Saturday, October 09, 2010

Creative accounting

"It's not a lie if you believe it"—George Costanza in Seinfeld.

In the past I've heard the phrase "creative accounting," usually used to describe crooked corporate practices. Now the government of my state of California is getting very creative. This article makes the point well:

Two-thirds of the budget solutions expected to be signed soon by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are based on one-time or temporary money ---- some of which may never materialize. The article later quotes a California Congressman as saying " It's full of false assumptions and failed gimmicks."

Wishful thinking or outright dishonesty? I'm going with the latter.

She's a maniac,maniac

New York Times columnist Gail Collins addresses the question of which state has the worst election here. I agree with her conclusion—the "winner" is Nevada. To slightly oversimplify the issue, it's a hack v. a lunatic.

I especially liked these two paragraphs:

Angle did make an appearance last week at a rally of Tea Party supporters in Mesquite, where she responded to a question about “Muslims wanting to take over the United States” by decrying the fact that Dearborn, Mich., and Frankford, Tex., were governed under Islamic law, called Sharia. Which, of course, they are not.

The Associated Press, which reported on this event, noted that while Dearborn does at least have “a thriving Muslim community,” it was not clear why Angle picked on Frankford, Tex., which did not seem to have many Muslims, and also went out of existence around 1975. (emphasis added).

If I lived in Nevada, I would reluctantly vote for Reid, although I wouldn't blame anyone who voted for a third party.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Thomas Friedman is so right

I rarely say this, but Thomas Friedman has a terrific column in The New York Times Sunday. One line especially is right on target:

“We basically have two bankrupt parties bankrupting the country.”—Larry Diamond, political scientist.

That's Political Science 101; the rest is prologue.