Wednesday, January 23, 2008
CANDIDATES’ VIEW ON THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
According to Mitt Romney the economic crisis is proof that we need someone who has worked in the private sector to lead the country, not someone like George Bush, though, someone like Mitt Romney. He told a group of people in Boca Raton that, “Every time I’ve seen things really get scary and the markets really collapse, I put aside my fear and say—aha, this is a buying opportunity.” After the meeting he went out and tried to buy a few votes.
Rudy Giuliani told another Florida gathering that the huge market drop didn’t worry him. “After all,” he said, “I took charge of things after 9/11. When stuff happens, I know what to do.”
John Edwards said the market drop showed the disconnect between Washington, Wall Street, and real people.
Democratic candidate Carl Perrin said, “The economic problems show how important it is to make sure that the average person will be able to afford a six-pack of beer.”
In other news, Fred Thompson says goodbye. Mike Huckleberry’s senior staff are giving up their salaries for the month, and the former Arkansas governor is cutting back on campaigning in Florida because of a shortage of funds. That’s the second Republican candidate whose staff has told the boss not to pay them this month. Pretty soon it will be McCain vs. Romney for the Republican ticket. Dr. Carl Perrin did not have to ask his senior staff to forego their salaries this month because the entire staff is volunteer. He doesn’t pay them anything.
Meanwhile the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism found that over a two-year period the Bush administration made 935 false statements about the national security threat for Iraq. We weren’t counting, but the number doesn’t surprise us. Bushie himself lied 259 times. Darth Vader, Condi, Rummy, Wolfie, and two press secretaries also made some whoppers. So did Colin Powell, but we think the rest of that truth-challenged outfit fed the lies to Powell.