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Ted Millar is a writer and teacher. His work has been in featured in myriad literary journals, including Straight Forward Poetry, Better Than Starbucks, the Broke Bohemian, Caesura, Circle Show, Cactus Heart, Third Wednesday, and The Voices Project. He is also a contributor to Liberal America as well as hosting the podcast "The Left Place", available on all major podcast outlets.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 9, 2019 Republicans' Stance On HR 1 Confirms They Prefer A Rigged System
On Friday, the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed House Resolution (HR) 1, or the "For The People Act," with 100% Democratic support.
Not a single Republican voted for it.
This may come as no surprise, especially in today's tribal political milieu.
But when we break down what HR 1 seeks to address, we get a better look into how the modern-day GOP is just fine with a rigged electoral system.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2019 Whistleblowers: The Trump Admin Behind Saudi Nuclear Plants
Disgraced Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn supported a plan for a cadre of U.S. companies to construct several nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia. It didn't end when he left. According to whistleblowers cited in a Oversight and Reform report, it's running full-tilt boogie.
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 23, 2018 Trump Just Left the Kurds to Die. The Question is: For What?
Although some may regard our withdrawal from Syria a positive move, Trump's impulsive decision has placed our ally, the Kurds, in grave danger as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to slaughter them. The questions is: What's in it for Trump? Because we know he's not doing this for what's best for America. Could a Trump Tower Istanbul be in the offing?
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 What Exactly Is Trump Getting For Killing The Kurds?
Donald Trump does not appear to know how to exist in a non-transactional world.
Everything he has ever done has been to benefit himself, mostly financially.
So we can reasonably assume it's no different with Turkey.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, December 23, 2019 Trump Re-Election Adviser Admits The Obvious--Republicans Cheat
Voter suppression is very much alive in America, and Republican states are setting a record for purging voting roles.
Last week, the Associated Press published a report about Donald Trump's re-election adviser Justin Clark admitting as much at a Nov. 21 Republican National Lawyers Association's Wisconsin chapter event in Madison, Wisconsin.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Mark Zuckerberg's Clandestine Meeting With Trump
After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met secretely with Donald Trump and a wealthy donor to the Trump campaign who sits on Facebook's board, is there any wonder now on which side Facebook stands?
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2019 CEO Salaries Have Spiked 940 Percent Since the 1970s
Chances are, though, if your boss is the CEO of one of 350 top public corporations, he or she is making nearly 10 times what you are.
This is the conclusion the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) makes in a report that shows since 1978 CEO compensation has ballooned 940%; worker compensation, in contrast, has hovered around only 12%.
CEOs, according to the study, made, on average, $17.2 million last year.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 5, 2019 House Democrats Hit The Ground Running With HR 1: "For The People" Act
The "For The People Act" responds to voters' demands for stronger voting protections in the first bill of the new Democratic-majority Congress. This is an auspicious beginning for the 116th House of Representatives. The question is: are we going to continue doing our part holding them accountable, or will too many assume since the good guys are in charge again, it's okay to go back to sleep? (HINT: It's not.)
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2019 Donald Trump Is Fomenting More Domestic Terrorism
Trump too bears responsibility for the New Zealand mosque attack.
He may not be overtly calling for Muslims, African Americans, LGBTQ Americans, immigrants (mostly dark-skinned ones), or Democrats to be maimed.
But over the past several years, his stochastic terrorism has successfully incited ardent supporters to fill in the blanks.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 29, 2019 The Trump Deportation Machine Has Now Turned Its Sights On the Sick
The Trump administration's war on immigrants--particularly those with brown skin--took another twisted turn this week when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent letters to scores of immigrants, stating it will no longer consider deportation deferrals for those suffering from serious medical conditions like cancer and HIV.
That decision will now rest with Trump's deportation force, aka ICE.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 27, 2019 EPA Refuses To Ban A Neurotoxin To Which We Have All Been Exposed
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to ban a neurotoxic pesticide its own scientists concluded is known to cause pediatric brain damage.
Banned for household use, chlorpyrifos, sold under its commercial sobriquet Lorsban, is still being sprayed on more than 50 fruit, nuts, cereal and vegetable crops despite EPA research revealing its deleterious health effects.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Living In A Republican-led State Is Hazardous To One's Health
The redder the state, the shorter the life.
That is the argument economist Paul Krugman lays out in a New York Times column in which he debunks the typical right-wing claim the United States is superior to other nations, particularly in life expectancy.
It turns out, due to limited access to health care, education, and obesity rates, life in Republican-led states is shorter than in "blue" Democratic states.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 26, 2019 Whoops--Too Late, the White House Tries to 'Recall' Ukraine Talking Points Emailed to Democrats
The Trump administration can't get out of its own way.
Its complete meltdown over House Democrats' decision Tuesday to open a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is evident in its carelessness in conducting simple tasks.
Amid the growing furor over Trump's treasonous conversation with the Ukranian President, the White House inadvertently sent congressional Democrats talking points intended for Republicans.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2020 Where is All the Coverage of Violent Trump Supporters?
