J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

Recent Articles

WHAT GOOD NEWS.

WHAT GOOD NEWS. The Chicago Sun-Times is turning left : The tabloid that shifted toward political conservatism under the brief ownership of Rupert Murdoch more than two decades ago now says that it is "rethinking our stance on several issues, including the most pressing issue facing Americans today: Bush's war in Iraq." Under marching orders from Publisher John Cruickshank and Editor in Chief Michael Cooke, new Editorial Page Editor Cheryl L. Reed introduced a new Commentary section Tuesday with a promise to turn the tabloid back into the liberal-leaning paper it was for decades before the Reagan administration. Could it be that there is a profitable market in liberal and progressive thought? I think so, given that millions of Americans hold liberal and progressive beliefs. The development of media alternatives to reflect that has been slow, however. We still don't have anything matching the "fair and balanced" Fox News of the Republican party. It is time to discuss such alternatives...

THE VITTER AMENDMENT.

THE VITTER AMENDMENT. Louisiana Senator David Vitter has come clean about once having been a client of a Washington D.C. escort service: "This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," Vitter said Monday in a printed statement. "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there _ with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way." I don't usually write about politicians' private lives or family members as those are none of my business. So why the deviation from that rule in this post? Because of the policies Senator Vitter has supported. He is a fervent defender of the traditional marriage and also an advocate of abstinence-only policies. Indeed, his homepage states : U.S. Sen. David Vitter last week authored a letter to the...

IS IT SOMETHING IN THE WATER?

IS IT SOMETHING IN THE WATER? First Colin Powell tells us that he spent two-and-a-half hours (way back then) trying to talk George Bush out of his determination to invade Iraq. Then the New York Times ombudsman goes all critical at the way his newspaper has started (or started again?) to take the administration's definitions down as facts: And in using the language of the administration, the newspaper has also failed at times to distinguish between Al Qaeda, the group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, and Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, an Iraqi group that didn't even exist until after the American invasion. There is plenty of evidence that Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia is but one of the challenges facing the United States military and that overemphasizing it distorts the true picture of what is happening there. While a president running out of time and policy options may want to talk about a single enemy that Americans hate and fear in the hope of uniting the country behind him,...

A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TERRORISM.

A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TERRORISM. Fox News has joined the health care financing debate in their usual sensational way. Neil Cavuto asks whether a single-payer health care system would make it easier for terrorist physicians to enter the United States, and finds someone to argue that this would indeed be the case. Josh Marshall 's people at the Talking Point Memo caught it all on a video. If you care to watch it, pay attention to the emotional manipulation taking place on the right side of the screen with a burning car shown during the whole interview. Note also the text running at the bottom of the screen. And what can be said about the opinions of Jerry Bowyer , the person Cavuto chose to interview? His strongest argument seems to be that creating a single-payer system would require more physicians than are currently working in this country, and that the extra physicians would have to come from abroad and some of those could be...you know...terrorists. Why this need...

IN THE BACKWARDS WORLD.

IN THE BACKWARDS WORLD. The President's Independence Day speech contained this important reminder , one we have heard many, many times before: Bush said victory in Iraq will require "more patience, more courage and more sacrifice." "If we were to quit Iraq before the job is done, the terrorists we are fighting would not declare victory and lay down their arms. They would follow us here," Bush said at the West Virginia Air National Guard. So simple, isn't it? What is backwards about it is of course that it was the American military forces which drew the terrorists to Iraq in the first place. And now the troops can't leave, because of that. Otherwise the terrorists will follow us here . Or at least to Britain or Spain, I guess. It seems that in the backwards world each old blunder requires yet another blunder to correct it. In the backwards world Bush's allies in the war against terrorism include Saudi Arabia , the home of Wahhabism , and Pakistan where Osama bin Laden may be hiding and...

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