Saturday, September 11, 2004

  Never Forget
  For 9/11 I just wanted to point to a previous post of mine about remembering 9/11

Thursday, September 09, 2004

  U.S. jobless rate hits six-year low
July 5, 1996

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Economists didn't expect June's unemployment rate to be much different from May's, which was an already-low 5.6 percent. But in fact, it did fall -- to 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate hasn't been that low since June 1990.

The Labor Department said Friday that businesses added 239,000 workers to their payrolls during June. The vast majority of the jobs added were in the service industry, including restaurants, bars, and agencies that place temporary workers.

Dole camp unimpressed

Despite the fact that the United States is now in the third-longest peace-time expansion in history, the campaign staff of Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole said the jobs numbers probably would not help Clinton's campaign that much.

Republicans say a slow-growth economy has made workers anxious, and 20 percent of new jobs have gone to people taking a second job to pay their bills.

"Even as more people found jobs last month, a stunning 70 percent of Americans agreed the country is on the wrong track," said Dole campaign spokesman Nelson Warfield. "If people are finding jobs but are still unhappy about where the nation is headed, Bill Clinton is in serious danger of unemployment himself."

The Federal Reserve is almost guaranteed to push interest rates up to stave off inflation. Its next opportunity will be at its next meeting, on August 20.

Unemployment Rate: 5.4% in Aug 2004 according to BLS

"Nuff Said"

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

  Slow shift in campaign's Iraq factor

Finally people seem to be getting it. That its not about WMD and never was, its about human rights and freedom. The go no-go decision for Iraq was about taking the battle to the Arab world and giving them an opprotunity for freedom. That is why Abu Ghraib hurt the war effort so much, because we want to fight the good fight.
Just a few months ago, Iraq looked like President Bush's albatross. Facing a violent insurgency, bodies of contractors being dragged through the streets of Fallujah, and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, polls showed public opinion turning sharply against the war, dragging down the president's approval ratings.

Today, however, while the violence in Iraq continues, the war has become less of a political negative - and by some measurements a positive - for Mr. Bush. Even as the US passed the 1,000-casualty mark this week, the number of voters saying it was a mistake to send troops into Iraq has dropped, and Americans now say they trust Mr. Bush on the issue more than his rival, Sen. John Kerry.

  Two-Minutes Hate
The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure. He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party's purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign paymasters, perhaps even - so it was occasionally rumoured - in some hiding-place in Oceania itself.

Replace Goldstein with Bush and you have the liberal media.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

  What Kerry needs to say to get back into the Game

It looks like I hit about 80% on what Bush needed to say to put Kerry out. He didn't hit back with the different job report that the government made which show 600k jobs in July which I think was a mistake. Nor did he mention life time savings account but everything else was there. So Kerry is out of the game. As I talk to my many democratic friend in the street they are dismayed at how much Kerry sucks. How could he say knowing what he know now he would vote for the war ?

Anyway this is what Kerry needs to say.

The war to remove Saddam Hussein was a just and noble cause, that is on the edge of failure because of Bush/Cheney's oil ties. France, Russia and the rest of the world knew and agreed that Saddam needed to be removed but the refused to do it unless they got their pay-off. Bush/Cheney has refused to give them the pay off which is allowing their oil companies to make money in Iraq. Its not a pretty picture, but international politics is all about money and power. Bush isn't a Nazi and the U.N. was not right in this case; like in Rwanda and in Kosovo the U.N. failed. We not only live in two Americas we live in two worlds. In one world peace is the rule, that world includes American and Europe and emerging peaceful countries like India, but there is another world were rulers regularly kill and murder their subjects at will. There is the rule of law and there is the rule of outlaws. America stands for the rule of law but as America learned in its early years that you need courage and strength to deal with outlaws. But the west wasn't won by gunslingers alone, it took farmers, shop owners and blacksmiths too. We are a great gun slinger but we need the help of others to tame this world of outlaws. I will explain to the leaders of the world our goals and our needs so they can help themselves while helping us increase the peace.

Currently our military is doing the heavy lifting of trying to rebuild two nations. We need help to succeed. An extra 100,000 peace keepers in both Afghanistan and Iraq would help prevent then from falling back into the world of outlaws. Pakistan, India, are just two of our allies that have well trained peace keeping forces but we haven't engaged them. We don't need MX missiles and nuclear submarines to stop these outlaws and to rebuild their societies, that is why I have always voted against wasteful weapon systems. But even this year the Bush administration has snuck another nuclear submarine in the money they say was to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I don't doubt the Bush administration's desire to bring democracy to the middle east, their desire is right and good, but they are incompetent. They can't even get their own state department and defense department to work together no wonder they can't get other nations to work with us. My team will be working together from day 1. We will be talking to every country in the world and ask them one simple question, what will you contribute to making a better world. And I don't mean just Iraq and Afghanistan, there is genocide happening today in the Sudan. But most of the world doesn't understand our just and noble goals, because of the incompetent Bush administration we can't send in the 5,000 troops needed to end this genocide because the world don't trust us.

There are other issues that concern American today besides the war on terrorism where the Bush administration has shown its incompetence. Their record on the environment is unspeakable, those who care about the environment already know where to vote on Nov 2nd. From their economic policies we get an attempt to define hamburger flipping as a manufacturing job, their level of incompetence is only matched by their arrogance. And for the fiscal conservative out there Bush had not vetoed a single spending bill. This administration's Borrow and Spend behavior is making Real Republicans long for the Tax and Spend days they tried to end. And of course their plan to fight poverty is marriage counseling, from their behavior it looks to me like we lost the war on drugs as well as losing the peace in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you want an President who knows how to veto wasteful spending vote for me on Nov 2, if you want a President who know how to grow the economy while protecting the environment vote for me on Nov 2. If you want serious public servant who works for you and not his past and future oil company employers vote for Kerry/Edwards on Nov 2.

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