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There are a lot of progressives whom Stalinists would have called useful idiots. I present to you Greg Sargent: Could Obama have adopted a far more aggressive posture while negotiations were going on? Absolutely. But the simple fact of entering into talks inevitably reinforced the sense that Obama and Dems were not prepared to allow…

As with history in general, I suppose the victors write–or rewrite–economic history too. One of the arguments for balancing budgets that’s floating around is that Clinton got us a surplus, times were good, and therefore, we should do it again. Of course, things were better for some people, including those at the bottom (which is…

Because these are the idiots you’ve allied yourselves with: …many of these voucher advocates claim they simply want to expand school choice and improve the quality of education for all. Yet one group that has been influential in the school voucher push — the Independence Hall Tea Party, which has run a major PAC that…

I’ll get to creationism in a bit, but first… Last week, Yves Smith started a wee lil’ ruckus among progressives with a post titled “Bribes Work: How Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security, Bought the Roosevelt Name.” In that post, she argued: Bribes work. AT&T gave money to GLAAD, and now the gay rights organization…

If you haven’t heard (wouldn’t blame you if you hadn’t), in the Alabama State House, a legislator switched parties–from the Republican Party to the Democrats, which, given the trend, especially in the South, over the last few decades is surprising. What’s even more surprising is why he switched–teacher bashing: Chalk up another Democratic win this…

It only took Ezra Klein about much longer than me to figure this out: …the position that Obama and the Democrats have staked out is the very position that moderate Republicans have staked out before. Take health-care reform. The individual mandate was developed by a group of conservative economists in the early ’90s. Mark Pauly,…

By way of Bob Somerby, we come across this Brookings Institution report by Tom Loveless, “How Well Are American Students Learning?” There’s a lot in the report, especially since it’s really three studies rolled into one, but part of section I, which debunks the notion that Finland has the best educational system in the world…

Mind you, I’m not talking about ‘framing’, but simply the justification for the policy (I’ll the propaganda for another time). I’m encouraged that Matthew Yglesias, who writes for the Center for American Progress, a progressive outfit, has stumbled into modern monetary theory (italics mine): Does anyone seriously deny that there’s something these people could be…

On Educational Metrics and Special Sandwiches

Over at Open Left, jeffbinnc pithily summarizes all of the metrics of which educational ‘reformers’ are fond: Then, to illustrate just how the focus on more and better tests is going to be raised to the levels of panacea, the CAP rolled out a new report last week that based just about everything on the…

At this point in Obama’s term, I’m simply hoping that the things I care about, like Social Security and education, aren’t mentioned by Obama in his State of the Union address. I’ve given up on thinking he’ll actually institute good policy (lost hope, if you will), and am just attempting a holding action. This is…