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2009 Obama Administration

Pushing Toward Closure (and Cloture) on Health Care

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

All of us in this fight -- from Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to all of us who are progressive activists -- need to ratchet up the pressure even more than the insurance company lobbyists.

A Simple Test

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

When Obama starts focusing on policies with the simple test -- does it benefit poor and middle class people, or does it benefit Goldman and Morgan? -- he will start getting moving the country's economy forward.

Martin Luther King, Jr. vs. Rodney King

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

When you are dealing with issues of a historical magnitude like health care reform, history is pretty clear that you have to pick a side -- the side opposite the big special interests -- and beat them.

Now for Something Really Scary

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

Why does it scare me so much that Goldman Sachs made big money this last quarter? Because of how they made it.

An Easy Choice on Health Care

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the Democrats twist up this bill to make insurance companies and their Republican allies happy, it is end of story for this generation of Dems -- our party will not recover from screwing up health care.

We Need a Jobs Package, Not a Stimulus Package

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

All this talk about a second stimulus package is fundamentally besides the point. What we need is a comprehensive policy package that is very simply focused on one thing and one thing only: jobs.

Restructure, Don't Revive, the Broken System

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

What is being recreated in front of our very eyes is the exact same system with the exact same problems that led to our financial collapse in the first place.

The Fight Over the New Pecora Commission

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

A strong commission with subpoena powers and a serious mandate from Congress could really dig into the dirty deeds that Wall St. traders purposed that caused this crash.

Jobless Non-Recovery

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

When you hear the phrase "but jobs are a lagging indicator," let's be clear: that's just another way of saying trickle-down economics.

Too Big to Fail: Breaking Up These Big Boys Is an Essential Battle for Our Time

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

With the possible exception of the health care fight, there is no more important battle for the future of our economy and democracy than breaking up these too-big-to-fail financial institutions.

Confronting the Greedy

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

I want Obama to succeed, but it's not going to happen unless he (a) wrenches the control of the economy away from the greedy, and (b) confronts the greedy directly.

How DC Centrism Makes for Bad Politics and Bad Policy

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The "new, centrist compromise" of how to fund health care reform is not new and only centrist in the bizarre inside-the-Beltway world of what qualifies for centrist.

When the Next Banking Scandal Hits...

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The way Tim Geithner has structured the banking plan, the Obama administration will, sooner or later, almost certainly be facing another AIG bonuses-type of outrage.

A New Way Forward

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

An impressive group of organizers got involved with A New Way Forward because they were listening to progressive economists and business leaders talk about alternatives to the Geithner plan.

Helping Obama Succeed by Pushing Back

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

As a multi-cultural, African-American, son of an immigrant, and as the personification of hope for an idealistic young generation, if Obama fails, it hurts progressive hopes for decades.

Serving Their Own Purposes

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I have no doubt that some of Obama's senior appointees will pursue their personal agenda even if it hurts their president, and progressives need to call them out on it.

Obama and the Progressive Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If Obama succeeds, we succeed, and if he fails, we fail for at least another generation, because no Democrat will take big risks again for a very long time if Obama loses this gamble.

Next Big Change Up: Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Obama knows how messed up our health care system is, and he knows we need big change. I'm glad he has the guts to take it on, and I'm glad to see his early strategic moves on it are smart ones.

Obama's Bold Progressive Vision vs. The Conventional Wisdom of the Establishment

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The conventional wisdom Democrats are trying to convince Obama and congressional Democrats to go down a very different path than the path of bold action and big ideas that Obama laid out Tuesday night.