Kerry’s Total’s Better Than Democrat Average

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

John Kerry Responds to President Bush’s Speech to the Nation: "Leadership isn’t a speech or a toll-free number"

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

9/11 Reconstruction Watchdogs Issue Warning About Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding Plans

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.