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Politics and Media Headlines 11/24/08

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Tracking the center-right nation meme (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
[W]ithin hours of the Democrat's White House victory, the "center-right" faucet was turned on.

Tuning out the brain-dead megaphone (by David Sirota, Salon)
Pundits claim we're a center-right nation -- but polls show voters elected Obama to enact his progressive agenda.
Sadly, Obama is a center-right guy, if not an outright right winger—see below. We tried to tell the bots, but they wouldn’t listen.—Caro

Obama to delay 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal (Washington Times)
President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say. Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise. However, Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress, the advisers said.

Obama may delay tax-cut rollback for wealthy (Reuters)
President-elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise - to roll back tax cuts on high-income Americans - as part of his economic recovery strategy, two aides said on Sunday… His aides' comments suggest Obama may be wary of imposing any additional tax burden at a time of deep crisis, despite the outlook for record budget deficits and mounting national debt. He may also be seeking to bolster Republican support for his recovery measures.

Progressive complaints about Obama's appointments (by Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory, Salon)
I've been genuinely mystified by the disappointment and surprise being expressed by many liberals over the fact that Obama's most significant appointments thus far are composed of pure Beltway establishment figures drawn from the center-right of the Democratic Party… Barack Obama is a centrist, establishment politician. That is what he has been since he's been in the Senate, and more importantly, it's what he made clear -- both explicitly and through his actions -- that he intended to be as President… Obama pays no price, and garners many benefits, by embracing the center-right and scorning "the Left." It's this dynamic that needs to change in order for the outcomes to change. [Emphasis added.]
Just as I’ve been saying FOR EIGHT LONG YEARS!—Caro

Obama and the Great Depression (by Mickey Z. at Information Clearinghouse)
No, I don’t mean that Great Depression. I’m talking about the inevitable moment—maybe next week, maybe next year—when the Kool Aid wears off and the Obamatrons wake up to realize their hero offers nothing even approximating hope or change. The carefully calculated speeches—which have always been filled with empty, hollow phrases—will no longer soothe a battered and desperate populace and the Obamabots will suddenly recognize that the Pope of Hope has never been anything more than a human marketing strategy, a product. This year’s iPhone.

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Submitted by amberglow on


on Romer, one of the new Economic people--ugh

"... the Romers have found that tax increases are generally bad for economic growth and that they primarily discourage investment — the supply-side argument that conservatives use to justify tax cuts for the rich. On the other hand, the Romers have shredded the conservative premise that tax cuts eventually force spending reductions (‘starving the beast’). Instead, they concluded that tax reductions lead only to one thing — offsetting tax increases to recover lost revenue.” ..."

Doesn't "offsetting tax increases to recover lost revenue.” still mean "spending reductions" or worse -- cutting programs and services?

Submitted by jawbone on

Don't Tell.

Now I will cry me a river. It's so damn unfair.

What good is a Dem prez if he won't be freakin' fair??? (oh, I know, SCOTUS)

And I'm being a tad emotional about this--just really bothers me. Especially after his lack of action on CA's Prop 8.

I feared as much--I guess I really did have hope he would be different from what he said he would be--and showed with his votes.

Don't blame me! I wrote in Hillary.

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-- "A new analysis of President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign fund-raising punctures one of the most enduring pieces of conventional wisdom from his presidential run — that small donors powered his record-breaking money machine.

The study, released today by the Campaign Finance Institute, a non-partisan group, goes deeper than previous analyses of Mr. Obama’s fund-raising in examining donors who made discrete contributions of $200 or less, and found many of them donated repeatedly to exceed that amount.

The institute found that while nearly 50 percent of Mr. Obama’s donations came in individual contributions of $200 or less, in reality, only 26 percent of the money he collected through Aug. 31 during the primary and 24 percent of his money through Oct. 15 came from contributors whose total donations added up to $200 or less. The data is the most recent available.

Those figures are actually in the same range as the 25 percent President Bush raised in 2004 from donors whose contributions aggregated to $200 or less, the 20 percent Senator John F. Kerry collected from such donors and Senator John McCain’s 21 percent from the same group. ..."

Submitted by lambert on

And quelle surprise that now they tell us...

NOTE I like the lack of agency in "most enduring." Why did it "endure"? A question for the Howler...