May
28

Top Ten Proposals on Obama's Website

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

You might want to hurry because the open government is about to close. Participation in the "Brainstorming" phase 1 of President Obama's online Open Government Initiative only lasts from May 21st to May 28th. To find it, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/open You'll see listed there three phases, with the "Discuss" and "Draft" phases not yet active. But you can click on the "Brainstorming" phase until it ends, which will take you to http://opengov.ideascale.com And if you're too late, you can join in the "Discuss" phase of governance.

May
27

Accountability Audio

Tag: Media

Listen to the latest edition of The Urban Journal

Hosted by Keith Murphy on XM Satellite Radio Channel 169, "The Power" daily, Monday through Friday, 8pm Eastern and the special encore edition at 5am.

  Urban Journal 5/27 pt. 1 Heather Boushey, Center for American Progress Urban Journal 5/27 pt. 2 David Swanson, After Downing Street Urban Journal 5/27 pt. 3 Economist and author Ellen Brown Urban Journal 5/27 pt. 4 Playwright, Janet Langhart Cohen

Also Progressive Democrats of America has posted a recording of an Accountability & Justice Conference Call held on May 13, 2009.  Go here and skip the first 6 minutes of people calling in and introducing themselves.

May
27

"Looting of America" Author Sees Opportunity in Meltdown

Tag: Banking and Housing

By David Swanson

I've just interviewed Les Leopold, who blames the recent financial disasters on trends that began over 30 years ago, explains how a great deal of Wall Street's "investing" has had as much connection to the real economy as fantasy baseball has to baseball, diagnoses the failures of labor and the left to resist the financialization of the economy, views the current situation with genuine optimism as a rare moment in which we might be able to make necessary changes to regulate finance and to shift money from a tiny group of billionaires to the rest of society, and explains why that latter step is needed to stabilize any economy.

With teach-ins planned everywhere on June 10th and people trying to educate each other on exactly what just happened to trillions of our children's dollars, you could do a lot worse than to gather some friends together, read or listen to, and discuss, this interview, and then take appropriate actions.

Here's the audio in an mp3. It's a little under an hour.

David Swanson interviewing Les Leopold:

May
26

Obama's Open Forum Opens Possibilities

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Candidate Obama asked for our opinions through a website. Our top demand was that he keep his promise to vote against immunity for telecoms that spied illegally. He ignored us, promised to do better as president, and hasn't.

President-Elect Obama asked for our opinions through his transition website. Our top question was whether he would appoint a special prosecutor for Bush, Cheney, and gang. He refused to answer the question until asked by the corporate media, and then talked about "looking forward".

May
24

The 45th President

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

The United States has had 44 presidents and nobody knows who the 45th will be. For the sake of argument let’s imagine for a minute something that is a very definite possibility. Let's imagine that the 45th president will belong to a political party you detest, will espouse the opposite position from yours on matters dear to your heart, and will strike you as completely unlikeable, untrustworthy, irresponsible, and dangerous. Let's imagine that #45 will want to do everything you oppose and will speak in the most odious and arrogant way about doing so. You won't like the substance or the rhetoric. Number 45, of course, will not fit that description for every one of us, but someone between number 45 and number 50 (assuming we make it that far) will almost certainly fit that description for you, and it's as likely to be #45 as any other number.

May
24

Evening Haiku

Tag: Peace and War

Obama Peace Shirt Why Threaten Sweet Delusion Another Drone Strikes

May
22

The Cheney Channel

Tag: Media

By David Swanson

An association representing top advertisers on broadcast and cable television has proposed the creation of a new Cheney Channel dedicated exclusively to the Cheney family, the primary motivation apparently being to get Dick and Liz off all the other channels where their presence seems to be hurting the sales of advertised products.

May
22

Fantasy Finance and Real Fixes

Tag: Banking and Housing

By David Swanson

If you're like me you find it at least a bit disturbing that we're giving trillions of dollars to save the economy to the very people who wrecked it, and more disturbing that we're doing so without any solid basis for expecting to get much of it back and without making fundamental changes to prevent a repetition. But if you're like me, you also aren't 100 percent certain how a credit default swap works with a cubed collateralized debt obligation, much less whether such a monstrosity needs to be eliminated or reformed. What to do?

World Beyond War

RootsAction.org

War Is A Crime

Talk Nation Radio

There Is No Way To Peace

Peace is the way.

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