Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from June 2011

Dick

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

In Morning Money this morning, Politico’s Ben White called out President Obama for being mean to big business yesterday in his news conference: HEAD SHAKER: BIZ BASHING RHETORIC RETURNS – Fairly or not, corporate America continues to disdain the Obama administration following two huge regulatory bills (health care reform and Dodd-Frank) that will increase compliance [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · The Media

IMF tells US not to cut spending now

June 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Dirty F’ing Hippies at the IMF think the US should raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit over the long term, but “not steep [enact] immediate cuts or tax increases. Cutting the deficit too quickly could slow the weak recovery, the fund said.” What a bunch of crazy hippies.

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Tags: Economy

They won’t be rewarded

June 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

What Atrios said: One infuriating thing about this is the apparent belief by many politicians that voters will reward them for making the economy even worse. I know that, generally speaking, the deficit is something that polls around 3rd to 5th highest in priorities about what voters care about. That’s not nothing. But considering jobs [...]

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Tags: Economy

That’s not a compromise

June 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Ben White of Politico’s Morning Money points out a piece by Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post where he calls for both Republicans and Democrats to suck it up and accept outcomes they don’t like around the debt ceiling and reducing the deficit. Robinson: Democrats are right that this is a terrible moment for spending [...]

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Tags: Economy

Kill the social safety net & let the unemployed sort it out

June 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Back when the austerity (I mean, fiscal responsibility) debate was starting, it was pointed out that the United Kingdom went with a 2:1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases. The result has been disastrous for the UK economy and painful to working people there. When President Obama kicked off his push, he proposed a [...]

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Tags: Economy

Van Jones on Rebuilding the American Dream

June 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

This is a real great clip from Van Jones’ speech at Netroots Nation earlier this month (the full video is here). And here’s a bit of Van from the launch of Rebuild the Dream this weekend: Van Jones is doing really important work here, elevating and combining the conversations of job creation, racial equality, and [...]

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Tags: Economy

Rebuild the Dream

June 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

Van Jones at Netroots Nation 2011: Live roll-out event:

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Tags: Economy

Gore

June 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

Al Gore has an impressively argued 7,000 word essay in Rolling Stone this week about climate change. He touches on other issues as well, namely the systemic problem we have in America of confronting lies and distinguishing them from fact. He writes: In the same way, because the banks had their way with Congress when [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Los Indignados in Segovia

June 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last night I visited the town of Segovia, about an hour and a half outside of Madrid. The town square sits in the shadow of a stunningly preserved 2,000 year old Roman aquaduct (the Romans built Big Things). As in Madrid, a collection of young people – Los Indignados – were camped out in the [...]

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Tags: Economy

What Duncan Said

June 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

What Duncan Black said: If the European Central Bank is worried that some of its banksters might miss a happy hour or two if Greece defaults, they can print up a bunch of free money for their bankster pals and call it a day. Instead they’re trying to inflict mass suffering on the people of [...]

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Tags: Economy