The People’s President vs. Plutocrats’ Congress

I watched in dismay on Tuesday as the president (above) hung his head and told an ABC reporter, “Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home.” President Obama had called a press conference to mark the first 100 days of his second term, and he was soon squirming under a […]
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Today’s Billionaires are “Takers,” Not “Makers”

Listening to bartender Scott  Prouty (above, left) on MSNBC-TV last night, I was reminded of the debate triggered by Mitt Romney’s denunciation of 47 percent of the American people as moochers. It was Prouty’s secretly recorded video of the Romney speech to a roomful of wealthy donors (above, right) that turned the tide of the presidential election and helped […]
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It’s a Beautiful Day but Storm Clouds Gather

The sun shines bright on our old Lakeland home (to borrow a line from that misleading song about Kentucky)… and I have to admit that things don’t look so bad in the old USA today. The rich, at least, are getting richer and the Dow reflects it, breaching the 14,000 mark for the first time in five years, so […]
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The Ugly, Lingering Legacy of the 2010 Elections

You might think November’s Democratic victories undid the havoc resulting from the disastrous 2010 elections, when Republicans were swept into power on the coattails of the Tea Party phenomenon. Think again. Rachel Maddow opened my eyes last night. She explained on her MSNBC show how Republicans reshaped congressional districts to ensure their party would have a huge advantage in future elections.  The new boundaries isolate Democrat-dominated urban […]
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Talk of an “Underclass” Shows You Have No Class

I was taught that America was a classless society, in which “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights.”  That was then, I guess, and this is now. In a society based on class, all men are not created equal. Some are born into wealth and privilege; others are trapped […]
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Door to Reform Opened a Crack. Now Let’s Push!

America is like an alcoholic that finally “hit bottom,” and is ready to try and dry out. Seduced by Svengali-style politicians, the world’s leading democracy had sunk into a debauched political lifestyle where the Big Spenders were allowed to indulge their excesses. Politicians were bought and sold like livestock, and professional opinion manipulators deceived the […]
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In Spite of Everything, America is the World’s Beacon

I like to tell Sandra, who was – as the song puts it – born in the USA, how enlightened and reasonable Canadians are, how they have accepted diversity and how they have learned to get along with each other, etc., etc., etc. And there’s a lot of truth in all that. Canada is an […]
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Thankfully, “the South” is not Going to Rise Again

It should come as no surprise that Americans in some states have filed petitions to secede from the union now that America’s first black president has won a second term. For decades, residents of former Confederate states have been chanting, “The South shall rise again!” It’s a nostalgic notion that gives them a nice, warm […]
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The Good Guys Finished First – at Last!

Call me sentimental. Call me naive. But I can’t help feeling a ray of sunshine on my cynical old face as I survey the implications of Tuesday’s election. The way I see it, all that was dark and twisted in human nature lost. And the good guys won. That toad Karl Rove, who is so […]
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We Will Have to be Patient in Post-Election America

President Obama and his family are back in the White House. The Romneys have gone back to one of their many mansions. And the United States Congress remains divided. So where do we go from here? According to an Associated Press report: Americans retained the fractious balance of power in re-electing President Barack Obama, a […]
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