The Perennial GOP Tax Scam
With the GOP in power, get ready to see working people's pay start dropping again, as it did starting in the 1980s after Reagan's tax cut and in the early 2000s after Bush's. Also get ready to see income inequality grow even worse, as the truly rich see a big boost in their take-home pay and thus their overall wealth, while working people and our nation's infrastructure get screwed.
Sunday, February 5, 2017(1 comments)
Trump Lends the Banksters a Hand
Donald Trump just pulled off the biggest bait-and-switch in American history. Back when he was a presidential candidate, Trump said things about the big banks that made him sound like a Bernie Sanders Democrat. In his final ad before Election he blasted the "global power structure" that was robbing the country blind at the expense of working Americans. That ad will go down in history as a con job of epic proportions.
Thursday, January 26, 2017(5 comments)
The Coming War on Net Neutrality
Net neutrality doesn't threaten freedom or hold back investment -- net neutrality keeps the Internet the way we've always known it: everyone's online content and services are treated the exact same way as anyone else's, no matter whether the creator is a tech-savvy amateur or a giant multinational like Microsoft.
Saturday, January 14, 2017(57 comments)
The Trump Story the Media Dare Not Utter
Freedom of the press in America has become as much an economic as a political issue. This is problematic, because no democracy can survive when most of the media has a sole commitment to profit with little consideration for the public good. The Trump presidency is virtually entirely a product of our modern for-profit, highly-consolidated media.
Saturday, January 7, 2017(4 comments)
The Massive Election-Rigging Scandal the Media Ignored
In 2016, the Democratic Party and the American media and American people have wrongly decided that America should not count the votes that were not cast in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and so many other places that determined the presidency of the United States.
Sunday, December 18, 2016(4 comments)
Will Trump Provoke a Serious Conflict with China?
The so-called "pivot to Asia" that President Obama made the centerpiece of his long-term foreign policy agenda was also predicated in large part on the idea that China is a potential adversary that needs to be countered -- perhaps by force. But is China really our enemy? Or are we just turning them into one? And are we risking nuclear annihilation in the process?
Tuesday, November 29, 2016(28 comments)
Here's How We Can Really Protect America
It's time to wake up and realize that we've become the planet's village idiots. Giant transnational corporations and the politicians the Supreme Court has allowed them to own have sold us out. We're the only developed country in the world that doesn't aggressively practice at least some form of protectionism.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016(21 comments)
The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk
The real problem with Trump's rigged election talk is that it will give Republican legislatures all across the country a new justification to ramp up their war on young people, people of color and older people voting. The base will want it because Trump will have primed them for it, and so will the party establishment, because they've always worked to suppress the vote.
Friday, October 14, 2016(1 comments)
Our Giant Experiment With "Greed Is Good" Has Failed
If we really want to stop other banks from doing what Wells Fargo did, we need to repudiate Reaganomics and the tax structure and business rules that allow it flourish. Start enforcing the Sherman Act and break up the giant corporate monopolies. Raise the top tax rate. And eliminate the corporate deduction for compensating executives with stock and stock options.
Friday, October 7, 2016(10 comments)
Now, Every Storm Is a Climate Change Storm
We can't stop every extreme storm event from happening, but we can demand that our politicians make our planet's climate crisis their top priority; we can put a price on carbon and start funding efforts to make our cities greener and more resilient; and, we can hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for lying to consumers and investors about the threat that their business model poses to humanity.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016(41 comments)
Time To Save the World Now
We are rapidly running out of time to stop climate change. We're already in the danger zone, and every single day we keep pumping fossil fuels into the atmosphere just pushes us closer towards total climate devastation. The situation may even be worse than most people realize. Let's get to work before it's too late.
Saturday, October 1, 2016(8 comments)
Forty Years of Reaganism Behind
Like the crash in Philadelphia last year, this crash was preventable, and we can prevent it from happening again, but to do so, we need to address our nation's infrastructure and public transportation crises. We need to reject Reaganism once and for all, and we need a massive government investment to bring US infrastructure into the 21st century.
