Veal Pen Watch: Good government groups all but eject whistleblower from coalition for asking too many questions

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 8:35 am

Evelynn Brown, a federal whistleblower and CEO of her own whistleblower support group, has been lobbying the Make It Safe Campaign steering committee to become more open, transparent, responsive, and accountable. She asked for basic things like sharing the email list serv, getting rid of a 24 hour comment review period, having a whistleblower on the steering committee, having minutes of meetings made available, etc.

For whatever reason, today the committee decided they’d had enough.


Veal Pen Preachers and Conservative Idolatry of Teh Market is an Ugly Combination

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 9:00 am

Gosh — preachers who have no problem railing about marriage equality and racial issues suddenly fall mute when they ponder preaching about the current economic mess. Can you say “Veal Pen Preacher”? Sure you can . . .

Add in a duplicitous visiting scholar from the Heritage Foundation who thinks Jesus preached predatory capitalism as the way of salvation, and you’ve got a nasty combination.

Whatever your thoughts on religion, that combination is truly toxic.

Jonathan Chait Is a Moronic Tool: Reconciliation Edition

By: Sunday September 4, 2011 7:00 pm

Jonathan Chait is a typical Beltway-minded Very Serious Thinker, which means that in his crafting of an apologia for yet another cave-in by Obama to corporate America’s well-heeled (and campaign-contributing) titans, he likes to a) assume that Obama’s most prominent lefty critics have no idea how politics works in America when in fact they understand it better than he ever will, and b) play fast and loose with the truth.

Wrong, Jonathan Chait: Not “Everybody” Thought the Stimulus Was “Mind-Bogglingly Large”

By: Sunday September 4, 2011 12:30 pm

I naively thought Obama’s offering to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would put an end to the “liberals are being unfair to Obama” genre, but Jonathan Chait (heh-indeeded by John Cole) published another one in the New York Times magazine today.

It’s full of problems, but I want to focus on this one — because it’s so obviously wrong.

A PROGRESSIVE APPROACH TO FEDERAL BUDGETING: Or, Can One Take Billionaire Pete Peterson’s Money and Remain Progressive?

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 11:30 am

Yves Smith set off a firestorm in her criticism of several progressive groups that have joined forces with Pete Peterson to whip up deficit hysteria. There are three issues that need to be addressed.

GLAAD President Admits Sending AT&T Written Letter to FCC

By: Friday June 10, 2011 10:13 am

Michelangelo Signorelli has the goods on GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, who sent a letter to the FCC on behalf of the organization supporting the merger of TMoblie and AT&T — written by their big donor, AT&T:

On Fauxgressive Rationalizations of Selling Out to Powerful, Moneyed Backers

By: Sunday June 5, 2011 6:00 am

I’m surprised that my post, “Bribes Work: How Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security, Bought the Roosevelt Name” has created a bit of a firestorm within what passes for the left wing political blogosphere. It has elicited responses from Andy Rich of the Roosevelt Institute, Roosevelt Institute fellow Mike Konczal, as well as two groups only mentioned in passing in the piece, the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Uncompromised And Uncompromising

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 6:01 pm

Member funding gives FDL the freedom to say and do what we believe instead of what we’re told.

Was the Budget Calamity Liberals’ Fault?

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 11:50 am

The notion that Democrats lost the 2010 midterms because liberals weren’t clapping loudly enough isn’t supported by the evidence. Democrats lost because they lost independents by 15 points, and independents don’t care what liberals think.

Veal Appeal: Whitewashing of Health Care Reform Battle Continues

By: Friday April 1, 2011 2:15 pm

The problem for the public option wasn’t that the president didn’t fight hard enough for it. It’s failure to make it into the law was the result of President Obama actively fighting hard against it, while lying about this support.

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