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  • Sally Kohn: Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee

    01/06/2015 12:59:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 6, 2015 | Sally Kohn
    Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender. I like Mike Huckabee. A lot. He’s simply a fun, funny, principled, appealing guy. Whether or not I think he’d make a good president (and I don’t), he would definitely make a great presidential candidate. And that should have Democrats scared. During my time at Fox News, I appeared on Gov. Huckabee’s show a handful of times. We always had fiery but friendly exchanges. And behind the scenes, even more than in front of the camera, Gov. Huckabee was always affable and downright, double-me-over funny. He’s...
  • Populist Warren could rewrite American politics

    12/19/2014 10:21:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Day ^ | December 19, 2014 | Harold Meyerson
    The word on Elizabeth Warren - the Democratic Massachusetts senator who fomented the opposition last week to a rollback of financial regulations in the bill funding the government - is that she's the left's answer to shut-'em-down Ted Cruz. In a recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank concluded that Warren is more like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the Republican ideologue who left his elective office to better lead the far right to glory. These assessments miss one crucial difference between Warren and the right-wingers: She has crossover appeal. More importantly, so does Warrenism. Cruz and DeMint can claim...
  • Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career

    11/26/2014 6:54:19 PM PST · by Baynative · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Philip Rucker
    <p>When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?</p> <p>The answer from Clinton’s representatives: $300,000 is the “special university rate.”</p>
  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    09/17/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 2:17 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa—an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He’s telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an election-year theme of restoring what he calls “basic fairness.” …
  • Right wing’s worst nightmare: The master stroke that turns red states blue

    07/27/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Salon ^ | July 27, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg, Al Jazeera & Senior Editor, Random Lengths
    (FAKE COLLAGE PHOTO AT LINK) Our divisions are phony: There's broad agreement on more issues. Here's how we convert the Tea Party. Elizabeth Warren’s rock star reception at Netroots Nation came as a surprise to absolutely no one, but not so her popularity as a draw for red state Democrats running for Senate, like West Virginia’s Natalie Tennant or Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes. Yet, there shouldn’t be anything surprising about Warren’s broad economic populist appeal. It was, after all, the foundation of Democratic Party power from 1932 through 1968, a period in which Democrats won seven of nine presidential elections...
  • Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

    06/12/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    Republic Report ^ | 12 June 2014 | Lee Fang
    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night.The national media is buzzing about Brat’s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons.Did the Tea Party swoop in and help Brat, as many in the Democratic Party are suggesting? Actually, the Wall Street...
  • Obama frames populist theme for Dems in 2014

    02/28/2014 10:46:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2014 8:10 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    Striking a decidedly partisan tone, President Barack Obama sought Friday to define this year’s elections as a stark choice between Republicans pushing failed policies from a bygone era and Democrats advocating freedom and opportunity for all Americans. Rallying the party faithful at a Democratic National Committee summit, Obama rattled off a list of issues where he said Republicans were stuck in the past: gay rights, women’s equality, wages and health care, to name a few. Driving the midterm election campaigns across the country this year, he said, is a fundamental disagreement between the parties about the best way to secure...
  • Obama Plans to 'Mobilize' Americans Around a 'National Mission'

    01/13/2014 5:31:23 AM PST · by PROCON · 141 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Susan Jones
    ( - President Obama says he will use his upcoming State of the Union Address to "mobilize the country around the national mission of making sure our economy offers everyone who works hard a fair shot at opportunity and success." In his weekly radio address on Saturday, he outlined some of the steps he'll take to make 2014 "a year of action." "Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple decades. So next week, I'll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the...
  • Middle-Class Heroes? To take on Big Business, the GOP needs more than rhetoric.

