Friday, February 6, 2009

They Just Don’t Get It! This Is Not A Battle Of Left And Right And Trying To Crawl To The Muddled Mediocre Middle…This Is We The People At Stake.


They Just Don’t Get It! This Is Not A Battle Of Left And Right And Trying To Crawl To The Muddled Mediocre Middle…This Is We The People At Stake.



"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then,
to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in
broad daylight!"

- Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) –

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask
not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed
you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and
may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen!”

-Sam Adams-


“Will Americans allow Obama and his people to commit the atrocity of allowing the Bush gang to go unpunished for their terrible deeds?


Matters of this momentousness cannot be left to others. They must be taken hold of by people of conscience with both hands and not relinquished till hell freezes over.”



“Will Americans allow Obama and his people to commit the atrocity of allowing the Bush gang to go unpunished for their terrible deeds?


Matters of this momentousness cannot be left to others. They must be taken hold of by people of conscience with both hands and not relinquished till hell freezes over.”


Olbermann Special Comment: It May Be Time For Mr. Cheney to Leave ...
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Flatly, it may be time for Mr. Cheney to leave this country. The partisanship, divisiveness and naiveté to which he ascribed every single criticism of his and President Bush’s delusional policies of the last eight years, have now roared ...
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By David Glenn Cox | One Way Or The Other


Democracy thrives on altruistic patriotism; capitalism thrives on unbridled greed. While both political parties agree that this is the worst economic event since the Great Depression, they have somewhat different ideas about how to fix it. The Democrats in Congress have cobbled together a stimulus package, and yes it is full of bobbles such as Charles Schumer's tax credit subsidy for mass transit riders and tax credits for Hollywood. The Republicans have formulated an alternative stimulus plan, the same plan that they have been pushing for the last thirty years, tax cuts and credits for corporations and the wealthy.


The Republican leadership, after pledging to the President to work in a bipartisan manner, on Friday returned to Capitol Hill and attacked the Democrat's plan like hungry lions on a wildebeest. They complained about the $600 million for new cars. Let's see, $600 million divided by $25,000 is 2,400, that amount divided by 50 states, that is 48 cars per state. American cars, to keep American workers working. The Republicans are also upset about $200 million to re-sod the National Mall in Washington; this after Republicans approved $592 million to build an embassy in Baghdad the size of Vatican City with annual operating costs of $1.2 billion dollars.


The House version of the bill includes $275 billion in tax cuts; the Senate bill has $342 billion in temporary tax breaks to appease the Republicans but they are still unhappy because there is increased funding for family planning and $20 billion for food assistance. Too much pork and not enough stimulus, they cry, but the Republicans don't have a real alternative plan. Their plan is to hobble this plan. To delay, decry and defame this plan for as long as possible. If they can delay it until March or April, then there won't be enough time to process the money. Or to let out the contracts before September, and then it will be too late to begin construction this year in the northern tier of states, and Rush Limbaugh gets his wish to see this President fail.


If this was just a highway bill or an education bill, I would chalk it up to plain old politics. However, millions of Americans are shivering under blankets because they can't afford to turn the heat up. and they live in dread of going to their mailbox each day for fear of what they might find. Meanwhile, the Congressmen and women live the sumptuous life of the top 1%. They drink the best whiskey and turn the heat all the way up. They come in in the morning when they choose and leave when they get tired. Both sides are playing politics while millions suffer, men, women and children, who through no fault of their own find their jobs gone and their futures dimmed.


Is capitalism a cancer that eats away at representative democracy? Or is democracy just too weak to hold back the forces of rapacious greed? The stimulus package is a bad bill, but it is a bill that is trying to fix an airplane while in flight. It is too small, too top heavy, too unimaginative, and if it is not passed soon it will be too late. The Republicans remind me of taking children to Disneyland. You buy them cotton candy and balloons but when the car breaks down on the way home, they fold their arms and ask, "Why should I help push the car? What's in it for me? Maybe if you'll take me back to Disneyland I might consider it!"


