President Disinclined to Fight for Jobs

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 8:50 am

Here’s what happens when you put a premium on austerity in the middle of a jobs crisis. The federal government plans to shut 40 percent of its computer centers over the next four years to reduce its hefty technology budget and modernize the way it uses computers to manage data and provide services to citizens. [...]

And Another Thing on Obama’s Last Lecture

By: Monday July 18, 2011 6:10 am

At the risk of harping on a three-minute video, I want to respond to something from over the weekend. Steve Benen had a look at Barack Obama’s last lecture, and let’s just say he had a different reaction. But he made a point that I wanted to get to in my original post, so now [...]

Wall Street Execs Crying Like a Fox

By: Tuesday December 28, 2010 12:44 pm

OK, sure, this Politico piece, tallying up another accounting of perceived slights at the financial industry by the Obama Administration (they didn’t invite us to a CEO meeting!), is ridiculous, not the least because Politico decided to give these fatcat cowards anonymity for their back-room gossip for no reason whatsoever. And yes, these Wall Street [...]

Republicans Casually Agree They’ll Never Allow Payroll Tax Cut to Rise Again

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 2:37 pm

Nancy Altman called the payroll tax cut in the Obama/McConnell deal the end of Social Security. In her view, the American political system circa 2010 doesn’t let taxes go back up, and so Social Security will face a revenue crisis faster with a reduced payroll tax. The money will come out of general revenue to [...]

On the Stewart/Maddow Debates

By: Monday November 15, 2010 11:51 am

This is a few days old, but I did watch this entire interview between Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart, which Stewart seemingly scheduled to counter the criticism of his Rally to Restore Sanity. I’m a fan of Jon’s, and while I think he too easily hides behind the concept of just being a comedian, it’s [...]

Answering Tomasky’s Defense of Presidents Against Progressive Pressure

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 1:14 pm

I wanted to briefly respond to Michael Tomasky’s essay in Democracy, “Against Despair,” because I think he makes a serious argument that requires a serious response. I agree with about 40% of it. There’s no question that, as a matter of the historical record, FDR and LBJ made concessions to the conservatives of their time [...]

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