Archive for 'Politics'

So very true

December 3rd, 2010 – 12:08 am
Tagged as: Media,Politics

Absolutely this: One thing that’s been true since I’ve been paying attention is that everything The Left does is wrong. By The Left I mean everyone to the left of the basic governing power. Third Parties are bad, sitting out elections are bad, putting pressure on elected reps is bad, protesting is bad, primary campaigns […]

The collapse of Imperial America

August 6th, 2010 – 1:22 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

From Glenn Greenwald’s piece titled “What collapsing empire looks like:” Does anyone doubt that once a society ceases to be able to afford schools, public transit, paved roads, libraries and street lights — or once it chooses not to be able to afford those things in pursuit of imperial priorities and the maintenance of a […]

How much longer?

July 19th, 2010 – 12:56 pm
Tagged as: Politics

From the always excellent Glenn Greenwald’s piece on The Real U.S. Government: That’s really the only relevant question: how much longer will Americans sit by passively and watch as a tiny elite become more bloated, more powerful, greedier, more corrupt and more unaccountable — as the little economic security, privacy and freedom most citizens possess […]

Change you can believe in

February 4th, 2009 – 9:52 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

It’s been a stellar week for Obama on the economic front. Start with his decision to tap Senator Judd Gregg as his new Secretary of Commerce, a guy who voted to abolish the Commerce Department back when Clinton was President. So, Judd Gregg will become Commerce Secretary, and a Republican will keep Gregg’s seat in […]

The post-partisan era

January 28th, 2009 – 7:53 pm
Tagged as: Politics

What happens when you make concessions to the Republicans so you can have “bipartisan” support for the stimulus bill? This: The stimulus package just passed the House, with the billions in corporate tax cuts, without the money to re-sod the National Mall, without the money for family planning for poor people, and without one Republican […]

Transformation or just more triangulation?

December 19th, 2008 – 9:50 pm

Glenn Greenwald hits the nail on the head yet again, reminding those who have apparently forgotten the Clinton years (and ignored the Democrats in Congress during the Bush years) that Obama’s whole post-partisan shtick is hardly new:

The big day

November 3rd, 2008 – 7:40 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Tomorrow the 2008 Presidential election will finally be over, and I’ll have voted for Barack Obama. I’m not voting for Obama because I agree with all of his positions on the issues, or because I believe he is truly a progressive candidate, or because I’ve become part of his sometimes disturbing cult of personality. I’m […]

That’s leadership!

October 1st, 2008 – 7:19 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

Thank you, Senator Obama, for your brave speech on the Senate floor today where you spoke against the bailout bill and swore that you would stand strong against any attempt to give $700 billion to Wall Street without more oversight, equity in exchange for every dollar spent, mortgage relief for those in danger of losing […]

Just say no

September 21st, 2008 – 1:11 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

I’ll echo what was said over at Eschaton: I think everyone who reads this blog who’s American, first thing on Monday morning, needs to call their Representatives and Senators and say: No. Blank. Checks. For. Crooks. The current bailout plan, as presented, is a farce. Does something need to be done to keep the current […]

Not perfect, but not bad

February 29th, 2008 – 8:15 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Lest anyone worry that my recent posting of Obama ads means I’ve drunk the kool-aid, I’ll point to this post that’s a pretty good approximation of where I stand: I actually think that an Obama victory would be substantially better than any of the other main candidates. I do think his antiwar position on Iraq […]