20 days and counting–no more Bush-Cheney

December 31, 2008

I can’t wait until Noon on January 20th, 2009, when Bush and Cheney head off to retirement.  I won’t miss that smirk.

I’ve had a quiet few weeks and have not posted much since the election.  I needed to take a break, sit back and observe the political world while I attended to some business matters.

If you’re like me, you probably wish the Bush-Cheney team had stepped aside back before Thanksgiving, yielding to the Obama-Biden team.   While there is still the vacuum of leadership from Bush, he’s apparently been busy looking for ways to erode environmental and labor protections.

What am I excited about?

  • The incoming Obama-Biden team replacing Bush-Cheney
  • Our troops get a new Commander in Chief
  • The new cabinet is getting praise from Republicans  and Democrats alike
  • Colin Powell’s candor just before the election
  • A really smart, capable guy is going to be President in 20 days
  • The Iraqi government has expressed the intent to get our troops out just as Barack Obama had suggested for months
  • That the McCain-Palin ticket didn’t prevail in the last election
  • Al Franken becoming a U.S. Senator for the state of Minnesota

What irritates me?

  • Bush and Cheney will likely get away with war crimes
  • That the Bush administration was able to undermine our Constitution, our economy, our environment, our regulatory processes, our standing in the world, and will face no consequences
  • There’s no accountability for Paulson and Bernake
  • I don’t know if any of the $350 billion Paulson has spent is yielding or will yield economic benefits–can anyone explain this to me?
  • That Paulson and Bernake made a case for the urgent need to buy up “toxic mortgage debt” to get the economy moving and then bought none
  • Why we’re focused on what little bailout money the U.S. auto industry is receiving ($17 billion) yet we aren’t keeping our eyes on the Wall Street bailout which continues to move along under “cover of darkness”
  • AIG’s bailout money has quietly increased from $80 billion to over $125 billion–how come?
  • How the SEC–after being tipped off about a scam Bernie Madoff was perpetrating on investors–looked the other way and how this negligence has a price tag of $50 billion.  Madoff is spending his days/nights in his luxurious New York apartment while his victims spend their days living with untold anguish.
  • The arrogance of Bush, Cheney, Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman and Blagojevich

What do you think?

Happy New Year!!    Democrat Dave


President-Elect Obama–Wow!!

November 4, 2008

What a night!!   I’m absolutely ecstatic about this victory tonight.  We’ve come so far from the last 8 years, 8 years I can’t wait to put behind us.

Back in 2004, George W. Bush declared one day after one of the narrowist victories in U.S. presidential election history that he had a “mandate.”  My immediate reaction was “bull shit”–you don’t have anything near a mandate.  He went on to talk about how he was going to spend the “political capital” that he had earned during the election.  It makes me shake my head to this day thinking about this. What an arrogant, pompous ass. George Bush and Dick Cheney have acted as though they could do whatever they wanted without repercussions.  As Keith Olbermann would say, “How dare they!”

This election is a victory for all Americans, a victory for the international community, a victory for hope, a victory for diplomacy, a victory for our veterans and active duty soldiers, and a victory for our planet.

Barack Obama is inheriting a mess: 2 wars, an economy on the verge of collapse, industries that have missed the mark and put jobs at risk, huge budget deficits, over $10 trillon national debt, etc.. It won’t get fixed overnight.  It is going to require careful thought, leadership and the ability to build coalitions of support.  Barack Obama has demonstrated that he knows how to do this.  That’s why he was elected today.

Barack Obama is a smart, thoughtful guy. He knows that with great power comes great responsibility.  If the Democrats act with the best of intentions for the citizens of our nation and the world, they may continue to enjoy the mandate they’ve been given today in the 2010 election cycle.  If they abuse this power, they can expect a reversal of fortunes.

The election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is a clear repudiation of senseless deregulation, needless torture and waterboarding, loosely interpreting the U.S. Constitution to fit the circumstances, inventing phrases to avoid obligations under the Geneva Convention requirements (e.g., “enemy combatants” vs. “prisoners of war”), warrantless wiretapping, catering to narrow special intersts to win votes, “go-it-alone” preemptive military actions, firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons, FEMA support for Hurricane Katrina, and countless other issues.  And, one more thing. Colin Powell hit the nail on the head: We are not just a Christian nation–we are a nation that includes and respects all religions. 

