As we wade along in this campaign season in the United States this book might be a perfect escapism to a time when government actually worked because the politicians understood what the national needs required of them.

The book was refreshing and should be read by Republicans and Democrats alike!

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