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Robert Scheer is editor in chief of the progressive Internet site Truthdig. He has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures. He is currently a clinical professor of communications at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer has written nine books, and his latest, "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street" (Nation Books), was released on September 7, 2010. Scheer was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell Fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer is a contributing editor for The Nation as well as a Nation Fellow, and is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He has also been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Welcome Back, Jesus
This is a pope who in his native Argentina bothered to witness and tend to the needs of those who suffered most, and he comes to us now as a singular voice to remind us of the Occupy movement, which mostly secular liberal mayors in U.S. cities brutally silenced to suit the convenience of the superrich who own our politics.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize (5 comments)
Instead of celebrating the president's returning to his original promise as peacemaker, the warmongers of both parties in Congress, egged on by the unholy alliance of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are crying foul. Their outrage is an affront to morality and logic, as well as a stark betrayal of a legitimate public concern over the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Be Thankful for the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying
On Monday the Supreme Court, ruling on an emergency petition, declined to do the right thing and hear a case challenging the massive government surveillance of Americans, revealed by the leaks from Edward Snowden. For the time being, the court acceded to the Obama administration's argument that it has the legal right to continue its unprecedented bulk collection of American phone records without any restraint.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny (2 comments)
George Washington warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. ..." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11 that culminated in the NSA's assault on our Constitution's guarantee of "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. ..."
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain
In Saudi Arabia, Kerry said that President Obama had dispatched him to assure the monarchy that the United States remained committed to protect the Royal Kingdom against external threats. That presumed threat refers to Iran, and Kerry is out to assuage Saudi, Egyptian and, most important, Israeli fears that peace might break out between Iran and the United States.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon (4 comments)
If Feinstein is "totally opposed" to the surveillance of foreign leaders, why has she given a blank check for surveillance of most Americans, violating their rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that she has taken an oath to defend? That's a question that also ought to be answered by the president, who should welcome Snowden back to his country and give him the Medal of Freedom for his public service.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 What Fine? Why JPMorgan Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank (4 comments)
JPMorgan has been shameless and, as The New York Times reports, "At least seven federal agencies, several state regulators and two foreign countries are investigating the bank." But the betting in the business press is that Dimon will survive quite nicely, secure in his roughly $20 million pay and backed by a hand-picked board of directors focused on the bank's still buoyant stock price.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda
Why anyone who claims to be pro-life would want to deny health care to single mothers is an enduring mystery in the morally mischievous ethos of the Republican Party. But the exclusion of a working poor population that skews disproportionately black in the South is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Nixon.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 The Government Leakers Who Truly Endanger America Will Never Face Prosecution (1 comments)
Al-Qaida is hardly on the rise anywhere in the world, with much of its leadership now dead and the remaining elements barely able to communicate. But until a more vigorous enemy turns up, the overblown terrorist enemy used to justify the vastly profitable surveillance state, with selective scary news leaks, is all the military-industrial complex has got.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Obama's Friends in Low Places
If you still require to be disabused of Obama's pretend populism, consider his decision to select William M. Daley, JPMorgan's representative in Washington, to be his White House chief of staff. It gave Dimon the key White House connection to accompany the passkey he already had at Treasury with his pal Timothy Geithner as secretary.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades Power For Wealth
As for Summers' future, not to worry; after he left the Clinton administration and before signing up with the Obama White House, he admits to having added upward of $31 million to his wealth. Last week, with his Fed nomination still open, he had to pull back from one of his lucrative Citigroup speaking gigs, but now he is back in play.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Obama Remembers He's Not George W. Bush
It may come to naught -- calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war -- but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing. It came when President Obama acknowledged the Russian proposal for Syria to avert war by agreeing to destroy its chemical weapons stock as "a potentially positive development."
