Thursday, October 23, 2008

Staunch Republican Criticizes GOP (so it must be true.)

First, Ender's Game was great, and so were many of OSC's other series, which I could not get enough of as a high schooler. But I was shocked to hear him described as a Dem. Not throwing stones either way, but the two things I knew about him personally were he was a staunch mormon and he wrote endless articles praising Bush and the Iraq/Afghan wars. I find it impossible to believe he is a "Democrat." Still, its a nice tactic; if that article is written by K. Rove, you dismiss it out of hand, but when written by a card carrying Dem, you say, "Wow, it must be true." In short, it is pretty silly to call yourself a Democrat when almost all social and political views you seem to hold support the current Republican party; however, I suppose it does provide your criticisms with enormous credibility.

Second, does one honestly think the lack of regulatory oversight was due to the left charging liberals fighting hard to get poor folks homes? Those poor lobbyists making millions on these deals were very concerned and tried hard to stop their profits for the good of the country, but one can never overcome the massive, powerful force of the poor. Damn the poor and their powerful lobby.

1 comment:

GammaBoy said...

Second, does one honestly think the lack of regulatory oversight was due to the left charging liberals fighting hard to get poor folks homes?

If you are referring Dodd and Frank, their stated reasons were the poor. Their real reasons are pure conjecture, although their massive GSE contributions suggest it was not just concern for the poor.

Regardless, helping the poor was the way it was sold politically, and like many progressive ideas, who can argue against affordable housing for the poor? You can't. It's a political loser. The next election the inevitable TV ad appears with the foreboding voice - "and he voted against helping poor Americans buy their first home".

Affordable housing is one of those topics that it is suicide to oppose unless you are willing to go into a whole discussion of economics, and nobody wants to hear that shit. Ask Ron Paul.