January 2011, Week 2


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
January 2, 2010

'--that the Obama White House makes the distinction
between establishing a better relationship with the
business community and sucking up to the financial
community. The former creates jobs, the latter creates
paper profits. Indeed, a worse relationship with the
financial community would be an excellent idea--
breaking up the big banks, imposing a financial
transactions tax on derivatives trading and not
appointing any more financial wizards to ranking
positions in the Administration. It is time to
encourage long-term investment and shun--indeed,
shame--the short-term speculators who helped to ruin
our economy.'

'Hopes for 2011'
By Joe Klein
blog Time
January 2, 2010

Toon of the Day
China Train
Pat Oliphant


Quote of the Day
January 3, 2011

'If there's one piece of economic wisdom I hope people
will grasp this year, it's this: Even though we may
finally have stopped digging, we're still near the
bottom of a very deep hole.'

Economist Paul Krugman
New York Times
January 3, 2011

Toon of the Day
Looking Forward
Ed Stein


Quote of the Day
January 4, 2011

'"The Repeal Amendment" (editorial, Dec. 27) asserts
that many Americans who are economically struggling
"have no progressive champion," and that the left has
"ceded the field to the Tea Party and, in doing so,
allowed it to make history."

'Hello! There are plenty of distinguished progressive
champions lobbying, rallying, exposing, suing and
organizing at the national, state and local level. Yet
they have been mostly left out of the mass media, on
television and radio and in the news, feature, style,
opinion and book review pages of major newspapers,
including The Times.

'Meanwhile, the Tea Partiers have seen their modest
initiatives hugely magnified and therefore expanded by
major media. This has mainstreamed the radical right,
including Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and
Pamela Geller, as well as the most extreme
neoconservatives who still receive media attention
despite their deceptive, disastrous Iraq war-mongering.

'Check your own pages and you will see the evidence. Or
better yet, have your public editor look into why
flagrant, often bigoted right-wingers are given so much
time and space compared with fact-based progressive
leaders committed to the "equality and welfare" that
your editorial espouses.

'After all, mass media coverage matters greatly for
social and political movements.'

Letter to the Editor
'How the Left Is Left Out: Ralph Nader's View'
Ralph Nader
New York Times
January 4, 2011

Toon of the Day
The GOP & the Constitution
Ben Sargent


Quote of the Day
January 5, 2011

'I think folks in these states are going to ask whether
this is the right time to weaken unions when
corporations are amassing more power than ever.We've
been fighting against privatizing Social Security and
sending jobs offshore and to get the best deal for the
unemployed. It would be a lot easier for Republicans if
unions weren't there to throw up these roadblocks.'

Naomi Walker, AFL-CIO director
of state government relations
'Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb
Labor Unions'
New York Times
January 4, 2011

Toon of the Day


Quote of the Day
January 6, 2011

'If you happened to be watching NBC on the first Sunday
morning in August last summer, you would have seen
something curious. There, on the set of *Meet the
Press*, the host, David Gregory, was interviewing a
guest who made a forceful case that the U.S. economy
had become "very distorted." In the wake of the
recession, this guest explained, high-income
individuals, large banks, and major corporations had
experienced a "significant recovery"; the rest of the
economy, by contrast-including small businesses and "a
very significant amount of the labor force"-was stuck
and still struggling. What we were seeing, he argued,
was not a single economy at all, but rather
"fundamentally two separate types of economy,"
increasingly distinct and divergent.

'This diagnosis, though alarming, was hardly unique:
drawing attention to the divide between the wealthy and
everyone else has long been standard fare on the left.
(The idea of "two Americas" was a central theme of John
Edwards's 2004 and 2008 presidential runs.) What made
the argument striking in this instance was that it was
being offered by none other than the former five-term
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan: iconic
libertarian, preeminent defender of the free market,
and (at least until recently) the nation's foremost
devotee of Ayn Rand. When the high priest of capitalism
himself is declaring the growth in economic inequality
a national crisis, something has gone very, very

By Chrystia Freeland
'The Rise of the New Global Elite'
Atlantic January/February 2011

Toon of the Day
And So It Begins
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
January 7, 2011

'This is a very serious effort by the radical right
wing to cripple the American labor movement and remove
it as a serious force in American life. They want
unfettered, unrestricted corporate power, and the only
thing standing in the way of absolute corporate
domination of our society and what's left of our
democracy is the American labor movement.'

Veteran labor activist Stewart Acuff,
chief of staff for the  Utility
Workers Unions of America and co-author
of Getting America Back to Work,
quoted in 'Will the New Assaults on
Public Employee Unions Undermine
All Workers?'
By Art Levine
In These Times
January 6, 2011

Toon of the Day
Jim Morin - Miami Herald


Quote of the Day
January 8, 2011

'The economy added 103,000 jobs in December, which
continues a positive trend of employment growth. But a
closer look at the numbers reveals that hopes of an
accelerating job market recovery are once again
disappointed. The slow and volatile pace of employment
growth in recent months should be a warning sign to
policymakers that a still-fragile recovery needs
consistent policies targeted at jobs, jobs, and more
jobs. As a new, more conservative Congress assumes the
reins of government, Americans need to know that
cutting the government's budget and failing to make
investments for recovery and long-run growth will only
make our economic problems worse'

Adam Hersh, Isha Vij
Center for American Progress
January 7, 2011

Toon of the Day
Signe Wilkinson


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