March 23: Paranoia, the Destroyer

Mar 23, 2012Tim Price

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Can Americans Trust Government Again? (The Nation)
In the first of a series of essays from a new special issue of The Nation, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick looks at the shift in American attitudes that began in the '70s and argues that in order to debunk right-wing, anti-government dogma, Democrats will first have to stop believing it.

Paranoia Strikes Deeper (NYT)
Paul Krugman notes that now even Mitt Romney is pretending to have bought into the right's crazy conspiracy theory that President Obama is intentionally driving up gas prices. With his magic gas price-adjusting powers. Because... communism?

What Race Tells Us About Anti-Government Attitudes (The Nation)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren points out that African Americans are still more likely to see the federal government as a positive force and an instrument of justice, so it would be nice to justify their faith instead of throwing them in prison.

Self-sustaining stimulus (The Economist)
A new paper by Brad DeLong and Larry Summers argues that under certain circumstances, stimulus spending essentially pays for itself, and we're all lucky enough to be part of the rare economy that's FUBARed enough to make this possible.

JOBS Act Sets Stage For Wall Street Malfeasance (HuffPo)
The Senate passed the JOBS Act, which has garnered bipartisan support for its acronym despite stripping away investor protections like the rule that kept banks from issuing reports on the fine aroma of the garbage they were about to sell you.

Check out the new special issue of The Nation, guest-edited by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick.

House G.O.P. Budget Riles Some on the Right, and Democrats See a Campaign Issue (NYT)
Democrats are overjoyed that Paul Ryan has supplied them with a fresh set of talking points for the 2012 elections, but the hardest of hardcore conservatives are upset that he's merely shredding the federal budget instead of setting it on fire.

Deadline Nears for World Bank Nominees (NYT)
Annie Lowrey notes that Jeffrey Sachs is still the only declared candidate for the World Bank presidency, but by 6 p.m. tonight, the Obama administration is expected to name its own qualified nominee -- or, if all else fails, Larry Summers.

The surprising new alliance between the Tea Party and labor (Salon)
Josh Eidelson notes that Georgia Republicans' attempt to crack down on unions by restricting picketing rights has united the labor movement with the local Tea Party, who aren't about to let all those "Don't Tread on Me, Odumba" signs go to waste.

Hard Work Doesn't Pay for Home-Care Workers (TAP)
Amy Traub writes that while the Obama administration wants to close a loophole that has left home care workers without basic labor protections, it faces resistance from critics who have spent 70 years wishing those protections didn't exist at all.

Why We Need More Sarah Palins and Herman Cains (The Nation)
ND2.0 Editor Bryce Covert argues that letting a thousand Palins bloom would be good, not just for those whose job is to write funny news captions, but because it would mean our elected officials represent the full diversity of the American people.

With additional research by Roosevelt Institute intern Elena Callahan.

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