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, September 18, 2009
Selective Deficit Disorder
Watching the health care debate unfold these days is a little like watching scenes from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”—the ones showing a collage of strung-out, deranged or otherwise incapacitated patients rotting away in a squalid psychiatric ward.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
UnitedHealth Lobbyist Announces Pelosi Fundraiser As She Begins Backing Off Public Option
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time yesterday suggested she may be backing off her support of the public option.
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Friday, September 11, 2009
We’ve Seen This Trigger Before
After a summer of politics marked by esoteric phrases like co-ops and insurance exchanges, the newest kernel of ubiquitous arcana is the term trigger mechanism. This proposal, which is gaining momentum after President Obama's speech to Congress, would have any national health legislation include provisions allowing a government-run "public option" only if certain parameters are met in the future. "It's an obscure policy tool that isn't even written," reported the news service TalkingPointsMemo.com.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Reviewing President Rahm Emanuel's Health Care Speech
Not to be too much of a downer, but I found Obama's speech tonight a big O-bummer. Really, other than his very important reminder that "we're all in this together," it was disappointing (although that's probably not the right word, because it implies I expected something more). And remember, while I have at times been critical of Obama, I've been very supportive of him on health care...up until tonight. Here's a list of my basic problems:
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Glenn Beck, Obama's White House, and the Progressive Movement
Needless to say that when you wake up one morning and find yourself the subject of the lead editorial in the largest conservative publication on the planet, it is a bit jarring.
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Friday, September 04, 2009
Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement
The difference between parties and movements is simple: Parties are loyal to their own power regardless of policy agenda; movements are loyal to their own policy agenda regardless of which party champions it. This is one of the few enduring political axioms, and it explains why the organizations purporting to lead an American progressive "movement" have yet to build a real movement, much less a successful one.
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Primary Threats Pushing Dems to Support Public Option
On Monday , I noted that the upside of a contested Democratic primary here in Colorado are huge, because it will force whomever the nominee is to be far more concrete and progressive in their positions on issues. And within two days, that truism has already been proven correct.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
The Science Fiction of Military Marketing
I'm a video game geek, so as I sat through movie previews a few weeks ago, I was sure I was watching Nintendo ads. There on the cinema's screen was a supersleek plane flying over a moonscape while communicating with an orbiting satellite. In the next moment, a multicolored topographical map, orders being barked - and in my own mind, memories of Call of Duty graphics. And then, finally, two guys in front of a computer console, and the jarring punch line: "It's not science fiction; it's what we do every day," said the bold type, followed by a U.S. Air Force symbol.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's Not a 'Free Market' System When Taxpayers Are Financing the Profits
Thanks to both the focus on health care and the storm over President Obama's comments on Henry Louis Gates, few bothered to note a deeply troubling moment during last month's White House press conference in which the president displayed genuine stupidity, willful ignorance, intelligence-insulting dishonesty - or some combination of all three (I bring this up now, because it's the very same argument we're going to hear from supporters of Ben Bernanke in his renomination process).
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
Freedom From Fear—and the Second Amendment
Those of us living in the Rocky Mountains are steeped in America’s famous gun culture—and we therefore know well the binary debates surrounding the Second Amendment. Firearm enthusiasts—the vast majority of whom use weapons responsibly—believe the Constitution protects their right to bear arms. Gun control advocates counter that the Constitution doesn’t give anyone the inalienable right to wield automatic weapons that can kill scores of people in seconds.
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