Imagine an armed group of Black Lives Matter protesters killing white Trump supporters.
The Fox so-called News talking heads heads' would explode.
But if the situation were reversed...
We don't have to imagine.
One BLM activist is dead after at least four Trump supporters recently attacked protesters.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 16, 2020 Fascism Alert: Trump Orders All Federal Architecture Be 'Classical'
In an executive-order draft the Architectural Record reported on this week, Trump is intending to mandate "the classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style for new and upgraded federal buildings."
According to the report, the order would require rewriting the 1962 Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture.
SHARE Sunday, February 9, 2020 Trump Trolls Disrupting the Iowa Caucus is Another Harbinger of the Times
This latest example from Iowa may be an anomaly now, but it won't be going forward.
If we remain ignorant to how disruptive Trump trolls can be to our sacrosanct electoral process, we can give up hope of preserving it.
From now on, we need to expect infiltrators in our elections, rallies, social media feeds, news headlines, and political assemblies--and beat them to the proverbial punch.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2019 NYC Billboard Targeting AOC Is Emblematic Of Big Money In Politics
Hiding behind the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, the wealthy and corporations claim their unlimited political spending equates to "free speech."
But most Americans do not have the opportunity or resources to take out their own billboard ads to get their representatives' attention.
This is why we need a constitutional amendment making it clear money is not speech and corporations are not people.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2019 17 Million Voters Purged From Voting Rolls In The Past Two Years
Between 2016 and 2018, at least 17 million voters were purged from nationwide voting rolls. This is due almost entirely to the 2013 Supreme Court Shelby County vs. Holder decision that rolled back section five of the 1965 Voting Rights Act requiring states to receive Justice Department "pre-clearance" before initiating changes to voting laws that may impact minority voters.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 24, 2019 McConnell's Senate Confirms 12 More Trump-Appointed Federal Judges
Last week, the Republican-controlled Senate--along with some Democrats--confirmed 12 more lifetime judicial nominees, then quietly left for the holidays.
Trump, McConnell, and the Federalist Society have appointed one in five federal judges.
This brings the total number of young, uber-conservative judicial picks the Senate has confirmed to 187.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 28, 2019 Supreme Court Decides Trump Can Steal Wall Money From The Pentagon
The nation's highest court handed down its decision on how to pay for Trump racism border wall.
Of the nine justices, the five conservatives all agreed to block a lower-court ruling barring Trump from putting money toward a wall, allowing him to pay for it with $2.5 billion in Congressionally approved Pentagon funds.
(26 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 12, 2019 Let's Hope Only Two Articles of Impeachment are Sufficient
Remaining laser-focused on just the most succinct charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, House Democrats have a potentially better chance of making their impeachment concise, iron-clad, articulate--and swift.
And the faster will come Trump's imminent impeachment and Senate trial.
Let's hope they're right.
We can't afford to screw it up.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019 'Patriots' Rand Paul And Mike Lee Block 9/11 Victim Compensation Bill
As if we needed another reminder of how little the Republican party regards anyone other than its wealthy donors, Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted this week to block an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund the House of Representatives passed last month.
Sen. Paul had no problem supporting the 2017 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" that handed $1.5 trillion in permanent tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, November 29, 2019 The Establishment's Assault On Progressives Is Far From Abating
Michael Bloomberg's entrance into the presidential race is indicative of how divided the Democratic party still is. Let's not make 2016's mistake. We've had three years to witness what happens when we trot out the same old moderates with the same old established "ideas". Now is the time to go bold.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Here Is What the Corporate Media Fails to Report About Iran
Desperate for re-election, Donald Trump is borrowing from some of his predecessors' playbook--starting a war to distract the public and deflect from the high crimes and misdemeanors that will sink him the moment a new president is sworn in.
But we won't hear that in the corporate media.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Study Shows Even $1 Minimum Wage Increase Reduces Suicides
Raising the minimum wage will not just help the economy.
It will not just help lift people out of poverty or prevent some from descending into it.
According to a Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study, raising the minimum wage by a single dollar can prevent suicides.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2019 ICE Ambushes Mississippi Poultry Plants in Largest Single-State Raid in History
In June, Donald Trump instilled fear in thousands after announcing mass ICE raids and round-ups of undocumented Americans. Then in a classic reality show-style bait and switch to appear bi-partisan, he abruptly canceled them. Last week, when people's guards were down, ICE descended on seven Mississippi poultry processing plants in what is being called the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 9, 2020 Trump's Housing Policies Are Racist Enough to Make His Old Man Proud
While it's true housing discrimination did not originate with Donald Trump, it is true that, as president, the housing policies he has advanced through the office of Housing and Urban Development headed by Ben Carson are exacerbating decades-old issues.
Recently, the Trump administration announced two rule revisions predicted to worsen housing segregation--and make his racist father's memory proud.
SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Bernie Sanders is Showing Us How to Respond to a Crisis
Some use crises to enrich themselves, like Senators Jim Inhofe, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Kelly Loeffler, and Diane Feinstein were discovered last week to have been doing.
