A number of Democrats in Congress have received a free ride despite behavior that many of us consider unethical perhaps even illegal. As a taxpayer, I’m pretty disgusted with the double standard for ethics. Why do Democratic senators and representatives get a complete pass from media? Maybe it's because traditional journalism really is dead. There are a number of questionable situations involving senators and representatives, but no one's asking questions and many of the most questionable culprits are keeping key committee assignments.
Various media are reporting President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to be White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel became a member of Congress in 2003. Previously he worked as a senior advisor for President Bill Clinton. In 1989 Emanuel served as a senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley. Aside from the Daley circle, Emanuel is also part of the Paul Simon circle--he worked on Simon’s 1984 election to the U.S. Senate. And here’s where the Chicago tale gets just more interesting. I doubt other media will explore lovely political triangles like this for you.
Most major networks called the presidency for Barack Obama—shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. His supporters are celebrating history being made. Europe and Asia are happy. I am celebrating several things myself, even though my candidate Sen. John McCain lost.
Fox News reported this morning a couple of Black Panthers were standing at the door of one precinct location in Philadelphia. One BP was swinging a nightstick. Watch the video and see what went down—and then you can hop over to the Black Panthers/Philly website and read the creed.
I tried to find a video to counter this one, but I’m not comfortable visiting White Supremacy websites.
Red State Update does, however, have a new video out—reluctantly, Jackie Broyles is running for president as a write-in candidate, and he appears to have quite a few fans in Guatemala. The children are too young to vote, but their language renders ‘Jackie’ a far lovelier name when the ‘J’ becomes a ‘Y.’ The children appear to have been coached, and may be clueless as to who ‘Yackie’ really is, but I figure a whole lot of American voters are experiencing the same phenomenon about the candidate they may vote for.
I’ll file reports throughout the day and evening when something interesting occurs. Not much going on with the TV talkers, other than repeated loops of Sen. Barack Obama voting with his family. Yawn.
This morning Howard Wolfson was on Fox News and once again, a Democrat reared his doomsday head, saying these are the worst economic times since the Great Depression. Wolfson was on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, so maybe the term ‘depression’ lingers. He also made a statement suggesting Republicans have controlled the economy for 40 years. So not only is Wolfson clueless about the history of the Depression, he’s rewriting modern history as well. Democrats had a chokehold on Congress from 1954-1994. And that time included a couple of Democratic presidents who were disasters when it came to spending and the personal economies of working Americans—Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter come to mind.
Over and over Democratic speeches and media analyses have delivered a whopping lie to the American people—the Bush tax cuts benefited the rich. While it’s hard to pin Democrats down over what exactly constitutes ‘rich,’ I know the Bush tax cuts didn’t benefit my non-rich household. We paid more. We already were paying more after President Clinton’s tax increases (he lied too, campaigning on a premise of no tax increases).
T. Boone Pickens was interviewed by 60 Minutes, and when I visited the website to watch that video, another caught my eye. The video dated Oct. 22, 2000 featured an interview with Richard Clarke, President Bill Clinton’s national coordinator for counterterrorism. Watch the video and you’ll begin to see exactly how vulnerable we were. And part of the problem was media’s resistance to understanding exactly what we were facing. Clinton’s Lewinsky situation was media’s obsession at the time. Note the incredulous sometimes skeptical look on the interviewer’s face about some of the warnings Clarke mentioned. There's a big difference in approaches. And the murder of a 13-year-old girl reported by Amnesty International has much in common with our own vulnerability.