The New York Times in New England
I've counted on the Times throughout my life for integrity, and some class, in choosing what it decides to print. I would hate to think that it is currently inclined, clandestinely, to provide "red meat" for its Wall Street readers and more temperate fare for its New England audience.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012(2 comments)
Mr. Wall Street
This presidential election give us an an excellent opportunity to examine the consequences of conflating corporate entities with people.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011(1 comments)
"The Great American Debate:" An Election Preview
The Republican party would simply transfer the ethical and moral responsibility of government to the good graces of capitalistic enterprise, ignoring the reality that that is, in fact, exactly what we have done -- with disastrous consequences.
Friday, October 14, 2011(3 comments)
The Occupation is the Message
When large numbers of a pluralistic society put their bodies on the line in cities around America to assert that they no longer feel part of a system which ignores, and worse, abuses their right to participate in the political and economic direction of their country, their action is the message.
Saturday, April 2, 2011(2 comments)
Michael Steele, Philosopher
Steele's well-earned reputation over the years is often to say out loud what his peers would be embarrassed to have heard.
Friday, November 26, 2010(1 comments)
Capitalism and AIDS
You can have the best health care in the world as long as you can afford to pay for
Saturday, September 18, 2010(3 comments)
A Cup Half-Full You Can Believe In
The clear losers in this political miasma are Progressives. The President has announced that he will continue to ignore our well-articulated concerns, and he also will condemn us if his bland political pragmatism fails in the elections of 2010, with the result that an impotent Democratic Party is replaced by an impotent Republican Party.
Monday, June 7, 2010(3 comments)
An Opportunity for BP
BP can demonstrate its good faith intention to live up to its highly publicized CEO's commitment that "we will get this done, we will make this right" by establishing and funding an escrow account which could be accessed as needed by the American government.
Monday, May 31, 2010(4 comments)
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think
DADT is, and always was, a ridiculous concept even without regard to the matter of homosexuality. By explanation and practice, DADT is premised on the notion that any member of the military who thinks a certain way constitutes a danger to service morale, a danger so serious as to necessitate the removal of that individual from the service, should such thoughts become known.
Corporate America's Secret Weapon: Socialism
In sum, the fact that politicians are afraid to use the word does not alter the fact that "socialism" is an honored and necessary component of the American experience, and always has been.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010(4 comments)
The New Man in the White House
The most recent Obama demonstrates an ability to think on his feet, to recognize and respect the opinions of those who disagree with him, and to argue, with civility and even gentle humor, that when
hypocrisy or ignorance are the controlling motifs of opposing opinions, they must be dismissed with prejudice.
Monday, January 4, 2010
A Case Study: Dawn E. Johnsen
The churlish treatment of Dawn E. Johnsen by President Obama and his administration should finally silence the desperate true believers in the Democratic Party who cling to the fantasy that the President is a victim of the unforgiving political reality that passes for government in our nation's capital.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Why We All Just Can't Get Along
American democracy is increasingly under assault by the ideologies of capitalism and religion, manipulated by political professionals and others, for short term, essentially self-serving objectives.
Saturday, November 14, 2009(1 comments)
Lou Dobbs: Mr. Republican
Dobbs may just be the man to put a stake in the heart of Rahm Emanuel's dream of a triangulated Democratic Party.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Obama and Lieberman
History will determine whether Obama and Lieberman are adversaries or cohorts.
Thursday, October 1, 2009(1 comments)
Senator Grassley, “Truth Teller”
At Tuesday's markup in the Senate Finance Committee for health care reform, Senators Rockefeller and Schumer, in their advocacy of public option amendments, elicited responses from Senator Grassley that came close to framing the actual issue that is of concern to Republicans.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The “New Democrats” are Back
The Obama administration is the quintessence of Clintonian triangulation, and lacks only the designation of its proposed constituency as “new Democrats” to be its mirror image.
Saturday, August 22, 2009(6 comments)
Follow the Money
Greenwald has answered the simple question that has been dogging progressives: "If the essence of health care reform is to de-link the exhorbitant profits of the pharmaceutical industry from the health needs of our citizens, why is Obama making deals with big Pharma that will mitigate and make meaningless that objective?"-
Capitalism and Health Care
The only justification for using capitalistic principles for the distribution of health care is to insure that universal health care, by any meaningful definition, will never happen. Period.
It Doesn't Matter, Dick
Like much political rhetoric, the current "discussion" about the propriety of using torture to elicit information from suspected terrorists is often predicated on assumptions that are not shared by the arguers and may well be mutually exclusive.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Social conservative Republicans are lost and leaderless in a world that is passing them by.
Sunday, April 5, 2009(1 comments)
Church, State, Marriage
We live in a society that nominally sees the need, as did our founders, to separate "church and state," by avoiding any advocacy on theological matters and embracing advocacy of matters important to our pluralistic community.
The Money Debate
Stewart's point was that there are real life implications when the "players" screw over the rest of us, and Cramer is a poster child for the amoral manipulators of money who deliberately game the system for personal profit.
Thursday, March 5, 2009(2 comments)
Truth and Reconciliation Won't Cut It
The parallels between the event that occasioned America's most patriotic annual celebration and today's intra party discussion far exceed the coincidence that both were in reaction to an imperial personage named "George."