Thursday, September 29, 2016(1 comments)
The US Is a Country, Not a Business
With Reaganomics came the idea that government isn't the solution, it's the problem. But this mantra is the source of many things wrong with this country. By waging war on government, which they call the "problem," Ronald Reagan and his contemporary followers in the Republican Party have sold us out to big business.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016(5 comments)
We Have All Won an Oligarchy and Lost a Democracy
Since Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine and the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, our media has completely shifted from "news" to infotainment. It's largely fact-free, and the only things discussed are personalities, gotchas and the horse-race claptrap. It's completely free of facts that would give us any information, context or understanding of the role that corporate power plays in our lives.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016(2 comments)
Goldman Sachs Is Acknowledging Climate Change. Why Isn't the GOP?
The Republican Party. The so-called Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln, is the only major political party in the developed world that denies man-made climate change. Despite all the evidence, despite the fact that the past 16 months have been the hottest on record, despite the fact that we're now seeing 1,000-year weather events on monthly basis -- despite all this, the Republican Party still refuses to accept reality.
Thursday, September 15, 2016(2 comments)
Why Does Trump Survive Scandals? Because Scandals Are Part of His Appeal
Trump is someone who's made billions by hustles and bribes, and he's not going to suddenly change once he becomes president. He'll still be the same privileged bully he's always been. If he brings his corrupt deal-making skills to the White House, expect him and his buddies to get rich and US workers to get the shaft. That's the way it's always been with Trump the businessman; it's the way it'll be with Trump the politician.
Saturday, September 10, 2016(2 comments)
Don't Buy the Hype -- the TPP Won't Secure the US
All this talk about "confronting China" and "preserving American hegemony" is doublespeak aimed at keeping the American people in the dark about the corporate grab bag the TPP really is. When it comes down to it, the TPP is just another neoliberal corporate plan to reduce national sovereignty and strengthen the role corporations play in running the world.
Saturday, September 3, 2016(1 comments)
Bus Drivers Shouldn't Pay More Taxes Than Millionaires
Even though it only benefits about 2,000 people every year, the carried interest loophole costs taxpayers -- you and me -- about $2 billion in lost revenue every single year. Closing it, some studies have found, could bring in as much $18 billion over 10 years.
Friday, August 26, 2016(1 comments)
The Tax Evasion Double Standard: How US CEOs Are Withholding Revenue
We need to rein in companies that put their company's profits ahead of the well-being of the United States and act like paying taxes is a negotiation. Our tax code needs to be fixed to encourage companies to come home and pay their taxes, and to block companies from doing business in the US without paying their fair share.
Saturday, August 20, 2016(2 comments)
TiSA" Big Brother and Big Business Together
By far the most sweeping deal that's being negotiated in secret and largely overlooked by activists is the Trade in Services Agreement, also known as TiSA. TiSA will undermine citizens' privacy and governments' sovereignty, and negotiators are hoping to have a deal finalized by the end of this year. It will cripple our democratic republic by making it even easier for corporations to manage or strike down our public laws.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
How to Change Our Pathetic Green Infrastructure
The major reason we lag behind Europe and other developed regions of the world when it comes to embracing green technology is the simple fact that we have oligarchs working hard to ensure that we remain obedient to the status quo. These oligarchs work in tandem with private utility companies, and they are the main obstacle to a greener future here in the US.
Saturday, August 13, 2016(16 comments)
I'm Sick of the So-Called "News"
The corporate media drives viewership and profits by airing personal drama over public policy, and the end result is that viewers turn off the TV at the end of the day as ill-informed as they were when they tuned in. There's no silver bullet for this problem, because this crisis in our media is the result of more than 40 years of conservative policies that have radically altered our news media.
Saturday, August 6, 2016(9 comments)
Are We Looking at a Mass Extinction Event?
To save human and other life as we know it on this planet, we need to put a price on carbon NOW, and we need to hold those who fund climate deniers accountable for knowing the risks of fossil fuels for decades, and lying to the public about it. Our survival as a species may well depend on it.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016(5 comments)
How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet
The issue surrounding GMOs isn't just about what these companies are putting into our food and stocking our stores with. What's potentially more devastating for the planet is that genetically modified organisms developed by companies like Monsanto and DuPont can escape into our ecosystems and potentially wreak havoc before they are even tested or approved as safe.
