American Politics in One Easy Lesson

American Thinker, with a perspective the 1% share.

American Politics in One Easy Lesson.

The only part I think they left out is the wealthy Republicans are far more likely to give voluntarily from their own pockets to the needy than the Democrats who want to give with other people’s money.

Republican Debate Tonight

Did you know there are twelve more Republican debates after tonights? I wish there were that many football games left.

Here’s what I’m anticipating, some good, some not good –

– Huntsman is not appearing. He doesn’t have a chance in the Republican primary anyway, he’s far to liberal or moderate in this Year of the Tea Party. All he did was crack jokes in the last debate anyway.

– That leaves 7 contenders. It’s time to start winnowing down the contestants so we can rally behind somebody. Trouble is, all of them have their good points. Cain for his bold economic plan, Paul for his distrust of the Fed, Romney because he’s well-spoken (though I’m not enamored with his social engineering and China trade background), Bachmann for her unwavering Tea Party principles, Santorum for his practicality, Gingrich for his knowledge and political experience. And I’m sure Perry has some sort of good points if I look for them hard enough.

– But moderated by Anderson Cooper? He hates the Tea Party. I expect unfairly worded questions (would you rather starve old people or let them resort to cannibalism?) and unabashed liberal antagonism. Not that it’s all bad – it’ll prepare the candidates for next year’s debates with Obama who has far friendlier press to deal with.

– Note that social issues aren’t really on the table at the moment. Seek ye first fiscal responsibility and all these things shall be given unto thee.

What are you looking forward to seeing?

Get It Done This Week

From “A guide to the fight over the ‘Bush tax cuts” is his snippet –

“We could get [tax cuts] done this week, but we’re still in this wrestling match with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell about the last 2 to 3 percent” of upper-income taxpayers, Obama said.

So, Mr. President, get ‘er done. Stop fighting about that last 2 or 3 percent and extend those tax cuts this week.

Making It Up

The US Labor Department released unemployment figures this morning that beat expecations.

The figures released, though, were just made up. Nine states, including California, did not report numbers due to the Labor Day holiday.

From Bloomberg,

For the latest reporting week, nine states didn’t file claims data to the Labor Department in Washington because of the federal holiday earlier this week, a Labor Department official told reporters. As a result, California and Virginia estimated their figures and the U.S. government estimated the other seven, the official said.

If you’re just making up the numbers anyway, beating expectations is easy. “I expected to say ‘2’ but I suprised myself by saying ‘3’!”