Category Archives: Democratic Change

Wisconsin Last in Jobs – Walker Could Provide at Least One Job Opening

I know Governor Walker has the ability to create at least one job opening in Madison. Just sayin’ Here’s Laura Dresser of COWS on NBC Nightly News, talking about Wisconsin’s “off the rails” job losses.

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

Not Much to Lose and Still Got No Gain

Since Obama took office, how many times have you read something like this by moderate or liberal commentators: “It’s not as if the conservatives aren’t already peddling rhetoric about [negative positioning on issue that faults Obama], anyway. There’s not much to lose.” You read it with the understanding that Obama “doing the right thing” won’t […]

Misunderstanding and Misjudging

People thought that the Supreme Court majority in Bush v. Gore, which handed the 2004 election to George W. Bush against democratic norms, said that the case didn’t establish a precedent.  It was a misunderstanding.  What the Supreme Court majority actually said was that the case did establish their prescience.

Robert Reich on Morality and the Difference Between the 1884 and 2012 Elections

Robert Reich blogs about the difference between public and private morality – and how the GOP focus on private morality to the exclusion of public morality is itself immoral.  He’s right as far as he goes and implicitly notes Democrats have their public morality issues (notably Obama also ran on private morality (“personal responsibility”) issues […]

Consequences of Mainstreaming “Arcane Voodoo”

As Atrios points out – it isn’t a surprise.  What’s impressive, scary and depressing (in both meanings) is the disjunction between democracy and the complete failure in results of governments implementing stupid policies.  Makes a person think democracy no longer exists in such places.  Just a thought.

Rick Perlstein’s Latest – Obama Compromises Win Battles, Lose War

Rick Perlstein’s latest on Obama’s political tactics and strategy is well worth a read.  I have some questions about it – and may revisit them if and when I get some answers.  

Busking Behavior – Neil Young, Joshua Bell and the Case for Public Art

This video of Neil Young busking in Glasgow in 1976 incognito before a concert is worth a look (especially if you’re a fan of his early work like me) It reminds me of the Washington Post’s experiment with the great violinist Joshua Bell (very much worth reading/seeing the video).  In the experiment Bell, one of […]

Systems That Don’t Self-correct Don’t Survive

Paraphrasing Jared Bernstein.  When we’re talking about our economic system that’s pretty scary – and it has been pretty scary.

Investing Locally Key for Five Years and Beyond

It’s not about state’s rights – it’s about the inability of the federal government to help the American people.  We need economic stimulus to fight our economic depression – and we aren’t getting it.  Sure we need to keep pressure on the federal government – their approach is and has been insufficient and wrong.  We […]