The effects of the recession (and a decade of Norquist-inspired bathtub shrinking) really are forcing us to cut education, which we may see as a national security issue. That’s something the federal government could prevent. It’s high time we invested in our base-level national competency before yet another set of military toys.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:45 am|
If you wonder why I described the America’s Future Now 2010 conference as “surly,” I think that actions like Jared Bernstein’s underscore it. People are desperate for real engagement from their leadership. But they feel like they have been put at arm’s length. Because they have.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 8, 2010 7:00 am|
Surly is about the best word to describe the America’s Future Now conference in Washington after the first day. Speaker after speaker excoriated the trajectory from the political sphere as too accommodating, too solicitous, and not enough. Attendees cheered more at the comments about the failures of governance rather than its successes. Progressives – and at this conference, you can even include the institutional groups in that – are just unhappy.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday June 4, 2009 9:30 am|
I saw Dana Milbank hovering for a few minutes at the back of the panel I was speaking on at America’s Future Now yesterday. He fills his word quota for the day by concluding that there were fewer people at this year’s conference and therefore less passion, but anyone who lived through the Clinton years should have been able to predict that if a Democrat won the White House most