In a Phantasmagoria

  What are we to think when “evangelicals” find common ground with America’s libertine president? How are we to make sense of a world in which the self-righteous Southern Baptists rally behind a blackguard like Trump? I can vividly recall the Baptists of my youth. Cards and dice are the Devil’s device, they preached. They […]
Continue reading…

 

Vote Libertarian, Mitt!

  I never thought much of Mitt Romney’s intelligence, so it shouldn’t surprise me that he’s rummaging through the Republican primary castoffs to find a “third-party candidate” to foil Donald Trump. But even Mitt should be smarter than that. The obvious choice in this election for people like Mitt, who can’t stand Trump but would never […]
Continue reading…

 

Here Comes the Clown Car

  Can you picture Ted Cruz in the White house? Marco Rubio? Ben Carson? Rand Paul?  Bobby Jindal? I can’t. What about scandal-plagued Chris Christie? Or the unctuous bumpkin, Mike Huckabee? Or that Koch Brothers lackey, Scott Walker? And Rick Perry – again? Is this a joke? Crazy Cruz couldn’t win a presidential election in some […]
Continue reading…

 

Social Security Under Attack

Ever since FDR introduced Social Security more than 80 years ago (photo above), Republicans have fought savagely to repeal it. Now, with a majority in the Senate as well as the House, they are finally poised to cause some serious damage to the program. The new chairman of the House Budget Committee, Georgia Republican Tom Price, revealed his party’s […]
Continue reading…

 

The Showdown of 2016

I’m nervous about making predictions for November’s mid-term elections. But I wouldn’t hesitate to say who I think will win the presidency in 2016. After all, November is close enough for you to remember my forecast, while 2016 isn’t. Not that anyone is asking for my picks. But why not? I’ll tell you what I […]
Continue reading…

 

In a Dumb World, Brilliant Invention Dazzles Me

You read about the incredibly stupid utterances of demagogues like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, about the “expert” who says homosexuals are preordained to go to Hell, about the clumsy power seekers in places like the Ukraine, and you might think the world is getting dumber and dumber. And then you read about inventions like […]
Continue reading…

 

How Can Anyone Oppose Extending Jobless Benefits?

It doesn’t look as if the US Senate is going to approve Jack Reed’s bill to extend those expired unemployment benefits, and even if the bill does squeak through the Senate, I doubt it will win approval in the House. Can you believe it? There are more than a million families out there who suddenly […]
Continue reading…

 

A Duel, Rand Paul? Really?

You might think Rand Paul was joking when he told a TV interviewer he would like to fight a duel with the journalists who caught him plagiarizing. He seemed especially eager to get it on with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who has been having fun with his filching of Wikipedia text and other internet material for […]
Continue reading…

 

Crazies Threaten Government Shutdown. Again.

I don’t often agree with John McCain. But when he calls Ted Cruz and Rand Paul “wacko-birds,” I won’t argue with him. He might have added Utah senator Mike Lee to the flock. And Florida’s Marco Rubio. And all the other crazies in Congress who are threatening to shut down the government. Once again, for […]
Continue reading…

 

Paul and Cruz Make Christie Look Reasonable

To most Americans, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are foaming-at-the-mouth fanatics far beyond the sphere of reason. To the media they are precious audience builders. A lot of TV viewers tune in to gasp at their outrageous ideas. That’s probably why you’re hearing so much about this awful pair’s chances in the 2016 presidential race. […]
Continue reading…