Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from October 2012

Tea Party & the Auto Bailout

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Tea Party & the Auto Bailout

Duncan Black: While our liberal media coddled and adored them, the truth was that the Tea Party never actually had anything to be angry about. Obama didn’t take their guns, or raise their taxes, or give free Cadillacs to strapping young bucks. He did continue to be black, so there’s that I guess. They couldn’t […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Mitt Romney · Republicans

The Arguments Against Obama

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Arguments Against Obama

As we approach the presidential election, there has been a new flurry of articles from radical and progressive leftwing writers on why not to vote for Obama, from various particular frameworks. Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic had already been the focus of much of the earlier phases of this debate when he, a libertarian, identified […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections

Taibbi on Obama & TBTF

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Taibbi on Obama & TBTF

Matt Taibbi responds to President Obama’s criticism of Rolling Stone’s coverage of his accomplishments, or lack there of, in passing effective financial reform. Specifically Taibbi goes after Obama for not addressing the problem of Too Big To Fail banks in an adequate way. He concludes: The sum total of all of this is that Obama […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Dean Baker on Social Security

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Dean Baker on Social Security

Dean Baker’s piece in The Guardian on the politics and economics of Social Security is must-read. The story here is a simple one: while social security may enjoy overwhelming support across the political spectrum, it does not poll nearly as well among the wealthy people – who finance political campaigns and own major news outlets. The […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Elections


October 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Unjustifiable

Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic on Robert Gibbs’ defense of the unjustifiable killing of a teenage American citizen by a drone strike. note that this kid wasn’t killed in the same drone strike as his father. He was hit by a drone strike elsewhere, and by the time he was killed, his father had already […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law

Change.org & identifying ideology

October 23rd, 2012 · 7 Comments

Yesterday news broke that Change.org, an historically progressive-leaning distributed organizing platform, would shift to working with any advertising client, regardless of political affiliation. The story has been ably covered by Ryan Grim, Jeff Bryant, and Aaron Krager – I highly recommend you read their pieces, all of which hinge around leaked internal Change.org documents that […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure

The Bottom Line

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bottom Line

Via Yves Smith. More at Econ4.org.

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Tags: Economy

Obama’s horrific coal attacks

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Obama’s horrific coal attacks

President Barack Obama, in last night’s second presidential debate: And when I hear Governor Romney say he’s a big coal guy, I mean, keep in mind, when — Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, “This plant kills,” and took great […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Environment · Mitt Romney

Taibbi on the crappy media

October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Taibbi on the crappy media

This is from last week, but I just realized I hadn’t linked up to Matt Taibbi’s vice presidential debate post mortem. In it, he had one of the sharpest analyses I’ve seen about the failures of the modern American political media’s penchant for fetishizing objectivity over accuracy. He writes: Sometimes in journalism I think we […]

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Tags: The Media

About that fiscal cliff

October 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on About that fiscal cliff

Jonathan Chait: Bipartisan agreement is not necessary to fix the debt. Nothing is necessary to fix the debt. It is as if the network of activists, wonks, business leaders, and Beltway elder statesmen who have devoted themselves to building cross-party support for a deficit deal have grown more attached to the means of bipartisanship than […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy