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Entries by David Sirota from 09/2008

Engaging In Dubious Battle

| Posted 09.07.2008 | Politics

What's amazing to me after coming back from vacation is how obviously insular and silly this supposed "national" election conversation really is.

Trampling Working-Class Voters with the Professional Ideal

| Posted 09.08.2008 | Politics

What Democrats are really asserting is that they believe Americans see factory, small-business, and agriculture jobs as merely a means to a white-collar professional ends.

Why Is Obama Slipping? Because He Won't Say Which Side He's On.

| Posted 09.09.2008 | Politics

Is he going to finally start publicly declaring that he's taking the majority's side in the struggle to stop the Republicans class war, elites be damned?

Discussing McCain Pro-Child Molester Ad On MSNBC's New Rachel Maddow Show

| Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

If Obama reacts forcefully and emotionally to McCain's ad -- not through a spokesman but on his own -- he could make this ad and the right's whole cultural populist meme backfire on McCain.

NAFTA and Iraq...NAFTA and Iraq...Repeat and Say It Louder...

| Posted 09.11.2008 | Politics

A series of new polls shows John McCain closing in on Barack Obama in industrial swing-states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and widening his l...

The Aristocrats II: Starring George Will Attacking Firefighters on 9/11

| Posted 09.11.2008 | Media

In a column about underfinanced municipal pension systems published on 9/11, Will uses the anniversary of the horrific attacks to express deep anger that veteran police, firefighters and municipal workers eventually get paid well for their services.

"Country First"

| Posted 09.12.2008 | Politics

The Republicans are doing everything they can to make the campaign into a competition over who can be more hypernationalist. This is the saber rattling of the 2004 campaign on steroids.

"Country First," Part 2

| Posted 09.13.2008 | Politics

Yesterday morning, my nationally syndicated newspaper column asked whether, in fact, Republicans really do put "country first?" On the afternoon of th...

Obama Asks Whether McCain Puts "Country First"

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

Last Friday morning, my nationally syndicated newspaper column asked whether, in fact, Republicans really do put "country first?" On the afternoon ...

McCain, Obama & Wall Street "Reform": The Good, Bad & Ugly

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Business

Despite the two candidates sharing similar ties to Wall Street, Obama is nonetheless better positioned to confront the crisis ahead, both because of his party structure, and his own personal history.

Rahm Emanuel Declares Candidacy for House GOP Whip

| Posted 09.16.2008 | Politics

I thought the House Democratic Caucus Chairman was a position whose mission is to help elect more Democrats, so that Democrats can do more things Demo...

Maximizing McCain's Flip-Flop on Financial Regulation

| Posted 09.17.2008 | Politics

For ideological progressives long fighting the good fight to resurrect the common-good regulatory agenda of the New Deal, McCain's shift reflects a broader shift in the public debate.

Obama's New Ad: Better Late Than Never

| Posted 09.17.2008 | Politics

Finally, Barack Obama answers the "Which Side Are You On?" question so many of us have been asking, and starts talking about trade and working-class economics.

TAKE ACTION: Help Fuel A Debate About the Real Issues

| Posted 09.18.2008 | Politics

On Monday, September 22nd, I'm going to be debating conservative radio host Dennis Prager at a public forum here in Denver about the question "What's ...

No Time for Obama's "Minimalism"

| Posted 09.19.2008 | Politics

The most amazing facet of the presidential campaign is not how close the overall race is, but how close the polls are specifically on economic issues....

The Picture of Obama's "Minimalism"

| Posted 09.20.2008 | Politics

You want to understand what Barack Obama's "minimalism" on economic issues really looks like? Then take a look at this picture of Obama's emergency ec...

The $700 Billion Questions

| Posted 09.22.2008 | Business

How are Americans and investors supposed to feel confident that the crisis will be solved, if the very people who engineered the crisis are being relied on to solve it?

Hammering Home the Keating Five Message

| Posted 09.23.2008 | Politics

To try to deny that McCain's formative economic experience was intimidating banking regulators -- and that he was rebuked for doing that -- is trying to perpetrate a fraud on the American people.

Is Barney Frank Why Lobbyists Are Laughing At Dems?

| Posted 09.24.2008 | Politics

Is this why lobbyists and George "19 percent" Bush are laughing at Democrats like Dodd? Are they laughing because one of the other Democratic leaders is busy working to help them sell America out?

Questioning Warren Buffett's Role

| Posted 09.24.2008 | Politics

I'm sure Buffett is a great guy, but appearance-wise, this doesn't look good -- it seems, in fact, to reinforce the whole disaster capitalism image of this bailout.

Reject D.C.'s Princess Leia Message - This Bailout Is NOT Our Only Hope

| Posted 09.25.2008 | Politics

Congress, the presidential campaigns and the national media are all espousing what we might call the Princess Leah message. "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, y...

From Brewster's Millions to Paulson's Billions

| Posted 09.25.2008 | Politics

This should be the emblem for what's going on this week: Brewster's Millions was a funny movie. This is real life and its not funny at all. Is Cong...

Back In the USSR - Where Amerika Has Always Been

| Posted 09.26.2008 | Politics

A number of commentators and politicians have noted that the proposed financial bailout is, in effect, a socialization of Wall Street. They claim that...

MSNBC VIDEO: Fact-Checking McCain's Debate Statements w/ Rachel Maddow

| Posted 09.27.2008 | Politics

I was on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC last night to go over some McCain whoppers from the debate. You can watch the video here: At the end of this post, y...

Top 5 Reasons to Vote Against Paulson's $700 Billion Bailout

| Posted 09.28.2008 | Politics

When a consumer uses a new credit card to pay off astounding debt from an old credit card, in many cases, it is illegal. Apparently when the government does it, it's billed as Serious Public Policy.