Andrew Puzder: the Anti- Labor Secretary

Posted by on December 23, 2016 at 12:50 am

Linda Greenhouse, the long-time Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times, has a vision of the first meeting of the Trump cabinet: seated around the table are Cabinet officers who have been chosen because they oppose the missions or long-term policies of the agencies that they have been picked to run. She writes,” They […]

Trump Discovers New Jobs Weapon: Sweet Talk and Arm Twisting

Posted by on December 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Move over, John Maynard Keynes. The Donald isn’t even President yet, and he has already discovered a new tool to end unemployment– in his spare time, between interviews with Mitt Romney, rounds of golf and meetings with his lawyers about how he can appear to divest his business and still run it. The new weapon […]

We’ve Realigned; Now What?- Part 1

Posted by on December 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

In 1960 the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Federation, the predecessor of SDUSA, issued a political statement in which it announced two decisions: that, for the first time in its history, it would not run a presidential candidate, and that it would work for the realignment of the political party system so that a programmatic liberal-labor party […]

Blood and Teeth: a review of Bill Press, Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down

Posted by on November 28, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Probably many of us are getting urgent e-mails asking us to express our approval of President Obama on the eve of his departure and, not so incidentally, back up sentiment with a generous donation to the sponsoring organization. Generally, I am heartily glad to see the back of a leader who has led a failed […]

Was it Comey or the Middle Finger?

Posted by on November 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Hillary Clinton has given us her analysis of the Democratic catastrophe to which she led us: it did not happen because of her sense of privilege regarding the use of e-mails; it had nothing to do with her cozy, secret and lucrative speeches to Goldman Sachs; the failure of the Obama administration to build a […]