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It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Guys: Tethered to...

Part of me is eager for the Republicans in Congress to do the right thing, and rid us of this monstrous president (as any...

Parallels, Differences Between 2017 VA Dem Primary and Previous Ones (e.g.,...

I've noticed a bunch of parallels and differences between this year's Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary and previous statewide Democratic primaries. Here, I'm going to...

“Sitzkrieg” Fast Turning Into “Blitzkrieg” in 2017 Virginia Democratic Governor’s Primary?

You might say that when someone says they are challenging another person for a political office - for instance, Tom Perriello announcing in early...

Word Clouds: Trump’s Inaugural Speech Compared to Obama’s, Bush 43 &...

I put together word clouds of the first inaugural addresses by Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan and Carter. To the...

The Liberals’ Share of the Blame

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06), headed by the preface that "This piece is appearing on various liberal...

Photos: Who Barbara “GOP Attack Dog” Comstock’s Been Hanging Out With...

Perusing Rep. Barbara "GOP Attack Dog" Comstock's Facebook page, you can see what she's been up to recently. Needless to say, it has NOT...

How the GOP’s Spirit of Strife Has Damaged the Nation

Appearing in newspapers in the conservative VA-06 Why have our politics become so dysfunctional? The answer is really not so hard to find. Our founders knew...

Krugman calls Romney “The Amnesia Candidate”

Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? If you've been following his campaign from the beginning, that's a question you have probably asked many times.
That's how the Nobel Economic Laureate begins this column this morning, immediately reminding us that Romney appeared at a drywall factory (owned by a Republican, btw) which was closed during the Bush administration yet blaming Obama for the closure, attempting to make it a symbol.  As Krugman notes, "It was a symbol, all right - but not in the way he intended," especially as the press quickly picked up on when the factory closed.  And although the Romney campaign attempted to cover itself by saying the factory was still closed because Obama's policies had failed to get the economy going again, Krugman counters saying, "Actually, that factory would probably still be closed even if the economy had done better - drywall is mainly used in new houses, and while the economy may be coming back, the Bush-era housing bubble isn't."

There is more - deliciously so.

McDonnell Embraces “Half-baked” Bushonomics

In his eight years in the White House, George W. Bush led the federal government into an economic crisis created by letting business do whatever it wanted, spending vast amounts of borrowed money on two unfunded wars and putting in place tax cuts that did nothing to create jobs as was promised but lined the pockets of the already-wealthy and gave the federal government a structural deficit. Now, all of Washington is consumed with a national debt that threatens the long-term fiscal health of our nation.

Here in Virginia, Bob McDonnell knows quite well that we have an ongoing transportation crisis in the state, one that is responsible for the gridlocked roads in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, a growing backlog of transportation maintenance that needs to be done, and the prospect that Virginia won't have the money to qualify for federal matching funds. His solution is straight out of the Bushonomics handbook: Borrow massive amounts of money, spend it now, absolutely refuse to look for revenue sources, and kick fiscal responsibility to the next generation.

Amazingly, McDonnell told a transportation conference at the Hotel Roanoke that he has a "plan" to fix Virginia's road crisis, one that relies on massive bond sales, spending money held by VDOT to pay contracts in a timely fashion, and committing the General Assembly to spend whatever fiscal surpluses might appear in the future on building roads. Never mind if the state needs to pay back money already borrowed from the state pension fund, return to a reasonable funding of colleges and universities, increase education funding, end the shortchanging of other social services, etc.

According to the Roanoke Times, here's the outline of McDonnell's ridiculous "plan."

The plan envisions selling more than $2.9 billion in new bonds. Officials would allocate $400 million in already-identified surplus state money to loans, loan guarantees and grants to local governments strapped for road dollars. To garner the other $700 million, the governor mentioned the possibility of future surpluses and whatever money the state would make if it privatizes state-owned liquor stores.

“Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man”

George W. Bush gets one right for a change!
The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn't qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.

"Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man," a Republican official familiar with Bush's thinking told the Daily News.

"He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin."

Gotta love it.