Some, however, seize opportunities crises present to usher in structural changes to prevent further crises.
Such an individual is Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 House Dems Just Passed A Minimum-Wage Increase--That's A Big Deal
Donald Trump has claimed Democrats are "getting nothing done in Congress."
This, like the other 10,000 he has told, is a lie.
Last week, Democrats passed more historic legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from its current $7.25.
With 205 co-sponsors, the "Raise the Wage Act" seeks to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, giving a raise to roughly 40 million Americans.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 5, 2019 Homelessness Is Just Another Excuse Trump Pushes To Punish California
This feigned compassion for San Francisco's homeless population is just another in a long line of Trump's rhetorical smears against his perceived political enemies.
A good president would work to get legislation passed to reduce the economic inequities allowing homelessness to grow.
Trump, of course, doesn't actually care about the homeless.
SHARE Friday, March 22, 2019 Rep. Steve King Posts Meme Threatening 'Civil War'
Donald Trump is not the the only Republican fomenting domestic terrorism.
Iowa Rep. Steve King's Facebook meme threatening civil war is right in line with Trump's comment last week: "I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump-I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough-until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad."
SHARE Sunday, September 29, 2019 Eco-Fascists Threaten To Co-Op The Climate Movement
"Eco-fascist" is a term the right is latching onto in a deliberate ploy to lure younger climate activists who might be otherwise inclined to support more progressive lawmakers and policies like the Green New Deal.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, March 1, 2019 US Cyber Command Thwarted A Cyberattack On Election Day
As we await Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that began with an investigation into just how involved Russian operatives were in helping elect Donald Trump--and rivet ourselves to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's scathing testimony before the House Oversight Committee--a recent Washington Post report confirms U.S. Cyber Command successfully thwarted another hack attack on election day.
SHARE Sunday, February 16, 2020 Fascism Alert: Border Patrol Tactical Unit Deployed to 'Sanctuary Cities'
This week in fascism, Trump enlisted his DHS, the division that oversees ICE, against "sanctuary" New York for its refusal to turn immigrants over by preventing New York residents from enrolling in programs to expedite international travel.
In his obsession with "illegals" running rampant through "democrat sanctuary cities," prepare next to see armed "tactical units" in America's streets.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Florida Wastes No Time After SCOTUS Gives A Pass On Gerrymandering
Republicans know most Americans find their policies odious, so in order to win, they cheat through voter-I.D. laws, voter suppression, and plain old policies designed to do one thing--rig the system in their favor.
Regardless of the form it takes, Republicans are perpetrating a concerted campaign to disenfranchise Democrats and minorities who vote for them.
SHARE Saturday, June 8, 2019 When Corporate Media Clash: Times Reporters Prohibited From Rachel Maddow
The so-called "liberal" media has become nothing more than a weak generic misnomer for anything not overtly pandering to the billionaire agenda.
CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC-all the major national news conglomerates-are not liberal; they're multi-million dollar corporate juggernauts with executives pulling the strings.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 America Has Suffered 156 Mass Shootings In Just 153 Days
On Friday Virginia Beach surpassed in infamy Virginia Tech, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, Aurora, and Pittsburgh for being the setting of the deadliest mass shooting this year in the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2019 G7 Leaders Agree On $20 Million To Rescue The Amazon--Without Trump
G-7 leaders currently gathered in Biarritz, France have agreed to an immediate $20 million aid package to assist in combating the wildfires, and to initiate a global endeavor to better protect it.
Conspicuously absent from the participating nations' talks was Donald Trump.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, September 6, 2019 In Failure To Inoculate Asylum Seekers, Federal Gov't. Hastens Genocide
So when the federal government refuses to inoculate detained migrant families--many of whom are mothers and small children--from deadly diseases while keeping them in cramped conditions, what outcome can we expect?
Since last October, 890 immigrants and 31 detention facility employees have contracted mumps at 57 CBP or ICE facilities in 19 states, the majority privately operated.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 14, 2019 Trump's Simple Re-Election Gambit--War With Iran
Although Trump's prognostication about Barack Obama starting a war with Iran was incorrect, Trump is planning on doing what he accused Obama of intending now that the House of Representatives is in full impeachment-inquiry mode and the tide of public opinion is beginning to turn against him.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2020 What We Don't Know Is Killing Us (Which Is Precisely the Idea)
Trump's logic is we only have the world's highest confirmed cases because we know about them; if we just didn't know, fewer would be infected.
Trump's call for reduced testing began after his son in law, Jared Kushner, warned him rising of cases might rattle Wall Street.
In Trump's America, the most expensive and, in wealth-speak, expendable-should go out there and take one for the team.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The Supreme Court Shocks the Nation With Anti-Sex Discrimination Ruling
This decision--the culmination of three cases--is shocking many considering the decision's author is Donald Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.
The fight is far from over.
It will never be over.
We got this far because of our relentless commitment to justice and a more egalitarian, compassionate country.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 27, 2020 Thanks to COVID-19, Universal Basic Income is a Thing Again
Far from a panacea, Universal Basic Income, coupled with a federal jobs program, has the potential to reinvigorate the economy and our lifestyles.
