Richard and Teddy Thompson:
So let’s say Obama’s people have correctly deduced that there’s no chance in hell of getting anything through Congress. They have two basic options. First, they could get on the teevee every day and say, “This is my plan to help. Republicans in Congress won’t pass it.” They could hold rallies in Maine. Allies could run ads. At least people would know who is for and who is against…and just what it was that people are for or against.
Option two is back off proposals you’ve previously made and have Axelrod get on the teevee and say, “there is some argument for additional spending in the short-run to continue to generate economic activity.”
There are still people who are defending Obama with that favored catch-all phrase, “What would you have him do?”
What I’d have him do is act like a goddamned leader for a change. Pick a side, our side, and STICK WITH IT. Stop splitting the difference on every goddamned thing, because SOME THINGS ARE JUST WRONG.
The more CEOs make, the worse they treat the lowest employees.
Sad, isn’t it? That psychologists have to be told not to help torturers, I mean. You’d hope it would be obvious:
Psychologists in the United States have been warned by their professional group not to take part in torturing detainees in U.S. custody.
Now the American Psychological Association has taken the unprecedented step of supporting an attempt to strip the license of a psychologist accused of overseeing the torture of a CIA detainee.
The APA has told a Texas licensing board in a letter mailed July 1 that the allegations against Dr. James Mitchell represent “patently unethical” actions inconsistent with the organization’s ethics guidelines.
If any psychologist who was a member of the APA were found to have committed the acts alleged against Mitchell, “he or she would be expelled from the APA membership,” according to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. APA spokeswoman Rhea Farberman confirmed its contents.
It was 1971, and I was sitting in my friend Ellen’s West Philly apartment when she first played this Stevie Wonder record for me. All these years later, I still love this song:
Mary Chapin Carpenter: