Category Archives: Also Too Seamus Had It Coming

Fearless Leaders


But many of the states with high-profile conservative governors vowing to stand athwart the ACA’s progress, by refusing to expand their Medicaid programs and erecting hurdles to establishing insurance marketplaces, would stand to gain the most from successful implementation of the law.

Never let common sense and the common good get in the way of a good political ploy.

NAFTA Shafta & The Romney Way

That and if you remember when America had paying jobs,

These companies were small in the late 1990s, but they’re giants today. and present-day descendants of three companies that Bain heavily invested in during Romney’s era — are now among the biggest outsourcing companies in the world, with call centers, factories and facilities, mostly in Asia, but also across the globe, that support U.S. high-tech companies.

But Bain knowingly and far-sightedly made strategic investments, with Romney at the helm, in these pioneering outsourcing firms in the late 1990s, which grew into some of the largest outsourcing and offshoring companies in the world. And Romney and Bain shared in their profits while he was chief executive and after he left. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your politics.

Politics does have something to do with putting food on the table, and kids through college, and the politicians have been very adept at feeding the world.

Mitt’s Fit


The Washington Post is standing by its reporting on Bain Capital’s outsourcing under Mitt Romney, and will not retract a recent story despite complaints from the Romney campaign.

“We are very confident in our reporting,” Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told TPM, adding that meetings with people concerned about coverage are common.

Mitt has better luck with billionaires,Shorter blogs, Har Har.

Real news, in Waldo canyon, as well as up north of Denver in Boulder, which it has been pointed out, are fires being fought by temporary employees without health insurance.

Is this a great nation, or what?

Short Sheeting America

Because it doesn’t have to be the greatest country it can be,

Too many members of the press aided and abetted the destructive push toward austerity without seeming to realize that the main driving force behind the austerity movement was ideological, not economics. — a chance to move toward a reduction in the size of government. Never mind if it’s critical services like education, fire, and police services. But the economists who led them to write these stories also deserve quite a bit of the blame (I’d assign all of the blame to the economists pushing for austerity and the harm that came with it, but journalists didn’t have to listen to these voices, particularly since they have been largely wrong all along). Many of us were pushing for alternatives policies, aggressive jobs program, infrastructure spending, helping households to rebuild their balance sheets to name just a few (see the article for several more), but to no avail.

Watching all of this happen has been soooo frustrating, far beyond anything I ever would have predicted before the crisis hit. We could have done so much better.

I never understood people wanting to go back and relive America’s past, when the potential of what this country could become is just so obvious. Yet, Onward to the past!

Milbank, The Bizarro Liberal

Dana Milbank informs Green Lantern fans that his head is immune to the superhero’s power,

On June 18, Van Jones gave a hard-hitting speech to progressive activists in which he praised the Occupy movement while chiding the older, more established iterations of left-wing activism for abandoning the cause because of disappointment in President Barack Obama. But if you read Dana Milbank’s coverage in the Washington Post, you’d think precisely the opposite had happened. In a piece representing either the worst of lazy-reporter hackery or outright dishonesty, Milbank wrote that Jones used his speech to slam the Occupy movement — a false charge if there ever was one. (Video of Jones’ speech appears at the end of this post.)

And then at least 17 other newspapers across the nation picked up Milbank’s column, spreading a false narrative that, three days later, the Washington Post has yet to correct.


From The, "OK You’ve Covered Your Ass" Files

The CIA without further redactions,

From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” The famous August brief called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.”

The Clinton Administration doesn’t get off blameless either. A December 4, 1998, President’s Daily Brief describes a “test-run” for 9-11, where Al Qaeda members evade security restrictions at an airpot in New York. A January 2000 briefing memo predicts “weeks… months… but no more than one year” before an Al Qaeda attack.

The archive can be found here.

I’m not sure we will find too much new in the documents, but a couple of nuggets may be found. The struggle to even get the 911 commission will be forgotten by now by most people, but the preponderance of evidence that lifted it from conspiracy theory to redacted CIA reports and ignored recommendations is still here, which may not last long either.

As John Kennedy noted, success has many fathers, failure is always a bastard.

Of Course,

I stIll help other people on the interludes, just not on the web.

As The Empire Rots

Catchy title, no?

Jared Bernstein gets all yknow, which most of you won’t read because it dovetails with the sentiment found here,

If you want to criticize Paul’s book–and Joe Stiglitz’s excellent new book on inequality as well–it’s that they make the solutions sound easier than they are. And I think I understand this. These Nobelists see the solutions so very clearly that it looks easy to them. Their logic is, in fact, air-tight and our natural experiments with austerity are turning out exactly the way they (and I, and others) predicted. Remember, in economics, go with the guys and gals whose models best explain what’s really happening, not what you wish was happening, not what you think should be happening, but what’s actually in the numbers.

So I really wouldn’t waste time trying to prove that Paul and Joe et al are wrong about austerity, bond vigilantes, Bowles-Simpson, confidence fairies, and “very serious people.” Instead, I’d urge them–P&J–to think more about real politics and how to get out of this mess given the stark realities of political dysfunction.

(emphasis mine)

Hang in there Prof, it only gets worse.

As for me I’m working on a very serious project, very serious, so light blogging again today. Apparently your luck is holding.