Both the enemies of Republican presidential candidates and the enemies of Democratic presidential candidates are indulging in yet another predictable, pointless food fight about intelligence: who haz it? Who don’t? And why do we care about college transcripts from 40 years ago? First of all, let me be among the first to confess that I was a … Continue reading Tips for toads: no one votes for smartypants
Robert Kuttner writes at The American Prospect: It was nothing short of astonishing to see Obama, at his surprise press conference Tuesday, with harsher words for members of his own party than for Republicans. It is the Republicans, after all, who have been blocking his efforts, wall-to-wall, while liberal Democrats have been his staunchest if … Continue reading Shockholm Syndrome
“Welcome to the Recovery!,” shouts Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Yeah–you’re welcome to it, pal.) Running a ponderous description of everything you think you’ve been doing in the New York Times–yeah, that’ll do it. That’ll make of those jobless folks in the Rust Belt feel better and put money in the pocketbooks of all of those people whose unemployment benefits … Continue reading Money, money, money: it's a rich man's world.
Frank Rich (of all people) has an interesting review of Jonathan Alter’s The Promise: President Obama, Year One (of all books!) in the New York Review of Books called “Why Has He Fallen Short?” Rich has penned some astonishingly stupid op-eds over the past few years and has been a cheerleader for Barack Obama from the … Continue reading Why has The One fallen short?
Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Michael Lind is one of the most interesting political writers around. Of course, this may be my opinion because he has a good command of the last 200 years of American history and he isn’t afraid to use it in making his political arguments. I’ve been a fan of … Continue reading Up from Jacksonianism?
Comedy gold, from the May/June 2009 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (what can I say? I get a lot of magazines.) Sorry–no linkie: A Taxing Situation I am disappointed by the lack of outrage at the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Timothy Geithner ’83 as the country’s new Secretary of the Treasury [“Big Picture,” Mar/Apr].
Here’s a great 30 minute seminar from Bill Moyers’ Journal last week with Savings and Loan crisis expert William Black on Big $hitpile and the Wall Street Banksters inside and outside the Obama administration who are hoping we all just clap louder so that tinkerbell our economy doesn’t die. There are three YouTube clips here–you … Continue reading Pay no attention to the $hitpile behind that curtain!
This is hillarious: Barack Obama’s Teleprompter has a blog, and you’d better believe that TOTUS has a lot to say (via Corrente.) For example, TOTUS answers readers’ questions: Teleprompter, have you ever thought about helping Secretary Geithner, or do you work for just one person? No, I am a one-man machine. And while I’m beginning … Continue reading Weekend Funnies
Susurro at Like a Whisper has tagged me with a meme to compile a list of books to give to President Obama. He’s a bright guy who always has a book in his hand, and I imagine that he reads much more broadly than most people. Herewith is my annotated bibliography of five titles, which I humbly … Continue reading Book recommendations for President Obama
UPDATED BELOW Via Corrente, the verdict on tax cheat Tim Geithner’s new plan to save the his universe: I was going to dub the new financial plan TANF 2 — temporary assistance to needy financial institutions, without, you know, any of the means-testing or work requirements involved when poor people get help. But Jamie Galbraith … Continue reading Change you can smell! Or, same old $h!t, different day