As we jettison jobs in this current crisis--some that may never return--we need to do something progressive to keep the economy humming and people secure.
In light of the mess we're in, conversations about it are resuming.
Could we see it nationwide within our lifetimes?
(16 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 30, 2019 Historic Mid-West Flooding Is A Harbinger Of Things To Come
As long as there is a profit motive, there will never be sufficient action to curb carbon emissions.
A complete transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy is the only practical strategy.
We need to mobilize as we did when we confronted fascism during World War Two.
We must and we can upgrade buildings for energy efficiency, achieve zero carbon emissions within 10 years, and union green energy jobs.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 4, 2019 Missouri Health Dept. Admits Keeping Track Of Women's Menstrual Cycles
While the Missouri state government sights in its crosshairs the St. Louis Region Planned Parenthood, the last operational women's reproductive clinic in the state, health director Randall Williams admitted last week the health department had been maintaining a spreadsheet of Planned Parenthood patients containing personal information including the date of their last menstrual periods.
SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2020 Trump Admits Pimping Out US Military To S. Korea and Saudia Arabia
If you're a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, would you mind being rented to another country?
How would it feel to be a soldier for hire, fighting not for the country you signed up to defend, but another, for someone else's political agenda?
Last week, Donald Trump bragged about accepting $1 billion from Saudi Arabia and South Korea in exchange for American military protection.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2019 A Message To Democrats: Do Not Engage In The Circular Firing Squad
This is the time for Democrats to unify, not take positions in a circular firing squad as many did during the 2016 presidential cycle. Unless we want to see Trump re-elected in 2020, we need to be unified, not just appear so. Any cracks in the facade will weaken the whole establishment.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2020 Republicans Block More Election Security, Paving the Way for Russia
Here we are, four months from selecting a nominee to take on Donald Trump, and it appears Russia is, once again, Trump's cheerleader.
U.S. intelligence officials warned members of Congress as much in a briefing last week that precipitated Trump's accusing acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, of "disloyalty," and firing him.
SHARE Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Trump Administration Now Weaponizing Migrant Psychotherapy Notes
Some licensed Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) psychotherapists are violating migrant children's trust by submitting confidential session notes to ICE, which then use the information against the children in immigration court to deny them asylum status and deport them.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2018 Think We Can't Afford the Green New Deal? We Can't Afford Not To
We can't broker any more dithering when it comes to the climate. Cries of "We can't afford a Green New Deal!" are not only ridiculous; they're hypocritical. If we can afford handing the wealthy and corporations a $1.5 trillion permanent tax cut, we can afford an FDR New Deal-style economic overhaul that will transform our energy grids away from fossil fuels.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2020 DOJ Confirms Withholding Ukraine Emails Hours After Senate Vote
The Republican cover-up is putting the nation on the path to dictatorship.
Late last week, it took another more perfidious turn.
Mere hours after the Senate's vote, a court filing confirmed the Justice Department (DOJ) is withholding two dozen emails pertaining to Trump's role in freezing military aid to Ukraine.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 28, 2020 The Supreme Court Just Put Immigrants In the Crosshairs--Again
In August, the Trump administration ramped up its next phase in the war on immigrants when it decided to deny green cards or visas to immigrants who rely on public benefits like SNAP benefits, Medicaid, and Section-8 housing.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 to permit this "public charges" policy to proceed.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 29, 2019 ICE Now Employing A Private Contractor To Conduct DNA Testing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is taking advantage of DNA testing technology to identify migrants posing as families in order to gain entry to the United States at seven locations along the U.S./Mexico Southern border.
Although voluntary, documents released earlier this year suggest families are more likely to be separated if they refuse.
SHARE Saturday, October 26, 2019 Federal Judge Hands Down 100K Fine To DeVos' Education Dept.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim handed down a contempt-of-court ruling for United States Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Kim ordered a lawsuit to go "full-steam ahead" after the DeVos-led Education Dept. was found guilty of violating an Obama-era court order requiring the now-defunct Corinthian College to stop collecting loan payments from 16,000 former students.
SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Still Think Trump's Muslim Ban Isn't Racist? Read This.
Dr. Seyed Shahram Iranbomy was denied a visa to the United States after being accused of exploiting his son's funeral to gain entry to the United States. Of Iranian descent, he is a German citizen and an accredited attorney included on an American Consulate list of English-speaking lawyers available to assist in immigration cases.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2019 The College Admissions Scandal Is Evidence Of Capitalism Run Amok
As outrageous as this scandal is, it should come as no surprise given college admissions' ongoing culture of corruption, an inevitable consequence of catering to rich donors and promoting brands instead of dedicating themselves to their supposed educational mission.
Education should be free.
SHARE Tuesday, December 17, 2019 NAFTA Replacement: A Stroke Of Political Genius Or Another Corporate Sell-Out?
Some claim USMCA hands Donald Trump a victory at the very time he is geared up for re-election and defending his political career against Wednesday's impeachment vote.
