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Someone tell me why we didn’t nationalize BP assets in the U.S., fire the board of directors and other high-level managers, and then use the assets to fix all of the problems–including the unemployment caused by the spill. Because this sounds like the clarion calls of freedom and liberty to me (italics mine): In the…

I’ve read through the Washington Post article on our bloated, inefficient national security-surveillance apparatus–what Atrios characterizes as a system “to transfer money and power to elites while cementing the existence of a giant and extremely opaque patronage system. One with surveillance capabilities.” This caught my eye as it sounds like a serious security risk (italics…

Are Democrats intentionally trying to lose the next election? Because that’s the only possible way to explain this: Twelve Democratic Senators spent last weekend in Miami Beach raising money from top lobbyists for oil, drug, and other corporate interests that they often decry, according to a guest list for the event obtained by POLITICO.

MA: Did the Machine Break?

I think this is only part of the story, but it seems that the ‘Democratic Machine’ in Massachusetts might have slipped a gear: “Nobody likes her” says mom. What she means is, Coakley had no friends in politics. The Democrats in Massachusetts let this happen because – “I don’t know” says mom. Maybe they weren’t…

David Sirota was debating (although given that said ‘debate’ occurred on cable TV, that’s probably far too genteel a word) David Frum about healthcare, when Sirota brought up the finding that 45,000 people in the U.S. die every year from a lack of health insurance. Frum’s response is incredibly arrogant (go to the 4:00 mark):…

He wasn’t as pithy as let them eat cake, but the sentiment is the same. What’s gone missing in the debate over a public option for healthcare (although when more the seventy percent support it, it’s hard to see how this qualifies as a debate) is that tens of millions of people already have a…

I’m wary of criticizing Paul Krugman. I’m a firm believer in the DeLong Rules of Krugman, which can be paraphrased very simply: Don’t disagree with Paul Krugman. Re-read rule #1, you fucking moron. Nonetheless, I think Krugman, in an otherwise excellent column, misstates the motivations behind the ‘centrist’ Democrats opposition to the public option for…

What’s so frustrating about the healthcare debate is that even though 76% of Americans want a public option, this is somehow deemed politically unviable. Never mind that the Republicans were crushed at every level electorally and that President Obama has a 63% approval rating. Even this tepid option–and it is tepid compared to what most…

Summers’ Sleaziness Still Surprises

From The NY Times’ Frank Rich comes this amazing tidbit about Obama economic advisor Larry Summers:

Glenn Greenwald describes how a noxious combo of thin skin and blogger criticism can send smart reporters and pundits down the path of obstinancy: