South Carolina

Open Thread - Movin' on!

I am at the point where I can choose to live in a half empty house with only a computer and a lot of furniture (minus the drawers of "stuff" that are already moved) or live in a half empty house with a TV and no furniture inside (though we do have our patio furniture moved so we can sit outside). We load up the van and take it over every night and so far we have moved most of the small things we have. We rented a small moving truck to move the big things figuring on doing it in two loads but with so much already done we may just get everything left to fit in that one small truck for one last load.

Below the fold is some open thread stuff that is moving in the traditional and new media.

The Time for Protests Is Now: The First 100 Days Are Over. What Next?

hat tip TPM. Photo by Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com

 

Last December I reviewed  a new book,  Obama’s Challenge: American’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency. I began with a question:

In his new book, Robert Kuttner has provided a context for the current discussion on Barack Obama’s economic team, men like Timothy Geithner who will be leaving his post as head of the NY Federal Reserve to become Treasury Secretary. What will be their influence in determining the direction of the new Administration? Events have moved rapidly since he wrote the book (released this past labor day), but it is still timely and prescient.

In today's Huffington Post, Kuttner provides a tentative answer, Obama's First 100 Days: What's a Presidency For? He concludes that so  far President Obama seems to have ducked and compromised. His title refers to the days following Pres. Kennedy's assassination when Johnson's aides warned him not to push too hard for landmark civil rights laws and he replied, "Hell, what's the presidency for?"  Even on the question of Health Reform Kuttner feels that Obama may still pull back and accomodate corporate interests by dropping public health insurance from package.

A fair assessment of the situation we face. The question remains what to do about it. Kuttner points to a key weakness in the situation and provides an implicit answer.

A second systemic obstacle, for now anyway, is the absence of a popular movement to put wind at a progressive president's back. Among the logical candidates, the labor movement is weakened by the same economic crisis, divided internally, and it sorely needs Obama's good will for everything from the Employee Free Choice Act to the auto rescue. The web of grassroots activists who came together to elect Obama is now a website of the Democratic National Committee. MoveOn.org is organizing around issues such as universal health care, but pushes on the president only gingerly. More than anything else, the stance of most progressives is still mainly gratitude.

Sanford Won't Fix Tysheoma's School. Governor Rejects Stimulus. Joins Texan Perry in "Rejection Front"

South Carolina's Governor Mark Sanford refuses to take Federal stimulus money because he says it is a "predatory loan" against future generations. That means Tysheoma's High School won't get rebuilt. Tysheoma is the Junior High Student invited to the state of the union by the Obamas. It means South Carolina's unemployed, now nearing 11% and one of the highest official levels in the country won't get the relief available from the package, unlessthe state legislature acts to overide his arbitrary wilfullness.

Governor Perry in Texas feels the same way about the unemployed Sanford does. He's decided to refuse a part of the package that would bring relief to the unemployed because the measure is anti-business. Texas politics is in an uproar over this just like South Carolina's.

Sanford is not just a state level political figure. He's a former Goldman Sachs banker who is also the head of the Republican
Governor's Association. He's made himself a national issue for many reasons. Yesterday he was quipping to the press that Obama's programs are leading the US down the same path Zimbabwe is on. Rep Jim Clyburn also from South Carolina has taken up the cudgels against Sanford saying he's gone "beyond the pale." Perry thinks he's a got presidential potential  for 2012. Stranger things have happened to fly by I guess.

The Democratic National Committee has made a 30 second TV ad attacking what Sanford is doing. It will begin to run next week. Meanwhile the ad has become available on YouTube.

Coverage of the situations in both "rejection front" states detailed opposition to the fundamentlist governors in the ranks of the Republican parties. Such fights will shape national political outcomes in a more interesting way than the defective fanatics of the Washington rejection frontistas like Bohner, Blunt and McConnell.

Edwards aims to "Reverse the War On Work"

John Edwards is still focusing on Issues that matter to Working Families!

like the Economy ... like Taxes.


All the while the GOP continues to "debate" that "only MORE Corporate Tax Cuts will create Jobs and keep the Economy strong!"


Hmmm ... Where are all those Jobs, by the way?

Billions in Tax give aways to the Rich, for the last 5+ years, only seem to have strengthen the Rich, it seems to me.

Edwards Evening News RoundUp: the Fight for America's Middle Class!



Thanks for tuning in once again, hopeful Americans

And welcome to what John Edwards has called "the Fight for America's Middle Class". This is a fight to reclaim a Voice in our Democratic process -- to speak up for those people, who need a Champion, like you and me.

1st a Question: Who is the Middle Class?

Edwards Evening News RoundUp: Real Leaders take Stands

Our Country needs, Hope ... yes very much so.

Our Country also needs Competence in SO many Government Positions of power ... NO more 'Heck of Job -- Brownies' PLEASE!

But the one thing America needs even more than Hope and Competence -- it's Real Leadership!

What is Real Leadership made up of?

More Compromise and Committee meetings? (I hope not)

Media Fanfare and soaring rhetoric? (nice, but ...)

CWA Union & Harry Belafonte Endorse John Edwards!

While out on the campaign trail in South Carolina on Thursday, Senator Edwards won two key endorsements, the first from the Communications Workers of America of the early primary state of Nevada, with the second from notable social activist, Harry Belafonte.

Nevada CWA Union Endorsement

As labor expert Jonathon Tasini predicted, the Nevada Communications Workers of America endorsed John Edwards.