Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from August 2012

Light Posting

August 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ll be posting at a very low rate over the next couple of weeks as I travel for work (and pleasure too!). If you want to read some other smart people, check out the blog roll..

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Tags: Meta

Contact Information vs. Commitment: Building Power Through Membership

August 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Originally posted at the Web of Change blog.  This past April, there was a primary election in Illinois that featured a former MoveOn staffer, Ilya Sheyman, running against a conservative Democrat. MoveOn had 15,000 members in the district out of a total of 30,000 Democratic primary voters. And Ilya lost, badly. As the discussion emerged [...]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

NYT on Obama’s housing vulnerability

August 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

Binyamin Applebaum of the New York Times has a long piece looking at how the failure of the Obama administration to adequately confront and stop the foreclosure crisis could be a drag on him politically. Reaction to the piece from people who have been following the foreclosure crisis since its inception has been fairly negative. [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Tom Morello on Paul Ryan

August 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Rage Against the Machine guitarist and general badass activist Tom Morello takes on Paul Ryan in an op-ed in Rolling Stone. Ryan has famously said that Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands, but he likes their sound and not their radical left wing lyrics. OK then. Morello writes: Ryan claims that [...]

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Tags: Paul Ryan

Taibbi on Holder & Goldman

August 16th, 2012 · Comments Off

The whole piece is worth a read, but the key part is this: Holder’s non-decision on Goldman is more than unsurprising. It amounts to an official announcement that the government is no longer in the business or prosecuting smart criminals. It’s pathetic. The one thing you pay any lawyer to have is balls, and our [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

The Housing Market

August 16th, 2012 · Comments Off

David Dayen makes some very good observations about the ongoing debate of what’s happening in the housing market, noting that we should not just be having a conversation about housing prices, but the market and its impacts on whole. But ultimately, all of these are issues about housing prices. They are not issues about the housing [...]

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Tags: Economy

Two Ratchets

August 14th, 2012 · Comments Off

Duncan Black describes the way of the world in a very similar way as I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while. Though his articulation, as always, is much more direct. I just assume that going forward we basically have two ratchets. The one ratchet keeps getting nudged in the direction of giving more [...]

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Tags: Economy

Baker versus Ryan

August 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

Dean Baker takes on Paul Ryan and a lot of the fawning love Ryan has received from the political press that ignores that the truth is Ryan is no deficit hawk. Governor Romney’s decision to select Paul Ryan as his running mate has condemned the country to 90 days of ridiculous news stories and columns [...]

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Tags: Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

August 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

Charles Pierce: Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn’t believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have [...]

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Tags: Paul Ryan

Treasury’s hold over Fannie & Freddie

August 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

David Dayen has flagged a bit of analysis which says that the Treasury Department has such a large investment in Fannie and Freddie, they could compel the GSEs to do principal reduction if they wanted to. Dayen quotes Ralph Axel of Bank of America: The FHFA’s decision also underscores the fact that the GSEs are [...]

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Tags: Economy