Shredding the Safety Net

  Bernie Sanders (and others) are sounding the alarm. They see the Republican tax “reform” as the first step in attacking the social safety net. Here’s how it works. First, Congress gives the rich and corporations a massive tax cut that sends the national deficit soaring into the trillions. Then they use the deficit as a pretext […]
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A Hidden Tax Increase

  While Trump and his minions call it the biggest tax cut in history, the budget proposal Republicans are railroading through Congress actually includes at least one hidden tax increase. The proposed federal budget would eliminate deduction of local and state taxes from an individual’s taxable income, a big penalty to struggling middle-class families. Of course, the proposal would […]
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Telling the Sad Truth at Last

  You can disregard all of those economic goodies Donald Trump promised previously. He finally told the truth on Monday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. And it turns out he doesn’t have a magic wand, after all. What he has is the same old recipe for disaster Republicans have been touting for generations. And it’s pretty much the […]
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When They Insist That Your Eyes Are Deceiving You

When we lived in Bull Savannah, Renel, the yard boy, (do they still have yard boys in Jamaica?) used to play his guitar in the twilight and sing for us children. One of his favorites went something like this: One Saturday night when I come home, drunk as drunk can be, I saw a horse […]
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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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If You Believe These Myths, I Have a Bridge to Sell You

It’s amazing how people believe stuff that has been proved wrong – over and over again. Take the conservatives’ prescription for a better U.S. economy, for example. Today on the web, Joshua Holland of AlterNet debunks nine pet theories that the Republican PR machine passed off as fact during the past election campaign. Number one, […]
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U.S. is Sitting on a Powder Keg as Sleighbells Ring

I wonder how long it will be before raging crowds take to the streets in America, smashing store windows and burning cars the way they did back in the Sixties? They’re doing it in England now (photo above), and they’ve been doing it in Ireland, France and Greece. The reasons given in the media are […]
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Obama Has to Pay the Grinch’s Ransom

I can understand why President Obama would cave in to the Republicans in the tax cut dispute. He wants to let the Bush tax cuts expire for those lucky American families making more than $250,000 a year, but keep the lower rates for the rest of us. The Republicans – and some Democrats – want […]
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The Grim Reality Behind the Republican Budget Fantasy

Responding to charges that they offer no alternatives to President Obama’s budget proposals, Republican leaders have produced a slick 19-page brochure (see photo at right) outlining the broad concepts by which they would guide the country’s economy. It would be heartening if this were just a bad joke. Devoid of any numbers to support their […]
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I Guess Half a Loaf is Better than Nothing, But…

There’s an old saying that “a camel is a horse built by a committee.” And if you look at the final stimulus plan resulting from compromises between Democrats and Republicans, you’ll see how true the old saying is. If ever there was a camel that started out as an attempt to design a horse, this […]
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