Deep Divisions Behind Shutdown

Who benefits if – as seems certain – the federal government is forced to lock its doors tomorrow? Not the Republicans, certainly. The latest polls show the public is more likely to blame them than the Democrats. So will the Democrats benefit? Not much. Voters are complicated. It is no sure bet that they will […]
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GOP Resorts to Extortion

America spent about $2 billion on last year’s presidential election, but it might have been a waste of money. If the Tea Party extortionists get their way, the choice voters made would be thrown out the window. In a take-it-or-leave-it offer, Republicans who control the House of Representatives are demanding the country accept the platform […]
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Group Should be Liable for Giving Away Guns

Residents of a quiet Orlando neighborhood were startled recently when the area was flooded by fliers offering them free shotguns. But the group distributing the shotguns – the Armed Citizens Project of Florida – reports that “hundreds” of residents┬ásaid yes to the offer. I live in Florida so I’m accustomed to bizarre behavior, but even […]
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Obamacare is Not the Real Target

The Tea Party’s all-out attack on Obamacare is a means to an end. Even┬áthe dumbest right-winger in Congress knows that the health care reform law is going into effect whether Congress votes to fund it or not. It is the law of the land, and not subject to “defunding” by Congress. But the assault on […]
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The Heresy of Gratitude to the Rich – for Being Rich

I watched a documentary on TV recently that left me feeling sorry for the rich. It traced the sad saga of the Rockefellers, one of history’s most successful families – in terms of money. It was a depressing tale of misunderstood morality and ruthless acquisitiveness. Not only did their money not bring happiness, it apparently […]
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“Liberal” Press Shows its True Colors

For years, conservatives have complained that the American media are “liberal,” and “spin” the news to make them look bad. They have besieged the media with their complaints, demanding that their “facts” be given equal time with the media’s “facts.” I don’t know whether the American media were ever “liberal,” but I know they’re not […]
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Miss America Choice Sparks Racist Rage

I confess that I am ambivalent about beauty contests. I know in my brain that these events promote a shallow, sexist view of womanhood, and I should be ashamed of myself for admiring the contestants. But in my heart, I keep hearing the line from Irving Berlin’s song that compares “a pretty girl” to “a […]
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The Awesome Power of Peaceful Negotiation

I just signed a card being circulated by a group that wants to show United Nations peacekeepers how grateful the world is for their service. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to sign it. It seems to me that the United Nations and its peacekeepers are among the best things in the world today. […]
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Pope Francis Delivers a Timely Message

I am not a Roman Catholic. My mother became a Catholic after she married my stepfather, and she was very devout. But as a child our family was Anglican. Two of my father’s uncles were Anglican clergymen in Jamaica, and I can still recall the sedate services at Stanmore Anglican Church with Parson Emmanuel delivering […]
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Americans Will Not Let Children Starve

The Republican crusade against food stamps is just another silly game designed to show how tough they are. Like so many of the bills spewed forth by the House of Representatives recently, the proposed legislation to slash nearly $4 billion a year from the federal food stamp budget is sheer theater. If the bill passes […]
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