Norman Solomon: The message is that—if you don’t like mass surveillance and draconian measures to intimidate whistleblowers as well as journalists—your beef is really with technology, and good luck with pushing back against that.
Ellen Brown: One good gimmick deserves another. The debt ceiling could be eliminated for good, by restoring to the government its constitutional authority to create money.
John Peeler: While the administration continues to pursue closure on a case-by-case basis, I think it is time to consider again the option of just returning the entire base to Cuba.
Brent Budowksy: Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
David Love: President Obama—or Reverend President—has captured America’s attention on racial inequality. He must make the issue his central theme for his remaining time in office.
Murray Polner: Obama was going to be different, or so we hoped. The hundreds of thousands who joyously hailed him in Grant Park and the 1.5 million who turned out for his first inauguration were ecstatic with anticipation. The policies of the past were dead and gone. Or so we innocents thought.
Murray Polner: Most Latin Americans have had enough of American imperialism. Obama’s order sounded like most of our past presidents whose policies have led to so much injustice and suffering.
Michael T. Hertz: The United States has had a long history of Middle East involvement, but even in the past 14 years it has made pretty much of a mess of things.
Murray Polner: There’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss.
Jim Fuller: The major lesson I brought home from that intense reporting experience was that the U.S. trade embargo and accompanying policies were profoundly stupid and counterproductive.
Tom Hayden: Secret talks over the past two years produced the extraordinarily detailed list of steps announced by President Obama, carefully distinguishing what the White House can do without Congress.
Joseph Palermo: Washington Republicans have shown a willingness to damage the country so long as they see it as politically advantageous to their party. The belief that changing demographics are going to thrust the Democrats into a dominant position in national elections might be wishful thinking.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: It is time to end the era of rigged corporate trade and begin fair trade that respects all people and the planet; and that is developed in an open and transparent manner.