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What’s in a Name? Republicans Are Now the Neoconservative Obstructionist Party

October 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on What’s in a Name? Republicans Are Now the Neoconservative Obstructionist Party · General, Health Care, Media, Politics

Shakespeare and the current Republican Party do not exactly fit within the same imagery. We do not see Sarah Palin quoting Shakespeare,  something that might not surprise us to hear from either the President or the Vice President. The point is that we have long, long since reduced our  expectations of erudition or even fiscally […]

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Tax the Rich.

October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Tax the Rich. · Economics, Politics

It is about time that we begin to attack the problem of our inadequate national revenues. We have not had sufficient revenues to balance the budget since before Ronald Reagan. After Ronald Reagan’s cutting the tax rates of the top income brackets by 50% and quadrupling the military budget in the early 1980s, we have […]

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Turncoat Lieberman, Bought By Health Insurance Companies

October 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Turncoat Lieberman, Bought By Health Insurance Companies · Health Care, Politics

The clear message is that Senator Joseph Lieberman, like Duke Cunningham and others, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, has now taken his former respected status and sold his character and reputation to the highest bidder. In Lieberman’s case, his reputation was earned as a supporter in his early career of issues such as civil […]

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The Public Plan and Private Profit

October 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Public Plan and Private Profit · Economics, Health Care

Sometimes we can become so involved with our own expertise that we can calculate ourselves out the door, down the street and into a trash bin. To use one example, why did we not see that President Bush and Vice President Cheney…which it seems now so crystal clear…had ulterior motives for attacking the country of […]

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Jobs, Wind, Solar, Natural Gas, Kerry, Boxer, Carbon and the Obstructionists

October 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Jobs, Wind, Solar, Natural Gas, Kerry, Boxer, Carbon and the Obstructionists · Economics, jobs, Politics, Science & Technology

We need jobs and we need them soon. We have about 15.1 million people unemployed, with jobs falling now at the (slowing) rate of about 200,000 per month. That’s almost one out of ten people unemployed and more than that if you consider those who would like full-time employment but have been in part-time employment […]

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

October 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way! · Health Care, Politics

How long must we put up with this indecisive attitude on the part of Congress? Whom do they work for anyway–health care lobbyists? It is time we told Congress that we want the health care insurance industry to stop fighting the public option. It is time we told some Senators and Congress members to stop […]

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The Big Lie

October 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on The Big Lie · Economics, Politics

The Big Lie. We know what that is…the concept, that is. It is not a new concept. It is the idea that if you tell a big enough lie and tell it often enough people will begin to believe it. But it has been revived in the last 30 years.The idea that, for example, you […]

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Reality, Dreams and Politics

October 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Culture, Media, Politics

Every day we live our lives, most of us, in stark reality. Some of us may say: What? Stark reality? Few of us think of “reality” as being stark or even thinking of our daily lives as being reality. We live in an atmosphere that is a visual and audible perception of events, a parade […]

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Mobs, Revolutions, Moral Majorities and Totalitarian Governments

October 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on Mobs, Revolutions, Moral Majorities and Totalitarian Governments · Culture, Health Care, Politics

There is a lot to be said for civic activism. The Civil Rights movement, addressing a leftover 19th Century attitude towards African-Americans called segregation, was a wonderful example of the dedication of a huge number of individuals who banded together to do the right thing. It is always the right thing that seems to succeed […]

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There are Lies…Damned Lies…And Then There Is Fox News!

October 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on There are Lies…Damned Lies…And Then There Is Fox News! · Media, Politics

Rupert Murdoch is not a likable man. He deals in…is mired in…sleaze media. But like the operator of any profitable strip club, he knows his business. From a sleaze-business operator’s standpoint, he is both successful and from the purely business point of view–the abstract point of view–he could be said to elicit some appreciation for […]

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Another Cheney…Another Wave of “Terror?”

October 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Another Cheney…Another Wave of “Terror?” · Politics

Danger! Deep, dark, debilitating, fear! Fear of death, fear of  assassins, bombs, explosions, knives, men in black masks, hiding…waiting! Anarchy and people murdered in their sleep! No it’s not Shakespeare or Edgar Allen Poe. It’s Dick Cheney. That is what Dick Cheney was selling and a lot of people bought it. We must invade Iraq, […]

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The Economy, the Stimulus and Coming Out of the Recession

October 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Economy, the Stimulus and Coming Out of the Recession · Economics, Politics

Economists like to say that the current recession began in December of 2007. But things had not been going well for the average American for some time before that. The recession only made things worse for the average American household. Long before the recession began, things had been in a gradual decline for the average […]

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Free Enterprise Is the Province of All Americans, Neo-Conservatives and Liberals.

October 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Culture, Economics, Politics

The United States of America is the land of free enterprise. We base all our political and many of our personal decisions on that simple premise. We refer to the United States as the Land of Opportunity. The question we must ask is this: Is it true? As you might expect, it is not as […]

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Why Republicans Are Terrified of ACORN.

October 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Why Republicans Are Terrified of ACORN. · Politics

Do you think that the attacks on ACORN are some kind of recent phenomenon? Do you think that the successful Republican technique of sending in James O’Keefe, a film maker and a couple of scuzzies to pretend to be prostitutes looking for a place to set up was the best Republican effort? Yes, it did […]

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Health Care Reform: Can’t Sit It Out. You Must Get Involved.

October 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Health Care Reform: Can’t Sit It Out. You Must Get Involved. · Health Care, Politics

Let’s talk about the health insurance companies. They make a lot of money. And they say that most of their customers are happy with their health care insurance. If so, those must be the customers who have either never had a serious illness or injury or those who have had such an experience and the […]

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