Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Barack Obama'

Aiming higher

January 21st, 2015 · Comments Off

From the President’s State of the Union speech: Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way. They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that. “If only we had known,” Rebekah […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Guest Post: What Would Carl Oglesby Say About Bob Rubin?

January 24th, 2013 · Comments Off

My good family friend Avram Barlowe penned this thoughtful piece which I think merits wider reading. Avram is a teacher in the New York City public school system and a union shop steward. What Would Carl Oglesby Say About Bob Rubin? . . . and by extension, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama? Coming of age […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy


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

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

Obama Supporters Actually Hate Obama’s Policies

November 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

I can’t decide if this is hilarious or terrifying. The punchlines come in at around 4:30. By WeAreChange.org.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law

Charles Pierce on his vote

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ve found the ouvre of bloggers writing about why progressives should vote for Obama to be generally dismissive and unserious, at least in so far as they are in response to much more principled, thorough and thoughtfully honest pieces about why certain people have decided not to vote for Obama. The amount of venom and […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Tea Party & the Auto Bailout

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off

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