Tuesday, September 30, 2008
141 plus 66 does not get you to 218!
No one did! The Dems, the majority party, want no part of governing. Govern? Not this bunch!
P.S. Where is Barrack Obama? He could call on his party, the same one that has a congressional majority, and tell them to pass this proposal. They have 230 of the necessary 218 votes!
Obama could show some leadership and tell his party to stop reading polls and vote for the bailout. Of course, this is the same Obama who sat in Rev. Wright's church but did not hear anything for 20 years!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wonder why these guys are at such low approval? The RCP average is 18%!
In other words, the Dem majority can't govern.
On this bailout, the Dems exercised zero leadership. They had the votes but were afraid to put anything down on paper.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The regular season is over for the Rangers. They lost their last game.
They finished second but 20 games behind the Angels.
Pitching, pitching and pitching. Kevin Milwood, the #1 starter, was very ineffective because of injuries. Vicente Padilla was good but you can't win with one starter. The 3rd and 4th starters were unreliable. In the end, the lack of quality starts burned out the bullpen.
The hitting was good. The Rangers scored a lot of runs. Unfortunately, they gave up more!
How can we improve the Rangers in 2009?
The infield is set. Blalock had a great September after a long time on the disabled list. Kinsler hit .319 but missed the last 3 weeks. Young is Michael Young. Davis is a wonderful young player with lots of upside.
The outfield includes Josh Hamilton. I don't mind counting on Milton Bradley if he can stay healthy. Bradley can also DH.
I would move Hamilton to RF and trade for a leadoff hitter who can play center field, such as Tom Goodwin and Darryl Hamilton back in the late 90s.
The catcher position is pretty good. The organization is very deep in catching. I think that Gerard Laird could be moved for some pitching.
How do you get pitching? It's too expensive to pick up free agent pitchers. Also, who is out there anyway?
Sabathia? Sheets? My guess is that they will be back with Milwaukee, specially if the Brewers go deep in the playoffs.
What about pitching? I think that you have to bite the bullet and continue developing young arms like Feldman and Harrison.
Can the Rangers be competitive in 2009? I think that they can be competitive if Milwood and Padilla pitch full seasons. It will be tough to catch the Angels but the Rangers could be more competitive.
P.S. The Rangers' highlight moment was Josh Hamilton at the Home Run Derby. It was fun to watch all of those long range missiles:
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It was very good for McCain on foreign policy. At times, Obama looked so weak that it was embarrassing.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
However, you must stop the bleeding before you lecture the patient that the dope will kill him. There is a lot of blame to go around. There are lots of hands in the cookie jar. Nevertheless, let's save the patient first and start the investigation later.
The WSJ has the best summary:
"The fact is that the financial system needs basic, long-term reform, but right now the system is clogged with enormous amounts of toxic real-estate paper that will not repay according to its terms.
This paper, in turn, is unable to support huge quantities of structured financial instruments, levered as much as 30 times.
Until there is a new mechanism in place to remove this decaying tissue from the system, the infection will spread, confidence will deteriorate further, and we will have to live through the mother of all credit contractions.
This contraction will undercut the financial system, and with it, the broader economy that so far has held up reasonably well."
Last, but not least, our US$ 15 trillion GDP is not going to sink because of this mess.
The US economy is still strong and the envy of the world.
What other G-8 country has 6% unemployment and 3% GDP growth?
Please send me some names because I can't think of any.
Don't let the Dems' politically motivated "doom and gloom" get you down.
Drop The NY Times and pick up Thomas Sowell:
"Ninety percent of the people on this planet would exchange their economic situation for ours in a minute.
The media love hype, and have been dying to use the word "recession" all year but nothing has happened that meets the definition of a recession.
The American economy is growing, not declining.
Our unemployment rate is up to 6 percent but there are countries that would be delighted to get their unemployment rate down to 6 percent.
Our inflation rate is up a little but many countries would love to get their inflation rate down to where ours is."
I still feel good about the US economy. You should too!
So let's get this bailout out of the way and keep growing.
P.S. Better than that, keep Obama's tax increases away from the US economy! We can afford this bailout, specially if we reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We can't afford Obama's socialism!