Big 3

English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President,...

English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, not GM, Ford and Chrysler. The Big 3 I am referring to are the three Republicans who have done the most damage to the US and the US economy besides GW Bush. None were ever elected to office, none ever faced the voters. They are Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and Alan Greenspan.

Without Karl Rove’s help, GW Bush would have lost both elections in 2000 and 2004. In 2012, Rove’s group American Crossroads is poised to further damage American politics.

Grover Norquist is a brilliant individual according to his longtime friend, Jack Abramoff. To him, I believe, we owe the Republican tendency to label all opponents as Marxists. We also owe him the Republican refusal to compromise on taxes.

Alan Greenspan’s allegiance to Ayn Rand and the unfettered free market led to the unchecked housing bubble that burst and produced the present Great Recession.

Both Karl and Grover support Mitt Romney. I don’t know who Alan Greenspan will endorse, but I suspect that eventually it will be Mitt Romney.

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Moment of truth

Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy C...

Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My wife and I both lead busy lives with each of us going in different directions. Each day we try to sit down for a few minutes to talk face to face. We often do that over a backgammon board. We have been playing off and on for most of our 36 years of married life. The game has become so automatic that we both know when the game has reached its moment of truth, a moment late in the game when a single roll of the dice will determine who wins and who loses.

I remember the debate in 1980 when Reagan demolished Carter by asking the simple question, are you better off now than you were in 1976.  A moment of truth. Four years later, he repeated the feat by saying he would not take advantage of Mondale‘s youth and inexperience, a second moment of truth.

I believe that there will be a moment of truth in one of the debates this year between Obama and Romney. There will be no place for Mitt to hide and the 100s of $millions of negative ads from Karl Rove and friends will offer no protection. Mitt might be better advised not to debate at all. He would lose then, but the margin of defeat might very well be less than if he does debate and meets a moment of truth before a vast TV audience.

Guilty!

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Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

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The first decade of the twenty-first century will go down in history as the Lost Decade due to the deeds of the following four individuals. They were aided and abetted by many others, but these four, I call them the Washington Four, were the leaders.

George W. Bush started two wars. The Iraq war was unnecessary and the Afghan war was and is unnecessarily prolonged. He ignored repeated warnings about the New Orleans levees, trusting to luck, and his luck ran out in August, 2005, due to Katrina. He allowed the housing bubble to inflate unchecked.  GUILTY

Dick Cheney authored and supported enhanced interrogations and other evils too numerous to list.  GUILTY

Karl Rove masterminded George W. Bush’s election, not once but twice.  GUILTY x 2

Alan Greenspan allowed the housing bubble to inflate, believing that the invisible hand of the market would cause the bubble to self-correct.   GUILTY

John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell will give us a second Lost Decade to follow the first if we do not give them everything they want.  GUILTY

Do you want the Great Recession to linger until 2020?

Chin Index

Karl Rove with fan

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Watching the Sunday talk shows and those political commentary shows during the week has led me to develop what I call the Chin Index, which applies to the male  hosts and guests, but not the female ones.

One chin equals liberal.
Two or more equals conservative.

Each of us is the product of our life experiences. Those who have experienced material success during their lives tend to corpulence as they grow older; those who have had less success have a more lean and hungry look. There are notable exceptions of course, but this is a tendency that I have noticed from hundreds of hours of observation. More chins indicate more material success and is the result of one life experience as opposed to another.

To understand opposing views, one must walk in the other person’s moccasins. Too many with prescriptions for all of life’s ills have not done so and refuse to recognize another’s experience. If you work hard in our society, you succeed. That is true sometimes, but not always. Just because some succeed materially does not mean that all can or will. The more successful among us must be ready and willing to help the less fortunate.