    01/02/2014 10:59:13 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 31, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    [W]hile crony capitalism has certainly flourished under the Obama administration, the GOP hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to combat the trend. Many have argued that taking on crony capitalism, and perhaps adopting a more populist tone that emphasizes the needs of working-class Americans, should be an important aspect of the GOP’s rebranded agenda. By advancing a message and a policy agenda that combat the stereotype of Republicans as beholden to Big Business, the party could go a long way toward regaining some lost trust with the American people. But the party’s actions haven’t matched this desire to change...
  • The Populist Egghead - Sen. Ted Cruz is a rare political species

    10/25/2013 12:40:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | October 25, 2013 | John Dickerson
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a rare political species—a supposed man of the people who is attacked for his elite credentials and lack of common sense. ----------------------- Sen. Ted Cruz may be the conservative movement's first populist egghead—a grassroots leader who is attacked for being too smart to have common sense. In political theater, you're usually allowed to wear only one of these costumes. The populist claims to possess the horse sense of the electorate and has no need for fancy schools, with their eating clubs, trays of sherry, and debating societies. That was Sarah Palin's posture. It was also true...
  • Republicans Need Family-Friendly Conservative Populism, Not A Shift To The Left

    09/25/2013 4:34:49 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | September 9, 2013 | Pete Spiliakos
    Ronald Brownstein argues that Republicans need to win over a larger share of nonwhite voters if they are to remain competitive in future presidential elections. Brownstein suggests “comprehensive immigration reform” as the kind of policy Republicans need to make gains among nonwhites. The victory of Tony Abbott in Australia indicates that Republicans can grow their party without obeying the wishes of liberal journalists. Republicans don’t need to move left on immigration or abortion. Republicans need to shift their focus from high-earners to the middle-class and people who are struggling to join the middle-class. Brownstein argues that winning over the “missing...
  • The Death of Populism (Victor Davis Hanson, " politician speaks for the common man.)

    08/01/2013 10:53:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | AUGUST 1, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Plenty of pleaders for rich and poor, but no politician speaks for the common man. Occupy Wall Streeters claimed that they were populists. Their ideological opposites, the Tea Partiers, said they were, too. Both became polarizing. And so far populism, whether on the right or left, does not seem to have made inroads with the traditional Republican and Democrat establishments. Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office. Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers have collectively paid in higher fuel costs over...
  • Is Populism Dead?

    08/01/2013 5:09:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 1, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Occupy Wall Streeters claimed that they were populists. Their ideological opposites, the Tea Partiers, said they were, too. Both became polarizing. And so far populism, whether on the right or left, does not seem to have made inroads with the traditional Republican and Democrat establishments. Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office. Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers havencollectively paid in higher fuel costs over the last 54 months.Victor DavisVictor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution,...
  • The Country Party

    07/30/2013 10:47:51 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    NRO/The Corner ^ | July 29, 2013 | Yuval Levin
    In a characteristically superb column yesterday, Ross Douthat described our contemporary political situation in terms of the “court party” and “country party” — terms drawn from 17th-and 18th-century British politics that refer to a party that wields power for the benefit of elite players and institutions and an opposition that seeks more dispersed power for the benefit of a larger public. No historical analogy is ever perfectly apt, but this one is powerfully clarifying. Particularly as laid out by its foremost intellectual leader, Henry St. John (the Viscount Bolingbroke), the country party’s idea of an organized political opposition as well...
  • Nostalgia Act: The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013 (Disses Cruz & Palin as fake libertarians)

    06/18/2013 3:06:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | June 18, 2013 | Nick Gillespie, editor, Reason Magazine
    Are you ready for the great Sarah Palin Revival of 2013? The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate is back from her exile at Fox News and, like the former child star played by Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, the self-described Mama Grizzly is ready for a big comeback. But, to be blunt, she seems more like a relic of a bygone, little-missed era in showbiz-cum-politics. Indeed, she no more represents a viable future for the GOP than her 76-year-old “angry bird” running mate, John McCain.To give her full credit, Palin is talking what sounds...
  • Quigley: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Nation Needs Sarah Palin

    05/21/2013 11:09:56 AM PDT · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | May 20 2013 | Brian Lerch
    Bernie Quigley is one of the few writers for an MSM publication who gets Governor Palin.  He has written extensively on her impact on culture and our current state of politics.  You can check out what he wrote about her last week here.   Today’s column on her was no exception.  He starts out by saying this: Why Sarah Palin? Because when I write a blog here on Jeb Bush or President Obama, it will bring in maybe 10 comments. A piece on Sarah Palin last week brought 135. Same every time. She strikes a chord which runs deep.She has a...
  • Obama asks Americans to help with gun law changes [Totalitarian Pretends He Cares What You Think]

