Archive for October, 2008

Honeymoon over

The latest Morgan poll puts the 2PP at 56.5-43.5. Discussion at The Poll Bludger, along with links to some qualitative data from Morgan and Newspoll.

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When themes collide redux

Some folks manage to think so far outside the box that even Andrew Bolt doesn’t get near them. Apparently, the bullied teenager deserves compensation from the government because it was the government who denied him the right to take a gun to school and fuck his attackers up.

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I’ll put my hand up

Andrew Bolt asks:

Question: when the voters are almost evenly divided, why has the media coverage been so unbelievably one-sided – and determined to portray John McCain as a pathetic loser?

Because John McCain is a pathetic loser.

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That is all.

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A message on behalf of the Opposition

These are difficult and uncertain times. The Australian economy faces the pressures being generated by global economic turmoil. We told you what would happen if you removed us from power.

But this is not a time for recriminations. This is a time for leadership that will keep Australia on a steady course. And even though we have no meaningful power beyond the capacity to be obstinate in the Senate (until and unless Steve Fielding decides to stop being even more obstinate), we will provide that leadership.

Recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan provided a Government guarantee on all bank deposits for the next three years. While this has prevented panic in the banking sector, it has created a series of consequences that the Government did not adequately anticipate. Australians are attempting to adjust the allocation of their money to mitigate risk, which is impacting on business sectors that are not covered by the guarantee.

In the days to come, confidence and assurance in one’s investments will be crucial to the vitality of Australian society. We do not believe that the Government has done enough to give Australians the necessary attitude to forge onward in the days ahead.

Consequently, we call on the Government to issue an immediate and unconditional guarantee of all Melbourne Cup bets and sweeps entries. We cannot allow the nation to stop, as this would disrupt the race that stops the nation.

That is all.

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Andrew Bolt faced a dilemma today, when two of the core themes of his work came into conflict. In this case, the “multiculturalism is destroying the fabric of society” theme was entirely irreconcilable with the “negligence lawsuits are destroying the fabric of society” theme.

Which did he choose to discard so that he could drive home his other point? Make your prediction and follow the link to find out!

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Timmeh cuts, pastes and mocks satirises:

David Warren on constant changer Barack Obama:

A man who, should he win the election and serve one term, will have been President of the United States longer than he has held any steady job.

Until he gets bored and quits to sign up for macramé classes. Full column here.

A simple fact-check on Wikipedia:

The Illinois Senate career of Barack Obama stretched from 1996 to 2004, when Barack Obama was elected to the United States Senate. Starting in 1993 and throughout his state senate career, Obama also taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School, as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996 and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996-2004, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

So that, in fact, is two jobs held concurrently that ran for around a decade.

Mark Steyn attempts to respond by denigrating service in the State Senate as not being a real job:

In my own state, the senate sits from January to June and senators receive an annual salary of $100. Which is as it should be. I assume in Illinois the position is more attractive financially, even before it’s bulked up by Chicago machine perks. But in no sense is it any kind of “job”. And I’d hope the Reason boys would agree on that.

More attractive financially – Check:

Legislators must be US citizens, at least 21 years old, and residents of their district for at least two years prior to election. The legislative salary was $55,788 in 2002.

In no sense is it a “job”? Well, it might be far from full-time (some data that I found on days in session suggests it averages to a little over one day per week). But, as any Australian politician would point out, sitting in legislative sessions is not the only part of the job. But considering that Obama was also teaching law at the same time, it seems a bit strange to suggest that he wasn’t working for that entire period.

What’s more, doesn’t Obama’s career trajectory capture what is becoming more common in the workforce? Job mobility, openness to change in career path, and not nailing oneself to a full-time position for the rest of one’s life is what most employees are doing – whether by choice or through the forces at work in the labour market. What’s so wrong about having an elected representative who is actually representative?

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