Others argue it was Nancy Pelosi's masterful stroke to disprove right-wing media and those believing the president's lie about Democrats grinding the legislative process to a halt.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 4, 2019 There Has Been Another Mass Shooting At A White Supremacist's Hands
There is has been another mass shooting in America in under a week.
Earlier today, a gunman killed 18 when he opened fire at an El Paso, Texas Walmart.
The El Paso shooter's social media accounts suggest he was an avowed Donald Trump supporter who advocated a wall along the Southern border.
Although law enforcement has not yet confirmed this, a racist manifesto is supposedly also circulating via social media.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2020 Mitch McConnell Tells Democratic States to Go Screw Themselves
If Trump's craven animus toward states he did not win in 2016--and will likely lose again in November--is not evident enough, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, this week confirmed it along with the understanding that the entire Republican party has no interest in assisting Democratic states in times of need.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 26, 2019 Kentucky Aluminum Plant Linked to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska
Russia is conducting business as we speak right in Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's state of Kentucky.
Aluminum manufacturer Braidy Industries is planning to build a $1.7-billion taxpayer-funded mill near Ashland, Ky.
The aluminum needed--and a $200 million investment--will stem from Russian aluminum giant Rusal, which recently faced U.S. sanctions due to connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Of Course We Can Afford Medicare-for-All--We Always Could
We have always been able to afford Medicare-for-All.
It's just a matter of priorities.
The neo-liberal shift over the past forty years has prioritized Wall Street, the defense industry, and generally any individual or corporation ideologically committed enough to capitalize on the "money=free speech" argument the Supreme Court agreed is constitutional.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 2, 2019 New York Bids A Fond 'Good Riddance' To Donald Trump
Donald Trump no longer wants to call himself a New Yorker. Maybe that's because his tax scam discriminates against higher-taxed states like New York that traditionally vote Democratic.
Or maybe it's because New York is not letting him get away with concealing his tax returns.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2020 On Tenth Anniversary Of Citizens United, Seattle Bans Dark Money
As insurmountable as this may seem, it is possible to take back our democracy.
A week before Citizens United's tenth birthday, the Seattle, Wash. City Council unanimously banned "foreign-influenced" companies from local elections' political spending.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2019 My Volte-Face On Julian Assange
We must not be so shortsighted as to accept Assange's fate as an aberration.
If Trump can get away with coming for him, any leader can get away with prosecuting anyone who speaks out against his or her government's abuses.
Once that happens, it's all over.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 14, 2019 Despite Policy, Trump Refuses Entry To Bahamian Hurricane Refugees
Less than one week after Hurricane Dorian decimated the Bahamas, leaving 44 dead, tens of thousands homeless, and 2,500 missing, the United States has added Bahamian refugees to its swelling list of people on whom it is turning its back.
Protocol traditionally grants Bahamians with clean criminal records permission to enter the U.S. with just passports.
Trump has refused to waive any visa requirements.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 14, 2019 High-Profile Firings Indicate Trump's Purge Has Begun
Donald Trump is firing anyone refusing to fulfill his sadistic agenda.
The purge has begun.
What can we expect from a hack who lifted his re-election slogan "Keep America Great" from the 2016 film The Purge: Election Year?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 15, 2019 New York City To Start Providing Single-Payer Healthcare
Although not the single-payer model most Democrats in Washington favor, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent initiative guarantees every New Yorker the opportunity to receive medical treatment through the city's public-hospitals system, regardless of income level.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2020 Trump--Not the DNC--Should Be Terrified of Bernie
The Democratic party has a lot of soul searching to do if it has any sincere intentions of defeating not just Trump but Trump-ism.
Let's put those ideas together so we can get that god-awful current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue skulking back to Mar-a-Lago ASAP.
Let's allow the people to choose their next leader.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Police Attacks on the Press Surge During Black Lives Matter Protests
As activists and lawmakers call for drastic police reform, we must also consider the assault this administration has waged on the free press and its motives for doing so.
Once the free press--the only industry mentioned in the Constitution--is silenced or bent to political will, we can consider ourselves in a full-blown autocracy.
Are we already there?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 20, 2019 Children Lead The Charge Against Climate Change
Leading the charge is a 16-year-old Swedish activist named Greta Thunberg.
A Senate climate crisis task force this week praised young activists for being so outspoken about the climate crisis. Thunberg, however, made it clear to lawmakers she was not interested in their platitudes. She demands action, as should we all.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2020 Republicans Run Full-Tilt Voter Suppression With an Eye on November
Anyone still needing evidence of Republicans' racist voter suppression tactics should look at what just happened in Georgia.
Republicans do not want democracy.
So to maintain their wealthy donors' hegemony, they try to prevent voters from exercising their fundamental right to choose whom they want to represent them.
Why else would they work so hard to suppress votes?
SHARE Sunday, June 2, 2019 NY Is Now The First State To Ban ICE From Courthouses
Donald Trump's home state of New York is doing something to rein in the president's deportation force, aka Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE is now no longer permitted to arrest immigrants inside New York courthouses without producing federal judicial warrants or orders.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2020 Could Starving the Postal Service be Another GOP Voter-Suppression Strategy?
