09 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Republicans Block Medical Care For Ground Zero Rescue Workers

It’s always interesting to see how pundits try to defend the indefensible actions of the politicians they support. Here’s Jonathan Chait of The New Republic spinning the Republicans’ blockage of Ground Zero medical care.

09 Dec 2010

Chris Matthews – A “Liberal” In Service Of The Status Quo

Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman make not-so-veiled attempts to marginalize and discredit the progressive movement.

08 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Bloomberg Is Pro-Business To The Core

He still denies that he’s running for president, but Michael Bloomberg gave what sounded a like a stump speech on the economy today. In the process, he confirmed that he’s just another tool for corporatist plutocracy.

08 Dec 2010

Campaign 2012 – Time To Make New Friends And New Alliances

Remember this scene from Terminator 2? That’s a visual representation of what progressives of all stripes need to be doing at this moment. We are all furious at the “compromise” worked by Obama and the Republicans to extend the tax cuts for the wealthy. We have all, at our own

07 Dec 2010

Watercooler – 74% of Obama Donors Oppose Tax Cut Deal

What, exactly, is Obama thinking? Does he not like being president?

05 Dec 2010

Watercooler – The Next Crisis: States In Debt

Some of the same people who warned of the looming subprime crisis two years ago are ringing alarm bells again. Their message: Not just small towns or dying Rust Belt cities, but also large states like Illinois and California are increasingly at risk.

04 Dec 2010

Watercooler – The Case For A Primary Challenge

There is a real way to save the Obama presidency: by challenging him in the 2012 presidential primaries with a candidate who would unambiguously commit to a well-defined progressive agenda and contrast it with the Obama administration’s policies.

03 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Arizona Moving Toward Wealth-Based Organ Transplant Process

Effective at the beginning of October, Arizona stopped financing certain transplant operations under the state’s version of Medicaid. Many doctors say the decision amounts to a death sentence for some low-income patients, who have little chance of survival without transplants and lack the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to pay for them.

03 Dec 2010

UnCommon Ground – Conservatives For Economic Justice

It’s quite powerful when someone first understands that the meaning of life is not, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” And it’s downright transformative when they realize that “I deserve to keep as much wealth as I can gather for myself” is a destructive political philosophy – and one that lies in direct contradiction to their Christians beliefs.

02 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Tax Cut Debacle Should Be The Last Straw

It’s time to stop complaining about the ongoing series of of unbelievable Democratic betrayals, and to start getting serious about putting together a progressive third party.Time is ticking, and I challenge anyone on this site to explain why they are still holding out hope on the Dems when it is more than clear that they have sold us up the river.