It’s the economy stupid

I have waited for this day since the end of the RNC.

No more lipstick talk. Forget talking about the bridge to nowhere. Nope – after a Republican imposed break from substantive issues, it’s time to return to discuss those issues that actually impact us in our daily lives. This week after Lehman, Merril Lynch and now AIG have all need to be bailed out. After Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were saved by the government two weeks ago – now it’s time to talk about the economy.

And what does John McCain say on Monday: “Our economy, I think, is still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,”

Well at least he got the last part right. These are very difficult times.

We’ll see if people can be distracted by gutter campaigning while their insurance company goes under, the mortgage company goes bankrupt, and the holder of their 401K files for bankruptcy.

People – wake the fuck up.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    Had to say this before turning in for the night…

    I was nauseated today to read McCain’s whining about Obama’s Streisand fundraiser. Said McCain: “He talks about siding with the people just before he flew off for a fundraiser in Hollywood with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends. Let me tell you, my friends, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

    When our country is going to economic hell in a handbasket, crap like that pisses me off. There are thousands more today, post-Lehman, who won’t be able to meet their mortgage, save for retirement, live without day-to-day money fear, and all McCain cares about is where a handful of rich peeps in L.A. choose to invest their campaign support.

    And the sad thing is, those working class people in Youngstown to whom McCain pandered today likely have no idea that this pathetic blowhard spent his 70th birthday on a yacht rented out by Anne Hathaway’s crazy-ass, charity-robbing, probable felon ex-boyfriend. Pot. Kettle. Dipshit.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    Right on, Spencer.

    But, somehow…the Republicans are able to keep the Democrats on the defensive. And, for the life of me, I don’t know how they do it.

    Are the Dems letting them do it?
    Or, are the Republicans just really that good at it?

  • Spencer

    @Joey – I think you’re seeing it that way. From everything I’ve read, the Republicans are having a bad week. They’re still struggling to clean up the “Economy is strong” comment that McCain issued – and the financial market crisis has taken the focus away from Palin.

    Democrats need to be less like Chicken Little. The sky isn’t always falling.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    Great point, Spencer. I just keep hearing about how Sarah Palin’s glasses are back-ordered because so many women want them. I keep seeing that McCain is ahead in the polls and I haven’t REALLY seen Obama and Biden start attacking them on the issues you addressed so well in today’s post.

    On the strength of the issues alone, this race should be a slam dunk for the Dems. But, as long as there is Roe V. Wade and Gay Rights to fight over, the Republicans are easily able to rally their psychotic fan base.

    The Dems need to keep the real issues as the talking points and not allow the Republicans any wiggle-room.

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    There is some extremely scary stuff going down, to be sure. But I bet much of the American public still isn’t paying attention, or doesn’t get the ramifications. Hell, I’m not even sure I get all the ramifications.

    I agree with Joey — maybe it’s my own Democratic bent, but I feel like the Republicans get away with so much more. It seems to me they employ obvious sleight of hand, but then a large portion of the general population doesn’t even notice they’ve been misdirected…when that sort of bullsh*t gets results, it encourages more of the same. And we all end up losing.

  • Spencer

    Are all you guys donating to the cause? Every time you get worried – you need to donate or talk to someone undecided or do anything to help the cause.

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    It would be nice to have a spare dollar to donate (my corporate employer is one of those tanking…er, I mean “reengineering”… in this economy.)

    But I do talk.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    While I can’t afford to donate, I have been in touch with the local campaign office to see if my writing skills can be of use.

  • Spencer

    Talking is good. That’s why I’m writing so much about this. Not just here, but on other blogs – commenting and getting people talking.

    I need to talk to people face to face though.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    I have officially endorsed Obama in my own writing and to all of my friends…and a few enemies.

    As far as donating goes, I really don’t donate to political campaigns. I don’t know why. I think it’s probably for the same reason I don’t play the lottery.

    Besides, the last two elections were basically stolen right out from under our noses.

    I’m sure glad I didn’t give money to something that ended like that. Mostly, I don’t give because I need my money. I believe my support will do more for Obama than all the money I have.

    His campaign can’t really be won on dollar and cents. It needs to be the kind of grass roots movement that it is, right now. It needs to be people talking and organizing others, who in turn, organize still MORE people.

    That is going to be the tale of the tape, in this election.

  • Spencer

    @Joey – I disagree. Think about how much it cost for whoever to send that Obsession DVD in swing states. Think about the Swift Boat ad – that was funded by dollars – and it was effective. You can’t have it both ways – wanting Obama to be more aggressive, but not expect that it cost money.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    I can’t argue with you there.
    You are right.