2PP044 – 17 November 2010

Back to the normal schedule now. After Special Days we’re into the post-election realities, especially a really stupid op-ed piece from the Washington Post. We talk about that and the people behind it. We then move on to talking about social security and retirement, of all things. That leads on to a discussion of tax policy, and Arthur pushes back against two bits of Republican demagoguery. From there, it’s inevitably on to the mainstream media not holding politicians accountable and the need for them to move past constant repetition of non-stories and instead explain what stories mean, not just what they are. The lack of newsroom resources is a real problem.

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Links for this episode:
One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012 – Washington Post OpEd
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2 Responses to 2PP044 – 17 November 2010

  1. Roger Green says:

    Harry Truman took a beating in the 1946 midterms, lost 54 seats in the House, and 12 seats in the Senate, so decided to just do what he thought was best. And of course, he was not elected in 1948 – oh, wait, I was remembering the Chicago Tribune headline.
    Woodrow Wilson: Dems lots lost 61 House seats in 1914
    Bill Clinton: Dems lost 54 House seats in 1994, and 8 Senate seats
    Caddell and Schoen are idiots.

  2. Roger Green says:

    An unintended consequence of raising the Social Security age:
    “While life expectantcy for a 65-year-old male in the top half of income earners HAS increased by six years over the past three decades, the comparable increase for those in the BOTTOM half was barely more than a YEAR.
    “As Paul Krugman says, We’d be telling JANITORS they can’t retire because LAWYERS are living longer.”

    http://www.salon.com/entertainment/comics/this_modern_world/2010/11/16/this_modern_world

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