Posted: 03 Dec 2008 09:09 AM CST
Don't those three look smug, and pleased with themselves? This picture is front and centre on newspapers Canada-wide under the huge header: "It's a Done Deal." Those three men, Jack Layton on the left, Stephan Dion in the middle, and Gilles Duceppe are all leaders of the main political parties who have just signed an 'agreement' to form a coalition government in Canada.
These are strange times in Canadian politics. Just six weeks ago, Canadians trudged to the polls for a federal election that nobody wanted; nobody, that is except the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who declared an election necessary because his minority government decided that parliament was unworkable. So off we all went to do our civic duty. Well, some of us did as we saw one of the lowest voter turnouts in history. The results of the millions of dollars spent saw Harper's Conservative Party STILL in a minority position, albeit with more seats. To form a majority government (and then, in theory have free rein to run the country according to their own philosophy) Harper needed 155 seats. He got 143.
Now those three gems pictured above have decided that THEY are more qualified to run this country. Did any of them win a mandate to do that? No, of course not. What has brought the country to this precipice is an overload of arrogance on the part of ALL party leaders....
There is more, here on NewsBlaze.
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*
Posted: 03 Dec 2008 12:21 AM CST
In the runoff for the Senate seat for Georgia, Chambliss had 57.5 percent of the vote, and his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin, 42.5 percent.
Saxby Chambliss, a first-term Republican senator, was re-elected by Georgia voters on Tuesday in a substantial victory, ending Democratic hopes for a 60-vote majority in the Senate that would make it difficult for Republicans to filibuster the Obama administration's legislative agenda.
More from the AP and The Hill.
Posted: 02 Dec 2008 04:21 PM CST
(Cross-posted from America Needs Me)
Bailoutpalooza 2008, Detroit Style, continues...
The auto industry continues its "Band-Aid on a gaping wound" approach to remedying the problems it has had for decades now.
In the plan it released this morning, Ford said it would pay its chief executive, Alan Mulally, a symbolic $1 a year if the company took the $9 billion it has requested from Congress. In addition, the company said it planned to sell electric vans by 2010 and electric passenger vehicles by 2011.
If they were bright, they'd make the CEO job a volunteer position and cling to that extra buck. And I am still beyond confused as to how electric vans are going to lower skyrocketing labor costs and approaches to spending that look like they were drawn up by an alcoholic trophy wife.
This is an unholy intersection of bad business practices and climate commie fervor. The idea that retooling to manufacture even more crap that nobody wants is a "solution" is disturbing.
Hey, why not invest a few billion in researching astral projection? It is a zero emissions mode of transportation, after all.
There is still a lot of emphasis on how much money should be spent and very little mention about a new approach to doing business, which is what U.S. automakers need. The Big Three should be renamed "The Same-Old, Same-Olds".
We can hemorrhage cash to Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest and save them for a while. Then we can have this conversation again in six years when it turns out that nobody could afford the electricity for the vans because Obama's "cap and trade" scheme had driven up energy costs and, oh yeah, the private jets had returned and labor had gotten a new pound of flesh to make up for whatever concessions there were during the bailout.
It's a nice show the auto execs are putting on, what with the driving to Washington in hybrids and all. Had they been bright enough to do that in the first place the whole production might be more believable.
They should take it to Vegas for a while and see if they can earn a few extra bucks that way.
(UPDATE: GM announces that there is no "Plan B". They've got all their eggs in the taxpayer basket and aren't working on any contingency plans which involve bankruptcy.)
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