"It’s hard to overstate how destructive the economic ideas offered earlier this week by John Boehner, the House minority leader, would be if put into practice... If Republicans regain power, they will surely do what they did during the Bush years: they won’t seriously try to address the economy’s troubles; they’ll just use those troubles as an excuse to push the usual agenda" - Paul Krugman
"I'm not a political expert, but I think going after the rich is a good idea in an election year, or any other year for that matter. Because let's face it, rich people are bastards. Even rich people would agree with that. They're like, 'It's true, now hand me another golden sausage.'" – Craig Ferguson
"So far rich people have been very quiet about the possibility of getting taxes raised on them, but that doesn't mean they won't get mad about it, it just means they don't know about it. Because it takes a while for bad news to reach a rich person. First their accountant has to tell the butler, who has to tell the servant, who wouldn't dare interrupt their game of croquet." – Craig Ferguson
"Experts say there are over a billion tonnes of food grain going to waste throughout India, enough to feed over 600,000 poor for over a decade." So, not only do we have to worry about obtaining enough food for these poor folk, but we also have to make sure it gets to them before it rots in some warehouse near the airport... It's ironic, that many people sign onto international aid programs because of their empathy and desire to make a difference, and will end up deciding who gets to live and who gets to die, while their superiors deposit over 80% of donated funds in their bank accounts, thank you for your donation...
"Preliminary peace talks between the Taliban and the United States have begun, with the Pakistan military and Saudi Arabia acting as go-betweens. A US concession could be the release of Pakistanis detained at Guantanamo Bay. Much thornier issues include a continued US presence in northern Afghanistan and what to do with al-Qaeda, which is busy extending its reach." If we re-install the Taliban, get rid of Karzai and his cronies, then they become our new BFF's, and we have a more honest government, that is, if you favor the Pashtuns... If we get them to agree to let us keep on building schools and supporting women, then we will have won in the end. As I have said before, once generations have use off computers and smart cellphones, they begin to communicate with people from all over the world, and such ideas like the narrow minded interpretation of sharia law will not hold up. I'm sorry, but the world is changing and we have to go along with it, drop our excess baggage of antiquated ideals to make way for a more global society. Places like Dubai are integrating culture clashes faster than we can keep up. It is ironic, because al-Qaeda is a protest against the integration of Western culture into the conservative traditions of an Islam practiced in the rural areas, and yet it is the economic successful places that are leading the change. Really, the US doesn't have to go and promote its own perverted twist on democracy, we can kick back here at home and watch it unfold on our computer screens. Which is a good thing, as we still have a lot of issues to hash out, especially regarding racism, immigrants, and the inability of the Republican Party to contribute anything constructive to our national dialogues...