Friday, July 29, 2016(1 comments)
Trump Gets His Talking Points From White Supremacist Twitter Accounts
Even if Trump doesn't believe what these Neo-Nazis think, he's bringing their ideas out in the open by tweeting memes and giving them shout-outs in press conferences. He's not making America great again; he's making US white supremacy acceptable again. Trump is a racist and a crypto-fascist, and the many of the people who actually are paying attention to his policies and still support him are even worse.
Thursday, July 21, 2016(3 comments)
How a Bank Robber Is Right on Taxes
If policymakers need to raise revenues, they should go to where the money is: Tax the multi-millionaires and billionaires on their net assets, end our insane system of corporate subsidies that funnel wealth from the middle class to the top 1%, and close the tax loopholes that let the top 1% hide their fortunes overseas in places like Panama and Switzerland.
What?! GOP Focus on Heat From Porn Instead of Climate Change"
Rational people are worried about the planet heating up, and climate scientists are worried about the climate melting down, and Republicans are having their own absurd meltdown about "hot" videos online. Republicans are less worried about climate change than they are about tackling pornography, because pornography's "harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying millions."
Friday, July 8, 2016(1 comments)
Climate Denier Marco Rubio Clueless on Florida Toxic Algae
Since 2011, Senator Rubio's accepted more than $800,000 from Big Ag to help agribusinesses pollute Florida's waterways, and he's accepted another $800,000 from the fossil-fuel industry to deny climate science and to help the fossil-fuel industry warm our planet with greenhouse gases, leading to more rainfall and warmer coastal waters, which leads right to this algae bloom.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
How the Food Industry Destroys Democracy
the Vermont labeling law is changing the landscape of our grocery stores, and making it easier than ever to know which products contain GMOs. And less than a week later after that law went into effect, that Vermont law is under full-out attack. Monsanto and their bought-and-paid-for toadies in Congress are pushing very legislation to override Vermont's law.
Thursday, June 30, 2016(2 comments)
Lying About Science for Politics Is Evil
The Democrats have taken a good first step by coming together as a party to call for the Justice Department to investigate what companies like ExxonMobil knew about climate change, when they knew it and whether they misled their investors and the American public.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Here's What's the Matter With Kansas
If we genuinely want to help low-income Americans, if we want to promote small businesses, if we really want to see our states grow, we need lawmakers across the country to reject the failed ALEC-backed "red state model" and to follow the proven model of raising taxes on the billionaire class and investing in the state economy.
Saturday, June 25, 2016(3 comments)
Why Dying Coral Reefs Will Bring Planetary Instability
We won World War II in four years; we could tackle climate change in an even shorter timeframe just by using technology that's already there. The stakes are as high as they come when it comes to climate change, but it's also an opportunity to fundamentally transform our economy for the better, and create millions of jobs in the process.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016(3 comments)
How NRA Dark Money Impedes Gun Control Reform
If we ever do want to see common-sense gun control legislation passed, we need to get money out of politics, we need to overturn Citizens United and we need to get the corrupting influence of corporate lobbyists out of our political system. Because as former President Jimmy Carter has pointed out, we're no longer living in a democracy where US politicians listen to the will of the American people.
Saturday, June 18, 2016(1 comments)
The Weaponization of Hate
When hate-promoting pastors, priests and imams jump forward to use hate and intolerance to increase their followings; when politicians use these most primal and easily-manipulated emotions to maintain and even build their own power; it's time for all of us to say: No.
Enough. Too much, in fact. We either stand together as a human family, or we die together in misery.
Sunday, June 5, 2016(9 comments)
The Mainstream Media's Climate Malpractice
The corporate media in this country need to stop kowtowing to vested fossil fuel advertisers that want to keep the US public in the dark, and they need to start telling people the truth about the connections between extreme weather events and climate change. We can't expect the US public to rally to aggressively address our climate crisis if the mainstream media refuses to talk about the realities of climate change.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Why Is Congress Using Zika to Weaken Truck Safety?
