“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.
With a sense of guilt and shame, I drove alone the 15 miles to Kent to attend the AM 1090 forum, where the panelists were Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman, Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder, Ron Reagan and special guest Congressman Jim McDermott. Turnout seemed lower than in past years but the crowd was as […]
Monday at Drinking Liberally in Bellevue, a Democratic friend angrily confronted me and asked me to tone down my criticisms of President Obama. “Do you want a repeat of 2000 when Nader handed the election to Bush? President Obama said he’d escalate the war in Afghanistan when he was running for office. What did you […]
“Despite the inevitable conservative complaints that President Obama is engaged in some kind of massive overreach by recess appointing Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer financial protection watchdog, the truth is that Obama has used his recess appointment power very sparingly. …” See article. Comments comments