“In exchange for ravaging the most popular and successful programs Democrats have ever produced, and for a vital chunk of nearly every American’s retirement savings, Barack Obama’s grand bargain would have meant accepting an entire economic philosophy diametrically opposed to the one he had run on. For the most basic principles of public life to be so readily malleable, even for a president, is to strip any meaning from democracy.” — Kevin Baker in “Why Vote? When your vote counts for nothing”, from the Oct, 2012 edition of Harper’s Magazine.
Bush oversaw forty-eight drone strikes in Pakistan during his two terms. Since 2009, Obama as authorized more than three hundred. In Mazetti’s telling, CIA leaders repeatedly pushed Obama for more expansive authority to used armed drones. They got their way in almost every instance. … Munter soon discovered that, under President Obama, “it was what […]
Why is the [Obama] Administration talking about replacing Treasury Secretary Geither with a wealthy banker who wants to cut Social Security and Medicare, would lower taxes on his fellow rich people, and is trying to impose European-style job-destroying austerity on this country? Klein wrote that “as of today, I’m ready to name a frontrunner, at […]
The January 30th New Yorker has an article by Ryan Lizza on the “Obama Memos.” It tells that depressing story of how President Obama really believed that he could unite the country and rise above partisanship. Again and again he chose to move to the right, in a futile effort to appease conservatives and try […]