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It would be for the best. First, some general thoughts. I had the distinct sense Obama was trying to run the clock out. He knew he had to say something, but has no room to maneuver. Thanks to his mediocre first two years and his enabling of conservative talking points (which one wonders if that’s…

I can’t figure it, myself. By way of driftglass, we come across this report indicating massive employee dissatisfaction: Workers can’t wait to dump their employers: 84 percent of respondents to a survey say they plan to actively look for a new job this year. That’s up from 60 percent who said they planned to do…

Or for that matter, any of the other tax cut silliness or fiscal austerity madness. Because to lower unemployment to where it was in early 2007 over the next eighteen months, that’s what we’ll have to do. The Slacktivist lays out the numbers: Now, from 2007 through early 2009 the American economy saw some 8…

Nothing at all. Here’s what I don’t get about Obama’s proposal to freeze federal workers’ salaries: he got nothing in return. Just like he did with healthcare. Nothing. And he is out of his fucking skull if he thinks either the Republicans or the Very Serious People are going to give him credit for this.…

Or, at least, don’t obey Massachusetts law and receive the healthcare they are entitled to. Esterline Technologies demonstrates that much of what passes for ‘rational business decision making’ is actually ideology combined with petty personal vendetta. From Yves Smith: This story illustrates how far some companies are willing to go to preserve their bottom lines…

How We Became the Can’t-Do Nation

Chris Matthews makes a very good point (no, really) about our complete failure to upgrade our infrastructure: We used to build trains and subways and airplanes for the world. Now we read about trains running three hundred miles an hour in France and China and we piddle along on Amtrak like we’re on a buckboard.…

Keep in mind that this GE plant primarily makes parts for defense contracts–these jobs are provided by a guaranteed contract: General Electric Co. has made an unusual offer to the state: Give us $25 million in tax credits, and we won’t cut any more than 150 positions at our aircraft engine plant in Lynn. The…

What I find most disturbing about the Simpson-Bowles report, among many disturbing things, including a number fetish, is that our political discourse, which is usually mostly irrelevant, has become even more so. Why? Because we’re focusing on the wrong deficit. While this deficit proposal is obviously an attempt to shift the debate rightward by proposing…

Certain things make me bang my head against the wall. Politically, one of those things is the complete lack of real concern over the employment deficit by our political betters, especially by Democrats. Here’s the latest installment of stupidity (italics mine): To fight the worst recession since the Great Depression, Congress started giving the unemployed…

Regarding their op-ed page, The New York Times seems eager to provide misinformation via Thomas Friedman columns. It’s a fascinating business model. Besides, being lectured by Tom “Suck on This” Friedman completely blows up the irony meter. His latest inane–and factually incorrect–burbling: Let’s kowtow even more to public service unions so they’ll make even more…