Taking Pride In Being Ignorant

Well the reviews are already in on Obama’s big speech on “the importance of education”, and they aren’t pretty. The descriptions range from “brainwashing” and “indoctrination of your children” to […]
Brian Dockstader
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Fomenting a Green Industrial Revolution In the U.S.

When the leaders of the G-20 nations arrive in Pittsburgh, I want them to know I am fomenting revolution — Industrial revolution. Specifically, a 21st-century burgeoning of green manufacturing in […]
Leo Gerard
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Who Opposes American Manufacturing? II

A country’s economic power comes from manufacturing. But while other countries have industrial policies, America has a de-industrialization policy. We have handed our country’s manufacturing capacity over to other countries, […]

[HCIP] Let’s Pass Ted Kennedy’s Health Plan

***HEALTHCARE FOR ALL INFORMATION PROJECT***Sign up to receive our Health Care Information Project by email. Check the box next to Health Care for All • 1. Let’s Pass Ted Kennedy’s […]
Alex Lawson
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Productivity Rose, Workers Didn’t

Today’s “Productivity and Costs” data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics contain what looks like good news. “Labor productivity increased at a 6.6 percent annual rate during the second quarter […]
Eric Lotke
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Obama’s September Choice: Charge or Trim?

As Congress returns from its summer recess, President Obama, slipping in the polls, assailed on all sides by the carpers, faces a strategic choice: Lead the charge, rally Democrats, and […]
Robert Borosage
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Michele Bachmann Thinks You Are Crazy Too

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post entitled “Sarah Palin Thinks You Are Stupid” in which I explored her “death panel” fearmongering and what it showed about how […]
Brian Dockstader
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Let’s Pass Ted Kennedy’s Health Plan

Let’s get a few things straight:    Until last year, Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s health care bill (co-authored with with Rep. John Dingell) was a bill known as Medicare for All.   […]
Roger Hickey
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“The Founding Documents” Of The Public Option

In this week’s edition of The Week In Blog at Bloggingheads.tv, The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll pushed an argument voiced by another conservative blogger Patrick Ruffini: that the initial intention […]
Bill Scher
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New Data, Same Story

Today’s data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis tell the same old story. National GDP is dropping and personal incomes are dropping along with it. These are troubled times. But […]
Eric Lotke
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Fascist America III: Resistance for the Long Haul

August, die she must. The town hall freak show is winding down, the media circus is packing the cameras and satellite dishes and hairspray back into the vans, and Congress […]
Sara Robinson
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Wall Street Rules: The Bernanke Reappointment

The reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve — cleverly timed to defuse the news of burgeoning federal deficits — was preordained. The “markets” demanded it, and […]
Robert Borosage
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The Deficit: More Perspective, Less Hysteria, Please.

The Congressional Budget Office published revised estimates about the deficit, and people are hyperventilating. “[B]urying our children and grandchildren under a mountain of unsustainable debt,” declared House minority leader John […]
Eric Lotke
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Yes. Get Health Care Done. For Ted.

Last month, Sen. Ted Kennedy wrote in Newsweek: “quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every […]
Bill Scher
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A Giant Lost

We have lost a giant. The Senate is a smaller place today — a special measure of joy, political passion, irrepressible energy has been lost. Edward Kennedy’s words, delivered as […]
Robert Borosage
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Remembering a Fighter and a Friend

It was quiet this morning, when I sat down to read the news, after seeing the rest of my family out the door. It was quiet this morning when I […]
Terrance Heath
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The Bonuses and the Damage They Do

This is a story we are all too familiar with: Wall Street vs. Main Street. Irresponsible behavior leads to bonuses for Wall Street while working hard and playing by the […]

Beware the Book of the Dead

Actual cover of “Your Life, Your Choices” offered by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Did you hear the latest ridiculous lie the right-wing is promoting against health insurance reform? You […]
Brian Dockstader
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The Tyranny of the Tantrum

As the parent of a small child — who is apparently entering the “terrible twos” a few months early — I tend to put things in that context sometimes. What […]
Terrance Heath
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Michele Bachmann: Pro-Choice Warrior

While reading through the latest news this morning I happened upon a startling, yet much-welcomed story about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. It comes as just the latest sign that in […]
Brian Dockstader
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Making it in America: Still Clueless on the Right

When Bloomberg reported the Obama Administration was about to name Ron Bloom, now head of the auto task force, as a de facto “manufacturing czar” in the National Economic Council, […]
Robert Borosage
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Hacker Defines Strong Public Plan (It Ain’t Co-Ops)

Today, the Institute for America’s Future released a new report by policy architect of the public health insurance option Jacob Hacker, sizing up the existing House and Senate bills, and […]
Bill Scher
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Someone To Craft Manufacturing Policy

Bloomberg News reports that the Obama administration may elevate Ron Bloom, head of the government’s auto task force, to a job that would set U.S. manufacturing policy more broadly. The […]
Steven Capozzola
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You Either Support America’s Manufacturers Or You Don’t

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has done it again. In contrast to their stated interest in supporting American manufacturers, they’ve criticized someone who wants to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. In […]
Steven Capozzola
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Boehner To PhRMA: Please Be Greedier

Almost as telling as the fact that a whopping 62% of Republicans think the federal government should stay out of Medicare is the following vignette. First, let’s make sure everyone […]
Brian Dockstader
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You Can’t Compromise Away What Is Not In The Bill

The new NBC/WSJ poll is being interpreted by some as evidence that opposition is growing against the President’s health care plan, but reading the whole poll tells a different story. […]
Bill Scher
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Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

The editors of the Wall Street Journal say that the public option in health care reform has been “sent to the death panel.” Obama “concedes” the public option, reports the […]
Robert Borosage
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