Author: Andrew Solomon

Currently Director of Business Development at a New York non-profit, Andrew Solomon is one of the founding Board members of ACT NOW. He oscillates between voicing views that earn him censure and biting his tongue for the good of all (including himself). He summarizes his political philosophy as "progressive ends, pragmatic means." You can reach him at solomon@actnowny.org.

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Why We Do What We Do

Why is calling voters worth your time? I’ll tell you what we witnessed just yesterday: The 84-year old woman in inner-city Philadelphia who did not plan to vote because she’d heard that she needed a drivers license. She didn’t have one and had been intimidated. We explained her rights to her. She’s going to vote. The 18-year old first-time Ohio voter who was worried that she wasn’t registered and wasn’t going to bother to try.  We confirmed her registration and polling place for … Read More

Barack Obama: the smart bet

The below piece will run in next Monday’s edition of the Wharton Journal, hopefully reaching hundreds of registered Pennsylvania voters just before the election. It’s part of a set of “dueling” opinion pieces, one pro-Romney and one pro-Obama. I thought I’d share it with you. *** President Obama has done an extraordinary job in the face of a global financial catastrophe and shocking levels of Republican obstruction. Over the next four years, he offers a balanced agenda to support growth … Read More

Thank God for Wednesday’s Debate

Friends, we need to have a heart-to-heart, just among progressives.  Close the door.  I want say something. I’m glad that Obama lost the debate.  Yes, I just said that.  It was painful, and it was maddening.  For those of us who have stood with Barack Obama since 2007, it was even a bit humiliating.  And it was just what we needed. It had to happen, the proverbial slap in the face.

Radical Republicans

Most of us know at least one “sensible” Republican, someone who says they’ll vote for Mitt Romney’s economic policies and turn a blind eye to the radicalism of the GOP’s religious/fringe faction.  Forty years ago, Rockefeller Republicanism made some sense.  These days, the “religious faction” is no longer on the fringe — it has taken over the party.   Nowhere is that fact more evident than in the party’s platform, adopted at the Tampa convention on Tuesday. Here are some highlights … Read More

In None We Trust

At this point, I’m not easily surprised.  But when I heard last week that multiple banks had committed major fraud in a market with a notional value of trillion of dollars, even I was stunned. Fear not: I won’t try to explain the LIBOR scandal myself.  (The details don’t even matter much for our purposes.)  I’ll refer you to the folks at NPR’s Planet Money, who put together a superb piece.  To quote the analogy in their intro: In France, … Read More

Hot Air

Some choice quotes from deniers and delayers “One, I think it’s getting warmer. Two, I believe we contribute to it. And three, I don’t know by how much — a lot or a little. And so I am not willing to adopt multi-trillion dollar programs to reduce greenhouse gases in America. They don’t call it America warming, they call it global warming.” Mitt Romney, Oct 3, 2011 “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this … Read More

Thank You For Your Patience

It’s 8:15 AM, and I’m already pissed off.  The wait at the Grand Street L train station has become interminable, stretching to 10, then 15, then 20 minutes.  Would-be passengers are nearly spilling off of the platform, tapping their feet, shaking their heads, trying to text or email their bosses (without success) that they’re going to be late – again.  It’s the second day of my summer internship, and the MTA has made me late. Once the envy of world, … Read More

That Buzzing in My Ear

If you’re like me, you can’t stand an hour or two without stimulation. (Yes, I know that I have a problem.) So, I figured that I’d take a break from heavy-duty blog posts for a few days and recommend some good podcast companionship for the gym or the subway. These are a few of my favorites — all provocative, all free.

The Problem with “American Jobs”

As the opening to his re-election campaign, President Obama’s rousing State of the Union address laid out a vision for a renewed American social compact, one in which hard work and responsibility offer everyone a decent life. It was a stirring message, aptly crystallizing the central theme of the 2012 campaign: Does our economy work for everyone?  Or does it just work for the lucky, wealthy, or unusually talented few? One of the reliable applause lines in the speech – and in … Read More

Global Risks 2012

One of the more interesting items circulating around Wharton this week is the Global Risks 2012 report, co-written by the Wharton Center for Risk Management.  Though directed primarily at the financial industry, the report aggregates and analyzes the thinking of “469 experts and industry leaders” from government, corporations, NGOs, and international organizations.  It’s valuable reading for anyone who wants to know what the world’s elite is worried about in 2012. Most interesting is the prominence of “Severe Income Disparity” as … Read More