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East
Even though many of the folks attempting to overthrow the government in Syria are sympathetic to al-Qaida, the Assad government's connection with Iran trumps that concern for U.S. hawks. The Saudis have the wherewithal to buy our very expensive war toys; need we say more? Saudi Arabia's efforts in Syria are just one sign of its broader effort to expand its regional influence.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran's Brief Experiment in Democracy (1 comments)
The U.S. government at the time of the coup easily had manipulated Western media into denigrating Mossadegh as intemperate, unstable and an otherwise unreliable ally in the Cold War, but the real motivation for hijacking Iran's history was Mossadegh's move to nationalize Western-controlled oil assets in Iran.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden (12 comments)
That Obama has been forced by public opinion to come to his senses on this issue, even in a limited way, is a tribute to the courage of Snowden, who should be honored as the poster boy for the right of the citizen to protest government injustice rather than be hunted as a fugitive. Absurd as it sounds in this era of fear mongering, a presidential pardon for Snowden would bring honor to our country.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph (1 comments)
We have never been very good at challenging our nation's own reprehensible behavior, but if we don't take proper measure of the immense extermination wrought by two small and primitive nuclear weapons as compared with today's arsenals, we lose the point as to why they must be banned.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Gag Me With Lawrence Summers
The idea that Barack Obama would still consider appointing Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve rather than order an investigation into this former White House official's Wall Street payments mocks the president's claimed concern for the disappearing middle class. Summers is in large measure responsible for that dismal outcome.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure (1 comments)
The question is why Summers, the man who got it all wrong, would imagine that he could be in the running to head the Federal Reserve? Why would he ever fantasize that President Obama might turn to someone who always gets it wrong to right a still struggling economy? Maybe because he knows Obama better than we do.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 A Gift From the United States to Mideast Zealots
In the end, the argument was not secular versus religious, but rather whether power would reside in the ballot box or the barrel of the gun. The United States, and too many of Egypt's self-proclaimed secular democrats, ended up on the wrong side of that choice.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 America's New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden (3 comments)
At its best, the "metadata" aggregation, including the logs of all email traffic and telephone calls, is a paranoid assault on our right to personal space enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. At worst it is an out of control grab for worldwide power over the new information age.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 The Good Germans in Government
The question we should be asking is not why do folks like Ellsberg, Snowden and Bradley Manning do the right thing, but rather why aren't we bringing charges against the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 The Terror Con (2 comments)
For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 One American Who Isn't for Sale
The Carlyle Group is Big Brother. It is also the firm that owns Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which, thanks to the revelations of one of its employees, whistle-blower Edward Snowden, we now know collects and stores much of the government's immense PRISM database spying on the lives of this nation's citizenry.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 China Benefits From Bush's Folly (4 comments)
Almost half of Iraq's oil production already is shipped to China, and those once vilified commies, reincarnated as today's robber barons, are bidding for an even larger stake in Iraq's oil field production. The Cold War is indeed over, but China's red capitalists have won.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Congress Still Puts Out for Wall Street
Not content with having swindled tens of millions of Americans out of their homes and life savings, the very bankers who caused the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression are now subverting government regulations designed to prevent comparable disasters in the future.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Tumblr Is Worth $1.1 Billion to Yahoo for One Reason: You
Shredding privacy is the essence of Tumblr's appeal to Yahoo, and even though it has said it will retain the social networking site's founders in key positions, one way or another that very personal data will be mined and inevitably fall into what users will discover to be the wrong hands. That is truly scary.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment (2 comments)
Student loans amounting to more than $1 trillion exceed the total outstanding credit card debt in the U.S. Students actually spend their loan money on surviving as consumers in a tight economy, while learning skills needed for the economy of the future. On the other hand, the already too-big-to-fail banks have used the government's free money to become even more obscenely powerful.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Obama Did It for the Money
For Pritzker, as with the confirmation of Lew, the fix is in. The Republicans don't dare push back too hard on shady business practices that their deregulation legislation endorsed, and Democrats will go along with anything the president wants.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Google's Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets (2 comments)
Technological invasions of our privacy serve to undermine the bold assertion of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that the protection of personal, private space is essential to the freedom of the individual. Google has turned once private data into a commodity routinely exploited for profit.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 277 Million Boston Bombings
The horror of two pressure cooker bombs in Boston that has so traumatized us should help us grasp the significance of the 1.8 million bomblets dropped in Iraq over a three-week period. Obama was right to blast the use of weapons that targeted civilians in Boston as inherent acts of terrorism, but by what standard do such weapons change their nature when they are deployed by governments against civilians?
