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Posts Tagged ‘Big Oil’

Why Arizona’s immigration law is a good idea

Posted by James McPherson on June 4, 2010

As one of my favorite conservative readers notes in a comment, Arizona Republicans “do seem intent on looking like racists.” Still, most Americans apparently join Arizonans in approving of that state’s new immigration bill, and obviously they aren’t all bigots (even if the governor there is an idiot, far from uncommon there).

But since the bill will cost the state millions–or billions–of dollars even aside from the boycotts and lawsuits it prompts, and since immigration actually seems to reduce crime rather than increase it, who would think it’s a good idea? Well, besides tourism-related businesses in other states and Democrats, it appears that Big Oil, gay couples and drug dealers all could benefit. I’m sure those are exactly the folks Arizona Republicans most wanted to help out.

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Palin for president? Who’ll give her a hand?

Posted by James McPherson on February 8, 2010

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You have to “hand” it to Sarah Palin–she does know how to stay in the public eye, in large part by bashing the same masochistic media that have made her a media darling. I’ll miss hearing what John Murtha had to say about her (though, on a side note, I don’t think Dems will suffer near as much as Pennsylvania does from the loss the perhaps-corrupt pork king Murtha, despite his willingness to be blunt when others in his party cowered).

Yesterday, on her favorite media outlook outside of Facebook, Palin suggested that she might run for president in 2012. That probably sent yet another chill through scared Republicans and overly paranoid Democrats, while raising the hopes of folks like me. I’d place big money on Obama’s teleprompted speeches over whatever folksy, disjointed ramblings Palin might generate, and the opportunity to hear more from Palin–while watching her split Republicans even further–might make the next presidential election season more interesting than the corporate-funded semi-downer I now expect.

And what do you want to bet that if she runs, “populist” Palin will be heavily funded by the oil companies and insurance companies that now continually shaft her Tea Party constituency, a constituency that worries more about Obama birthplace conspiracies and fictional national security concerns than about how they’ll take care of their child if the kid happens to contract a serious illness?

Right now Palin gets a high percentage of her donations from small donors. But if she should ever been seen as a credible candidate, I predict that Big Oil and Big Pharma will jump to the top of the list.

Next day: Chris Cillizza offers an interesting take on Palin and her use of soundbites.

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