Monday, September 15, 2008

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (9/15/2008)

Just in case there was any possibility that you would buy the Republican talking point lie that "the Bush Doctrine" is some obscure term with disputed meaning and how could Sarah Palin possibly have known what it meant and she is ready to be vice president because you can see Russia from an island in Alaska to which she's never been herself, Glenn Greenwood points out that McCain, Obama, Ron Paul, George Will (who hypocritically claimed Sunday morning not to know what it is even though he wrote an article about it), and prominent neocons have all used the term with roughly the same meaning that Charlie Gibson did. It's not a term that's in dispute. Except, of course, when a prominent Republican embarrasses herself by not knowing what it is.

John McCain wants to tax employer health care benefits. That is a multi-trillion-dollar tax increase. It also increases the likelihood that you will lose your health insurance, since it will be more expensive for employers to provide. But never fear: McCain will give your family a $5,000 tax credit for the individual market (where insurance currently costs around $12,000 a year for a family). Good luck with that.

Here's a thoughtful essay on the good and bad of "small-town values."

John McCain: too mean-looking to be president. Some people are frakkin' silly.

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