Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from July 2009

Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 36

July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 36

Paul Begala has an incredibly powerful and persuasive op-ed in Politico today making the case for the Employee Free Choice Act. After introducing nightmare hypothetical scenarios of workers getting fired for trying to organize, Begala pulls back the curtain and reveals the stories are about real workers who were fighting for better jobs. All of […]

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Tags: Labor


July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Rewind

Posting this for no reason other than Sarah Palin is no longer Governor of  Alaska and someone (cough Bill Kristol cough) might get the idea that she should seek higher office.

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Tags: Sarah Palin

Specter on Consistency, EFCA

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Specter on Consistency, EFCA

PA2010.com reports: In a rhetorical flourish sure to peeve his political opponents, Senator Arlen Specter says his views on the Employee Free Choice Act have been “consistent, and suggestions to the contrary by those intending to run against me are incorrect.” Specter made the assertion in a letter to the editor published in Wednesday’s Inquirer. […]

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Tags: Labor

More on the Rule of Law in China

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on More on the Rule of Law in China

While Woeser’s piece yesterday certainly identified the incredibly difficult situation the Chinese government creates for human rights lawyers, especially in Tibet, today’s Washington Post op-ed on the assault on China’s human rights lawyers by Teng Biao is truly a break-through for American awareness in the plight of the rule of law in China. While the […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Woeser on the Rule of Law in China

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Woeser on the Rule of Law in China

Famed Tibetan poet and blogger Woeser has a new piece that has been translated and posted on the unmissable blog High Peaks, Pure Earth. In it she writes about legal rights in Tibet and China and how the Chinese government has railroaded not only Tibetans who peacefully protested Chinese rule during the spring 2008 national […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Birthers…On the Hill!

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Birthers…On the Hill!

Mike Stark of Fire Dog Lake bird dogs Republican congressmen and asks them on camera if they believe Barack Obama was born in the U.S. The number that refuse to answer or refuse to answer affirmatively is truly shocking.

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Tags: Republicans

Calling Out Blue Dogs

July 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Paul Krugman offers one of the best analyses of how the Blue Dogs operate and how incoherent their objections to healthcare reform are.  It’s rare that politicians policy statements, especially conservative ones, are evaluated next to each other. The words “fiscal responsibility” are adeptly wielded by Blue Dogs and, generally speaking, the press allows them […]

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Tags: Democrats · Health Care

Cry Me A River

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Cry Me A River

New York Times headline: “Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Manipulates It, Worrying Some.” Key quote of wankiness: “I’m really perplexed. It’s unbelievable,” said Karen Hughes, Mr. Bush’s White House counselor. “They’ve taken his greatest political asset — his gifts as a communicator — and totally diluted them. It’s been especially notable in the […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · The Media

Hypothetical Imperative

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Hypothetical Imperative

While I don’t think this is a particularly good way to get health care reform legislation passed, I can guarantee it would happen within the next week if this scenario Jim Moss puts forward were to be put in play. The real question is why doesn’t Congress act with a similar level of urgency in […]

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Tags: Health Care

“This Still Haunts Us”

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on “This Still Haunts Us”

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy While this question and answer by President Obama during last night’s healthcare press conference on the arrest of Harvard professor Skip Gates stirred up a great deal of controversy with cable news talking heads and is by no means what last night was […]

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Tags: Barack Obama