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 It Wasn't David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy (3 comments)
What's all the outrage about? What's wrong with "putting the great Wall Street banks out in the cold to compete as at-risk free enterprises, without access to cheap Fed loans or deposit insurance"? What his critics find so disturbing is not a quaint argument about the purity of monetary policy but rather the bold assertion that the overall American system of crony capitalism is in fact wrecked.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Dumb Wars, Now and Forever (1 comments)
It is a staple of our widely trumpeted Judeo-Christian heritage that the acknowledgment of sin is a prelude to redemption. So how is it that there is no palpable sense of soul searching associated with the 10th anniversary of a war based on officially concocted lies and a policy of torture?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 If Corporations Don't Pay Taxes, Why Should You? (12 comments)
America's multinational corporations don't feel they should have to pay for a system of governance, even though it primarily serves their corporate interests. The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration (1 comments)
The suddenly increased national debt is primarily the result of a deep recession caused by the top bankers and hedge fund hustlers of Wall Street, saved from their folly by massive and costly federal intervention. But instead of making the rich pay, ordinary citizens will be visited with job furloughs and a savaging of public services that often are lifesaving.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Oscar 2013: Hollywood's CIA Celebration
This is the movie season to consider the CIA as a benign force, occasionally stumbling but in the end, driven by good intentions. The example of Iran, where the "Argo" caper is set, is instructive of the absurdity of that view. Iran for the past half century has been ravaged precisely by such CIA antics.
Friday, February 15, 2013 Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest
Republicans have turned on Hagel because he dared turn on them in the 2008 election when he refused to endorse Sen. John McCain. All other objections to his nomination are just noise, and what is really at issue is the failure to consider the national interest in its most dangerous manifestation: the waging of war. Hagel, severely wounded during the Vietnam War, has long urged caution in foreign military involvement.
Friday, February 8, 2013 America's Global Torture Network
When it comes to torture in the post 9/11 era, the record of the United States is so appalling that one must question our claimed abhorrence of the barbarism of other nations. In fact, the essence of our rendition program has been to outsource torture to those countries most sadistic in their use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Friday, February 1, 2013 It's Good to Be a Goldman
In the end, it doesn't matter whether these folks are Democrats or Republicans, nor whether they are operating at the highest levels of government or banking -- they take care of their own. It is the new model of crony capitalism that must have Adam Smith turning in his grave, for it has nothing to do with free-market performance.
Friday, January 18, 2013 Another Word for Propaganda (2 comments)
How did the Japanese-owned Sony Corporation that released Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" gain access to information on the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, so highly classified that it was denied to the official 9/11 Commission that investigated the terrorist attacks? The opening frame of the movie states the crime, clearly claiming that "Zero" is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events."
Friday, January 11, 2013 The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew (2 comments)
I suppose that he can't be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary. Both championed the financial deregulation craze of the Clinton administration, and both are acolytes of Robert Rubin, the former Clinton Treasury secretary who unfettered Wall Street greed and then took his own considerable cut of the action.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 Cerberus Collected Ex-Government Opportunists (3 comments)
The former vice president was rewarded for his gaffe-filled performance in that job with the far more lucrative position of chairman of Cerberus Global Investments LLC. In mythology, Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. How perfect a name for a company whose leaders have sold their souls.
Friday, December 21, 2012 Crony Capitalism's Power Couple (2 comments)
Where is Phil Gramm hiding? The former Republican senator from Texas, who wrote the radical banking deregulation of the 1990s and was rewarded for his efforts to enrich the banks with a plum job at Switzerland-based UBS, has not been heard from since his bank got nailed by the G-men.
