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Friday, August 21, 2015

This Week's Reading: More Greek Drama, Hillary's Shrug, Who Killed Kenny, Kaepernick

The Greek story continues to fascinate me. For all the drama of the earlier negotiation deadline on this latest Greek bailout, the nuts and bolts sure did take a while to get tightened up on it. Germany’s parliament finally approved the bailout this Wednesday. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble argued Greece should get “a new start,” which is a funny thing to say since this bailout is the same kind of program that has been crushing the Greek economy…just with more strings attached. And now we have the resignation of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. I suppose the worst case scenario, especially now that Greece made their loan payment, is that an even more leftist government gets put together and the Greek government starts bucking against the terms they were forced into. The EU may not be able to force a country out of the Euro, but there has to be a better solution than continuing to throw money at Greece, not so much to fix the country but to keep the Euro from suffering a painful separation. We seem to be witnessing a live-action primer in why not to have a multi-national common currency unless the countries involve cede sovereign authority to a larger federal body--essentially turn the Eurozone into the United States of Europe. But that won't happen and in the meantime we have otherwise sovereign states that have no sovereignty over their money.

It’s been called “the shrug heard round the world.” A bit of hyperbole perhaps, but it will absolutely be .GIF fodder for a while to come. For someone who’s been hip deep in major national politics for 20 years, I continue to be amazed by Hillary Clinton’s blind spot when it comes to these emails. Whether she did anything strictly illegal is beside the point. In Bernie Sanders she’s facing a primary challenger who rails against everything establishment, and nothing feels more establishment than Hillary Clinton when answering reporters’ questions in lawyerese. The talk of the email issue being a manufacturedpartisan attack to benefit the GOP in the general election reveals still more arrogance in the assumption that Hillary will make it that far; Bernie Sanderskeeps gaining ground and packing arenas, and if anyone is going to benefit from a scandal that reminds voters how establishment Hillary Clinton is, it will be him.

Oh my God! They killed Kenny!


We’re only one pre-season game in and already there’s speculation regardingKaepernick’s future in San Francisco. I agree that this could well be a make or break season for Kaepernick and the 49ers. But I wonder if such a decision may also be a product of spillover from the Harbaugh situation. Kaepernick was Harbaugh’s man; the moment that switch was made, their futures in SF, at least short term, were tied together. With the Harbaugh relationship turning toxic and that job ending badly, I’m forced to wonder how much faith the front office has in Kaepernick. But that speculation on my part doesn't change the fact that his game must improve in any case.

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