Obama: Cut Spending to Spend More

By: Friday July 15, 2011 1:25 pm

I’ve been trying very hard to understand President Obama’s reason why progressives should support his push for a truly big austerity package that contains both Medicare and Social Security benefits cuts, but as far as I can tell it is just illogical gibberish. His reasoning he gave in the press conference was: And so that’s [...]

A Winning Progressive Strategy for Social Security: Refuse to Do Anything – Ever

By: Monday March 28, 2011 9:30 am

Looking at the current political environment and gaming out the possible actions that could be taken it seems abundantly clear that progressives best course of action on Social Security is to simply refuse to even think about allowing any changes in the program. Progressives should also follow Harry Reid’s advice by sticking to this “just [...]

Can’t Buy Me Love: Health Care Reform’s PR Campaign Fizzles

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 3:59 pm

After the health care law passed, we were promised a massive, $125 million PR campaign staffed with top quality talent that would really sell the new law to the American people. In a fascinating article, Politico found that this promised campaign essentially crashed and burned: Wal-Mart Watch founder Andrew Grossman unveiled the Health Information Campaign [...]

Ending Government Waste, Corporate Welfare Should be Progressive Priorities

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 5:25 am

With Washington in the grips of a new wave of deficit hysteria and people in power feeling at this moment an overwhelming desire to make the less advantaged among us sacrifice in the name of austerity, it is normal for progressives to sound defensive around the cackle of deficit chickenhawks. While it is critical that [...]

Top 10 Things We Did To Help Progressives in the 2010 Election

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 9:19 am

1.  Worked across party lines for a year and a half passing Audit the Fed, and forced a 96-0 vote in the Senate.  Chris Hayes on MSNBC called it “the single greatest act of bipartisanship since Obama took office.”  It was popular with 80% of the country. 2.  Backed Bill Halter in an accountability challenge [...]

Soros, Lewis and Other Big Donors Abandon Democrats For Progressives and Weed

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 9:29 am

Privately, the closed wallets of Democratic billionaires like George Soros and Peter Lewis is all that the poobahs of the DC fundraising world have been talking about for weeks.  But now it’s hit the New York Times: Many wealthy Democratic patrons, who in the past have played major roles financing outside groups to help elect [...]

Obama vs. Obama on the War

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 10:26 am

Dan Froomkin and Ben Craw of the Huffington Post put together a video of Obama’s statements regarding war in the Middle East during the Bush administration, and what he’s saying now. As I wrote earlier, if the White House is wondering why Americans are disappointed with Obama, it’s isn’t because of the criticisms of the [...]

Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 9:07 am

Spiro Agnew — sorry, Robert Gibbs — says “the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.” Well, the Obama in the White House is not representative of the Obama who organized, campaigned, raised money and ran for office, so I guess it’s a wash. [...]

The Progressive Movement is Officially Dead

By: Friday April 30, 2010 8:35 am

Hey, Sierra Club: There’s a giant flaming ball of oil being pushed straight for the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi. Might be the worst environmental event in decades. I know it makes the President’s recent decision to allow offshore drilling look. . . well, awkwardly timed, but this is, sort of, you know, your issue, [...]

What Progressive Victory Looks Like: Ending Corporate Welfare To Help Regular Americans

By: Friday March 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Yesterday was actually big victory for progressivism. Not in health care, but in student loan reform. Finally, a wasteful and worthless corporate welfare program was eliminated. The taxpayer dollars that were being thrown away on private profits will now be redirected to help low income students attend college and pay down the debt. This is [...]