Why Obama 2.0 Is Good for Innovation
2012 Election / Mitt Romney / Obama Administration / Obama Job Performance / Stimulus Package / Tech Policy

Why Obama 2.0 Is Good for Innovation

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 … Continue reading

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Reagan Deification / Republican Congress / Supply-Side Economics

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know

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 … Continue reading

2010 Elections / Bush Tax Cuts / Democratic Party

ELECTION 2010: AMERICA’S ARETHA FRANKLIN MOMENT

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! … Continue reading

Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans

The GOP’s Pony Syndrome

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. Continue reading

Barack Obama / General Motors Bailout

GM Takeover: Obama is Protecting Our National Security

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? Continue reading

The “S” Word and a Bankrupt GOP
Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans / Republican Obstructionism / Right Wing Lie Machine

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. Continue reading

Barack Obama / Broadband Deployment / Internet Neutrality / Stimulus Package

Obama, Net Policy and the Kindness of Strangers

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. Continue reading

Barack Obama

President Obama and the Dawn of a New Day

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.
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2008 Election / 2008 Primary Election / Barack Obama / Generation Jones / Hillary Clinton / John McCain

Obama and Generation Jones’ Moment

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
Huffington Post
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
Huffington Post
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
Huffington Post
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
OpEdNews.com
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. Continue reading

2008 Primary Election / Barack Obama / Endorsements / Generation Jones / Hillary Clinton

The Torch Has Passed to Barack Obama

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.” Continue reading

Choosing Hope in the Primary
2008 Primary Election / Barack Obama / Endorsements / Generation Jones / Hillary Clinton

Choosing Hope in the Primary

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. Continue reading

2008 Election / Conservative Authors/Books / Right Wing Lie Machine

The Kool Aid Society Strikes Back

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.

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