Archive for January, 2012

OWS and Flag Burning

Posted on January 31, 2012 by

Occupy Wall Street protests across the country were pivotal in making economic inequality a national issue. But since the sites were cleared out a few months ago, activists who claim to represent OWS in its present form haven’t added very much to the pubic discussion. Though it’s hard to sort through who did what, the [...]

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about [2012]

Posted on January 29, 2012 by

You won’t find out everything about me by reading I almost never mention friends and family by name. Or talk too much about my work. But it’s not hard, for example, to guess my age.  Especially when I write about the roots of my pragmatic progressivism: How the “new left” blew it when we deserted Humphrey in ’68 and handed the [...]

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CFPB Now Hiring

Posted on January 26, 2012 by

Want a high-paying job fighting mortgage bankers and credit card companies? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB] may just what you’re looking for. The start-up federal agency is up and running with its new director – Rich Cordray – firmly in charge. The former Ohio Attorney General recently received a one-year recess appointment from President [...]

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Weekly Standard – An Open Door to Conservative Thinking

Posted on January 23, 2012 by

If you want to see how much trouble republicans are in, scan any of these current articles in the conservative Weekly Standard: What Mitt Must Learn from South Carolina Newt Gingrich and the Politics of Frustration Florida Poll: Gingrich 34, Romney 26 Conservative “thought leaders” don’t want to look like they’re panicking, but they already [...]

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The “Job Creation” Farce

Posted on January 16, 2012 by

Republican success in the 2012 election depends on a miserable economy and they must be ticked off that their business allies are beginning to hire. Because a one or two percent drop in unemployment could help the democrats keep the white house and senate. Employers, of course, are just responding to business conditions by adding [...]

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One Big Union for Hollywood Actors

Posted on January 13, 2012 by

Thousands of actors – from A-List megastars to those who work for “scale” – will soon decide whether to merge the nation’s two largest performer unions. Combining the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists with the Screen Actors Guild was narrowly rejected by members in 2003.  But now AFTRA and SAG leaders appear well [...]

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Who Gets Paul’s Vote?

Posted on January 11, 2012 by

Primary supporters of republican outlier Ron Paul could be decisive in the 2012 general election. Will they stay with the party of “free enterprise” and low taxes, despite its adherence to christian values and aggressive foreign policy? Or will they shift their allegiance to candidate Obama and his corrupt “welfare-state” policies? For now, democrats enjoy [...]

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Unions Cheer Obama Labor Board Appointments

Posted on January 8, 2012 by

Defying a Senate Republican scheme to disable the National Labor Relations Board, President Obama has re-staffed the agency with three “recess” appointments. The board can now continue its modest reform agenda which includes restraining employers from endlessly delaying certification elections and improving union organizer access to workers. While this will not alone reverse the steady [...]

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Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul

Posted on January 4, 2012 by

Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul It sounds like a law firm You might even call If you need some advice On what you should do Cause you can’t figure out How best to renew A nation that’s lost its bearings and more Under Obama whose minding the store With leftists and commies holding the keys [...]

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Obama Can Do No Wrong?

Posted on January 1, 2012 by

The election is this year and, like a good soldier, I know the mission. I will subordinate my doubts about Barack Obama and mute my criticism. I don’t expect my progressive friends and colleagues to be as extreme.  Whenever I hear musings of disapproval from the left, however, I’m likely to ask (until it sounds [...]

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