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Loose Talk and Numbskull Notions At the Podesta/Holtz-Eakin Debate: Part One

September 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Tuesday night, I thought I’d attend The National Journal’s Debate on “Our Fiscal Future” between John Podesta and Douglas Holtz-Eakin with Jim Tankersley moderating at The George Washington University’s Marvin Center. I was interested because Podesta is often thought to be on the left-wing of “mainstream” opinion, and also it is said that he is [...]

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The Procrustean Democracy of AmericaSpeaks: Part Four

July 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

In my previous three posts analyzing the June 26th AmericaSpeaks Community Conversation event I attended in Falls Church, VA, I presented the steps in the decision process used for the event, and discussed the pre-conference phase and the first four steps. These reflect a strong and consistent bias toward socializing participants into the idea that [...]

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Definitely Hoover

June 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

In early December, I asked whether President Obama would choose to be more like Hoover, or more like FDR. Well, I guess it’s definitely Hoover. The President believes that Federal dollars for a jobs program necessary to end The Great Recession are limited. He can only believe that because he believes that the Federal Government [...]

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The CBO Is A Propaganda Mill

May 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

James K. Galbraith’s short piece in The Washington Post Outlook section proposed that we ought to toss the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). I couldn’t agree more. This post is a commentary intended to amplify the argument. Jamie begins with: ”The forecasts of the Congressional Budget Office are holy writ in Washington, and they fuel scary [...]

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Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter-conference: A Funding Proposal

April 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Background Fiscal sustainability is very much in the News these days because of the activities of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, The Peterson Foundation’s very vigorous efforts to present a point of view on fiscal sustainability that reinforces and expands the outlook of the National Commission’s statement of purpose, The Washington [...]

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Progress on The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference

April 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

A little more than a week ago, I proposed a Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference to be held in Washington, DC as a response to the First Meeting of the Administration’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, sardonically called by some the “steal our retirements commission,” on April 27th. The Counter-conference would also be [...]

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Samuelson’s Hooveritis: A Religious Belief That Won’t Go Away

April 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

In my last post I discussed the Washington Post’s Hooverite anti-deficit campaign and Fred Hiatt’s recent piece in the deficit hysteria genre. Now, let’s look at the latest effort of Robert Samuelson, a well-known WaPo columnist to frighten us some more. Like Fred Hiatt, Samuelson wants President Obama to pivot from health care reform and [...]

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The Washington Post’s Hooverite War on Economic Recovery

April 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Last weekend that so-called epitome of liberal media bias called The Washington Post continued its on-going war on economic recovery and the American people with two salvos on the “crisis” in Government finances created by our “unsustainable” deficits, written by Fred Hiatt and Robert Samuelson. Hiatt and Samuelson are not the only deficit warriors in [...]

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Take A Hike!

March 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It looks like we’re approaching an inflection point of great danger in working through problems in creating Economic Recovery. The inflection point is coming because there has been little economic recovery both internationally and domestically, with some nations continuing to run large deficits, and a growing chorus from many, calling for austerity and Governmental budget [...]

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Beat the Deficit Hawkism Frame or Lose

January 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

The corporatist-centrist politicians, such as Judd Gregg, Kent Conrad, Evan Bayh, no longer afraid of a total collapse of the world economy, are using deadly innocent frauds, scare, myths, and lies about the deficit and the national debt to undermine the possibilities of progressive change in the United States. It seems, also, that they’re now [...]

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