    12/21/2012 5:33:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | December 21, 2012
    A website set up by the White House to solicit petitions has been flooded in the wake of last Friday's gun massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, and today, President Obama issued a video response to petitioners, indicating that he hears the outpouring loud and clear. "We hear you," said Mr. Obama. "Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms...It's encouraging that many gun owners have stepped up this week to say there are steps we can take to prevent more tragedies like the one in Newtown - steps that both...
  • China: Bo Xilai is down, but not out yet

    05/31/2012 7:12:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    China Post ^ | 05/31/12 | David Kan Ting
    Bo Xilai is down, but not out yet Thursday, May 31, 2012 By David Kan Ting, Special to The China Post The oft-quoted Chinese saying, “people's eyes are snow-brilliant,” (人民的眼睛是雪亮的) has a ring of truth, after all. The adage, attributable to Chairman Mao Zedong, asserts that the eyes of people are piercing and sharp, able to see the difference between right and wrong, and to penetrate the smoke and mirrors of the reactionaries and counterrevolutionaries. The chairman seems to have got it right again this time as mainland China is rocked by scandal after scandal. Time magazine called the country...
  • California tax initiatives test power of populism

    02/08/2012 2:41:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/8/12 | Jim Christie - Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California voters this fall may have the chance to answer a question of deep interest to politicians around the United States: will populist appeals to "tax the rich" resonate more than pragmatic arguments for budget-balancing solutions? Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has all but staked his governship on a tax hike ballot initiative consisting of temporary increases in sales and income taxes. He has positioned the measure as a practical and necessary move to combat chronic budget deficits .. By contrast, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the smaller of two statewide teachers unions, last week...
  • The Twisted Tree of Progressivism

    12/20/2011 9:51:16 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    The Freeman ^ | Joseph R. Stromberg | Joseph R. Stromberg
    Sorting out the Progressive movement and its constituent ideologies can be difficult in that the very term “progressive” is burdened with contested meanings. Rather than work along lines agreeable to presently out-of-office politicians hoping to regain power by denouncing long-dead Progressives, we begin with some deep background. One portent of Progressivism is found in the Liberal Republican movement of the 1870s. Prone to Paris Commune panics, distressed by strikes and labor trouble, such reformers as Charles Francis Adams (descended from John Adams), Francis Amasa Walker (Boston laissez-faire economist and Indian manager), and E. L. Godkin (Anglo-Irish editor of The Nation)...
  • Populist Winds Blowing

    10/07/2011 3:23:18 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 5 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 9/7/11 | Noman
    Senators--mostly Democratic, but not exclusively--are incensed at China's artificially low currency, which reduces the value of its exports to the US, and increases American firms' propensity to source overseas. Taken as an isolated phenomenon, this costs the US manufacturing jobs. Critics of China specifically, and global sourcing generally, are reluctant to recognize the domestic benefits flowing from outsourcing, e.g., lower domestic consumer prices; money flowing to more efficient and competitively advantageous domestic uses thereby creating jobs in new growth industries. Neither do they care that a stronger Chinese Yuan will merely shift the venue of sourcing, not its incidence. The...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • Palin's Shrewd White House Strategy: Populism 101

    09/14/2011 11:57:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Hispanic Business ^ | September 14, 2011 | Paul Goldman, former chairman VA Dem Party and Professor Mark J. Rozell
    With her recent attacks on "corporate crony capitalism" and the "permanent political class," Sarah Palin is telling supporters she is indeed running for president. But in 2016, not 2012. There is likely no mileage in running a late-entry campaign now. And Palin believes that Republicans could lose in 2012. The reason? The party's indebtedness to those crony capitalists and their retainers in the political class. Her recent speeches make the case why the GOP leaders for the nomination -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney -- are too tied to this problem to be the solution...
  • That’s All, Folks: Confronting Backwards Populism (Sarah, stop! You're scaring the Lefties!)

