Archive for February, 2013

“Austerity, Italian Style” by Paul Krugman (TIMES, 2/25/13)

February 26, 2013

Kudos to Paul Krugman for again denouncing austerity as the remedy for the depression gripping Europe.

Though it probably will not save capitalism in the long run, deficit spending should be the order of the day. Governments can create more jobs than the private sector can.

 

A. Garavente

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“Carpe Diem Nation” by David Brooks (TIMES, 2/12/13)

February 12, 2013

Mr. Brooks, any “agenda for the future” proposed by President Obama will be opposed by the Republicans! Besides, the depression gripping the country requires relief measures, not the business-friendly proposals of a so-called “moderate conservative.”

The condition of the American working class is abominable because it has been underpaid for decades. A New Deal is the order of the day. People need to be put to work full time and paid decent wages.

When are you going to learn that nothing much can be done by a government over which the very wealthy have so much control?

A. Garavente

“Hillary 2013 Gives Way to Hillary 2016” (Times, 2/6/13)

February 12, 2013

It is one thing to praise Hillary Clinton for her service to the country; it is another to push her candidacy for president in 2016.

Our politicians already spend too much time running for office. Obama is the president today and he has much to do right now!

Progressive people should be keeping a sharp eye on how he will conduct himself. We should not be worrying about an election that is four years away.

A. Garavente

“The Easy Problem” by David Brooks (TIMES, 2/1/13)

February 12, 2013

Cheers to David Brooks for his Friday column about immigration!

Sounding like the moderate conservative he claims to be, it should help the current debate on this subject.

A. Garavente

“The Great Migration” ba David Brooks (TIMES, 1/25/13)

February 12, 2013

No, Brooks is wrong. The “liberal project” is being quelled by conservative politicians in both of our major parties.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal government ruled effectively from Washington DC and hired all kinds of talented people from public institutions of higher learning (e.g., CCNY and UC Berkeley) and the country was emerging from the Great Depression. Then, worried about deficit spending by 1937, he appeased the conservatives by cutting the budget and sabotaged the recovery.

The current economic downturn can be improved by the kinds of New Deal programs of the 1930s but only if Obama stands up to the conservatives in his own party and then takes on the Republican reactionaries. Even if he loses the vote in the House of Representatives, more people will rally to his side. Then, many of those people will vote for the Democrats in 2014.

The caution of his first term has to be discarded; now Obama has to show some fight.

A. Garavente