What has happened to the party of freedom fries? Where have all those sunshine patriots with their flag pins affixed fled to? Give me tax cuts or give me death! 46 states are facing budget shortfalls. California is in the hole to the tune of $40 billion and if a solution isn't found by Friday California will begin to furlough workers and stop payments to vendors and creditors.


That $40 billion shortfall is 35% of the general fund budget. Any ideas as to how to cut 35%? California is by far the biggest and the first, but New York, Florida, and New Jersey are right behind. What will happen when state retirement checks start to bounce? When contractors start to lay off workers because the state can't pay them in a timely manner? This is not some science fiction scenario of a dark, distant future, this is next week in California.


sh*t rolls downhill and money runs uphill. As our Congress is living it up on Capitol Hill, we the people are knee-deep in the big squishy. The crisis hasn't reached them; they haven't received their disconnect notices yet. The stimulus bill includes $87 billion in increased Medicaid funding, without which many states will have to discontinue services. Just put up the closed sign and go home and let the poor do without and the doctors with claims do without and the hospitals do without, and it just keeps rolling downhill and just keeps getting deeper.


Conservative pundits call this Obama's New Deal and the media repeats the ridiculous Republican assertion that Obama's stimulus package is larger than FDR's New Deal. In real dollars, in 1932 New Deal spending was $600 billion annually, but by 1936-37 it had grown to almost $900 billion for a country of only 120 million. Obama's is a one-shot deal, but no, it won't be. It's the same mistake that was made by the New Deal, to slowly increase the spending while the situation deteriorates. The correct answer is more money up front and less later.


To our Congress ensconced in their palace of mirrors, the travails of a few millions of the lesser minions mean nothing when compared to the bigger issues of protecting the castles of their liege lords from relentless assaults on their taxable income. They must maintain their privilege of arbitrating labor and their divine right to control all that their eye sees. The game is as follows, if the Obama stimulus plan has some success at reviving the economy, Republicans lose ground in 2010. If the plan is delayed or is unsuccessful, or is delayed and hampered enough to be ineffective, Republicans would gain ground.


During FDR's first term Republicans and business interests attempted to engineer a coup, and in 1937 Roosevelt accused big business of again trying to create a new depression to cause the failure of the New Deal and to bring Republicans back to power. You see, Rush Limbaugh's ideas are not new or even slightly original.


Will the coal industry sit idly by and watch as the Obama administration pushes for green energy? Will the medical industry allow any program to pass that it doesn't benefit from? And the insurance companies? Even the "Buy American" provisions of the bill have been attacked. But even these are partisan knee-jerk attacks have prompted Congress to promise to water them down. The EU complained, but we are at parity with the EU. Mexico complained but Mexico is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US corporate conglomerates. They say what they are told to say, or we'll just find somebody else who will. China whispers but she whispers no.


The apologists argue that it's not so bad, 93% of mortgaged homeowners are making their payments on time. Only 7% of borrowers are behind in their loans, but the iceberg that pierced the Titanic's hull did so with a 1% hole. The flames that destroyed the Hindenburg grew quickly from a small spark. It was 5% of borrowers behind in their loans last year, and 3% the year before that. The mortgage industry operates on large volumes and small margins so 7% is nearing the abandon ship mark.


So how do we solve this dilemma? We have a government that can't or won't put aside politics even for the good of the people in a crisis. Weighed down by special interests and partisan maneuvering, when we really need them to reach deep down inside themselves and do the right thing, we get at best half a loaf, and at worst nothing.


The New Deal's goal was to rescue Capitalism and to put it on a treadmill of public good. Maybe it can't be rescued; perhaps it's too dangerous a beast to be controlled. It's tentacles and machinations will always overcome a two-party democracy--especially a democracy of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Maybe the Republican pundits are right, when they say the New Deal was a failure but not for the reasons that they think but because it didn't strangle Capitalism in its bed when they had the chance.


They Just Don't Get It | By Bernie Horn


Right now, conservative U.S. senators—both Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats—are thrashing around trying to cut pieces out of President Obama’s economic recovery plan. They say it costs too much. Ironically, these are the same senators who increased the legislation by more than $100 billion just a couple of days ago.


