Tag Archives: Obama

Adding Obama’s Electoral Votes

Why We Worry / Prognostications Desk Media reporting tends inexplicably to focus on national poll numbers, when the race will ultimately be decided by state-level votes in a half dozen or so battlegrounds. The national numbers are useful only for assessing a candidate’s general level of support, which might maybe possibly help predict how toss-up […]

Wildly inappropriate

Another reason Jeffrey Immelt, G.E.’s CEO, shouldn’t be the chairman of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness: General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American […]

‘Acute case of The Embarrassments’

IOZ on Obama’s complicity in Bradley Manning’s torture: Here is a fine opportunity to engage in a little free and painless magnanimity, to make vague noises about according decent treatment even to one’s enemies, to blather a bit about America’s committment to the humane treatment of all God’s precious children, to give the poor kid […]

Obama embraces the Dark Side

The President has now firmly embraced the teachings of Darth Cheney: … in Barack Obama’s administration, it’s perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention who has been convicted of nothing by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing “suicide watch” restrictions on him against the […]

‘Our diplomat’

From Greenwald: President Obama then publicly demanded the release of what he absurdly called “our diplomat in Pakistan”; when he was arrested, Davis “was carrying a 9mm gun and 75 bullets, bolt cutters, a GPS unit, an infrared light, telescope, a digital camera, an air ticket, two mobile phones and a blank cheque.” Link

Obama’s budget bright side

Obama's new budget is meh. It stupidly cuts some programs that help the neediest among us in yet another boneheaded attempt to please conservatives. But at least it doesn’t touch the biggies like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, which would be fine if we weren’t dedicated to giving millionaires gigantic tax cuts. In any case, […]

When big businesses run the government

It’s tough to have fair laws: ‘It makes no sense and it has to change,’ Mr. Obama said in his State of the Union address. ‘Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years — without adding to […]

Where the money goes

Tax cut distribution chart, via Ezra Klein: Yes. Obama actually wants to sign a deal with Republicans to make the tax code more unfair. Wtih nearly 10% unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and bankrupt state governments we shouldn’t be giving even more money to millionaires who don’t need it. * * * * Update I realize the […]

Olbermann on the tax cut deal

Counterproductive

Obama will freeze federal worker pay for two years as a “a symbolic gesture toward public anger over unemployment, the anemic economic recovery and rising national debt.” Too bad taking more money out of the economy will hurt the recovery, depress the job market and stunt the kind of growth that would solve our debt […]