July 27, 2004

Horse Racing

Convention-al Wisdom

Tit for tat. He said, she said. I know you are but what am I? No backs. Infinity. Reading the coverage for the White House race and.. more noticably this week, the convention, are the distinctly opposed views of the race, the polls, the voters and the overall pulse of the nation. Either somebody somewhere is manipulating the polls or those polled or the demographics change 180 degrees each time they solicit feedback from the populace.

You can read reassuring articles like this, on race in politics and the slow shift of voters back to their base and the spin around and get smacked with this ABC polling breakdown that shows almost the complete opposite. It's not that the media is liberal or conservative......it's that the entire gammut seems rigged somehow to keep the constituents constantly guessing and assuming the data they're being feed is both accurate and static in nature. Rarely do the readers get treated to such factors as number polled, all questions (and wording) asked, type of respondents and all the supporting data. The public should simply ignore all polling data and vote their hearts and minds. Put Zogby out of business and hang up on them when they call...... or lie to them to skew the data..... you know they'll skew it later...... get the work done up front.

This morning's articles on last night's speeches were amazing to read. Clinton was in spectacular form and more than likely the reason he was completely left out of this piece. In case you missed it, apparently the war in Iraq is Clinton's fault because a now deceased man, stated on his deathbed that Saddam wanted to make nice and we ignored his plea, therefore the Clinton torpidity forced Bush's hand in Iraq or something. Heck, if we wanna play with the 20/20 hindsight machine couldn't we just put a 9mm in Rummy's hand and have him shoot Saddam after selling him biological agents?

DJ Jazzy Annie hasn't coughed up her daily hairball since USA Today's not running her articles. Although she does pen a "why me type" tirade on how put upon and disaffected she is over the snubbing.

Tonight's to-do includes fast forwarding through all the TIVO'ed stuff I got to see and watch Carter's speech. This excerpt from his transcript is amazingly articulate. Don't you miss having a leader who can not only articulate his message but comes across as understanding his subject matter?

In repudiating extremism we need to recommit ourselves to a few common- sense principles that should transcend partisan differences. First, we cannot enhance our own security if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us, namely, the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs. Second, we cannot maintain our historic self-confidence as a people if we generate public panic. Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country. Next, we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others. And finally, in the world at large we cannot lead if our leaders mislead.

Why is it, the assumption is that tax cuts, across the board, are immediately good for the people, the economy and the small business owner? One size fits all.............. all just need to change to fit the size, apparently. I love this quote;

"I'm not paying any taxes at all because we're not making any money," Bailey said with a sigh. "I loved paying taxes. It meant we were doing all right."

I concur. I loved the year my wife and I jointly paid the equivalent of an SUV's price in taxes. It meant we were doing well enough to contribute back to the country and still live well within our means. When everyone is doing well, EVERYONE is doing well. It's more than just an overused cliche.


Trivia

* Speed reading: "You read between 650 - 700 words per minute. Extremely efficient reading level. (The average rate is between 200 - 250 words per minute.) It is assumed that you did not skim the words nor fail to understand the meaning of what was read." Explains why I get so much done. ;)

which segues into.........................

HASH(0x8ac7e20)
You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every book ever published. You are a fountain of endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any question people ask, and have thus been nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their grammar and insult their paperbacks.


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