Think Progress highlights a comment made by former Senator John Danforth that should worry everyone who has an iota of concern about a functioning federal government. In a New York Times story about the problems the Obama Adminstration and sane Republicans like Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Indiana) are having getting the new START nuclear arms treaty [...]

Who Needs An Economic Policy Anyway?

November 28, 2010 | Comments Off

In a column, University of California, Berkeley Professor J. Bradford DeLong explains just how massively our federal government has failed us when it comes to macroeconomic policy. At least, that is what I said when I lectured on economic history back in 2007. Today, we have next to no hard-money lobby, almost all investors have [...]

Call Their Bluff, Mr. President

November 28, 2010 | Comments Off

David Cay Johnson at Tax.com urges President Obama to call the Republicans' bluff on their demands to extend all of the temporary Bush tax cuts. Republican congressional leaders have said they will let all of the Bush tax cuts expire unless the president bows to their demand that the top 3 percent of Americans be [...]

The Huffington Post's Dan Froomkin wants us to stop the whitewash of recent history currently in progress. History is likely to judge Bush most harshly for two things in particular: Launching a war against a country that had not attacked us, and approving the use of cruel and inhumane interrogation techniques. And that's why the [...]

Happy Holidays! No Club Meeting in December

November 26, 2010 | Comments Off

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will not meet during the month of December. Our next club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 13. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with our club business meeting at 7:15 p.m. and the speaker program (to be announced) beginning at 8 p.m. On behalf of the Lamorinda Democratic [...]

Good Journalism Isn’t Free

November 25, 2010 | Comments Off

The Center for American Progress' Eric Alterman has a thought-provoking column examining the problems with for-profit media today, and what may need to be done to ensure robust local reporting survives. As Alterman explains: With the core news function of for-profit media increasingly on life support in the United States, we need to find ways [...]

Wall Street Profits In the Wake of Their Failure

November 25, 2010 | Comments Off

GM on the Diablo Valley Democratic Club's email list shares a column by Truthdig's Robert Scheer; one which opens with an extremely depressing paragraph: Welcome to the brave new world of post-bailout capitalism. The Commerce Department announced Tuesday that corporate profits are at their highest level in U.S. history, and the Fed released minutes of [...]

SB 1070 Coming to California’s Ballot?

November 24, 2010 | Comments Off

Over on Calitics, Robert Cruickshank warns that a radical conservative has received clearance to circulate petitions to place an SB 1070-style anti-immigration measure on the California ballot. As Cruickshank explains, the strategy is quite clear: Here we go again. As we learned in 1994 with Prop 187, 1996 with Prop 209, and in 2008 with [...]

Asm. Nancy Skinner Seeks Woman of the Year Nominees

November 21, 2010 | Comments Off

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner invites residents, community groups, and civic leaders throughout the 14th Assembly District (AD 14) to submit nominations of women for her 2011 Woman of the Year Program. One women from each of the 14 communities in AD 14 will be chosen and honored at a Women of the Year dinner on March [...]

Redistricting Panel Conspiracy?

November 19, 2010 | Comments Off

Aside from the fact the California Redistricting Commission is likely to favor Republicans in the end, this Lisa Vorderbrueggen blog post on the conspiracy buzz flying around the the selection of its members provides another reason I opposed Proposition 20 and supported Proposition 27.

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