After dark

Thinking outside the box.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. [...] advocated a new government fee of .25 percent of every stock transaction to ensure that the government can recoup funds to pay for the aid that it provides to lenders. “If this is truly such a catastrophe, I don’t see how anybody can object to a one-quarter of one percent fee,” DeFazio said.

Why I wish Richard Moore was in the US Senate

Sorry to have to link to the Dome, but a blogger's gotta do what a blogger's gotta do. This is a quote from Richard Moore:

If the Congress is not willing to loan this money, if the Fed will give me a guaranteed rate of return — 7, 8 percent — I'll loan them the money, and I think there are a lot of pension plans across the country that would loan money to the federal government at that kind of rate. And I'll give him the fire power he needs to settle this out.

When Dick Burr is up for re-election in 2010, I hope Richard Moore will run and run hard. If he does, I'll be supporting him all the way.

Dear Congressman Price

We were told last week that the world would end if the bail-out didn't pass immediately. It didn't pass, and the world didn't end. Then we were told we had a few days. Then we were told next Monday would be okay. Some even say a few weeks would be okay.

The truth is, no one in Congress has any freakin' idea what you're dealing with here. The $700 billion figure was pulled out of Paulson's ass. It has no grounding in reality whatsoever. It's not even clear that a bail out is absolutely necessary.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius Set to Welcome Liddy Kansas

Governor Kathleen Sebelius must be planning one heck of a welcome home party for Elizabeth Dole. I haven't been able to verify this with the governor, but she's working so hard to elect Kay Hagan, it is only natural for me to assume that the welcome mat is being rolled out for Kansas' First Lady Twice Removed. (Removed to Washington and then removed to North Carolina)

Here's what Sebelius had to say. Read this and tell me if I'm wrong.

I have to tell you how impressed I am with Kay Hagan and her campaign to be the next United States senator for the great state of North Carolina.

Robin Hayes Must Go

Joe Sinsheimer of fame has set his sights on Robin Hayes. He and his wife Toddi Steelman are hosting a fundraiser for Larry Kissell this Sunday in their Raleigh home. Joe has spent the better part of the last year in Vancouver, where Toddi was working as a Fullbright Scholar. The time and distance has given them a fresh perspective on state and national politics. The vision of Larry Kissell as a Congressman representing the 8th District has not changed. Join them on Sunday in Raleigh to help send Robin Hayes packing and to send Larry Kissell to Washington. From Toddi's email:

This is to let you know that Joe and I are hosting a fundraiser for Larry Kissell, Democratic Nominee for Congress NC 8th District, at our house on Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 4-6 pm.

Larry represents the best chance NC has to pick up a House seat from the Republicans this year. He lost to Robin Hayes two years ago by 330 votes.

Who is the bigger priss?

Remember when primping was wrong?

Political candidates of all stripes want to show off their big ideas, superior intellect, uncommon leadership skills. But they also spend a lot of time making clear their ability to relate to the average man. That's what all the diner visits, rolled-up sleeves and folksy talk are meant to do. A $400 haircut isn't folksy. And it doesn't matter who's paying for it.

McCrory's nose

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In his previous debate with Perdue, Pac McCrory said that the guy who installs floors in his house makes more money than he does. He said it again last night, documented here by Radiogirl.

Oil Companies are "Begging Us To Regulate Them"

The gasoline shortage continued today, with more mountain schools closing, the city and county government in Buncombe closing, business closing because their employees can't make it into work.

A posse of politicians held a presser in Asheville today, and Republican representative Charles Thomas (116) explained that, in addition to problems with refineries and with the Colonial pipeline, distributors are withholding gas from truckers who are willing to bring it up the mountain. He said that the gasoline suppliers are "begging us to regulate them". When you have a Republican openly threatening to regulate an oil industry, you know the crisis has gone to unimaginable depths.


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