Getting Away with It by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells. The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery by Noam Scheiber Simon and Schuster, 351 pp., $28.00 Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank Metropolitan, 225 pp., $25.00 The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall Doubleday, 256 pp., $24.95 In the spring of 2012 the Obama campaign decided to go after Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, a private-equity firm that had specialized in taking over companies and extracting money for its investors—sometimes by promoting growth, but often at workers’ expense instead.
So there was plenty of justification for an attack on Romney’s Bain record, and there were also clear political reasons to make that attack. Yet as we were writing this review, two prominent Democratic politicians stepped up to undercut Obama’s message.
Barack Obama, the Great Deceiver. Barack Obama swept into office on a tide of giddy enthusiasm.
His “Hope and Change” was a pledge to reverse Bush era policies, including socialism for the rich, adventurism in the Middle East, and attacks on civil liberties. He announced his intention to serve as a transformational leader, invoking Abraham Lincoln, FDR and Ronald Reagan as role models. Despite the frigid temperatures, people poured into Washington, DC to hear his inauguration speech, wanting to be part of a remarkable passage. Barack Obama Has, on Average, Attended a Fundraiser Every Five Days in 2011. Zhang Jun/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com On Wednesday, President Obama zipped up to New York City to attend three different fundraising events.
Occupy Wall Street protesters greeted the president outside the Sheraton New York, the site of one of Obama's fundraisers, though New York police officers kept the demonstrators penned in what NYPD called "frozen zones. " Obama 'Internet kill switch' plan approved by US Senate panel. A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.
Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch. " Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph - Ezra Klein. Culture Connoisseur Badge Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment.
More about badges | Request a badge Washingtologist Badge. Why hawks should vote for Obama. If you are someone who is inclined to favor hawkish responses to foreign policy problems, then your choice for president should be Barack Obama.
Not because Obama is especially hawkish himself, or interested in prolonging costly and failed commitments in Iraq or Afghanistan. Jeff Connaughton: Obama and the Rule of Law. Long silent and now contradictory, President Obama needs to deliver a clarifying speech about our financial markets and the rule of law.
Speaking in Kansas on December 6, he said, "Too often, we've seen Wall Street firms violating major anti-fraud laws because the penalties are too weak and there's no price for being a repeat offender. " Just five days later on 60 Minutes, he said, "Some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street wasn't illegal. " Which is it? Have there been no prosecutions because Wall Street acted legally (albeit unethically)?
Or did Wall Street repeatedly violate major anti-fraud laws (and should thus find itself in the dock)? The President is confusing "legal" with "difficult to prosecute successfully. " Moreover, the President is misleading us when he says that Wall Street firms violate anti-fraud law because the penalties are too weak. The Obama Justice Department hasn't tried a single Wall Street executive in a criminal court. What Happens in Yemen: The "End" of Citizenship and How We Got Here. Obama’s War on Whistleblowers. Many comedians consider stand-up the purest form of comedy; Doug Stanhope considers it the freest.
“Once you do stand-up, it spoils you for everything else,” he says. “You’re the director, performer, and producer.” Unlike most of his peers, however, Stanhope has designed his career around exploring that freedom, which means choosing a life on the road. Perhaps this is why, although he is extremely ambitious, prolific, and one of the best stand-ups performing, so many Americans haven’t heard of him. The campaign against whistleblowers in Washington. Washington, DC - On January 23, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects.
His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou's plight will clearly be but one more battle in a broader war to ensure that government actions and sunshine policies don't go together. There is No High Ground in American Politics" Robert Reich: The Sad Spectacle of Obama’s Super PAC, by Robert Reich: It has been said there is no high ground in American politics since any politician who claims it is likely to be gunned down by those firing from the trenches.
That’s how the Obama team justifies its decision to endorse a super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited sums for his campaign. An Analogy. I mentioned this analogy in my Twitter feed and was asked to explain it in a bit more detail: that Obama’s Presidency is increasingly resembling James Buchanan’s Presidency. Buchanan was the 15th President, holding office just before Abraham Lincoln and the outbreak of the Civil War. Democratic politics in a nutshell - Glenn Greenwald.