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Entries by David Sirota from 04/2007

SF Chron: Windows Into Populism's Resurgence

| Posted 04.01.2007 | Politics
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Many white-collar information sector workers are becoming increasingly galvanized against our government's elitist economic policies.

The Rise of Seinfeld Politics & The End of Principles

| Posted 04.02.2007 | Huffington Post

We are expected to believe that the American people want candidates who stand for nothing but have good "personalities." We are expected to believe that you can "sell leadership" without actually SHOWING any.

Hostile Takeover '08: Democrats Gone Wild

| Posted 04.03.2007 | Politics
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Openly selling access is no longer considered taboo -- it's become just as much part of Democratic Party culture as it has Republican Party culture.

Wash Post: "Where Candidates' Money Comes From Doesn't Matter"

| Posted 04.04.2007 | Politics
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That's right, folks - all that Texas oil money flooding into the RNC and the Bush campaign has absolutely nothing to do with, say, the Energy Bill that gives massive tax breaks to - shocker! - Texas oil companies.

John Edwards: The People Party Candidate of 2008

| Posted 04.05.2007 | Huffington Post

If you are a voter looking for a candidate who is willing to confront the biggest issues facing America right now, then there really is no contest in the Democratic presidential primary right now.

The Pro-Democracy Wildfire In America's States

| Posted 04.06.2007 | Politics
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States' bold moves are frightening the entrenched special interests in Washington that enjoy owning America's political process.

Four Things You Should Do RIGHT NOW

| Posted 04.07.2007 | Business
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Many of you have taken some of these steps before, but as we all know in politics - the fight never ends. We live in interesting times; the more we challenge power, the more interesting things will get.

A Movie That Reminds You Why America Is Great

| Posted 04.08.2007 | Politics
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Somewhat coincidentally to Chris Bowers' excellent post, I felt the unrelated urge to write about how much I really love America. Last night, I saw th...

If a Conservative Lies, And There's No Progressive Around to Tell the Truth, It's Still A Lie

| Posted 04.09.2007 | Politics
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Kate O'Beirne's airtight declaration that polls supposedly show the American people "don't favor denying funds for this surge" is, at best, wildly uninformed, and more likely a deliberate lie.

The Great Labor Shortage Lie

| Posted 04.10.2007 | Politics
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There's no labor shortage -- there's a cheap labor shortage, because, as the free market fundamentalists all love to say, supply and demand rules everything.

How Many Facts Are Needed to Kill a False Beltway Orthodoxy?

| Posted 04.11.2007 | Huffington Post

How many jobs need to be eliminated and how long to wages have to stagnate before Democrats stop promoting the orthodoxy that says Bob Rubin is the greatest economic guru in American history?

Today in "Let's Fabricate a 2008 Myth" Journalism

| Posted 04.12.2007 | Politics
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I know it's a rather small example, but check out this line in Time Magazine today: "Political scientists speak of the communications skills of Reaga...

Cause & Effect: The Anatomy of a Big Progressive Victory

| Posted 04.16.2007 | Politics
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Cause and effect - it's always hard to precisely pin down this relationship in politics, but a stunning announcement late last week shows how the two ...

"No, Nope, No Way, Hell No"

| Posted 04.18.2007 | Politics
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Big news out of Montana today - Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), who will be in the San Francisco area for a fundraiser Wednesday, signed legislation reject...

Baucus For It Before He Was Against It And For It Again

| Posted 04.20.2007 | Politics
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I can't even follow this absurd K Street-inspired dance anymore... LAST FRIDAY: In a significant change of position, Senate Finance Committee Chairm...

Edwards' Big Announcement Drives Populist Wedge Between Dem Opponents & K Street

| Posted 04.21.2007 | Huffington Post

I just received this Edwards press release: On Saturday, April 21st, 2007, Senator John Edwards will deliver the keynote address at the Michigan Demo...

Celebrating Our State Legislative Heroes

| Posted 04.22.2007 | Politics
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I'm finally back home in Montana from a week-long trip on the East Coast where, among other things, I attended the Progressive States Network's first ...

What Did You Do During the Ruling Class War, Daddy?

| Posted 04.23.2007 | Politics
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I am back from the Progressive States Network's first annual gala in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Washin...

Selling Out to K Street Is "A Lot of Fun!"

| Posted 04.24.2007 | Politics
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A few weeks ago, I took a look at U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and how one man can use one committee chairmanship (in this case, the Senate Finance Com...

Frank Luntz: I Am A Paid Liar, But Aren't I An Awesome One?

| Posted 04.25.2007 | Politics
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From the Department of Telling You What You Already Know, I wanted to flag this particular excerpt from PBS Frontline's terrific piece on global warmi...

When Journalism Became Transcription and Reporting Disappeared

| Posted 04.26.2007 | Politics
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To call the media's complicity in the Iraq War a conspiracy is an insult to conspiracies, because it wasn't hidden. The problem was, Beltway reporters didn't want to see it.

Luke vs. Darth: One State's Battle Epitomizes America's Epic Struggle

| Posted 04.27.2007 | Politics
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For the last four months, I have been quietly reporting on the Montana legislature for my upcoming book in 2008. My book is not about the Montana legi...

Beware of High Broderism Outbreaks In Your State

| Posted 04.29.2007 | Politics
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Reporters are quick to blame Democrats for the downfall of the world, anytime Democrats actually behave in a way that contradicts the media's false archetypes of the two parties.

Disturbing Questions On a Monday Morning

| Posted 04.30.2007 | Politics
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In an age where grassroots politics is reemerging, is Clinton so wildly out of touch/insulated that, sitting there with $25 million herself, she's happy to tell the media that the key thing she's fretting about is Big Money?