Hypocrisy watching (old business) – Sean Nienow. At one time last year I read up on this. Recall, the hypocrisy is that Nienow is a fiscal responsibility loving (R). http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/288487351.html Nienow ostensibly bought a booking agency for summer camps that was capable of providing say a $100K income to whoever was to be the professional agent that ran it. He financed it with an SBA loan of $613K. Much but it appears not all of that was properly paid to the seller, then Nienow defaulted on some of the other obligations in his purchase contract. And he never made any loan payments to the SBA. Nienow claims, ya know, the business went south, he had some back luck, can happen to anybody, right?… but I think if you have a little business insight the thing looks transparently hokey. Guy was kinda ‘chasing it’ to draw a Sopranos analogy. I’m surprised chapter 7 resolves that sort of thing, but his case must be more pathetic and less mendacious than I give credit for. If we have a row this session about welfare and being on the dole, it would be good for Nienow to not weigh in on that.
I don’t think he’s great, I don’t think he’s terrible. I do think the proper critique of a slobbery kiss like Chait’s yesterday is that the President has largely failed at being a good liberal. He represents the governmental institutions, not the people. http://theweek.com/articles/532941/obama-great-president-fast I am not sure that the President’s mind is temperamentally optimal for his job, but I am leaning to the notion he is temperamentally excellent in most other ways. Ya know, Powerline will dissect him for his arrogance or uncaring or petulance… http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/01/why-did-obama-stay-home.php Here, this analysis is I think not all that unflattering. Can’t find a link to demonstrate right now, but I have been of the sense recently that the President demonstrates a lot of personal grace with ‘normal’ people.
A question I don’t see asked: cheap gas may kill properly kill Keystone, the construction jobs might be temporary, but is there not some value to getting all this oil off the railways? http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/01/keystone_pipeline_two_ways_obama_can_still_win_even_as_the_senate_republicans.html