Saturday, September 4, 2010

Obama, Bush, And The Deficit

Former Bush administration economic adviser Keith Hennessey argues that it's unfair for President Obama to accuse the previous administration of presiding over "a decade of spiraling deficits":
I want to focus on that last phrase:  a decade of spiraling deficits.
The best way to compare deficits over time is as a share of the economy.  This first graph shows budget deficits during President Bush’s tenure.  On this graph deficits are positive, so up is bad.  The dotted green line shows the average deficit since 1970 for comparison (2.6% of GDP).
This graph does not show “a decade of spiraling deficits.”  It instead shows eight years of deficits averaging 2.0 percent of GDP, followed by a horrible ninth year as the markets collapsed and the economy plunged into recession.  (Budget wonks who want to understand why I think we should look at nine years for a Presidency rather than eight can read this.)  Even 2008’s bigger deficit than 2007 can be mostly explained by a revenue decline as the economy slipped into recession pre-crash.  Before the crash of late 2008 President Bush’s budget deficits were 0.6 percentage points smaller than the historic average.  Deficits did not “spiral” during the Bush presidency or the decade.  The bumped around the historic average, then spiked up in the last year.
It's true that it's not literally accurate for Obama to accuse the Bush administration of presiding over a decade of spiraling deficits. The Bush deficit rose, then fell a bit at the peak of the economic cycle, and then shot upward once again as the economy crashed. Likewise, it would be unfair to describe Kirstie Alley as having her weight spiral upwards, when it fact it has risen asymptotically upward. Hennessey has a point here. A tiny, tiny point, but a point nonetheless.
Where Hennessey goes badly wrong is in his attempt to defend the responsibility of Bush's fiscal policy. Hennessey argues that deficits under Bush were not that high until the end, when they got catastrophically high, but the high point was he fault of the economic crash rather than Bush's policies. The problem, of course, is that Bush inherited a very sound fiscal position. At the peak of the Clinton-era economic boom, the budget was running a surplus equal to 2.4% of GDP. At the height of the Bush-era economic cycle -- "boom" isn't really an accurate description -- the budget ran a deficit of 1.2% of GDP. Which is to say, Bush's policy of launching two wars, a series of major tax cuts, an expansion of defense and homeland security spending and a prescription drug benefit without any offsets whatsoever structurally increased the deficit by about 3.6%. (Note that this argument assumes that Bush bears zero blame for the economic crisis that concluded his presidency.)

Hennessey proceeds to castigate Obama for projecting budget deficits higher than those than ran under Bush:
Which exactly is the decade of spiraling deficits?  The last one, or the one we’re beginning now?
For comparison:
  • Bush average:  2.7% (including the 8.3% for FY 2009 when President Bush left office in January);
  • Obama average (projected for two terms spanning nine fiscal years):  6.35% ...
This graph shows a sharp projected decline as we recover from the crash/recession followed by a steady upward climb.  If President Obama’s budget is enacted as proposed, his smallest budget deficit will be bigger than the largest pre-crash Bush deficit.
This is absurd. First, Obama will have the first several years of his presidency burdened by the gravest economic crisis since the Depression -- a crisis that makes large deficits not only unavoidable but actually desirable. Second, Obama inherited a trillion dollar deficit. Hennessey is making a comparison devoid of the context of the situation a president inherited. Bush inherited a great situation and proceeded to make it terrible. Obama inherited a terrible situatuion and proposes to make it a little better.

You could argue that Obama should be doing more to improve the budget situation, though of course we will have to see if his deficit commission succeeds. But of course the status quo bias of the political system plus the unpopularity of spending cuts and tax hikes, makes it very hard to decrease the deficit. That's one reason why Bush's deficit-increasing policies were so pernicious. Had Bush never decreased taxes, it would be very easy for Obama to maintain Clinton-era tax rates. Given the fact of the Bush tax cuts, restoring Clinton-era tax rates would be extraordinarily difficult.
If you want to set the bar high enough, and ignore the political difficulties involved in reducing the deficit, you can make Obama's fiscal record look bad. That approach, which is the approach of most fiscal scolds, is uncharitable but at least coherent. To castigate Obama's fiscal responsibility while defending Bush's, on the other hand, is intellectually incoherent propaganda.