Friday, December 14, 2012 The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning
After being interned like some wild animal in that cage in Kuwait, Bradley Manning was transferred to Quantico, Va., Marine base and further subjected to conditions that his lawyer termed "criminal." What is protected in the First Amendment is not the right of commercial enterprises to exploit the news for profit, but of citizens to become informed. That requires the courage of heroic sources, including Bradley Manning.
Friday, November 16, 2012 The Land of Milk and Honey Once More (1 comments)
The shifting demographics of California, forerunners of an inevitable national trend, are producing an American electoral majority that is more culturally sophisticated, socially tolerant and supportive of a robust public sector than can be accommodated by the simplistic naysayers who now dominate the Republican Party.
Friday, November 9, 2012 Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama's Second Term Is Our Responsibility (10 comments)
The 2012 election represents a profound mandate for change because it was a startling manifestation of the power as well as the presence of the long neglected "other" that is the face of the new America. That is the America that continued to stick with Obama, despite reservations over his actual governance, because the alternative was reactionary in the fullest sense of that word.
Monday, November 5, 2012 Vote For the B- (3 comments)
Obama is the lesser evil compared to Romney, who promised to increase military spending to fight a new Cold War that might turn hot against China, Russia, the forlorn Palestinians and anyone else with whom he can pick a fight. Romney is as dangerous as he is inexperienced in such matters. To compensate for his ignorance, he has turned to the same pack of neocon ideologues that lied us into Bush's invasion of Iraq.
Friday, November 2, 2012 Non-Kenyan White Men for Romney (2 comments)
Mitt may now be coming on as a secular moderate -- how else can you win an election in a country dominated by a liberal media owned by Rupert Murdoch? As governor of Massachusetts, Romney proved that he has the ability to reach across the aisle to heathen Democrats and get them to ban homosexuality and abortions.
Friday, October 26, 2012 Romney's Cold War Ponzi Scheme (3 comments)
If Romney has his way, the military-industrial complex will get its beloved Cold War back despite the fact that the communist threat is now one of those conquering space on the shelves at Wal-Mart. Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it's always been about maximizing profit.
Friday, October 19, 2012 Meet Romney's Economic Hit Man (2 comments)
"The Romney Program for Economic Recovery, Growth and Jobs" not only extends the Bush tax cuts for the super rich, but it would repeal the mild Dodd-Frank legislation holding Wall Street a bit more accountable. If Romney wins, it will be Bush reincarnated, and Hubbard's ideology, a proven failure, will prevail.
Friday, October 12, 2012 The Enemy of My Enemy Is My President (9 comments)
The fat cats' sense of betrayal at the hands of the Obama administration is obviously less a reflection of actual financial pain they endured these last three years than it is a mark of bankers' uncontrollable greed. The arrogance of these people, given the increased concentration of wealth in their hands during these years of profound financial crisis for most Americans, is beyond comprehension.
Friday, October 5, 2012 Sigh No More: Obama, Romney Leave No Room to Argue (2 comments)
It is absurd to depict this rhetorical stew of superficial nitpicking by two candidates with a proven record of subservience to the Wall Street bandits responsible for wrecking our economy as a meaningful exercise in democratic governance. Both would rather talk about anything but Wall Street's financing and control of both parties.
Monday, September 10, 2012 The Great Deregulator (3 comments)
Bill Clinton bears as much responsibility as any politician for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the wild applause for his disingenuous speech at the Democratic National Convention last week is a sure sign of the poverty of what passes for progressive politics.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 Goodbye, Old Friend
Alexander Cockburn always had the courage of his convictions and a well-honed contempt, informed by an elite Oxford education, for the arrogance of the powerful, as well as a deep-rooted compassion for their many victims.
Friday, July 6, 2012 Crime of the Century
The current Libor interest rate scandal, involving hundreds of trillions in international derivatives trade, shows how the really big boys play. And these guys will most likely not do the time because their kind rewrites the law before committing the crime.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Supreme Court Leaves Romney in the Cold
By immediately committing to reverse a health-care reform based on the very program he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, Romney has gone to war with himself. Obviously, neither he nor his advisers has yet grasped that the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the terms of the debate.
