Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds

First John McCain was tortured while a POW in Vietnam and now Joe Lieberman gives McCain his endorsement. Wacky Joe doesn’t think that McCain has suffered enough,  McCain who has already suffered so much in this life

Does this mean anything? Only if it’s an admission that he sees the writing on the wall of  potential Republican wipe-out in 2008 where Democrats will no longer feel the need to tolerate his presence.

The Carpetbagger reminds everyone that Joe’s word is gospel,

I want Democrats to be back in the majority in Washington and elect a Democratic president in 2008. This man and his supporters will frustrate and defeat our hopes of doing that.” (Joe Lieberman in July of 2007)

It’s filibuster day, A Lonely Filibuster

    The latest word from the Dodd camp regarding what will happen on the FISA bill is that tomorrow, Dodd will take the floor and not yield.

He can take “questions” from other senators during the filibuster, which can be no more than 20 minutes. We understand that Kennedy and Feingold so far have agreed to do this.

Dodd has been forced to take this unusual step because Harry Reid chose to introduce the intelligence Committee version of the bill (which grants retroactive immunity to the telecom companies) instead of the Judiciary Committee version (which doesn’t).

I almost wish I hadn’t gone over to TAL he already wrote my commentary and better then I could express it. Just a few months ago many of us were high on the new Democratic majority in Congress and a technical majority in the Senate, but the reality of  Democratic acquiescence to Bush’s agenda has reared its ugly head one too many times. Sure a weak kneed Democrat is still better for domectic policy then the best Republican, but domestic goals can’t be accomplished when the purse strings and rule of law are so intimately attached to our foreign policy. You can’t fix bridges or build schools and give student loans to our future engineers and scientists if hundreds of billions of dollars are going down the  bottomless pit that is the ill defined war on terror. We can’t have a moral direction as a country if the Senate is willing to let the rule of law be crippled by a president that seems singularly incapable of making decisions that are in the best interests of the republic. I wish Senator Dodd luck, he’ll need it.

Nobel laureate, Joseph E. Stiglitz writing at Vanity Fair, The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush 

I can hear an irritated counterthrust already. The president has not driven the United States into a recession during his almost seven years in office. Unemployment stands at a respectable 4.6 percent. Well, fine. But the other side of the ledger groans with distress: a tax code that has become hideously biased in favor of the rich; a national debt that will probably have grown 70 percent by the time this president leaves Washington; a swelling cascade of mortgage defaults; a record near-$850 billion trade
deficit; oil prices that are higher than they have ever been; and a dollar so weak that or an American to buy a cup of coffee in London or Paris—or even the Yukon—becomes a venture in high finance.

And it gets worse. After almost seven years of this president, the United States is less prepared than ever to face the future. We have not been educating enough engineers and scientists, people with the skills we will need to compete with China and India. We have not been investing in the kinds of basic research that made us the technological powerhouse of the late 20th century. And although the president now understands—or so he says—that we must begin to wean ourselves from oil and coal, we have on his watch become more deeply dependent on both.

[ ]..The administration crows that the economy grew—by some 16 percent—during its first six years, but the growth helped mainly people who had no need of any help, and failed to help those who need plenty. A rising tide lifted all yachts. Inequality is now widening in America, and at a rate not seen in three-quarters of a century. A young male in his 30s today has an income, adjusted for inflation, that is 12 percent less than what his father was making 30 years ago. Some 5.3 million more Americans are living in poverty now than were living in poverty when Bush became president. America’s class structure may not have arrived there yet, but it’s heading in the direction of Brazil’s and Mexico’s.

The Bankruptcy Boom

In breathtaking disregard for the most basic rules of fiscal propriety, the administration continued to cut taxes even as it undertook expensive new spending programs and embarked in a financially ruinous “war of choice” in Iraq. A budget surplus of 2.4 percent of gross domestic product (G.D.P.), which greeted Bush as he took office, turned into a deficit of 3.6 percent in the space of four years. The United States had not experienced a turnaround of this magnitude since the global crisis of World War II.

Alan Greenspan, hardly a raving liberal partisan thinks we’re headed for a recession.

Republicans keep saying, like parrots actually that we have to compete in a global maket. How are we going to do that without engineers.

If you’re income, the middle and working classes income hasn’t grown in six years then the person and party (Republican) that is directing the economy obviously doesn’t know what they’re doing or they’re snake oil salesmen, or a little of both.

Republicans are for small government and I think I just saw E.T. wiz by. They’ve spent like the bills they were racking up were going to be paid by someone else and they were right. They’re going to be paid by you and your grandchildren. I agree that sometimes Democrats throw money at problems, but thats not a bad thing if you can hit the target; Republicans can only see as far as their rich friends.

“Organization doesn’t really accomplish anything. Plans don’t accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don’t much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.” ~ Colin Powell. If only the general and his party would have lived up to those words.