Friday, November 05, 2004
Employers added 337,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, up from a revised 139,000 in September, the Labor Department reported. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were looking for a gain of 175,000.
The leftist paper the Guardian sums it all up.
There are no excuses this time. We can hope that Bush takes note of the great (pro-American) English conservative Edmund Burke's dictum that "magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom" and governs more consensually now than before.
But Bush's opponents should be wise too. Bush won. They lost. It's time for the Democrats to get back to the drawing board.
I also think its time for Republicans to get back to the drawing board to and decide what they stand for. Anybody But Kerry is the mandate Nov 2 delivered. Time for the Republican to hold their elected reps to their promises. Balanced budgets, aggressive defense, compassion, accountability and a family friendly policies.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Sixteen percent of Ohio blacks — about 90,000 voters — cast their ballots for Mr. Bush, said Matt Daniels, president of Alliance For Marriage, which supported that state's ballot referendum to prohibit same-sex "marriage." If Mr. Bush's black supporters had instead voted for Mr. Kerry, the Democrat would have won Ohio by 40,000, Mr. Daniels said.
A story you wont see on the tv talk shows but fellow conservative brotherhood site Booker rising has the analysis.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
59 million adults got up and said, "The status quo is good enough for me."Since before we went to war in Iraq, we have been pelted with images of protests and complaints about the Bush admin. We've been told that a 5.4% unemployment rate is disaster, etc etc.... But, no one gets news coverage by saying, "I am happy about the way things are going."
55 million adults said, "I want a change."
Another 104 million adults decided, "The status quo is good enough for me," so they didn't vote.
Only 25% of the country was dissatified enough with the state of the union to vote for change.
When you go into a casino, the majority of people are losing money. But you only get noises and light for the winners.
The fact is that most Americans are doing fine. They are cool with the status quo. But that is not news. As a result, when the networks have 96 hours of cable news to fill each day, you will see people saying that Bush is a failure and that America is falling apart.
Guess what? It's not and people know it.
Also anyone who has links on black voter turnout please send them to me. I want to study them. I have a theory that blacks and Jews who said they were voting for Kerry in exit polls when they actually voted for Bush were the cause of the bad exit polls.
(This post was edited by Scott's more articulate wife, hence the atypical clarity)
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
I am linking to this on a recommendation from S-train.
Rumfeld's War = Better understanding of Bush
I challenge everyone to go to John Kerry's website which I have linked to above. You will not find one thing to specifically help Blacks, even under civil rights nothing, just saying I will enforce current laws and give illegal mexican immigrants citizenship. But if Kerry wins it will be because of the Black vote alone.
Turnout for Mr Kerry will be key and black voters could well make the difference in must-win, closely divided states like Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Historically, blacks have been the Democratic Party's most dependable constituency. In the 2000 election, 90 per cent voted for Al Gore while Mr Bush garnered about nine per cent.
But Mr Kerry, a reserved Boston blueblood from a predominantly white Northeastern state, has on occasion been received only lukewarmly by black audiences and some community leaders felt for a long time that he was taking their support for granted.
All of my adrenaline is gone, the kids are awake an hour early. And only one have of my districts voting machines were broken. Lucky me. I hear the NYC voting machines we use were designed and built by Edison.
It was very cool being there with all the other cranky New Yorkers who like to vote when the polls open.
I did get about 3.5 hours of sleep but youngest son knowing how important today was woke me up 1/2 hour ago. Totally psyched. Lets hope they didn't change my polling location since NYC can't put a list of polling locations on their website.
I am planning to vote for a republican for president for the first time of my life.
For my Senator I am voting libertarian. For Congress Republican and for local officials democrat.
I really hope the black vote is the determining factor for a Bush win. Otherwise we remain step children of the democratic party for another 4 years.
My polls open in 5 hours 15 minutes. :)
Monday, November 01, 2004
Fact: American health costs account for about 14 percent of GDP.
Fact: American Defense spending is about 3.5 percent of GDP.
So currently American spends about 4 times as much money on health care than we do on national defense.
What is interesting it that they are both very similar in term of transparency. Everyone knows the stories about $500 hammers, and toilets. Hospitals are even worse.
"Hospitals maintain that their voluminous fee schedules, called chargemasters, are tantamount to trade secrets and have fought to keep them out of the public eye."Any system that is not transparent is a breeding ground for corruption. Whether its a black budget for pentagon secrete projects or hospital billing. We pay for this corruption. But since it is hidden from us, by HMO, employer sponsored health plans. Medicaid, Medicare we allow this corruption to happen.
We need to pay for our health care directly. We need an sec for health care to require transparency. Health Savings accounts are a start. But a lot of work has to be done to tear down the corrupt health care system.