In Defense of Obama

Krugman in Defense of Obama

Recently I posted an article where Cornel West criticized President Obama from the perspective of the left.  The right wing is not serious in its criticism of Obama as they have pretty much been against everything Obama has done since day one of his presidency.  The above article is from Rolling Stone Magazine and it is an article by Paul Krugman who defends Obama’s presidency.  It’s worth a read as it may give you a different perspective on recent political events.  I personally go back and forth how I feel about his presidency.  At all times I support him over the opposition, because well, the opposition seems nothing short of insane to me.  However, that does not mean that I support everything he has done.  I am troubled by our use of drones among other policies.  Anyway, if you don’t think Obama is an Islamic communist, then check out the article.  It is definitely an interesting perspective.

The Herd Mentality of “Experts”

All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/all_these_effing_geniuses_ezra_klein_expert_driven_journalism_and_the_phony_washington_consensus/ via @Salon

A really interesting article that I think has a lot of truth to it. 

David Vitter: The Life of a Douchebag

David Vitter: Cancer prevention, wildlife nonprofits are “bogus propaganda disguised as science” http://www.salon.com/2014/08/10/senator_vitter_cancer_prevention_wildlife_nonprofits_are_bogus_propaganda_disguised_as_science_partner/ via @Salon

Other than my title what more is there to say?  The above article is about how Vitter is trying to destroy environmental regulations while he has a spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee. 

High Speed-Rail

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/07/us/delays-persist-for-us-high-speed-rail.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMediaHigh&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

This is an article about why we have failed to implement more high-speed rail in our country during the Obama years.  There is plenty of blame to go around as the administration, Republicans, and local governments have either made mistakes or directly opposed progress on this issue.

When I was in Japan last year I was blown away by how great the public transportation was.  In seeing the traffic around most U.S. cities, I will never understand why there isn’t a greater public push for more public transportation.

Sullivan on Torture

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http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/08/03/obama-torture-transparency-and-the-rule-of-law/

 

A pretty powerful post by Andrew Sullivan about the torture.  Although he views Bush and his gang as war criminals, he also finds Obama’s unwillingness to address the issue in any kind of meaningful way deeply unsettling.  

F@$% Fairness

How come rich Republicans are all about people pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps unless it is their own kids?  I was thinking more about the estate or “death” tax today after watching the John Oliver piece that I posted earlier.  If they think that people should be largely responsible for their own lot in life wouldn’t it make sense that their kids should start out at ground zero as well to see what they are made out of?

They seem to think that it is ok for a poor person to succeed or fail based on their work ethic, but that their kids should be able to start out on third base.  That is an inconsistency in reasoning.  If we are going to talk about fairness then we should say that everyone starts out with nothing and has to work their way up, or everyone should start out with something.  The whole pull yourself up by the bootstraps only seems logical to me if it is consistent across the board, and even then personally, I find it extremely absurd, because people are born under different circumstances regardless.

It would seem much better to me that everybody start out with a little something to give them the best chance of having a life worth living.  By a little something I just mean a roof over their head, food, and a good education.  See conservatives will twist and turn talking about how unfair wealth redistribution is, but isn’t it unfair that some kid starts with nothing while another one starts with everything?

Lets use sporting analogy.  The way conservatives would have it some kids would start on third base  while some would start out batting at home plate with a broken bat.  All we liberals really want is that the kids who aren’t on third base at least be given a t-ball tee so that they have a good chance of getting on base.  If the rich kid has to start on second bases a result, then so be it, they still have a much better chance of scoring than most.

But the thing is, rich Republicans don’t want to even out the odds even a little bit.  They want the game stacked in their favor as much as possible, indefinitely, with a blind ref.  When they tell a poor person to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, while their trust fund kid goes to an ivy league school as a legacy, they are basically saying, “fuck fairness.”

Goodbye is Too Good a Word: Eric Cantor Loses

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/06/11/the-cantor-shocker-blog-reax/

The above link is to Andrew Sullivan’s blog The Dish.  It is in itself a summary of different reactions by bloggers to Eric Cantor’s loss in the republican primary and what this may mean for our political future.  He lost to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat.  Eric Cantor was a total douche bag, but the fact that he was beat by even someone more insanely right wing is disconcerting, especially because Cantor already was already a puppet for far right interests.   However, that is something we can worry about in the future.  For now it is time to laugh at his fall.  Goodbye to the nothing man.  The following link is to an article at Vice that gives reasons why we should all be glad that Eric Cantor lost:

http://www.vice.com/read/heres-why-you-should-be-glad-eric-cantor-lost-his-primary

As the article begins:

For those of you who don’t know, Representative Eric Cantor, majority leader and second-most powerful Republican in the House, has just fucked off into that good night at the behest of Virginia voters. If you feel like you hardly got a chance to know Cantor in the first place, that’s because there’s really nothing to know about him as a person. He’s a politician who “reportedly has no hobbies, but enjoys James Bond movies.”