“The biggest single conceptual failure of my argument for war is that I gave absurdly little thought to the post-invasion phase. I was aware that the Bush administration was deploying far too few troops to the front for a workable occupation while blatantly lying about the war’s likely costs. I assumed that its real plan was to decapitate the Iraqi leadership, install a more pliant and less brutal military figure in Saddam’s place, and call it democracy.”
Throwing Bush under the bus won’t make up for your nice ride on that bus.
On November 6, a solid majority of California voters supported Proposition 30. The ballot initiative, which temporarily raises the sales tax and increases income taxes for the wealthy, will generate an estimated $6 billion per year to help stabilize the state’s dismal finances. The vote was a landmark event in California, the state that launched a national anti-tax revolt by passing Proposition 13 in 1978. And for Governor Jerry Brown—who was serving as a much younger governor back then—the triumph was particularly sweet.
We should not underestimate how thoroughly significant prop 13 was back in 1978. It ushered in a 30 year era of government downsizing (all based on white property owners who didn’t want to pay for services for ‘those people’). It gave Grover Norquist his template for congress. It has strangled govt for over a generation…until now.
As prop 13 should not be underestimated so too one shouldn’t underestimate the incredible psychological impact of prop 30 in California. It is a watershed moment that augers a new period of respect for govt when done right. This is the BIGGEST indicator of a dawning progressive era - the willingness to recognize the necessity of govt and its proper funding. No more shrinking govt to a size so small you could ‘drown it in a bathtub’.
The Second Amendment is a deal with the devil and I’m sick to death of being party to a deal I never made. The ignorant, illogical and ideologically perverted — whether around your dinner table, on your Facebook page, at your office, on Fox News or in Washington — have been in charge of the gun laws in this country for far too long.
- Michael Seitzman
“In his speech, he also complained about partisanship, adding, “I regret to say as I leave the Senate that the greatest obstacle that I see standing between us and the brighter American future we all want is right here in Washington,” he said. “It’s the partisan polarization of our politics which prevents us from making the principled compromises on which progress in a democracy depends.”
While it can be argued that Lieberman did walk the anti-partisan walk, it can be equally argued that he was part of the rightward shift in American politics that led to the advent of the Tea Party and the stubborn refusal on the part of any Republicans to compromise.
The 70-year-old Senator will forever be remembered in the annals of Senatorial history as the man who turned on his own party to endorse a Republican presidential candidate and address the Republican convention in 2008.”