Dylan Matthew on the Congressional Deficit Turkey Vultures
Yes Our Press Corps Is a Joke. Why Do You Ask?

links for 2010-07-14

  • SJ: "There was really no explanation for why the economy has become such a difficult place for so many people.... Blaming things on the Republicans in some vague sense (e.g., tax cuts) also doesn’t make sense to people. If you want to get partisan, you have to connect the dots.... Does the problem here lie with the economic briefing that Axelrod received before going on air? If so, changing those responsible would be an obvious first step. But the issue may be deeper – or higher up.... It is entirely possible, based on what we are seeing and hearing now, that even Axelrod and other members of the political wing of the White House don’t really understand what happened (the big banks blew themselves up) – and why they are now so powerless to do anything about it (after being rescued, the banks fought hard to block effective change). The credit system remains fundamentally damaged and unfixed; this undermines expectations for the future in many ways and slows the recovery of jobs."
  • John Boehner, March 2009: "It’s time for government to tighten their belts and show the American people that we ‘get’ it". Barack Obama, yesterday: “At a time when so many families are tightening their belts, he’s going to make sure that the government continues to tighten its own,” Obama said. " We’ll never know how differently the politics would have played if Obama, instead of systematically echoing and giving credibility to all the arguments of the people who want to destroy him, had actually stood up for a different economic philosophy. But we do know how his actual strategy has worked, and it hasn’t been a success.

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