The Battle of the Rich White Guys
Where Ben Cartwright was brave, strait-talking and honest, Gordon Gekko was ruthless, manipulative, and corrupt, i.e., a fictional representation of real-life corporate raiders like "Chainsaw Al" Dunlop, "Neutron Jack" Welsh, and of course, the current Republican nominee for president, "Bullshit Mitt" Romney.
Monday, October 31, 2011(3 comments)
Peaceful Reform Or Violent Revolution?
The upper 1% of the population in the United States has gradually but inexorably destroyed democracy and taken control of the country. Call it plutocracy. Call it corporate fascism. Call it whatever you want. But it's the same old story of the rich and powerful becoming a little too greedy and wanting it all.
Saturday, March 5, 2011(4 comments)
Balance the Budget by Taxing Billionaires? God Forbid!!
Recently, I did the unthinkable! At a town hall meeting in Sacramento hosted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, I proposed an easy way to balance the $26 billion California budget deficit without raising taxes on average citizens and without making any budget cuts.
Sunday, May 2, 2010(3 comments)
Free Market Elitists Gone Wild!!
With a financial system as unfair and corrupt as ours, and, until recently, with a populace as deluded about the benefits of capitalism as ours, is it any wonder that free market elitists have gone wild and feel entitled to glom billions of dollars while millions are broke and out of work?
Will Barack Obama Confront Corporate-Criminal Complex?
So far, President Obama has called on Congress to pass tough new regulations on financial institutions and corporations, but will they go far enough? And will he be able to stand up to the individuals that helped him get elected, including executives at Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs (his number one donor).
Saturday, December 6, 2008(2 comments)
Time to Tax Super Rich and Corporations at 1950s Levels
Since the 1950s, the US has gone from having a very progressive tax system designed to spread the wealth to average Americans to a system that rewards the wealthiest, most well-connected investors and the largest, most powerful corporations.
Who Will Try George W. Bush for Murder after He Leaves the White House?
Vincent Bugliosi, the L.A. district attorney who became famous for successfully trying Charles Manson for murder and subsequently writing the best-seller, Helter Skelter, has written an explosive new book that not only lights a fuse under our criminal justice system but challenges the next attorney general of the United States to blow the Bush administration to smithereens.
Time for Young Americans to Stop Volunteering for Military
In the late 1960s, there was a famous slogan that emerged during the Vietnam War: What if they gave a war and no one came? The slogan underscores the point that although political leaders start wars and the military/industrial complex profits from them, wars would not be possible if young men and women refused to volunteer for military service, or in the case of the Vietnam War, allow themselves to be drafted.
Thursday, January 3, 2008(1 comments)
Top 10 Most Disgraceful Democrats of 2007
There's no point in doing a list like this on Republicans. Calling them disgraceful would be an improvement, kind of like calling Hitler misguided rather than evil. Ditto for conservative Democrats, who'll share a special place in hell with their friends from across the aisle.
Sunday, December 2, 2007(10 comments)
The Conspiracy Against Renewable Energy
I hate to use the "C" word, but there is no other way to say it. There is a national conspiracy to prevent renewable energy from becoming the primary energy source in the United States.
Friday, November 2, 2007(15 comments)
Hillary Clinton: A Win-Win For Corporate America
It's a done deal. The corporate power brokers who hold the politicians in their pockets like so many nickels and dimes have already hedged their bets and decided that-- barring any unforeseen circumstances-- Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president.
Will the Real Democrat Please Stand up!
Last month, the Democratic contenders for president appeared at a forum on health care. Only one contender favors a single payer universal health care plan and has already co-sponsored a bill on it.
Can you guess which one?