Bush: a big government disaster

bushsmirkNick Gillespie, editor in chief of reason.tv and reason.com, outlines the broad scope of Bush’s failures as president in today’s Wall Street Journal. This is a good analysis from a libertarian viewpoint of small government and limited international military intervention. I agree with almost all his points.

Excerpt:

Mr. Bush’s legacy is thus a bizarro version of Ronald Reagan’s. Reagan entered office declaring that government was not the solution to our problems, it was the problem. Ironically, he demonstrated that government could do some important things right — he helped tame inflation and masterfully drew the Cold War to a nonviolent triumph for the Free World. By contrast, Mr. Bush has massively expanded the government along with the sense that government is incompetent.

That is no small accomplishment — and its pernicious effects will last long after Mr. Bush has moved back to Texas, and President Obama has announced that his stimulus package, originally tagged at $750 billion and already up to $825 billion, will cost $1 trillion or more. Mr. Bush has cleared the way for President Obama to intervene more and more in the economy and every other aspect of American life.

She never will go away… (updated)

That’s right. Sarah is back. Or at least her clothes are. Turns out the multi-tens of thousand of dollars of clothes purchased for her by the republican party have not exactly been donated to charity as promised.  Where are the clothes now? They are in trash bags at the offices of the Republican National Committtee. Not her fault. But what are these campaign officials thinking?

A snarky take (natch) from Wonkette.

Update: More on the story from David Frum, who points out that the GOP (of which he is a member) seems unable to move away from yesmen and truth-deniers.

Our party has been crippled by an all-pervading assumption at the center that if you just don’t talk about bad news, it will go away: whether it’s an extravagant wardrobe decision – or a bad job creation record. Our leaders cocoon themselves, refuse to hear unwelcome news, and reward yesmanship.

We have seen this attitude again in the reaction in some quarters to our story. If only New Majority had refrained from mentioning the obvious – that Palin’s promise had been left hanging in midair – why then nobody else would mention it either. And if nobody mentioned it, then it would disappear. Right? Not right. As soon as Gov. Palin returned to the national scene, so too would all the unanswered questions left over from the last campaign.

There is obviously something seriously wrong with the decision making at the Republican center. It is this leadership dysfunction that should be the central issue in the race for the chairmanship of the RNC.

"The economy is robust…" (updated x2)

All day today, the blogosphere has been buzzing, lighting up, and blinking with the following statement that appears on the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee website:

“Thanks to Republican economic policies, the economy is robust and job creation is strong.”

Not only is this totally tone deaf, but it is a simple matter to make a correction to a web page. There has been ample publicity about this. It is now 5 pm EST.  How long will it take them to make a change? Or do they really want to continue this claim indefinitely?

Update: Well, they finally took the offending page down. However, there is more to this story….

Update 2: Actually, they have not removed the page in question. It is still online.  All they did was remove a link to the page from elsewhere in the site.  Whoever is running this operation has no technical skills whatsoever.

“The economy is robust…” (updated x2)

All day today, the blogosphere has been buzzing, lighting up, and blinking with the following statement that appears on the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee website:

“Thanks to Republican economic policies, the economy is robust and job creation is strong.”

Not only is this totally tone deaf, but it is a simple matter to make a correction to a web page. There has been ample publicity about this. It is now 5 pm EST.  How long will it take them to make a change? Or do they really want to continue this claim indefinitely?

Update: Well, they finally took the offending page down. However, there is more to this story….

Update 2: Actually, they have not removed the page in question. It is still online.  All they did was remove a link to the page from elsewhere in the site.  Whoever is running this operation has no technical skills whatsoever.

Is Apple threatening Palm?

Today, Palm’s share price dropped about 8%.  Some attribute this to the remarks of Tim Cook, current de facto leader of Apple during yesterday’s Apple earning call with analysts. Here is what Tim Cook said:

“We are watching the landscape.  We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our intellectual property. And if they do, we’re going to go after anybody that does. I don’t want to talk about any specific company. I’m just making a general statement that we think competition is good. It makes us all better and we’re ready to suit up and go up against anyone. However, we will not stand for having our intellectual property ripped off and we’ll use whatever weapons we have at our disposal.”

Cook did not identify any particular company. But if that wasn’t enough, MacDailyNews points to this quote:

We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them.Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007

Disclosure: I am long in Apple stock.

Henchman's Helper

A very cool website was highlighted by Very Short List today. It is called Henchman’s Helper and pulls together a variety of information including live satellite views of the United States and numerous webcams from all over the planet. Pausing over any camera before clicking describes what you will be looking at.  Here is a direct link to VSL’s review.  By the way, VSL is a terrific mailing list. A single email a day describes only the best stuff, from movies, to books, to websites. It is well worth the free subscription.

Henchman’s Helper

A very cool website was highlighted by Very Short List today. It is called Henchman’s Helper and pulls together a variety of information including live satellite views of the United States and numerous webcams from all over the planet. Pausing over any camera before clicking describes what you will be looking at.  Here is a direct link to VSL’s review.  By the way, VSL is a terrific mailing list. A single email a day describes only the best stuff, from movies, to books, to websites. It is well worth the free subscription.