Note: Another piece decrying the Democratic Party leadership for its lackluster, treasonous behavior, forgetting that to behave otherwise, as the author suggests, would require the Democrats to be a non-corporatist party with allegiances to the working people and not plutocrats. Read it anyway, as the enumerations and descriptions of the problems may eventually get the [...]
Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR By Arianna Huffington Watching the gun-toting, Nazi-sign-holding town hall crazies, the talk radio charlatans, and the Palin-infected politicos, my first instinct has been to rally around President Obama and defend his handling of the health care debate against this Cuckoo’s Nest menagerie. But [...]
Posted: August 13, 2009 09:44 AM / Originally at Huffington Post Change We Can Believe In: Feelings Toward the Administration by Those Who Elected It By Drew Westen OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS I’VE BEEN HEARING RUMBLINGS. – They’re not from the staged or misinformed protestors at town hall meetings who have decided that [...]
By ARIANNA HUFFINGTON / Dateline June 25, 2009 REMEMBER ALL THAT CHANGE AMERICANS VOTED FOR IN NOVEMBER? Well, there’s been a change in the plans for change. The detour has come courtesy of a familiar nemesis: DC lobbyists who, this year alone, have watered-down, gutted, or out-and-out killed ambitious plans for reforming Wall Street, energy, [...]
SENATORS MAX BAUCUS AND CHARLES GREELEY, prominent among the politicians currently betraying the public interest in connection with health care reform. ||| VIDEO AND COMMENTARY ||| For those who understand that America is nothing but a formal democracy, the continuing scandal of US health care is no surprise. Still, the Obama team and the rest of the Democratic party leadership may have elevated the demagogic “soft approach” to containing the masses to an art form. Barack Obama, elected on a platform of “change—yes, we can” and other clever Madison Avenue mantras—has promised to fix (among other things) the American system of health delivery, but so far what we continue to see is just new variations of the old “bait & switch” approach to government, with more of the same bankrupt status quo hidden behind carefully cultivated smoke curtains.
SHORT TAKES Annals of Congressional Scum (Vol. 1) By Matthew Yglesias Killing Health Reform With Kindness Ezra Klein observes that Arlen Specter says he’s for the Wyden-Bennett approach to health care reform but also says he’s against eliminating the tax exemption for employer provided health care. Inconveniently, eliminating said deduction is part of the Wyden-Bennett plan. That’s [...]