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  • The thing that strikes me about this Christie situation is that apparently a number of people were in on the game, which leaves the guy at the top vulnerable, because at any time one of them could choose to rat him out for whatever vindictive reason. You gotta be stupid and arrogant to assume that you can pull off a nasty political trick like closing those lanes and somehow keep it all secret permanently, especially when your name is being raised as possible Presidential material. If I was a judge and a matter like this came before my court, I’d whack the defendant 10 years for the crime and another 10 for being such a dumbass that you’re a menace to society.

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Late Night: Media Fail: David Gregory Edition

    2013-08-15 19:08:14View | Delete

    Fabulous piece of writing, and totally on the mark, thanks !

  • Carmen Reinhart

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Douglas Feith

    Larry Summers

    Henry Kissinger

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  • Good blog Jon, and I’m glad you’re spreading some much-needed hope, but I’m not 100% convinced that we can make valid predictions about future political dynamics based on where the millennials are at now. I’m a boomer, came of age in the groovy 60′s (pot-woodstock-vietnam-psychedelics,etc.) and we were convinced when our age group came into our political and economic horsepower years that our values would be the dominant values of the culture. Well, that scenario clearly didn’t play out as expected– we produced G.W. Bush, torture, Iraq, Afghanistan, $16 trillion worth of debt, massive environmental degradation, and so forth.

  • eagleye commented on the diary post “Frackademia” Strikes Again at USC with “Powering California” Study Release by Steve Horn.

    2013-03-15 17:16:34View | Delete

    Here in NY state the gas fracking industry has tried to sell their agenda as “Energy Independence For New York.” But one look at the fine print and it becomes apparent that they want to export gas everywhere else. Same deal with the Keystone oil pipleline– they want to send oil to Houston for refining [...]

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Don’t Blame the Video Games

    2013-01-11 09:04:18View | Delete

    Of course video games aren’t the sole cause of gun violence. But the gun imagery in video games is part and parcel of the broader culture of violence, and it’s not a stretch to imagine that such imagery triggers a dangerous and extreme reaction in those who are already psychologically and emotionally damaged. We have people walking around among us who are ticking time bombs– let’s not give them any fodder for their paranoid delusions.

  • eagleye commented on the diary post The Small Ball Trillion Dollar Coin Seigniorage Exception by letsgetitdone.

    2013-01-08 19:43:58View | Delete

    Put a likeness of Ronald Reagan on a trillion dollar coin and the Republicans will get on board with the idea. They would find it ideologically impossible to stand against the Gipper. And besides, he is one of the Founding Fathers of our national debt, so the symbolism is perfect….

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Morals as a Tool for Ideologues

    2012-12-23 12:11:31View | Delete

    What puzzles me about the so-called “conservatives” is their inability to understand that if they had exercised the sober and prudent fiscal policy that they claim to represent, they would actually enjoy lower taxes. Waging costly unfunded wars and handing out tax breaks to the economic elites are precisely what drove the national debt up to $16 trillion dollars, which imposes an enormous burden of interest payments on the taxpayer. Duh…

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Kerry Finalized as Secretary of State Nominee

    2012-12-21 10:07:32View | Delete

    Kerry is on record is stating that even knowing what he knows now, he would still have voted to support the Iraq War. Oy, oy, oy….

  • I turned 65 this year, and needed a left knee replacement, a hernia repair, and a gall bladder removal. Without Medicare I would have been screwed.

  • The recent election dealt a blow to the value of the Republican brand, so I’m wondering if the big right wing money might try advancing their agenda by backing conservative corporate Democrats, ala Joe Lieberman and Mary Landrieu. In terms of tax policy and de-regulation, they can get most of what they want from those faux Democrats, which is a lot easier than trying to get Republicans elected in the present political climate. Instead of going up against the Democratic Party with its powerful Latino and African-American constituency, the fat cats might calculate they are better off to simply co-opt the Democrats. The Kochs and Adelsons and others of their ilk are mighty pissed, and not inclined to write big checks to Karl Rove again, so I’m betting that they are going to re-think their strategy and sponsor some puppet D’s.

