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Entries by Robert Kuttner from 10/2012

Notes for Next Time

| Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

It's OK to attack. There is a sweet spot between nasty and feeble. Your handlers who advised you to stick to the high road and the scripted talking points are idiots. They had front-runner disease -- which then mixed with your own excessive tendency to caution and diffidence. The TV spots, campaign surrogates, and media fact-checks can rebut Romney's serial lies until the cows come home -- but it's no substitute for you finding a voice that calls him on the lies yourself, to his face. If you can't find that voice, you are toast and so are we. But I suspect that you can. Yes we can.

Muddled Ideology, Muddled Debate

| Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics

Romney and Obama have each muddled their views -- but Romney does it in a way that helps him, while Obama's muddling helps the Republicans. Let me explain. Romney began as an old fashioned moderate Republican, then had to reinvent himself to win the support of his party's right-wing base. And then in the general election, he feinted back towards the center but without disavowing his new-found conservatism. So he is now trying to be all things to all people.

Pander Bears

| Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics

We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.

Le faux problème du déficit

| Posted 10.23.2012 | France

DEBAT OBAMA-ROMNEY - La mère de tous les intérêts privés est Wall Street; et la flatterie la plus dangereuse en termes économiques cette année et la suivante reste celle faite envers les "faucons du déficit" menée par l'élite corporatiste de l'Amérique. Si vous avez besoin d'un vomitif, jetez un œil au site Internet de la fondation Peter G. Peterson.

Obama and the Economy

| Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics

Thanks to his exceptional luck in drawing Mitt Romney as his opponent, Barack Obama will probably win a narrow reelection despite the dismal recovery. But on Wednesday morning, a struggle begins within the Democratic Party to save him (and us) from himself -- to keep him from agreeing to a budget deal that will only slow growth, needlessly sacrifice Social Security and Medicare, and make the next four years much like the last four years. What a waste, what a pity. Democrats should be resisting the economic lunacy and political sway of an extremist Republican Party. Instead, they will be working to keep their own president from capitulating to fiscal folly.