The administration's roll-out of its austerity program for Americans fits a pattern we saw in health care reform, in the run-up to the Stimulus bill, in cap-and-trade, in financial reform, whatever. The Administration always operates from the top down, and then tries to mobilize support from the bottom. It decides what it wants to do and then brings interest group/think tanks like the Peterson Foundation to bear to reinforce its narrative in the non-Government sector. The think tanks collaborate with the Administration to set the parameters of public debate in the media. Much of the netroots joins the chorus. If needed parts of the public are mobilized to support the received view through Administration-friendly “progressive” organizations, and real solutions to real problems get shut out of sight and out of mind.
In the fiscal responsibility/reform drive the narrative is that we (the US Government) will run out of money (US Dollars), and won't be able to borrow it, because interest rates will be too high; or get it through taxation, because raising taxes is deflationary. So the only way not to run out and leave some dollars for our children is to cut Government spending and at least decrease the debt-to-GDP ratio.
We can't cut the Wars, 'cause that's national security. We can't cut the fight against terrorism 'cause that, too, is national security. We can't cut tax expenditures (or other welfare for businesses), because that will hurt business in a time of recession. So what's left? Why, only entitlements,
of course. Read more about It's a Pattern
Looks like the defeatists at the SEIU (whose leadersheep have consistently ignored resolutions passed by their membership at their national convention) have mobilized their fan boiz in blogospehre.
All but its most delusional fans have known since well before November 4 that single-payer's near-term chances are - short of some fracture in the space-time continuum - a sliver above absolute zero.
We’ll see about that.
The reason the New York Times is around to do "earned" media is because they make revenues off of "paid" media. Everyone understands that, it's just how business works in a capitalist system. And if you look at an advertising campaign for Toyota or Dove or Marlboro, they devote an increasing percentage of each campaign to online advertising. So it's not like we're asking anyone to participate in a system that has no benefit to them as advertisers.
David Waldman aka Kagro X reports on the negotiations over health care reform and the most significant thing he can find is that the Republicans are refusing to participate and therefore will have no input. The direction of the talks seem to hold no interest. Read more about How partisanship can make you stupid
Whether it is an aging manufactuer, struggling entrepreneur, or small business, health care costs represent a crushing burden. Conyers' Medicare for All would free up millions of dollars for invesntment and save our country $350 BILLION a year. Read more about Atrios has a better idea
I assume, rather optimistically, that a large number of people, especially young people and people of color, were activated by the election campaign and that some of them are interested in continuing to be active even now that the election is over.
In this situation what can progressives do to advance the cause of fundamental reform in the U.S.?
I suggest trying to organize local activists to fight to move the Obama administration to the causes of people not corporations on specific issues: ...
Misogyny? Nah! Never!
*Caution* that link is about as disgusting as you will ever see (click at own discretion) and was advertised through "Advertising Liberally" on Chris Bower's Openleft post where he cries about how the "netroots" don't get no respect.
Now why would that be? Read more about Misogyny is Not pretty Pt. Deux
Calling all Obama supporters, because health insurance isn't health care, a group of health care advocates are organizing on Obama's site.
Check it out if you are registered on the site. Read more about Obama supporters for universal health care
That is surprising when you consider how many bloggers are uninsured or under insured.
It also tells us something about the politics of health care. Read more about Netroots Nation and health care