Don’t Let the GOP Fool You on the Economy

September 30, 2011 | Comments Off

Here's an outstanding Paul Krugman column that debunks the rising myth that the current economic conditions are the result of President Obama's policies. After debunking several claims, Krugman makes a vital observation: So Republican assertions about what ails the economy are pure fantasy, at odds with all the evidence. Should we be surprised? At one [...]

In Praise of Extremism

September 29, 2011 | Comments Off

I found this Frank Rich essay in New York magazing to be extremely thoughtful. It is well worth your time. As he writes: This delusional faith in comity reached its apotheosis in the debt-ceiling showdown. With the reliable exception of Paul Krugman, who shuns Washington and calls centrism “the cult that is destroying America,” almost [...]

Republican Attacks by the EPA

September 28, 2011 | Comments Off

by Clyde Rich Guest Columnist Former President, Democrats of Rossmoor Reagan started making  tax cuts  for the wealthy and deregulation.  Bush expanded the tax cuts and appointed leaders who continued the attacks on regulation.  If tax cuts and deregulation were the answer to our current economic problems we would not be in the condition we [...]

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, October 13, will feature Joshua Holland, the author of The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy. The meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at a new time of 7:00 p.m., [...]

Former GOP Capitol Hill staffer Mike Lofgren has written the must-read article of the weekend. In it, he explains why he finally had to end his Capitol Hill career as he watched, as he puts it, "the crackpot outliers of two decades ago" become "the vital center of the Republican Party today". In this piece, [...]

Remember what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said was his top priority in October 2010? The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. Now take a look at this chart posted by Jed Lewison at Daily Kos showing how job creation has slowed while Republicans [...]

No, that's not a misprint. Just weeks after the unjustified move to downgrade the sovereign debt of the United States, S&P continues to give AAA ratings to the same type of debt that helped create the economic crisis. Talking Points Memo's Brian Beutler has the gory details.

Three Charts Showing the Impact of the Recovery Act

September 1, 2011 | Comments Off

Jared Bernstein offers three graphs that tell a story about the Recovery Act different from what you will find in Republican or Fox News circles: the stimulus worked. As Bernstein explains: Republicans constantly ply the talking point “discredited stimulus” in the interest of blocking any similar ideas, like some of those I expect to hear [...]