Tuesday, September 27, 2011
My Name My name is not on the Korean War Memorial My name is not on the Vietnam War Memorial My name is not at Arlington National My name is not on the World Trade Center Memorial My name is not on the Pentagon Memorial My name is not on the CIA's wall My name is on my birth certificate My name is on an American Passport My name is on an Honorable Discharge My name is on a pension check My name is on a social security check My name is now Grandpa
Al Gore (An Inconvenient Truth and Our Choice) and Paul Gilding (The Great Disruption). Both Gore and Gilding's declarations of catastrophe caused by global climate change are an important precedent. They are politically premature and true, however they are relegated to the scrap heap of ridiculed ideas about climate change, sustainability and democratic principles. Under ordinary circumstances, articulating the previously unthinkable and using means that appear on the surface to be extra-constitutional, these will cause a reaction from Republicans to oppose the policies at all costs. In 2011, they are ten years too early. Just like anyone warning about Germany or Japan 10 years before WWII.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Public Frustration Grows With GOP Approach to Jobs, Deficit
Public frustration is growing with Republican's approach to deficit reduction and job creation, as the President prepares to unveil the latest plank in his economic roadmap Monday. The tone from the public has changed markedly over the past two weeks. When Obama delivered his jobs speech to Congress earlier this month, GOP leaders greeted the address with blanket statements welcoming the opportunity to work together on proposals that will grow the economy. But then the president proposed paying for those items with tax increases and the majority of the public agree. And in the president's plan for long-term deficit reduction set for release Monday, he's expected to call for a new tax rate for people making more than $1 million a year.
The Republican's say the President is in "class warfare mode" and engaging in class warfare against the people who create jobs. However the Republicans are the ones engaging in class warfare against the 99 percent of the public that don't make over $1 million a year.
Unfortunately the Republicans believe only in conflict. As former President Clinton said, "cooperation is good economics, even if conflict is good politics."