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You've never seen a clock like this one.

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via truthout: William Rivers Pitt | Hatred and Stupidity … But I Repeat Myself

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "In the absence of anything substantive to give the American people, the right has gone home to their mothership: sowing discord, fear and hatred to distract people from the fact that, while Republicans are good at campaigning, they are walking cancer cells to the body politic if and when they actually win. This time around, the right's weapon of choice against this republic is spreading hatred and fear of Muslims and Islam."

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Views from my Parent's House in Grants Pass

When I w as a kid, the house across the street was lived in for years by a very sweet old couple. Lately it has kept my parents busy watching a drug bust and associated excitement. The house is cleared out for now, and a broken window looked like a cat sitting in the window.My parents wanted to get rid of this shelf thingy so we put it on the street with a "free" sign...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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My EDTE 18 students doing the circle project today

My Faith My Voice PSA

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It's sort of amazing that they got him to do this.

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Jim Wallis: The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

Jim Wallis: The president asked the nation to "turn the page" last night. But what makes me so sad this morning is the enormous human cost of the war in Iraq; and how a massive number of people and families -- in America and Iraq -- have had their lives ended or changed forever because of this war and will have a hard time turning the page. So was the war in Iraq worth the enormous human cost?

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We can't let Sarah Palin or anyone else define religious freedom as something that we need their permission to exercise. Nearly 25,000 people have already signed our petition demanding respect for religious liberty. Help us reach 50,000 in the next 24 hours.

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Dear ACLU Supporter,

Sign the ACLU's "I Stand for Religious Freedom" petition and thank Mayor Bloomberg for his strong stand in defense of religious liberty.

As the debate over a proposed Islamic center in downtown New York City rages on, critics like Sarah Palin have settled on a new argument. Palin says she's "all about religious freedom," but those planning to build the center should just take their plans to exercise that freedom "down the road."

Here's what those fanning the flames of this so-called controversy just don't get: People's constitutional rights aren't subject to Sarah Palin or anyone else deciding where they can be exercised and where they can't.

Speak out now. Join the ACLU and the thousands of Americans who are saying "I Stand for Religious Freedom."

Political leaders like Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be praised for standing up for religious freedom in the face of political pressure. Yet, the voices of prejudice still fill the airwaves.

Especially in times of controversy, we must boldly oppose religious discrimination based on cultural stereotyping—and resist those who seek to trade away our most precious values for political advantage.

Let's be absolutely clear: Our laws protect the right to build a house of worship whether it's a mosque, a church, or a synagogue. And preventing Muslims or any other group from practicing their faith is unconstitutional and un-American.

We must stand up to this demagoguery. Sign the ACLU's "I Stand for Religious Freedom" petition and thank Mayor Bloomberg for his strong stand in defense of religious liberty.

Critics who insist that the proposed Islamic center's location is "insensitive" are implying—consciously or not—that those who would pray at the center are, by virtue of their faith alone, somehow aligned with the terrorists who committed the 9/11 atrocities.

That kind of discrimination is totally inconsistent with religious liberty.

Throughout our nation's history, Jews, Protestants, Catholics and Muslims have all been victims of fear and discrimination. In the end, tolerance and fairness usually prevail. But that only happens when each of us stands up and speaks out clearly for tolerance and justice.

Let's follow the lead of George Washington, who told the nation that religious freedom is not granted "by the indulgence of one class of people"—it is a fundamental American right.

Thank you for speaking out,

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Today´s facebook quote of the Day

Obama has been incredibly focused on accomplishing his goals amidst all the noise and nonsense from Republicans and Fox. I for one love having a grown-up in the White House for once. We do need to celebrate accomplishments. Otherwise the unsubstantiated accusations from Fox and the right continue to claim center field.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Via JMG: Glenn Beck Rally Attendee Exposed

Via SacBee: Schwarzenegger targets pensions in budget press conference

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left little doubt today that cutting state employee pensions remains one of his top priorities in budget negotiations. He is demanding that lawmakers roll back pension guarantees for future state hires as a condition to signing the budget.

Do you have math phobia?

Jennifer Ouellette did. But not anymore. Her new book The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, in stores today, follows her journey to undo the damage of high school math class. Part of a trend of "take back the parabola" books, female science writers and mathematicians (Danica McKellar, Cordelia Fine) are re-educating women to help them overcome their algebraic baggage. Ouellette's book offers a first-person journey to math nirvana, from outsider to whiz. Not only did she discover a knack for formulas as an adult, she applied her skills to daily life. From shopping to JuJitsu, there's power in numbers, says Ouellette.  Nobel prize judges: take note.

Where did your math phobia stem from?
I wrestled with this question while writing the book. Several people I spoke with experienced a moment of failure and a sense of humiliation in their math classes, which shattered their confidence and made them reluctant to try anything math-related ever again because they clearly just weren't "good at math." In my case, I was a perfectionist, and did well in class, but knew I didn't really understand the "why" of what I was doing. I experienced a great deal of anxiety about having my ignorance revealed. I was afraid of public humiliation and ruining my grade average, thereby disappointing my parents. It was a form of "Impostor Syndrome," I guess. And over time, that anxiety attached itself to all things mathematical and became a lifelong phobia.
So what was your breakthrough moment?
I asked a physicist about why it is that objects fall at the same rate regardless of mass. I had no doubt it was true, but it seemed counter-intuitive. He said I didn't have to take the matter on faith, he could walk me through the equation and it would be obvious to me why this was so. The little "m" for mass cancels out nicely -- an object's mass really is irrelevant to the acceleration. It was a nice example of math in the real world, but it was the "not taking things on faith" comment that stuck with me. I like knowing the "why" of things; it helps me make sense of the world and my place in it.
You lost me at the word "mass". How did that experience change your thinking?
Perfectionists really hate to fail, and sometimes that means we avoid taking risks, or trying to learn new things, for fear of looking of feeling stupid. One of the best decisions I ever made was to earn a black belt in jujitsu at a tiny storefront DoJo in Brooklyn. I trained mostly with men who were bigger and stronger than me, and you just don't learn martial arts without getting knocked around a little and making a lot of mistakes. In fact, those tiny failures are crucial to the learning process. I realized this was true of all things in life: you have to embrace the possibility of failing in order to take meaningful risks in life. That's something that's missing from our educational system: we focus so much on getting the "right" answer to earn top grades. I'm not saying those things aren't important, but more often than not, students miss the process of learning and acquiring knowledge.

Is this particularly true with women and girls?
Math really isn't gender specific in its usefulness, but I think women receive far more "negative messaging" about math and their own numerical and reasoning abilities than men. Most of us have heard the "women are irrational" and "girls just aren't as good as boys at math" myths at some point, and inevitably this colors our perceptions of ourselves, which in turn affects the decisions we make. Combine negative messaging with a bad experience in high school math class, and you've got a recipe for a lifetime of avoiding the topic altogether. And that's not a good thing for women: it undermines our self-confidence in subtle ways that can keep us from achieving our goals -- almost a form of self-sabotage.

So what are math-phobes missing out on?
We need math skills to succeed in life: not just basic accounting, inventory, and budget management -- critical skills for running a household and/or your own business -- but also statistics, probability, compound interest. That's to say accumulating interest in a bank account and reducing interest gradually over time on a mortgage payment.

Sold. But what about the basics--can math put a stop to regrettable impulse shopping?
Any time we comparison shop, we're actually doing a conceptual form of calculus. I discovered this when we were shopping for a home last year. Think about the process: you identify the factors that are most important to you (square footage, price, location, etc.), prioritize them, and then try to find the optimal combination of all of those among the vast assortment of available houses to find your dream home. In math-speak, it's known as a "multi-variable optimization problem," which is an impressive phrase to trot out at cocktail parties. It's really just a quantified version of comparison shopping. You assign a numerical value to each "variable" (or factor that's important to you like "it's a good office dress"), and take a derivative of each of those separately to get your answer. On a graph, the optimal choice would be wherever the curve flattens out. The more variables you have, the harder the problem becomes. That might explain why we always make certain trade-offs for large purchases, like a home.

