Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May day

From my office on the 17th floor of a tower in downtown Los Angeles: What I can see right now are marchers who appear to be headed for the Bank of America plaza, a popular spot for demonstrations lately, and the police prepared to try to keep things orderly.



We do live in interesting times.

8 comments:

  1. May day. International Workers' Day

    "FORWARD"

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  2. Did you know that Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" commercials for his re-election in 1984 also urged the country to move forward? Clearly Reagan must have been some kind of Marxist.

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  3. What is 'interesting' to me is that we can't assume Occupy will be orderly. The police need to be there. Seattle, SF and Oaklnd are examples. LA is forward thinking. I can't think of anything worse for Obama than these people breaking windows with sticks, spray painting or flying the CCCP flag.

    Great themes from the 1968 movie "The Producers" written by Mel Brooks, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. As well, the 1972 movie "Cabaret", a musical filmed directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey.

    "FORWARD"

    Lets see how long this slogan lasts.

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  4. If the Republicans think that "Forward" is a bad slogan, they can always use the slogan "Backward."

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  5. It would be helful to the 80% of us who don't channel Obama to know what Forward is. Specifically, will you please tell me what the POTUS plans to do in his second term to move us Forward? Or is he simply a finger in the dike to opposes a Republican House and Senate? What are his plans?

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  6. Your question assumes that Republicans are going to continue with the same unrelenting, nearly unanimous opposition they have shown so far to everything the president proposes. But in fact that kind of opposition was just a tactic the Republicans adopted to try to prevent Obama from being re-elected. See my post below called The Opposition. If that tactic fails, the hope is that the Republicans will adopt a different attitude. What President Obama has said in at least one interview is that he hopes after his election that a few Republicans in Congress will be willing to work with Democrats to move forward on a number of issues that both sides want to get done, such as immigration reform, such as a reasonable deficit reduction program, such as investments in infrastructure, such as making the tax code more fair, etc.

    There is a lot that can be accomplished in the next four years if people are willing to work together to do it. And at the same time, of course, Democrats want to preserve the reforms they have already put in place such as the health care reform act, and the financial regulation.
    That is how we are going to move forward.

    Because the Republican plan doesn't talk about much else than undoing whatever Obama has accomplished in four years, so it quite explicitly is planning to move us backward.

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  7. << immigration reform, such as a reasonable deficit reduction program, such as investments in infrastructure, such as making the tax code more fair, etc. >>

    Thanks, agreed, all worthy goals and goals that seem to be in line with many republicans views as well.

    << at the same time, of course, Democrats want to preserve the reforms they have already put in place such as the health care reform act, and the financial regulation. >>

    I don't understand the support for Dodd-Frank. It seems to be the culture of corruption. Big banks got bigger. We need reform, but Amy Friend and Daniel Meade? You have a K St. lawyer leaving K St. to "reform" finance before cashing back out to monetize his "first hand understanding of the Dodd-Frank Act" while crushing smaller community type banks. I cannot see the virtue of the bill.

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  8. How's that for your reform?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-s-goodman/jamie-dimon-derivatives-f_b_1509631.html

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