Friday, August 27

Hey! Over Here! Past the Swift Boats. Hello?

If we may turn your attention to something a little more pithy about this election...

Bush is getting absolutely hammered on the economy thing. HAMMERED. A lot of you already know yesterday's news from the census bureau - two sectors have skyrocketed. The poverty and the uninsured sectors.
Poverty grips more in nation

The number of poor Americans grew by 1.3 million last year, according to a sobering and politically sensitive Census Bureau report issued Thursday.

The increase marks the third straight year the impoverished population has grown. An estimated 35.9 million U.S. residents were living in poverty in 2003, compared with 31.6 million at the advent of George W. Bush's presidency.

That increase, and a similarly steady rise in the number of Americans without health insurance, immediately cast the otherwise-dry Census Bureau statistics into the white heat of the presidential campaign.
And a few days ago, we told you about this endorsement by some folks who know something about economics:
Ten Economic Nobel Laureates Endorse Kerry

Ten Nobel Prize-winning economists today published a letter endorsing John Kerry for president. In their letter, the Nobel laureates draw the sharp contrast between George Bush's disastrous economic policies and the sound economics of the Kerry-Edwards economic plan.
Today, Wall Street isn't so crazy about the little maniac.
Republican fundraisers on Wall St shy away from Bush

Wall Street's enthusiasm for US President George W. Bush appears to have cooled as the presidential race tightens and concerns grow about foreign policy and fiscal deficits.

Some leading fundraisers of Mr Bush's re-election bid have stopped active campaigning and others privately voice reservations.

The New York financial community is expected to give the Republicans a lavish welcome when the president's party arrives for its national convention next week. Wall Street has been a big contributor to Mr Bush's record-breaking re-election fund. But one senior Wall Street figure, once talked of as a possible Bush cabinet member, said that he and other prominent Republicans had been raising money with increasing reluctance. "Many are doing so with a heavy heart and some not at all." He cited foreign policy and the ballooning federal deficit as Wall Street Republicans' main concerns.