Why Obama Should Learn the Lesson of 1936, not 1996

Robert Reich: Obama shouldn’t be fooled into thinking Bill Clinton was reelected in 1996 because he moved to the center. I was there. Clinton was reelected because by then the economy had come roaring back to life.

Why Aren’t Business Leaders Standing Up To the Tea Party?

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Robert Reich: GE’s Mr. Immelt may be unhappy with President Obama, but he’ll be far unhappier if the tea party takes over the GOP.

Democrats or Republications: Who Will Be “The Biggest Loser” This November?

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Anthony Samad: With no real “new ideas” to combat a recovering economy, all Republicans have to bash is President Obama, who is really more popular than polls indicate because polls don’t really survey his base.

The Full Gingrich

Tina Dupuy: Gingrich’s schtick is Scorched Earth meets Straw Man. He not only incinerates the hypothetical Straw Man – he also verbally salts the soil where the Straw Man’s make-believe family lives after razing their made-up home.

Why Democrats Should Not Join In Economic Scapegoating

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Robert Reich: Democrats should admit America’s economic structure has become dangerously unbalanced — more unbalanced than it’s been in 80 years — and the imbalance is making it difficult if not impossible for the nation to emerge from recession. For these reasons, Democrats should recommit themselves and the nation to redresssing that balance.

Recession Is Over! (If You Want It)

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Joseph Palermo: The National Bureau of Economic Research tells us the Great Recession is “over.” The only thing this announcement reveals is just how out of touch and compassionless those who view human society through the lens of quantitative measurements can be.

Republican Pledge Against America

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Tom Hall: Tea Bag Republicans were coached for months to shout about “restoring the Constitution,” without ever risking any details of what parts of the Constitution need “restoration.” But the growing influence of the Tea Bag faction has forced the party managers to be more specific.

Republicans Go to the Bench

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Like Mega Bucks Meg Whitman, Damon Dunn has not participated in the electoral politics, having voted only one time in his life. Despite his lack of credentials, he is a darling of the Republican Party

The Crackpot Gap: Why It May Be A Boon To Democrats But A Danger To America

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Robert Reich: We’re in the midst of an ongoing economic emergency that requires clear thinking, intense work, and practical ideas. It also requires that we join together rather than be pushed apart. The loonies who are taking over the GOP pose a real and present danger.

Attack of the Dingbats

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Tom Degan: Glenn Beck – The louse that roared. Does the FCC have any rules about incitement to violence? If they don’t, they really should. The other day on his nationally syndicated radio program Beck made the claim that America can expect violence in the very-near future — and that the president of the United States will be the instigator!

Republicans Threaten to Shut Down the Federal Government

Robert Reich: I am continuously amazed at the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of potential victory. It is the gift that keeps giving.

Lies to Power

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Jerry Drucker: One score and ten years ago the Republican Party brought forth to this nation, a concept conceived in the privatization of government for profit, dedicated to the proposition that large corporations (now persons), special interest groups and lobbyists, can expand the United States wealth for those several entities and the vast eternal warring military-industrial complex.

Manifest Destiny Revivalism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Glenn Beck’s decision to hold the event on the March on Washington anniversary has elicited outrage amongst civil rights organizations who accuse him and the radical right of hijacking the legacy of the civil rights movement.

For Mosques, ‘Anywhere But There’ Echoes Far Beyond Ground Zero

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Marian Wang: Given the widespread opposition to such projects over the years, is anywhere far enough from ground zero to build a mosque?

There Is No Ground Zero Mosque

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Sharon Kyle: In response to Anthony Samad’s article, “Ramadan: The Best Time To Discuss America’s Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment”, we posted a quick simple poll to gauge the sentiments of the LA Progressive community on the construction of an Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero.

LA Progressive: August 15 to 21, 2010 — Articles

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Articles by Sharon Kyle, Ed Rampell, Marian Wang, Joseph Palermo, Rev. Irene Monroe, John Peeler, Randy Shaw, Shamus Cooke, Andrea Nill, Steve Hochstadt, Mike Price, Tanya Acker, Ron Wolff, Norman Solomon, Robert Reich, H. Scott Prosterman, Tina Dupuy, Sylvia Moore, Lucia Brawley, Berry Craig, Ivan Eland, Sherwood Ross, Jasmyne Cannick, Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen, Seth Hoy, Linda Milazzo

The Newtiness of Newt

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Michael Sigman: Newt’s bilious public statements, along with damning quotes in the Esquire piece from his second wife (out of three, so far) Marianne and from former long-time Republican congressman Mickey Edwards, suggest that Newt’s regeneration does not appear to have included a new heart.

Ramadan: The Best Time To Discuss America’s Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment

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Anthony Samad: You have ideologues like Newt Gingrich saying building a mosque near the twin tower site is tantamount to building a Nazi building next to a Holocaust site, or building a Japanese memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Rep. Wilbur Mills, long-time former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with chief aide and swimming instructor Fanne Foxe.

