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(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 3, 2018 Trump might be leading the US to another meltdown
The idea of working people making more money, and themselves, perhaps less, has zero appeal. The only thing left to do is change the rules. They know perfectly well they can enrich themselves selling rubbish. If they bring the house down, someone else will pay the cost. Hence, they push for deregulation which eventually will bring down the financial sector, as has happened before.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 15, 2008 Crash Course In Economics
watching the economic news is like being in a car that is sliding on ice, where time seems to slow down as you watch the crash happen-- time slowed while we slid forward and sideways, heading onto the shoulder, then past it "-. it seemed as if we had all the time in the world, yet there was nothing we could do to get off the ice, alter the trajectory, slow down "- nothing "- until we crashed.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 5, 2010 Weird Tax Myths
MYTH #1: Tax cuts create jobs. Tax increases cost jobs.
All Republican politicians, and many Democratic ones as well, make the claim that tax increases will prevent small business people from hiring. Indeed, it may force them to fire people.
Alright, we expect politicians to say loony things. But we have a right to expect reporters to break out in hysterical laughter, economists to... to say how ridiculous that is...
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 6, 2008 The Fall of a Free Market Prophet
Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan are "Objectivists" whose ideas have failed colosally, even by Greenspan's own admission.
(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Neither Bolton, nor Trump is the real problem
Bad as Bolton is, he is not the problem. Bad as Donald Trump, who brought him back, is, he's not the problem. The problem is "them" -- Republicans. Self-designated conservatives.
SHARE Thursday, April 5, 2007 Ah, Alberto Gonzales
About a year from now pundits and instant historians will point back at the firing of the federal prosecutors and say, 'That's where the impeachment began.'I'm glad that it began with, or at least around, Alberto.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2008 THE NEW KNOW NOTHINGS
It was Jesus Christ, if Matthew is to be believed, who said, "Love thine enemy." It is in that spirit that I write this belated valentine to Sarah Palin.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2019 Drugs, guns, and despair: How America is killing Americans
American life expectancy has declined. There's no foreign invasion. No war within its borders. No one to blame but ourselves. How then, is America killing Americans? Most reports point to three things: drugs and alcohol, guns, and despair.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2018 Trump's trials and tribulations in 2019
In the last two years, the Republican majority has prevented any real investigations of Trump in Congress. In January, however, they'll be reduced to an impotent minority that can only whine and moan. Trump will do his best to hide behind the theory that a sitting president cannot be indicted. That will be challenged. Mueller, and everyone else, is moving up the chain.
SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Weird Tax Myths #2 -" Recessions, Depressens & Tax Policy
Tax hikes end depressions & recessions by stimulating the economy. Tax cuts cause crashes & lower the GDP rate of increase. The right wing passion for tax cuts is a bought & paid for propaganda service. If we fail to put in place sane tax policies we are heading for another crash.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 5, 2011 It's time to end this silly farce of Labor Day.
It's time to end this silly farce of Labor Day.
No one celebrates labor.
I mean no one. A few months back I suggested to Arianna Huffington that Huffington Post have a Labor section. They have business -- as do all major publications -- style, black, latino, green, religion, good news, travel, weird news, comedy, celebrity, parents -- but not labor. They have recipes, home, do it yourself, body, spirit, and...
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 5, 2011 The Last Weiner
This needs to be solved, this needs a real fix.
We need a new combination, we need a new mix
to save the world from men getting their kicks,
and the news media full of nothing but pricks.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 2, 2008 The Road to Esfahan
This insightful article discusses very clearly why an assault on Iran by the Bush/Cheney regime will be a disaster of epic proportions.
As one can gather upon reading, it is obvious that Iran is a country we need to be talking to, not threatening with destruction.
SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2007 The Sex Life Of Presidents
It's time for a national debate on the sex lives of presidents. Put it on the table, get it out in the open, talk about what we're talking about. When we elect a president, are we looking for someone to lead the national monogamy crusade?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 28, 2008 The Myths and Harsh Effects of Bush's Economic Class War
George Bush came into office. There was a recession almost immediately. Officially it began in March of 2001 and, officially, it ended eight months later.
The causes of that recession are vague and amorphous, generally credited to the "business cycle."
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Victory! For Bush!
In the past few months, against all odds, Bush has scored two incredible victories in Iraq.
They are, of course, over his favorite enemies, the media and the American public.
Now, at last, the enemy in Iraq is being called Al Qaeda!
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2007 Coming Out of the Republican Closet; Queer for Segregation
One of the pillars of the contemporary Republican Party has been racism.
They have made great efforts to mask it with euphemisms so that they can use code words to let anti-black voters know what side they're on and at the same time piously deny that they are being racist.
