Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from July 2012

Dean Baker takes on NPR

July 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Dean Baker takes on NPR

This morning on my way in to work I heard a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition featuring the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel, talking about tax fairness and the deficit. It started out fine, but then became a radically conservative editorial with Wessel arguing that there are lots of people out there who are upset […]

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Tags: Economy

Wrong about everything

July 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Wrong about everything

At some point you’d think the Very Serious People who are wrong about literally everything would cease being treated as Serious. But you’d be wrong.

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Tags: Economy

Sandy Weill & Banker Feelings

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sandy Weill & Banker Feelings

Yesterday Sandy Weill, former head of Citigroup and one of the people most primarily responsible for the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the rise of Too Big To Fail banks, came out in favor of breaking up big banks and separating investment banking from commercial banking. As a result, the world of finance has been knocked […]

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Tags: Economy

Doing Nothing

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Doing Nothing

Via John Aravosis, Roger Simon has a good column on the coming inaction in response to the Aurora shooting by President Obama. Simon writes: Barack Obama looked haggard, spent, drained. He had just met with survivors and the families who lost loved ones in the Aurora, Colo., shootings. Now, in front of the cameras and […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law

Barofsky vs Treasury

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Barofsky vs Treasury

Former Special Inspector General of TARP Neil Barofsky’s media tour around his new book release is producing lots of insightful and important revelations about the ways in which choices were made, many by the Treasury Department, that helped the banks as opposed to homeowners and the general public. Barofsky did a powerful interview on CBS […]

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Tags: Economy

Wall Street WATBs

July 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Wall Street WATBs

Paul Krugman: It’s no secret that, at this point, many of America’s richest men — including some former Obama supporters — hate, just hate, President Obama. Why? Well, according to them, it’s because he “demonizes” business — or as Mitt Romney put it earlier this week, he “attacks success.” Listening to them, you’d think that […]

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Tags: Economy

Climate Change Terror

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Climate Change Terror

First, read this article by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone. OK, now that you’ve done that and we’re both terrified, let’s move forward. McKibben sees a real need as making the fossil fuel industry out to be a villain, a global villain. Here’s why: If you told Exxon or Lukoil that, in order to avoid […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Environment

Romney & Obama on outsourcing

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Romney & Obama on outsourcing

Adam Serwer has a very good piece at Mother Jones on the dynamic of Obama and Romney largely agreeing on the question of outsourcing, but pretending otherwise in the political debate. “I think their basic view is pretty much the same,” says Dean Baker, the cofounder of the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. Dan Ikenson, a […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Mitt Romney

Read This

July 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Read This

I highly recommend reading this op-ed by Students for a Free Tibet’s executive director Tenzin Dorjee on CNN.com. It’s titled, “My Take: Why the Dalai Lama cannot condemn Tibetan self-immolations,” and it’s in response to a really horrible opinion piece by Stephen Prothero blaming Tibetans for self-immolations. Go give it a read.

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Tags: Tibet & China

Unions demand Change.org worker rights policy

July 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Unions demand Change.org worker rights policy

Originally posted at AMERICAblog Yesterday Ryan Grim broke a story in HuffPost Hill that a number of labor unions, including  “AFT, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, CWA, IBEW and the Steelworkers,” had written a letter to Change.org, asking the company to have a clear policy about not working with organizations who advocated union busting. This followed a […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure