Tag Archives: Liberalism

“Liberals think Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Social Security”

Speculation, as they say, but worth considering: Democrats used a familiar playbook, accusing Republican David Jolly of wanting to privatize the program. House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democratic candidates, dropped almost $750,000 on an ad warning that … Continue reading

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Reubin Askew – RIP

We’re not taught enough about our home state’s histories. With the death of Reubin Askew, we learn about a devotion to open government, a fair society, and civil rights that would not find a home in any party. He appointed … Continue reading

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Adolph Reed, Jr. and the collapse of the left

There’s too many provocative points in Adolph Reed, Jr.’s Salon interview with Thomas Frank. The essence: two neoliberal parties control America, one of which believes in a multicultural society while the other recoils from this society. Barack Obama meanwhile shimmers … Continue reading

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Rep. Trey Gowdy: mandatory sentences made little sense for minor offenses

Bipartisanship! While a range of judges, prosecutors and public defenders have for years raised concerns about disparities in punishment, it is this alliance that may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon … Continue reading

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U.S. ranks 46th in global press freedom rankings

What a year we’ve had: The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday. The … Continue reading

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“None of this necessarily makes [Elizabeth] Warren herself the leader of the party….”

Remember FDR’s line? “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” Columnists misinterpret it. Roosevelt intended no challenge. He alluded to political feasibility. If the left in his party wanted to force his hand, … Continue reading

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“Dessert, American style…”

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Krugman: “The problem of poverty has become part of the broader problem of rising income inequality”

Responding to evidence that LBJ’s “war on poverty” did produce quantifiable results, Paul Krugman points to the real reasons for the persistence of poverty: And if progress against poverty has nonetheless been disappointingly slow — which it has — blame … Continue reading

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War on Poverty: it worked!

Conservatives will chortle at the source of this revelation, but I’m pleased these facts about Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty appeared in the Newspaper of Record: Still, a broad range of researchers interviewed by The New York Times stressed the … Continue reading

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Nancy Pelosi: “Embrace the suck”

Awfully sporting of her: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democratic House members at a meeting Thursday morning to “embrace the suck” and encouraged enough members to back the budget deal on the floor to allow passage, according to an … Continue reading

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Pareene: Be sure “a potential President Clinton is beholden to a better Congress, a better Democratic Party.”

Pareene on how the political culture’s obsession with The Horse Race distracts voters from the power of advocacy: A lot of money and time was spent encouraging elite consensus around “entitlement reform,” and suddenly a bunch of senators are talking … Continue reading

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Cocaine and the Big Government congressman

The arrest of Trey Radel matters insofar as it reveals the kinds of fictions to which pols of all stripes subscribe. Liberals and conservatives agree government is Too Big and cumbersome: description, not criticism. Big government comes especially handy when … Continue reading

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