September 2010, Week 3


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
September 12, 2010

'But in the short term between now and Election Day,
Obama may have the most to gain by sharpening his
attack on those "powerful interests" who liken him to a
dog. A top dog bites back (with a smile).

'In a second forceful speech last week, delivered
outside Cleveland, Obama titillated the political press
by calling out Boehner by name eight times. But though
Boehner is a nice soft target - he belittled the
economic meltdown as an "ant" and has staked his
political capital on extending tax cuts for America's
wealthiest 3 percent - he's merely a front-man. Obama
must also call out the powerful interests who are
pulling the G.O.P.'s strings (and filling its coffers),
whether on Wall Street or in Big Oil or any other
sector where special interests are aligned against
reform in the public interest.'

Columnist Frank Rich
New York Times
September 12, 2010

Toon of the Day
Fear Itself
Stuart Carlson


Quote of the Day
September 13, 2019

'Rejecting the advice of his departing budget director,
Peter Orszag, Obama has insisted that the Bush era tax
cuts, which expire this year, be extended for "only"
about 98 percent of Americans, but not for households
making over $250,000 a year. Hard to argue with that,
but watch the GOP try. The more the Republicans hold
hostage this plan for tax relief for millionaires, the
more voters appreciate whose side they are really on.

'Obama has belatedly proposed a $50 billion
infrastructure program, to put Americans back to work.
He should have proposed four times as much, and long
ago, but it's a start.'

Robvert Kuttner, editor of
American Prospect magazine
Huffington Post
September 13, 2010

Toon of the Day
Consumer Spending
Rob Rogers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Quote of the Day
September 14, 2010

'Americans are not being honest with themselves about
the structural changes in the economy that have
bestowed fabulous wealth on a tiny sliver at the top,
while undermining the living standards of the middle
class and absolutely crushing the poor. Neither the
Democrats nor the Republicans have a viable strategy
for reversing this dreadful state of affairs. (There is
no evidence the G.O.P. even wants to.)'

Columnist Bob Herbert
New York Times
September 14, 2010

Toon of the Day
Open to Compromise
Phil Oliphant


Quote of the Day
September 15, 2010

'Mr Obama has been firm on the need to extend the cuts
for the middle class and only the middle class.
Politically, this may succeed.

'The public seems to support the position, and the
Republican response is muddled. There is a lesson here:
advocate specific policies to win popular support. Why
did nobody think of it before?'

Financial Times
September 15, 2010

Toon of the Day
Pat Oliphant


September 16, 2010

'"The labour market is in dire straits. The Great
Recession has left behind a waste land of
unemployment," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's
chief, at an Oslo jobs summit with the International
Labour Federation (ILO).

'He said a double-dip recession remains unlikely but
stressed that the world has not yet escaped a deeper
social crisis. He called it a grave error to think the
West was safe again after teetering so close to the
abyss last year. "We are not safe," he said.

'A joint IMF-ILO report said 30m jobs had been lost
since the crisis, three quarters in richer economies.
Global unemployment has reached 210m. "The Great
Recession has left gaping wounds. High and long-lasting
unemployment represents a risk to the stability of
existing democracies," it said. '

Telegraph (UK)
September 13, 2010

Toon of the Day
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
September 17, 2010

'What worries me most about all this tough talk about
China is it diverts attention from the real problem.
America isn't suffering high unemployment because we're
buying too much from China and not selling them enough.
Trade with China is a small portion of the U.S.

'Twenty million Americans lack jobs because American
consumers - especially America's vast middle class -
can no longer spend what's necessary to keep nearly
everyone employed.'

Economist Robert Reich
September 17, 2010

Toon of the Day
GOP Programs
Schorr - Cagle - Los Angeles Times


Quote of the Day
September 18, 2010

'The movers and shakers of our society seem similarly
oblivious to the terrible destruction wrought by the
economic storm that has roared through America. They've
heard some thunder, perhaps, and seen some lightning,
and maybe felt a bit of the wind. But there is nothing
that society's leaders are doing - no sense of urgency
in their policies or attitudes - that suggests they
understand the extent of the economic devastation that
has come crashing down like a plague on the poor and
much of the middle class. '

Columnist Bob Herbert
New York Times
September 18, 2010

Toon of the Day
Us Guys
Ben Sargent


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