They Just Don’t Get It.


We’re in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs—almost 600,000 in the month of January alone, 3.6 million since the beginning of the recession in December 2007. If we act quickly and boldly, we can prevent the return of soup kitchens and shantytowns. But the longer Congress delays, the worse our economy will be.


They Just Don’t Get It.


Our gross domestic product (GDP) is dropping like an anvil in a Roadrunner cartoon, and if we don’t do something now, millions of Americans will be flattened. The banks don’t have money to lend, so the economy can’t be invigorated by the private sector. The Federal Reserve has already lowered interest rates to near zero, so the economy can’t be invigorated by monetary policy. Tax cuts? Been there, done that. They failed to bring broad prosperity during the Bush years, and they would spectacularly fail to address the underlying problems in the economy now. There is only one solution—deficit spending by the federal government.


They Just Don’t Get It.


The economic recovery legislation, whether the $819 billion version that passed the House or the $900-plus billion version considered by the Senate, is not too big. If anything, economists assure us that it is too small. The GDP is likely to drop by about $1.5 trillion this year and the legislation would restore only about one-third of that shortfall.


They Just Don’t Get It.


Some senators complain that the Obama plan won’t pump money into the economy fast enough. But the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that 94 percent of the spending in the Senate version of the economic recovery legislation would be spent over the next two years. Under the House version, 85 percent would be spent in two years. That’s hugely efficient—more stimulating to the economy, in fact, than any of the substitutes proposed.


They Just Don’t Get It.


Right-wing senators, like a herd of sheep, are bleating the Rush Limbaugh talking point that "this is not a stimulus plan, it's a spending plan." It makes you wonder—are they that intellectually dishonest, or just plain stupid? Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein, by no means a flaming liberal, punctured the air out of conservative Republican Mike Johanns, R-Neb., one of the dittoheads who uttered that line:

Where does the senator think the $800 billion will go? Down a rabbit hole? Even if the entire sum were to be stolen by federal employees and spent entirely on fast cars, fancy homes, gambling junkets and fancy clothes, it would still be an $800 billion increase in the demand for goods and services—a pretty good working definition for economic stimulus. The only question is whether spending it on other things would create more long-term value, which it almost certainly would.


In short, a stimulus bill spends money. The spending prevents millions of Americans from losing their jobs and helps millions more gain new jobs. A stimulus pumps money into the economy in the short term so the private sector can, in time, get back on its feet and drive the creation of new jobs.


They Just Don’t Get It.


Speaking of long-term value, a stimulus package that only takes into account the needs of the next year or two wastes the opportunity to build the foundation for a sustained economic prosperity. By ignoring that common sense, Blue Dog Democrats, who should know better, are being criminally negligent. As Pearlstein goes on to write:


Meanwhile, Nebraska's other senator, Ben Nelson (D), was heading up a centrist group that was determined to cut $100 billion from the stimulus bill. Among his targets: $1.1 billion for health-care research into what is cost-effective and what is not. An aide explained that, in the senator's opinion, there is "some spending that was more stimulative than other kinds of spending."


Oh really? I'm sure they'd love to have a presentation on that at the next meeting of the American Economic Association. Maybe the senator could use that opportunity to explain why a dollar spent by the government, or government contractor, to hire doctors, statisticians and software programmers is less stimulative than a dollar spent on hiring civil engineers and bulldozer operators and guys waving orange flags to build highways, which is what the senator says he prefers.


... Actually, what's striking is that supposedly intelligent people are horrified at the thought that, during a deep recession, government might try to help the economy by buying up-to-date equipment for the people who protect us from epidemics and infectious diseases, by hiring people to repair environmental damage on federal lands and by contracting with private companies to make federal buildings more energy-efficient.


They Just Don’t Get It.


Americans trust President Obama—they don’t trust Congress. The latest polls find that more than 75 percent hold a favorable opinion of Obama and only around 20 percent hold an unfavorable opinion. At the same time only 25 percent of Americans approve of what Republicans are doing in Congress while about 65 percent disapprove. Congressional Democrats are substantially more popular than Republicans, but they’re not in Obama’s league. In short, Americans want Barack Obama to lead and they want Congress to follow, without delay.


