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Entries by David Sirota from 09/2009

The Science Fiction of Military Marketing

| Posted 09.01.2009 | Politics

Video games don't encourage individuals to be violent as much as they legitimize the broader concept of violence as acceptable. That's particularly true when the military embraces that theory.

Progressive Primary Pressure Changing Senate Votes on Health Care

| Posted 09.02.2009 | Politics

It's a good lesson not just in Colorado, but everywhere: primaries are good because they make legislators more accountable to the constituents they are supposed to represent.

Heckuva Job, Brownie

| Posted 09.04.2009 | Politics

Mike Brown is still a self-described conservative. But at least he was able to be honest and have an intellectually forthright discussion with me -- something refreshing in today's political era.

A Party Is Not a Movement

| Posted 09.05.2009 | Politics

Though the 2006 and 2008 elections were billed as progressive movement successes, the story behind them highlights a longer-term failure.

Taking the Movement Out of the Obama White House

| Posted 09.06.2009 | Politics

Van Jones was one of the only people in the White House who came out of grassroots movement work and not just political/partisan hack work.

CNN Debate on Van Jones: Obama Sells Us Out to Political Terrorist Glenn Beck & His Lynch Mob

| Posted 09.07.2009 | Politics

If we, as a movement, cannot stand up for a genuine progressive hero like Van Jones, then we will not be able to stand up for anything, much less major legislative initiatives.

Wall Street Journal: "Glenn Beck Counts For More At the Obama White House" Than the Progressive Movement

| Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

The White House answers more to Glenn Beck than it does to the progressive base of the Democratic Party that got them into the White House in the first place.

The Deafening Silence on Deficits

| Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

When it comes to aiding regular people who haven't bought members of Congress, every argument -- and especially deficits -- are cited as reasons to do nothing.

Reviewing President Rahm Emanuel's Health Care Speech

| Posted 09.09.2009 | Politics

Not to be too much of a downer, but I found Obama's speech tonight a big O-bummer. And remember, while I have at times been critical of Obama, I've been very supportive of him on health care...up until tonight.

We've Seen These Triggers Before

| Posted 09.11.2009 | Politics

Re-importation bills have been passed a few times now, each time with poison-pill trigger provisions. Each time, politicians publicly pretend this is some great victory and expect consumers to buy the charade.

UnitedHealth Lobbyist Announces Pelosi Fundraiser As She Begins Backing Off Pub Option

| Posted 09.12.2009 | Politics

The sequencing here is important: Pelosi makes her announcement and then just hours later, the fundraising invitation goes out. Coincidental? I'm guessing no -- these things rarely ever are.

On Racism, Death Threats and the Blindness of Those Who Will Not See

| Posted 09.14.2009 | Politics

We're living in a world where the behavior of right-wing lynch mobs clearly is far less about ideology, and far more about partisanship and racial hate.

Where's Our City and State Government?

| Posted 09.15.2009 | Denver

Republic Airways is threatening to take jobs out of the city unless it gets new tax breaks. In response, Denver leaders like Mayor Hickenlooper have agreed to quickly put together a package of such favors.

Obsessive Compulsive Bipartisanship Disease

| Posted 09.17.2009 | Politics

There are numerous examples of the fetishization of bipartisanship -- but none have been as blatant as what we see today from Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson.

Selective Deficit Disorder

| Posted 09.18.2009 | Politics

If President Obama really cares about the deficit, where is his effort to seriously rein in a Pentagon budget that is far more expensive than any health care plan being debated in Congress?

The Beck Bank Bailout: Glenn Beck Championed the Wall Street Bailout He Now Criticizes

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Media

When progressives were fighting tooth and nail against the bailout, Beck was promoting it, offering criticism only for it not being bigger.

Full Disclosure, Please

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Denver

Readers have a right to know the political/financial interests of those writing on a site as public as the Huffington Post.

The Rare Political Party That Is a Movement

| Posted 09.23.2009 | New York

Despite flying under the radar, the Working Families Party is perhaps today's most encouraging model for achieving progressive results over the long haul.

An Idiot's Guide to Tom Friedman's Idiocy

| Posted 09.24.2009 | Media

I don't mean that Friedman is wrong on everything. I mean that he's actually an extremely dim bulb in that he displays a stunning lack of basic cognitive function.

Why Is Obama Trying to Crush Primaries That Would Help Him Overcome His Legislative Obstacles?

| Posted 09.25.2009 | Politics

The most significant news about Obama's democracy-crushing efforts in Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York is not what it says about his integrity, but what it says about his political priorities.

Denver Post: Obama Aide Messina Caught "Trying to Buy Off" Primary Challenger

| Posted 09.27.2009 | Politics

Like Barack Obama said on the campaign trail, primaries and local democracy strengthen the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, President Emanuel and Vice President Jim Messina don't subscribe to that belief.

"I Did Everything But Fart In His Face"

| Posted 09.29.2009 | Politics

Clinton told Taylor Branch about an interview with Rolling Stone's William Greider: "I did everything but fart in his face." The revelation about Clinton's interaction with Greider isn't groundbreaking, but it is telling.