Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 31st through November 2nd:
- Hurricane Sandy and the Myth of the Big Government-vs.-Small-Government Debate | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone –
"In the abstract, most Americans want a smaller and less intrusive government. In reality, what Americans really want is a government that spends less money on other people."
- Four years ago, the economy really sucked – Salon.com –
"Thursday was a big day for economic indicators, with new numbers on jobless claims, private sector job creation, automobile sales and manufacturing sector growth. Together, the reports deliver the last big dump of data before next Tuesday’s election.
So let’s have some fun with that old chestnut: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
- Why Should Government Respond Differently to Natural vs. Economic Disasters? –
" If most of us take for granted that we should be there for our fellow citizens during natural disasters, using the tool of government, why is it so controversial that we should also lend a helping hand during man-made economic disasters? Why are unemployment benefits under attack in numerous states, even as millions remain jobless through no fault of their own? Why is an idea as obvious as a direct government jobs program off the table in Washington?"
- Why Vote? Because You Can Shift Power in the United States – COLORLINES –
"Voting rights still matter as much as the act of voting itself. Aside from the long history that guaranteed suffrage for all adult citizens, casting a ballot does make a difference to our future. This is especially true in a country where demographic shifts will inevitably have to be reflected in domestic policy."
- Shame the haters: Why I back Obama – Jack & Jill Politics –
"Have you ever worked at a job where somebody was actively trying to sabotage you? Do you remember what that feels like?
Well, that has been President Obama’s experience from Day One. As African Americans, we have a special sensitivity to situations where folks are unfairly set up to fail. We shouldn’t allow such tactics to determine the outcome of a national election.
This is especially true in the president’s case. Obama’s performance has been extraordinary in both foreign and domestic policy, but he has gotten almost zero credit for truly historic achievements."
- Conservatives to Black People: "Remember Abe Lincoln!" –
"I’m not sure that this is the most hilarious advertisement of the 2012 election cycle, but it surely comes close: A conservative super PAC called the Empower Citizens Network asks African American voters to abandon President Obama—who, obviously, has failed them—and choose Mitt Romney. Why? Because Romney belongs to the same party as the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. "
- Romney economic policy: Expect a lot of obstruction and not much change. – Slate Magazine –
"Economic policy would change a lot less than conservatives hope and liberals fear."
- Forget jobs, what about wages? – Salon.com –
"The biggest challenge ahead isn’t just to get jobs back. They’re coming back. It’s to raise the wages of most Americans."
- Name storms after oil companies — they’re the ones most responsible for climate change | New York Daily News –
" As gutsy New Yorkers begin the task of drying out the city, here’s one thought that occurred to me last night watching the horrifying pictures from a distance. It’s obviously not crucial right now — but in the long run it might make a difference. Why don’t we stop naming these storms for people, and start naming them after oil companies?"
- Sandy’s dumbest, most hilarious conspiracy theories – Salon.com –
" Even before the winds of Hurricane Sandy began to moderate, conspiracy theorists of a variety of bents got busy explaining the real meaning of the storm. Because, of course, a monster storm can’t just come from something like “weather” or “climate.” No, a storm like that just must be the product of nefarious or, perhaps, spiritual forces too big for most of us to understand. And so, while millions of Americans deal with the aftermath of what has become the largest Atlantic tropical storm in recorded history, lots more are busy explaining what’s behind all that wind.
Here, gathered over the last few days, is a sampling of their views."