    09/10/2011 1:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Dissident Voice ^ | September 10, 2011 | Joseph Grosso
    As the presidential election campaign starts to occupy more and more of the airwaves someone should carry a counter and click every time the word ‘folks’ is uttered by a candidate. Even better would be how that final count would compare to the number of times a candidate would use a word like ‘citizens’ (at least citizens in a positive, civic light, not only in comparison to illegal ‘aliens’). In the opening chapter of her very relevant book The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby laments the ever widening usage of the words like ‘folks’ and ‘troops’ in American social...
  • The right should denounce Trump and Palin (from an NRO/CNN hack???)

    04/29/2011 10:13:39 AM PDT · by Baladas · 60 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | April 29, 2011 | Will Cain
    (CNN) -- The other night, having a few beers with a conservative friend, I mentioned how hacked off I was that there hadn't been a wholesale denouncement of the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin from conservative politicians and opinion-makers. To be sure, many, many, many, many have denounced both -- but I think a chorus as simple and clear as a Cee-Lo Green song is deserved. It should be unanimous and unmistakable. (The past 48 hours should make it pretty easy to dump on Trump.) My buddy, though, responded with an (almost) perfect analogy. He said: It's kind...
  • Analysis: Trump, Perot, Populism, Conservatism and the Pop Culture (transcript)

    04/20/2011 2:21:08 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | 4/20/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Movies, books, television shows. The left owns it. He's trying to introduce pop culture conservatism to the fans of pop culture, and so you think Trump might do this. Now: What is Trump saying that might cause people who live in the pop culture to have, say, a favorable view of what you and I believe? It's not a trick question. I want to know what you really think. CALLER: Well, I think he's bringing credence to the conservative mentality. If they like him as an icon, they recognize his success, they feel like he's a happening guy, and...
  • Far-Left Presbyterian Pastor: Sarah Palin, the phony populist (Compares her to Jesus!)

    03/20/2011 12:12:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | March 20, 2011 | The Rev. Jack R. Van Ens
    Wielding rapier-sharp wit, Sarah Palin slices her opponents, although some don't notice she's drawn their blood. That's because Palin delivers verbal stabs with down-home charm. Using folksy faux-cuss words that Joe Six-pack swears by, she gets “darn” agitated at the “dang” liberals whose truth is “bullcrap,” which makes for “bass-ackwards” politics. “How's that hopey-changey stuff workin' out for ya?” she sarcastically asks. Palin speaks and acts like a populist. Populism is a form of political persuasion in which the little guy's voice is pitched against East Coast elites. Populism thrives when its leaders effectively pit “The People” against unions, Wall...
  • Defending populism against the Tea Party movement

    01/22/2011 1:58:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2011 | Luke Bretherton
    .. most analysis of the Tea Party movement ignores history and sees the Tea Party as something new and rather bizarre. Yet the Tea Party is a form of populism - a perennial feature of American politics and perhaps one of its defining characteristics. American populism has its origins in the broad-based and fissiparous movement that emerged from the 1850s onwards. It reached its high point in the 1890s with the formation of the People's Party, which challenged the duopoly of the Republicans and Democrats but declined rapidly as a formal movement thereafter. Yet, like an event of nuclear fission,...
  • The Stealthy Spread of Socialism in the U.S.

    01/01/2011 3:50:18 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 01, 2011 | K.E. Campbell
    The biggest challenge facing Republicans in the 112th Congress is not Barack Obama. It is not Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate. It isn't high unemployment, repealing ObamaCare, the threat of Islamism and shariah in America, the deficit, or the looming insolvency of several (mostly blue) states. These, broadly speaking, are symptoms. The disease is socialism or, at the very least, a pervasive socialistic mindset. According to a February 2010 Gallup poll, "61% of liberals say their image of socialism is positive" and "53% of Democrats have a positive image of socialism." Overall, 36% of Americans view socialism favorably. Winston...
  • Slate’s Anti-Wall Street Mob Populism: We Should Go After Them with Pitchforks, Knives, Guns, Clubs

    04/24/2010 8:28:43 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 9 replies · 728+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 24, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    Does anyone remember when the liberal intellectuals decried populism coming from the likes of Glenn Beck and other conservatives that was aimed at the direction the country is going under the leadership of President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress? Throughout 2009, that so-called "bottom-barrel demagogy," as Troy Patterson called it in an post for Slate one year ago, was the focus of much consternation from the intellectual class that resides in the Northeastern U.S. corridor. One example was a critique of the Rick Santelli call that inspired the Tea Party movement, which John Dickerson called "impassioned, scattershot, and ultimately...
  • Romney versus Palin (Elitist versus Conservative Populist)

