This blog used to be about debt. Now it's about a few more things. But really, it all comes back to debt. Trust me.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Culture of Debt

Apparently David Brooks agrees with me on this debt thing.

It's actually a well researched article. Too bad he had no love for Obama's world tour.

Oh well. It's amazing how months are years in politics and hero worship.

Whether he wins or loses, what will we do with when yearning for HIS election is no longer possible?

Maybe we'll just have to save the planet ourselves.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Blogging at Odds With Things You Learned In Kindergarten

If you are one of this blog's three readers, you've noticed it's on again/off again.

Today, I came up with a novel excuse for this. In Kindergarten, we were taught not to say anything unless we had something good to say.

But a good blog requires frequent posts. Throughout the day. Whether your flighty mind has something "good" to say or not. Otherwise even a blogger's three readers will be a flight risk. Or at least the two that aren't my mom, but she's a risk too.

So I'm trying to post more. And trying to have more good things to say. Even if I'm not "feelin' it."

To my favorites Andrew and Matt, I don't know how you guys do it (even without a full time corporate job, which was my previous excuse).

But I'm going to try harder, my dear readers. Pretty soon there will be at least six of you.

Hillary Rides Again

I'm not saying every Democratic Senator has to agree with Obama on FISA so as not to make him look bad.

And maybe it's a sincere thing, but Hillary has to relish this just a little bit. She gets to put out a strong statement as if it were written by Glen Greenwald himself:

In my judgment, immunity under these circumstances has the practical effect of shutting down a critical avenue for holding the administration accountable for its conduct. It is precisely why I have supported efforts in the Senate to strip the bill of these provisions, both today and during previous debates on this subject. Unfortunately, these efforts have been unsuccessful... Congress must vigorously check and balance the president even in the face of dangerous enemies and at a time of war. That is what sets us apart.


So...to recap, she gets to look principled after it was clear the bill was going to pass anyway (and there is no general election need for her to tack to the center).

And she gets a not so subtle "I told you so" in there for the netroots and their ilk.

Look, I don't trust her sincerity after this campaign, so I don't appreciate how she is making Obama look.

But in the end, my uneasiness stems from the fact that Obama did this to himself, and this is the first time I've allowed myself to feel that.

Courtesy of Hillary.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Years Of Reckoning

Every once in a while I'll remind myself (I think I am my only reader) what this blog is about.

It all, in one form or another, comes back to debt.

Our debt to the planet. Our debt to our homes (funny how we thought we owned the things). The government's debt to its people and the world (ahem..China, Abu Dhabi).

All of these have become bloated and unmanageable. The years of reckoning have begun. And for you e*traders out there, we're at the precipice of a big huge margin call. The piper is demanding to be paid on every front.

I'll say it again. This was born in the 90s. Where all those near misses (first world trade center bombing, mild recession, dot com boom covering up lost manufacturing sectors, a housing bubble masking the burst of the dot com bubble...take your pick) lulled us into a sense of false security.

It's all gone.

The point is to be ready. To face it. We can be the next greatest generation. We just need to know what to keep and what to unlearn.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Lying Liar In Our Midst

Joe Lieberman, we hardly knew ye. Did you get a show on FoxNews yet?

I don't fault him for sincerely believing in the Iraq war. He's entitled to his misguided opinion. But is it really necessary to flat out lie?

In the last 10 minutes on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he spouted the following lies and insanities:

1. That Obama wants to withdraw IMMEDIATELY REGARDLESS OF THE FACTS ON THE GROUND. What politician would make such a ridiculous statement? Even W, our fundamentalist in chief, never came out and said we would STAY regardless of the facts on the ground. We just knew it through his actions.

What do we know through Obama's actions? That he is a pragmatist. That he listens. That dissent is encouraged. And that he has said he'd leave RESPONSIBLY. In fact, I myself have been annoyed by his broken record stump speech line: "We must be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in."

2. That "historically" there have been attacks in the first year of an administration. His scientific sample size? A whole two administrations. Clinton in 93. Bush in 2001.

If I were a breakfast person, I would have lost it in disgust.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Faith Based Agnosticism

I'm sorry guys, I just don't see what the big deal is.

Are secular liberals in a tizzy over Obama's faith based programs? Is the media manufacturing the controversy?

I'm a secular liberal and have one thing to say:

For god's sake, people...if a church can help get it done, give the money to a god damn church.

This is pragmatism, not Christianism. We have to be agnostic about where the best ideas come from.

Obama understands this, and it is why Obama is post-everything (post-partisan, post-racial, post-boomer, post-culture wars)...a bit of a godsend really ;-)