Dan Chmielewski

A Missed Opportunity

I’m trying hard to get excited about the selection of Joe Biden for VP (he’s a Syracuse alumn after all), but I just can’t.  Not now.  I think the Obama camp made a serious mistake not ofering the slot to Hillary Clinton who would have truly made this a historic ticket.  Millions of voters, a…

Columnists Turn on GOP

First, Jonathan Alter skewers McCain in Newsweek for being dishonest.  Them Steven Greenhut blasts the GOP for lip service to freedom.  Now SacBee columnist Dan Walters takes Republicans to task over their role in the budget mess (HT to Calitics on this one). Dan writes: Republicans posture as bulwarks against spending-crazy Democrats, but the hard…

Obama’s Statement on Iraq Withdrawl Timetable

It looks increasingly likely that the US Government and Iraq have reached an agreement on a timetable for withdrawl of US forces.  For those looking at this agreement as proof the surge worked, the surge was supposed to have been atthis stage about a year ago (Gen. Petrayus testified before Congress on 9/11 remember?). Here’s…

Please Raise my Taxes

I’m going through the thoughtful packet of school information for my son who’s entering his junior year of high school in Irvine (my daughter’s fourth grade packet will arrive the first week of school).  Filling out conrtact forms, signing permission slips, and checking off the fees and charges for things he’ll need this year.  It’s…

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter: McCain’s Smear Gap

It’s nice to see that some mainstream media sources are not afraid to report on the facts in John McCain’s smear campaign against Barack Obama.  Jonathan Alter of Newsweek pens this column. He writes: For about a month, McCain’s campaign has been resorting to charges that are patently false. When Obama traveled abroad in July,…