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Entries by David Sirota from 11/2009

Casting a Moral Vote Against Big Ag

| Posted 11.02.2009 | Green

Our macho culture portrays vegetarianism as unacceptably "weak" or "bleeding heart." But it is finding a powerful constituency at the ballot box.

Today's Alleged "Bellwether" Elections Aren't Bellwethers and Don't Say Much About Nat'l Politics

| Posted 11.03.2009 | Politics

While the Democratic Party certainly has its problems right now, these contests do a better job of illustrating severe Republican weakness than anything else.

Why Did Obama Not Help Dems Win the NY Mayor's Office? It Was Probably Bloomberg's Money, Stupid

| Posted 11.05.2009 | Politics

The Bloomberg campaign to silence Obama wasn't any act of tactical genius or some sort of "sophisticated strategy," as the New York Times insists. It was a basic financial transaction.

We Are What We Buy and How We Buy It

| Posted 11.06.2009 | Politics

The debate over climate change legislation is probably the best example of a bill that seems unrelated to trade, and yet could be rendered almost completely meaningless if it doesn't include real trade reform.

Obama Helping Lobbyists Weaken Offshore Tax Crackdown Dems Passed in 2002 Over GOP Opposition

| Posted 11.11.2009 | Politics
Read More: Taxes, Politics News

Democrats managed to pass and then expand under Bush a commonsense progressive tax measure, and here we are watching Democrats aiming to weaken that tax measure.

Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks?

| Posted 11.13.2009 | Politics

If the Great Depression taught us anything, it is that slashing spending in the name of deficit reduction is a great way to exacerbate a bad economic situation.

Afghan Escalation Would Make One-Year Pentagon Budget Almost As Big as Entire 10-Year Health Bill

| Posted 11.16.2009 | Politics

Only in Washington is a big return on taxpayer investment and a $109 billion reduction in the deficit an example of something that's "costly" to taxpayers.

Henry Rollins Makes More Military/Foreign Policy Sense Than Those Paid to Make Sense

| Posted 11.17.2009 | Politics

The American Idiocracy rewards hysteria, and particularly the kind of reductionist and bigoted hysteria exemplified by the effort to turn the Ft. Hood tragedy into a simple "America versus Islam" crusade.

How the Media's Proud Know-Nothingism Helped Create the American Idiocracy

| Posted 11.20.2009 | Media

Bad decision after bad decision after bad decision really has suggested that the last decade has seen the ascension of a full-fledged Idiocracy.

How the Media and the GOP Turn Lies Into Zombie Lies: A Health Care Case Study

| Posted 11.23.2009 | Politics

The health care reform coverage is an example of how a standard Washington lie becomes a zombie lie -- a lie that simply will not die. It is repeated over and over and over again until it becomes conventional wisdom.

Wash Times Says My Twitter Feed Is "Over the Line" - Same Paper Attacks Obama For Being Half Black

| Posted 11.24.2009 | Politics

I usually refer to The Washington Times as The Paper of Record for People Who Commit Hate Crimes. It is a fringe right-wing rag owned by the Moonie cu...

The Party Of Death: GOP Says Stop Effort To Halt Health Care Deaths, But Escalate War

| Posted 11.25.2009 | Politics

It's mathematically absurd to insist that Democrats are moving too fast on a universal health care initiative that's been debated for 50 years but too slow on a 2-month-old plan for an Afghanistan escalation.

Colbert Conservatism And The Cost Of Permanent War

| Posted 11.30.2009 | Politics

Obama's expected Afghanistan escalation will drive the annual cost of that war alone to about $80 billion a year -- or roughly the annual cost of the health care bill being debated in Congress.