They Just Don’t Get It.


In the last election, Americans were given a clear choice between the old conservative and the new progressive economic philosophies. Voters spoke clearly, demanding change. It’s not just that Obama defeated McCain in a landslide. Democrats swamped Republicans in both House and Senate races. Even at the state level, voters decisively chose progressives over conservatives. It’s time to laugh off their absurd ideological arguments. If George Bush proved anything, it’s that when right wing domestic or foreign policy is implemented, catastrophe follows.


As usual, President Barack Obama put it best. Talking about the conservative ideology that has been deployed as a weapon against his economic recovery package, Obama said yesterday:


Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed. They’ve taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over a trillion dollars, and they’ve brought our economy to a halt. And that’s precisely what the election we just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment. And now is the time to move forward, not back. Now is the time for action.


Speaking of action, if you haven’t already called your U.S. senators and urged them to support President Obama’s economic recovery program and oppose all conservative amendments, here’s all the information you need.




Yesterday, President Obama strongly condemned members of both political parties for characterizing the economic recovery package before Congress as a "pork" spending plan for pet projects: "[W]hen you hear these attacks deriding something of such obvious importance as this, you have to ask yourself, 'Are these folks serious?'"


Despite the loss of 600,000 jobs last month alone, debate over the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been reduced topetty bickering over extremely small portions of the overall recovery plan. Marching to Rush Limbaugh's drumbeat, conservatives spent all week on cable news caricaturing tiny portions of the bill -- including provisions that they hadpreviously supported -- in order to score political points and embarrass the Obama administration. But these antics have distracted Washington from "the reality that we may well be falling into an economic abyss." Today, The Progress Report takes a step back and looks at the key principles that should guide the construction of any compromise on the economic recovery package.




In recent days, congressional conservatives have expressed a desire to slow down deliberation over the economic recovery plan. But as National Economic Council Director Larry Summers reiterated yesterday, "We do not have time to wait." He called comprehensive and immediate economic recovery legislation "imperative for our economic security." Evidence of the need for immediate action is clear.


Today, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy lost 598,000 jobs in January alone, raising the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. Yesterday, the Labor Department reported that 626,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, a 26-year high. These grim reports add to the 2.6 million jobs lost in 2008, 59 percent of which occurred in the last quarter of 2008 alone.


And the rate at which job losses are increasing is reaching historic highs. Indeed, in the first 12 months of the current recession, unemployment rose by 2.6 percent -- "the fastest such increase since the recession that started in January 1970." The effects of these increasing job losses can be seen rippling through the economy in the form of increasing credit card default ratesrecord decreases in the value of homes, and near record high levels of household debt.




Last weekend, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) explained his opposition to the current recovery proposal by complaining, "[T]his is the largest spending bill in history." Congressional Republicans made similar complaints again and again throughout this week, but such rhetoric reveals an obvious ignorance of economic policy. Indeed, the size of the spending bill is not arbitrary, but rather is based on the current and expected gap between the nation's economic capacity and its actual economic output.


As the Center for American Progress explained, "We are now in a situation where the private sector is unable -- or unwilling -- to use all of the available productive capacity: able people aren't working, machines sit idle, and cubicles stand empty." As a result, there are "millions of families who are cutting back due to layoffs, fear of layoffs, lower home values, or reduced retirement savings," and "demand for goods and services in the entire economy falls." As demand falls, companies are forced to cut back production and employment further, causing additional decreases in demand.


Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman explains that economists generally find that every "excess point" of unemployment above the rate that is expected in a healthy economy leads to 2 percent gap between the nation's actual economic output and its potential economic output. To prevent this gap from increasing indefinitely, the government must step in to temporarily increase demand and close the nation's economic output gap. Because unemployment is so high and demand continues to spiral downward, the current package before Congress -- if anything -- is too small.




