On MTP, Obama’s decision to opt out of public financing is topic #1, and I have to admit it amazes me the way the Republicans are able to pivot on this issue. To start, I have long held that I have no problem with the money in politics, and that what I wanted was openness. My ideal system would be immediate disclosure- let the money flow, so long as people know where it is coming from. I was never a supporter of McCain-Feingold, and unlike the Republicans, apparently, I still am not.
But what gets me is that McCain has completely gamed the system- his loan scheme with public financing then opting out is currently not even an issue on the show, and it would seem to me that would be at least mentioned. Of course, it is not, for whatever reason. Additionally, this is even more egregious when you consider that this is McCain’s signature issue. His name is on the damned bill, and the message he has sent is that the bill is a joke. Hell, aren’t there even lawsuits against the man on the issue?
I never much bought into the notion of liberal media bias (and you can search the archives for my past thoughts on it, I am too lazy), but the longer I am outside the Republican hive mind, the more I recognize that liberal media bias may be the biggest fraud the right-wing has ever gotten away with. It is absurd.
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One more thing regarding oil drilling, has it been mentioned that there is no refinery anywhere lacking for crude to produce the finished product? I was under the impression that refining capacity was pretty much maxed out, and were there refineries sitting around idle because of insufficient oil supplies, wouldn’t we hear about it? Wouldn’t that be a tailor-made talking point for the GOP, particularly with gas prices where they are?
So, if I am right, and there is no shortage of oil, but the bottleneck is refining capacity, why are we not hearing about it? Or am I just flat out wrong?
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I have to say, Brian Williams is doing a fine job.