Herman Cain hired a Georgialawyer to begin his conference. The lawyer thumped his chest with his personal resume and the began to discredit Miss Bialek mispronouncing her name. When he began his part, Herman tried to wrap himself in the flag and his campaign to distract from the specific claim of sexual harassment. Mr. Cain thinks that this is about his campaign and not about his alleged actions. He appeals to common sense as his evidence. Cain wants us to think the he is the victim. He quoted statements from his wife who is still missing from the campaign. It is inconceivable that Mr. Cain thinks that when one runs for national office, his family is not part of the process. That is why candidates make the decision to run a family decision.
Candidate Cain said that he did not act inappropriately. He referred to one of his accusers as “the one.” Women are not objects! He did not see that it is ludicrous to claim that complaints against him are “baseless” even though they were settled with an agreement and large sums of money. How can he remain blameless? How can he think that we can ignore the growing number of women who have stories to tell? Mr. Cain said the American people were on his side but give no factual basis for that claim. He said that he racked his brain trying to remember Miss Bialek but could not. [A video might surface to refute his claim.] Cain admitted that his memory might improve later. When given the opportunity to tell exactly what led to charges against him, Cain repeated his innocuous story of comparing a co-worker and underling to his wife in height with an innocent gesture. Herman Cain said nothing to clear up the matter and allow us to move on. He did say that he would take a lie detector test in these matters but then sort of took it back. He would have to “have a good reason to do so.” He is still losing in the court of public opinion! This press conference was a waste of time. I HOPE THAT ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE CLAIMS AGAINST THIS CANDIDATE COME FORTH. From the careful parsing of his past actions with women, I fear that more complaints against Cain are in the offing.
THIS HE-SAID-SHE-SAID SAGA WILL CONTINUE. Another woman enters the story tonight and tomorrow. She is known by name and will come before the public.
Herman Cain keeps making a distinction between the words “agreement” and “settlement.” I turn to Websters:
This is crucial. Sovereigns aren’t like companies. They can’t go bankrupt, and creditors can’t seize their assets. Their creditworthiness depends as much on their willingness as their ability to pay. As Felix Salmonpresciently noted before the announcement was made, it’s not our ability to pay that’s in doubt:
“America’s ability to pay is neither here nor there: the problem is its willingness to pay. And there’s a serious constituency of powerful people in Congress who are perfectly willing and even eager to drive the US into default. The Tea Party is fully cognizant that it has been given a bazooka, and it’s just itching to pull the trigger. There’s no good reason to believe that won’t happen at some point.”
Tea Party, read the Deal that The Congress and The President finally agreed to. It includes a trigger that will force cuts and revenue raises, etc., that is if you pull your sh*t again! [I think the “S” word is appropriate here.] DON’T FORCE US TO GO THROUGH UGLY GOVERNANCE EVER AGAIN. Many of you were in state government or are students of civics. You know that to get something done in a legislative body, you have to use the currency of compromise…and deals! How long is your term of service? Do you really want to be a one term legislator? http://twitter.com/#!/GoodOleWoody/status/104133706154909696
Joseph William “Joe” Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), also known as Smokin’ Joe, was a former Olympic and Undisputed World Heavyweightboxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981.
Frazier’s last world title challenge came in 1975, but he was beaten by Ali in their brutal rubbermatch. He retired in 1976 following a second loss to Foreman. He made a comeback in 1981, fighting just once, before retiring for good. The International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) rates Frazier among the ten greatest heavyweights of all time. He is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. [Quote: Wikipedia]
We’ll face a slew of challenges — including inevitable economic decline — if there are not enough younger workers to fill the coffers for Social Security and Medicare, to feed and bathe and medicate nursing home patients, to build the elderly-equipped housing and drive the wheelchair-accessible vans we’ll need.
The United States has a big advantage over several other nations — if we don’t blow it: We have immigrants, some legal, many illegal, who help to keep our population younger. READ MORE
We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ and affirmed the ‘A-1+’ short-term rating.
We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from CreditWatch negative.
The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.
More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned when we assigned a negative outlook to the rating on April 18, 2011.
Since then, we have changed our view of the difficulties in bridging the gulf between the political parties over fiscal policy, which makes us pessimistic about the capacity of Congress and the Administration to be able to leverage their agreement this week into a broader fiscal consolidation plan that stabilizes the government’s debt dynamics any time soon.
The outlook on the long-term rating is negative. We could lower the long-term rating to ‘AA’ within the next two years if we see that less reduction in spending than agreed to, higher interest rates, or new fiscal pressures during the period result in a higher general government debt trajectory than we currently assume in our base case. [Standard and Poor’s]
Republicans in Congress must think that the nation is like the double-hull Titanic that couldn’t sink. And, their actions prove that they must hit that iceberg to test the theory. Democrats are more than willing to meet with Republican leaders and try to reach compromise. Sen. McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor are at the helm of the ship of state with the President. There is an ugly struggle for control with the Republicans insisting that Democrats yield to their demands and accept their vision. This is not the way a healthy democracy works. We are at risk of other downgrades by Republican willingness to wreck the country to achieve political advantage over Barack Obama. It is more than racism. Some think this is pure and evil hatred on their part. Certainly, God does not approve of what the Tea Party Republicans are doing. Would that they would seek His counsel. “The moving finger writes…and then moves on.”