Why does Donald Trump and the entire Republican party want the postal service to die? Perhaps it has to do with all the talk of mail-in voting just in time for the election. And why not? Republicans know their policies are unpopular, so they have to cheat to win. That's why they rely so much on voter suppression. Now they're using a Bush-era law to disable the post office's role in expanding voting.
SHARE Monday, May 25, 2020 Happy Memorial Day! Trump Screws Soldiers Again After Depriving National Guard Benefits
How much does Trump love the military? Let us count the ways. There was that time he bragged about accepting $1 billion from Saudi Arabia and South Korea in exchange for American military protection. Then there was that time he sent six groups of U.S. military veterans to lobby against a law the Saudi Arabian government opposed. Then he held a vet "charity" but forgot to deliver the money. Now it's the National Guard's turn.
SHARE Saturday, December 29, 2018 The DNC's New Rules For Grassroots Campaign Finance
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez announced recently that, in addition to standard polling rubrics required to join presidential primary debate, candidates will additionally be required to meet a "grassroots fundraising" criteria. More voters will have the chance to speak with their wallets as well as their votes.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2020 We Should Be Paying Attention to What's Going On In India and China
While the media diverted some attention away from reporting on the Black Lives Matter protests and the spike in coronavirus cases to focus on Donald Trump's underwhelming Tulsa, Okla. rally on Saturday, two nuclear superpowers on the other side of world were stepping closer to war for the first time in half a century.
SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Following Wisconsin's Lead, Kentucky Overturns Voter Suppression Veto
Wisconsin GOP lawmakers refused to advance vote-by-mail provisions that would prevent crowds from risking spreading contagion by reporting to the polls.
The Republican-majority United States Supreme Court sided with them.
Now at least seven have contracted the virus.
That was a green light for Republican states like Kentucky.
SHARE Friday, December 18, 2020 Comcast, Disney+, Netflix Set to Raise Rates at Height of the Pandemic
Just as Disney stocks hit an all-time high, the company plans on unveiling some new shows at a higher subscription rate.
Not to be outdone, one of the most profitable media monopolies, Comcast, providing millions the bandwidth necessary to stream media, is extending bandwidth usage fees.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 8, 2020 Fascism Alert: NY Judge Suspends Protesters' Habeas Corpus Rights
In March, the Justice Department (DOJ) considered using the COVID-19 outbreak to suspend constitutional habeas corpus (due process) rights.
Last week, New York State Supreme Court justice James Burke did just that, using the protests over police brutality to reject a petition intending immediate release of hundreds of protesters the New York Police Department had detained for over 24 hours.
SHARE Friday, January 25, 2019 Trump Hopes William Barr Keeps Him From Prison--As He Did For Bush
Donald Trump could have selected many right-wing ideologues to replace Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department. But he chose William Barr, who was instrumental in saving former president George H.W. Bush from prosecution in the Iran-Contra scandal. Could Trump be expecting Barr to work his mojo for him as well as Robert Mueller closes in?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 6, 2020 Little Green Men Descend on Peaceful Protests in the Nation's Capitol
An even greater threat to justice and safety than aggressive identifiable, uniformed officers are anonymous, unidentifiable vigilantes.
One of the characteristics of fascism is using law enforcement as an arm of the state to quell citizen's civil rights.
This week has been a tremendous step in that direction.
SHARE Monday, February 3, 2020 Ignoring Ratification, DOJ Circumvents Equal Rights Amendment
On January 15, Virginia became the required 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), legislation originally introduced in the 1920s, then passed the U.S. Senate and was sent to the states for ratification in 1972.
But the Trump Justice Department asserts "the ERA Resolution has expired and is no longer pending before the States."
SHARE Monday, January 21, 2019 Saudi Lobbyists Used U.S. Veterans As Pawns In Trump Hotel Scam
Lobbyists representing the Saudi Arabian government reserved 500 rooms at Trump's D.C. hotel within a month of the 2016 presidential election, for which they paid more than $270,000.
But the rooms weren't for them.
They were for six groups of U.S. military veterans sent to Washington to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed.
SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2020 The Trump Administration is Suing a Texas Orphanage to Build Its Wall
There is no level to which the Trump administration will not stoop to achieve its dystopic view of America.
There is no bottom.
Case in point: the administration is now suing an orphanage on the U.S.-Mexico border because it's on property needed for the racist border wall Donald Trump has been promising his supporters since he was a candidate.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2020 Need Another Reason To Vote Democratic? How About Social Security?
Let your Republican friends and relatives know what they risk when supporting a party that clearly has the oligarchs' interests ahead of their own.
All the racism, jingoism, capitalism, cultism, and Trumpism is a smokescreen for their true intentions: to make America a feudal society subservient to the ultra-wealthy.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 14, 2020 CBO Report Shows Medicare-for-All Costs Less Than Previously Thought
We have always been able to afford to provide every man, woman, and child born in this country healthcare as a human right.
