Category Archives: Big Picture

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.

What if Housing is Done for a Generation?

From twitter @mark_neely “What if Housing is Done for a Generation?” by Tyler Durden points to some pretty scary economics (I take exception to his federal deficit talk – it isn’t the issue – but in the main my sense is he’s on to something).  A key quote: “Without going into too much detail, we […]

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 […]

Right On The Money

(h/t Atrios) Barry Ritholtz right on the money.  “Works for pot, crack, robo-signing, and segregated account theft….”

Median American Household Income Dropping Since 70s

Today’s Bruce Bartlett post on Economix “Fanning the Flames of Class Warfare” gives some interesting basic information – using a calculator from the Economic History Association we can see that the median American family income in Bartlett’s example of 1974 ($13,000) ranges in income or wealth value (depending on what type of value you’re interested […]

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 […]

Charlie Pierce Accuses David Brooks of Animal Abuse

Via Atrios – Charlie Pierce’s sharp commentary on David Brook’s dog Moral Hazard.  In this economy even the dogs of the relatively well-off live well under their potential.

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 […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]