Thursday, June 21, 2012 Health Care: Give the People What They Want (3 comments)
Obamacare is a faux reform born of opportunism, as was Romney's original version: Play ball with those who have profited most from the run-up of medical costs and expect them to make it more affordable.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till (2 comments)
Wall Street's financial shenanigans, the banking games that made some fat cats outrageously wealthy as they turned home mortgages into toxic securities, wiped out 20 years of growth in American families' net worth.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin (3 comments)
The electorate in Wisconsin, and San Diego and San Jose, Calif., that voted Tuesday against public employee unions were not expressing a rational response to the crisis, but rather a tantrum stoked by the lavishly financed demagogues of the right. The voters bought their story because the opportunism of the Democratic Party leadership has left progressives without a believable alternative to the tea party's narrative.
Thursday, May 31, 2012 Hope Burning (1 comments)
Obama as the cool triggerman is an image useful to White House operatives as they buff the president's persona for the coming election. But what it reveals is the mindset of a political cynic whose seductive words cloak the moral indifference of a methodical executioner.Hope Burning
Thursday, May 24, 2012 Do the Bain Hustle (1 comments)
Although Romney presents his activities as a form of venture capitalist investment, giving life to new enterprises, his practice has been quite the opposite. Ninety percent of Bain Capital's deals by the end of his tenure involved dismembering once-thriving enterprises and selling off the parts, along with the jobs connected to them.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Obama Can't Knock the Hustle
The best and the brightest in this case are the bane of the nation because their genius lies in outwitting all efforts to hold them accountable. Dimon, the most recent in a parade of now-disgraced Wall Street golden boys, was nonetheless just awarded $24 million in compensation for 2011 by JPMorgan.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 Hope and Hesitation in Obama's Sudden Conversion
Young voters have returned to the sanity of the nation's Founders and are unwelcoming of the government's imposing its will on their pursuit of happiness. Surely Obama was mindful that the gay marriage issue is trending sharply in that direction, and certainly his response is a reason for optimism among those fighting against second-class citizenship for gays.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses (1 comments)
We all know that the rulers of China now have the clout to mess up our economy overnight by shedding their holdings in U.S. debt. Our leaders are no more serious about human rights in China than they are about such conditions in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, for the simple reason that we need what those nations have more than they need us.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 Halfway Through the Lost DecadeHalfway Through the Lost Decade (1 comments)
This enormous mess did not have to happen. It is a man-made disaster, the result of capricious Wall Street bankers who have no regard for the national interest. Perhaps that is to be expected, but what is shocking is the inability of leading politicians of either party to mount a challenge to the unfettered greed that has come to dominate our political process.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 For He's a Jolly Good Scoundrel
How evil is this? At a time when two-thirds of U.S. homeowners are drowning in mortgage debt and the American dream has crashed for tens of millions more, Sanford Weill, the banker most responsible for the nation's economic collapse, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 You're on Your Own, Kids (1 comments)
The death of American liberalism as a significant moral force can be traced to the point in 1996 when President Bill Clinton signed legislation that effectively ended the main federal anti-poverty program and turned the fate of welfare recipients, 70 percent of whom were children, over to the tender mercies of the states.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 Obama By Default (15 comments)
Without a militarily sophisticated enemy anywhere on the planet, the United States, thanks to the Bush-bloated budget, now spends almost as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. Yet the GOP honchos dare claim they are for small government even as their chosen candidate chomps at the bit to go to war with Iran.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan (1 comments)
Obama's health-care reform should have simply extended Medicare and Medicaid coverage to all who wanted and needed it -- no individual mandate -- while allowing others to opt out for private insurance coverage. That's an obvious constitutional solution that even those die-hard Republican justices would have a difficult time overturning.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice
I can't wait for the moment in a presidential debate when Romney talks about the need for even more advanced US weaponry to counter the emerging military threat from Communist China and Obama ever so coolly points out that Bain Capital, the company that Romney co-founded, has been supplying those Red tyrants with surveillance equipment to better monitor their citizenry.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 At Last, Some Decency on Wall Street
