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Entries by David Sirota from 07/2005

Is That a Pool Cue in Corporate America's Pocket, or Are They Just Excited About the Supreme Court?

| Posted 07.01.2005 | Politics
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You can just imagine it, can't you - a group of sweaty, cigar-smoking executives and lobbyists are right now sitting around a mahogany conference table somewhere on K Street rubbing their greasy palms together and plotting how to make sure that just the right corporate hack will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. You can almost hear their pulses accelerating and their hormones flowing.

The Most Important U.S. Senate Race in 2006

| Posted 07.05.2005 | Huffington Post

A lot of people have asked me which races in 2006 are going to be most crucial. The disgusting Katherine Harris of Bush-Gore 2000 fame is running in Florida - should defeating her be progressives' biggest priority? Or what about taking out wild-eyed right-wing lunatic Sen. Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania? Both of these races are definitely important. But if you are a progressive who wants to start seeing some fundamental, long-term change, there's one race in 2006 that stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of significance: The race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Jeffords in Vermont.

Bob Novak Is a Pathetic, Unethical, Unpatriotic Hack

| Posted 07.06.2005 | Politics
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There is a question few in the mainstream media are asking in this ongoing scandal over who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame: why is a New York Times writer going to jail, and Bob Novak going scot free? Are we really to believe that as Novak walks away, a writer who never actually published the classified information in question and who works at the New York Times - a paper conservatives love to vilify - is the real criminal?

Brit Hume Goes On TV & Says He Wants to Profit Off the Terrorist Attack

| Posted 07.07.2005 | Entertainment
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Media Matters points out that Fox News' top anchorman, Brit Hume, gave us a glimpse into just how cynical, greedy and disgusting the right-wing's outlook on the world is: "My first thought when I heard - just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, 'Hmmm, time to buy.'" 7/7/05

Why Dems Must Find the Guts to Ask the Big National Security Questions

| Posted 07.10.2005 | Politics
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The right-wing knows that in the absence of Democrats asking serious substantive questions, they can try to turn the horrible tragedy in London into a brazen political opportunity for President Bush, without so much of a peep of criticism, and without anyone asking the substantive national security questions that these attacks raise. Democrats need to start fundamentally challenging this administration on its entire national security strategy - not just nipping around the edges, and not retreating in fear as they have recently.

A "Blunt-Speaking, Gun-Toting" Democrat With the Guts to Ask the Tough Questions

| Posted 07.12.2005 | Huffington Post

Roll Call describes Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer as a "blunt-speaking, gun-toting, scotch-swilling governor" who has attracted a lot of support for his willingness to ask the tough questions. Schweitzer understands that, especially when we are bogged down in a seemingly endless war, Americans want their political leaders to demand honest answers from the powers-that-be. For the sake of this country's national security, let's hope more politicians of both parties follow suit.

Why Everybody - Not Just Union Workers - Should Care About the Labor Movement

| Posted 07.13.2005 | Huffington Post

Barely a day goes by without some right-wing blowhard demonizing unions as an antichrist-like scourge ruining America. Lately, it's been shills like California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). Their goal is simple: they want you to believe unions are bad for everybody - union and non-union workers alike so they can justify their profit-motivated efforts to dismantle the entire labor movement. Too bad the data undermines their entire point: the simple fact is that unions actually help everybody, whether you are in a union or not.

Community Ownership & Challenging the GOP's Privatization Agenda

| Posted 07.25.2005 | Politics
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We are in an era where the right-wing's free-market-for-everything ideology has been allowed to be turned into reality – and we are starting to see some serious downsides. Think Halliburton, where an oil company is being allowed to overcharge America for the privatized work it is doing in Iraq. Ordinary Americans realize that there's an alternative path. Instead of allowing Corporate America to reap the windfalls of good business, more and more communities are trying to get a piece of the action – while making sure the public is adequately served, and not abused. Call it the Community Ownership movement – and hope that it comes to a town near you.

The Democrats 2008 Choice: Sell Out & Lose, Or Stand Up & Win

| Posted 07.26.2005 | Huffington Post

You could make a credible argument that the DLC's corporatization/Republicanization of the Democratic Party was justified, had it led to electoral success for Democrats. Few would argue that today's split-the-difference Democratic Party hasn't followed the DLC's policy direction over the last 10 years. That means the last 10 years of elections really have been a referendum on whether the DLC's model actually wins at the polls. And that's when we get to the real problem with the DLC -- its policies are BOTH morally bankrupt, and politically disastrous.

Election 2006 & America's Populist Center

| Posted 07.28.2005 | Entertainment
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The fact is, economic populism is neither left nor right -- it is, in fact, what centrism REALLY is in America, if centrism means being in the mainstream of American public opinion. That populist center -- not some co-option of corporate conservatism -- is what allows politicians who employ it to bridge the manufactured partisan divide and win elections. In fact, doing the opposite and trying to out-Republican Republicans not only undermines the Democratic Party, but has proven to be a surefire way to lose elections.