Michael Sigman: But lest the healthy anger of progressives during the Bush years curdle into full-blown, hide-under-the-covers depression, it’s worth asking: When did Washington work, anyway?

Republican Relativism as Radical Rhetoric

Anthony Asadullah Samad: It seems the Republicans need to pump themselves up every couple of months or so these days. It’s not so much that they are meeting that troubles me. It’s sorta like an AA meeting except here it’s where “ideologue-holics” come together and try to sober up on their 2008 Presidential defeat with new rhetoric that gets more and more extreme with each outing. This time, it was at the 2010 Southern Republican Convention in New Orleans that the more “radical” elements of the party come together to try to micromanage the Presidency and give a demented spin on the course of current affairs.

Why More Immigrants Is an Answer to the Coming Boomer Entitlement Mess

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Robert Reich: Sixty years later, we boomers have a lot to be worried about because most of us plan to retire in a few years and Social Security and Medicare are on the way to going bust. I should know because I used to be a trustee of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Those of you who are younger than we early boomers have even more to be worried about because if those funds go bust they won’t be there when you’re ready to retire.

LA Progressive: 4 April to 10 April, 2010 — Articles

Articles by Sikivu Hutchinson, Tom Hall, Rabbi Sara Shendelman, Michael Sigman, Georgianne Nienaber, Robert Watson, Tom Degan, John Peeler, Carl Matthes, David A. Love, Ed Rampell, Joseph Palermo, Anthony Samad, Bob Letcher, Robert Reich, Jasmyne A. Cannick, Tina Dupuy, Randy Shaw, Andrea Christina Nill, Ron Wolff, Paul Hogarth, Robert Reich, Ivan Eland, David A. Love, Marcy Winograd, Andrea Christina Nill, Michele Waslin, Walter Moss, and Sharon Kyle

The GOP’s Rebel Yell!

Sikivu Hutchinson: Standing jubilantly before his subjects like a schlubby cartoon potentate, Newt Gingrich, the GOP’s resident court jester/sage/adulterer extraordinaire, declared Obama to be the most “radical” president in U.S. history at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Reveling in the event’s torch passing pageantry, the audience lapped up Gingrich’s tirade against the “secular socialist” Obama machine. Coming on the heels of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s racist paean to Confederate pride (in which Southern honor was smote in a zip-a-dee-doo-da world without slavery or slaves), the conference issued another call to arms.

Poizner Smears Whitman for Sharing Obama’s Immigration Position in California Governor’s Race

Republican Gubenatorial Candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner

Andrea Christina Nill: A businessman like Poizner should also be sensitive to the fact that California could risk losing $164.2 billion in expenditures, $72.9 billion in economic output, and approximately 717,000 jobs if it removed all of its undocumented immigrants.

An Extraordinary Achievement

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Joseph Palermo: President Barack Obama Tuesday morning gave Democrats a blueprint for what to do in November: back in your districts surround yourself with ordinary Americans who would be denied care if the federal government did not step in to bend the corporate imperatives of profits and share prices to fit the human needs of people who pay their taxes, play by the rules, and whose only “crime” is to have gotten sick.

Health Care 2010 and 1994, and the Political Lessons of History

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Robert Reich: Today’s Republican battle plan is exactly the same as it was sixteen years ago. In fact, it’s been the same since President Obama assumed office. They never were serious about compromise. They were serious only about regaining power. From the start, Republicans have remembered the lesson of 1994. Now, as they prepare to vote, House Dems should remember the lesson as well.

The Fight to Save Public Education

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Shamus Cooke: The first battle tactic against public education was to starve it. Politicians have consistently lowered taxes on corporations and the rich for the past three decades, thereby lowering state revenues that have created the budget crises in nearly every state. Consequently, public education is in a state of shell shock.

Gingrich: ‘It Ought to Be Easy, Not Hard to Get A Visa’ to Come to the U

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Andrea Nill: Gingrich aptly points out that the nation is currently operating under an inefficient, outdated, and ineffective visa system. While many immigration hawks demand that undocumented immigrants go “to the back of the line,” Gingrich speaks to fact that there isn’t really a line for them to get in.

Obama’s Tiny Jobs Ideas for Main Street, A Big Spending Freeze for Wall Street

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Robert Reich: President Obama today offered a set of proposals for helping America’s troubled middle class. All are sensible and worthwhile. But none will bring jobs back. And Americans could be forgiven for wondering how the President plans to enact any of these ideas anyway, when he can no longer muster 60 votes in the Senate.

Far Worse Than a Big Zero

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Joseph Palermo: We can call the 2000s the “Worse Than Zero” decade or the “Big Zero,” or anything we wish, but what characterized it most for me was the near total control of corporations, especially over our civic institutions. All of the terrible economic and governing ideas from the Reagan era crested and then crashed in the last eighteen months leaving something far less than “zero” in their wake.

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