"Better it is to get wisdom than gold," inscription over doorway leading to courtyard at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
As another huge corporation bites the dust and others teeter on the brink, John McCain still believes "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." And if you believe that, there's a bridge to nowhere for sale in Alaska. ABC News is among the media calling McCain out for supporting policies that led directly to Wall Street's woes.
McCain apparently needs more geography lessons, as he can't seem to distinguish between Spain and Mexico in an interview with the largest Spanish-language newspaper El Pais.
Meanwhile, the Republicans continue their campaign shenanigans, trying to suppress the voting rights of Michigan residents who have lost their homes to foreclosure; trying to pervert the course of justice in Alaska and making inflammatory comments in phone calls to voters in five states. Whew! How do they find the time? Imagine if they spent all that energy trying to do something good for our country, rather than tearing it down.
In response to the Republicans' early voter suppression efforts, a non-partisan group of civil rights lawyers today launched Election Protection. The backbone of their effort is a hotline number (866-OUR-VOTE), that voters can call to report problems and have their questions answered. Lawyers will be on hand at polling places nationwide on election day.
If you're as exhausted as I am from this political circus, maybe a session in a tanning bed would help? Why Gov. Sarah Palin likes it so much, she had one installed in her office! Despite being called out by numerous media outlets and fact-checkers, on the campaign trail this week, Palin continues to repeat her lies about Obama's tax plan and her direct involvement with the Bridge to Nowhere and receiving government earmarks.
Sen. Barack Obama discusses the challenges facing America and his plans to help us move forward:
"In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you – the people I’ve met in town halls, backyards and diners across America – our troubled economy isn’t news. 600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January. Paychecks are flat and home values are falling. It’s hard to pay for gas and groceries and if you put it on a credit card they’ve probably raised your rates. You’re paying more than ever for health insurance that covers less and less.
"This isn’t just a string of bad luck. The truth is that while you’ve been living up to your responsibilities Washington has not. That’s why we need change. Real change. This is no ordinary time and it shouldn’t be an ordinary election. But much of this campaign has been consumed by petty attacks and distractions that have nothing to do with you or how we get America back on track.
"Here’s what I believe we need to do. Reform our tax system to give a $1,000 tax break to the middle class instead of showering more on oil companies and corporations that outsource our jobs. End the ‘anything goes’ culture on Wall Street with real regulation that protects your investments and pensions. Fast track a plan for energy ‘made-in-America’ that will free us from our dependence on Mid-East oil in ten years and put millions of Americans to work. Crack down on lobbyists – once and for all — so their back-room deal-making no longer drowns out the voices of the middle class and undermines our common interests as Americans.
"And yes, bring a responsible end to this war in Iraq so we stop spending billions each month rebuilding their country when we should be rebuilding ours. Doing these things won’t be easy. But we’re Americans. We’ve met tough challenges before. And we can again. I’m Barack Obama. I hope you’ll read my economic plan. I approved this message because bitter, partisan fights and outworn ideas of the left and the right won’t solve the problems we face today. But a new spirit of unity and shared responsibility will."