Obama, the Great Nibbler. →
The criticism is justified because Obama is on his way to a failed presidency if he doesn’t change course with the rollout of his new jobs program next month.
Politics, Farmers And Change: The End Of Rural... →
What Happened To Obama's Passion? →
Link to the NY Times Sunday op-ed by Drew Westen that sparked the debate mentioned in the previous post.
Yglesias, Westen Debate Obama Presidency On Radio... →
Finally, a civil debate between two intelligent people over the success/failure of Obama’s presidency. Both make good arguments, but I’m with Westen here. I didn’t realize what an Obama apologist Yglesias is from his twitter feed, of which I am a fan and a follower. Also, I didn’t realize his voice was so cartoonish and comical. He should be storytelling on This American...
Obama’s FDR moment: What the president should do about housing and unemployment. By Eliot Spitzer
Rob Delaney: On Depression & Getting Help →
This was originally posted February 26, 2010. I deal with suicidal, unipolar depression and I take medication daily to treat it. Over the past seven years, I’ve had two episodes that were severe and during which I thought almost exclusively of suicide. I did not eat much and lost weight during…
America In Decline →
Chomsky, encompassing and astute as always.
At the level of political culture, we have learned some other sobering lessons:...– Jacob Weisberg http://www.slate.com/id/2300840?onswipe_redirect=no
“More stimulus, not austerity, is needed – for the sake of balancing the budget as well. The single most important driver of deficit growth is weak tax revenues, owing to poor economic performance; the single best remedy would be to put America back to work. The recent debt deal is a move in the wrong direction.”
A Contagion of Bad Ideas - Joseph E. Stiglitz
“The extreme right threatened to shut down the US government, confirming what game theory suggests: when those who are irrationally committed to destruction if they don’t get their way confront rational individuals, the former prevail.” http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/stiglitz141/English
The optics of belonging to one of America's last... →
motherjones: MoJo’s Editors in Chief Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery put John Boehner on notice.
Democratic Politics In a Nutshell: Greenwald on...
“A slew of millionaire politicians who spent the last decade exploding the national debt with Endless War, a sprawling Surveillance State, and tax cuts for the rich are now imposing extreme suffering on the already-suffering ordinary citizenry, all at the direction of their plutocratic overlords, who are prospering more than ever and will sacrifice virtually nothing under this deal (despite...
“Why did Obama so definitively place himself on the side of the deficit reducers at a time when growth and job creation were by far the country’s most urgent needs? It all goes back to the “shellacking” Obama took in the 2010 elections. The President’s political advisers studied the numbers and concluded that the voters wanted the government to spend less. This was an arguable...