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Entries by David Sirota from 12/2010

Tax 'Deal' Makes It Official: America Has Gone Batshit Crazy

| Posted 12.07.2010 | Politics

A Democratic president who won on a promise to rescind the Bush tax cuts is now pushing to extend them. This, despite the fact that to stop them, all Democrats had to do was pass nothing.

Watch the Outfielders in Baseball, Watch the Corporate Lobbyists on Taxes

| Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

Whereas politicians have a vested interest in making themselves look good, lobbyists jealously represent Big Money, without regard for partisanship or electoral maneuvering.

Business Roundtable CEO Basically Calls Obama "Boy" -- White House Rejoices

| Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

By championing upper-income tax cuts that he said he would fight tooth and nail to oppose and by pushing the kind of NAFTA-style trade deal he said he would work to reform, we now know whose side Obama is on. Not ours.

Obama Cites Bailed-Out Bank Donor as Reason to Back Bush Tax Cuts

| Posted 12.09.2010 | Politics

I just received a press release from the White House citing a pro-tax cut memo from Morgan Stanley as reason for Congress to pass the Bush tax cuts. Let's step back and chronicle just how audacious this really is.

Is Virginia Court's Health Ruling an Inadvertent Progressive Victory?

| Posted 12.13.2010 | Politics

The mandate to buy insurance was always a huge giveaway to the private insurers. It guarantees them a pool of customers that will pad their profits for eternity, thus solidifying private insurance's position in the health care system.

Just-Released IRS Data Show Effects of Our Radical New Greed-Is-Good Culture

| Posted 12.16.2010 | Business

Embedded in our tax and budget debates is the bipartisan assumption that the super-rich shouldn't pay the tax rates they paid during the mid-20th century -- AKA the tax rates that existed when our economy boomed.

Are the Unemployed Lazy George Costanzas Looking For a Lifelong Summer of George?

| Posted 12.17.2010 | Politics

During the recent fight over extending unemployment benefits, conservatives trotted out the shibboleth that says the program fosters sloth. Sen. Ju...

Question: What's With Our New 1980s Fetish? Answer: We're Going Back to Our Future

| Posted 12.19.2010 | Politics

As trivial as Ghostbusters and G.I. Joe may seem, those 80s archetypes in film, tv, video games, toys, commercials, sports and music made a lasting imprint that shapes the most serious political debates of the day.

Meet the Gecko and Flo -- The Faces of Economic Death

| Posted 12.24.2010 | Politics

If you've turned on the tube these last few weeks, you've probably been a collateral casualty of the biggest televisual war of attrition in recent mem...

The New York Times' Versailles Manifesto

| Posted 12.29.2010 | Media

Today's "journalists," like Matt Bai of the New York Times, see no difference between themselves and those they serve. Indeed, when they hear the term "political elites" -- they now see themselves in the mirror.

New York Provides a Snowy Glimpse Into America's Future

| Posted 12.31.2010 | New York

America is being eviscerated by conservatives' anti-tax, budget-cutting religion -- a religion whose high priest is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.