How about dating? Can math make that easier, please?
Actually yes! One of my favorite articles from Inkling, an online magazine, a few years ago was called “The Calculus of Saying ‘I Love You,’” in which a young woman is dating an engineer who will only profess his love when his feelings for her reach the limit or stop growing. It’s a charming and very funny discussion of why said engineer’s assumption was not the optimal solution to the conundrum. Calculus can help you figure out the optimal time to say “I love you,” which turns out to be when the growth in the "love function" has stopped accelerating, but not stopped growing altogether.  No woman wants a man to never love her any more than on the day he first said "I love you".


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Via JMG: The Iraq War May Be Over, But Don't Forget The Lies That Got Us There

Watch every minute of this.

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Via the Onion: Newsroom: Victim In Fatal Car Accident Tragically Not Glenn Beck

Via JMG: A Sad And Moldering Strangeness

You've got to read Vanity Fair's just-published profile of Sarah Palin. An excerpt:
Palin has often stated that the strokes of luck propelling her political success were divinely ordained: “There are no coincidences” is a favorite maxim. In Going Rogue, Palin casts herself as a reluctant prophet, accepting providential election against her wishes. The reluctant prophet is a character trope found throughout Hebrew and Christian scripture. (Jesus prays, “Father, if it is Thy will, let this cup pass from me.”) The opening scene of Going Rogue, at the 2008 Alaska State Fair, ends with Palin’s BlackBerry ringing. As she reaches to answer, Palin prays, “Please, Lord, just for an hour, anything but politics,” only to find John McCain on the line, “asking if I wanted to help him change history.”

Whenever I heard Palin speak on the road, her remarks were scored with code phrases expressing solidarity with fundamentalist Christians. Her talk of leading with “a servant’s heart” is a dog whistle for the born-again. Her dig at health-care reform as an expression of Democratic ambitions to “build a Utopia” in the United States is practically a trumpet call (because the Kingdom of God is not of this earth, and perfection can be achieved only in the life to come). But it is Palin’s persistent encouragement of the prayer warriors that most clearly reveals her worldview: she is good, her opponents are evil, and the war is on.
Read the entire thing. It's epic.
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Two from Mother:

Glenn Beck's sprawling "Restoring Honor" rally fit the tea party bill: mostly older, energized, and almost entirely white. —Andy Kroll [READ MORE]
How the Fox host became a 21st century Pat Robertson. —Stephanie Mencimer [READ MORE]

Via Utne:

The Low-Flow Showerhead Backlash

Antigovernment conservatives love to complain about the nanny state, and some of them are aiming their ire at a new target: low-flow showerheads.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Via MSNBC: Obama: Iraq combat mission 'is over'

Obama: Iraq combat mission 'is over'

Image: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after addressing the nation about the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington
  The president tells the nation: The No. 1 priority is fixing the economy.  Full story
  Read President Obama's full speech
Iraq 'in a very dangerous place'
  NBC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel discusses the situation in Iraq today.
  Obama to troops: 'Thank you'
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Newsweek: A war without end

Via UOL: Obama declara o fim da guerra no Iraque e afirma que "é hora de virar a página

  • No salão oval da Casa Branca, Obama anunciou o fim da guerra do Iraque. que durou mais de sete anos No salão oval da Casa Branca, Obama anunciou o fim da guerra do Iraque. que durou mais de sete anos
O presidente norte-americano, Barack Obama, declarou formalmente o fim da operação militar no Iraque afirmando que, após sete anos de guerra e mais de 4.400 “vidas americanas” perdidas, é “hora de virar a página”. Obama discursou nesta terça-feira (31) em rede nacional no salão oval da Casa Branca.

“Os Estados Unidos pagaram um alto preço para colocar o futuro do Iraque nas mãos de seu povo", afirmou. "Nós persistimos por causa de uma crença que compartilhamos com o povo iraquiano. A crença de que a partir das cinzas da guerra, um novo começo pode ter nascido".