Their code words have been that they are for 'states rights,' 'law and order,' 'welfare reform,' and against 'affirmative action,' 'quotas..."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Stupidity, Ignorance, Lies, Myths, Panic and Fear
Bush went to Vietnam. Asked how that war compared to this war, he answered, "We'll succeed unless we quit."
The failure to get serious about the history of the Vietnam war is part of what permits idiocies like this war.
The great myth, clearly the myth that George Bush believes, is that the US lost the Vietnam war because liberals, Hollywood actresses, hippies and CBS News subverted our will to fight. That's not true.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2009 Time for Tax Hikes
US economic growth has been strongest when our taxes have been high. During World War II, then under Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, our upper marginal tax rates were between 88-92%. Read those numbers again. They are astonishingly high. Those were our strongest growth years.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2007 Profiles in Cowardice
I called Senator Hillary Clinton's office to ask how she was going to vote on the Iraq supplemental appropriations bill without benchmarks. The staffer at the other end of the line said was studying the bill.
The rest of the conversation went like this, and I swear on my parents' graves that it's true.
Q: She voted for the war and now she doesn't want to vote to get out of it?
Clinton's Staffer: Yes.
SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2007 Failure Is Not An Option
Failure is not an option. It's standard! On every policy we make!
Name a policy, and it's got failure! Guaranteed! Or your government back!
SHARE Sunday, September 23, 2007 Iraq Cost Benefit Analysis
The War in Iraq has cost about $453,000,000,000 (four hundred and fifty-three billion dollars) to date.
That's pretty hard to grasp. Especially on my income and probably on yours. Let's bring that home and make it a little more understandable.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 30, 2006 2007-- Year of Madness
my guess is that 2007 will not be a time of renewal and restoration. It will be a time of conflict, in-fighting and meanness. Of madness.
SHARE Friday, June 23, 2006 Give George Bush His War
George Bush wants the war. He wants it to be his issue.
Yes. Yes, please, let him have it. Let it be all his.
The position to take is that it's not America's war at all. The issue is that it's George Bush's war. His own, personal, private obsession.
So much so that he was scheming and plotting for years, even before 9/11, to have that war.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 6, 2007 The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney, in the Republican presidential candidates debate last night, said that the reason we went to war in Iraq was that Saddam Hussein would not let weapons inspectors in.
That's right up there with Gerald Ford's gaffe, saying that "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe."
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009 An Ode to Spring (of Banks We Sing)
Lo, yon derivative swaps have taken wing.
'Tis an ode to spring. 'Tis of banks we sing.
Oh so recently, richly, wildly over-inflated,
their lending rooms are now tightly constipated.
But, "O Goldman," and also "O Sachs,"
know that the government has your backs,
we'll restore your riches with an extra tax
as you lobby to be sure regulations stay lax.
SHARE Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Federal Confidential
Scooter Libby has revealed that the only difference between Top Secret and something it would be good for the public to know can be one man's whim.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 1, 2006 Treason! At the NY Times!
The reality people are, frankly, flummoxed. They we are just catching up to the idea that the people who are running the country live in fantasyland.
SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2007 War Dispatches from the War On Stupidity
The strategy for Iraq is still: "We'll stand down, when they stand up!"
Why can't they stand up?
For starters, we dismantled their army, their police, and their government.
SHARE Tuesday, November 28, 2006 The Blame Industry
The Republican blame industry will, when the Iraq war's over, attempt to blame Democrats, liberals, cosmopolitans, the media and intellectuals. They will say the military was stabbed in the back, not allowed to win, fought with their hands tied, and would have won except that the media undermined them.
SHARE Sunday, June 4, 2006 Foaming Republicans
Todays Republican Party is a stool that rests on three legs of fear: fear of foreigners, fear of dark people and fear of sex.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 16, 2007 A secret dispatch from the war on stupidity
The Senate is about to pass an intelligence bill that calls for spending $45,000,000,000,000 (forty-five billion dollars) a year not just once, year after year on intelligence.
Bush is threatening to veto it because it has provisions that might let congress know what they're getting for $45,000,000,000,000 a year. He feels that only he should know.
It's time to seriously rethink this whole 'intelligence' thing.
SHARE Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Larry Beinhart: An Impossible Dream
The other day, at poker-- one of the players brought along a flimsy John Tasini flyer. Tasini is running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the Senate.
Over the course of a couple of hands so dead that I folded before the first round of betting, I read the piece. I was shocked. Deeply shocked. Tasini was taking clear, sensible positions. And he was taking them in clear, straightforward language.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 23, 2008 READY ON DAY ONE!!!
In order to be READY ON DAY ONE, as both Hillary Clinton and John McCain claim they will be, you have to be ready a long time before that. You have to come in with a plan. You have to come with a good organization. You have to understand the issues and problems and have some ideas of how to deal with them. OBAMA is the only candidate who will be READY ON DAY ONE, as he is the only one dealing in reality.