Dear Readers: I have been following the Herman Cain situation closely, and I am glad I held off on any opinions. It seems one of his accusers is channeling SNL’s Emily Litella:
I do not support Cain more or less now than I did a week ago. What I do want to point out that all the GOP candidates had best learn from this incident — make sure your closets are skeleton free; if they are not, clean them now; and, get ready for leftist lies, smears, and projections so they don’t interrupt the campaign. ALL of the GOP hopefuls have got to improve their game immensely before hitting the general. While I believe that the Politico story was unleashed by Team Romney to deflect from a devastating column from conservative icon George Will – Mitt Romney, the pretzel candidate — I hope Cain learned valuable lessons in how to handle similar situations; Team Obama will be far harsher and not half as truthful.
Politico has covered itself in shame. Legal Insurrection notes the website has posted the most deceitful headline ever — I have to agree, though I am sure there will be more where this one came from in the General Election. I view this as a Darwinian Election — Adapt or Die! Even if Newt is the one who manages to evolve to best counter The Once, then I will support him.
I would also like to say a few words about Occupy Wall Street. I hold that this is an organized event designed to generate a “state of emergency” that would thwart the scheduled elections in 2012. Capitalists everywhere are pushing back!!! This gem comes via Instapundit: Traders From Chicago Board Of Trade Dump McDonald’s Applications On Occupy Chicago Protesters. “In the middle of an Occupy Chicago teach-in this week, traders at the Chicago Board of Trade dumped several sheets of paper on top of the heads of protesters below. Demonstrators were angered to find out they were showered with employment applications for McDonald’s.”
The Goddess of Capitalism is most pleased.
That being said, I am quite aggravated by the entitlement attitude of many OWS participants, who are students or recent graduates under the delusion that they are owed a great job with a crappy major. I have a new client that is a private university, which offers solid technical degrees in meaningful programs. No GLBT Studies for these scholars! So the continued attacks on them by elite politicos and institutions is something I plan to monitor.
If you want a good example of the navel-gazing self-focus of OWS, look no farther than HERE. I think these people forget the first rule of a civil society: That your “rights” end when they impact mine. Truly, unlike B-daddy, I have no need to commiserate and see absolutely NO CONNECTION between Poopstock and the Tea Party movement.
Check out how California’s taxpayers are being ripped off via time theft, all in support of OWS: The Oakland Police Officers’ Association just sent an “Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland” exposing what appears to be a corrupt effort by the mayor’s office of the City of Oakland to direct public employees to support the Occupy Oakland “Stop Work” general strike on Wednesday, Nov. 2.In fact, a Tea Partier infiltrated Occupy Oakland and filed this report:
Once we reach a Wells Fargo branch, a group swarms in front of the main entrance to find it locked. Next a sizable contingent with signs and costumes sits down to block all entrance and egress while the rest of the mob chants, beat drums, and takes pictures with their iphones. At this stop, I notice several people in light blue tee shirts which read, IFPTE. They are from a City of Oakland agency called the International Federation of Professional Trade Engineers.
I ask one of the women, “Given that your salary is paid by Oakland’s private sector workers, how is it a good thing to shut down commerce here?’
“I’m not the one to ask. I’m just here supporting our group. Why don’t you ask him?” she says apologetically.
When I repeat my question to her designated male companion, he says, pointing at the building, “We’re here because everybody’s hurtin’ except the fat cats.”
“So if the CEO of Wells Fargo is paid $20 million dollars, how does that disadvantage you?” I ask.
“I’d love it the guy’s payin’ 50% of his salary in taxes. But we know he isn’t because of all the loop holes in the tax code,” he says petulantly.
“So, how is that the bank’s fault?” I ask. “Shouldn’t you be picketing Congress?”
“Well, I think the Republicans are mostly at fault. Yes.”
Also, read about the fiasco that is the state high speed train program: The news that the California High-Speed Rail Authority finally revealed its long-awaited business plan only made the state’s residents more suspicious of the monster rail system. With a $99 billion price tag, a 300 percent cost increase since the 2008 voter-approved measure, and a claim of more than 1 million jobs created, High-Speed Rail appears to be taking over as the WPA project of California’s future.
SMART DIPLOMACY ALERT: The Once insulted French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is hosting the G-20 Meeting!