So far in 2016, the members of the House have taken a full week off during every single month of this year, and they've actually been in session for only 59 days. The Senate was only in session for 65 days. considering the fact that every single representative is up for reelection this year, you can be certain that they've been spending their weekends and weeks off hustling campaign donations.
The United States Needs to Realize FDR's Dream and Adopt the "Nordic Model"
In Nordic countries basic services such as health care, child care and education are free. The economy is heavily regulated to keep corporate greed in check, and unions make up as much as 70 percent of the workforce, guaranteeing livable salaries and sensible working hours. It's time for us to follow their lead, to return to our roots and bring the Nordic model to the United States. It's time to make FDR's dream a reality.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016(4 comments)
The EPA's Ties to Monsanto Could Be Disastrous for the US
When Nixon authorized the creation of the EPA, there was bipartisan consensus that this country needs a single, streamlined regulatory agency dedicated to protecting our air and water. Now, we're approaching a bipartisan consensus that the EPA is broken. And the fact is, it's been broken for more than 30 years, ever since the Reagan administration turned it into a partner of industry, rather than a regulator.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016(1 comments)
Republicans Only Care About Children Before They're Born
if Republicans really cared about kids they'd stop their blockade of Medicaid expansion.
They'd also stop supporting the war on drugs that creates the school-to-prison pipeline. They'd stop turning our schools into profit-making engines for the billionaire class; and they'd stop trying to cut Head Start, food stamps and welfare for single moms. They'd also pass federal funding for Flint, Michigan.
Friday, May 6, 2016(1 comments)
Fossil Fuel Billionaires Kill Children
The people who have been making the most extreme predictions about climate change, the so-called "alarmists," have been right all along, and in many cases, even have been too conservative in their predictions. And for millennials, their children and the generation of teens living today: It's past time to be alarmed.
Thursday, April 28, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie's R.I. Win is a Rebirth for the Democratic Party
Bernie isn't just winning over a key voting demographic, he's energizing people to participate in the political process as Democrats.
If the Democratic Party were smart, it'd capitalize on Bernie's rapport with independents, as well as young people. An obvious starting point would be adopting Bernie's positions on things like healthcare, Social Security, free college, no more stupid wars, and taking on Wall Street.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016(6 comments)
Can Social Media Seize Control of Our Elections?
Thanks to the death of the Fairness Doctrine, the people who are supposed to report the news no longer have any obligation whatsoever to, you know, report the news. As a result, corporate media, especially corporate television media, has become almost completely indistinguishable from "infotainment."
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Democracy: The Continuing Fight Against Factions
As President Carter pointed out, this isn't a democracy, it's an oligarchy, and it's the complete opposite of what this country was founded on. That's why movements like Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening are so important. They don't just encourage young people to get active in politics, they also rejuvenate the ideals that made this country's experiment in democracy possible in the first place.
Friday, April 8, 2016(1 comments)
The GOP Is Now Bragging About Voter Suppression
Voting, Thomas Paine once said, "is the beating heart of democracy." It's what makes our democracy possible. Without it, Paine said, "man would be reduced to slavery." It's for this very reason, of course, that conservatives have worked since the founding of our republic to make it harder or downright impossible for people who are not part of the political and economic elite to vote.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Dark Future for America If We Let the Middle Class Disappear
If we don't work to restore the American middle class to the vibrant, robust segment of our nation it once was, we may soon witness the end of small-d democracy as we know it. As history and nature both show us, working for the collective good is essential to a functioning democracy, and the natural outcome of that work is a strong and vibrant middle class.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Is the Next Taxpayer Bailout the Coal Industry?
Many big coal companies currently facing financial ruin may not be able to afford the cost of cleaning up their mines because they've handed so much money off to their executives and stockholders. If coal companies won't pay to clean up their mines, who will? You and me, the taxpayers, of course!
