The Gravitas Argument

“Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying ‘I want to be the person at the top of the ticket,’” Rove continued. “There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.’” — Karl Rove

I haven’t watched Sarah Palin’s new show, but I don’t need to to know it revolves around her, and her sacrosanct universe–devoid of the reality of truth.  Don’t misunderstand:  this is fine for a celebrity diva.  Not so much for the prospective leader of the free world.

It’s safe for Palin to surround herself in her protective cocoon, where she has no fear of reprisal, and her dubious ramblings are free from criticism.  Rove only speaks truthfully here.

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Juan Williams Fired From NPR For Feeling ‘Uncomfortable’ On Planes With Muslims


I’m not quite sure where I stand on this.  Firing Juan Williams for an honest thought about something a lot of people felt and/or feel sets a pretty ludicrous precedent.  At the same time, it can’t be too comforting to Muslims–or other Americans–who’ve faced the brunt of some vicious vitriolic prejudice over the years.  I can’t tell how many times I’ve recoiled when I see a white woman cross the street as she sees me approach.  It’s not a good feeling, I assure you.

I still think NPR jumped the gun here.  Williams is not known as a divisive figure, or a polemical analyst.  In fact, while I may not always agree with him, he’s always struck me as a pretty level headed, cogent columnist and pundit–there aren’t too many of them around anymore.

Juan should have really stopped going on Fox News.  The negative karma has rubbed off on him.  I kid.  Sort of.

And applying this standard, why hasn’t Fox News fired that ignorant bluster buss Brian Kilmeade?

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Glenn Beck Believes Student Loans Cause Rises In College Tuition

There is no correlation between students who take out student loans, and the increase in tuition at universities.   None.  If anything, the exact reverse is true.  I don’t think Glenn Beck understands this idea.  Their is no methodology on earth he could use to ascertain that an education is worthless, simply because of how it was obtained financially.  Only someone who devalues eduction the way he does would make such a statement.

We’re already dealing with an educational crisis–in terms of college graduates in this country, and the relation to college educated adults in the US to countries abroad.  Yet this intellectually challenged fraud clearly is dismissing this.  He cares not a whit about American education, unless it somehow benefits his putrid attempt at indoctrinating the masses through idolatry and nut rattling falsehoods.

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Fiorina’s Fail

Why should we take advice from a former CEO who not only shipped jobs abroad for tax breaks, but couldn’t handle the operating responsibilities of her position.  She couldn’t leverage HP’s substantial profitability to outflank her competitors.  Now apparently, she can handle a simple question.  “Where are you going find the four trillion dollars to offset extending the Bush tax cuts?”

She can’t answer because she doesn’t know.  The only thing she knows is the standard operating manual of the republican party–which does nothing to address problems with the deficit or entitlement programs.

Leaders don’t say and do things because they sound good.  Real leadership involves making tough decisions, and implementing critical–and sometimes unpopular ideas.  Fiorina knows nothing about this, which is why she was relieved of her duties as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.  And it’s why she won’t be elected as the the junior senator from the state of California.

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Where Are They?

Just when you hope democrats open their mouths to speak–they clam up, possibly afraid to invoke the work “deficit.” Even when it’s they who are being fiscally responsible in cutting the “deficit.

..the $122 billion improvement on the deficit “is the biggest one-year nominal drop in the deficit that has ever occurred.” We probably won’t see headlines blaring, “U.S. achieves biggest one-year deficit reduction in American history,” but that just happens to be the case.

So the budget deficit is actually less than projected?  It’s less than the Bush budget deficit of 2009?  Where are the voices of fiscal prudence in the democratic party?

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