2010 elections

Four Questions and Four Answers - Reposted from Jed Lewison's DailyKos entry

The following first appeared on DailyKos on Friday, 29 October. They've posted it at least once daily since then, and will continue to do so at least once daily every day until the election. It's up there even now. It's simple, straightforward and blunt.

I'm reposting it here, with a hat-tip and a thank-you, for our readers to also share. My only changes are that I've bolded the titles "Questions" and "Answers" for readability. -- GH



  1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
  1. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
  1. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
  1. Which party's candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?


  1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.
  1. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.
  1. On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.
  1. The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.

The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day -- because you're not going to like what comes next.


This post originally appeared here on Friday, October 29.


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Mourning Becomes Election

Voting has to be voluntary. Forced participation reflects, even less than low turnout, little of what 'the people' want. So, people have to be attracted to the polls. Certainly, if there is going to be any sense at all of real democratic participation.

Thing is, people can be attracted to the polls for the wrong reasons. The unscrupulous can game the system, whipping up fervor and getting people to vote--even against their own interests.

The scrupulous, on the other hand, try to convince. They don't try to scare or to appeal to the base parts of human character.

The Fine Art of Self-Serving Prediction

In his column today, David Brooks picks and chooses among polls and observations to come to the conclusion that the tea party isn't a problem for the Republicans.  Conveniently ignoring things like the debacle (in the eyes of moderate Republicans) of Christine O'Donnell (though I would not count her out--but for other reasons), Brooks argues that the 'baggers aren't hurting the Republicans at all.  Instead, he says, the election is all about the Democrats:

Flying and Hookers and Chairs, oh my!

As a follow up to a previous diary on former Florida GOP party chair, Jim Greer, being chased for corruption.

Between stories of skimming party money, expensive charter flights and the orgasm envy of the former Florida GOP Chair comes allegations that "women were involved and paid" on a junket to the Bahamas:

In one case, Greer organized a men-only trip to the Bahamas along with a group of major donors. O'Rourke was forbidden from attending, though Greer brought two male party staffers.

Beth Kigel, a lobbyist, fundraiser and member of the state party executive committee from Palm Beach County, told investigators she also had heard about that men-only trip but that "women were involved and paid."

Via TPM, Gov. Crist had something to say on the subject:

Does Anyone Remember...

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-03-20 09:38:16 -0400. CTMan makes a good point. -- GH

President Alf Landon?

"This is the largest tax bill in history," the Republican leader fumed. The reform "is unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed."

And that wasn't all. This "cruel hoax," he said, this "folly" of "bungling and waste," compared poorly to the "much less expensive" and "practical measures" favored by the Republicans.

"We must repeal," the GOP leader argued. "The Republican Party is pledged to do this."

That was Republican presidential nominee Alf Landon in a September 1936 campaign speech. He based his bid for the White House on repealing Social Security.

Unless you have some kind of alternate universe revisionist history to go by, expect this kind of campaign lunacy to go over just as well in the next election cycle.