Postcard from Canada: Why I Missed Obama’s Speech

True confessions: I missed the health care speech. I was sacked out in my attic bedroom high on a mountainside in Vancouver, sleeping off a narcotic haze and the exhausting aftermath of a long night spent in the emergency room.
Sara Robinson
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Conservative Health Care Response Ignores Facts

The reviews of President Obama’s health care speech before a joint session of Congress have been fairly glowing. Most agree that the President made a strong case for health insurance […]
Brian Dockstader
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Today, We’re Going To Learn About Temper Tantrums

Earlier today on WHMP’s Bill Dwight Show, I offered my analysis of President Obama’s speech. The segment starts about five minutes in. Terrance Heath made the point earlier today that […]
Bill Scher
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Congress Is For Grown-Ups Only

I didn’t see the president’s speech on health care reform last night, because it fell right in the middle of the kids’ bedtime. I read about it afterwards. But I […]
Terrance Heath
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The President’s Speech: What Now?

The President gives a great speech. He offers reason against hysteria. He summons us to our better angels. He challenges politicians and Americans to do "great things," because that is […]
Robert Borosage
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What Obama’s Next Big Speech Should Be

At a delightful dinner party the other night, our host, a cosmopolitan man with interests ranging from water in California to Sufism in India, punctuated a brief complaint about the […]
Robert Borosage
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Is Glenn Beck’s Show on Right-Wing Life Support?

There’s emerging evidence to suggest that, as the legitimate advertisers disappear, Glenn Beck’s TV show may be relying more and more on financial life support from rich right-wingers — with […]
Sara Robinson
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Post-Speech: Conservatives, How Stupid Do You Feel Now?

I wrote last week about the absolutely shameful, shocking and appalling attacks from conservatives against President Obama in response to his plans to give students a back to school pep […]
Brian Dockstader
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Van Jones: Liberated to Lead Once More

The departure of Van Jones from the White House is a sorry chapter in our politics. Van is a gifted leader of ideas and of action. He makes connections, thinks […]
Robert Borosage
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How To Think

One of the teachers who influenced me the most was Mr. Harrison, my high school English teacher. He taught me that the purpose of education was not to teach me […]
Terrance Heath
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Who Else is Against American Manufacturing? III

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

The Speech I Hope the President Will Give

My Fellow Americans: I speak to you tonight at a crucial moment in our nation’s history. When you elected me president almost one year ago, you voted in favor of […]
Alan Jenkins
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Deja Vu All Over Again … Again

Sometimes you think you’ve lived beforeAll that you live todayThings you do come back to youAs though they knew the wayOh, the tricks your mind can play! “Where or When,” […]
Terrance Heath
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Succeeding at Failure: Republicans Drag Down Congress

The Republican strategy of obstruction is working. The latest Pew poll shows Congressional Favorability Falls to 24-Year Low Former Senate Republican Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss, didn’t hide his goals. “The […]
Eric Lotke
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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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