September 2, 2004


I admit I haven’t been following the convention closely. But information filters in.

I’ve been hearing about Zell Miller’s speech, and I see he is shamelessly misrepresenting Kerry’s voting record. Moreover, I am losing the confidence that such a tactic is ineffective. On the contrary, I worry that Bush will ride echo chamber vibrations to four more years. I am incredulous, but when Zell can oversimplify senate votes and ignore that people on both sides ( cough Cheney cough ) have voted against bills that included weapons systems and make hay out of it… ugh. Hope falters.

I’m going to bury myself in work today. I’m going to bury myself in taking a day with the kids tomorrow. Saturday will be geocaching and movies with Mike. I’m hoping I can stave off the possibility of slipping into a funk.

There’s always analysis by Media Matters for America.

Posted by James at September 2, 2004 12:37 PM
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You're right to worry. Look at the current debate.

We're discussing who did what in a war from 40 years ago when we should be discussing issues of great importance to us NOW. To wit:

* Healthcare and the cost thereof, including Rx drugs.
--Let's get a comprehensive coverage plan together in THIS country and not buy drugs from another country that does.

*Unemployment and the economy
--"But for George Bush the news that only 32,000 new jobs were created in July is doubly troubling. This paltry number makes it almost certain that he will be the first president since Herbert Hoover to face the electorate with an economy that has fewer jobs than when he took office (as John Kerry's campaign delights in pointing out). What makes this all the more embarrassing, however, is that the White House has lately gone out of its way to claim responsibility for the short-term performance of the jobs market...After enduring months of a “jobless” recovery, George Bush's team was quick to claim credit earlier this year when the pace of job growth finally accelerated. John Snow, the Treasury Secretary, argued that the creation of over 300,000 new jobs in March “clearly demonstrated” that Mr Bush's tax cuts were working. These tax cuts, he suggested, were “driving job creation”. The administration did not simply claim that the huge fiscal expansion of the past three years had helped cushion America's recession (which would have been correct). It went much further. Tax cuts, intoned every Bush official, were the elixir behind the jobs recovery.

Now that the payroll figures have weakened, the Bush team is squirming. White House aides offer a slew of reasons why the statistics which just a few months ago “clearly demonstrated” the wisdom of Mr Bush's economic policies should now be discounted. The president himself pretends the bad news simply does not exist. “We have a strong economy and it's getting stronger,” he claimed only hours after the jobless figures were released on August 6th.

The truth is that America's economy has cooled during recent months (see article). Consumer spending slowed during the second quarter, particularly in June."

(Mr Bush's jobs problem, Aug 12th 2004, The Economist,

Posted by: Patti M. at September 2, 2004 1:12 PM

Blame Kerry...

He's allowed the Republicans to define him and to define the issues of this campaign.

Posted by: Steve at September 2, 2004 3:10 PM

Blame the lazy populace. Two weeks ago, I heard a woman on the news say she didn't know enough about the candidates.

Huh? Does she live under a rock? Is she's waiting for someone to knock on her door and anser all of her questions?

It's your duty as an American to vote. To do so requires a little effort on your part. Read the paper, go to the candidates' websites, listen to the news--figure it out!

I read a newspaper every day, watch a little local TV (mostly for weather), listen daily to radio news, and read a weekly news magazine. Granted, I'm more informed than the average person, but PLEASE! It's not that hard to be well-informed. Unless you're completely slothful, in which case, like this woman, you're wilfully ignorant.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 2, 2004 3:16 PM

I actually think we need a "please stay home and don't vote campaign". People who have taken the trouble to learn about the candidates and issues should and will vote. Why should we encourage people to vote who are clueless. Let's give people a pop quiz before they get their ballot. If they fail no vote for them.

Posted by: Bob at September 2, 2004 3:59 PM

I propose we give a similar intelligence quiz to people who want kids or pets.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 2, 2004 4:09 PM

I propose we give the test to those who want to hold political office. After all, we have an exam for those who want civil service positions. Being an elected official is just another form of civil service.

Posted by: briwei at September 3, 2004 12:34 PM

I propose we give the test to those who want to hold political office. After all, we have an exam for those who want civil service positions. Being an elected official is just another form of civil service.

Posted by: briwei at September 3, 2004 12:34 PM

Brian, I believe what you want is to administer a sanity check. Let's face it: who in his or her right mind would want the job?

Posted by: Patti M. at September 3, 2004 12:37 PM

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