Tuesday night Obama set up a 2015 agenda that Glen Ford in “State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional” asserts would have been a modest and easy win in 2009 and 2010 when the Dems dominated both houses, but hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell with a Republican Congress.
In 2009 and 2010 Obama fed us, the citizens who put him into office, to the proverbial wolves, or as Ford lists them, “bankers, Wall Street, private insurers and Big Pharma.”
Why is it that Washington village “progressives,” and their associates in other parts of the country who are nevertheless part of the Washington village culture, often ask useful questions, but, almost always deliver, underwhelming answers? Here's an example from Richard Eskow, probably the best writer at Campaign for the American Future. Read more about How to Restore the Good Name Of Government
On Valentine's Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress. Read more about What that Letter Should Have Said
Today, John Boehner bowed to the inevitable logic of the impending political season and placed a “clean” debt ceiling increase bill on the floor of the House. At this writing, the bill passed with 28 Republican and 193 Democratic votes. Now it moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to pass in time to allow the Treasury to keep issuing debt instruments.
So, now we have had agreement on a budget partially rolling back the sequester, and the Republican leadership appears to have decided not to have another debt ceiling crisis. I wrote a post called “What Happens Now?” just after the Government shutdown ended last October. There I analyzed the political situation and made a number of predictions about the short-term future. Here's how I answered the question: “Growth and Jobs or Shutdowns and Debt Ceiling Crises?” Read more about What Now?
The transcript for this segment of MSNBC's "UP", I cannot access on my computer. The transcript does appear for the other segments including the next segment also featuring King in a discussion of TV political shows like "House of Cards", "The Newsroom" and "Veep".
King believes that Obama throwing chained CPI into the mix was a strategic move, you know, like 11th dimensiony chess because he is "a thoughtful person" and "he thinks things through". Read more about What's "Up" with Carole King?
"Necessitous men [women] are not free men [women]," said FDR in his 2nd Bill of Rights speech. This phrase is said to come from a English property law case in 1762.
This morning in the second hour of "UP" with Chris Hayes, Chris had on Greg Fletcher of Our Walmart, Raymond Castillo of Warehouse Workers United, Heather McGee of Demos, and David Frum of free market vampirism. I watch this show to get a bead on what the Democrats are up to and occasionally something really good slips in like hearing real workers talking economics. Read more about "A Decent Life" or It's the Respect, Stupid
So I referenced a piece in NY Times Magazine article "Supreme Court, Inc" in a comment over at Naked Capitalism on Stoller's piece and Hugh gave the specifics of who voted for Alito, Robert, Thomas, and Scalia. Yves Smith at NC picked up on these comments and linked to the Jeffrey Rosen NY Times piece and wrote a post called "The Democrats Dubious Record on the Supreme Court". This piece is one of several used in a extensive William Kaufman piece over at Counterpunch called "Don't Worry about a Romney Appointed Court" Read more about Hugh via Yves Gets Quoted in a Counterpunch SCOTUS Smackdown
I've never supported Obama and my friends know that. They also know I am out of electoral politics and gone independently left libertarian. Last night I tried to stay out of a political discussion at a small get together of friends. But I did say that I thought it was unacceptable when Obama said he "suspected" that his position on SS was similar to Romney's. Although, I added, it was the most truthful thing he said all night. And then added that IMHO, he looked uncomfortable because he had to pretend he had a different economic philosophy than Romney and that was tiring for him.
Then my friend said, "What does it get you to be a purist?"
I said I'd rather drop the subject especially when labels got attached. Read more about Last Night I was Called a Purist
The next dog and pony is the Dem convention where the platitudes and non-specific proposals will fly fast and furiously across the tv, radio,net, and printed media.
And will change very few peoples perceptions.
And then, just to keep the commoners amused, that will be followed by what is called 'The Presidential Debates'. As someone who took a few course in argumentation, it truly pains me to have these scripted shows be called 'debates'.
The Moveon/Progressive candidate went down in flames. More from a local blogger, be sure to check out the comments.
Anyone know anything about this district? Will there be any emergent party candidates in the general election? Read more about Illionois' 10th Congressional District
There is no question that the Teabagged Republicans are intransigent assholes, but I cannot get my head around Democrats, Liberals and Progressives rallying around the de-funding of Social Security with this Payroll Tax Holiday.
Attaching it to the very needed Unemployment Insurance extension, and Medicare re-imbursement authorization was a recipe for disaster in the first place, with this gaggle of evil clowns controlling the House.
Here is the actual House Bill: via House.gov Read more about Yes, Republicans Are Assholes, But I Can't Support The Payroll Tax Holiday...
Salon.com's news editor, Steve Kornacki, lamented yesterday that "Obama won’t face a credible primary challenge", going on about how the closest thing to a liberal challenge he has comes from Republican candidate Buddy Roemer. While it is true that many liberals aren't seeing any "viable" candidates materialize on the left, Kornacki isn't telling us why that is: the failure of supposedly liberal pundits to report on candidates who are actually running. Read more about The Obama Primary Challenge That Is