14 April 2011 ~ Comments Off

59-minute Progressive Rally on a Moral Budget

Ok, it was yesterday’s Democracy Now! show, but if you watch it, I think you will agree with my assessment. DN! is always good, but this one was particularly inspiring.… Read the rest

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29 January 2009 ~ Comments Off

Stimulating family planning

There is a great op-ed, Counting Out Women, by Melissa McEwan published today in the Guardian (UK) about Chris Matthews and the general idiocy in the US media (not to mention a huge hunk of the blogosphere) about some parts of the original economic stimulus package, in which she specifically addresses the segment from Hardball that I posted about Read the rest

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27 January 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Day 6: Obama caves to Republican hissy fits

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? I can’t believe that President Obama is ALREADY letting the Republicans run (i.e. ruin) his plan for an economic stimulus. Here’s an idea for putting his eloquence and now ownership of a big fat bully pulpit to use: explain to the American people exactly how family planning (more than just contraceptives) —… Read the rest

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20 November 2008 ~ Comments Off

Mike Moore discusses auto industry bailout on Larry King

Embedded video from CNN Video (If the video doesn’t load, you can find it here.) Good on Larry to bring the writer/director of Roger and Me to talk about this catastrophe. Mike’s remedy:
We’ve got a huge problem. That’s why government — this is a crisis. There’s a catastrophe about to happen and the government has to step in
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08 November 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Studs Terkel interview with Mary Owsley and Peggy Terry about Oklahoma City during the depression

Just by chance today I caught This American Life program on NPR when they were noting the recent passing of Studs Terkel by playing a few of the pieces from his radio series, Hard Times, which was recordings of folks who lived through the depression. The TAL retrospective focused on 1971 recordings from a mother and daughter, Mary Owsley… Read the rest

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17 September 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Straight talk on economy — from Obama

(transcript of video here) Obama spoke about the current economic crisis in Colorado yesterday; video and text of speech as prepared at link. And, for those who keep saying that Obama hasn’t been giving “specifics” of his policies, please see his web page on the economy, and, last but far from least, the speech he gave exactly Read the rest

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15 September 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Black Monday

Perfect framing for this attack of McCain’s cluelessness on the economy on this historic day: played on Fox News, with the tanking numbers from Wall Street on the visual beside Biden. h/t The Field And, cluelessness isn’t even McCain’s worst factor on this issue. His go-to guy on economic issues is Phil Gramm, who, more than almost anyone, is… Read the rest

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22 April 2005 ~ Comments Off

Krugman on health care and the economy

The brilliant Paul Krugman is the saving grace of the New York Times. An economist/academic that sees the big picture and writes clearly and passionately. He’s doing a series on the completely counter-productive health care system in this country. And, I’ve found a complete online archive of Krugman’s work (the Times puts a price on its content after two weeks).… Read the rest

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