FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

By: Monday July 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Beer! This miraculous beverage is actually more American than apple pie, and its history is linked inextricably with our country’s. Tonight’s guest, director Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, brings us The American Brew a fine crafted, bubbly film with depth and flavor that explores our nation’s relationship with beer.

 

Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 11:55 am

So, people who followed the SS and Medicare rules and made their payments over the years rightly view themselves as having paid for their entitlement benefits, regardless of whether their cumulative FICA payments fall short of or exceed the cumulative sum of those benefits. Why shouldn’t they, and why is Catherine Rampell implying that the deal implicit in our major entitlement programs is anything different?

Where We Were When FDR Passed Away

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 6:52 pm

Ray Owings, age 91, and Letty Owings, age 89, recall their memories before and after April 12, 1945, when US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) passed away. FDR was elected for four consecutive terms, and remains the only president ever to serve more than eight years.

Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Grinch, and the Modern GOP

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 9:00 am

As Christmas approaches, Ebeneezer Scrooge and the Grinch are front and center in the GOP’s blocking of extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. While Scrooge and the Grinch eventually figured out that they were missing something, the modern GOP in Congress would label them as “weak” and “wishy-washy” and “backsliders.”

And FDR would have eaten them for lunch.

Liberalism Is Dead, Now What?: Two Cheers for Bhaskar Sunkara by LeGauchiste

By: Monday May 27, 2013 2:35 pm

Bhaskar Sunkara’s recent essay in The Nation, Letter to ‘The Nation’ From a Young Radical, argues persuasively that American liberalism is “practically ineffective and analytically inadequate” to the twin political tasks of mobilizing supporters and generating policy.

Obama Budget Proposes Privatizing Tennessee Valley Authority

By: Friday April 12, 2013 6:01 am

Does President Obama have some unresolved animosity towards FDR? Obama’s budget not only cuts Social Security but is seeking to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Let’s Defend Social Security and Other Entitlements With the Second Bill of Rights

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 3:20 pm

We can’t look at Social Security and our other entitlements in isolation. We have to fight and win the battle for FDR’s economic bill of rights, and for an expansion of all the entitlements in the American social safety net; now the stingiest, most inadequate safety net among modern industrial nations!

Civilian Conservation Corps 2.0

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 9:00 am

Over the Fourth of July holiday week, millions of people visited one of the hundreds of state and national parks that dot our land. A number of parks have a certain statue honoring the millions of Civilian Conservation Corps workers who made these parks the gems that they are. The CCC gave its workers employment and dignity in a time of economic depression, and it gave the nation a legacy of trails, roads, campgrounds, buildings, and more, so that future generations might be able to enjoy the richness of this land.

We invested in people and parks two generations ago, and we’ve been reaping the benefits ever since. In this current economic depression — worse than any other downturn since the Great Depression — when our parks are in serious need of maintenance and improvements, maybe it’s time to invest in the future once again and bring the CCC back once more.

Sunday Late Night: Turley Proposes Expanding SCOTUS to 19

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 8:01 pm

More fun for Late Night is the casting. Who would you suggest for the Court? What wacky personnel ideas do you imagine the Corporatist/Religious Right would come up with? Would the list of twenty presented to the next president range very widely — and how far would your imagined spectrum stretch? From former Congressman Alan Grayson to current Congressman Patrick McHenry? From Orly Taitz to Gloria Allred? From Michele Bachmann to Glenn Greenwald?

GOP, Santorum’s Skewed Notion of Freedom Leaves 20 Million Unemployed

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 7:30 am

The Republican Presidential primary has unmasked one astonishingly ugly facet after another in the GOP’s character, leaving the party’s soul stripped bare of any moral pretense and revealing, at its core, an appalling indifference to — even a smug pleasure in — human suffering. Now it’s Santorum’s turn to tell us the unemployed don’t matter much.

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