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Entries by David Sirota from 09/2010

A Transpartisan Uprising Against the Individual Insurance Mandate

| Posted 09.01.2010 | Politics

Could there be a transpartisan, left-right-center coalition forming against the unpopular individual health insurance mandate in the recently passed health care bill?

Eric Schneiderman & the Progressive Movement's Carpe Diem Opportunity on September 14th

| Posted 09.02.2010 | New York

When progressives are given the opportunity to put one of our own into an obscure-but-powerful position, it is critical to carpe diem. In New York, one of those opportunities has emerged in the form of Eric Schneiderman.

What a Second Stimulus Should -- and Shouldn't -- Look Like

| Posted 09.06.2010 | Politics

Sure, it's great that the president is talking about spending $50 billion on infrastructure. But when $50 billion is put up against double that amount in corporate tax cuts, it seems the administration's priorities are all screwed up.

AP Tells Its Reporters to Avoid Saying the Iraq War Is Over

| Posted 09.07.2010 | Media

From the White House's victorious declarations to the media's "breaking news" graphics, we're asked to believe the combat is finished in Iraq. The fact is, the Iraq war continues. The good news is that not every media outlet is complicit.

What More Threatens Our Security: 50 Idiots or Permanent Occupation?

| Posted 09.10.2010 | Politics

As grotesque as Pastor Jones' plans were, the American media and politicians have barely mentioned a blockbuster story reporting egregious abuse committed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Great Education Myth & the Neoliberal Bait-and-Switch

| Posted 09.13.2010 | Politics

30 years into the neoliberal experiment, the Great Recession is exposing the flaws of the Washington Consensus. But rather than admit any mistakes, neoliberals now defend themselves with yet more bait-and-switch sophistry.

New York Election Destroys Bloomberg-ish Conventional Wisdom About Wall Street Politics

| Posted 09.15.2010 | Politics

The New York election results aren't surprising in the least. They are an affirmation that rank-and-file New Yorkers are as angry at corporate special interests as the rest of us.

Who Is Responsible for the Progressive "Enthusiasm Gap?"

| Posted 09.20.2010 | Politics

If you believe there is an "enthusiasm gap" right now between a demoralized progressive base and a mobilized conservative base (and I certainly believe there is), then the logical question is why?

From MacArthur to Haig to Petraeus: How the Military Brass Trampled the Constitution

| Posted 09.22.2010 | Politics

Military officials have quite literally usurped the policymaking powers of the President of the United States, to the point where the president is asking for things and they are not being given to him.

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another: Spearhead NAFTA, Gut the Public Option, Get Labor's Endorsement?

| Posted 09.30.2010 | Politics

Considering Emanuel's record of doggedly opposing the labor movement's most basic public policy priorities, you might expect labor leaders to at least remain neutral towards him.