I’m really beginning to wonder about C-SPAN. One of Washington Journal’s first guests today was Nomi Prins, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, brought on to discuss the appointment of Henry Paulson as Treasury Secretary. Mr. Paulson begins his Senate confirmation hearings today. Here’s Ms. Prins on Paulson’s appointment:
What first struck me upon news of Paulson's possible appointment was that he's too smart to take on this task, with Bush's approval ratings for his economic policies hovering around 40 percent. Then, I got it. Paulson is Bush's last hurrah--and his last chance. Known as a pragmatic and decisive leader, Paulson will likely be more proactive than Snow, whose sole job essentially was traipsing up to Congress once a year and urging lawmakers to raise the
Bush's economic legacy is a weak dollar (who wants to invest in a country teetering on the brink of default?) and tax cuts for the super-wealthy that have created an outrageous deficit and debt. And that legacy benefits men like Paulson at the expense of middle-class Americans and the working poor. It will be a stretch for him to argue for prudent budgeting, while facing the country's highest national debt ever, without cutting social programs to get there.
Wanna guess where that screed appeared? It’s an excerpt from an editorial in The Nation magazine. Young Ms. Prins has been pontificating on the idiocy of the President’s economic policies for the better part of half an hour as I write and the callers on WJ’s “Democrats” line have been falling all over themselves ooh-ing and ah-ing over this woman’s opinions. I’ll be interested in seeing if WJ’s next guest presents the conservative point of view. (Whoops! Guess not. The next guest is Senator Orrin Hatch, but he’s on to defend and discuss the proposed constitutional amendment to prevent flag desecration , not to discuss Mr. Paulson’s nomination.)
One guest on one program, however, is not indicative of editorial bias. I honestly don’t know what Brian Lamb’s (CEO of and founder of C-SPAN) politics are, and Mr. Lamb takes great pains to keep his personal views hidden. But, as I said upon opening this can of worms, I’m beginning to wonder. Just scan this past weekend’s C-SPAN2 (Book TV) schedule and tell me there’s “balance” in the points of views being broadcast. Yes, there are programs on conservative topics, but to my way of thinking, the liberal POV is over-represented. And I say this as someone who watched about half of this weekend’s offered fare.
The world’s most expensive cities…Mercer Human Resources has released the 2006 edition of its annual “Most Expensive Cities List.” Tops on the list?
The news release is here, download a list of the Top 50 here (pdf file). Did you catch the reason why
Sexist automotive commentary? One would think so, simply by reading the title to this op-ed in the WSJ: “Why the New Camaro Will Fail; The war on macho takes its toll.” (Read it quick, it’s old and on it’s way off the “free” pages!) There are pieces and parts of this article that bemoan the loss of automotive “testosterone,” but there’s also a lot more. Excerpt:
Unlike the Mustang--which has always managed to appeal to a broad base of buyers ranging from young women to old men and everyone in between--the Camaro is and always has been a strutting muscle machine. A car for drive-throughs, Friday night cruising, and teenage boys.
That works fine when it's 1969--and young, single guys can still afford to buy (and insure) such a car. It doesn't work so well in today's hamstrung, hyper-regulated and cost-inflated world. Part of what killed the latter-day GTO was its $30k price point. The young (under 30) guys who might want such a car couldn't afford it--and the older guys who could had grown up. They wanted something less goofy. So did their wives. The same problem will surely beset the coming Camaro--unless GM, by some miracle of Enron-esque accounting, figures out a way to sell the thing for less than $25,000.
Allow me a personal observation. SN2 has a vintage Camaro. It’s his Hobby Car and is truly a fire-breathing, testosterone-infused, great beast of an asphalt-ripper, what with its GM crate-motor that puts out 450+ horsepower, plus other after-market mods. I also have a 16 year-old granddaughter who is running SN2 hard to let her make that Camaro her “daily driver.” My granddaughter Amanda, while not exactly a “girly-girl,” isn’t butch, either. She’s pretty much your average 16 year-old young lady. And she wants SN2’s Camaro, and wants it badly. I don’t think that will happen, as SN2 won’t turn a relatively inexperienced young driver loose on the highways with that much brute-force power. A likely alternative is Amanda will get a more modestly-powered used Camaro with, say, a V-6. But the point remains: I know of at least one young lady that would probably buy that new Camaro (could she afford it), in a heartbeat. Hell, I wouldn’t mind driving one, either!