Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from September 2012

Someone tell Michelle Rhee that Dan Malloy just isn’t that into her

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Disgraced former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee is on a quixotic search to pretend she’s a Democrat in good standing, despite her pursuit of taking away workers’ rights and helping Republican governors bust teachers unions. In her Washington Post op-ed on how real Democrats support her education prioritization strategy, which reads like a Joe Lieberman op-ed arguing that real [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Labor · Republicans

Conor Friedersdorf on why not to vote for Obama

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative-leaning commentator who supported Obama in 2008 at The Atlantic, has a thoughtful argument on why he is refusing to vote for Obama again, even while recognizing that Obama is likely better than Mitt Romney. Friedersdorf specifically identifies three areas in which Obama’s actions are beyond his personal moral comfort zone, making [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Vice Documentary: The Mexican Mormon War

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Vice Magazine has created a truly fascinating documentary on the Mexican drug cartels, the Mormons who live in northern Mexico, and the state of near constant war between them. Many of the Mormons interviewed in the documentary are either close or distant relatives of Mitt Romney, whose family fled the USA to avoid prosecution for [...]

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Tags: Mitt Romney

What the lockout is all about

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

Chuckling, a commenter at Alicublog: One would hope the NFL referee lockout helps wake more people to the realization that plutocracy is ugly and getting uglier. The issue isn’t about money. The retirement contributions in question aren’t even pocket change for the billionaire NFL owners. No, they don’t feel their employees deserve a good retirement. [...]

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Tags: Labor

Jim Himes: Pro-Austerity Wanker

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

This ad from Wall St Democrat and CT-04 incumbent Jim Himes is worth flagging. In it, he compares his desire for “bipartisan” budget cuts to social spending alongside the raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima, walking on the moon and Martin Luther King Jr. He then approvingly cites the Pete Peterson funded Concord [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Sports labor disputes & doing what’s right

September 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

There’s a ton of talk of how bad the NFL’s scab refs have been, especially after last night’s complete debacle between Seattle and Green Bay. It’s received less attention, but the NHL owners have locked out the players as well and as of now, there is no hockey this year. Sarah Jaffe has a great [...]

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Tags: Labor

Bill Maher on the undecided voter

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Pretty hilarious and spot-on.

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Tags: Elections

Krugman on the Republican hatred of workers

September 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Paul Krugman gets seriously shrill in his dissection of Mitt Romney’s revealing 47% comments and how they reflect what the contemporary Republican party thinks about workers. The whole thing is worth reading, but this passage stands out: For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn’t have much respect for people who work [...]

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Tags: Mitt Romney · Republicans

Occupy Our Homes on HuffPost Live

September 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

Home occupiers Deborah Harris of Occupy Our Homes DC and Bobby Hull of Occupy Homes Minnesota appear on Huff Post Live to talk about foreclosures and foreclosure resistance. Also in the discussion are David Dayen, Richard Zombeck and Anthony Randazzo. They get at a real discussion of the foreclosure crisis and the failures of the [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

Duncan Black on Social Security

September 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Writing in the USA Today, Duncan Black addresses our national problems with saving for retirement and making sure people have what they need to get by once they’ve retired: We already have an excellent, if not especially generous, program in place. Workers contribute during their working lives in exchange for a promised benefit level during [...]

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Tags: Economy