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Entries by David Sirota from 01/2009

Harry Reid's Views on Race

| Posted 01.03.2009 | Politics

It kinda makes you wonder if Reid would have told Illinois Democratic leaders back in 2004 not to back Obama for Senate because he was supposedly "unelectable."

New Yorkers Saying No to Aristocracy As Sole Qualifier In a Democracy

| Posted 01.05.2009 | Politics

The forces of money and power in New York are trying to replicate what their counterparts engineered here in Colorado.

The Forgotten Math: Pre-WWII New Deal Saw Biggest Drop In Unemployment Rate in History

| Posted 01.06.2009 | Politics

Conservatives would like us all to believe their claim that history proves massive spending packages like the New Deal will supposedly harm our economy.

Special Election: Geoghegan for Congress -- Why You Should Donate Right Now

| Posted 01.08.2009 | Politics

Tom Geoghegan is, in short, a real inspiration. Not only is he the progressive hero, has he worked throughout his career to take on the most corrupt machines in Chicago politics.

Bush's Last Month Sees Unemployment Hit 22%, According to Wingnuttia's Math

| Posted 01.10.2009 | Politics

Based on conservatives' arguments, unemployment rates right now are in the neighborhood of unemployment levels not seen since the height of the Great Depression.

Four Reasons to Oppose the Bush-Obama Request for Another $350 Billion Bailout

| Posted 01.12.2009 | Politics

Nobody has explained why spending another $350 billion on a Wall Street bailout is a better way to stabilize and stimulate the economy than, say, devoting that money to universal health care.

What Today's Bailout Vote Says About the New Senate

| Posted 01.15.2009 | Politics

What we've learned from today's bailout vote is that lots of our new senators - even those who campaigned as populists - are already under the spell of "the most exclusive club in the world."

That Old Saying In Tennessee

| Posted 01.16.2009 | Politics
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"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- ...

The Rise of American Czarism

| Posted 01.19.2009 | Politics

Presidents almost always usurp power. And while Obama will hopefully usurp it less, the move towards American Czarism will no doubt continue to imperil our democracy.

The Difference Between Hope and Change

| Posted 01.23.2009 | Politics

I think we're excited at the prospect of change, but fear being fooled by mere hope. After all, those two concepts -- hope and change -- are not the same thing.

Economic Stimulus Bill: Sound Policy vs. D.C. "Bipartisanship"

| Posted 01.27.2009 | Politics

Why do Democrats seem more interested in attracting majority Republican support they clearly do not need than in passing a bill that uses taxpayer money most effectively to stimulate the economy?

Challenging the Church of Broderism

| Posted 01.29.2009 | Politics
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David Broder - and his broader religion of Broderism - is the unimpeachable orthodoxy in Washington, D.C. Pushed by high priests of conventional wisdo...

The "Make Him Do It" Dynamic

| Posted 01.30.2009 | Politics

Tom DeLay understood one of FDR's most important principles: that in order for a movement to be successful, it must bring pressure on presidents, and it must use Congress to administer that pressure.