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Jamie Moses

Jamie Moses founded Artvoice in 1990

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  • On #1, I call bullshit. “Obama” has done exactly nothing to reduce the size and scope of government. Comparing government spending to GDP is completely dishonest when you gloss over the fact that the only reason it’s lower is because interest rates are essentially nil (even below zero in a few cases).

    And when interest rates creep back up to somewhat normal levels, then what? Service on our ever-expanding debt load is going to skyrocket and we’ll all be rioting like the Greeks. Awesome.

    This sort of dissembling is completely dishonest. But oh yeah, only the Republicans lie about their record.

  • If we lived in a political world based on facts #1 would have some relevant impact on political discourse, but sadly we don’t and the Republican liars won’t change their rhetoric in the least.  

  • “Uh, so Obama is the one who has instituted a truly suicidal austerity budget, hanging the poor and disabled and elderly and young out to dry? Great! He’s our man!”

    Have Democrats become so helplessly clueless that they praise their heroes because they’re acting like Republicans? We may be doomed.

    • All I said was that it provided food for thought. One point I will specifically endorse is that public sector employment has dropped precipitously, as a combination of reductions at the federal and state level. Those reductions have had a terrible effect on our ability to recover from the recession, and Obama shares in the blame with Governors for that fact.

      What I find interesting is that providing a counterpoint to “ZOMG NOBAMA IS DESTROYING ‘MURICA” in any way shape or form drives people (not you, specifically) into irrationality. The fact is, he’s a pretty centrist President who is a massive disappointment to the left (due to his centrism and right wing civil liberties policies) while simultaneously being the enemy of the right (due to his pragmatism and centrism).

      He’s one of the most curiously misunderstood Presidents of our time.

      • Dear Christopher,

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to attribute any particular opinion to you. It’s hard for me to see how he’s a “centrist” exactly when his actual policies (for instance, on health care and withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan) are corporate and militarist, not populist. “Centrist” perhaps insofar as the US ruling class and its media allow us a choice only between center right and hard right governments.

        He is indeed the ideal stealth Republican: he can murder foreign and US nationals with impunity, tap our communications without warrant, maintain corporate welfare, and impose a disastrous austerity budget on the US mired in a recession (look what wonders it did for Greece and France!), with Democrats saying nothing critical and Republicans going nuts over all the socialist schemes he would never dream of imposing.

        Wall Street couldn’t ask for more. America could.

        Vote Romney 2012–that way, the Democrats in Congress will oppose the rightist president, if only on partisan, not principled, grounds.

    • All I said was that it provided food for thought. One point I will specifically endorse is that public sector employment has dropped precipitously, as a combination of reductions at the federal and state level. Those reductions have had a terrible effect on our ability to recover from the recession, and Obama shares in the blame with Governors for that fact.

      What I find interesting is that providing a counterpoint to “ZOMG NOBAMA IS DESTROYING ‘MURICA” in any way shape or form drives people (not you, specifically) into irrationality. The fact is, he’s a pretty centrist President who is a massive disappointment to the left (due to his centrism and right wing civil liberties policies) while simultaneously being the enemy of the right (due to his pragmatism and centrism).

      He’s one of the most curiously misunderstood Presidents of our time.

  • #4: Alan, said jet fighter is also being backed by the Canadian military and the Harper government-despite international criticism. Part of the reason is that it doesn’t meet the country’s needs.

    I realize Canada wants to be known as America Jr., but can it be less blatant about it?

  • #2:  I know someone who was involved in a similar project, http://www.benolabound.com/ .  By most accounts, it was a smashing success.  

    One of the best parts about projects like these is the networking/viral aspect.  Imagine if we could get a whole bunch of smart, creative, influential and well-connected folks to come to Buffalo, really see the great things we have as well as the potential, and spread the word through their own networks.