Americans Can Be Thankful Obama Was Elected and Not McCain

Tomorrow, those of us who live in America reflect on our good fortune in a world ravaged by hunger and pain. There is so much to be thankful for in America. Yes, I know the economy is in dire distress. Yes, I know millions of Americans are out of work, that whole industries are teetering […]
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Globalization Helps the Rich Get Richer and Punishes Workers

In a lecture in New Kingston recently, Prof. Gerald Lalor of the University of the West Indies at Mona (photo at right), quoted a recent report by the Population Reference Bureau that showed a widening chasm between rich and poor in the world. At the same time in Paris, a 30-nation study by the Organization […]
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It’s Amazing How Quickly the Bush Gang Finds Money for Banks

The Bush Administration can’t find funds to help struggling homeowners, bail out the auto industry, or prop up credit starved small businesses. But can those guys ever find the money when one of the big banks needs it! Evidently working over the weekend to help their banking buddies, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and […]
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Free Trade Frenzy Leaves Me Wondering What’s Really Going On

I am puzzled by the urgency of President Bush’s appeals to Congress to approve a flurry of free-trade agreements. I know somebody must benefit from the pacts, but who? Certainly not the United States of America! I realize that when we let foreign products into America without charging tariffs, American shoppers save a few dollars. […]
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Credit Rating Agencies May Take the Fall But Who Else is to Blame?

It looks as if the three major agencies that rate Wall Street securities will wind up taking the fall for the wise guys who bilked investors of trillions through phony mortgage-based bonds. The agencies face massive litigation – even their own shareholders are suing them – and law enforcement officials are investigating them. On PBS […]
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Democrats Control Government, But What’s a Democrat, Anyway?

Some of us look for the letter D next to the names of candidates when we vote. We vote for those candidates because we think we know what that D means. I know it means the candidate is a Democrat. And I was confident that I knew what a Democrat stands for. But it recently […]
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What a Difference Three Months Make! Who Wants to Drill Now?

It was Aug. 18, just three months ago, and then-presidential candidate John McCain stood on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico (photo below) and proclaimed: Americans across our country are hurting, as we all know, because of the cost of energy. Gas prices are through the roof. Energy costs have seeped into our […]
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Unity Sounds Great But It’s Not Wise to Clasp Vipers to Your Breast

I know Barack Obama promised to run the United States of America if he became President.  But making overtures to John McCain and embracing Joe Lieberman are way over the top. I was taught to stay away from venomous snakes, and Obama is getting much too close to wounded vipers who will strike at him […]
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Letting U.S. Auto Industry Collapse Would Be a Crime

It would be a crime to let the American auto industry fail, and any politicians responsible for such a disaster should be impeached. I’ve heard a lot of moaning and groaning from Republicans who want the car makers to declare bankruptcy, and it is inconceivable to me that a pack of pampered “fat cats” would […]
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