Category Archives: Obama Administration

Romneycare 6th Anniversary

ThinkProgress has it.  On the 6th anniversary you traditionally give a gift of something iron and in modern times it’s a wooden gift – make of it what you will (Teaparty types might combine the ‘old’ and ‘new’ for pitchforks to celebrate). Romneycare was a bad second best – but far better than what it […]

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 […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks

I really don’t know the band We Were Promised Jetpacks (just listened to a bit now) – but I’ve seen the name popping up a couple years now in emails for concerts and it’s an incredibly evocative name for me.  Just enough of a kid’s petulant condemnation mixed with dashed hopes and the hazy promise […]

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….”

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.  

Misappropriate – Mortgage Settlement Money Going to WI Gen Budget

Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen aren’t the first public officials to take money intended for one purpose and use it for another.  In the case of the national mortgage fraud settlement money funding for Wisconsin, part of a settlement already grossly inadequate for helping provide restitution to victims, it will be […]

Kevin Drum Lays Out Clear Contraception Case

Kevin does a nice job presenting the issues around contraception concisely.  As others have noted, providing contraception has been widely accepted in America for a long time now – most people, including Mitt Romney, have presented it as a non-issue.  That doesn’t mean Mitt views it as a non-issue, or that it couldn’t become a […]

Russ Feingold Against Obama’s Use of Super PACs – It’s “Dancing with the Devil”

Read Feingold’s position here.  It’s easy to dismiss Russ’ position – it’s easy to say ‘you need to fight fire with fire’, etc. But I think it’s worth really thinking about the implications. As Russ traces it, how did we get to the point of big money dictating our politics – and is there more […]

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.