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Budget "disaster"
why is it that government can never benefit from an increase in productivity? They should be able to maintain the same level of services with slightly less dollars every year. Every other actor in the world does this as computers, phones, many things become cheaper. Innovation 'n' stuff dontcha know also again folks.

But no, if there is a budget shortfall the first response is "we're going to have to harm the public" esp. w with cuts to front line services in fighting crime.

It's the liberal version of the Politics of Fear.

Posted by PC | October 22, 2008 7:38 AM

Obama's doing great but:

realclear, Nevada Obama: 48.0 McCain: 45.7 = Obama +2.3

Um, that's a tie.

Inless you are volunteering in the 8th dist. for Burner or doing Gregoire stuff whilst volunteering for OBama here in Wash. state I'd say it's more efficient, and more productive, to get on a plane and fly to Reno and go to Elko NV or some place like that and volunteer for a few days.

Why there isn't a big bus or 5 loading up this Friday at 5 pm right on capitol hill is beyond me.

Every state that goes for Obama is another state where he cantell those senators he has a mandate so vote for his legislation. Planes are cheap. It may be sunnier in NV. It's fun to go meet a whole crew of folks from another place.

Sadly I cannot do this kind of thing this year, though I have done it in other elections. And if not NV then try NM CO hey FL is pretty warm, too.

Posted by PC | October 22, 2008 7:56 AM

You missed a story:

I went to donate, and they'd already far exceeded their goal. I want it to happen here!

Posted by amy! | October 22, 2008 8:18 AM

Raccoon meat makes my mascara run with histrionic pith, making me look like both a raccoon and Tammy Faye Bakker--and I don't even wear mascara! Please post more videos with cute little pussies in them.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 22, 2008 8:21 AM

cute raccoon. Congrats, homeowner. Yr house just got teh rabeez.

Posted by precipice | October 22, 2008 8:29 AM

We will never support and not re-defeat terrorismist Yo-Mama-Bama in November and 2012! Burgle Bargle Burgle arf snarf fnarf barf!

Posted by dieboldsamry | October 22, 2008 8:29 AM

Of course, the Stranger doesn't mention anything about Nader's rally last night- the REAL change Washington needs. I really hate to say this, but Obama won't be passing any of those dreams of ours through the legislation. His hands are tied to the corporate powers. That's the way it is, and the way it will be. And please don't tell me Nader never has a chance of winning, because that isn't the point.

Posted by speakin' da truth | October 22, 2008 8:33 AM

Call McCain 'Grampa' all you want, but at 72 he's two years older than my grandfather.

Posted by Jake | October 22, 2008 8:42 AM

Ah Ralph Nader . . . self-absorbed candidated for the self-absorbed voter.

Posted by LDP in Cincinnati | October 22, 2008 8:42 AM

That raccoon made my morning. If they knew to tape him, presumably he's done it before. It's scary how smart, adorable, and vicious they can be all at once.

Posted by Aislinn | October 22, 2008 8:51 AM

@9- self absorbed? Really? Self aware, civic aware more like it.

Posted by speakin' da truth | October 22, 2008 9:01 AM

Nader could've cashed in his public respect for something useful. He could've run for Congress at least, and started there to build a movement. Instead, he's been focused on this onanistic notion of running for President. But it takes more than one man to make a movement. Sorry, Ralph - even Chomsky says to vote Obama:

Posted by David | October 22, 2008 9:13 AM

Congressman? Nader could have been the first Secretary of Consumer Protection. Carter offered it to him. But he didn't want it, because he wanted dictatorial powers. Nader's a fifth-rate human being, and his supporters, today, make Ron Paulistas look like brainiacs.

Posted by Fnarf | October 22, 2008 9:17 AM

We all thank Mr Nader for his fine contribution to the electoral process in the 2000 election. It's all been good since then.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | October 22, 2008 9:24 AM

Blah blah news blah.

You know what's really amazing is that the 'coon was smart enough to open the cat door by pulling it outward. If he had used it the way animals normally do, and pushed it in, he wouldn't have been able to pull the mat out. Very clever. I believe he may be qualified to be vice president.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 22, 2008 9:27 AM

That raccoon made my day.

This isn't 2000. Vote for Nader if you want, but don't expect the rest of us to give a crap.

Posted by Levislade | October 22, 2008 9:39 AM

There was a great presentation at Camp Long last night about living with wildlife such as rug-running raccoons.

Posted by Explorer | October 22, 2008 9:55 AM

For all the intelligent, well-educated readership that SLOG attracts, I would think you would agree that Obama is bound by the system. But go ahead, vote for the lesser of 2 evils. It will bring a bit of good. Not a lot. And right now a lot of good is what we need.
Sure, Nader isn't as collected, polished and focused as Obama, but if you run down his list of platforms you would agree with him:
Please open your minds a bit more. You're all very progressive, but the D.C. powers WANT you to believe you can't change things on a large scale.

Posted by speakin da truth | October 22, 2008 10:00 AM

face it, nader's as old & as senile as mccain. his time is past.


Posted by max solomon | October 22, 2008 10:33 AM

Dear Naderites: RESULTS MATTER.

Posted by Greg | October 22, 2008 10:41 AM

I heard of one bailout suggestion that would bring down interest rates on all mortgages to 5.25 percent. That certainly won't cost $4 fucking trillion, it'll help many more people than just the stupids who got an ARM at the top of a real estate bubble, it'll free up some cash every month for a large number of Americans, giving them the chance to increase savings, pay off other debts, or spend a little more during a recession, and it could take a little of the burden off unemployed homeowners.

That plan has to be better than McCain's insane $300 billion package which would stupidly pay asking price on those mortgages and would help only about one-fifth of the people legitimately facing foreclosure.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM

See, there goes spendthrift PC @1, proposing we waste more tax dollars.

In real life, police jails courts all have been growing as a percentage of our city and county government percentage of the budget, with no positive result.

Better to axe them too, especially the counter-productive drug-user crimes they shouldn't be spending time on while real crimes are left unpunished.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 22, 2008 11:11 AM

If the raccoon incident took place in Texas it would have taken to barrels in the face and we would have a recording of the 9-11 call before the blast!

Posted by elswinger | October 22, 2008 11:47 AM

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