Obama lembrou aos americanos que, ao dar a responsabilidade pela segurança do país para os iraquianos, está cumprindo uma promessa feita durante a campanha presidencial.

Saiba mais sobre a ocupação no Iraque

Obama elogiou a coragem e determinação das tropas americanas e disse que é hora de se concentrar em "sua responsabilidade central" como presidente: "a restauração a saúde econômica da nação".
Obama disse que a atenção deve ser voltada à guerra no Afeganistão e para os problemas mais urgentes “de casa”. O presidente admitiu que os americanos, “compreensivamente”, estão fazendo perguntas sobre o Afeganistão, mas pediu ao país para ficar ao seu lado nessa guerra.
Segundo o presidente norte-americano, agora o país pode aplicar mais recursos no Afeganistão devido ao fim do conflito no Iraque. De acordo com Obama, o ritmo da retirada norte-americana do Iraque dependerá das condições em terra, mas começará na data prevista, em julho de 2011 e deve terminar até o fim do ano que vem.

Mais cedo, Obama viajou a Fort Bliss, no Texas, para se reunir com os soldados que retornaram do Iraque e cumprimentá-los pelos trabalhos em combate. No entanto, o líder lembrou que a luta continua em outro lugar, no Afeganistão, e isso requer novos "sacrifícios" dos militares e de suas famílias.
Em seu discurso aos soldados, o presidente afirmou que "não pretende cantar vitória e que ainda resta muito trabalho a fazer para garantir que Iraque se transforme em um aliado efetivo".
"Embora a verdade seja que, graças ao extraordinário serviço que todos vocês prestaram, o Iraque tem agora a oportunidade de criar para si um futuro melhor e os Estados Unidos são agora mais seguros que antes", disse Obama.
Ele indicou que, apesar do fim das missões de combate no Iraque, os EUA continuarão trabalhando junto aos iraquianos, realizando treinamento e também colaborando na luta contra o terrorismo.
Segundo os planos do Governo americano, durante essa fase de transição, permanecerão no Iraque cerca de 50 mil soldados americanos. Está previsto que eles deixem totalmente o país árabe até dezembro de 2011.
Obama agradeceu explicitamente os "sacrifícios" que dos soldados e de suas famílias nos sete anos e meio de guerra do Iraque. "Buscaremos servir vocês, tão bem como vocês serviram o país".
O presidente reconheceu que muitos dos militares que retornaram sofrem lesões cerebrais e estresse pós-traumático, mas ressaltou que, nos últimos dois anos, aumentaram os serviços que prestam assistência aos veteranos de guerra.

Via Utne: Southern Sudan's Animal-Shaped Cities

Who says a city can't look like a pineapple?

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via hufington: Glenn Beck's Political, Hypocritical, Me-Party, Tea Party Weekend

What are we to make of Glenn Beck's repeated assertions that his "Restoring Honor" weekend had "nothing to do with politics and everything to do with God?" They are simply additional evidence that Beck is a shrewd marketer with an increasingly messianic view of his political role. The Right-wing Obama-and-Pelosi-hating base is already energized; Beck's soft-focus rally was a public relations effort to expand his reach to the middle. Join us, he's saying, we're the ones who love our country and what it stands for.

Beck's weekend events, and the Tea Party festivities that surrounded them, were really designed to advance the primary political project of far-right leaders in America: marrying anti-tax, anti-government economics with socially conservative religion, and wrapping the whole destructive package in a feel-good Christian-nation Americanism -- and all of that in the service of putting Republicans back in power in 2010 and 2012.

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Via JMG: Tweet of the Day

Tweet Of The Day - Lizz Winstead

CBS News' paid crowd estimation service actually put the attendance at around 87,000.

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Via Truthout: The Speech Glenn Beck Meant to Give

Glenn Beck at the "Restoring Honor" rally. (Photo: talkradionews)

I was inspired by Glenn Beck’s speech at his “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington to write the speech he intended to make:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all mega-corporations with legions of lobbyists are created more than equal to anybody.”

