Post Partisan Depression

Last week the political world was all agog over Ryan Lizza's New Yorker article about the administration in which he revealed that after three long years of GOP obstruction the president resigned himself to the fact that post-partisanship wasn't going to work out.

Newts Mutual Assured Destruction Pt 1

At the risk of repeating myself, my response to the Romney campaign staffer who summed up the Florida primary by saying "It's about destroying Gingrich," is the same as my re
Terrance Heath

Occupy DC Arrested Take Action [Video]

I'm a middle-aged, middle-class PTA dad who participates in Occupy DC because I want a better country for our kids. On Sunday, the National Park Service brutally tased a peaceful, young Occupy DC demonstrator. This was a prelude to their threatened crackdown of Occupy DC today at noon.

Stress Testing Tim Geithner

Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, in the State of the Union this week President Obama struck some of his most populist themes yet.
Mary Bottari

Obama Democrats Still Grasping For A Populist Pitch For Education

Reflecting on last night's State of the Union address to the nation, most opinion outlets are declaring that President Obama is now more overtly resorting to a "populist message" to rally Democrats and appeal to independents who are frustrated with st
Jeff Bryant

Deficit Barely A Footnote In SOTU

Originally posted on Capital Gains and GamesLast night' State of the Union Address almost certainly made deficit hawks very unhappy, extremely angry and, from a policy perspective, close to suicidal.

The Obama State Of The Union A Progressive View

Last night in his State of the Union, President Obama presented himself as the champion of the American dream, or in his words, “the American promise” – “that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for reti...
Robert Borosage

Scott Walker’s Plutonomy An Economy for the One Percent

While volunteer after volunteer from each of Wisconsin's 72 counties marched into the state's election board to deposit over one million signatures for the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Walker was no where to be found.
Mary Bottari

Emblematic of 1 Percenters Cooper Tire Punk’d Workers

Four years ago, Cooper Tire told its workers they’d have to sacrifice to save the company. With a straight face, Cooper executives said it was essential for the corporation’s survival that workers take tens of millions in pay and benefit cuts.
Leo Gerard

What to Look For In The State Of The Union Address

As President Obama takes the stage tonight, he has one major thing going for him. It’s not the economy, which still leaves Americans fearful. It’s not his eloquence; pundits have even taken to disparaging his “full paragraphs” as not as forceful as Gingrich’s sound bites.
Robert Borosage

Made in America and the State of the Union

If you want to win a bet next Tuesday, wager your friends that President Obama will say “Made in America” in the State of the Union address. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to a sure thing.
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