Spare the Old and Sick

  What sadistic impulse drives Republicans to punish the old and the sick? What cynical mind set would allow Democrats to accept such an outrage? I ponder these disturbing questions as I await revelation of the details in a budget deal reportedly struck by retiring House Speaker John Boehner and the White House. This is […]
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The Center Cannot Hold

   Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. The […]
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The American Saboteurs

In centuries gone by, President Obama would have challenged Rudy Giuliani to a duel. But today, slurs against the President’s character are so commonplace they probably just roll off his back. Here’s what the former New York mayor said recently: I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but […]
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Did Boehner Break the Law?

I have come to expect rudeness from Republican lawmakers. They routinely display bad manners. Representative Joe Wilson shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s health care speech six years ago is one memorable example. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s trademark bullying at town hall meetings is another. I could come up with dozens more, and I’m sure you […]
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Picking on the President

  I am at a loss to understand what Barack Obama did to deserve such widespread hostility. Get elected maybe? Get reelected? He certainly has not accomplished all the things he set out to do. And he probably won’t. The polls predict he will have to contend with a Republican Congress during his final two […]
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Give the Kids Asylum!

In the blizzard of words set off by thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US border from Mexico, the sanest analysis comes from the United Nations. The kids are refugees, most of them anyway, the UN points out in a new report. Of course they’re refugees. And of course they should be treated as refugees […]
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John Boehner’s Bluff

House Speaker John Boehner says he is going to sue President Obama. For what exactly? For… well, he will figure that out later, but it will have something to do with executive orders and not implementing laws passed by Congress. Of course it’s a bluff. You know and I know that under the Constitution you must […]
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When Children Invade

  Unaccompanied children are swarming into America across the Mexican border. They come from such impoverished  Latin America countries as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. U.S. authorities estimate the number of those children will total between 60,000 and 80,000 this year, and the surge has prompted federal authorities to turn three military bases into shelters. […]
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Impeach President Obama? Impeach John Boehner!

While Republican extremists wave Confederate flags and clamor for President Obama’s impeachment, it is the behavior of House Speaker John Boehner that I see as impeachable. Boehner has acted in the most scurrilous manner during the ongoing government gridlock. And I believe his subversive activities rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The media […]
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While Politicians Fight, the US Drifts toward Disaster

My first-grade teacher at Suthermere Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica, read us a poem that illustrates all too accurately what’s going on in American politics today. The story went something like this: five children saw an apple fall from a tree and ran to pick it up. Instead of agreeing to share it, they fought so […]
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