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March 18, 2011

Send Obama Some Shoes

Filed under: economics, elections — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:37 am

Back in the good old days, when Obama was running for President, he said that if anyone tried to infringe workers’ rights when he was in office, he’d put on his comfortable shoes and join the picket line.  Right.  Our friend, Walter Brasch, asks why the President isn’t in Madison.  And where’s Reid, Pelosi, and Biden?  Read Dr. Brasch here.

February 20, 2011

The Budget Is A Moral Document

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:26 am

Someone said the budget is a moral document.  In today’s NY Times, Bob Herbert talks about what the budget-cutters and Obama are going to do to our poorer brothers and sisters.  The President’s budget director, Jacob Lew, said in The New York Times: “The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.”  The President should listen to him.

February 10, 2011

Obama! No You Can’t!

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:47 am

The President proposes cutting federal aid to poor people for heating fuels.  Anybody who thinks home heating oil prices are down is seriously out of touch.  Cut and paste the link.

February 5, 2011

Obama As Unfledged Climate Hawk

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:48 am

The President was widely criticized last week for omitting certain words critical to explaining the State of the Union (see “Obama calls for massive boost in low-carbon energy, but doesn’t mention carbon, climate or warming” and Brulle: “By failing to even rhetorically address climate change, Obama is mortgaging our future and further delaying the necessary work to build a political consensus for real action”).

This weekend, his climate hawkish science adviser, John Holdren, was not so reticent.   Today, in a Penn State speech on energy efficiency, Obama reemerged as a ‘climate eyas’, an unfledged young climate hawk, with these remarks:


Right here at Penn State, a university whose motto is “Making Life Better,” you’ve answered the call. Today you’re preparing to lead the way on a hub that will make America home to the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. Now, that may not sound too sexy, “energy-efficient buildings.” But listen. Our homes and our businesses consume 40 percent of the energy we use. Think about that. Everybody focuses on cars and gas prices, and that’s understandable. But our homes and our businesses use 40 percent of the energy. They contribute to 40 percent of the carbon pollution that we produce and that is contributing to climate change. It costs us billions of dollars in energy bills. They waste huge amounts of energy.

The good news is we can change all that. Making our buildings more energy-efficient is one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to save money, combat pollution, and create jobs right here in the United States of America. And that’s what we’re going to do.

As Brad Johnson writes,

Reflecting many of the idea’s in the Center for American Progress’s Rebuilding America proposal, the president’s goal of increasing building energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020 is tied to new tax incentives for commercial building retrofits, expanded loan guarantees, a new competitive grant program for states and municipalities, and new training program and extension service for businesses in energy efficient building technology.

With his strong clean-energy jobs push, President Obama is addressing the crises facing this nation. Steering America to fight climate pollution is his great unmet challenge. He missed the opportunity to teach Americans about the true nature of the severity of the climate crisis in his first two years in office, even as Nashville, Fargo, Russia, Pakistan, Australia, and the rest of the world were pummeled by the hottest, wettest climate on record. He must do more than mention “carbon pollution” in passing before a friendly, collegiate audience, but it’s a start.

You have to squawk, before you can fly….

January 8, 2011

What’s Going Wrong In Washington

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:27 am

Robert Reich is disappointed by Obama’s centrism.  “The public is bring told a big lie – that our problems owe to unions and the size of government and not to fraud and deregulation and vast concentrations of wealth.  Obama’s failure is that he won’t challenge this Republican narrative, and give people a story that helps them connect the dots and understand where we’re going.”  Paste the link to your browser.

January 2, 2011

How Does Paul Krugman See The Future?

Filed under: elections — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:09 am

Paul Krugman wrote this for the current New York Review of Books.  It’s about the grim two years ahead for Obama and Democrats unless the party distances itself from its alleged leader.

December 12, 2010

James K. Galbraith On Obama

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:10 pm

About two weeks ago, James K. Galbraith spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School to a meeting of Americans for Democratic Action.  He reminded us what Lincoln said in the dark winter of 1862: “We cannot escape history.  The solutions of a quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.”  This is well worth a read.

December 11, 2010

Obama The Negotiator

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:36 am

President Obama’s recent negotiations with Republican leaders puts us in mind of Neville Chamberlain who, in 1938, returned from Munich assuring us he had established “peace in our time.”   We have to hope we have more time before the collapse than Chamberlain and the British did.  The article by Bob Burnett has more about negotiating with vipers.

December 10, 2010

An Attack On Social Security

Filed under: Social Security — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:11 am

The scheme concocted by President Obama and the Republicans to cut payments to Social Security is a trap.  As this article makes clear, Republicans are well aware that once Social Security taxes are cut, it will be extremely difficult to restore them to where they belong – especially in an election year!  If the point of this exercise is to stimulate the economy, that can be done much more easily by increasing the Make Work Pay program that is already in place.  But this move ends Social Security’s spendid isolation and mixes it into the regular budget where it can compete with education, health, defense, and so forth.  This is a terrible idea.

December 3, 2010

Obama’s Moral Collapse?

Filed under: elections — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:29 am

Our favorite economist says President Obama, who should have come out fighting to protect the unemployed, the START treaty, and Social Security, instead froze federal wages – a bargaining chip given over to his adversaries with no response.  Has he lost his rudder?  Must Congressional Democrats provide their own leadership?  What does this forfend for 2012 Presidential primaries?

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