Now a new report out of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week illustrates that, not only could we always afford it, but Medicare-for-All could cost even less than what the most ardent Medicare-for-All advocates propose.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 27, 2020 We Are Left Holding the Bag In New Emergency Relief Package--Again
The good news: House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve another $484 billion emergency relief package.
The bad news: Most of that amount--$310 billion--will be put toward replenishing the small business loan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
That means, once again--as expected--Americans whom the economic fallout from the coronavirus affects most are left with nothing but the price tag.
SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2020 MSNBC Attempts to Take Down Sanders With a 'Body-Language Expert'
In its desperate desire to portray Bernie a mendacious misogynist/Communist/utopian crackpot, it enlisted testimony from "international communications expert" and owner and president of the Body Language Institute to explain how Bernie was undoubtedly lying to Sen. Warren when he denied ever suggesting a woman is unable to be elected president.
SHARE Friday, May 24, 2019 How The GOP Tax Scam Treats Students Like Trust-Fund Kids
Thanks to an inconspicuous provision in the tax law, nearly 1.4 million low-income and middle-class college students and their families, and 15,000 graduate students, are now being taxed like trust-fund children, owing more on scholarship funds specifically intended for expenses like room and board.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren Vows To Breakup Anti-Competitive Mergers
If elected president next year, Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to choose regulators seeking to break up "anti-competitive mergers," like Facebook's recent purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp, Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods and Zappos, and Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and Waze.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2020 3,000 Coronavirus Deaths a Day By June--Let's Start Calling It Genocide
Internal projections "based on modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pulled together in chart form by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema)" indicate we are on pace to sacrifice 3,000 Americans a day to the coronavirus/COIV-19 by next month.
That's a 9/11 every day while Trump and his sycophants shrug their shoulders and chalk it up to the price of doing business.
SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2020 Thank You, Bernie--Again
Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee.
As he did four years ago, Bernie moved Biden to the left.
Now it is up to us to keep doing that.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 22, 2020 The Democratic Party Ignores Progressive Policies At Its Own Peril
For all the ways progressives have succeeded in moving Joe Biden further left, we are kidding ourselves if we think he's going to stay there if not met with relentless pressure.
We are also kidding ourselves if we believe disguising ourselves as Republicans dressed in Democrats' clothing is going to produce anything other than a Republican rout in 2022 and a President Tom Cotton or Donald Trump redux two years later.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Could The Media's Silence On Climate Change Finally Be Ending?
The corporate media's virtual silence on the most urgent crisis facing humanity has kept people in the dark for far too long.
But according to a CBS News poll, more than a quarter of Americans understand climate change's urgency and want to see immediate action to address it--despite the media's efforts to ignore it.
SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2019 Climate Change Threatens To Create 'Climate Apartheid'
International borders, economies, food and water supplies, health, education, transportation, energy sources, are all predicted to change with the climate as the planet warms faster than scientists predicted.
Another casualty we can add to the list: democracy.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 3, 2019 If He Doesn't Release His Taxes, Trump Might Not Be On The Ballot
One way to prevent Donald Trump from getting re-elected is to ensure he isn't on the ballot.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 25 states are considering legislation requiring presidential and vice-presidential candidates release their tax returns in order to appear on primary or general election ballots.
SHARE Monday, May 20, 2019 The GOP's Mad Dash to Reverse Roe vs. Wade Has Begun
Although reproductive rights have always been a political football since Roe v. Wade's signing, and there have been prognosticators that have predicted its demise before, we are hard-pressed to think of a time in recent memory when the religious right has been so emboldened and women's rights so threatened.
What country do they want America to be?
They want to "end" abortions (except for mostly white women of means).
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 12, 2020 Environmental Activists Celebrate NY's Divestment From Fossil Fuels
Responding to pressure from environmental groups, New York has become the first state to divest its massive public-pension fund from fossil-fuel companies.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Wednesday the Empire state will begin transitioning $226 billion to net-zero-emissions portfolios by 2040.
SHARE Monday, November 23, 2020 GAO Study Exposes How the Wealthiest Corporations Keep America Poor
If only average American taxpayers realized how much their hard-earned wages are being pumped into these companies despite record profits--and how little those companies pay in taxes--perhaps they would not fall for the lie they are peddled about "not being able to afford" Medicare-for-All, college-debt forgiveness, and fully funding Social Security.
SHARE Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Meet the New Senate Budget Committee Chair--Bernie Sanders
Something Republicans have feared since Paul Ryan was still Speaker of the House is the possibility of Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders assuming the role of Senate Budget Committee Chair.
Well, the next Senate Budget Committee Chair is none other than Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2018 Yes, A Sitting President Can Be Arrested--Look At What Happened to Grant
Many are asking these days whether a sitting president can be indicted. The truth is, no one knows for sure. But there was that one time back in 1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for speeding his horse-drawn carriage through downtown Washington, D.C. So here's to hoping.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2020 Will an ICE Fascist Factory Be Coming to a Town Near You?