Smith's charge about Goldman "routinely ripping their clients off" resonated widely on the Internet because of prior exposures of suspect derivatives deals in which Goldman explicitly bet against the products it was selling. Slightly less than two years ago the Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges against Goldman that resulted in a $550 million fine over such double-dealing.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 Dennis Kucinich: Conscience of the Congress (5 comments)
Dennis early on made a choice to rise politically by faithfully representing his people rather than betraying them, as is the norm in politics. He has been a national symbol of resistance to excessive government power and waste. He also has been a champion of social justice.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful (1 comments)
It is obvious, in a week when the U.S. welcomed North Korea's renewed commitment to inspections, that even the most recalcitrant of nations can be induced to reason. The treatment of Iran is complicated by this being a U.S. election season, during which the Republican candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, have been beating the war drums over what they claim is Iran's nuclear threat.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 The Gang That Couldn't Bomb Straight (1 comments)
Republican candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses. The shouting match over which GOP candidate most wants a war with Iran is in sync with the last Republican president's 2003 invasion.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Apple's China Comes Home to Haunt Us (1 comments)
If the habits required of Apple's workforce in China are to be emulated, the U.S. military, or perhaps our outsized prison system, should become the essential schooling system for American workers to better compete with the properly disciplined assemblers of iPhones in China.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 Elections Are for Suckers (1 comments)
Our own elections, the ones our government has modeled for the world, are a hoax. What other word should we use to describe this year's presidential election, whose outcome will turn on which party's super PACs gets the most generous bribes from billionaires?
Thursday, February 2, 2012 The Democrats Who Unleashed Wall Street and Got Away With It (3 comments)
That Lawrence Summers, a president emeritus of Harvard, is a consummate distorter of fact and logic is not a revelation. That he and Bill Clinton, the president he served as treasury secretary, can still get away with disclaiming responsibility for our financial meltdown is an insult to reason.
Thursday, January 26, 2012 Obama's Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton (2 comments)
If Obama meant what he said in Tuesday's State of the Union address about holding the financial industry responsible for its scams, why did he appoint the old Clinton crowd that had legalized those scams to the top economic posts in his administration? Why did he hire Timothy Geithner, who has turned the Treasury Department into a concierge service for Wall Street tycoons?
Thursday, January 12, 2012 There's Hope for Republicans Yet (4 comments)
The issue in this campaign is the economy, and on that, by the time of the general election, there will be no serious substantive difference between the two major parties' candidates. Both will squarely be on the side of the financiers who created this crisis.
Thursday, January 5, 2012 Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default (8 comments)
Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance.
Thursday, December 29, 2011 Marginalizing Ron Paul (4 comments)
Paul marshaled bipartisan support to pass a bill requiring the first-ever public audit of the Federal Reserve. That audit is how readers of the Times first learned of the Fed's trillions of dollars in secret loans and aid given to the banks as a reward for screwing over the public.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 On to the Next "Bubble Fantasy" (6 comments)
At the core of Friedman's worldview is the assumption that the most brutal and contradictory applications of U.S.-supplied military power are by definition civilizing because this nation owns the brand defining freedom and democracy.
Friday, December 16, 2011 Christopher Hitchens: Reason in Revolt (4 comments)
Hitch was the opposite of the opportunistic pundits who competed with him for public space. He took immense risks, not the least in offering himself for waterboarding before concluding it was unmistakably torture, or challenging the greatness of God, knowing full well that he was exposing himself as an object of wildly irrational hate.
Thursday, December 15, 2011 There Goes the Republic (2 comments)
What's alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can't manage minimal funding for job creation and unemployment relief can find the money to fund at Cold War levels a massive sophisticated arsenal to defeat an enemy that no longer exists.
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Government-Sponsored Sinner
The driving faith of the GOP has become the notion that the toxic mixture of moral hypocrisy and unfettered greed is a formula for victory. Newt could be their man.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 You Can Arrest an Idea
The bankers slept well. Their homes in Beverly Hills were not spotlighted by a noisy swarm of police helicopters, searchlights burning through the sanctity of the night, harassing the forlorn City Hall encampment of those who dared protest the banks' seizure of our government.