Sunday, April 3, 2016(2 comments)
Scalia's Gift To Public Unions
the Supreme Court just issued a split 4-to-4 decision, which means the lower-court ruling protecting unions stays in place for the time being. The case will likely wind up back before the court in the future, but for now, our public unions will have the power to fight another day. And, if the U.S. Senate stops refusing to do their job, President Obama could appoint a new Justice who isn't opposed to our vital labor unions.
Saturday, April 2, 2016(12 comments)
These Corporations Have Pillaged the Land and Robbed the People
It's time to put a stop to Big Coal's playbook of pillaging the land for short term profits and then robbing workers and retirees of their pensions to pay off Wall Street lenders. And if lawmakers want to be pro-worker, we need legislation that ACTUALLY protects workers' health care and pensions, without holding the environment for ransom.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016(2 comments)
How Do We Democratize Our Media?
There's a reason the framers of the Constitution wrote the press into the First Amendment: Democracy can't thrive without an informed electorate. It's time to democratize the media, and that means it's time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine and to reinstate media ownership rules so a small handful of wealthy right-wingers no longer dictate our daily media diet.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(16 comments)
What Happens When Neither Political Party Answers to the Bottom 90%? America in Crisis
With both political parties captured almost entirely by the interest of the top 1% (Republicans) and the top 10% (Democrats), the bottom 90% feel they have nowhere else to go. For the past few decades, they've expressed this reality of being unrepresented by simply not voting and not showing up for politics, which they correctly saw as rigged and not working in their interest.
Thursday, March 17, 2016(2 comments)
Go West, Young Man: Bernie Sanders' Path to Victory and Political Revolution
The experts and pundits in the establishment media industrial complex have written Sanders off before, and they've been wrong about pretty much everything this election, so we should take what they say with a gigantic grain of salt. The political revolution wins regardless of whether or not its leader does.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(4 comments)
A Key Component of US Fascism Is Already in Place
When corporations can buy Congress and use their sheer size and influence to get what they want and box out competition, there is no free market at all. And if you believe the old maxim that there is no freedom without economic freedom, there's no democracy either. Donald Trump is taking us in a very dangerous direction, and thanks to Ronald Reagan, he has fertile ground to work with.
Saturday, March 12, 2016(2 comments)
The Era of Small Government Is Over
Today's Republicans don't believe in promoting the general welfare. They're ideologues who've been running a gigantic scam on the American people for the past 30 years. They want to destroy government to enrich their wealthy friends and donors. This con worked for decades, but Americans are now starting to figure it out.
Friday, March 11, 2016(2 comments)
It's Time to Rid the DNC of DINOs, Starting With the Chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't the only Democrat-In-Name-Only (DINO) in the Democratic leadership. But as the DNC Chair, she is the highest-ranking DINO in the party. It's time to restore the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, and we should start with the chair.
Friday, March 4, 2016(12 comments)
Why Is Our Government Working for the Private Good Over the Public Good?
If the new chemical safety bill passes into law, cities and schools will be stuck with the bill to clean up Monsanto's cancer-causing chemical, and individuals will be stuck with the bill to treat the cancers that the chemical caused. That's a real possibility, because our government has stopped working for the public good, and now it works mostly to line the coffers of multibillion dollar corporations.
Saturday, February 27, 2016(1 comments)
Why Insurance Companies Are Nervous About Sanders' Health Care Agenda
Ever since Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for president--and long before, in fact--he has been attacked for his stance on single-payer health care. It's been over 50 years since Medicare was legislated into existence, and it was established with the idea that one day it would be tweaked to become the national single-payer health insurance program for the United States of America. Let's fulfill the promise of Medicare!
Saturday, February 20, 2016(1 comments)
Have the Democratic Superdelegates Been Compromised?
If Americans suspect that the Democratic elite have been rigging the nomination process, then Democrats are going to have a hard time harnessing the grassroots energy that they'll need to propel their candidate to the White House. If they want to win in November, it's time that the Democrats make their primaries truly Democratic again.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Why Americans Like Socialism
Say what you want about the feasibility of "democratic socialism," but the argument that it's somehow out of step with what the American people want is just flat-out wrong. Americans do want socialism, even if they've been bludgeoned by decades of Cold War era propaganda into believing that it's an affront to our democracy.