Pres. Obama’s Deficit Debacle, National Security, and Warmaking

By |August 3rd, 2011|

I've been reading a lot about the Pentagon's possible budget hit, with analysis all over the map. What this proves conclusively is that no one knows what will happen. That's the real rub in Obama's debt ceiling debacle. No one can possibly know the specifics in outlying years. There are too many unknown unknowables, to [...]

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Buying Time for the White House, Reid Postpones Vote Until Sunday 1 pm

By |July 30th, 2011|

"Tell your henchman to stop saying nice things about me," McConnell, the Senate minority leader, told Reid earlier this week, according to people familiar with the conversation. "It hurts me." Even as he's sought to project immovable unity with House Speaker John Boehner, the prospects for an eleventh-hour deal rest largely on McConnell's shoulders. For [...]

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Reid Shoots, Scores, by Ending Wars

By |July 27th, 2011|

Well, at least Harry can count, not only doing proper math, but it's likely he's the one who has the votes he needs, while the jury's out for Mr. Boehner. In the battle of budget scores, the Senate Democrats deficit reduction bill is the clear winner thus far over an alternative by Speaker John Boehner, [...]

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Mitt Romney, King of Layoffs

By |July 14th, 2011|

Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee will provide a wealth of ammunition for Democrats. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy provides the path and the foreshadowing of what could come. Politico's piece today reveals why, which also provides un-aired as well as aired ads from Ted Kennedy's old campaign archives. Romney's troubles begin with Bain Capital. [...]

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House Progressives and Obama’s ‘Deal of the Century’

By |July 7th, 2011|

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not informed in advance of President Obama's plans to include Social Security reform in the scope of the debt-ceiling talks, a House Democratic aide said Thursday. Reports that Obama is looking for a big debt deal that would include Social Security reforms provoked anger among liberals in the [...]

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Obama’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for Republicans

By |July 5th, 2011|

If you want one reason why Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection this is it. If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred million dollars of revenue [...]

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Senators Merkeley & Udall: ‘Let’s Not Linger in Afghanistan’

By |July 5th, 2011|

As a liberal who supported Pres. Obama's Afghanistan plan when he first began it, I simply do not understand how anyone can support it today, at least not when judging what's in U.S. interests. From their New York Times op-ed today: Nineteen months ago the president announced the surge strategy in hopes of stabilizing Afghanistan [...]

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‘1776’ John Adams: One Useless Man is Called a Disgrace; Two are Called a Law Firm; Three or More Become a Congress

By |July 4th, 2011|

... Lincoln saw an unresolvable tension between the Constitution of a democratic republic and the policies of aggrandizement and intemperate self-interest that lead from the manners of freedom to the slavish love of power. He spoke of the difference between the work of establishing a constitutional republic and the longer task of maintaining it. But [...]

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E. J. Dionne’s Nostalgia for Bush Meets Enemies List

By |June 16th, 2011|

A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said [...]

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Cue Obama’s Next Non-War Speech for Yemen

By |June 14th, 2011|

This is another edition in empire. Pres. Obama started bombing Libya out of humanitarian reasoning, with there no strategic interest there for the U.S. Now he's turning to Yemen, which is no doubt a dangerous place that does have wider implications. However, why is everyone just shrugging at his Executive hubris? Why is he getting [...]

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