    03/03/2010 5:02:54 PM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 28 replies · 708+ views
    3/3/2010 | Vanity
    I noticed in the last few days that Mitt Romney has warned ominously about "the temptations of populism." In an interview with the Boston Globe, Romney says: “The populism I’m referring to is, if you will, demonizing certain members of society: going after businesspeople, going after Wall Street, going after people who are highly educated, people who are CEOs,’’ Romney said in an interview. “That kind of ‘All of our problems are due to that group’ is something that is unproductive.’’… “Populism sometimes takes the form of being anti-immigrant, and appearing anti-immigrant, and that likewise is destructive to a nation...
  • Sarah Palin's new gig: late-night comedian

    03/02/2010 6:22:28 PM PST · by Al B. · 47 replies · 1,901+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 2, 2010
    <p>BURBANK, Calif. — Sarah Palin says she's going to play Tina Fey in an upcoming Las Vegas show.</p>
  • Romney: Beware the “temptations of populism” (Willard protecting his "boys")

    03/02/2010 1:41:53 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies · 795+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    In a vacuum there’s nothing newsy about this, but 2012 isn’t a vacuum. We’ve talked before about the developing narrative: Palin vs. anti-Palin, “true conservatives” vs. centrists, blue-collar vs. white-collar, and … populists vs. “elitists.” With Beck having brought down the house at CPAC and the GOP in the grip of tea party fee-vah, why oh why would a potential nominee spritz cold water on populism? Branding, dear boy, branding: As Mitt Romney sets out this week to promote his new book, “No Apology,’’ he is also auditioning for a rapidly disappearing role in American politics: a politician who is...
  • Walter Russell Mead: Do Soldiers Drink Tea?

    02/23/2010 8:15:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 369+ views
    The American Interest ^ | February 21st, 2010 | Walter Russell Mead
    At the tea parties here in glamorous Queens we make sure we serve genuine Devonshire clotted cream with the scones and we keep our pinkies carefully extended while lifting the delicate porcelain cups to our lips, but a very different kind of Tea Party has my friends in the upscale media and policy worlds gravely concerned. To hear them talk, all the know-nothings, wackadoo birther wingnuts, IRS plane bombers, Christian fundamentalists out to turn the US into a theocracy, the flat earthers and the racists have somehow joined together into a force that is as politically formidable as it morally...
  • "Meet John Doe" speech scene- National Radio Address (classic Populist movie)

    02/20/2010 1:52:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies · 219+ views
    John Doe: Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the man you all know as John Doe. I took that name because it seems to describe -- because it seems to describe the average man, and that's me -- and that's me. Well, it was me -- before I said I was gonna jump off the City Hall roof at midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I guess I'm not average any more. Now, I'm getting all sorts of attention, from big shots, too -- the mayor and governor, for instance. They don't like those articles I've been writing. D.B. Norton: You're an...
  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (scene following his 23 hour filibuster)

    02/20/2010 1:37:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies · 297+ views
    A brilliant scene from the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", when Jeff Smith, after 23 hours of talking sense to the nation, gets hit with 50,000 phony telegrams demanding that he resign. If this scene doesn't move you, then you have a stone heart and a leather soul!
  • Populist Constitutionalism & the Tea Parties

    02/11/2010 7:29:22 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 31 replies · 553+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/7/2120 | Larrey Anderson
    I have attended several local tea party gatherings (and addressed a couple of them). There is one document that is ubiquitous at these events: the Constitution for the United States of America.[iii] People hand out copies of the Constitution like hors d'oeuvres that are served at ... a de rigueur tea party. At one tea party, I helped a women lug a couple of cardboard boxes filled with pocket-sized copies of the Constitution into the hotel conference room. We sat the boxes on a folding table next to the dais for the speakers. "I only bought a thousand copies. You...
  • Global bank tax near, says Brown

