If you want to make money in the stock market, buy low and sell high. If you want to get and hold elective office in two-party America, secure your base in the primary and win the middle in the general.
In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.
On Sunday, Robert Rubin, appearing on CNN, said any further effort to stimulate the economy would be "counter productive," and that policy makers instead should craft a deficit-reduction plan. Greenspan is only partly wrong. Rubin is entirely wrong.
The truth of the matter is that, no matter how craftily television's conservative bitterati attempts to discredit them, progressive leaders have successfully managed our economy and conservative leaders have not.
The Star Spangled Banner did not become the national anthem until 1916 when President Wilson declared it by Executive Order. But it wasn't until 1931 that it became the National Anthem by Congressional resolution.
I suspect the convictions that seem somewhat wobbly now that Obama has attained the nation's highest office would immediately strengthen if he looked his two hands over and committed once and for all to the left one.