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Moody’s: Bring It On!

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday, as reported in Money News, Moody’s made me laugh, with the following pronouncements: ” . . . it could move a step closer to cutting the U.S. Aaa rating if President Barack Obama’s tax and unemployment benefit package becomes law. . . . “The plan agreed to by Obama and Republican leaders last week [...]

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The National Debt Is Congress’s Fault!

December 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m sick and tired of hearing progressive icons like Bernie Sanders, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, and many, many others, talking about the evil of leaving an enormous national debt, now at $13 Trillion plus to our Grandchildren. And I’m especially tired of hearing Congresspeople and Senators complaining about this. The reason why I’m tried of [...]

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Tweeting the Fear Card

September 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been seriously tweeting, building a following and my tweeting activity. In the process, I’ve come across a number of people who are simply tweeting D-party talking points. The chief among these is a variety of versions of the fear card. The formula is “if you don’t like X, then [...]

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Which Party Poses the Real Risk to Social Security’s Future?

August 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

By Marshall Auerback Hint: it’s not Republicans. Social Security remains one of the greatest achievements of the Democratic Party since its creation 75 years ago. Although Republicans have historically fulminated against the program (Ronald Reagan once likened it as something akin to “socialism”), they have actually made little headway in touching this sacred “third rail” [...]

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Kotlikoff’s Folly and the IMF’s Too

August 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Laurence Kotlikoff has been making waves by using “inter-generational accounting” and CBO and IMF data, to compute a fiscal gap of $202 Trillion in present value. He concludes that this gap shows that the US is “bankrupt” as of now. Evidently, publications like Bloomberg take this sort of thing seriously since they publish it. But [...]

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Declare War On the Dems: Make The President Dismiss the Catfood Commission

August 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

I urge all Real Democrats to declare war on the Democratic Party and this Administration by – refusing all appeals for financial contributions to Democratic candidates, – refusing to do any work at all for the Party, – refusing to go to Party functions, – going to meetings held by Congresspersons and Senators and – [...]

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Talking to Grandma About Fiscal Sustainability

April 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

[Give BDBlue some comment love at OL! --lambert] My friend Ralph writes about the fiscal sustainability issue: Real. Simple (but accurate). Language. Why should people be scared about the Peterson agenda? What are they trying to distract the public’s attention from? What do the American people deserve from their government’s economic policy? Why is this [...]

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Margaret Flowers and Carol Paris

February 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

In spite of the fact that there is much evidence to suggest that it is favored by a majority of Americans, enhanced Medicare for All, Single Payer has been shut out of the mainstream legislative process by Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Max Baucus, Congressional Leaders and a coalition of “Liberal”/”Progressive” organizations and media who either [...]

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Do We Expect Too Much From the President? A Reply To Bill Egnor

October 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Bill Egnor blogs about whether or not we’ve been expecting too much from President Obama. He says: “If you look at the Presidency from the point of view of the Constitution, it really is not a powerful office except in terms of what it prevents. It is really and primarily a check on the powers [...]

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Freedom and Tyranny in Health Care: 1984 in 2009

September 18th, 2009 · Comments Off

It’s popular to appeal to the idea of free choice when defending one’s position on health insurance reform. President Obama says that he wants to give people the freedom to choose a public option or some other form of affordable insurance in addition to the insurance choices available now. The insurance companies talk about the [...]

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