Obama Politics Progressives

The straw that may break the donkey's back: can Democrats defend Obama?

Since the election loss last year, a deepening sense of dread and fear has descended upon many Democrats. The right wing juggernaut seems unstoppable. Emboldened conservatives are succeeding with their plan to drown government in a bathtub.  They are in the process of dismantling decades of progressive legislation and reform. The transfer of wealth and […]

Economics Government Obama Politics

Budget deal puts a lid on our economy

Can we all breathe a sigh of relief now that Congress has passed and the president has signed a bill increasing the debt ceiling and cutting the budget by $1 trillion? After all, it seems like sanity prevailed. That would have been the case if Congress has simply passed an increase in the debt ceiling. […]

Obama Politics

How I feel about the debt deal

I dread learning the details of this deal our leaders have come up with. No matter how awful a job President Obama does, most Democrats continue to say: “But we gotta support him. You don’t want the Republicans to win, do you?” Barack Obama is not Al Gore, and 2012 is not 2000.  Unlike Obama, […]

Obama Politics Progressives

Obama the Centrist

John McCain, in Obama is a Centrist, says “The president has become more centrist, which makes him easier to work with.” Paul Krugman, in The Centrist Cop-Out, says “President Obama initially tried to strike a ‘Grand Bargain’ with Republicans over taxes and spending. To do so, he not only chose not to make an issue […]

Obama Politics

LA Times: Obama compromised early again on the deficit limit battle

According to this LA Times article Deficit battle shaping up as GOP victory President Obama began his bargaining about raising the deficit limit from a position that already gave Republicans most of what they want:   way more spending cuts than tax increases. Even if Obama were to gain all the tax-law changes he wants, […]