November 28, 2008
There’s been lots of talk lately about the virtual disappearance of Joe Biden. I’m not complaining – the less Biden is involved in policy decisions – or anything else, for that matter – the better.
But one question the press has not been asking is, Is Joe Biden qualified to be vice president? They continue to ask that question about Sarah Palin, even though she is safely away from power back in Alaska.
Does anyone believe that McCain would have hidden Palin the way Obama is hiding Biden?
November 28, 2008
The Washington Post today praises President-Elect Obama’s selection of Larry Summers to be head of the National Economic Council based on Summers’ criticisms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Summers accurately noted that the gains of these “government-sponsored enterprises” were privatized while their losses were socialized. The Post goes on to say, “Mr. Summers is clearly right that the hybrid public-private model no longer makes sense – a point that his future boss, President-elect Barack Obama has also embraced.”
Ummm, “no longer” makes sense? When did that model make sense – right up to the second before it inevitably put the taxpayers on the hook for $5,000,000,000,000?
I’m happy that the “public-private model” of Fannie and Freddie is coming under attack. I hope that all such public-private models get the same scrutiny – before we find out that they, too, “no longer” make sense.
November 11, 2008
I’ve been reading lots of comparisons between Obama and Reagan lately. One of the obvious comparisons is their ability to communicate. But President Reagan was called the Great Communicator often in a pejorative sense – in that, he was only a communicator. People forgot, or more likely ignored, Reagan’s many accomplishments – former head of the Screen Actors Guild, governor of California, etc. In fact, it is Mr. Obama who accomplished little more than communicating before being elected president.