Campaign Against Social Security is Under Way

Score another victory for the right-wing PR machine. This morning’s headline in our local newspaper screamed that America’s Social Security fund is now “cash negative.” The story came from the Washington Post, which used to be a reliable newspaper, and I am sure it was reproduced on front pages across the nation. The story was, […]
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Is “Freedom” as Ugly as it Looks in America Today?

As far as I know, America is the only country with a constitution that protects ugly behavior.  I am thinking about the broad tolerance provided for despicable remarks and the reckless permission to “bear arms.” I could muse in vain all day and not come up with a sensible definition of “freedom.” For starters, does […]
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How Propagandists Exploit the Media’s Weakness

I spent nearly all of my working life in newsrooms – in Jamaica, Haiti, Canada and the United States. And I know how susceptible reporters can be to cunning manipulators. We are only human after all, and sometimes we just aren’t that bright. But I’ve never seen anything like this! As traditional journalism fades, the […]
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The President who “Loved Not Wisely but Too Well”

My brother Bill emailed me a link to this photo of President Obama with the comment, “Now that’s the picture of a caring person.” And it got me thinking about the human side of this beleaguered president. Historians may write of him – as Shakespeare wrote of Othello – that he “loved not wisely but […]
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Obama is Fighting to Save America from Looters

In my opinion, President Obama has been too forbearing for too long. He has responded to the most vicious personal attacks by seeking to find some shred of agreement with his critics. Now, apparently he has awakened to the realization that nothing he says or does will placate his persecutors. And he is hitting back. […]
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Finance Czars Hold Our Future in Their Hands

You probably haven’t heard much about it, but our future will be shaped for better or worse at a meeting on November 3 and 4 in Cannes.  At this meeting, the top 20 powers will discuss the world’s financial problems and decide what to do about them. They will have lots of suggestions. One suggestion […]
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“Democracy” is on the Brink of Failing America

In a misinformed, disinformed, divided nation, “democracy” seems pitiably inadequate. Folks around here – almost all of them – blame President Obama for the economy’s troubles and they give him no credit for his foreign policy successes. And the national polls reflect the injustice being done to the president’s record. Much of the blame for […]
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The Puzzling Logic of America’s Debate on Taxes

I don’t hear anyone claiming that there is no need for taxes. Everyone agrees that countries must have revenue. Someone has to pay for the roads and schools and so on. But nobody likes the idea of paying taxes. This paradox is at the heart of America’s current debate over taxes. Republicans argue that if […]
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It Looks Like “Illuminati” Run the World After All

You may have heard the conspiracy theory. It goes something like this: A small group of very rich people get together every so often and decide what’s going to happen in the global economy. Not only that but they decide whether nations go to war against each other and so on. These powerful folks are […]
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Why the Rich Want to Ensure Poverty in America

Back  in Jamaica, when the island was emerging from colonial status to independence, I often heard well-off Jamaicans complaining that they couldn’t “get good help these days.” “Good help” included maids, cooks, yard boys and chauffeurs. And the colonial ruling class depended on them to maintain their relatively luxurious lifestyle. As the society evolved, politicians […]
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