Thursday, November 24, 2011 Thanks for What? (5 comments)
On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of that harvest as the stakes have been pulled up on 50 million Americans who have lost or soon will lose their homes. The housing crisis haunts a majority of Americans, even those who own their homes outright but have lost their jobs and must now sell in a downward-swirling housing market.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For (13 comments)
The man whose personal wealth increased by $4.5 billion the first year of this meltdown when many Americans were losing their life savings now dares shift blame away from himself and others at the center of economic power to the most vulnerable among us.
Thursday, November 10, 2011 California Refuses to Accept Obama's Banking Sellout
Thankfully, we have a few state attorneys general, most prominently California's Kamala Harris, standing up for the American people, but it is outrageous that a president who avowedly committed to defending the public interest would now be subverting that effort rather than leading it.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 Too Big To Jail
Why has Robert Rubin, the one-time treasury secretary who went on to become Citigroup chairman during the time of the corporation's financial shenanigans, never been held accountable for the deep damage done to the U.S. economy on his watch?
Thursday, October 27, 2011 Thirty Years Of Unleashed Greed
Maybe justice will prevail despite the suffering that the 1 percent has inflicted on the foreclosed and the jobless. But to date those who have seized 40 percent of the nation's wealth still control the big guns in this war of classes.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Let Them Eat Keller
Funny, he doesn't look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are "bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street," it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 If a Republican Were President (2 comments)
No doubt many reasonable Americans will view Obama as the lesser evil come election time, and for some that will prove convincing. But I take the dreary choices to be one akin to a form of slow torture. Better to support the Occupy Wall Street protests as an inspiring alternative.
Thursday, October 6, 2011 What Do They Want? Justice (2 comments)
With 25 million Americans unsuccessfully looking for full-time work, 50 million experiencing mortgage foreclosure and an all-time high of 46.2 percent living in poverty, including 22 percent of all children, isn't it logical that the faux populism of the tea party be confronted with a progressive alternative?
Thursday, September 29, 2011 The Men We Trusted to Lead Us (3 comments)
Robert Rubin's acolytes have controlled the Obama administration's economic strategy of saving Wall Street by betraying Main Street, and Phil Gramm, who recently endorsed his former student at Texas A&M, Rick Perry, for president, remains the free-market-mayhem guru for Republicans. On Election Day, whoever wins, we lose.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice (2 comments)
This case was so freighted with contradictions that a stay of execution was clearly in order. As Amnesty International spokesperson Laura Moye stated: "Today Georgia didn't just kill Troy Davis, they killed the faith and confidence that many Georgians, Americans, and Troy Davis supporters worldwide used to have in our criminal justice system."
Thursday, September 15, 2011 One Betrayal Too Many (1 comments)
It's getting too late to give President Barack Obama a pass on the economy. Sure, he inherited an enormous mess from George W., who whistled "Dixie" while the banking system imploded. But it's time for Democrats to admit that their guy bears considerable responsibility for not turning things around.
Thursday, September 8, 2011 How Little We Know About the Origins of 9/11 (21 comments)
9/11 changed everything; nations were invaded, trillions of dollars were wasted, hundreds of thousands of civilian and military lives were lost, torture became acceptable and the public has come to tolerate a daily governmental assault on privacy as normal. But for all of the high drama and cost of the U.S. response, when it comes to understanding the forces behind the attack, we still do not know what we are talking about.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions (5 comments)
If Dick Cheney's memoir has any enduring value, it is not as another offering of hollow excuses for an unjustifiable war but rather as a study in what the famed historian of European fascism, Hannah Arendt, termed the "banality of evil."
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Amnesty for the Indefensible (8 comments)
Shifting the blame from the swindlers to the victims is the cynical rot at the core of the response of both the Bush and Obama administrations to the housing collapse. It is a response that aims to forgive and forget the crimes of Wall Street while allowing ordinary folks to sink deeper into the pit of debt and despair.