Archive for March, 2010

Chills

Posted on March 26, 2010 by

I’m not fascinated by tea party activists and don’t particularly care to know about those who come out of traditionally left wing movements. And I’m not especially interested in exposing their hypocrisy, understanding their underlying frustration or interpreting their version of the constitution. I suppose I’m intrigued by the possibility that tea party activists penetrate, [...]

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Public Diary

Posted on March 24, 2010 by

In our personal lives, a change in circumstance can trigger elation or depression.  A successful day at work or a bad turn in a primary relationship can obviously shape our mood.  In manic personalities, frequent and dramatic emotional shifts are common.  Most of us, though, maintain our bearings by moderating these swings. Political people are [...]

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What Just Happened…?

Posted on March 22, 2010 by

Did we just see the passage of a meager piece of legislation which won’t solve America’s health care problems? Engineered by a desperate, inveterate compromiser willing to take anything to avoid the appearance of defeat? Or… Was this the beginning of a rejuvenated presidency in which a persuasive and determined reformer finally learns to use [...]

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To The Rescue

Posted on March 18, 2010 by

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Obama lately but it’s not because he’s on a winning streak, or figured out how to snooker the republicans, or found a way to attract independents or fire up his base. It’s none of that. Now that I’m one of Obama’s critics, some of the people [...]

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My Inner Obama

Posted on March 14, 2010 by

When I was a big Obama defender last year I accused my friends on the left of being impatient, immature and impulsive. I implied that if you were disappointed with Obama it was because of your own sense of frustration and failure. Now that I’ve joined the Obama critics, what does that say about me?  [...]

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Labor’s Lost

Posted on March 7, 2010 by

Much is made of the continually declining rate of unionization, now 12 percent of the workforce, down from 20 percent in 1983. That’s not all. The majority of union members in the United States now work for local, state or the federal government.  There are eight million unionized public employees in the U.S.  Jobs include [...]

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Transformation? – Forget About It

Posted on March 5, 2010 by

There are lots of “big picture” reasons to be disappointed with – and depressed about – President Obama and Congressional Democrats. Above all, being out-maneuvered by Republicans, who were able to block or enfeeble virtually all meaningful reform while – at the same time – engineering, mobilizing and exploiting voter discontent to gain traction for [...]

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