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DFA organizer, Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, writer, and programmer. My op-ed pieces have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and elsewhere. See http://WALiberals.org and http://TruthSite.org for my writing, my musical creations, and my animations.
Thoughts on Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars"
Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars" concerns not just the war in Afghanistan but also the ideological war in the White House between hawks and doves, as well as the war that occurred inside the President's head.
Thursday, December 9, 2010(3 comments)
The straw that breaks, or strengthens, the Donkey's back
Is President Obama's compromise on the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich the final straw, the one that breaks the Donkey's back?
In fact, it's a great opportunity for progressives to revitalize the Democratic Party.
Will the Party allow progressives to share some power? Will progressives flee to a third party?
The Reagan Revolution Redux
The Right Wing plan to drown government in a bathtub is coming to fruition right before our eyes, especially here in Washington State. Here's how conservatives did it, with help from the feckless Democrats.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010(17 comments)
How the Left can better market its message
The disappointing outcome of the 2010 general election was a result of various factors: the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, an influx of corporate cash into the elections, superior organization and party discipline on the Right, and weak leadership, messaging, and media access on the Left. We can ameliorate the problem locally, in various states: adopt standard, shared, community-owned websites.
Sunday, October 24, 2010(16 comments)
Why do believers pray?
If God is all-knowing and all-loving, why should believers need to pray to Him for results?
On Punishing the Dems
Many progressives want to "punish the Dems" by refusing to vote, or by voting for a third party candidate this November.
I can respect such progressives, because I too am upset with Obama.
But I wonder: have these hardcore progressives really thought through the costs of their choice? Moreover, are they willing to respect other progressives who choose not to follow their (risky) st
The Battle over I-1098 in Washington State
In Washington State there's a fierce battle underway between supporters and opponents of ballot Initiative 1098. I-1098 will establish an income tax on the wealthiest 1.2% of Washingtonians, while lowering taxes for the middle class and for small businesses. Recently newspapers, blogs, and the airwaves have been filled with pleas for and against I-1098.
Why Obama can't blame the GOP for his inability to pass progressive legislation
President Obama and the Democratic leadership blame their inability to effect progressive change on the recalcitrance of the conservative opposition. This effort to deflect blame is belied by one salient fact: had Obama and the Democratic leadership prosecuted the Republicans for their numerous serious criminal acts, then the GOP would no longer be in a position to mount an effective resurgence.
Saturday, August 14, 2010(13 comments)
Undividing the Left: Hard-core and Soft-core progressives
The animosity between soft-core and medium hard-core progressives is kinda silly. Both factions share the same goals and values (economic justice, civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, environmentalism, unionism, an end to militarism, and justice & accountability). They just disagree on techniques.
The banal evil of predatory capitalism
Many left-wingers decry the evilness of corporations. Yes, they're often evil, but not necessarily in the black-and-white way that left-wingers often portray them. The evil is mostly a banal, bureaucratic evil that arises not, typically, from any malice towards others so much as from uncontrolled greed.
On the other hand, some actions by politicians and corporations are evil in an active, non-banal way.
Saturday, May 1, 2010(1 comments)
Ruminations on Four Types of Love
I share some thoughts and invite feedback about four types of love: baby love, romantic love, universal benevolence, and toxic love. Is love real? Should we worry about love?
Obama, Democrats playing into Republicans' hands
My response to a local conservative journalist: Until Obama and Democrats nationwide turn decisively against conservative rhetoric and policies, the people will continue to get the short end of the stick.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010(4 comments)
Why we need public financing of investigative journalism
The decline of privately funded journalism is to be expected. I present the case for public funding of journalism. Perhaps most importantly, I address libertarian objections to such public funding. We need government-funded journalism to act as a watchdog on both private and public corruption.
White House spurns Mad As Hell Docs, invites "friendlier" docs
On September 30th, the Mad As Hell Docs arrived in Washington, D.C., and held a rally in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Doctors from across the country attended. They told the crowd why they believed, based on their years of practicing medicine and the stories Their voices were not heard in the White House. Or were they?
Thursday, September 24, 2009(4 comments)
The Real Meaning of Accountability: Reflections on Obama's UN Speech
Accountability is not just a matter of throwing a few Bush Administration officials in jail. Not at all. The real meaning of accountability is this: will America face the past and repudiate the ideologies, policies, and individuals who brought the nation to the brink of disaster? Torture and lying about war are just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the people responsible for crimes and for mismanagement remain in office.
Arguing with conservatives about health care
My response to a conservative's call for more "market-based competition" in health care. Market-based competition is unlikely to work, and Singapore is a poor example.
This article summarizes the case against Big Insurance and Big Pharma.
Market-based competition in medical care?
Some conservatives think that the way to control medical costs is to have market-based competition between health care providers. I don't think so, and this one-minute animation shows why.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009(1 comments)
Mad as Hell Doctors stop in Seattle
The Mad As Hell Doctors are touring the country. They stopped in Seattle this afternoon. Impressive people and energy. Will the American people learn the truth?
Please check out a great video they produced: OurAilingHealthcare.com .
Where are the religious protesters?
Abolitionism and the civil rights movement benefited from the support of religious folks. Where are the religious folks in the anti-war, accountability, and health care reform movements? Is their absence one reason why current progressive movements have failed?
Friday, August 14, 2009(22 comments)
Where's the music?
In the 1960s protest songs inspired the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement. Where are the popular protest songs for the current progressive movements?
Song for Rahm Emanuel
Song for Rahm Emanuel (to the tune of the Christmas carol "O Come, O Come, Emannuel")
Friday, August 7, 2009(3 comments)
H.R. 676: a stronger public option than expected
H.R. 676 prohibits private insurance that competes with the government plan. H.R. 676 also prohibits private, for-profit institutional providers. Must progressives support such a single-play plan or can they gladly settle for a strong public option that competes successfully with private insurance companies and providers? Are progressives allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good?
Conservative moles, lesser of two evils
Some progressives are more interested in criticizing Democrats than in criticizing Republicans. Are some of these progressives really conservative moles trying to incite division on the Left? Given a choice between two evils, isn't it sometimes wise to choose the lesser of the two?
Reclaim the Media: Take action to support Local Community Radio
The Local Community Radio Act (HR 1147) will expand the ability of local, low-power community radio stations to compete with huge corporate radio stations. Big Media has been able to convince Congress that low-power radio stations pose a threat of "interference." The real reason is they don't want the competition. Please phone your congressperson.
Single-payer versus a strong public option: division within the progressive movement
Over the last couple of months, I've observed increasing disagreement, bordering on acrimony, within the progressive movement between those, like PDA (Progressive Democratics of America), who are pushing exclusively for single-payer health care and those, like MoveOn.org, DFA (Democracy for America), and Organizing for America (OFA) who are settling for some sort of "public option."
Your money or your life! Health care or thievery?
Thieves and pirates say "Your money or your life!" The for-profit health care industry is not much better. This image expresses the analogy between thievery and America's heatlh care industry. Support single-payer health care!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Government: Unproductive? Wasteful? Corrupt?
This essay defends government against the relentless attacks by conservatives about government waste and alleged unproductiveness. The article enumerates many of the ways we depend on government for essential services. It address the question of corruption and waste by pointing out that corruption and waste are present in the private sector too, and we need government also to play a watchdog role on the private sector.