June 19th, 2008

Politics of Genes

Insightful quote from Matthew Yglesias:
Liberals tend to believe that sexual orientation is determined by genetics but that gender-difference in behavior is not, whereas conservatives tend to believe the reverse.
I, on the other hand, get a little concerned about sweeping claims where genetics is concerned, especially when "determined" gets thrown around so loosely.

Presumably our genes
play a role,
but must that mean
they have total control?

Bailout

Senator Dodd, head of the Senate Banking Committee, was the number one recipient of campaign contributions from Countrywide Financial.

He got VIP treatment borrowing at Countrywide when he refinanced, but said he didn't know it was because he was head of the Banking Committee.

Now he has introduced a mortgage bailout bill.
The mortgage bill would allow banks such as Bank of America and mortgage lenders like Countrywide, which BofA is in the process of acquiring, to push their worst performing loans onto government agencies.
Don't even dream that the deal is corrupt.
Dodd says it's on the up-and-up.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Public Financing

He whose-middle-name-shall-not-be-said has broken a pledge:
The Democrat once made a conditional agreement to accept taxpayer money from the public financing system, and accompanying spending limits, if his Republican opponent did, too.
But he's saying "Never mind!"

I'm glad.  I don't want him taking taxpayer money for his campaign.  Let him raise his own darn money.  Which he is, by the boatload.  Apparently it's being piped in through the internet. 

I believe McCain is trying to figure out how to duplicate that feat.  But he still thinks PayPal is just a nickname to use for your big contributors.

Please don't dredge up that pledge.
It was good when he first said it.

But now his stash of cash
is bigger... so forget it!