Monthly Archives: August 2008

Still loving the robber barons?

3 quotes from Information Clearing House newsletter 8/29/08:

” Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. ” — Neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman in his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom

“Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.”— John Maynard Keynes

” The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and author

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McCain: Obama Lacks Experience Running 5,000-Person Town in Alaska

August 29, 2008
The Borowitz Report

Extolls Veep Pick’s Qualifications


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) used the announcement of his vice-presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, to blast the experience of his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill), arguing that Sen. Obama has never been the mayor of a 5,000-person town.

“The Presidency of the United States of America is the toughest job on the planet,” Sen. McCain said. “And my friends, the best testing ground for that job is being the mayor of a 5,000-person town in Alaska.”

Sen. McCain unleashed a savage attack on Sen. Obama, claiming that his Democratic opponent would be “at a loss” when faced with the challenges of running a 5,000-person municipality in Alaska.

“Let’s say a constituent calls you and says that a caribou has wandered onto his front lawn,” he said. “My friends, Barack Obama wouldn’t know what to do.”

He used the hypothetical situation to draw a sharp contrast with his vice-presidential choice: “Sarah Palin would take out her gun and shoot the caribou.”

Mr. McCain said that an understanding of foreign affairs, Congress, and other issues that a president has to deal with is “overrated,” adding, “That’s what ‘Presidency for Dummies’ is for.”

While saying that her “vast experience” was the main reason he selected Gov. Palin, Sen. McCain said that she also had the other three qualifications he was looking for in a vice president: “She is pro-life, pro-drilling, and willing to housesit.”

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Media archives department: Turner on Fox

article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/28/05, p. E10:

“CNN founder Ted Turner has called the Fox News Channel a ‘propaganda voice’ of the Bush administration and compared its popularity to Adolf Hitler’s rise in Germany before World War II….”

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Liberal Positions Gaining Popularity

at Truthuot, Friday 22 August 2008
by: Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers

Denver – As they meet for their national convention Monday through Thursday, Democrats are poised to shift their party’s course – and the country’s.

They’re turning to the left – deeply against the war in Iraq, ready to use tax policy to take from the rich and give to the poor and middle class, and growing hungry, after years of centrist politics, for big-government solutions, such as a health-care overhaul, to steer the nation through a time of sweeping economic change.

They are, in short, more liberal than at any time in a generation and eager to end the Reagan era, which dominated not just the other party, but also their own, for nearly three decades.

“Every generation … there are changes in people’s relationship with government,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. This, he said, is such a time. Continue reading

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