Labor Day Open Thread

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The President  opened the fall campaign in his customary way today with a barn burning speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Continuing the piecemeal approach of incremental change that our political system allows, President Obama announced a plan for $50 billion of infrastructure investment.  The plan is weighted heavily toward roads, bridges,  high speed rail, smart investments and limited job creation.  Shrewdly, he performed the obligatory ass kissing of organized labor to create enthusiasm and excitement for the Democratic ticket in the fall. Moreover, he sold his plan with the customary feel good rhetoric and American Dream cliches.

Obama’s scathing criticism of the failed policies and right-wing propaganda of the Republicans was what some voters needed to hear. ¬†Too bad white voters are not listening to reason this year. ¬†Republicans understand the power of fear and are using it to their advantage, Democrats should be taking Republicans faces off for their hypocrisy, lies, and distortions on every front. ¬†Fear about the future of Social Security is particularly potent, unfortunately, Obama has no credibility on that issue.

Lastly, the President gave what amounted to a middle class call to arms in this address but ¬†he’s done precious little to address the foreclosure crisis that is decimating the middle class–particularly the black and brown middle class. We’ll see if it works. What is on your mind today?

Going through the motions

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The candidates are just going through the motions now because this thing is over and done.¬† I’ll tell you like the revival preacher told me at my home church in July.¬† “Obama’s gonna win.¬† You can shout now.”¬† The electoral college map as represented below is clear.¬†¬†¬† A landslide is brewing and nothing will likely mitigate the¬†damage to the Republican Party.

Senators McCain and Obama are starting to engage fully now without laying too heavy a negative glove on each other.¬†¬†The economy is front and center and it does nothing but help Obama.¬†¬†The longer they discuss it, the more he strengthens his hand.¬†¬†¬† A half-hour in an we still are talking about the economy.¬† McCain isn’t doing anything to change the game.¬† His mild criticisms are neither pointed nor compelling.