Posts Tagged ‘Lawrence O’ Donnell’

Credit Where Credit Is Due Part II

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Iraq: Over $1 trillion
Over 4,500 US casualties
Libya: Less than $2 billion
Zero US casualties

Here’s Lawrence O’Donnell with the news and the lengths Republicans have gone to deny the president credit for the foreign policy victory. Jon Stewart actually has an even better take on the Republican reaction, but I’m trying not to make every post just another Daily Show clip.

Obama Takes a Lesson from Elizabeth Warren

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


At the risk of turning this space into an Elizabeth Warren admiration society, I need to post this one. This is one of the best defenses of liberalism that I have ever heard and it’s nice to see Obama taking the cue. Infrastructure, education, police protection, a dominant military to protect our economic interests abroad, all of these are part of the story of what has made America so successful over the years…and all of these things are brought to you by the government.

More on this later, but the lesson here is that Democrats need to learn how to defend their philosophy more effectively and aggressively. The things I listed above are centrist ideas that a large majority of Americans support, but they don’t come for free. They need to be paid for.

O’ Donnell Goes All O’ Reilly On Orly Taitz

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


At the risk of this blog just becoming a forum for me to post Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, I have to put this up. It is hilarious.

O’ Donnell has a bit of an O’ Reilly moment here, but his response afterwards is priceless.

She’s crazy. We invited a crazy person on the show.

Lawrence O’ Donnell Skewers NBC Entertainment and Trump

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Front Runner

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

What a Country!


Trump-Bachman 2012!

Vote for Sleazy and Dumb as Rocks!

It’s been enjoyable to watch Trump make an ass out of himself and embarrass the Republican party, but Laurence O’ Donnell reminds us how bad for the country it is for Trump to continually be on TV fanning the fires of intolerance.

“Starve The Beast” Unmasked

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Here’s Lawrence O’ Donnell with analysis on Obama’s Wednesday speech.


The real analysis starts at the 2:30 point. O’ Donnell explains how the Republican strategy of “Starve the Beast” got us to the point we are at today. As Reagan said:

You know, we can lecture our children about extravagance until we run out of voice and breath, or we can cure their extravagance by simply reducing their allowance.

O’Donnell continues:

Reducing their allowance. If you’re a conservative republican you can reduce the government’s allowance by cutting taxes, and then sit by and try to watch the democrats preserve their spending programs when they don’t have the money to do it…

“Starve the Beast”…Starve it, cut taxes, don’t collect the money the government needs to run its programs and those programs will then have to be cut. This has been the republican strategy since Reagan. It is the Republican strategy now. If you don’t understand that it is the republican strategy, then you do not understand what you’re up against.

With a nod to Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine,” this is basically an argument that the Republican theories and policies (along with Democratic enabling) basically created this crisis knowing that it would bankrupt the country. Now that the bill for endless tax cuts with no accompanying spending cuts has come due, they tell us that we have no other choice but to dismantle the social programs that Americans have worked decades to build up and maintain.

O’ Donnell, again:

That plan, the Reagan plan, the Starve the Beast plan, controls our governing dialogue today. This is not an accidental legacy of Reagan’s. This was his plan. This didn’t happen because George W. Bush lost his way and forgot to pay for things, it was because George W. Bush faithfully executed the plan.

This is why the Ryan Plan and Obama’s response to it represent a turning point in the debate, and indeed in America’s history.

The Republicans just spent all last year arguing that tax cuts for the richest 2% had to be preserved. They filibustered benefits for 9-11 responders so that they could preserve these tax cuts. Now that they’ve seized the House, they turn around and say: we have no choice as Americans. We now have to dismantle the safety net that has been in place for over 40 years.  

Bullshit.

The Republicans will tell you that we are “broke.” Don’t believe that for a second.

We’re the richest country in the world. We’re fighting two wars, one in Asia and one in the Middle East. We’re supporting an air campaign against another dictator in North Africa and running a covert drone based bombing campaign in a fourth country.  We have 12 aircraft carriers that allow us to project force anywhere in the world on short notice. We have hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in countries where we fought wars over sixty years ago. We’re the strongest economy in the world and we have more billionaires than any other country in the world by a mile.

We also have one of the lowest tax rates of any industrialized country and our taxes are the lowest they have been in fifty years. 

To be sure, there will need to be decreases in spending across the board and entitlements need to be a part of that. But Americans need to make some tough decisions about what kind of a country we want to be. Medicare is the 2nd most popular social program in the country and the Republicans just voted to dismantle it because they say that we’re broke. But we’re apparently not so broke that we couldn’t afford to pass even more tax cuts for the rich as part of the same budget.

The time for maintaining  high levels of defense spending, moderate levels of social spending and low taxes is over. Americans now need to decide whether we would rather deny poor, disabled and the elderly the health care that they need, or whether we should cut back out military commitments around the world. We need to decide if it’s more of a priority to have low taxes for the top 2% or if we can go back to the tax levels of the Clinton years (when the economy created 23 million new jobs) and cushion the cuts to the social programs that most Americans now view as a right. 

I honestly cannot believe that the Republican House actually passed the Ryan budget yesterday. If their vision of America is one where the safety net is no longer guaranteed and seniors no longer have their medical bills paid so that the rich can get more tax cuts, then you’ve got to give them credit for standing up for their beliefs. But I think they’ll soon find that what they believe differs significantly from what the American people believe in.

What to Expect from Lawrence O’ Donnell

Monday, January 24th, 2011

As noted below, Keith Olbermann is out at MSNBC and his time slot will now be taken by Lawrence O’ Donnell.

Here’s an interesting clip which gives you an idea about how he might be as a host.

In this discussion with Glenn Greenwald from Salon.com, O’Donnell proclaims that he is “a socialist” but that he brings practical experience to every political issue and understands that the only way for liberals to exercise any power in the system we have is to get votes from the broad middle. It’s an interesting dichotomy for the Democrats (as well as for Republicans): on the one hand, you need the moderates to maintain power, but on the other, needing someone like Lieberman or Ben Nelson inherently indicates that the policy is going to be significantly watered down once it’s passed.

More on this idea later, but the point I was making here is to illustrate the combination of left wing politics and pragmatic knowledge of how the system works that O’ Donnell will bring to the table.