Archive for December, 2009

Obama’s 2009 Environmental Record

Posted on December 30, 2009 by

Disappointed with Obama’s legislative agenda and his leadership style? Too many compromises and concessions? Don’t know what to tell your friends when they complain that the new prez isn’t progressive enough? Take a quick look at this end-of-the-year report from the Natural Resources Defense Council Digg Digg

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End of the Decade Blog

Posted on December 27, 2009 by

The last year of the first decade of the 21st century ends and the first year of the second decade of the 21st century begins. I was born during the second year of the second half of the 20th century when Harry Truman was a lame duck. So I was really an Eisenhower baby. Eisenhower [...]

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Union Threats and Militant Action on Health Reform

Posted on December 20, 2009 by

Criticizing the watered-down Senate version of the health reform bill, two high-profile national union leaders – AFL-CIO’s Rich Trumpka and SEIU’s Andy Stern – brought the Labor Movement to the front of the debate last week. The well-covered story, of course, is that their remarks reflect a fracturing of the health reform coalition and represent [...]

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The Paradox of Economic Recovery

Posted on December 13, 2009 by

Of course we’re hoping that conditions in this nation dramatically improve in 2010. We want Americans to find work, feel more financially secure, buy what they need and enjoy their lives. And obviously, as Democrats, we want the economy to show enough progress that we hold our own in the congressional midterm elections. If the [...]

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High-Speed Rail – Manufacturers Commit to American Jobs

Posted on December 8, 2009 by

Lost among contentious battles over big picture issues – Afghanistan, health care, global warming – are Obama Administration initiatives which could transform America. The effort to jump start high-speed rail projects across the continental U.S., for example, will have enormous impact over urban and suburban development patterns, energy use and, of course, intercity transportation.

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Hillary Clinton – Obama’s Kissinger?

Posted on December 5, 2009 by

A day after President Obama’s West Point speech committing 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on Capitol Hill explaining the policy, deflecting criticism and – side-by-side with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chair Admiral Mike Mullen – adding a considerable dose of gravitas to Obama’s war strategy. Then it [...]

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Afghanistan Surge Opponents – Are You Sure?

Posted on December 2, 2009 by

The arguments many progressives are using to oppose Obama’s Afghanistan policy are very persuasive. Here are a couple examples of thoughtful analysis from two very bright guys: Tom Hayden and Robert Scheer. I’m not smart enough to refute their reasoning and – frankly – I don’t want to make a big fuss against the anti-war [...]

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