Stimulate the Economy by Mending Our Safety Nets

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Lots of talk this week about the proposed stimulus. One high priority ought to be the most vulnerable members of our society. The safety net created in the 1930s to protect Americans from extreme poverty is in tatters. Now that we’re in the worst downturn since the Depression, that safety net needs mending. This should [...]

Predictions for 2009: America’s Road to Change

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by Randy Shaw – For the first time, I approach a new year optimistic that the United States government will implement progressive change. The Obama Administration and Congress will invest hundreds of billions of dollars in new jobs, enact dramatically new energy policies, implement universal health care, impose long overdue labor law reforms, and reverse [...]

Fanfare For A New Administration

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by Charley James – A hat tip to the folks at the Editor & Publisher blog who thought this piece directed by the greatest maestro of the 20th century, Arturo Toscanini, would have been an appropriate way to mark the arrival of 2009, perhaps as the Times Square ball descended.

Countdown’s Favorite People of 2008

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Countdown, hosted by Keith Olbermann, prepared a video of it’s favorite people of 2008. Guess who made the list (hint: the photo accompanying this article won’t give you a clue)

The Year’s Best Political Videos

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I am certain a few of your favorites were left out. These were the best moments of the campaign. There are no adverts because nothing could trump the candidate in their own words and that was the big difference in this campaign. All of us had unprecedented access to every word, speech and moment thanks [...]

Obama’s Hometown Kicks Off “Camp Hope”

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Sub-freezing temperatures and a brisk wind did not darken the day in Drexel Park for the kick off of Camp Hope, an 18-day vigil just down the street from Barrack Obama’s home on Chicago’s south side, earlier this week. Organized by a coalition of social justice, religious and peace organizations from the Chicago area, Camp [...]

Do You Ever Wonder?

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With the holidays past and a new year upon us, Progressives have experienced a mixed bag of things to be grateful for, and concerned about. Our world is on the brink of financial collapse, our environment is experiencing growing global climate change of mans own making.

Please Don’t Hurt Me: The Democratic Rallying Cry

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I wouldn’t wish the current Democratic Congressional leadership group on any incoming President, especially not one with a mandate for change like Barack Obama. In the Jib-Jab year end film, 2008 is expelled from the room badly beaten up by crisis after crisis. Hope and change may be coming but without real Democratic Congressional leadership [...]

The “Bush Effect” – Hopefully for a Third and LAST Time

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Third time’s a charm, maybe? I’ve compiled three of these lists now. In 2006, I issued the first one, looking back on everything George W. Bush has adversely affected since he first arrived in the Oval Office. Just a damage assessment, really. At the time, I thought it would be instructive to look back, at [...]

Ronald Reagan and the Day the Earth Stood Still

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by Robert Brent Toplin – Hollywood’s current sci-fi thriller, The Day the Earth Stood Still, features Keneau Reeves as a visitor from outer space who warns earthlings about impending ecological disaster and senses he must destroy mankind to save the earth. The movie is drawing a lot of young patrons to the theaters to enjoy [...]

Nuttin’ for Christmas

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by David L. Brewer III and Scott Folsom – A week ago Friday and again last Monday the Governor called for a state budget to be out of the legislature and on his desk by Christmas; Christmas was last Thursday. It is now almost New Years and no budget.

LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer Speaks After Ouster

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In his first public appearance since his contract was bought out by the Los Angeles Board of Education, Superintendent David Brewer said his ouster will only make a bad situation worse

The Debate to Come over Wall Street, Autos, and Everything Else: Cyclical or Structural?

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by Robert Reich – First prediction for 2009: A widening gap between the public’s view of the bailouts of Wall Street and Detroit, and the views of the direct beneficiaries. The public believes the bailouts will permanently change these industries, but industry insiders don’t really want to change.

2009: Year of the Filibuster

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by David Swanson – Trying to squeeze any sort of peace on earth out of our government in Washington has been a steep uphill climb for years. For the most part we no longer have representatives in Congress, because of the corruption of money, the weakness of the media, and the strength of parties. There [...]

So Cute I Could Puke

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by Charley James – Crank up the schmaltz and mix in a preposterous plot. It’s Christmas Eve and for the next three or four days we’ll be bombarded with movies that give me hives.

