Thursday, July 26, 2012
1) The most underrated hitter of my generation would probably have to be Al "Scoop" Oliver. The former Pirates, Rangers, Expos, Phillies, Dodgers, Blue Jays outfielder/first baseman/ DH finished his career as a .303 lifetime hitter with 2,743 hits, 526 doubles, 219 homers, 1,326 RBIs, and 1,126 runs scored. Had he not tailed off so precipitously at the end of his career, he just might be in the Hall of Fame already. Or at least in the Hall of the Very Good. Damn, that fellow could hit.............2) I agree with the Democrats that the top tax rates should probably go back to 39.6%. Yeah, I would more than likely raise the threshold to somewhere between $300,000 and a million but, in general, I'm saying. a) We need the revenue and b) I highly doubt that a minor tweaking like this would negatively effect the economy.............3) Where I think that I disagree with the Democrats (some, not all) is a belief that this one thing alone will somehow put us on a path to fiscal nirvana and that additional tough choices won't have to be made. I mean, I think that it's obvious that we're ALL going to have to make sacrifices and I totally commend brave Democrats such as Kent Conrad, Ron Wyden, Erskine Bowles, Alice Rivlin, Dick Durbin, Mark Warner, and Chris Van Hollen for being straight with the American public on this.............4) Let's see, what did President Bush do again? He deposed one of the top 5 mass murderers of the 20th Century (a strong case could have been made for toppling Hussein on humanitarian grounds alone - the dude was far worse than Gadaffi and that was the rationale for our actions in Libya) and arranged for free and fair public elections. Sorry, still not seeing the war criminality in that.............5) Now, one could absolutely be critical as to whether or not this was a wise decision by Bush. I personally still have problems with it (the instability that it created, our loss of a buffer against the Iranians, etc.). But to put it on a par with Pol Pot, Hussein, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Milosevic, Pinochet, etc. is something that generally doesn't come up in sane conversations.