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Entries by David Sirota from 10/2009

The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

| Posted 10.01.2009 | Politics

In just the first half of 2009, the 15 New Democrats on Financial Services committee "received about $1.9 million in contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate industries."

Who Are "The Deciders" on Afghanistan?

| Posted 10.02.2009 | Politics

Since the Vietnam War, the mantra in D.C. is that a commander-in-chief essentially serves at the pleasure of generals, not the other way around.

McChrystal's Assault on the Chain of Command and the Constitution - and the Need for Pushback

| Posted 10.05.2009 | Politics

McChrystal may be out there insulting the Constitution and the chain of command by trying to embarrass his commander in chief, but Obama hasn't budged from his insistence that he is exploring all options in Afghanistan.

The American Left Does Not Exist - Or at Least Not in the Way It Seems

| Posted 10.08.2009 | Politics

The two standards -- freak out on Republicans when they do something awful, say nothing about Democrats when they do the same thing -- is the canary in the coal mine.

Yes, You Can Oppose Obama's Nobel Prize, Be Progressive, Disagree With the GOP - and Not Be a Terrorist

| Posted 10.09.2009 | World

The Nobel committee has become one (at least this year) that values celebrified politics over everything else. Obama's fame - not his actual policy or record - is what is being honored here.

Floors Not Ceilings: Progressive Federalism, Not "States Rights"

| Posted 10.12.2009 | Politics

In order for Progressive Federalism to happen, the federal government has to be supportive of floors, not ceilings -- that is, oriented toward setting minimum progressive regulatory standards, not maximum regulatory ceilings.

How Deep Is D.C. Corruption? So Deep That When Obama Tries to Clean It Up, Lobbyists Publicly Spaz

| Posted 10.13.2009 | Politics

Some might say that hey, it's not a big deal for lobbyists to serve on advisory panels, because those panels are only "advisory." But that label is deliberately deceptive.

Stopping the Great American Job Scam In Denver

| Posted 10.15.2009 | Denver

Republic is effectively trying to get in on the Great American Jobs scam by holding a gun to our elected officials' heads: Either hand over the cash, the airline is saying to the pols, or we'll slash jobs.

Why Are Dems and Beltway Reporters Pretending Olympia Snowe Is Important?

| Posted 10.16.2009 | Politics

The idea that her vote was/is pivotal is a fantasy created by a Beltway media always trying to manufacture drama.

Diversionary Tactics Aside, The Tapes Make Clear Rush Limbaugh Is A Racist

| Posted 10.19.2009 | Media

Sure, Limbaugh didn't make two racist comments attributed to him, but he made a bunch of others that we can verify.

Obama's Greenwich Fundraiser: "No Reason Why Wall Streeters Shouldn't Earn $200 Million a Year"

| Posted 10.20.2009 | Politics

Bank executives have been given trillions of taxpayer dollars to double their bonuses and jack up their perks during a recession that they themselves caused, and nonetheless, they feel "put upon."

Mudslinger Who Created Willie Horton Politics Decries Lack of Civility In Politics

| Posted 10.21.2009 | Politics

That could have been one of The Onion's fake headlines - or it could have been the headline on all the real news stories about George H. W. Bush decry...

Reagan's Lesson: "Patience" in a President's First Year Is Political Suicide

| Posted 10.22.2009 | Politics

The same Beltway culture that venerates the political vehemence and aggressiveness of Ronald Reagan would manufacture a conventional wisdom that the first year of a president's first term is the time for patience.

Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps -- and What They Say About Our Idiotic Drug Policies

| Posted 10.23.2009 | Politics

Why do we as a country encourage the consumption of drugs that are far more harmful than some of the drugs, like marijuana, we outright criminalize?

With an Incredible Shrinking President, It's the Congress, Stupid

| Posted 10.25.2009 | Politics

Despite the celebrity-obsessed media's focus on every detail of Obama's daily life, many fights will be determined in the Congress. We can't rely on the president to veto bad things or use the bully pulpit to pass good things.

The Moment's "Why" Questions

| Posted 10.28.2009 | Politics

This confounding moment in American history is raising a lot of important "why" questions for us all. Here's a few that are particularly on my mind right now.

"TARP on Steroids"

| Posted 10.30.2009 | Politics

The Obama administration, far from backing off or restricting TARP, is quietly moving forward a plan to create an even bigger, more permanent TARP.