Archive for December, 2009

Jobless Claims At 18 Month Low

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Jobs

A bit of good news to report today amid the preparations for New Year’s celebrations. Jobless claims fell more than expected last week. From WSJ: Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 432,000 in the week ended Dec. 26, the lowest level since July 19, 2008. The four-week average of […]

December 31st, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

The Decade That Was. The Decade That Will Be.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History

As the saying goes, “May you live in interesting times.” On Decemeber 31, 1999, who would have thought that… …George W. Bush would be elected president…by the Supreme Court? …he would then go on to win two terms? …the Twin Towers would no longer exist? …we would declare war on Afghanistan and Iraq? …Governor Arnold […]

December 31st, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Happy New Decade’s Eve…

By mw | Related entries in Video

Celebrating the end of the aughts.

December 31st, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Interpol: No Tin Foil Hats Necessary

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in Politics

The conspiracy-minded blogs have been abuzz about President Obama’s Executive Order granting Interpol certain privileges and immunities. Fears of the loss of national sovereignty lead the pack with some going as far as saying this opens the door to Americans being kidnapped to appear before the World Court. The calmer voices have been saying it […]

December 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Healthcare Reconciliation

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in health care reform

With the historic passage of a partisan health care insurance reform measure, the US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid kept his most recent promise to pass the bill by Christmas. Differences with the House version means that the bill will almost certainly require reconciliation and another 60-vote “filibuster override” in the Senate in 2010. […]

December 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

My Xmas Wish: Progressive Health Care Reform Grumbles Fall On Deaf Ears

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Liberalism

I don’t want money. I don’t want clothes. I’ll even give up that iPhone I had my eye on. All if this ridiculous crowing from the far left is ignored. And it’s not just me. The latest broadside to the “kill the bill/single payer/public option” noise parade comes from Jonathan Chait. Basically, his article reads […]

December 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 60 Comments »

Christmas greetings from Krugman and Schiff

By mw | Related entries in Budget, Business, Economy, health care reform, Liberalism, Libertarian, Money

While Krugman is brimming with good tidings and bubbling over with holiday cheer, from the other side of the political spectrum Peter Schiff is offering a dour double dose of “Bah Humbug.”

December 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 19 Comments »

The Realities Of Passing Health Care & The Risks Of Not

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Republicans

Time and time again during this grand debate, I’ve said that compromise was not only appropriate, but also absolutely necessary if we wanted anything passed. Yes, this legislation is flawed. But all important legislation is. Eventually, we’ll build on this and create something that works for every single American, but for now we’ve got a […]

December 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Follow Us On Twitter: @thedonklephant

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Technology, twitter

The title says it all. If you tweet or have been thinking of a good excuse to get on Twitter, follow us @thedonklephant. We tweet all of our posts and some other fun facts too. Now, if you’re new to whole “twitter” thing, this article provides some good pointers: What Should I Tweet About? Also, […]

December 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Rachel Maddow & Ezra Klein are not careful what they wish for.

By mw | Related entries in Dodd, Health Care, Senate

Should Ezra Klein’s notion of limiting the use of the filibuster actually find support on the Senate floor, it raises the specter of a simple majority of Republicans in 2015 undoing the Health Care plan that required a 60 vote Democratic plurality in 2009. Definitely in the “be careful what you wish for” category.

December 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 20 Comments »