Conservative policymakers and uninformed members of the traditional media suggest that the current economic recovery package is not "stimulative" because it includes spending on public welfare programs that have both short-term and long-term benefits. They argue that relying on tax cuts would provide fast-acting and long-lasting stimulative effects. In reality, tax cuts are less stimulative than public spending. Further, cutting taxes -- unlike spending on social programs --permanently increases the budget deficit. Instead, and as the current recovery package is slated to do, investment in America's future energyhealth care, andeducation infrastructure puts Americans to work now and yields economic, environmental, and social benefits for years to come.


While conservatives characterize the effects of such spending as being "too slow," the current proposal is designed to be fast-acting, but also maintain large (and needed)stimulative benefits through 2010. Unfortunately, a group of moderate senators, led by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME), aim to cut at least $80 billion from the the recovery package with large cuts to science, agriculture, energy, and education.


On Monday, Eric Holder was confirmed as Attorney General. Big news ... and good news for Americans who depend on the Justice Department to defend their rights. A bit more under the radar, Monday also saw another important piece of news at the DOJ.Leslie Hagen, a Justice Department attorney who was fired byMonica Goodling because of rumors that she was a lesbian, was rehired to her previous job at the Department.


This is just one step in cleaning up the appalling mess at the DOJ left by egregious politicization during the Bush administration. Monica Goodling, senior counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, was by all objective standards unqualified for such a high post. Her only "qualifications" -- the only ones that mattered in the Gonzales DOJ -- were that she was a partisan ideologue who graduated from Pat Robertson's Regent University Law School and was committed to reshaping the Justice Department to operate on a right-wing agenda.


Even though the politicization of the DOJ under President Bush was shameful (and possibly criminal), some senators apparently think it should continue and are taking their marching ordersfrom the Radical Right. The next targets of their witch hunt? Three more of the president's eminently qualified DOJ nominees: David Ogden, Thomas Perrelli and Dawn Johnsen.


Dawn Johnson, for example, has been tapped to head the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) -- the office that, under the Bush administration, produced the memos that served as its guidelines for detainee treatment and executive overreaching. Johnsen has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration's legal justifications for its policies. And, in her extremely impressive legal career, she spent several years at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Already some senators like Jeff Sessions of Alabama -- who earlier this week assailed the Johnsen nomination on the Senate floor -- are suggesting that, in their view, pro-choice bona fides should be an instant disqualifier.


Quickly confirming the rest of President Obama's Justice Department team will be one more important step, but there's still much more to be done to repair what was so damaged during the Bush years.


Let's look back at just a few of the disasters born out of DOJ's right-wing politicization:


  • political firings of U.S. attorneys;
  • political firings of staff attorneys, especially in the Civil Rights Division;
  • refusal to properly enforce civil rights laws, particularly those protecting voting rights;
  • Department approval and justification of unconstitutional policies from warrantless domestic spying to the denial of habeas corpus and torture.


People For the American Way will be pushing for investigations into these wrongdoings. It's going to take a lot of effort, and I know you'll stand with us. I know how important this issue is to our activists -- you've pitched in time and again over the last eight years as we've pushed for accountability and the rule of law at the DOJ, and hundreds of you wrote me impassioned emails last week about just how critical it is to keep pushing.


Karl Rove and others who are subpoenaed to testify or provide documents must comply and cooperate not just with Justice Department probes into these matters, but also with any and all congressional investigations. Congressional action is what's needed to get to the bottom of what happened, hold those responsible accountable and prevent similar abuses of power from happening in the future.


It's going to take a lot of effort, and I know you'll stand with us. Making sure investigations happen and proceed effectively and making sure President Obama's other Justice Department nominees are confirmed smoothly are just two things we'll be working hard for in the coming weeks, but there will be much more. Please continue to stay tuned and we'll let you know what you can do to help.


Thank you for all that you do. Now let's go get 'em.

All the best,

Kathryn Kolbert, President 


Federal judge rules denial of health coverage to same-sex spouse unconstitutional


A federal judge has deemed unconstitutional the government’s denial of healthcare coverage and other benefits to the same-sex spouse of a Los Angeles public defender, calling into question the validity of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.


