Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Obama Not Sure Whether Those Who Authorized Torture Should Be Prosecuted... Or Even Whether There Are Grounds For Impeachment

"So this is an area where I would want to exercise judgment -- I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General -- having pursued, having looked at what's out there right now -- are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies. And I think it's important-- one of the things we've got to figure out in our political culture generally is distinguishing between really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity. You know, I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings and I've said that is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances. Now, if I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in cover-ups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law -- and I think that's roughly how I would look at it."

And so basically, he can't be certain that torturing people violates the law and he is not sure that lying us into war justifies impeachment. This is the best we can do???? Oh brother!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Where Can I Get Whatever It Is That Our Treasury Secretary Is Smoking?

Treasury Secretary Paulson, meeting with the G-7 Finance Ministers in Washington, tried to reassure them that the U.S. economic slump was only temporary.

He said he told his counterparts that checks from the stimulus package would go out in May and June and that they would add 500,000 to 600,000 jobs to the economy. He said that the federal government was helping more than a million homeowners keep their homes.

Anybody who thinks that those paltry checks are going to create over half a million jobs is smoking something fer sure!!! That money will be used to pay down credit card debt or catch up on the mortgage. That our Treasury Secretary would blabber in this way to other world economic leaders is sad indeed!