Time To Strike Hoover’s Name Off FBI Headquarters

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As sentiment grows to prosecute Vice President Dick Cheney and other designers of the Bush torture policies, it may seem a trifling matter to be concerned over whose name adorns the FBI headquarters building in Washington. Yet the name J. Edgar Hoover represents a malignant streak of crime and corruption that is the very antithesis [...]

Shoehorning the Bush Legacy

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Although we thought that the signature moment of George W. Bush’s presidency would have been his standing in a flight suit before the “Mission Accomplished” banner on an aircraft carrier after the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003, this episode may well have been booted to the side by the scene of the president being [...]

Raising Taxes Is Good for the Economy

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by Adam Eran – The Census Bureau reports that California ranks 10th among states in income, but only 22nd in tax burden. Nevertheless, the Republican mantra has been that higher taxes are so damaging that government should avoid them at all costs — especially in downturns like the current one. This sentiment is so pervasive [...]

The Delusional Legacy Tour Continues

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by Denis Campbell – Since he truly cares not a whit, let’s plan a real tone deaf legacy tour for George Bush and the team. The only thing missing from the current trip is bomber tour jackets made by Bangladeshi school children earning $1 a week in wages. Is it possible for one man to [...]

Who Is Barack Obama?

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by Jerry Drucker – A question asked as a GOP ‘talking point.’ “He’s got the whole world, in his hands.” “That he be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.”

Troy Davis: The Case Continues

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by Dr. Alan Bean – The Troy Davis case indicates just how subjective the legal system really is. The federal 11th Court of Appeals deals with cases in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. A panel of three judges, selected from this court, considered the Davis case yesterday.

The First Hundred Days or the Last Hundred Days?

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by Ira Chernus – Looking back on Barack Obama’s first post-election interview with “60 Minutes,” no one should be surprised that he admitted he’s reading about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first hundred days in office. In fact, the president-elect — evidently taking no chances — is reportedly reading two books: Jonathan Alter’s The Defining Moment: FDR’s [...]

Obama’s Nixonian Dilemma with Iraq

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by Brian R. Robertson With several public commentators and scholars comparing President-elect Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, it has surprised me that there has been little attempt to compare Obama’s election with Richard M. Nixon’s election, exactly forty years ago. Both inherited divisive wars from the previous administration and both campaigns [...]

Race to the Bottom: Is W Really the Worst?

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by John Peeler – Is George W. Bush really the worst President in our history? It’s easy to think so, what with the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks, the bungling of the war in Afghanistan, the fraudulent conspiracy to go to war in Iraq, the prolonged disaster of the war in Iraq, and the [...]

Why the Automakers Won’t Make Fuel-Efficient Cars, Even as the Price of Being Bailed Out

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by Robert Reich – Telling automakers to make more fuel-efficient cars as a condition of being bailed out is like telling Citigroup or any other big bank to issue more affordable loans to Main Street as a condition of being bailed out. It won’t happen.

Winning with the Left, Governing from the Center

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by John Peeler – As President-Elect Obama goes about naming more and more of his cabinet and senior advisers, many of his left-of-center supporters are expressing increasing unease at the absence of certified progressives in the mix, and the prevalence of centrist Clintonites, including Hillary herself. This is very much in contrast with what happened [...]

Changing California’s Initiative Process

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he Initiative Reform Task Force met during the Democratic Party’s November E-Board meeting in Anaheim to propose changes in California’s initiative process. Chief among them is the immediate creation of a statewide “watch network” to analyze proposed initiatives as soon as they appear — BEFORE they are released for signatures. Click here for the November [...]

Take the Lead: Help Stop HIV and AIDS

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For 20 years, people around the globe have observed December 1 as World AIDS Day. It’s a time to remember those we have lost, to thank the people who give of their time to care for those infected and affected by the disease, and to rededicate ourselves to finding a cure. AIDS has not gone [...]

Governor Schwarzenegger: Please Don’t Declare 2009 the Year of Anything

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by Frank D. Russo – For the past several years here in California about this time we begin to learn through leaks or otherwise what our dear Governor’s theme is for the upcoming year. Like the teasers you see sitting in the theater before the main show for a blockbuster movie about to be released, [...]

Barack Obama’s Latest Appointees

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Some have looked at the list of Obama’s latest appointees and said that Obama has thrown his supporters under the bus. Others say his selections are nothing less than masterful. We, at the LA Progressive, have decided not to weigh in. . .yet. Instead of giving you our opinion, we’ve compiled a list of the [...]

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