Category Archives: Politics
Everybody knows President Obama was against same sex marriage until he was for it. He said he evolved on the issue. Justice Kennedy and four other members of the Supreme Court also evolved this week. Now that it’s a civil right, opposition to gay marriage could be considered bigotry.
Greece is in default. On Tuesday the government missed a payment deadline on its IMF debt. On Sunday Greeks will vote in a referendum to accept terms from the IMF for more loans. The terms include tax increases and pension cuts.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he’ll step down if the referendum passes. Holman Jenkins in the WSJ says Greece has put a gun to its head saying, “Pay us ransom or the idiot gets it.”
Sid Blumenthal turned over email he had sent to Hillary Clinton. This was email Hillary had apparently failed to turn over to the committee herself. This is interesting because Blumenthal’s emails advised Hillary on taking credit for the fall of Qaddafi in Libya. The Obama administration had banned Hillary from hiring Blumenthal as an advisor. Also, the email was sent to Hillary’s private server in violation of State Department rules.
Hillary claims she turned over all the email from her private account related to her work as Secretary of State. A WSJ editorial says, “This must depend on the definition of “all”… “
Donald Trump threw his combover into the presidential ring this week. Kevin Williamson of National Review didn’t seem impressed. He called him a “witless ape” and an “ass”:
…grunting like a baboon about our country’s “brand” and his own vast wealth…
Trump did point to his wealth as a qualification. Williamson pointed to Trump’s bankruptcies:
The Trump conglomerate is the Argentina of limited-liability companies, having been in bankruptcy as recently as 2009. To be sure, a lot of companies went bankrupt around then. The Trump gang went bankrupt in 2004, too, and in 2001.
Then Williamson brought up another rich guy who financed his own campaign and caused a Bush to lose to a Clinton:
We’ve been to this corner of Crazytown before. If we’re going to have a billionaire dope running for the presidency, I prefer Ross Perot and his cracked tales of Vietnamese hit squads dispatched to take him out while Lee Atwater plotted to crash his daughter’s wedding with phonied-up lesbian sex pictures.
Nancy Pelosi led the president’s own party in defeating a key part of his free trade legislation on Friday. The deal would have provided money and training for workers displaced by the Trans Pacific Partnership – Obama Trade.
Republicans Boehner and Ryan are switch hitting for the president on Obama Trade. They want “fast track” authority which would allow him to negotiate in secret with Asian governments. The House would then vote up or down on the final trade deal with no amendments.
The bill itself is so secret congressmen are only allowed to see it in a basement reading room. One page at a time. With no notes leaving the room. Some notes must have left the room because details of the bill are being made public by Wikileaks.