Sunday, February 24, 2008

Obamanomics

[yes, i stole that]

RonKSeattle has a series of posts on Obama's economic advisers, Austan Goolsbee, Jeffrey Liebman, and David Cutler. I've mentioned them before, but someone else has done the heavy lifting and collected all in one place everything you never wanted to know.

I don't know about the other two advisers, but Austan Goolsbee is the senior economist for the DLC, so whichever of the remaining two Dems we get, either Obama or Clinton, will perhaps be listening to him.

Markets just want to be free.

6 comments:

Michael said...

We aren't going to get a perfect president. There will still be a need for bloggers to remain the actual fourth estate until we have a free press otherwise, anyhow.

hipparchia said...

you're absolutely right -- uh, correct -- that we won't get a perfect president, and i've never expected it to happen. all my preferred candidates were decidedly less than perfect, even if they were more aligned with my views than either clinton or obama.

ronk remarked in one of those comment threads that each side is hoping obama will doublecross the other once he's elected, i haven't paid as much attention to the moderate-rightists-for-obama, but i've seen from some of his rabid liberal supporters around the blogosphere: oh, he only has to say that to get elected; once he's in office he enact a liberal agenda.

if obama's elected, i'll be expecting his fan club, the liberals at least, to hold his feet to the fire to keep those lefty promises.



it's a crying shame the corporate-owned media have abdicated their fourth-estate responsibilities. with their deep pockets, they're really the only ones who've got the resources to do the kinds of investigative reporting and hardheaded analysis that's needed [not just at eklection time, but always, day in, day out].

otoh, if the rise of 'citizen journalism' means that more citizens get involved in their government, it's not entirely a bad thing.

Steve Bates said...

hipparchia, if our government taps the phones and emails of those "citizen journalists," what meaningful sense of the phrase "freedom of the press" are we experiencing?

Apart from that... if the DLC Dems have in fact taken ownership of the DP (as certainly seems the case from the two candidates still standing), what am I doing standing with these self-proclaimed Dems?

Remember, the DLC gave us Joe Lieberman (if I recall correctly), the best conservative Republican ever to wear the Democratic label...

hipparchia said...

first off, you didn't hear me say anything about us bloggers having a free press.

and the stubborn fighting over retroactive immunity suggests maybe they've already been eavesdropping on us. we'll just have to continue blogging and emailing in defiance.

long live the indie media!



as for the dlc, you're standing with them because there's still a good chance that the 'more and better democrats' strategy will work. 2008 we elect a republican-lite president and some democrats of various stripes in congress, 2010 we get several more true liberals in congress.

and becuase republican-lite is still better than the pnac nutcases.

andante said...

there's still a good chance that the 'more and better democrats' strategy will work. 2008 we elect a republican-lite president and some democrats of various stripes in congress, 2010 we get several more true liberals in congress.

Here, here.

I am as liberal as anyone I know, but I also know that Rome wasn't built in a day nor will a progressive majority suddenly appear out of nothing.

Yes, it gets my panties in a twist every time the DLC swoons over a Repub-Lite. But if that RepubLite has the coattails to bring in more progressive-minded legislators, I'll take it.

It's the system, and it's human nature. And it's better than the alternative of sitting out, sulking, and suffering the right-wing consequences.

hipparchia said...

But if that RepubLite has the coattails to bring in more progressive-minded legislators, I'll take it.

i'll take it too, and this is what obamanauts are saying, that his coattails will bring in more progressives. but my fear is that with his libertarian-lite and republican-lite talking points, his coattails will drag in more of them. if that happens, i'll just have to hope that they're young and impressionable [by real lefties].