10:10 goodnight all. see my piece tomorrow on Taxation Without Justification.
10:08 the end. about as good as it could have been, given that we’re human and imperfect. i hope it sticks.
10:05 kids see it much more clearly than us jaded wiseass grownup types. if there’s a God, God bless that child.
10:00 but, but, isn’t Jack Bauer an American? seriously, i think causing excruciating pain to one evil human to save the lives of thousands of innocent ones isn’t a bad trade-off.
9:57 it is hard to believe that the economic cost of the war in Iraq was kept out of the budget. that’s one gigantic piece of wool that was pulled over the nation’s eyes.
9:56 the check is in the mail. great.
9:55 i will not see my taxes increased a single dime.
9:53 attacking agri-business is a slippery slope. that’s going to be an engine of monstrous economic growth as we feed billions halfway around the world.
9:52 Schumer looks smarmier than Donald Trump. not easy.
9:51 it is with extreme humility that i point out that i was 10 minutes ahead of him in the video game condemnation department.
9:49 what Republican or bluedog Dem can scoff at the goal of regaining the upper hand regarding higher education?
9:44 we cannot consider ourselves civilized if all of our citizens don’t have access to quality health care. the fact that this is not self-evident reflects poorly on us all.
9:41 O’s making a valiant effort to get America away from the lethargy that led Grand Theft Auto and the WWE to matter more than the noble and necessary endeavors of the past, that made us the great nation he believes we still are and can continue to be
9:39 let’s see if domestic solar stocks rise tomorrow. look at ENER. disclosure: no position.
9:37 government catalyzed private enterprise. another excellent picture painted.
9:36 excellent line about sacrificing even worthy priorities.
9:35 Wrangel contemplates his eventual plea bargain.
9:33 but you have to help banks in order for them to help people. that’s how the system works.
9:29 i hope he knows how to recognize responsible families that are suffering. i can’t imagine the agency that’s going to be required, and the number of lie detectors that the agency will need to purchase. see my piece tomorrow on Taxation Without Justification for more on the subject.
9:26 slowly, O may be successfully turning this into a national family meeting around a large kitchen table, about a change in the economic status of the family, and what has to be done for the family to weather the bumpy road ahead.
9:22 O should be talking more about hard choices and paying the price for our excesses. he doesn’t need to sell a bill that’s already been signed into law.
9:19 good call to arms. now let’s get down to specifics. please.
9:06 full disclosure: i voted for Obama. yes, my first three entries were critical of Dems. for equal time, scroll down to the piece posted earlier today about cold hearted, opportunistic Bobby Jindal.
9:05 no duct tape on Geithner’s mouth. probably just an oversight.
9:00 Sully’s there! Sully’s there! landing this economy safely in the Hudson can’t be any tougher than what he did. or is it?
8:57 Biden and Pelosi look like they spent some time on their appearance tonight. are these the Oscars or a major political speech? too bad Biden can’t buy designer tact and Pelosi can’t buy a designer brain.
8:50 watching CNN. already heard about congressional behavior that’s worth a column unto itself. some congressmen got to the chamber as early as 8:30 this morning to reserve spots so that they could greet and be seen greeting the president. any notions that these are statesmen and not showmen have been put to rest.
7:45 p.m. ET Pregame show:
Unlike credentialed members of the media, I’m not given a copy of the President’s address ahead of time. I have no idea why that is.
My educated guess is that as a result of the multiple failures by member of Team O to communicate well over the past couple of weeks, followed by plenty of media flack about it, the President is prepped and ready to rock.
His delivery’s always good, and his content’s going to be on point, and on whatever target he wants to hit. He may not please all of the people all of the time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if tonight marks the beginning of the long and arduous process of moving the country in a positive direction.
I hope, for all of our sakes, that I’m right. With another 600,00 newly unemployed folks expected to be out on the street this week, it’s either get this train back on track or get ready for some serious civil unrest.
Be back at 9PM EST. – LK