Krugman: Obama is A Sucker

In a piece he titles 'Played for a Sucker' Krugman hits Obama hard on his saying that Social Security is in crisis.  Krugman makes many of the same points that others have made on this site.  

Krugman ticks off the list of what many of us know is true.  The most important being that saying Social Security is in "crisis" gives Republicans an opening to destroy the system through privatization.

To me, however, I think the most important point Krugman makes, the most damaging to Obama, doesn't directly deal with social security, and it plays into something that I have pointed out many times, and that Clinton rapped Obama's knuckles on last night.

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Paul Krugman Rocks Late Night Open Thread

I heard Paul Krugman on the Rachel Maddow show tonight as I was driving home and I realized the reason I have such a soft spot in my heart for the guy, besides the fact that he's right all the time, is that I've been reading his New York Times column since before I discovered blogs or realized that there was a whole movement of people who felt the same way I did. He was a lone voice of sanity -- well, him and Joe Conason at Salon -- at a time when they were in short supply. And so it was with great pride that I heard Krugman say the following tonight (this is more of a paraphrase than a quote...):

I was thinking about what went wrong with Clinton in the 90s, why healthcare fell apart and I realized it's because he didn't know what to do, he had no support system to back him up...The vicious attacks on Graeme Frost are nothing new for the right, what's new is that we now have a movement that knows how to hit back.

He said it all much better than I just did, of course. God forbid  Air America get into the habit of transcribing interviews and/or offering free clips of segments of shows. Hint. Hint.

In the meantime, read Krugman's column (hey, it's free now!,) his new blog and his new book, Conscience of a Liberal.

Consider this an open thread.

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Purgatory For Alan Greenspan

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The topic below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance, The Peace Tree and Worldwide Sawdust.

Alan Greenspan belongs to the Club of Emasculated Moderate Elites who enabled corporate theocrats to destroy the American Dream at home and annihilate our moral authority abroad. A prerequisite for membership is to first allow crazy ideologues to exploit their prestige and later disown the disastrous policies their reputations facilitated. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is a charter member of this club and a pathetic figure who criticizes the Bush Administration about Iraq when it no longer matters. Powell's domestic policy soul mate, Alan Greenspan, joined him with his new memoir, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures In a New World.

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Trusting Bush: The Immigration Deal

By Glenn Hurowitz

Do you trust George W. Bush - do you?

Some progressives are saying that when it comes to immigration, they're willing to cast aside all the past lies, suspicion, and betrayals and have faith that Bush's deal will help immigrants and help workers.

"I don't usually have nice things to say about President Bush, but this deal tends to separate people who have courage of their convictions and political opportunists," said Frank Sharry of the National Immigration Forum in a teleconference Thursday. "This is one time where President Bush deserves a real salute for having the courage of his convictions."

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Why EFCA? Workplace Democracy Decline 1964-2005

As reported by our Daily Kos's Miss Laura, the Employee Free Choice Act passed 241-185 in a House vote yesterday.  Now the bill will go the the Senate, where the bill has only one Republican cosponsor- Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.  I'm not going to go in depth about the bill itself, for more background on that I suggest reading PaulVA's extensive writing over at Kos on the subject.  I'm going to use publicly available data from the UnionStats webpage to show you what once was.... and what can be again if we can pass the Employee Free Choice Act through the Senate.  Below I've mapped out union density as a percentage of the labor force.

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