Archive - 2010
After highlighting the many pro-business aspects of the economy-boosting moves that the Obama admin has proposed this week, Ezra Klein writes (insightfully IMHO):
...it's worth thinking harder about the idea -- propagated by many on the right and some in the business community -- that this president is somehow anti-business. The health-care reform bill bends over backward to preserve each and every private industry currently overcharging us for our care. The Obama campaign publicly supported the bank bailout and then repelled the populist measures to really hammer banker pay when they got into office. The financial reform bill didn't break up the banks, set leverage requirements in statute or do any of a number of other things that would've really hurt the financial industry. The auto bailout was designed to preserve the existence of America's auto industry, and even the Economist has admitted that the Obama administration did everything in its power to "restore both firms to health and then get out as quickly as possible." The various stimulus measures have been designed to directly support businesses or indirectly support the people who those businesses rely on.
The point isn't that all of these policies were good. Some of them weren't. The point is that the constant accusation that this White House is somehow anti-business, or deaf to the corporate community's concerns, is a fiction of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. There's a good argument to be made, I think, that this White House is too focused on business, but it's annoying to have to frame it as a boldly counterintuitive point, rather than as an obvious conclusion based on their raft of policy initiatives meant to save, help or otherwise improve the position of corporate America.
From the HBO site:
HOMELESS...explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don't earn enough to own or rent homes. As a result, they continue to live week-to-week in motels, hoping against hope for an opportunity that might allow them to move up in the O.C.
The toll of this lifestyle on their children is severe. Though the community tries to provide adequate education and food, the day-to-day lives of motel kids are often a numbing exercise in frustrating complaints and ever-diminishing expectations.
These kids' lives are bleak, and I think Pelosi is right that you can find similar stories everywhere these days. The kids' hopelessness that the film communicates is tragic. Pelosi seems clumsy, though. Her voice intrudes too often, as one reviewer put it, to "influence answers and provoke responses".
I give it 3 out of 5.
Over the weekend I finished A Storm of Swords. Like the previous two in the series, I found it to be quite enjoyable. Towards the the end I noticed with surprise how much I cared whether or not the kingslayer and the imp left each other on good or bad terms and took that as evidence that this book had brought me a long way (I guess it should have at ~1100 pages!).
I gave it 4 out of 5.
The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 albums you've heard that will always stick with you. Tag some friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. To do this, go to your Profile page, then to your Notes tab and paste these rules in a new note, list your 15 picks below, and tag people in the note).
- Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Nirvana - Nevermind
- The Palace Brothers - Days in the Wake
- U2 - The Joshua Tree
- Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
- The Connells - Fun & Games
- The Cavedogs - Joyrides for Shut-Ins
- Toad the Wet Sprocket - Pale
- Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
- Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
- The Spinanes - Manos
- R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
- The Pixies - Doolittle
- Songs:Ohia - The Lioness
- The Lemonheads - Lovey