Gerry Canavan

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Elections Have Consequences

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My home state in the news! To close a deficit that he asserted was approaching $11 billion, Governor Christie called for the layoffs of 1,300 state workers, closings of state psychiatric institutions, an $820 million cut in aid to public schools, and nearly a half-billion dollars less in aid to towns and cities. He also suspended until May 2011 a popular property-tax rebate program, breaking one of his own campaign promises.

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March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

Elections Have Consequences

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.

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December 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

What’s Bringing a Smile to My Face Today?

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What’s bringing a ‘smile’ to my face today? Impotent whining.

Some good analysis of what’s been going on with this committee here.

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November 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Two Clips from Last Night

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On Washing One’s Hands of the Democrats

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I’m seeing a marked uptick in lefty griping in my feeds, often with some variation on the phrase “washing my hands of the Democratic Party.” I’d say this sort of proclamation was unfair, but I guess its time has come; Obama has been president, after all, for two whole months and yet puppies still die.

Confidential to my fellow travelers: What I wrote about pragmatism during the primaries (1, 2) still holds. I don’t like the way the financial crisis is being handled either, but unless you foresee wholesale Constitutional reforms before 2012 you’re going to have either a Democratic or Republican president. You have to pick one, and there’s only one who will ever even listen to people like us. The happy feeling you get from not voting for a Democrat is worth exactly nothing.

Elections have consequences. To take just one example that passed across my newsreader yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency has now blocked mountaintop-removal coal-mining. That happened because the far-too-centrist, corporatist, hopelessly compromised Democratic Party is now in power. And not just in power, but more unabashedly progressive than it’s been for forty years. Drag the country to the left with one hand, hold your nose with the other, but we’re stuck with the Democrats if we ever want to get anything accomplished. You don’t have to like it—but if you want to be a politically relevant actor in America you have to come to terms with it.

I would have thought the example of the last eight years would have proved this point well enough. Have our memories gotten so short?

Winning Where It Counts

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Steve Benen says it’s not just Chu—Obama’s whole environmental team is top-notch.

Chances are, the only folks who are going to complain about this team are polluters and global-warming deniers. Given the severity of the climate crisis, and the ambitious quality of Obama’s energy vision, he couldn’t have picked a better team. These aren’t officials you pick if you intend to just make a few tepid changes around the periphery of energy policy; these are officials you pick to overhaul the system and implement a bold, 21st-century agenda.

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December 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm

The Great Undoing – 2

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A little-known provision in the Congressional Review Act of 1996 will allow the Democratic Congress to painlessly undo any and all Bush regulations from the last six months of his presidency, including those that have already taken effect—something the White House’s strategy of last-minute malfeasance seems to have failed to take into account. The news just keeps getting better. Via MeFi.