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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 32,759

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Better than Bush!!!

I read a number of posts yesterday stating that Holder was a good AG because he was better than Gonzales.

Oh boy!

First off, setting the threshold for "acceptable" at "better than the Bush administration" is flat-out terrifying. There's a lot of space between "Bush" and "decent". Nixon was better than Bush. Reagan was better than Bush.

I want better than better than Bush, much better, and you should too.

Second, which sounds more compelling to Americans come election time?

1. "Bush was worse, you don't want that to happen again!"
2. "We got stuff done and your lives are better, let's keep going!"

This is why the Third Way Enterovirus has such a terrible track record in general elections: "We suck less", their battle cry, just doesn't get the job done. And now we have another election cycle coming up, and "it could be worse" is mostly we have to work with.

So, can y'all do me a solid? Can we banish "better than Bush" from this site, in all its permutations?

(Especially "better than Gonzales". That's just sick.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 10:06 PM (16 replies)

I sure as hell won't miss the Holder Doctrine

I just hope it goes away, but I doubt it will.

A story I've told on DU before, but it's so striking that it's worth another turn: A few months ago I met up with an old friend who's reasonably high up in the DOJ. Since we were drinking, and I don't know when to shut my mouth even while sober, I asked him what was up with tons of bank execs getting jailed in the S&L meltdown a couple of decades ago, but none getting jailed from the far-larger bank meltdown in 2008.

To summarize what he told me:

- The banks likely committed serious crimes.
- But only the people at the top committed crimes. The lower-level folks likely did little that was illegal in itself, only when one puts the parts together is it illegal.
- Remember Enron? Prosecuting Enron's top brass destroyed it, and destroyed Arthur Andersen. Lots of innocent people lost jobs. This was an important lesson for really, really smart people.
- It would be bad for the innocent people at banks to lose their jobs.
- Ergo, hands off the execs. It's only to help the little people, you see.

(I responded with many naughty words, of course.)

It seems to me that Holder, like everyone in the Obama administration, always has some ludicrous excuse for why helping the wealthiest is really helping the 99%. Call it the Holder Doctrine, if you will.

"Hey! We're just helpin' you little folks! If you want justice for revenge on the shrewd businessmen, you're just begrudging their success!"

We need to cut government jobs to create jobs. We need to make 82% of the Bush tax cuts permanent to create jobs. We need free trade agreements so that even-more cheap imports from outsourced jobs will create more jobs. We need to double H1B visas to create jobs.

Oh, brother.

Meanwhile, jobs aren't coming back. And they won't, until the people running our country cut the crap and start working for us. We need to make this clear to our fellow Americans, and we must come together to make it happen, or what's left of the American Dream will take one more short swirl and gurgle inexorably to the sewer.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 25, 2014, 09:35 PM (117 replies)

I'm tired of bloodthirsty people.

All of 'em.

When is enough, enough?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Sep 23, 2014, 11:06 PM (84 replies)

Thought Experiment: How would Teddy or Franklin Roosevelt Handle the Current ISIS Situation

Of course, the question is inspired by the recent, excellent PBS series.

Thoughts?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 22, 2014, 09:49 PM (9 replies)

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Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 22, 2014, 07:20 PM (0 replies)

Teddy Roosevelt, almost 40, joined the Cavalry to fight a war

He'd been Assistant Secretary of the Navy, calling for a war against Spain.

When the Spanish-American war did start, he jumped right into battle because he felt that anyone who helped start a war should help fight the thing, too.

What was his problem?

He should have invested his money in the MIC and stayed home.

Chump.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 22, 2014, 12:14 AM (38 replies)

Can anyone tell me what the #%^* just happened?

A few weeks ago we were disengaging from disastrous wars, and cheering a foreign-policy doctrine of "don't do stupid stuff".

Today, we're at war again, fighting ISIS seemingly as a favor to their locals who aren't in the mood to do it themselves, and handing out weapons to people that we kinda hope use 'em against ISIS and not against us. In other words, unbelievably stupid stuff.

How the #%^* did this happen?

What the Hell is going on?

Is it possible for anything to not turn into an utter cluster#%^* these days?

B-a-a-a-a-a-h
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 05:42 PM (308 replies)

Next July 4th, Malia Ann Obama

will be eligible to nobly serve our country as a war fighter.

Do you think her father, the war declarer, is talking up this opportunity?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:11 AM (72 replies)

That's exactly the thing!

Regards,

TWM
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 18, 2014, 10:42 PM (1 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: Paper Tiger!

Look people: haven't we had enough of Democrats who say one thing then do another?

As those who keep up with important things know, Senator Warren recently took a few moments off from her unproductive demonizing of good Americans in the financial services industries to discuss a real issue: she talked the talk against the newest most-dangerous-foe-the-world-has-ever-known:

Warren: Destroying ISIS should be 'No. 1 priority'

But today, when given the opportunity to send advanced weaponry to our friends in the Syrian Resistance, weapons that they'll surely use against ISIS and not turn back on America, what did our Massachusetts Liberal do? Of course, she punted:

I do not want America to be dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, and it is time for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected by the rise of ISIS to step up and play a leading role in this fight, she said in a statement.

Non! cried Professor Warren. Non!

(OK, it's hard to tell if it was "no" or "non", but it certainly sounds like the French way to vote, mais oui?)

Now, while most of the Lefty media is trying to hide Warren's shameful act by burying it in boring and generic articles about vote totals, the better news media are reporting the thing properly:

Warren draws contrast with Clinton on Syria

Yes! (Not Oui!)

Let's face facts: Hillary's track record, from showing Saddam who's boss to her disgust with not doing stupid stuff, are well known. I think we all have a pretty good idea of how Senator Hillary would have come down on this!

And President Hillary? Once a President is freed from not doing stupid stuff, one can only imagine what will happen when international terrorists goad us into action. It would be @#$%ing epic!

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 18, 2014, 10:16 PM (23 replies)
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