Sunday, October 6, 2013

Looking for some new left blogs?

Look no further. Quite a number are twitter feeds, which of course makes sense, and many, like this blog, are unaligned to a particular party, which also makes sense given the current state of the left (we're waking up, but still have a long ways to go before we're a force to be reckoned with in the US and UK).

Glen Ford on our government's shutdown theatrics

The government shutdown battle is more like a Civil War reenactment than the real thing. A face-saving bargain will soon be struck, returning 825,000 furloughed federal employees to their jobs at wages that have been frozen for the past two years – not by the Republicans, but on President Obama’s orders. The clock has been stuck with both hands on “austerity” since Obama came fully out of the closet as a GOP fellow-traveler following the 2010 midterm elections. From that moment on, Republican-imposed gridlock has been the only barrier to Obama’s long-sought Grand Bargain to eviscerate entitlement programs. When the current theatrics are over, Obamacare will remain intact and the president will be back on his ever-rightward stride. The GOP will take Obama up on his offer, earlier this year, to cut Social Security and will probably be offered other bits and pieces of the social safety net in the interest of “shared sacrifice” and domestic peace.

Linkage. (h/t)