Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from March 2011

Anti-business Tea Party?

March 31st, 2011 · Comments Off

An article in today’s New York Times by Mike McIntire about the close relationship the Tea Party movement has had with American business is pretty damning. It highlights a string of bizarre synergy between a supposedly populist movement and business interests around things like keeping Asian paper tariff free, opposing net neutrality, and commercial space […]

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Tags: Republicans

Konczal on Homeowner Organizing

March 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

Mike Konczal at Rortybomb runs with some of Stephen Lerner’s ideas about homeowner organizing. Collective bargaining is the cure to this kind of power differential – give consumers access to the same expertise that businesses would draw on in these circumstances. Explicit in unions are that a small fee up front gets you full representation […]

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Tags: Economy · Labor

Lerner responds to Beck’s attacks

March 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

Stephen Lerner goes to The Nation to respond to the attacks Glenn Beck has launched on him: What did I say that led Beck to spend two nights attacking me and defending big banks and Wall Street CEOs? I think I may have found part of the answer in what disgraced former Wall Street stock […]

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Tags: Economy

Moore on Colbert

March 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Colbert ReportTags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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Tags: Economy

Mortgage Modification Dealings

March 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

Last week I took a guess and wrote “meaningful principle modifications could run $800-900 billion plus.” That was a shot in the dark, but recent reporting by Shahien Nasiripour at Huffington Post shows that I was likely a good ways off the mark, at least in so far as how the CFPB has estimated the […]

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Tags: Economy

Too Big to Prosecute

March 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

William Greider in The Nation: A better name for the Justice Department’s softened policy might be “too big to prosecute.” Just as the Federal Reserve used the “too big to fail” doctrine to rescue big financial institutions from their mistakes, Justice has created an express lane for businesses and banks to avoid the uglier consequences […]

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Tags: Economy

Krugman vs Austerity

March 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

Krugman is shrill today: In short, we have a political climate in which self-styled deficit hawks want to punish the unemployed even as they oppose any action that would address our long-run budget problems. And here’s what we know from experience abroad: The confidence fairy won’t save us from the consequences of our folly.

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Tags: Economy

Dayen on AG Mortgage Settlement

March 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

David Dayen continues his stretch of incredible reporting on the foreclosure crisis with a comprehensive update on developments in the state attorneys general settlement around foreclosure fraud. Of note, two different groups of attorneys generals – 4 Republicans and an uncertain number of Democrats – have voiced opposition to the term sheet floated by Iowa […]

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Tags: Economy

Consent of the Governed

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller has yet another must-read post at Naked Capitalism, this time covering the role the slow trickle of information coming out about the choices made to bail out Wall Street during the collapse of 2008 as a means for priming the pump for more meaningful reform and the establishment of transparent structures in the […]

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Tags: Economy

United We Rise

March 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

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Tags: Human Rights