9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt said the federal government’s refusal to grant spousal benefits to Tony Sears, the husband of deputy federal public defender Brad Levenson, amounted to unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation.


“Because there is no rational basis for denying benefits to the same-sex spouses of [Federal Public Defender] employees while granting them to the opposite-sex spouses of FPD employees, I conclude that the application of [federal statutes] so as to reach that result is unconstitutional,” Reinhardt wrote in an order to the U.S. Courts administration to submit Levenson’s benefits election form. The ruling was issued Monday and published Wednesday.


“The denial of federal benefits to same-sex spouses cannot be justified simply by a distaste for or disapproval of same-sex marriage or a desire to deprive same-sex spouses of benefits available to other spouses in order to discourage them from exercising a legal right afforded them by a state,” Reinhardt wrote.


ACLU Requests Torture And Surveillance Memos 

In a letter sent to the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) last week, the ACLU requested the release of secret memos that provided the legal basis for many of the Bush administration's controversial national security policies. The Justice Department continues to withhold many legal opinions, including memos purporting to allow torture and warrantless surveillance. 

The ACLU called on the OLC to release, at the earliest possible date, dozens of legal memos related to interrogation, detention, rendition, surveillance and other Bush administration policies. Since 2003, the ACLU has filed three lawsuits to enforce Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking the OLC legal opinions and other government records. These lawsuits have resulted in the release of thousands of documents, but most of the key OLC memos are still being withheld. 

Releasing the memos would also signal to Americans, and to the world, that the OLC intends to turn the page on an era in which it served not as a source of objective legal advice but as a facilitator for the executive's lawless conduct.

The Politics Of Bollocks  |  By John Pilger

February 06, 2009 "Information Clearinghouse" --- Growing up in an Antipodean society proud of its rich variety of expletives, I never heard the word bollocks. It was only on arrival in England that I understood its majesterial power. All classes used it. Judges grunted it; an editor of the Daily Mirror used it as noun, adjective and verb. Certainly, the resonance of a double vowel saw off its closest American contender. It had authority.

A high official with the Gilbertian title of Lord West of Spithead used it to great effect on 27 January. The former admiral, who is security adviser to Gordon Brown, was referring to Tony Blair's famous assertion that invading countries and killing innocent people did not increase the threat of terrorism at home.

"That was clearly bollocks," said his lordship, who warned of the perceived "linkage between the US, Israel and the UK" in the horrors inflicted on Gaza and the effect on the recruitment of terrorists in Britain. In other words, he was stating the obvious: that state terrorism begets individual or group terrorism at source. Just as Blair was the prime mover of the London bombings of 7 July 2005, so Brown, having pursued the same cynical crusades in Muslim countries and having armed and disported himself before the criminal regime in Tel Aviv, will share responsibility for related atrocities at home.

There Is A Lot Of Bollocks About At The Moment…

Last month President Obama nominated Congresswoman Hilda Solis to be our next Secretary of Labor, but conservative Republicans are blocking her confirmation simply because she supports working people. I just recorded a short video message about this unacceptable obstruction and how you can help.

Please take a minute to watch my video, then sign our petition to the Senate supporting Congresswoman Solis for Secretary of Labor.


Bush SEC Holdovers Cite Executive Privilege, Refuse to Answer ...
By Susie Madrak 
Next we need to throw out of the federal government, any and all Bush/Cheney loyalists. Bush/Cheney loyalists are not interested in the good of the nation, or the well being of Americans. They are only interested in their loyalty to ...
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Taking Note Blog

Can We Have Stimulus, Recovery AND Reinvestment? 
Anthony Shorris | February 5, 2009
One of the problems that has made getting agreement on a major economic initiative so difficult is the multiplicity of goals the various players have laid out for it.  Groaning under the weight of impossible expectations, the various congressional bills and administration proposals have become difficult to defend to a skeptical public and turned into fodder for conservatives and partisans looking for any excuse to fight the new administration.  Maybe it’s time to be as clear as we can about what we are trying to do. Continue Reading on the Taking Note Blog.


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