Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from March 2012

The Era of Mugging

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

Duncan Black: Right now we have one political party that is very up front about and proud of their desire to mug everyone in the non-millionaire club, steal all their money, and give it to rich people. It’s time for the other political party to recognize that the era of dumb compromises is over, and [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Republicans

Jamphel Yeshi’s letter explaining his self-immolation

March 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The New York Times has a translated letter from Jamphel Yeshi to the Tibetan people, penned to explain why he was self-immolating. He self-immolated in Delhi while Chinese President Hu Jintao was visiting India. He died from his burns today. Here is his letter: Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the shining [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Statement on Tibetan Self-Immolations

March 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet (on whose Board of Directors I serve), released this statement last night following the self-immolation of Jampa Yeshi, a 27 year-old Tibetan refugee in India. Today’s act of self-immolation by Jamphel Yeshi, a young Tibetan in Delhi, highlights the extreme urgency of the situation inside [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Bill Black on the JOBS Act

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

Over at Naked Capitalism, Bill Black has a powerful piece in opposition to the financial deregulation bill that is misleadingly called the JOBS Act. The JOBS Act is insane on many levels. It creates an extraordinarily criminogenic environment in which securities fraud will become even more out of control. One of the forms of insanity [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

Bank of America piloting Right to Rent

March 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Yves Smith and David Dayen have good posts on the announcement that Bank of America will pilot a program with 1,000 homeowners in Arizona, Nevada, and New York which would allow people who are at risk of foreclosure to rent their house from the bank for a year, with an option to extend for two [...]

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Tags: Economy

Is the GOP primary finally over?

March 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

Mark Halperin starts to ring the knockout bell: Mitt Romney’s Illinois win could be the beginning of the end of the Republican nomination fight. In order to get there, he faces two challenges: He’ll have to convince on-the-sidelines Republicans to endorse his candidacy, contribute to his campaign, and muscle Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich out [...]

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Tags: Republicans

Cutting Medicare is bad, unless our guy does it

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

The Democratic establishment is out guns blazing today. Is it in response to the Washington Post report yesterday that President Obama would still take a deal that exchanged some modest (and imaginary) revenue increases for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security? No, of course not. Predictably, it’s about Congressman Paul Ryan’s Version 2.0 budget. [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Economy · Republicans

Washington Post on secret deficit, safety net cut negotiations

March 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Washington Post has what will surely be a much discussed piece about the negotiations between the White House and House Republican leadership to produce a “grand bargain” (read: elite orchestrated transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1%). It’s a long, interesting read and the reporters certainly slant in the direction of Boehner’s [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama

The Road We’ve Traveled

March 16th, 2012 · Comments Off

Well, here’s the David Guggenheim-directed, Tom Hanks-narrated seventeen minute re-election video for President Obama. My first impulse was to describe this as propaganda, but that’s not fair. It’s a video produced by an electoral campaign to support an election. It is what it’s supposed to be. Given the attention that Kony 2012 has received, with [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Barofsky & Stoller on Mortgage Settlement

March 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

Former TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky and Matt Stoller talk about the mortgage on the settlement with Bloomberg TV. It’s a very top-level look at the flawed deal, but is highly worth watching.

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law