If you listen to Ryan, if we are going to deal with Iran‘s coming nuclear capacity (the capacity of which both the candidates disagree on) we are going to have to insert troops. This means a new war – probably in partnership with Israel.
Ryan is also going after Russia as an enemy… especially if we go to war in the middle east. In his opinion, Russia is the leasing supporter of the Arab countries. Biden, of course, gets back to the fact that Russia is currently our ally.
I’m curious as to how many of the current questions of the Romney / Ryan campaign get answered. I hand it to Biden that he has already put up the 47% as an issue related to taxes. Ryan seems to ignore it.
This is going to be an entertaining night.
- 10 things to watch in tonight’s Biden-Ryan debate (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Biden looks to avenge Obama in VP debate (metronews.ca)
- Joe Biden, looking to avenge Obama, goes head to head with Ryan in VP debate (vancouversun.com)
- 5 things to watch in VP debate (politico.com)
- Why the Biden-Ryan VP debate will be must-see TV for the healthcare industry (medcitynews.com)
- Iran In The US Campaign’s Crosshairs – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- War on Iran – Failing on Its Own Terms (antiwar.com)
From CNN Business:
“The State Department expects to issue over 6,000 “investor visas” in the current fiscal year, which would be an all-time record. Other countries, meanwhile, are following the U.S.’s lead, keen to spur growth in lean economic times.”
And Politicus USA summarizes:
The Dow Jones has increased 85% from 2009-2012, the S&P 500 has increased 98% since Obama took office, and corporate profits after taxes have increased 68% since President Obama took his oath. Now finally, Obama has turned this economy around from losing 750,000 jobs a month in the first quarter of 2009, to averaging growth of 150,000 jobs per month. So either foreign investors are really stupid to invest in America, when they could be investing more in Brazil, Russia and China or they see amazing economic strength coming down the pipe for America!
How much investment in America has Mitch McConnell (or John Boehner) or Mitt Romney brought in?
From what I can see: nothing.
- Citizenship for sale: Foreign investors flock to U.S. – Yahoo! Finance (nadernazemi.com)
- Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXI (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- China could owe America one trillion dollars (chinadailymail.com)
- CNN On Solyndra Loan: Bush Started It, There’s No Evidence of Wrongdoing, And Romney’s Attacks Are Made Up (thinkprogress.org)
Both the Senate and the House (finally) passed the health bill for 9/11 first responders and it was sent to the White House for Obama‘s signature. The Senate was unanimous (after offices of Senator Coburn and others were stormed by 9/11 first responders this morning.) The House took very little time to pass it… and now it’s going to be law. It looks like the Republicans were “shamed” into coming in on this after tromping it the other day.
The Senate also finished up with and passed the START arms reduction treaty with Russia by a 71-to-26 vote. The treaty had needed at least two-thirds support for passage.
The President signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell bill that was passed yesterday.
I’ll bet Mitch McConnell will have to agree with Lindsey Graham that Harry Reid has “eaten our lunch.” And the President, at his Press Conference this afternoon said “we are not doomed to endless gridlock.”
Today, Obama and the Democrats lived up to their word. They maintained their focus and, despite the agreement on the Tax Cuts, brought in the majority of their bills. It’s going to be a Happy Holiday for Democrats.
- The case of Lindsey Graham’s missing lunch (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Nuclear treaty reignites Senate bickering (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START (news.firedoglake.com)
- House & Senate Pass 9/11 Health Bill, Senate Ratifies START Treaty (themoderatevoice.com)
- Nuclear treaty another victory for President (nationalpost.com)
- US Senate approves New START (rt.com)
- GOP senators help arms pact clear hurdle (washingtontimes.com)
- START Treaty Passed By Senate (alan.com)
Here are a couple of clips, but I encourage you to go into Salon and read it all:
Just when you thought he had blended into the background, Holy Joe starts to screw up the works again…
It looks like Obama’s big nemesis to supporting the nuclear reduction resolution with the Russians is not going to be the Republicans… it will be Joe Lieberman.
Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.
If you caught the end of that you will see that Joe is aiming us at developing more, newer nuclear weapons… a self-defeating solution to reducing weapons. Perhaps we can revive the Cold War, too.