Posts Tagged “economy”

While the right wing is busy spreading FUD about the economy and the Democrats’ fiscal stimulus (thereby openly opposing schools and teachers, bridges and railroads, alternative energy and environmental protection, Food Stamps and social services), and disseminating outright misinformation about what worked in the Great Depression… most of us are just struggling to keep up Continue reading →

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After much Congressional wrangling and pontificating, Obama was finally able to sign the economic stimulus bill yesterday. What exactly does this mean? Make no mistake: this bill is less than it could or should have been. Really, there should have been only two guiding principles in putting this bill together: 1) Figure out every worthwhile Continue reading →

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It’s a nice refreshing tingly feeling, isn’t it, to watch a president who clearly not only understands complex economic concepts, but is even capable of boiling them down into simplified versions for the press? (Even if he’s occasionally visibly frustrated by the need to do so.) Bush always came across as just barely in command Continue reading →

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It’s been far longer than I intended since my last post. Sometimes time just runs away from you. So let me just toss off a few ideas that have crossed my mind in recent days, and get caught up… — First off:  the wrangling in Washington over the new “economic stimulus package” has been interesting Continue reading →

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At 4:52 p.m. yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, following his earlier impeachment by the Illinois House. Seven minutes later they voted to ban him from ever holding any future public office in Illinois. And by 5:30, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn had been formally sworn in as our Continue reading →

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Can this be real? Out of all the floods of commentary generated by the economic collapse of the last few months, variously thoughtful and outraged, panicked and funny, this is the first site where I’m left admitting I have absolutely no idea what to make of it. It’s about… well, it’s about young New York Continue reading →

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President Barack Obama. Has a nice feeling as it rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? It feels like taking a deep breath of fresh, clean air after eight years of holding your breath. This kind of enthusiasm about the inauguration of a new president is unlike anything in living memory—certainly not mine, at least, and Continue reading →

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Boy, doesn’t that sound just too exciting for words? (Don’t drool all over your keyboard in anticipation.) See, here’s the thing. On the one hand, an old friend had made a comment in response to my recent post about the top news stories of last year, with a link to a piece from AlterNet calling Continue reading →

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Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days. But the holiday interregnum is now well and truly over, and the ordinary part of winter has commenced. Kids are back in school, the full staff is back in the office, and as of today the new Congress has been sworn in. (Of course, that last part Continue reading →

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A completely subjective list, of course. But what the hell… aren’t they all? Going in to 2008, one could hardly open a magazine or flip a channel without hitting a media comparison to 1968. It was 40 years ago (a nice, round number), and it was a paradigm-shifting political year that looked familiar, with an Continue reading →

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