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FDR and the fight to defend our freedom (WaPo)
Katrina vanden Heuvel contrasts FDR’s call for freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear with the modern GOP’s vision of freedom, which involves a wealthy CEO and a bishop with an assault rifle donating to a Super PAC.
Obama Mirror Image of Hoover With Lessons From 1930s (Bloomberg)
Steve Matthews and Caroline Salas Gage write that President Obama is hoping he’s learned to avoid Herbert Hoover’s mistakes while the Romney campaign insists he’s repeating them. It’s Who’s Hoover, the game of presidential politics where everyone loses.
The Next President Is Lucky (Slate)
Matthew Yglesias notes that, in contrast to the pile of flaming wreckage Barack Obama inherited, whoever takes office on January 20th is likely to preside over a relative healthy, stable recovery. What’s that like? We’ve all heard rumors of it, from the Time Before.
On Election Eve, Women Voters Break Strongly for Obama (The Nation)
NND Editor Bryce Covert writes that the gender gap is alive and well thanks to women’s support for the safety net, but this year it’s also driven by the GOP attacking contraception and defining more categories of rape than Baskin Robbins has ice cream flavors.
Californians Started the Tax Revolt 34 Years Ago. Will They End It Today? (MoJo)
Kevin Drum notes that back in 1978, Jerry Brown was governor of California and the state’s residents voted to cut and cap property taxes and require a super-majority for future increases. Today, Jerry Brown’s still governor, but voters are giving themselves a do-over.
Are Low-Income Programs Enlarging the Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem? (CBPP)
Robert Greenstein and Richard Kogan run the numbers to determine whether paying for people’s food stamps and other forms of aid to the poor is actually bankrupting the nation. The short answer: No. The longer answer: No, really.
Yet another CEO pushes workers to back Romney (MSNBC)
With Americans across the country headed to the polls, Saddle Creek Corporation President Cliff Otto has become the latest patriotic executive willing to take time from his busy schedule to remind employees to fulfill their civic duty by voting Republican, or else.
Wall Street Failed to Crush the Democrats. Now What? (TNR)
Molly Redden notes that Wall Street has failed to hedge its bets in this election and now faces the prospect of another four years trying to work with the guy it just spent millions to defeat. But if throwing money at a problem fails, do bankers have a plan B?
The Big Swipe (NYT)
Nancy Folbre argues that Dodd-Frank’s regulations on credit card swipe fees have been a boon to merchants and consumers, unless you listen to the totally unbiased claims of the credit card companies — or the Republicans who want to dismantle the law.
Power to the People (Jacobin)
Sarah Jaffe poses a metaphysical question to critics who argued the Occupy movement was a flash in the pan: If Occupy is dead, who’s that walking around Red Hook handing out supplies to hurricane victims while other organizations twiddle their thumbs?