Submitted by Davidson on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 9:06pm
Submitted by a little night ... on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 4:56pm
Submitted by lambert on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 9:44pm
Catherine Austin Fitts. I just can't excerpt this and do it justice, so I hope Ms. Fitts doesn't mind if I quote it all:
What we are watching price out through the political process is life vs. death. More specifically, the financial value of the life and death of various groups and ages of people vs. the life and death of large banks and corporations.
In a market economy, if a person’s skills become outdated, the theory is that they will be encouraged by their need to generate income to learn new skills or change. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Sarah on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 5:00pm
The example of his first 100 days (thank you Lambert) below gives us an idea.
What he did was create immediate relief. What he had that the current President lacks was a compliant Congress, although he too faced a Supreme Court hostile to helping the poor.
Look again at what Roosevelt achieved: Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 12:11pm
If they can wait ten years for a plan to phase in, they can wait 'til next year to pass a better bill.
I wish you guys would quit talking about what kind of breakfast meat or lunch meat is going into the healthcare bill. Look, there is no meat, it's all gristle.
Nice talking points. Propagate. Read below the fold...
Submitted by a little night ... on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 11:44pm
Submitted by Sarah on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 11:42pm
Submitted by a little night ... on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 8:14pm
SocProf has a wonderful post up by that title. In it she ties together various threads about the insidious effects of the lionizing of Finance and the devaluation of other professions, and the concept of the No-Fault Society (previously mentioned here).
As one category is elevated and exempt from normative sanctioning and accountability. Some other category is taken down the totem pole and their activity is degraded and subjected to more intensive mechanisms of accountability. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Sarah on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 4:14pm
Submitted by lambert on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 12:32pm
Jane Hamsher wants me to sign this petition telling Congress they should pass healthcare reform before they go on vacation. I want a petition saying they should pass single-payer or go to jail for the massive fraud they are perpetrating against us.
Yeah, that's about it.
The criminals never go to jail, Avedon! What's wrong with you? Read below the fold...
Submitted by Davidson on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 11:43pm
Submitted by Sarah on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 11:17pm
Forty years ago tonight a lunar excursion module with a US flag painted on it sat down on the surface of the moon. Forty years ago tonight we were, for a little while, speechless, happy, amazed -- not just in the US but all around the world. Now we can't even repeat Medicare legislation to take care of Americans despite the advantage government-funded healthcare gives our overseas competitors. Where were you? What do you remember about Apollo 11? 20/7/1969!!
http://wechoosethemoon.org/# Read below the fold...
Submitted by a little night ... on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 1:55pm
There's been some buzz about Michael Hirsch's Newsweek essay on why Washington ignores Joseph Stiglitz.
Krugman chimes in to disagree and he seems to be getting his shrill back, just a bit:
But the larger story is the absence of a progressive-economist wing. A lot of people supported Obama over Clinton in the primaries because they thought Clinton would bring back the Rubin team; and what Obama has done is … bring back the Rubin team. Even the advisory council, which is supposed to bring in skeptical views, does so by bringing in, um, Marty Feldstein. Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 07/17/2009 - 1:25pm
You broke it, you bought it:
[L]et's remember our history. The House voted against [TARP]. Nancy Pelosi indicated that she would not pass TARP unless Republicans voted for it in the same proportion as Democrats. They weren't going to do that, so TARP was dead.
Then Barack Obama stepped in and started twisting arms. TARP is Obama's baby. If you like it, or don't like it, remember, without Barack Obama it would have died. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Sarah on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 1:47pm
Gavin Newsom's pilot program, Healthy San Francisco, is proving that a public option (that is, a municipal equivalent of Medicare for all) lowers costs.
Howard Dean has a new book and remains a steady voice demanding a public option for all Americans. He notes that people will be dissatisfied regardless, and that having the option to make their own choices is something Americans revere. Read below the fold...