2012 IN REVIEW Excerpts from Selected Columns JAN-FEB Ron Paul Truth Squad in Response to Iowa’s Disgrace (Jan 3) Ron Paul’s ten minutes of fame should have ended in 2008, but it didn’t. He got a free ride as an gadfly, which was then passed on to his son. Neither belongs on a prominent stage …
I’ve been asked to do a list of winners and losers for the 2012 election — so here goes. First the winners. 2012 Winners BILL CLINTON What a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1992 election. Clinton was the campaign MVP as he helped reelect a President so he can implement Clinton …
Why Obama 2.0 Is Good for Innovation October 23, 2012 Click to Comment This is an important election for all Americans, but especially for those of us in the tech community since decisions we make in November will impact the state of American innovation both in the short-term and for years to come. On …
POST-DEBATE MEME CREATIONS
Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know By Bennet Kelley July 9, 2011 While Los Angeles braces for the upcoming Carmageddon, the sense of horror felt over not being able to use 10 miles of freeway for a weekend is amplified by the fact that those who somehow manage to survive will face yet …
The 2010 Election: America’s Aretha Franklin Moment September 29, 2010 With the increasing chance of Republicans taking control of at least one house of Congress, I hereby invoke the little-known right of a columnist to channel R&B singer Aretha Franklin to deliver a simple message to the voters of America on this important election: Think! …
TWO NEW POLLS TAKEN TWO DAYS FOLLOWING HOUSE PASSAGE OF HEALTH CARE REFORM COMPARED TO TWO DAYS EARLIER – MAJOR SHIFT IN SUPPORT TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT
That is why the GOP’s worst offense is not Wilson’s disgraceful outburst but their shameful silence to the growing chorus of racist comments about the President and their refusal to condemn town hall loonies — even embracing them — alluding to acts of violence.
Jim translates a small drop in the president’s approval into signs of a great Republican wave next November. Jim ignores a dangerous number for Republican candidates: the congressional Republicans’ disapproval rating, which ranges from 52 to 72 percent in recent polls. More ominous is the fact that the party is alienating its base; approval within the Republican Party has fallen to a slim plurality in the latest Pew Poll.
The magnitude of GM’s bankruptcy is best understood through several key numbers. The first is that the Bush recession has already cost us 5.7 million jobs—the equivalent of the entire population of Wisconsin. If GM were allowed to fail, however, it could bring the entire auto industry and 3.3 million more jobs with it and create an economic black hole in the heartland.
A leaner, greener GM is also vital to our national security. Few GM critics recall that, after the start of World War II, GM and Ford ceased civilian production and devoted their entire capacity to the war effort. Who would we turn to if GM failed—Walmart?
The party has become afflicted with paranoia and outright derangement over President Obama spinning into a political tantrum that would make Christian Bale blush and which has only highlighted how out of touch the party had become.
Republican Myths: #1 Obama Must Be a Socialist Powerpoint companion to “The “S” Word and a Bankrupt GOP”
So socialism to the right means New Deal and Great Society programs such as (i) Social Security which reduces poverty among seniors by 75 percent, (ii) Medicare which has increased seniors’ access to health care and life expectancy; (iii) Medicaid which provides health care for half of the nation’s low-income children and 60 percent of nursing home residents; and (iv) Head Start which increases the likelihood a low-income child will pursue college and not crime. This is the red menace that the right is fighting against in order to return us to the days of laissez faire capitalism that gave us the Great Depression and Hoovervilles.
President Obama has demonstrated both vision and leadership to reverse this trend by making broadband deployment a vital part of his economic stimulus package. The Internet industry, however, must recognize that broadband neglect may also be attributable to its own failure to mobilize and distill cyber jargon to its core issues — economic growth, innovation and consumer choice.
While President Obama is certain to disappoint many over the course of his administration, what we must remember is that on a chilly Tuesday the nation came together and beamed with hope and optimism for the future.
After 50 years of division over civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the Gingrich revolution and the “Clinton Wars” and all things Bush, it was clear that a new day had dawned and that the nation stood ready to “pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” That in itself is a significant achievement.
Choosing Hope in the Primary
Santa Monica Daily Press
January 25, 2008.
What distinguishes Obama is his combining the “Audacity of Hope” with the bold daring of leadership. Unlike his opponents, in 2002 Obama had the vision and fortitude to stand up and oppose a war with Iraq recognizing that such a war would “require a U.S. occupation of undetermined costs, with undetermined consequences.” continued
The Torch Has Passed to Obama
January 28, 2008
Ultimately, it came down to a choice between Senator Obama’s message of hope and change and Senator Clinton’s message of competence and restoration. Clinton ’92 versus Clinton ’96. Voters in 1996, however, were reelecting the man from Hope they embraced four years earlier as he energized the party with a promise of new leadership that was “not mired in the politics of the past.” continued
John McCain’s Better Nation
Santa Monica Daily Press
February 28, 2008
McCain’s latest flip flop, so eagerly embraced by his new lap dog Sen. Lieberman, is a signal of what to expect in the fall campaign. Republicans will continue to present the false choice that we can either have security or be civilized � but not both continued
No Country for Old Poli-tricks
March 10, 2008
What is particularly unfortunate about this commercial is that it obscures the fact that not only have both Senators Clinton and Obama gained valuable national security experience . . . but both of them have more experience in this area than every President elected since Watergate (with the exception of the elder President Bush). continued
“High Noon” over Torture
March 14, 2008
Time after time the president has forced showdowns with the Democrats over seemingly esoteric . . . matters touching on national security. Once the battle is engaged, [Bush] begins a drumbeat of “we’re for protecting America, they’re not,” leaving the ambushed Democrats to attempt to debate the minutia of the issue over the din of the administration’s demagoguery. . . . This time, the President is returning to familiar ground — torture. continued
Obama and Generation Jones’ Moment
March 25, 2008
Obama is from Generation Jones, born in the shadow of fallen heroes, tempered by Watergate and disciplined by economic uncertainty. . . . Just as Senator Clinton represents the Baby Boom era and Senator McCain the Ice Age, Obama is the archetype of the Jonesers’ President.
Ultimately, it came down to a choice between Senator Obama’s message of hope and change and Senator Clinton’s message of competence and restoration. Clinton ’92 versus Clinton ’96. Voters in 1996, however, were reelecting the man from Hope they embraced four years earlier as he energized the party with a promise of new leadership that was “not mired in the politics of the past.”
What distinguishes Obama is his combining the “Audacity of Hope” with the bold daring of leadership. Unlike his opponents, in 2002 Obama had the vision and fortitude to stand up and oppose a war with Iraq recognizing that such a war would “require a U.S. occupation of undetermined costs, with undetermined consequences.
Safe in their ideological bunker and oblivious to the fact that their dream of a conservative epoch collapsed under the weight of its dogmatic excesses, cronyism and corruption, the right wing media’s true believers have lashed out with increased ferocity, recklessness and venom. Nothing illustrates this more than the completely fabricated story that Senator Obama “spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia” and Dinesh D’Souza’s latest polemic The Enemy at Home blaming the American left for 9/11 – both of which may be a preview of what is to come over the next two years.