Work Harder, Work Longer!

  Massa Jeb has spoken. He says you aren’t working hard enough. He wants 4 percent annual growth, he says, and the way to achieve it is for you to work longer hours. So pull up your socks, workers! Tote that barge! Lift that bail! So what if you’re working two or three jobs to support your […]
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The Real Financial Crisis

  Scary things are happening in the world of international finance. Greece is broke. Computers that run the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal are mysteriously malfunctioning… Sounds bad, doesn’t it? But what you’re not seeing in the headlines is even scarier. China’s stock market has crashed. Yes, Communist China […]
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The Right to be Ugly

  This is the true face of today’s Republican Party. It is the face of Paul LePage, the widely loathed governor of Maine. You will read that he is an outlier, a Tea Party extremist, who belongs on the fringes of American politics. But I think there’s more to it than that. I think he […]
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What Makes Them Run?

Another day, another announcement that somebody is running for President. The list of candidates seems endless. I used to think only Republicans were susceptible to the call of the campaign trail, but now Democrats are getting into the act, too. And you know it’s often just an act. The vast majority of the candidates have […]
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Stop Avocado Abuse!

 Where is Donald Trump (above, left) when America needs him most? He is being strangely reticent in the guacamole debate raging on social media. The debate has attracted attention from Americans in all walks of life – including the President and candidates vying for his job. In case you’ve been spending the past week or so in […]
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Be Shocked! Be Entertained!

  Watching the news these days is a scary way for me to pass the time. Especially those all-news cable channels. Desperate for viewers, they are resorting to the kind of sensationalism that could bring on a stroke or a heart attack. The new CNN is a glaring example of this brand of “journalism.” Ever since Jeff […]
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Class Warfare? Yes!

  So you say you don’t believe in class warfare. Give Mr. Moneybags a break, you tell me. He worked hard for his millions – make that billions – and deserves to keep his hard-earned loot. After all, you, too, could get lucky, and when your ship comes in, you don’t want Uncle Sam dipping […]
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Hope, Change and Rage

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. As you can tell from the famous quotation above, Nicolo Machiavelli had it figured out back in the 15th century so Barack Obama must […]
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Evil in the Shadows

  You will have to forgive me for going on and on about the white supremacist terror threat. I suppose it’s not as appealing a topic as – say – female beauty. When I write about Serena Williams’ physical appearance, I get a flurry of comments; when I write about racism, I only hear from one […]
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Using “the N Word”

  I didn’t grow up in America and I cannot claim to fully appreciate the horror of that N word the President used recently in a TV interview. But in Jamaica, where I grew up, it’s certainly not acceptable. It’s ugly and insulting anywhere. Still, the President’s critics should take into consideration the context in which he used the word. […]
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