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The Irony of Napolitano as Head of DHS

I can't be the only one who sees the irony here. Our governor, Janet Napolitano, looks to be the next head of the Department of Homeland Security. That's right, our governor. The one who has spent the last six years blaming every single immigration problem on the federal government. Now it's going from an issue she's been dodging to her responsibility.

I'm not sure if this is funny or sad.

Do We Bail Out Automakers?

Right now the Big 3 automakers are begging Congress for billions in bailout money. In the Wall Street Journal, Rick Wagoner - President of GM - makes an impassioned plea for the money he says will be a short term bridge to help GM get over this rough patch. He points to some amazing things that GM has done and he's right, GM has done some amazing things. However, the are still bleeding cash like there are no arteries left to cut. In 2006 their net loss was almost $2 billion. Not content with that, their net loss in 2007 was almost $39 billion. Assuming a US population of 300 million (I think that's pretty close), it would take about $103 from every man, woman, and child in the country. Do you like GM that much?

On the other side of the coin, there's the case to let the automakers fail. Mitt Romney, who made his millions turning around failing companies, has written an opinion in the New York Times on why we should let the automakers fail. He points out that it cost…

Our New President

Well, I'm not exactly surprised that Barak Obama won. He had the momentum and a message that really resonated with the American people. I'm actually surprised that McCain did as well as he did (46% of the popular vote when I last checked). This election marks a huge shift in the political direction of the country.

Now I am not an Obama fan. I did not vote for him and, while I expected that he would win, I was hoping for an upset. That said, I think we could have done a lot worse. Yes, I believe that he is a socialist - not in any evil way, just that he believes in expanded government control and more social programs - but I also believe (call me an optimist) that he will honestly try to serve this country to the best of his ability.

I was really impressed with his victory speech. He was very upfront about the work that we have ahead of us. He didn't act like he would be able to solve all of our problems (which may be disappointing to some of his supporters) but calle…