May
21
2013
1

The Nation calls out the Center for American Progress for *selling* out to corporations.

Oh, my.  Progressives for sale, indeed:

A liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration took money from General Motors and other businesses it did not disclose while campaigning for policies benefitting those companies, according to The Nation magazine.

Members of the “Business Alliance” of the Center for American Progress (CAP) include bailed out car company GM, unsafe Bangladeshi factory utilizer Walmart, and embattled solar energy company First Solar, according to a membership list obtained by the liberal magazine.

CAP, as the article lovingly goes on to note, supported the auto bailout.  Reading between the lines, this seems to be a grudge match between CAP and The Nation, or maybe a grudge match between the Clintonistas and the hardcore progressives, or maybe even the first shots of 2016.  Not that you care about that, any more than I do: all you care about is whether both sides are ready and able to carve each other up into seething little lumps.  (more…)

Feb
24
2013
5

Center for American Progress’s silly Social Security sequester small-ball.

With sequester coming in less than a week, there’s a certain amount of sudden nervousness about it… among the DC/Beltway demographic (it’s never a real crisis until it affects the Imperial District, you see).  So you can expect to see a few rhetorical Hail Mary plays being thrown, in the hope that one of them will resonate with the voting public… but, still.  Is this really the best that the rabidly liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) could have done to scaremonger on the sequester?

REALLY?

The administration’s long reluctance to spell out the gruesome details “doesn’t entirely make sense to me,” said Scott Lilly, a budget expert at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank. “I think Social Security will have to close a lot of offices. And the ones that make sense to close are the ones in the smallest communities. Which, by the way, happen to be predominantly Republican.”

While Social Security benefits are protected, Lilly said, “the White House would be advantaged to let people know that they’re going to have to drive 40 miles to put in their application or get information about their benefits.”

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