CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Try to find 20 minutes to watch this compelling presentation to members of the House Democratic Caucus. In it, Lawrence Lessig calls for public financing of campaigns and a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United – both needed to restore government by the people, for the people. He holds neither […]
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Whitney Tilson: “My favorite sportswriter, Rick Reilly, with a very powerful, emotional story about organ donors:
. . . But Rudy wasn’t there anymore. He was all over America. He had checked the donor box on his driver’s license, so his lungs went here, his kidneys there, and his […]
It was at lunch years ago, before campaign finance limits were lowered and before the Supreme Court made a mockery of those limits with their 5-4 Citizens United decision.
The key lime pie had been vanquished and I was poised to get $100,000 that a friend had more or less promised when we scheduled the […]
Tuesday, the President made the case for investing in education, energy independence, research, and infrastructure to get our economy moving again.
Our future can really be bright – not least because of the amazing technological advances on the horizon.
But for us to succeed, we will need to learn to spread the wealth those technological […]
Thanks to James Musters for these first two items:
Click here to see how long it takes Mitt to earn what you earn in a year. If you enter $45,000, the answer is “18 hours, 11 minutes and 53 seconds.” Which is some combination of his skill and hard work, on the one hand, […]
In last night’s Republican debate the point was made that a zero capital gains tax would be a powerful way to create new jobs. But can you think of a single scenario where having such a rate would lead to new jobs? I can’t. Seriously: this is ridiculous. And went unchallenged. People […]
OWN OR WORK FOR A SMALL BUSINESS?
A friend has launched BestVendor, to help small businesses decide what software to purchase (and, one day, what everything-else to purchase). ‘I use Amazon to figure out what book to read,’ he says, ‘I use Yelp to figure out what restaurants to go to, but […]
Conservative Andrew Sullivan writes in Newsweek/The Daily Beast: “How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics.”
It’s well worth reading in full. Here it is in part:
On health care . . .
The great conservative bugaboo, Obamacare, is far more moderate than its critics have claimed. The Congressional Budget Office has […]
This short video by Bronx-born novelist Jake Lamar is just . . . well, lovely. No shouting, no ominous music – or soaring music, for that matter – just quiet common sense.
Post it on your Facebook page? Retweet me?
(Retweet, Suh? Never!)
(Sorry; new to Twitter, still amused by the puns. But […]
Arriving at some venue only to encounter Inspector Clouseau, one of his suspects asks: “How is it that you are here?”
The good Inspector replies, “Because I am following yeu.”
Suspect: “But Inspector, you got here first!”
Clouseau, after a moment’s consideration (and unaccountably missing from these 485 memorable Clouseau lines): […]
Quote of the Day
If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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