A Cowardly Congress

  Shame on you, Bob Corker (in picture, right)! Shame on you, Marco Rubio (in picture , left)!  Shame on you for deciding to vote for the tax bill, after all. And shame on all of you spineless Republicans in Congress for supporting this repulsive piece of legislation. The bill steals from working Americans to reward […]
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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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The “Undeserving Poor”

  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley recently defended his party’s unpopular tax reform bill by reviving the Victorian myth of “the undeserving poor.” He said the proposed tax changes would reward Americans who invest their money “as opposed to those that are just spending every penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” You […]
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Abandoning Sick Kids

It s becoming clear to me that the Republicans controlling Congress aren’t merely misguided but deliberately evil. They are cutting off medical aid to millions of sick kids just in time for Christmas. Obviously chagrined over their failure to kill Obamacare, they are letting the Children’s Health Insurance Program die. The program, which was introduced by Ted Kennedy in 1997, expired on Sept. 30. and has not […]
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Democracy under Siege

  You might believe Republicans in Congress would think twice before voting for their utterly cynical tax legislation. Polls show widespread disapproval of the bill. Calling it the tax cuts and jobs act, or something similar, fools nobody. The bill stinks. It punishes the poor and middle class and provides lavish benefits for the rich and corporations. It […]
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No Conservatives Today

Real conservatives are not necessarily bad people. They are not the blight progressives might think they are. Indeed, they can even be useful sometimes. Isn’t it a shame they’ve gone the way of the dodo bird? Real conservatives want to conserve. They value tradition. They quite reasonably ask if a system is working, why fix it? […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Myth

  You may have heard the story: In Chicago, the authorities found a woman who used 80 names, 30 addresses and 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year. It originated with […]
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Chastising us with Scorpions

  Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. That’s what the Biblical ruler Rehoboam promised the Israelites. And that’s what the Republicans who control America’s government plan to do to us. But they aren’t as honest […]
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Bring a Gun to Church?

  When they came to take Jesus, Peter instinctively responded by drawing his sword and striking at one of the men, cutting off his ear. But Jesus immediately healed the man’s ear, saying, “No more of this.” That was then, this is now. Some of today’s self-proclaimed Christians have a different approach. Texas state attorney […]
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Scary Enough for You?

This is the scariest Halloween yet. I’m not talking about the noisy “Hellbound” show the church next door insists on having at this time every year. Or the affidavit Sandra just had to have notarized  to convince Capital One that she didn’t apply for their credit card (someone using her ID applied for a slew of credit cars and […]
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