An ICE civilian training facility in Chicago? Couple this with BORTAC, the Customs and Border Patrol's equivalent of a SWAT team, tasked with assisting ICE agents in routine immigration arrests, and state-sanctioned paramilitary forces roughing up people in the streets for daring to exercise their constitutional right to peaceably assemble to redress their grievances, and we've got the makings of a tin-pot police state.
SHARE Monday, June 1, 2020 To End Violence, We Must Excise Generations of Institutional Racism
While it is true most police officers are decent, honest, moral people dedicated to upholding the law and keeping peace, it is also true that some of those laws and practices they are upholding are racist and reactionary.
We will never see an end to police brutality until we address the systemic inequalities permeating a law enforcement system still operating as if it is enforcing slavery.
SHARE Monday, January 7, 2019 Senior Cabinet Officials Get a Raise While the Country Goes to Hell
While 800,000 Americans face potential financial ruin, the Vice President, the president's cabinet, and senior administration officials are receiving $10,000 raises. To be fair, this actually has more to do with former House Speaker Paul Ryan than Donald Trump, but the president's intransigence over the Southern border wall is not helping to improve the situation.
SHARE Wednesday, April 17, 2019 NY Vet Is Walking Across The Country For Fellow Veterans
That's how many veterans on average commit suicide in the United States every day.
It's also the number of miles Navy veteran Thomas Zurhellen plans to walk each day on a trek across the country from Portland, Ore. to Poughkeepsie, NY to raise awareness of veteran suicides and homelessness.
SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Fla. GOP Is Trying To Reverse Voters' Decision On Felon Voting Rights
Last week, the Republican-controlled Florida state senate voted along party lines on reform bill SB 7066 which would prohibit felons with restitution, fees, and fines from voting should the new Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, sign it.
This is yet another Jim Crow era-like tactic, akin to Reconstruction poll taxes, the GOP is hoping will siphon off possible Democratic votes.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 4, 2019 Majority Of Coal-fired Power Plants Guilty Of Poisoning Groundwater
According to an analysis from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), nine out of every 10 coal plants, three-quarters of all U.S. facilities with reportable data, claim groundwater is poisoned with at least one coal-ash pollutant; a majority report dangerous levels of at least four separate contaminants.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2019 The Lasting Damage The 2020 Census Citizenship Question Could Do
"Is this person a citizen of the United States?"
How will you answer this question when it's time to complete the 2020 census form?
How do you feel about being asked?
The United States Supreme Court is poised to provide responses to this seemingly innocuous question in a major case that could alter the country's political landscape for decades.
SHARE Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Refugees Under A Bridge--Our Latest National Shame
This week, we learn U.S. immigration officials are penning in hundreds behind chain-link razor wire fencing and forcing them to sleep on the ground in a temporary outdoor detention camp beneath the Paso Del Norte International Bridge linking Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Leader Of Vigilante Group That Detained Asylum Seekers Arrested, Attacked in Jail
Last week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused Hopkins' United Constitutional Patriots of being a fascist, white nationalist militia illegally detaining and kidnapping Central American asylum seekers.
On Tuesday, Larry Hopkins was attacked at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, NM.
SHARE Wednesday, February 27, 2019 A Salvadoran Transgender Woman Refused Asylum Has Been Murdered
Because of the Trump administration's draconian immigration policy, another Salvadoran transgender woman is dead.
31-year-old sex worker, Camila Díaz Córdova, applied for U.S. asylum in August 2017 due to death threats and extortion. Her request was denied.
She returned to her previous life in San Salvador, was kidnapped, beaten, and died in a hospital a few weeks ago, February 3.
SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2021 FBI Warns of Nationwide Armed Insurrections Next Week
According to an internal FBI bulletin, this final week of Trump's toxic presidency may be most violent, with armed demonstrations being planned for all 50 state capitols and "war" at the U.S. Capitol, extending through Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
SHARE Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Real America Gets COVID While the Other America Gets Tested
If the wealthy can afford private firefighters to protect their mansions and rapid COVID tests so they can throw wild bacchanals like Prince Prospero in Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Masque of the Red Death," more power to them.
But therein lies the problem.
SHARE Thursday, December 17, 2020 Connecticut Becomes the First State Requiring High School Diversity Studies
Last week Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-12 requiring high schools offer African-American, Black, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, beginning in 2022.
Studies spotlighting women, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indigenous cultures must also be incorporated.
But they will be.
Connecticut is taking that crucial step in the right direction.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2019 Refusing To Release His Tax Returns, Trump Violates Federal Law
No one has ever defied this explicit law before.
Trump obviously does not want us to see"what?
That he isn't as rich as he says he is?
That he's still deeply in debt?
That he owes money to entities with whom no honest person would even consider doing business?
His intransigence could be his underlings'--and his--undoing, ultimately.
SHARE Monday, April 29, 2019 Trump Admin. Torpedos UN Resolution Designed To Help Rape Victims
Rape survivors in war-torn countries will no longer receive reproductive health care.
And the United States is partly to blame.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council was forced to vote against a resolution that would assist rape victims after the U.S. threatened to veto any resolution that included references to reproductive health.