Two years ago this month, The Independent Agenda launched, just in time for the debt-limit crisis that caused Standard & Poor’s to strip the U.S. of its AAA credit rating. Then came the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, primary season, the conventions, and a spirited fall campaign.
We also lived through and covered the “fiscal cliff,” the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the trio of “scandals” around Benghazi, the IRS, and the Justice Department’s surveillance of journalists that have lately plagued the Obama administration at the very beginning of its second term.
During these two years, The Independent Agenda has ranged widely over domestic and international issues—particularly the European debt crisis and the Middle East, where the Syrian civil war now threatens to spill over into a regional conflict about which we’ve warned. We’ve also written broader theme pieces about debt and austerity, the limits of the welfare state, climate change, Keynesian and supply-side economics, and other topics.
From the beginning, I’ve tried to stake out a truly independent perspective, socially liberal but fiscally conservative. I’ve often criticized President Obama for his failures to live up to his own promise but I’ve been especially tough on Congressional Republicans and—I believe unique to this blog—blamed their intransigence on the extremism of too many Republican voters on issues from background checks to immigration reform to climate change.
Now it’s time to devote my energy to launching a new subscription investing service, GoldenEgg Investing ™, which will offer low-cost, low-risk retirement investment plans to Baby Boomers and GenXers. As part of this new site, I’ll be writing a free weekly market wrap-up aimed at real investors, not hyperactive Wall Street traders. Please return here for more information in a few weeks.
The summer is a good time to hit the pause button. The continuing focus on scandal and the shrinking prospects for any long-term “grand bargain” on the budget, plus the remote possibility of any immigration reform passing the House make it likely not that much will happen as Congress takes a long, long vacation. Things should pick up again in the fall.
These two years have been exciting and have taken this veteran business and financial journalist to places I’ve never been. From covering primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina to attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa to live-blogging the presidential debates and election, there have been a lot of early mornings and late, late nights.
Most of all, it’s allowed me to engage with you–intelligent, independent-minded readers who are more interested in solving problems than in pointing fingers. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and kind support.
It’s been a blast, but it’s time for a break. I’ll see you in September.