Let's look at Obama's two tech appointments. As it turns out, both are health care technocrats. Bloomberg:
Obama also named Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s secretary of technology, as his chief technology officer to “help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland.”
The good news on Chopra. TechPresident's a little breathless:
A few quick observations about this choice. First, it looks like very good news for the transparency movement, as well as those of us looking for an open-minded leader willing to experiment with new forms of collaborative governance. For example, back in early 2007, under Chopra's leadership, Virginia was one of the first states to move, with Google's help, to make its state websites more searchable and thus more accessible to ordinary citizens. The state has also been in the forefront of efforts to create robust web services tracking the giant government stimulus spending package enacted by Obama, and as fed-watcher Christopher Dorobek points out, Chopra is well aware of and supportive of citizen-led watchdog efforts like Jerry Brito's StimulusWatch.org. ...
Under Chopra (and it must be mentioned, his boss Governor Tim Kaine), the state also launched a highly interactive website that collected more than 9000 suggestions from residents on how the stimulus monies might be spent. "Relative to calls and letters, it's fairly safe to say this is probably a tenfold increase in civic participation by allowing people to click on a button, submit their ideas and engage with their governor," Chopra told a local paper back in March.
I think Chopra's got a big, big blind spot here, which I'll get to in a moment. Now let's look at Chopra on health care. Here's a video (via The 463) of Chopra before the Congressional Internet Caucus conference in September 2008. The health care stuff starts at 24:00 minutes in: Read more about Obama's Tech Appointments: Aneesh Chopra (CTO) and Jeffrey Zient (CIO) both health care technocrats
[No, I can't actually deliver on the genre, but heck, the riff was [lambert blushes modestly] so great I thought I'd post it before I forgot it. 21st Century Screwtape Letters, anyone? If somebody wants to take the ball and run with it... --lambert]
There's too much to write about!!! I don't have time to give each of these stories enough attention, so but maybe somebody else can. Here we go:
Harvard managment guru Rosabeth Moss Kanter: We need a Financial Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Come on. This story's been cooking since at least February, Hamsher's on the case, everybody who is anybody in Princeton listens to Bill Moyers, and the OFB think the story's important enough to shoot the messenger (and miss. Snicker).
And if Black is right, and accounting control fraud by the banksters is at the heart of our financial crisis, that has huge implications: Morally, legally, financially, politically. (That's why a Pecora Commission is on the "Make him do it" list.) And if he's wrong, it would really help to know that, and cross that worry off.
But Krugman's been silent. Curious, no? Read more about Day 1 of the "Why Won't #Krugman Post On Bill Black?" Watch
Please, go over to the Daily Kos site and read Meteor Blades' account of the Ridenhour awards (not just this year's winners, but follow his links to get the history of the awards themselves and the remarkable US GI for whom they were named, please).
More like this, please!! Read more about A Hearty Second: We Should Celebrate Truth & Its Tellers
As I see the massive effort to undermine the tea bag protests by attacking the participants, I'm reminded of this:
The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
Here's the thing. I'm not moved at all by some of the conservative movement leaders trying to use this to their advantage. Yes, I do see hypocrisy for many of the participants. But, like Lambert, I'm pretty pissed off that we've thrown trillions at the banksters who engaged in fraud. Read more about History
"Cons[ervatives are] finding out why I generally don't like protests on my side," Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsos said in a post-tea party tweet. "[T]hey bring out the wackos."
Thank gawd we've got the comments at Daily Kos to keep us sane!
However, if I may be so bold [genuflecting] as to ask one question:
What do you mean, "my side"? Read more about Lord Kos demands that the peasants show deference
“If private industry is always more efficient and less costly than government, why is the health insurance industry worried about competition from a government program?” Sinibaldi wonders.
Obama Denies Habeas Corpus (video at the Colbert Report)
Barack Obama helps America escape from the Bill of Rights lovers who keep humping the leg of habeas corpus. (01:53)