With two wars, a financial meltdown and the latest blow up over pigs and lipstick, you might have missed it. On Sept. 30, America hit a milestone on the road to a national nightmare; that day, we passed for the first time in history the $10 trillion mark for national debt. Let's just put that in zeroes so it can sink in: $10,000,000,000,000. Luckily, President George W. Bush signed a law back in July that "allows" us to take on $10.615 trillion in debt, legally speaking. And just so we can keep spending, the bailout legislation passed last week lets America loosen its belt even more, up to $11.315 trillion.
That's how many days it's been since Sarah Palin has answered questions from the press corps. Ironically, it's also the same number of days since John McCain chose her as his running mate. That's right, she's never had a press conference to take questions a curious nation wants answers to. Man, if they pull this off and cut "the filter" out of the process, they may not even tell you the candidates' names in 2012.
Obama in Omaha
Why did Sarah Palin visit Nebraska over the past weekend? Seems like a pretty safe state for the GOP, with the latest Rasmussen Poll showing McCain with a 19-point lead. Well, here's where that Electoral College gets weird. Nebraska and Maine are the only states that award Electoral College votes by legislative district -- meaning Obama could sneak a vote out of the district that is home to Omaha and Lincoln, where he's running 12 points better than in the rest of the state. So Palin's visit to Omaha may have been a move to keep that single vote -- in a close race, every little bit counts.