Tag Archives: George Bush

Estate Tax good. American aristocracy bad.

During the last Bush Presidency, as you may recall, there was a coordinated campaign to eliminate the Estate Tax, which has existed in some form in the United States since the 18th century. Rebranding it the “Death Tax” under the guidance of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, wrote that the term “kindled voter resentment in a […]

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Howard Dean on his 2004 run for President: “We were really running against the Democratic party… The Democratic party was becoming increasingly what we would now call corporatist. They’d given up. They just weren’t fighting for a better country.”

A few days ago, at the Netroots Nation conference, I had the good fortune to catch a session with former presidential candidate, and progressive standard bearer, Howard Dean. Following is the first of three videos I hope to post over the coming weeks, accompanied by my quick attempt at transcription. In this clip, you’ll hear […]

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Ypsi Immigration Interview: Heidi Jugenitz

A few days ago I was introduced to a young woman by the name of Heidi Jugenitz. She, I’d been told by a mutual friend, was new in town, and, having read my blog, wanted to ask me a few questions. We talked briefly, and I asked if I could follow up with a few […]

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Romney… We’ve established that he’s not the solution, but the problem… Now, it’s time to bring on the dancing horses

The swiftboating of John Kerry, I guess, wasn’t a total loss. Sure, we lost the election because of it, but we learned a thing or two in the process. Most importantly, we learned from Karl Rove that, if you really want to destroy a man, it isn’t enough to just go after him where he’s […]

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Obama’s fiery response to the Republican budget

President Obama delivered an uncharacteristically fiery speech the other day, at an Associated Press luncheon. You’ll find the video below, but, first, here’s a clip from an editorial about the speech that ran in yesterday’s New York Times. President Obama’s fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech […]

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