    02/10/2010 8:26:04 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 37 replies · 1,617+ views ^ | 2/10/2010 | George Parker and Lionel Barber
    Gordon Brown said on Wednesday the world’s leading economies were close to agreeing a global bank tax, amid hopes in Downing Street that a deal can be concluded at the G20 summit in Canada in June. Mr Brown believes that opinion has shifted decisively in favour of a globally co-ordinated tax after President Barack Obama’s move last month to raise $90bn (£57.7bn) from a US bank levy. Gordon Brown The tax could cost the financial services sector tens of billions of pounds a year. The prime minister has strongly advocated some kind of charge on banks. “I’m interested in the...
  • A Short History of American Populism

    02/05/2010 6:25:44 PM PST · by americanophile · 5 replies · 340+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 3, 2010 | Miachel Barone
    <p>It was a "populist night," Yale Law School professor and longtime New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse wrote of Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The president denounced "bad behavior on Wall Street" and called for "a fee on the biggest banks." He said he wanted to take "$30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid" and give it to community banks. He denounced CEOs who reward themselves for failure and bankers who put the rest of us at risk for their own selfish gain. He denounced "insurance company abuses." He called for higher taxes on "oil companies, investment fund managers and those making over $250,000 a year."</p>
  • Obama gets hawkish on $pending, to our peril

    02/01/2010 3:43:00 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 385+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 31, 2010 | Terry Keenan
    It was the first good week of the new year for President Obama. On Wednesday, his Treasury Secretary survived a grueling grilling on Capital Hill, while the next day Ben Bernanke, his nominee for Fed Chairman, was approved by the Senate -- in a squeaker of a vote. But the best news came last, on Friday, when the Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a robust 5.7 percent annual rate as we closed out last year. For the White House the news seemingly couldn't have come at a better time. That's because word of the best economic output...
  • At Davos, the globalizers are gone

    01/29/2010 8:42:55 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 8 replies · 509+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2010 | Ian Bremmer
    For 40 years there's been a consensus view at the Davos World Economic Forum that globalization's increasingly free cross-border flow of ideas, information, people, money, goods and services is both irreversible and a powerful force for prosperity. As with meetings of the G7 group of industrialized nations, there was broad agreement on the proper role for the state in the performance of markets. Sure, a French cabinet official and an American investment banker might spar over the relative merits of state paternalism and Anglo-Saxon labor laws, but the bargaining table was still reserved for champions of Western-style free market capitalism....
  • Bonfire of the Populists

    01/28/2010 6:24:50 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 425+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-28-10 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    The president's anti-Wall Street rhetoric is not good for the economy, and may hurt his party politically. The problem with fires is that they can blow in any direction. Consider the White House, which is seeing a backdraft from the anti-Wall-Street flame it has been dousing with gasoline. His agenda on the ropes, President Obama made a calculated decision to pivot to populism. The Massachusetts Senate race highlighted a fed-up public. The White House strategy: Channel that anger away from itself and to easier targets. Its opening shots were a new tax on banks, new restrictions on banking activities, and...
  • Voting For Higher Taxes (Tax The Other Fellow, Stupid Alert)

    01/28/2010 11:57:06 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 433+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/28/2010 | Stephen Spruiell
    When Scott Brown was elected to the Senate in Massachusetts, it was because he rode a “wave of voter frustration” (Associated Press) and “capitalized on voters’ disaffection with the status quo” (New York Times). “Anger” and “antipathy toward federal-government activism,” more than support for Brown, drove Massachusetts’s voters to go with the Republican (Washington Post). When Oregon voters approved tax increases on corporations and families making over $250,000, however, it was because the voters had finally decided to “behave like responsible adults” (Newsweek). It showed that Beaver State voters had bravely “gnawed back fears of tax hikes” (The Olympian) and...
  • The Republican Malaise (Sultan Knish Looks At Why The Stupid Party Looks Stupid Alert)

    01/28/2010 3:49:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 499+ views
    Sultan Knish | 1/28/2010 | Sultan Knish
    Scott Brown's victory and Obama's falling poll numbers were virtually undeserved gifts to a Republican party that for the most part spent the year on the sidelines, benefiting from grassroots activism without actually doing much about it. It's little wonder that Michael Steele is widely hated or that there's talk of a third party. But to fix the Republican party, it's important to understand what is behind its malaise. 1. The Republican Party is Conservative - I don't mean conservative in the sense of socially conservative or fiscally conservative, but being risk averse and when in doubt sticking to the...
  • The New Republican: How to Build the GOP's Next Generation

