Obama, Lincoln and Changing the American Paradigm Some are referring to President Obama's second inaugural address as his most progressive yet. Perhaps. It would be nice to see President Obama take a more progressive stand in his second termpreferably a more steady, less compromising stand than his first. Indeed, he hit on the standard... Continue Reading →
The 2012 Election and the Laws of Institutions Two years ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a surprisingly forthcoming and honest statement. He stated outright, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." This statement has, on and off, been a centerpiece of Democratic... Continue Reading →
Why do Republicans Hate the Stimulus? Because it Worked! In fact, we could use another one. Here's a screen shot of employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I added the stimulus and outlier graphics. Out of fairness, the huge increase in employment in 2010 reflects the huge number of people hired to conduct the... Continue Reading →
It's Just Not True It's enough to say the deficit has increased. In fact, if you are talking about the "deficit" rather than the "debt" it's actually decreased.
The Obama Presidential Rubric Making it Easier to Assess the President Objectively[ish] In January of 2009, back in the Agitate days before I caught up with the twenty-first century and started blogging, I posted a commentary on the importance of holding the new president accountable for the state of the United States. The reality is... Continue Reading →
A Visual Snapshot of the People the Romney Campaign has Written Off I was planning a commentary on Mitt Romney's infamous 47% assertions. As I started my research, however, I discovered that much of what I would have added to the conversation has already been adequately covered. Since it's my goal that this blog serve... Continue Reading →
it has nothing to do with class. Yes, the title is part of a direct quote. No, the subtitle is satire, not a continuation of the quote. However, the theme of class has never been more evident and more blatant than during the Koch Brother's Mitt Romney Fund Raiser in the Hamptons as described by... Continue Reading →
Or Why This Year's Campaign Fund Raising Calls the Lie to the Myth of a Broke America I like to use what I call the "Hire-a-Teacher" (HaT) scale when looking at obscene money expenditures. The HaT scale assumes that a teacher will be hired for about $40,000 a year in pay and benefits. Perhaps the... Continue Reading →