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Wednesday, January 08, 2003


Neglecting this blog has been fun, but now it is boring. Tonight, after the basketball game, I think I will start over.

Jeff McCrory 1:24 AM

Saturday, December 14, 2002


My brother writes in regarding my recent spate of predictions:

Wrong again........

Jeff McCrory 12:00 AM

Friday, December 13, 2002


One of Sully's readers is already fretting that Lott will leave the Senate in a snit, giving the Dems a chance to woo a moderate Republican out of the GOP with the gavel in tow. Another out-of-the-ass prediction: it ain't happening.

Jeff McCrory 1:27 AM


Not that I'm surprised that I made a wrong prediction, but I am surprised at how quickly and forcefully Bush denounced Lott. At the risk of making another wrong prediction (which actually carries no risk whatsoever), I cannot imagine Lott will not step down within the next couple days. My guess is that he will make the announcement that he is stepping aside for the good of the party this afternoon.

Jeff McCrory 1:05 AM

Monday, December 09, 2002


Well, Cheney can finally come out of hiding.

Jeff McCrory 2:43 PM


What are the Bushies going to about Trent Lott if the flap over his comments begin to snowball? (It should be noted that at present the story's snowballing prospects are uncertain). As the last thing the Bushies want is to get involved in an internecine war, they will stay above the fray as much as possible. They will neither defend nor condemn Lott. There will be no leaks planted about how the President was personally disappointed by Lott's comments. They may put pressure on Lott to apologize, but they won't do it publicly

However, I think one can expect the Bushies to give Lott the shank in the jugular when nobody is looking. My guess is that Lott will be a dead man walking.

Jeff McCrory 1:42 PM

Sunday, December 08, 2002


Take twenty minutes and read this excellent article in Dissent by Shlomo Avineri.

Jeff McCrory 12:32 AM

Friday, December 06, 2002


My lord, Clinton's speech is so damn good. It moved me. The speech moved me, despite the fact that it is crammed with wonkish details, that I disagree ideologically with half of its message and that, above all, I had only the text, not a human voice, to rouse me. Here are a few of my favorite graphs:

Democrats have to have ideas to win. Republicans will always have more powerful interest groups and the fervor of right wing emotions, as we saw with the Confederate flag issue in Georgia and South Carolina in this recent election. They have an increasingly right wing and bellicose conservative press, with the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal emboldened by the last election, to urge that what we should really be doing is raising taxes on lower income working people so they will come to hate the government just as much as the editors of the Wall Street Journal do. And we have an increasingly docile establishment press, to be fair, partly because of the enormous trauma of September 11th and its aftermath.

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Now, most Americans don't care about what politicians say about each other and don't care about what happens to politicians unless it affects them, their children or their future. But they do have their ears and eyes open at election time. So we have to be firm and clear and strong and positive and prepared to defend our positions and those who are brave enough to stick their necks out to take them.

I can only tell you what I think and I realize it's easy for me to say because I don't have to run for anything. But I think we ought to freeze at least the top rate, 400,000 and above, which affects one half of one percent of us and raise the ceiling on the estate tax but not get rid of it. If you did that, you could save 1.4 trillion dollars over the next two decades. If you freeze the top two rates, that's 200,000 - 400,000 dollars, you could save two trillion dollars and make up over half the shortfall in Social Security. Now, let me remind you that if you froze it, people in upper income levels would already get a 10,000 dollar tax cut, which is more than ten times as much as the average person is going to get when the whole thing is phased in completely. No Democrat is talking about repealing the tax cut or raising anybody's taxes.

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I think it is amazing that we have a situation here, where we're not stimulating a distressed economy, and we're creating long term fiscal irresponsibility, which is bad for rich people because it means interest rates are going to be higher down the road. In this environment, where everybody wants to be asked to sacrifice, the poor are being asked to give up after school programs and training programs. Working people are being told we can't extend unemployment insurance and oh, by the way, we're going to deplete Social Security and Medicare trust funds, yet most of us in this room, who can afford to support the DCL, are being told our sacrifice is to expend the energy necessary to open the envelope containing our tax cut. Now that's bad ethics, bad policy and horrible economics. Too many people are scared that we can't explain that to average people, but we're not taking anything away from anybody. Even I get to keep my ten grand.

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The last point I want to make is we've got to be strong. When we look weak in a time where people feel insecure, we lose. When people feel uncertain, they'd rather have somebody who's strong and wrong than somebody, who's weak and right. When I went in to Bosnia or Kosovo, and some Republican leader criticized me, if I had run ads in his state against him, the Republicans would have shut down the operations of the Senate until we stopped. What was done to Tom Daschle was unconscionable, but our refusal to stand up and defend him in a disciplined way was worse. We should not demonize them. That's not who we are. Are we comfortable with that? But we should defend ourselves. You just remember that when people are insecure, they'd rather have somebody who's strong and wrong than somebody who's weak and right.

Jeff McCrory 1:25 AM

Monday, December 02, 2002


Max has a great entry on how 9/11 has made bigotry reasonable and fun again. I'm just surprised someone hasn't figured a way to heap some of the blame for 9/11 on poor black people yet. Come on, slackers, begin like you mean to go on!

Jeff McCrory 3:59 AM

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