I have a dream that the Yalie son of a Houston oil magnate can walk hand in hand with the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund operator on the white sands of Southampton while evading inheritance taxes.
I have a dream that from the glorious Pacific to the bountiful Atlantic the Castro will become gayless and Greenwich Village will become free of feminism.

I have a dream that the Republican Party will come up with one new idea, any new idea, even if it is a rerun of one of Rush’s or my ideas, just to show that it isn’t completely brain-dead.

I have a dream that the young white guys playing with rifles at survivalist retreats in northern Michigan, that the middle-aged white guys playing Minuteman with guns at the Arizona border, and the older white guys frolicking at the Bohemian Grove, playing with whatever they play with, will keep people of different races or religions in their place.

I have a dream that the Supreme Court will vote 5 to 4 to revoke the statehood of Hawaii—but not Alaska—vindicating you Birthers out there.

I have a dream that Rupert Murdoch and the Fortune 500, thanks to another Supreme Court vote of 5 to 4, will be free to buy the Senate, the House and the White House at a Sotheby’s auction, without elections or public financing of campaigns.

I have a dream that oil spills in the Gulf, mining in West Virginia, egg farming in Iowa and predatory lending in every state will keep evading oversight.

I have a dream that all our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the content of their character, but by the size of their stock portfolios.

I have a dream that the former lily-white golf clubs of Georgia and the lily-white boardrooms of Halliburton will not be tainted by people of different races or religions.

May corporations get the American people and “government of the people, by the people and for the people” (Lincoln had it wrong) off our backs.

From the newsroom of Fox to the boardrooms of our corporate masters, let freedom ring.

Thanks to Justice Roberts Almighty, the tea party and the GOP, we’ll be free at last!

Arthur Blaustein is the chair of the editorial board of the Progressive Book Club and author of “The American Promise—Justice and Opportunity.” 
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Via JMG: DNC Warns About Teabaggers

The DNC warns us that unless the Democrats close ranks behind their candidates, many extreme teabaggers stand a good shot of election in November.

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We don't want Carly to bring racial profiling to California!

PAUL KRUGMAN: Anti-Obama rage surpasses venom of Clinton witch hunts

Monday, August 30, 2010

Via TED: Nic Marks - The Happy Planet Index

And now for something completely different: Gifted andTalented Pets!

Wanna learn merengue, learn from this dog!

Two from Truthout:

Can the Democrats' Ground Game Overcome GOP Fervor?

Art Levine, Truthout: "On the same weekend that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin addressed thousands of followers on the mall in Washington, DC, with a religiously cloaked Tea Party message to 'restore honor' to America, the Democratic Party set itself the ambitious goal of knocking on 400,000 doors to start rallying disenchanted Obama supporters to vote in November. It's not clear yet whether they came anywhere near that outreach goal, but, ironically, there are early signs that some of the most engaged but disappointed progressive constituencies - from labor unions to the million-strong Democracy for America group founded by Howard Dean - are still willing to work hard to prevent a GOP take over of Congress."
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Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III | Glenn Beck, What's the Point?

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: "In promoting this rally, Beck stated, 'Great achievements in history start with one great idea, one great person.' What was the great idea? Gather a group of people together to play upon their fears; continue to disseminate lies and misinformation, and drive a larger political wedge between individuals based upon contrived ideological foolishness? That does not a great person make. On the 47th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Rev. Dr. King's famous speech, we should pay him tribute. He was a true American hero. Beck, Palin and those such as Representative Boehner (R-Ohio), Senator McConnell (R-Kentucky), and other Republicans who support them with their silence should be judged not 'by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'"
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Final Exam '07: Viral Video Film School

Two from Huffington:

Jeffrey Sachs: Moving Beyond Washington's Stale Economic Debate

While the Obama economic strategy offers us continued stagnation and chronic budget deficits, the Republican strategy offers us a complete collapse of the federal government, and of course even more explosive deficits.

Robert Reich: Why Cheaper Money Won't Mean More Jobs

If Ben Bernanke and company make it even cheaper to borrow, they'll be unleashing a third corporate strategy for creating more profits but fewer jobs -- mergers and acquisitions.
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