Dan Hamburg

Dan Hamburg, a former US congressman from California, is executive director of Voice of the Environment..

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 9:52am
Obama Declares Wrong Emergency
It's often said by supporters of President Obama, with some justification, that too much has been expected of him. Sure he went in with high ideals about moving the country in a more progressive direction, but the reality of money and power in the nation's capital have rendered him unable-at least in the two years he's been in office-to achieve the objectives he so glowingly promised.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 10:20am
Pandora’s Box in the Gulf: Does Hope Remain?
"From the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort," Obama said. "BP is operating at our direction." (White House press conference, May 26, 2010)
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Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 9:24am
Obama’s Oily Waterloo
President Obama's handling of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico can be aptly described, in the words of the great Yogi Berra, as "déjà vu all over again". After nearly two months of dilly-dallying, Obama finally got the deservedly reviled BP CEO Tony Hayward to the White House where he extracted some kind of a commitment-over-time for a $20 billion dollar escrow fund. Republicans cried foul, Democrats praised the president's fortitude.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 11:13am
BP: The Buck Stops on Obama’s Desk
One of the hopeful promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008 was that if elected, his administration would reinstitute science-based decision making. We had all heard the stories of how, under George W. Bush, science was regularly compromised in the interests of big business. The BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, and events in the aftermath of this epic catastrophe, demonstrates how little has changed.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:23am
Reprieve for Banks, Foreclosure for Homeowners
Its first attempt at foreclosure relief--dubbed Making Home Affordable--having proven a dismal failure, the Obama administration recently implemented a new program called the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Hardest Hit Fund. According to Bloomberg News, the new program "[gives] bankers a reprieve." 1
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Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 7:59am
A Challenge to Corporate Feudalism?
"[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences." --Prof. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, 1966
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 9:05am
Leading an Empire in Decline: Obama’s First Year
Almost a year ago, in an editorial published on this site we called on Barack Obama to be the hero our country so sorely needed. We pointed back in time to the flush of hope that greeted Bill Clinton's election in 1992, hope that was quickly dashed on the shoals of NAFTA and the Contract with America. Would Obama's early tenure follow a similar trajectory?
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Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 8:46am
Still the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. - George Washington
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Friday, October 16, 2009 - 9:34am
Obama Renews Bush's 9/11 State of Emergency
On September 10 th , President Obama reinstituted the national State of Emergency first declared by George W. Bush on September 14, 2001 by placing the following language in the Federal Register. The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2009, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.
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Friday, August 21, 2009 - 9:17am
End the State of Emergency!
On August 28, 2008, then President George W. Bush extended for another year the state of national emergency he first officially proclaimed on September 14, 2001. In a notice published in the Federal Register and transmitted to Congress, the president wrote the following: "Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2008."
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