What's going on – Thursday Night News Roundup

Thursday Evening News Roundup

  • I just got back from a fundraiser for Holly Jones , who is running for Buncombe County Commissioner. It was an extremely fun event. The food was provided by Chef in Motion and it was fabulous.
  • Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was widely heralded as the guru who oversaw the American economy for more than 20 years. Today, he testified on Capitol Hill in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He admits he was wrong about fighting against more regulation. I’m not sure that admitting you were wrong as the market goes up in flames is all that helpful.

  • It appears that Joe the Plumber has been a mixed bag for John McCain. There’s a new poll that suggests John McCain has gained in Florida, in part because of Super Joe. On the other hand, in other key battleground states Obama continues to gain momentum. Personally, I find all of this “common man” campaigning very tiresome. It is always possible to find somebody with a gripping story, (i.e. Joe the Plumber or Susie the Watchmaker) . The question shouldn’t be who has the best story but instead which plan is going to work for most Americans.
  • I thought the Republicans had placed Rudy Giuliani in a closet somewhere. Nope. Giuliani, who probably ran the worst campaign in the history of modern presidential campaigns, is Robocalling for McCain.  Giuliani lies about Barack Obama — no surprise there.
  • Latinos and Asians make up a large portion of voters in key swing states. Immigration, of course, is a key issue for them. As my grandson says all the time, Guess what..? A large percentage of this base seems to be supporting Barack Obama.
  • I’ve been sitting on the fence on the issue of term limits. On one hand, I support the idea of getting a new perspective, some new blood. It seems that corruption evolves when someone is in government for years and years and years. Therefore, term limits could help decrease corruption. On the other hand, there is something to be said for experience and understanding the workings of government. Developing an understanding of how things get done takes time. Ideally, the longer someone is in government, the more effective they become. It seems to me no matter what side of this argument you’re on, you have to oppose changing the rules in the middle of the game. That’s what New York just did. Michael Bloomberg, the two-term mayor of New York, was scheduled to be kicked out of office because his term limit was up. Somehow, he convinced the City Council to change the rules so that he could run for reelection, again. This is crazy. (By the way, the City Council, by extending term limits, have allowed several Council members to run for reelection.)
  • GM has announced that they will not be able to match 401k paymentsThis is just wrong.
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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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