    01/28/2010 2:56:33 AM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 344+ views
    Huffington Post | 1/28/2010 | Alex Castellanos
    Their party was out of ideas and out of office. It had grown preposterously out of touch, a caricature of economic irresponsibility and elite, Washington-dinner-party values. Then along came Bill Clinton to return Democrats to the political center and teach them how to win. For the party seared by McGovern, Carter, Mondale, and Dukakis, the birth of the "New Democrat" in 1991 was a renaissance. Clinton was not afraid to march over the traditionally Republican ground of tax cuts, deficit reduction, and welfare reform to advance the Democratic party from its Dark Ages. In its founding documents, the Clinton-inspired Democratic...
  • Keep The Cuts

    01/25/2010 5:31:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 449+ views ^ | January 25, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Taxes: On the eve of President Obama's first State of the Union address, two Democratic congressmen are advising him to extend the Bush tax cuts instead of letting them expire. Now that's a stimulus. We hear that the administration is considering taking a more populist tack as it sails the choppy political waters of 2010. Some of President Obama's plans reportedly include several tax tidbits for the "middle class," including a doubling of the child care tax credit for families below $85,000 in income, and $1.6 billion for child care and a cap on student loan payments. Such transparent populism...
  • Taking populist tack, White House unveils new 'Evil Obama'

    01/24/2010 10:35:13 AM PST · by inkling · 31 replies · 1,215+ views ^ | Jan. 23, 2010 | Jon
    Responding to the unprecedented loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat to Republicans, the White House has responded not with conciliation, but with a more aggressive public image.Chief political adviser David Axelrod has completed a striking "rebranding" of the cool, rational President Barack Obama. Unnamed administration sources indicate that Obama will focus exclusively on populist issues until the November midterm elections."Voters are understandably angry," according to one official. "They need to see Democrats as the party that punishes Wall Street, regulates fat-cat bankers and insults pick-up trucks," one adviser said...
  • Making Sense of the New Political Anger [Elitist compares Birthers to Birchers, now to '64]

    01/23/2010 1:21:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 778+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2010 | Sam Tanenhaus
    Like so many good narratives, political stories often unfold along simple lines but invite multiple, at times conflicting, interpretations. And so it happened last week. First came the upset victory by Scott Brown, a Republican, in the special Senate election in Massachusetts, widely deemed a populist uprising and symbolized by the mile-weary pickup truck that became a feature of Mr. Brown’s campaign. Only two days later, the Supreme Court, in a more sweeping ruling than many expected, undid the bipartisan campaign finance reform of 2002, freeing corporations, labor unions and other organizations to spend unlimited sums at election time. President...
  • Senator John Thune: Obama seeks to spark ‘class warfare’ with populist rhetoric

    01/22/2010 9:02:46 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 17 replies · 600+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/22/10 | Jon Ward
    A prominent Republican senator said Thursday that President Obama is seeking to spark “class warfare” with increasingly populist rhetoric and a series of regulatory measures aimed at Wall Street. “I think they think if they can create enough animosity toward Wall Street and corporate America, they get into this traditional sort of Democrat rhetoric and tap into the populist anger out there,” Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, told The Daily Caller. “For Democrats to be successful they’ve got to create a sense of class warfare and an us versus them mindset.” Obama on Thursday proposed new limits on banks’...
  • Kneale: The Real Numbers on Wall Street Pay

    01/16/2010 5:39:08 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 488+ views
    CNBC ^ | January 15, 2010 | Dennis Kneale
    Can we all just get along? President Obama says he's fed up with "obscene bonuses" on Wall Street. The Congress is in an uproar. And new numbers from the front page of The Wall Street Journal today are stoking this mob mentality to feverish proportions. Yet the actual metrics in the Journal story raise a key question: What’s all the screaming about? Wall Street’s total compensation simply isn’t out of control. And the pay critics, in their pious, get-tough crackdown, are only ensuring a new round of outrage when some of these banks recover. First, some key numbers (rounded up)...