1896. The year of the William Jennings Bryan and the “Cross of Gold.” The year that Karl Rove’s idol, William McKinley, was elected president. Of course McKinley had been a prolabor lawyer and Ohio governor, and recent research by Kevin Phillips indicates that McKinley thought poorly of the big trusts, and wanted to break them up in a second term. Still, beginning in 1896 the GOP became a far more progressive party. While this GOP progressivism was not to last, 1896 is still important for Democrats: It was that year that populists and progressives took over the party and rescued it from post-Civil War economic conservatives. Sure some Democrats are more liberal than others, and certain decades (the 1920s, the … Continue reading
Federal officials appear to be seeking proof to blame the flood of New Orleans on environmental groups, documents show. Continue reading
According to an ever reliable (uhem) source, that is, a gossip column I’ve been known to browse, the doctor who (uhem) spoke up to Mr. Cheney, that Ron posted about earlier, Makes Me Proud To Be A Doctor, now has BLOG. There’s pictures, too.
It’s a given that the Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast. The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop the administration’s recovery plan, has already published a manifesto on post-Katrina policy. Continue reading
Leadership isn’t a speech or a toll-free number. Leadership is getting the job done. No American doubts that New Orleans will rise again, they doubt the competence and commitment of this Administration. Weeks after Katrina, Americans want an end to politics-as-usual that leaves them dangerously and unforgivably unprepared. Continue reading
The day before the hurricane made landfall, the president of the United States received a briefing on the enormity of the storm. But when floodwaters poured into America’s Gulf Coast, America’s government sat on its hands. Continue reading
Three watchdog groups, including two in New York that monitored the post-9/11 reconstruction of Lower Manhattan, today cautioned Gulf Coast leaders and members of Congress that they “should closely monitor the design of Hurricane Katrina aid packages so that low- and moderate-income people, unemployed workers, and small businesses are treated fairly.” In New York, the groups warn, much of the $20 billion allocated for economic development has benefited real estate developers and wealthy neighborhoods.
(Larry Downing / Reuters) In a photo from earlier today, it’s evident that Mayor Nagin is not impressed.