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FCC: what doing its job looks like

Via the NYT, from a longer article describing the FCCs plan to modernize the American broadband internet infrastructure: In a move that could affect policy decisions years from now, the F.C.C. will begin assessing the speeds and costs of consumer broadband service. Until then, consumers can take matters into their own hands with a new [...]

Pass this shitty health care bill!

I’ve gone back and forth on the health care bill, but at this late hour, I think we should pass it. At this point, these are our only two options — kill the bill, or pass it.  Yes, our elected representatives should be held to account for failing to give us a better bill.  But [...]

1983: When (Legislative) Giants Walked Among Us

The inability of our current Congressional representatives to do anything at all about health care — access or costs — is highlighted by contrasting today’s bumbling Congress with some legendary Congresses of yesteryear. “Yesteryear” meaning, in this case, 1983. Michael Millenson has a post at the Health Care Blog describing the wonderful things that happened [...]

Reversing America’s decline: good luck with that

Sorry for the short absence .  I was petrified with indecision about whether to use Google’s Buzz, or Twitter. (Actually, I wasn’t, but it’s a damn convenient excuse, eh?) Let me call your attention to the best two essays I’ve read over the past several week.  Both assert that the United States government is somehow [...]

Good news from Washington, maybe

And it’s about time. Just when I started to admit to myself that maybe the Obama administration really doesn’t stand for anything — a forgivable sentiment after watching it deal away just about everything that was worthwhile about health care reform — the President tells us that he intends to fight for commonsense banking regulations. [...]


The failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas is rekindling a fear of terrorism in the U.S., at least if you believe a lot of the media coverage of the reaction to the incident.  This is, I think, unfortunate.  Our fear of terrorism has been excessive, unreasonable, and irrational since 9-11, and it [...]

Healthcare reform: a return to social democracy?

As someone who has always been deeply hostile to “Reaganomics,” that blend of deregulation and privatization that has reigned supreme in the West for the past thirty years (including under Clinton), I enjoyed this essay by Tony Judt. The left, to be quite blunt about it, has something to conserve. It is the right that [...]

Reading about John Dugan

I’m spending part of my holiday weekend learning about a guy named John Dugan.  This guy is apparently one of the most influential architects of the banking disaster we’re suffering through.  His long career has been devoted to deregulating the financial industry.  We know the results of this deregulation — economic collapse and massive bailouts [...]

Hamsher and Norquist call for Rahm’s head

What does it mean that liberal blogger Jane Hamsher is teaming up with anti-tax right-winger Grover Norquist to demand that Rahm Emanuel resign? We both come from differing political ideologies. One of us is the conservative head of a transparency foundation, and the other is the publisher of a liberal political blog. But we make [...]

Partisan vitriol, bipartisan corporate ass-kissing

From the NYT, reporting on the Senate’s health care deliberations: The votes also marked something else: the culmination of more than a generation of partisan polarization of the American political system, and a precipitous decline in collegiality and collaboration in governing that seemed to move in inverse proportion to a rising influence of lobbying, money, [...]