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Digest for February 8th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for February 8th from 15:20 to 15:27:

  • A New GOP? Not Yet – The Daily Beast – I think the Republican Party right now is like an alcoholic who hasn’t yet hit rock bottom. He’s not fooling anyone anymore. Everyone’s on to him. But he’s still holding on to his job by a thread, his wife hasn’t yet taken the kids and walked out on him, the cops don’t happen yet to have been there as he swerved his way home from his usual bar. He can still, in other words, kid himself. Disaster hasn’t struck yet.
  • The Deficit: Why We Should Make It Grow | Op-Eds & Columns – In short, we need deficits today to fill a huge hole in demand created by the private sector. We can best see this as an opportunity to finance public investments in the future. With a negative real long-term interest rate on federal debt, this is a great time to borrow for those with any business sense. By contrast, austerity is a great recipe for pain today and even more pain tomorrow.
  • The five stages of Republican grief – The Republican Party isn’t reinventing itself so much as reverting to its previous form. There’s little evidence of a rethinking of core Republican policy ideas. There’s no obvious analogue to the Democratic Leadership Council of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was a moderating influence on the Democrats, or even to the “compassionate conservatism” that George W. Bush promoted to the nation in 2000.
  • The gun control long game – Salon.com – The question isn't just whether anything happens now — it's also what happens two Novembers from now
  • [untitled] – Too many deranged or criminal people have access to too much firepower and we are paying the price in carnage and blood. This is the ordinary everyday of American life — and death. That’s what we should be talking about. Not LaPierre’s doomsday scenarios or Trotter’s old movie plots.

    They ask us to consider what could happen. Better we consider what does.

  • GOP Swears It’s not Stupid – The Daily Beast – What’s missing from this equation is hard evidence that the GOP, having lost twice to Barack Obama, is changing its policies. Not a single legislative compromise has taken shape, especially on the big-ticket issues like the budget and taxes.
  • 4 Steps For Creating the Obama Revolution: Will the President Take Them? | Alternet – Here are four steps President Obama can take to plant the seeds for the Obama Revolution — one that sets a new, progressive course for political dynamics in the country.
  • Kick That Can – NYTimes.com – While it’s true that we will eventually need some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts to rein in the growth of U.S. government debt, now is very much not the time to act. Given the state we’re in, it would be irresponsible and destructive not to kick that can down the road.

    Start with a basic point: Slashing government spending destroys jobs and causes the economy to shrink.

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