Saturday, February 21, 2009


Anyone who would make remarks about the unemployed like those below is hardly a presidential prospect.

Not anymore they're not.

"Their comments addressed dissent among a handful of GOP governors led by South Carolina's Mark Sanford, who have publicly criticized the stimulus plan as too big and wasteful. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday he would reject a portion of the money aimed at expanding state unemployment coverage, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has indicated he may do so as well.

"I will oppose my state changing our rule to allow people who are not willing and able to work full-time to get unemployment compensation. That will result in tax increases on our employers going forward," Barbour said.

Both Sanford and Jindal are considered likely 2012 presidential contenders."

Only a hardcore wingnut would consider such views to be either realistic or rational. With the current job situation there are huge numbers of people both willing and able to work who just cannot find a job. Let us hope to find Jindal, Barbour and Sanford among the unemployed Real Soon Now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Good Fix

Personally, I think Obama should nominate Howard Dean for HHS -- and IMO he should have been the first choice. He is smart, experienced, organized, and competent.