Polizeros Podcast. Wikileaks, tax cuts, austerity budgets, protest

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From the discussion:

Maybe we should call what Wikileaks is doing ‘4G protest’ rather than ‘4G warfare’, because it’s not warfare and saying it is could provoke governments into over-reacting (not that they’d need much help doing this.) Maybe Wikileaks is something new, a digital form of protest, and many more like them will follow. In fact, a group of ex-Wikileaks staff said they’d be starting a rival org doing same things.

Also, Iceland told the bankers to stuff it and is recovering quickly now. This should be an instructive lesson for Ireland as well as here, as austerity budgets will soon be attempted in the US, but the austerity certainly isn’t meant for the super wealthy, now is it? The Labour Party in Ireland says they’ll vote against the cuts and in Britain, tens of thousands rioted against the ripling of university tuition. When will the protest come here?

With Josh Mull at FireDogLake and Rethink Afghanistan, Steve Hynd of Newshoggers, and myself in our second podcast on BlogTalkRadio.

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Obama’s speech. Compromise and cluelessness

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“This was the angriest Obama has ever been in public, as he lashed out at Democrats for not letting him compromise” and slammed Republicans as hostage takers.

AmericaBlog, who were strong supporters of Obama for a while, now calls open season on him for his endless craven refusal to actually fight for anything.

I’m actually a bit shocked. What I learned from this train wreck of a press conference is that it’s not Rahm, folks. It’s him. He actually believes this shit. He actually thinks that a head of state caving into the demands of terrorists, pardon me, “hostage takers,” is a virtue. And he freely admits it. Wow. He actually believes this shit. He actually believes that his penchant for caving, his fear and loathing of fighting for anything he claims to believe in, is a virtue. It’s absolutely shocking. And finally, he’s itching for a fight? No he’s not. And the Republicans know it. He just freaking admitted that if they take hostages, he’s going to cave. I’m speechless. Did nobody in the White House think of telling him that the President of the United States doesn’t admit that official American policy is to cave to hostage takers, lest they take even more hostages in the future? Dear Lord. He won’t fight. He never fights. I’m sorry, but it’s open season on this guy now. He is congenitally unable to fight for anything, and considers it a badge of honor. Good luck with that in 2012.

We now a president that hardly anyone respects. He’s alienated large segments of what used to be his base, compromised endlessly and gained nothing from it because Republicans know they can continue to steam-roller him, hasn’t a clue how to be a leader, and comes across as an aloof technocrat with no particular interest in actual people – with the predictable result that his presidency is in near-shambles.

Sen Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell’ plan is ‘almost morally corrupt’

Extending the tax cuts for those making more than a million dollars a year is borderline immoral, Landrieu charged. “I’m going to argue forcefully for the nonsensicalness and the almost, you know, moral corruptness of that particular policy,” said Landrieu, walking into a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats. “This is beyond politics. This is about justice and doing what’s right.”

Thank you.