  • We need more Elizabeth Warrens and fewer Diane Feinsteins in the US Senate.

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Obama Lead Widens, Michigan Loses Swing State Status

    2012-09-13 08:01:25View | Delete

    I like the way the polls are moving toward Obama because the bigger his perceived lead is going into election day, the more difficult it becomes for the Republicans to pull off some kind of ballot scam and steal the election.

    The other thing that is a big positive IMHO is that we’re seeing a lot of GOP stalwarts make pointed and very public expressions of their doubts about Romney. He is getting hammered from the Right (George Will, Fortune Magazine, and many others) for his various gaffes, especially his godawful commentary on events in the Middle East today. What is especially interesting about this is that conservative politicians and TV personalities don’t usually stray off the reservation. They almost always honor the tribal codes, for fear of being banished– Omerta is their highest value. But a lot of them are beating up on Romney of late, which suggests that they have already come to the conclusion that the GOP ticket is toast. They wouldn’t be jeopardizing the coming election with their negative comments if they thought Romney had a decent chance of winning, because they would be putting themselves at risk of sanction.

  • The 1% who own and manage this country don’t actually care much about gay marriage, abortion guns, or religion. There are not enough rich white guys to be politically competitive, so they need to create reliable voting blocs of surrogate voters, and their strategy has been to use the social issues to rally the cultural conservatives to the GOP side. The real agenda is another tax cut for Mitt Romney and the evisceration of government rules and regulations that might impact the Koch Brothers. It’s a very transparent game, yet their clueless followers still haven’t figured it out. The little old lady in Kansas casts her ballot for GOP candidates because she’s been told she is supposed to hate and fear gay people, but the net result is that a hedge fund manager somewhere gets a reduced capital gains rate.

  • Laurel,

    I hear ya, and agree that their nonsense has to be rebutted. But we should do so with an awareness of the real GOP agenda that underlies the social issues.

  • The Right doesn’t actually give a rat’s ass about same-sex marriage, or abortion, or guns, or religion, or any of the other social issues. They just use them as bait to draw the cultural conservatives out of their caves at election time to vote for Republicans, the real agenda being another tax cut for the 1%. We shouldn’t make the mistake of engaging them in a good-faith discussion about any of these issues, because they aren’t sincere about any of it in the first place.

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Todd Akin Is the Embodiment of the Modern GOP Platform

    2012-08-25 08:33:21View | Delete

    The GOP has a political dilemma. That party is essentially an advocacy organization for the 1%, but there aren’t enough rich white guys to build a constituency that can win elections. So the only way for the Republicans to remain politically competitive is to cobble together a party that welcomes all manner of wingnuts who have been whipped into a frenzy over the hot-button social issues (god, guns, gays, abortion.) The little conservatives who form most of the GOP base don’t have a clue that when they show up at the polls they aren’t actually voting on their culturally conservative agenda– they are voting to insure that people like Mitt Romney get another tax break, and that government regulation of business is eviscerated.

  • eagleye commented on the blog post Todd Akin Wins Missouri GOP Primary as Claire McCaskill Hoped

    2012-08-08 09:36:34View | Delete


    Appreciate the article, but let’s stop calling these goofballs “conservatives.” This is an enormous tactical error that a lot of smart progressives continue to make. The term conservative confers a mainstream legitimacy to what is really a radical agenda.

  • And this Keller crap comes from the “liberal” NY Times. Oy….

  • eagleye commented on the diary post Ann Romney Rejects Her Own Very Sensible Idea by Peterr.

    2012-07-19 13:58:42View | Delete

    My bet is that Romney doesn’t want to release his tax forms for two reasons-

    * The records will show that he has not been truthful with us in regards to Bain Capital

    * He probably paid zero taxes in recent years, and doesn’t want that out of the bag

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