David Sirota

David Sirota is a best-selling author whose new book "Back to Our Future" is now available. He hosts the morning show on AM760 in Colorado and is a contributing writer at Salon.com. E-mail him at ds@davidsirota.com, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at www.davidsirota.com.

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Friday, February 06, 2009
Despite Obama's Promises, Rival Views are Scrubbed from White House
Only weeks ago, the political world was buzzing about a "team of rivals." America was told that finally, after years of yes-men running the government, we were getting a president who would follow President Abraham Lincoln's lead, fill his administration with varying viewpoints, and glean empirically sound policy from the clash of ideas. Little did we know that "team of rivals" was what George Orwell calls "newspeak": an empty slogan "claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts."
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Blacklisting Progressives: The Untold Story Beneath the Daschle Headlines
Amid the swirling headlines about Tom Daschle withdrawing his nomination for Health and Human Service Secretary is a very dark, very foreboding story that tells us a lot more about what to expect from the Obama administration than a single nomination fight.
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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Will Obama Keep His 'Buy America' Promise?
Back in August, presidential candidate Barack Obama made his commitment to the concept behind "Buy America" legislation very clear in a series of campaign statements and ads lambasting John McCain for opposing such pragmatic laws. Obama even distributed campaign stickers and flyers with a special emblem (at right) declaring his support.
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Friday, January 30, 2009
Moving the Political Center
When they write their retrospectives about the era that ended with the 2008 election, economic historians will undoubtedly credit George W. Bush with almost single-handedly moving the country to embrace extremist conservatism. It's a simple storyline: Cowboy president drives bewildered American herd over laissez-faire cliff. What such reductionism will ignore, though, is what we must remember now: namely, that Congress also played a decisive role in the stampede.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Four Reasons to Oppose the Bush-Obama Request for Another $350 Billion Bailout
On Monday, President Bush - at the request of Barack Obama - formally requested the next truckload of Wall Street bailout cash. I appeared on CNBC to discuss the request. Watch it here .
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Prioritizing the Movement Over the Party
In my book, The Uprising , I wrote an entire chapter about the state of the antiwar movement, and the chapter included a look at Moveon.org. The chapter examined an organization that had - at the time - become a reflexive appendage of the Democratic Party (as opposed to a more movement-based organization focused on progressivism).
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Friday, January 02, 2009
FDR prolonged the Great Depression? Really?
If you're like me, you sometimes find yourself speechless when confronted with abject insanity. If you're like me, for instance, you were dumbfounded when "Forrest Gump" beat out "Pulp Fiction" for best picture; when HBO's "Sopranos" received more accolades than "The Wire"; and when George W. Bush insisted Iraqi airplanes were about to drop WMDs on American cities.
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Friday, December 12, 2008
We Told You
Please, forgive me for saying it. I know it's a tad annoying, but it has to be said to America's ruling class in this humble column space. Because if it's not said here you can bet it won't be said anywhere else in the media, and it needs to be said somewhere on behalf of the millions of citizens who were right. We told you so.
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