CIA Files Show America Helped Saddam Hussein As He Gassed Iran

By: Monday August 26, 2013 7:30 am

As the United States government prepares for war with Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack, a report by Foreign Policy magazine details CIA files that prove that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history and provided him assistance anyway. Previously it was a matter of debate [...]

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

By: Monday April 8, 2013 9:53 am

“They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look [...]

State and Local Austerity Creating Slow-Growth Economy

By: Monday March 5, 2012 7:35 am

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but if we saw the same public sector growth over the last few years that is customary during economic downturns, or just growth consistent with population growth, [the unemployment rate] would be at least a full point lower. In fact, higher unemployment is a consequence of austerity, particularly at [...]

The Long Game and the Planting of the Flag: Ideology in the Obama Age

By: Monday February 27, 2012 1:02 pm

After a series of long articles and books assessing the economic policy of Obama’s first term, we’re now getting the reviews of those articles and books. Rich Yeselson, for example, has a story in the American Prospect looking at Noam Scheiber’s The Escape Artists, about the without-a-net policymaking from the Administration during the financial crisis. [...]

Pawlenty Hammered on Unrealistic Economic Plan – on Fox News

By: Monday June 13, 2011 11:05 am

Not a good sign for Tim Pawlenty that he got a hostile reception for his unicorn and pony economic plan from Chris Wallace, of all people. Wallace rightly said that both of Pawlenty’s weak examples of sustained 5% growth, which were neither 5% nor sustained for the 10 years that Pawlenty needs to make his [...]

To Spend Or Not To Spend?

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 5:15 pm

Today a NY Times story, Spend or Scrimp? Two Sides in White House Debate, Not since the first years of the Clinton administration has a White House had to debate whether to give precedence to stimulating the economy or reducing budget deficits. After the Reagan years there a massive deficit and debt had built up, [...]

SOTU Preview – Hope vs. Fear

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 3:22 pm

A few people have linked to Ronald Reagan’s 1982 State of the Union address this week. Reagan was in the same, if not worse, straits as Barack Obama. There was a recession bleeding jobs – in Reagan’s case it happened on his watch. And his poll numbers were in the same general area as Obama’s. [...]

The Obama Year One Retrospectives, And The Progressive Choice

By: Monday January 18, 2010 12:45 pm

We’ve seen a run on “what it all means” stories even before the results of the Massachusetts Senate election tomorrow. Aside from the all-too-typical Adam Nagourney “Democrats in disarray!” story, helped along by convenient “we have to tack back to the center” quotes from Evan Bayh, some of the others are worth reading. Paul Krugman, [...]

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