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The Tenth Thing to Do – Not!!!

September 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

Earlier this month, Thomas Geoghegan wrote a piece for The Nation telling the Democrats the ten things they could do to really get the base excited, and at the same time do good things for the country. Here’s his list. 1. Raise Social Security to 50 percent of working income. 2. Let’s extend Medicare to [...]

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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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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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Why Should We ACT Based on CBO’s Projections?

August 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

Today, Dean Baker questioned the sanity of The Washington Post, after its editorial staff once again came out for cuts in Social Security to avert a crisis which will not be manifest until 2037. In reply to the Post’s observation that this year is the first in which the Social Security program will pay out [...]

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Deficit Doves Vs. Deficit Owls at ND20

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

New Deal 2.0 (ND20) is, well, more New Dealish than other web sites, so instead of the usual conflict between deficit hawks and deficit doves, we might see at, say, the New York Times. Here things are shifted to the left, and we see a debate between the deficit doves and the deficit owls. The [...]

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Past Time To Get Serious

July 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

These last couple of days, I happened to see a couple of pieces by Robert Borosage. The first of these called “Kick the Old and Disabled to Show We’re Serious About Deficits,” is about organizing and fighting back against the deficit terrorist movement to cut Social Security, and reported that Borosage’s organization, the Campaign for [...]

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Deficit Hawks, Deficit Doves, and Deficit Owls

July 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Kelton at UMKC for giving us a new addition to the deficit aviary. Until now the media only had mind space for “deficit hawks” and “deficit doves.” Deficit hawks include folks like Mike Pence, and Judd Gregg, who insist that the Government run deficits only for wars, and tax cuts for [...]

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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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Why the Fiscal Commission Does Not Serve the American People

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

By James K. Galbraith Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. President Obama and his economic team face a daunting challenge: how to deliver economic growth they know can only come from deficit spending, while deferring into the future the “fiscal consolidation” which is being pressed on them by practically everyone, from Peter G. Peterson to Angela [...]

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DZWONKOWSKI ‘s “Get in on discussion about $13-trillion U.S. Debt”: A Commentary

June 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

This one is a deconstruction of a piece in the Detroit Free Press by a gentleman in the MSM who’s decided to join the Peter G. Peterson/Catfood Commission echo chamber. (My thanks to Sisterkenney for calling it to my attention.)

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