In just the past couple of months, Barack Obama has been called a celebrity, a socialist, a Communist, a “liberal,” a tax and spend liberal, a guy who wants to raise everybody’s taxes (contrary to his position), a pal of domestic terrorists, etc.  How pathetic coming from John McCain and Sarah Palin.  John McCain would want us to forget his pathetic campaign and his disparging words that served to polarize people, but, I’ll never forget the low road he and Sarah Palin tried to take to the highest office in the land.  The American voters won’t forget either.

But you know what–the American people didn’t buy the Republican B.S.  Even many neo-cons endorsed Barack Obama as they didn’t like what Bush and GOP has done to this country and our standing in the world. America saw through it this time. 

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

This is a proud day for all Americans.  It’s a proud day for Barack Obama and his family, his recently deceased grandmother and for all African-Americans who thought they might never see a president who looked like them.

Back in August, I started this blog at the suggestion of my wife.  I’ve been blessed to have over 5000 visitors to this blog since its inception.  Most of my visitors have come for the fact-based, research pieces that I’ve written.  Even today, I had people looking up issues such as the “Bush Tax Cuts” to understand the difference between the plan offered by John McCain and Barack Obama.  I’m grateful for folks who have come to the blog regularly and offered comments and support.  I appreciate it more than you know.  It has made this mission worthwhile.

America made it through this election cycle without one of our best commentators ever:  Tim Russert.  I have to believe that Tim Russert is smiling tonight up in heaven at Barack Obama’s victory.  I miss his insights, his smile, his energy and enthusiasm.  It was great to see his son Luke on the air during this election cycle.

I’m so happy!  Congratulations to the Obamas and the Bidens!!

God has blessed America today!  Thank God for this day and this outcome. Democrat Dave

PS:  I’m not going to retire this blog as this election cycle closes.


Election looking good for Obama

November 4, 2008

6:30 PM PST: With Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Mexico now in Barack Obama’s favor, it is virtually impossible for John McCain to win this election.  Yahoo!!!  

It’s not over yet.  There’s still voting going on out West.  If you haven’t voted for Barack Obama yet, there’s still time.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave


I just voted Obama-Biden!

November 4, 2008

Probably not a very unique headline given that millions and millions of Americans will be doing the same throughout the course of the day.

I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for an Obama-Biden victory later today. 

I want to congratulate the historic achievements of Barack Obama in running a campaign that sets a new standard for what campaigns of the future will look like.

There’s little question that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have taken the high road to the White House while the McCain-Palin ticket have taken the low road.   John McCain–you aren’t the same man you were 8 years ago when you ran for this office. 

McCain and Palin have thrown disingenuous charges at Barack for weeks.  John McCain has run the most uninspired, off-message, erratic, hateful campaign I’ve ever witnessed.  They deserve to lose today’s election. 

Later today, I plan to celebrate the Obama-Biden victory as well as the rejection of the McCain-Palin ticket. 

I want to acknowledge the passing of Barack Obama’s grandmother just one day before the election.  She has to be so proud of who Barack is and the campaign that he’s run.  What a magnificent gift she’s been to American by helping to raise such a fine individual as Barack Obama.

Please vote Obama-Biden today.  Democrat Dave


Protect yourself from voter fraud

November 2, 2008

From the Obama-Biden campaign, comes this informative video:

Please vote Obama-Biden on November 4th!! Democrat Dave


Dick Cheney supports Barack Obama

October 31, 2008

In the spirit of acknowledging all the disingenuous lies and distortions of the McCain-Palin campaign, I made up this headline.  But, unlike the McCain-Palin campaign, I acknowledge that it’s not true. 

One of the leading neo-conservatives has, indeed, thrown his support to Barack Obama.   This guy isn’t from the “liberal media.” From the Huffington Post on the 30th of October, 2008, comes the following:

Francis Fukuyama, the prominent academic and an early intellectual defender of neoconservatism, endorses Barack Obama in the pages of the American Conservative magazine:

I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.

So, why is anyone voting for the McCain-Palin ticket at this point? This guy has nailed it.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008. Democrat Dave


McCain needs help with economy–his choice?

October 29, 2008

John McCain has always admitted that the economy is not his strength. Damn the bad luck–that’s where we need the most help right now. Check out this 30-second video clip:

Democrat Dave