Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from November 2012

Warren Buffett rides again

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ve been quite skeptical of the value of Warren Buffett as a key advocate for Democrats around tax policy and social spending (see: here, here, and here). While Buffett is supportive of the not-bad idea that rich Americans should pay higher taxes, he’s been either vague or advocated small increases – while coupling his tax [...]

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Tags: Economy

Facts you probably didn’t know

November 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

I didn’t know this one, from David Dayen: Of course, nobody is questioning why we’re holding to this artificial deficit reduction construct at all. As Jed Graham explains, over the last three years, the US has reduced the federal budget deficit more rapidly than at any time since World War II. This is an artifact of [...]

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Tags: Economy

Funny

November 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

EnvironRant has a fake interview with President Obama on the climate crisis.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis

The immorality of climate inaction, the fossil fuel industry

November 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

I was offline last week, so I missed President Obama’s press conference last week. Included in it were the President’s remarks on climate change, which while acknowledging its existence offered nothing in terms of commitment to action, let alone action the scale needed to confront the climate crisis. Here’s some of what President Obama said: [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis

Fake Dem Andrew Cuomo’s Very Bad News Cycle

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

First Chris Hayes of MSNBC absolutely obliterated NY Governor Andrew Cuomo for his refusal to intervene on behalf of the Democratic caucus in the NY State Senate. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Then Alex Pareene of Salon piled on: Cuomo doesn’t hide his conservative tendencies — they’re part [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Occupy Sandy & the climate crisis

November 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yotam Maron is must-read on how the Occupy Sandy response is a real-time model of what anti-climate crisis social movements look like: Welcome to the climate crisis. There’s nothing abstract about it. It isn’t some apocalypse decades away or an event that comes down like one big hurricane to wipe us all out. It’s Hurricane [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis

Occupy’s Mutual Aid Efforts

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Occupy Wall Street has bred a number of offshoots that are specifically focused on providing mutual aid to members of the 99% who are in crisis. I’ve been involved with Occupy Our Homes for over a year – it’s a housing justice campaign aimed to keep people in their homes and stopping bank theft of [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Progressive Infrastructure

Here comes the shite

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off

Kevin C. Murphy lays out what we are going to see coming in the lame duck and early days of 2013: We all know what’s coming up first, and Glenn Greenwald already laid out the dismal pattern we can expect — and need to break — on the Grand Bargain front. True to form, Peter Orszag — and [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Social Safety Net

The Day After Election Day

November 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

Some thoughts on the day after the election: Pro-gay marriage referenda passed in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state. This is an incredible victory, given that in years past these sorts of popular votes were brought by anti-equality conservatives. The culture war is changing and marriage equality is becoming a reality in an ever-larger swath [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections

Stoller on voting third party

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller has a very long and very thorough response to some of the criticisms levied against his progressive argument against Barack Obama. It’s long and there’s a lot worthy of consideration. But I think this passage on the need to generate real resistance to what is happening with the climate crisis, with the entrenchment [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Progressive Infrastructure