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Entries from December 30th, 2009

More on…Project for a Ruined American Century

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on More on…Project for a Ruined American Century · International affairs, Politics

We have come to the end of December 2009. We recently completed a year in which a former political administration, the Republican Bush Administration, did its best to ruin our country. And, as you will see, men portraying themselves as patriots were everything but patriots. We are talking about the Project for the New American […]

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The Myth of the American Political Center

December 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Myth of the American Political Center · Health Care, Media, Politics

Because of the intensity of the debate on health care reform, and the Republican ideological war on the middle class, we are now hearing much talk about the “American Center,” the supposedly independent political middle. The fact is that there is no political middle, polls notwithstanding. The only poll that matters, politicians will tell you […]

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Over Neoconservative Obstruction and Health Care Lobbying, Health Reform Passes.

December 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Over Neoconservative Obstruction and Health Care Lobbying, Health Reform Passes. · Health Care, Politics

Right to the end, the Neoconservative Obstructionists in the Senate fought their hardest for the health insurance industry, trying to get every benefit they could and putting pressure on all Democratic Senators with any political vulnerability. They fired salvo after salvo at health care reform. They said that the American People were basically ungrateful to […]

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Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham and Petty Piddling While Rome Burns

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham and Petty Piddling While Rome Burns · Health Care, Politics

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina likes to parade himself as a man who would consider options and act in a bi-partisan manner. He made a big show of voting for an impeccable Supreme Court Candidate, Judge Sonya Sotomayor, a woman of almost unparalleled accomplishment. Big deal. Most over-the-road truckers I know would have made […]

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Before Neocons Call People “Nazis” They Should Look in the Mirror.

December 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Before Neocons Call People “Nazis” They Should Look in the Mirror. · Health Care, Media, Politics

Shame on the Neoconservatives, as they call themselves. They want to be called “Republicans.” But we can’t really call them Republicans, can we? They are not traditional Republicans. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were more or less traditional Republicans. Neoconservatives are more like the old Dixiecrats. In fact the manic racist Strom Thurmond […]

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Fools, Damned Fools, Morons…and Sean Hannity

December 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on Fools, Damned Fools, Morons…and Sean Hannity · Media, Politics

There are a number of so-called commentators who are paid enormous sums to distort the truth on Fox News Channel in order to persuade poor and middle class people to vote against their own best interests. Sean Hannity is perhaps foremost among those. If you tell a sophisticated New Yorker that Sean Hannity is basically […]

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Lessons for the “Tea Baggers” on the Bush Recession and Republican Aid to the Rich

December 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Lessons for the “Tea Baggers” on the Bush Recession and Republican Aid to the Rich · Economics, International affairs, Politics

In November of 2008, while Barack Obama was winning an election, George W. Bush was already planning his exit. In addition to the two wars he was leaving us, the Bush Administration was preparing a surprise, a giant drop in the economy. Republicans in Wall Street had engineered speculative financial instruments based on derivatives tied […]

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EXXON or Cap-and-trade? Higher-Gas Prices or a Million New Jobs?

December 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on EXXON or Cap-and-trade? Higher-Gas Prices or a Million New Jobs? · Economics, Energy, Politics

EXXON Oil Corporation has very profitable sales of about $1 billion per day. It also spends more than any other corporation trying to prevent alternative energy. The excess profits you pay in gas prices…buys all the latest alternative technology. They’re hedging their bets. They want gasoline at exorbitant prices and then they want to own […]

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A Plan for Jobs and Ending the Recession

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Plan for Jobs and Ending the Recession · Economics, Jobs, Politics

There has been talk recently–finally–about creating jobs. The talk has been about using some of the TARP money to create jobs in various sectors. As a reminder, the TARP funds were those funds used from the Treasury to shore up certain banks and other investment firms plus AIG, which was ostensibly the only insurance firm. […]

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Down to the Wire on Health Care Reform

December 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on Down to the Wire on Health Care Reform · Health Care, Politics

Americans used to be winners. Now we are losers. The current crop of middle-aged Americans are so far from reality that it almost makes a grown man…of which there are fewer and fewer…cry. We started out a year ago electing a man as President who said that he would initiate the process of creating a […]

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The King of the Pretend Populists

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on The King of the Pretend Populists · Politics

Steve King is a populist. In his own mind. He is a member of the House of Representative from Northern Iowa, an area of the country apparently so devoid of intelligent human beings that they have voted more than once for a man who, among other very interesting things, has not only voted in favor […]

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What Campaign Finance Reform Means for Jobs.

December 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on What Campaign Finance Reform Means for Jobs. · Economics, General, Politics

The 2008 election for all federal offices cost over $5 billion. The campaign finance for President alone cost over $1 billion. The election funding for the Presidential campaign and the election campaign funding for Congress are out of control. Those numbers alone should tell us what we need to do. We need to stop allowing […]

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How About This: Reform or Die!

December 4th, 2009 · Comments Off on How About This: Reform or Die! · General, Health Care, Politics

Of course, we’re all going to die some day anyway. But health care reform and Republican, that is Neoconservative Obstructionist, opposition, have a lot to do with how soon we’ll die. And what about the death knell for the private health insurance lobby? The appearance of the grim reaper has sent the health insurance business […]

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Dick and Junior Go to War

December 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Dick and Junior Go to War · International affairs, Politics

This will be short. There is not much to say that is not obvious to anyone with a brain. In 2001 we were attacked by Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization headquartered in Afghanistan and supported by the tribes that encompass the Taliban, a severely strict and radical Muslim group that was in power in much […]

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