Hillary Clinton Botched, Bungled and Abetted Bush

Back in 2007, Maureen Dowd ("The 46-Year-Old Virgin") had this to say about Hillary Clinton:
[Obama] allows Hillary to present herself as having the experience to be president just because she was married to one. He should be making the opposite case, that Hillary -- go ahead, use her name, she won't bite you, or even if she does, you'll get over it -- knew from nothing about the system.

In the White House, she botched health care and bungled dealing with special prosecutors -- remember that talent she had for losing critical files? And in the Senate, she played it safe and became a Democratic Senator Pothole while helping W. launch his disaster in Iraq.

Democrats who desperately want to believe that Hillary will be the kind of president we need, or that her husband was, should think again. As if that would be a good thing anyway!? (Re: "Bill Clinton’s odious presidency: Thomas Frank on the real history of the ’90s")

President Obama Speaks On Trayvon Martin

President Obama makes a statement about Trayvon Martin and the verdict of the court trial that followed the Florida teenager's death.

How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap?

I had the pleasure of attending this lecture given by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich on the UC Berkeley campus on May 9, 2005.

Reich outlines the startling details of inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States and asks, what will happen if these trends continue?

Eight years later, inequality has only gotten worse. One would imagine, or at least hope, that systemic inequality is unsustainable. But when will it become unbearable, unacceptable?

Why Obama Failed to Prosecute Wall Street

FRONTLINE investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages.

Glenn Greenwald ("The Real Story Of How 'Untouchable' Wall Street Execs Avoided Prosecution") writes for The Guardian UK:

PBS' Frontline program on Tuesday night broadcast a new one-hour report on one of the greatest and most shameful failings of the Obama administration: the lack of even a single arrest or prosecution of any senior Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis — a crisis from which millions of people around the world are still suffering.

What this program particularly demonstrated was that the Obama justice department, in particular the Chief of its Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, never even tried to hold the high-level criminals accountable.

What Obama justice officials did instead is exactly what they did in the face of high-level Bush era crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping: Namely, acted to protect the most powerful factions in the society in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious criminality. Indeed, financial elites were not only vested with impunity for their fraud, but thrived as a result of it, even as ordinary Americans continue to suffer the effects of that crisis.

Understanding the Fiscal Cliff - 8 Principles for Democrats in Congress

Republicans, with help from corporate media, are using the so-called "fiscal cliff," which isn't really a cliff at all, as an excuse to keep tax rates historically low for the richest Americans AND to gut vital domestic safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.

There is absolutely no reason why the Democrats should give up ground to Republicans on this issue, or any others relating to taxes and the economy.

In 2 minutes 30 seconds, acclaimed author, Berkeley professor, and Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides eight guiding principles for Democrats in Congress to fight the GOP and avoid making unnecessary concessions.

Zakaria Calls Out Norquist on Tax Cut Dogma

ZAKARIA: Are you telling me that you believe you can get all, you can close that gap entirely by cutting spending, that is by taking something on the range of 7% or 8% of GDP out of government spending? That is cutting $800 billion out of government spending every year?

NORQUIST: You do two things. You reduce spending, and you have stronger economic growth. This is one of the weakest recoveries we’ve had –

ZAKARIA: You can as a practical matter, this is a wish, not a plan. I would like stronger economic growth, too….This is all rhetoric, Grover. You’ve got a plan as a practical matter. As I said, Clinton raised taxes, he got growth. Bush had the biggest tax cuts in a generation, and he got the weakest growth in 30 years. All I’m saying is as a matter of practical planning for the fiscal future of the United States your answer can’t be, well we’ll have stronger growth. Yeah, if we grow at 6%, we don’t need to do anything. Everything is solvent, right? But I can’t wish for that. We’ve got to plan realistically.