Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from July 2010

Build A Larger Case

July 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Greg Sargent is right: All I’m saying is that raging against successful Republican efforts to block individual Dem initiatives isn’t enough. Raging about GOP obstructionism in general isn’t enough, either. The point is that Dems need to build an effective larger case that transcends individual issues and reckons more directly with the strategy underlying all [...]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Republicans

Krugman

July 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

It’s pretty rare for me to find a blog post, let alone a full opinion column, that I agree with pretty much word for word. But today’s column by Paul Krugman is pretty much it for me. Krugman shows a magnificent understanding of the Obama administration’s behavior and how it has generated a disappointed base. [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Myth Busting Social Security Lies

July 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Digby has posted an email from MoveOn wherein they bust up the top five myths conservatives are pushing about Social Security. Prometheus stealing fire is a myth. These are lies and should be treated as such. Top 5 Social Security Myths Rumors of Social Security’s demise are greatly exaggerated. But some powerful people keep spreading [...]

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Tags: Economy

Filibuster Reform

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Chris Bowers is doing really interesting work tracking votes in the Senate for meaningful filibuster reform. The post he has up today looks at the appearance of Democratic opponents to reform. The list is an interesting one, ranging from conservatives who tend to oppose progressives regardless the issue (Nelson, Pryor) to senators who benefit from [...]

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Tags: Congress

What Krugman Said

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yep. This has been another edition of What Krugman Said.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

A loss of trust

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Brilliant: Every time someone gets something thing wrong in a consequential way, the loss of trust should advance, ratcheting up with each such error detected, to the point where it becomes the safest default position to assume that someone — McArdle, for example — is always wrong till proven otherwise. I think similar things could [...]

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Tags: The Media

Context

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Apparently it is no longer required in quotes printed by conservative columnists, just as it is not required for videos ran by conservative bloggers (let alone for them to be taken seriously by the administration). Of course conservatives in the media or elected office attacking Democrats or progressives through an out-of-context-to-the-point-of-falsification quote is not new. [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Republicans · The Media

Elizabeth Warren & the CFPB

July 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

This weekend, the New York Times published an editorial supporting Elizabeth Warren to run the newly-created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. This is a big step forward and sign that conventional wisdom is aligning behind much of the progressive online community to support Professor Warren. The Times makes very clear that Warren is simply the [...]

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Tags: Economy

What Krugman Said

July 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Paul Krugman hits a home run in today’s column: But if politicians who insist that the way to reduce deficits is to cut taxes, not raise them, start winning elections again, how much faith can anyone have that we’ll do what needs to be done? Yes, we can have a fiscal crisis. But if we [...]

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Tags: Economy · Republicans

Debunking Colonialist Apologists

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

As has always been the case in human history, being an apologist for the colonizing activities of empires is a desirable and rewarding business. One notable China apologist posing as an academic in Hong Kong is Barry Sautman, who recently has published a number of essays and even a PowerPoint presentation in which he puts [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China