LA Progressive: August 9 to August 15, 2009

Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Rupert Murdock, and Jeff Immeldt (clockwise from top left)

Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Rupert Murdock, and Jeff Immeldt (clockwise from top left)

Red-Baiting and Racism: Socialism as the New Black Bogeyman. This noise is about race. It is about “othering” a President who is seen as a symbol of white dispossession: dispossession of white hegemony, white entitlement, white expectation, and white power, unquestioned and unchallenged from the darker skinned other. -Tim Wise

McClintock’s Neocon “Morality” Tortures the Truth. Oddly, McClintock yearns for the golden era when California was a more highly taxed state and could afford “the finest highway system in the world and the finest public school system in the country. California offered … FREE university education.” -Adam Eran

When the Dead Have No Say. Apparently, escalating the warfare is much more attractive to Washington’s policymakers than actually challenging the main supporters of the Taliban in Afghanistan — the Pakistani government. -Norman Solomon

On Health Care, It’s “E Pluribus” Without the “Unum.” The fact that nearly 50 million American citizens have no access to health care and when they get sick or injured they are either driven into bankruptcy or suffer from being denied care does not seem to register with these people. -Joseph Palermo

Sarah Palin’s Death Panels. The “town meetings” that are now spewing such anger reflect deepseated fears that are welling up across America during this economic crisis. Healthcare reform may ease some of these fears. But the demagogues that are manipulating those fears for political gain don’t give a hoot. -Robert Reich

CNN Airs Anti-Immigrant Front Group’s ‘Pro-Labor’ Incendiary Ad . While CNN refuses to air an ad criticizing the insurance industry which is actually backed by labor, the “Coalition” of anti-immigrant labor-friendly posers has its misleading ad placed on regular rotation. -Andrea Christina Nill

Boycotting Fox News Advertisers. Complaining to Fox News, or even CNN about Lou Dobbs, for instance, does not always seem productive. Boycotting sponsors/advertisers seems a stronger way to protest. -Carl Matthes

Eyewitness from Honduras. The U.S. is involved in what is happening in Honduras up to its eyeballs. The leaders of the coup government, the military and those financing the coup are all the principal allies of the U.S. -Patrick Bonner

Washing Dishes for Change. The companies too big to fail have grown larger. The financial companies still run under the same model and free of much regulation like before. -John Delloro

Adam Schiff’s Town Hall Fracas. Last night tempers flared during a boisterous town hall meeting on health-care reform attended by 3,000 people. The event was organized by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank). -Larry Gross

How To Fight Heathcare Fearmongers and Demagogues. The President needs to be very specific about two things in particular: (1) Who will pay? and (2) Why the public option is so important — and why it’s not a Trojan Horse to a government takeover. -Robert Reich

Obama Did Not “Punk” the Common Guy. Obama is using every political chit to secure health coverage for 47 million “common “ Americans, strongly endorsing the public option that other Democrats and the Republican Party are seeking to kill. -Randy Shaw

Health-Care Reform Key Issue in 2008 Campaign: What Happened? The current state of the health care “debate” illustrates, even with the election of Barack Obama and large Democratic majorities in Congress, we might have already lost the vocabulary for collective moral discourse. -Joseph Palermo

Dobbs Can’t Help Himself from Breaking Promise to Forbid Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ on Air. Anyone who has ever listened to Dobbs has likely heard him repeatedly “foam at the mouth” about “illegal aliens” and legal immigrants alike. -Andrea Christina Nill

Could a Constitutional Convention Break California’s Impasse? The state is ungovernable for many reasons. Republicans know that California is getting younger and browner (and therefore more liberal), so they bitterly cling to the two-thirds budget rule – starving the state into oblivion. -Paul Hogarth

Treat North Korea as a Child Psychologist Would. Any child psychologist will tell you that rewarding a child’s tantrum will only cause more tantrums. For some time under previous administrations, including that of George W. Bush and Clinton himself, the U.S. has been reinforcing bad behavior on the part of Kim. -Ivan Eland

The New Volt and an Old Nash Rambler. American Motors and Nash have long-since disappeared. But if the auto industry could build that kind of fuel-efficient, gas-powered engine in the 1950s, why did it stop and why is the Volt such a big deal? -Charley James

death-panelsWhy Counting Undocumented Immigrants in the 2010 Census Counts for a Lot. Not counting undocumented immigrants could slow recovery from the economic recession and lead to bad public policies based on incomplete and inaccurate census information. -Andrea Christina Nill

Obama on Race: Process over Product. The emerging position of Obama on race does not seem as much focused on end solutions to our most challenging problems, but rather more on the process of how sustainable solutions may be found. -Yossef Ben-Meir

Progressives Shouldn’t Mimic Teabaggers In Promoting Health Reform. Activists often make the mistake of fighting battles on their opponent’s turf. Small town hall meetings are so easy to disrupt that they offer a perfect forum for the passionate Rush Limbaugh crowd that lacks a broad base. -Randy Shaw

The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome and the Future of Housing. How did the U.S. succumb to one of the most devastating housing recessions since the 1930s? Was it as simple as saying that everyone from mortgage brokers to Wall Street just got greedy? -John F. Wasik

Bill O’Reilly-Keith Olbermann Feud Ends with a Corporate Handshake? Olbermann differs from O’Reilly in that he cares about truth and falsehood, and he understands the distinction between journalism and propaganda. Bill O’Reilly is a liar and a demagogue and a right-wing propagandist. -Joseph Palermo

Why Sotomayor Shouldn’t Have to Apologize for Being Proud of Her Ancestry. The First Lady and Sotomayor’s families and communities maintained their dignity, ambition and strength during difficult times. That these women retained their ethnic pride, as did most people in the communities, should not come as a surprise. -Nicholas Dagen Bloom

How the White House’s Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy. The White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That’s basically the same deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit. -Robert Reich

Democrats Try to Regain Ground in the Language Battle. The latest failure to communicate on the part of Democrats is in using the term “health care reform.” What does that term mean to the public? Why it means that the government will diddle with our great medical care! -Herb Engstrom

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