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 […]
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When Looters are in Charge

I wonder if all those Americans who put Trump and his minions in charge of the country feel some sense of guilt? Do they now regret their spitefulness? So they tipped over the apple cart. They showed those elitist snobs who were looking down their noses at them. Are they sorry now? Now that their […]
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The Path of Austerity is Downhill all the Way

You might look at the national debt, snowballing by the second as interest piles up, and wonder why any government would consider running a deficit. Surely, that’s reckless, you might think. By adding more debt you add more interest, and interest on the interest… and on and on. But you should think it through before […]
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“Jackass Say the Worl’ No Level”

In Jamaica even the donkeys know the truth. As the old saying in the headline above reminds us, there’s no justice.  There was no justice under the British colonial system, and I bet there’s no justice there today. In America, where I live now, the idea that justice could prevail is ludicrous. This is a […]
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Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Ending “Free Trade”?

As dueling deficit reduction plans compete for victory in Congress, I am left wondering why the real source of the hemorrhage in America’s economy is being ignored. Surely, anyone can see that the root cause of the country’s problems is “free trade”? It’s the free traders who opened the door to let America’s jobs pour […]
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Put it all Together and You Get a Really Scary Picture

The media give us the “news” in unrelated smidgins like the blind men in the fable reporting their separate encounters with the elephant. And the bits and pieces are scary enough. But if you stand back, waaaay back, and try to see the picture as a whole, the best that we can hope for is […]
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The Curious Logic of Tea Party Economics

Of course I know that all Tea Party folks don’t think alike. I realize that the movement is basically a marriage of opposites – people who want to tell others how to run their lives and people who want to be left alone. But a common theme is emerging that illustrates the sorry level of […]
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Getting to the Heart of the Matter Takes Guts

There’s a lot of hot air floating around these days as politicians and pundits address the theme du jour – America’s mountainous debt. When I sort it all out, the message I’m getting is that Americans must give up the social programs they’ve earned over the years because Uncle Sam can no longer afford to […]
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Why is President Obama Courting the Right?

President Obama is nobody’s fool, so he must have a good reason for wooing America’s conservatives. But I can’t figure out what it could be. He went cap in hand to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobbying arm of the world’s most powerful corporations, making conciliatory sounds and smiling his pretty smile. Then he […]
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It’s Happening in Britain; Will it Happen in America?

If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know that I’ve been wondering why the American left has been so passive while the right has been so rambunctious. Where are the “progressive” demonstrators? Surely, they have as much to yell about as the conservatives (or more)? And I think I know the answer: They haven’t been […]
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