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Within the pages of my journal you will find mostly rants and commentary on topics of concern to me. Currently, those would include the illegal occupation of Iraq, human rights, the threat of theocracy, and the U. S. Presidency of Barack Obama.

If these things interest you as well, read on. If you wish to engage in attack debate, simply move on. I won't respond to you. If you are interested in honest debate, and have an open mind, then I welcome you.

Oh, and one more thing. I believe Bush 43 was the worst president ever to hold that office in the history of the United States. I am unashamed of that opinion.

If your actions harm no one, then they are ethical. The reverse is not necessarily true.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

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A sign of the economy?

location: my home office

My 2002 Ford Explorer needs engine work, and I cannot afford to do it. I also really can’t afford to own an SUV and run it in this economy either. Read more ...

Originally posted at http://wyldraven.dreamwidth.org/573633.html

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Obama and the Economy

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy

Barack Obama is both more left-wing and more right-wing than many people realize. A 15-year debate among economics experts in the Democratic Party helps explain why.
Obama's views on the economy dovetail nicely with my own. It's a nice fusion of free market laissez-faire economics and when necessary, "setting up a government program to address a market failure."
[...] “The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production,” Obama told me. “And I also think that there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally.” But, he continued, “there are certain things the market doesn’t automatically do.” In other words, free-market policy isn’t likely to dominate his agenda; his project would be fixing the market.

And it does seem to need fixing. For three decades now, the American economy has been in what the historian Sean Wilentz calls the Age of Reagan. The government has deregulated industries, opened the economy more to market forces and, above all, cut income taxes. Much good has come of this — the end of 1970s stagflation, infrequent and relatively mild recessions, faster growth than that of the more regulated economies of Europe. Yet laissez-faire capitalism hasn’t delivered nearly what its proponents promised. It has created big budget deficits, the most pronounced income inequality since the 1920s, and the current financial crisis. [...]
This is a fairly long, in-depth piece analyzing Obama's economic views, and it's well worth the time to read.

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Olbermann investigation of McCain, Gas Prices, & the Enron Loophole

Current Mood: angry angry

McCain, Gas Prices & the Enron Loophole

A Countdown Special Report on how John McCain’s chief economic advisor and others in his campaign helped create and defend legislation that enabled speculators to run up gas prices.
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"Courtesy" overdraft protection is intentionally rigged against you

Current Mood: cranky cranky

I knew it...

Banks Give New Meaning to Protection Racket

Excerpt. Click headline for full story. )
I've been there before. It was just too easy to take advantage of it. Then I saw what it was costing me. Unbelievable. I'm also not surprised that attempts at regulating this went down in flames.

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Obama on the failed economic policies of the past 7 years

Current Mood: impressed impressed
Current Music: The Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Beach Boys

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Barack spoke at the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Butte on April 5, 2008.

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