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America’s Bargained Democracy

America’s Bargained Democracy

The staggering scope of privatization of our government’s services and duties started by Eisenhower and accelerated with George W. Bush, has created a shadow government that in size has never been foreseen in the history of industrialized world.

8 Reasons the Buffett Rule is NOT ‘Class Warfare’

8 Reasons the Buffett Rule is NOT ‘Class Warfare’

Class warfare simply means ‘conflict between social or economic classes’ but Republicans are trying to spin class warfare into connotations of trouble-makers inventing imaginary problems with unfair solutions. Here are 8 reasons why the Buffett rule – or ‘shared sacrifice’ from the wealthy – is NOT ‘class warfare.’

If Obama Is Not Your Boyfriend, Why Are You Playing Hard To Get?

If Obama Is Not Your Boyfriend, Why Are You Playing Hard To Get?

Since 2010, the internet and the media have been filled with threats to sit out 2012, threats to primary the President or even to turn to a third party. Progressives are angry…and rightfully so. The road to Progressive values should not be this bumpy and painful. We voted for ‘change’, where the hell is it?

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Live Free or Be Allowed to Die

Live Free or Be Allowed to Die

What bothered me the most about last week’s debate was the idiot in the background who shouted “Yeah” and the roar of approval from the buffoons in the audience. If you had any doubts about whether the tail was truly wagging the dog, that display should remove them once and for all.

Obama’s Clever Strategy to Transform the Tax Reform Debate

Obama’s Clever Strategy to Transform the Tax Reform Debate

This time Obama’s fighting the battle for tax reform under the banner of the American Jobs Act. And his savvy approach may pay off if enough of us fall in behind him.

On This Constitution Day, We Mourn The Constitution

On This Constitution Day, We Mourn The Constitution

I realized I was losing my allegiance at the beginning of the past decade following the Supreme Court’s involvement in the infamous decision of Bush v. Gore and that my oath was of no import to me as recently as January 21, 2010

Gosh, Why Don’t People Like Those Wonderful Republican Presidential Candidates?

Gosh, Why Don’t People Like Those Wonderful Republican Presidential Candidates?

Many of my conservative friends have told me lately how displeased they are with the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls. I can certainly understand their disappointment.

Republican Jobs Plan? Snakes On A Plane

Republican Jobs Plan? Snakes On A Plane

Snakes are causing big problems in the Everglades. A proposed rule within the Interior Department would make it illegal to transport the snakes.

Never Underestimate the Desperate: They Could Vote Republican

Never Underestimate the Desperate: They Could Vote Republican

Right there, two simple sentences in a comedy film, nailed the entire human experience and wrapped it into one rather neat and sad little package, complete with a bow and ribbon. Give somebody a paycheck – especially somebody who hasn’t had one in a while – and they’ll believe anything you say.

Social Security Is Not A Ponzi Scheme, Private Health Insurance Is

Social Security Is Not A Ponzi Scheme, Private Health Insurance Is

The term ‘Ponzi scheme’ is pithy. It’s easy to remember. It rolls right off the tongue and it fits nicely on a bumper sticker. For the rabid right, it had all the attributes for a great talking point in going after their number one target, Social Security.

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Obama Declares ‘National Emergency’ over Jobs, Makes Unscripted Plea to Supporters

Let’s not understate the President’s push: Obama’s on the road really busting his a** to push the recalcitrant Congress into passing the American Jobs Act in a hurry. And he really needs your help. Here is all the information you need to reach your Representatives via phone, fax, email, Facebook and Twitter.

Whom The Tea Party Would Leave Behind

Whom The Tea Party Would Leave Behind

It’s been a pretty rough few days. Not only did we all have to sit through the sad memories of 9/11, but we also had to sit through two Republican debates, one sponsored by the Tea Party.

Dems; Learn To Prioritize Or Suffer The Tea Party

Dems; Learn To Prioritize Or Suffer The Tea Party

We want everything to be right immediately, we want jobs, we want social order. We want a Department of Justice that enforces the law equally across the board. We want Health Care for everyone, not just the lucky ones. We want to do away wtih 2nd class citizen status. We want Immigration reform. We want more, much more and we wanted it all yesterday.

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The Tea Party’s Dejection Philosophy

So I appeal to all the candidates who are aspiring to be the next President of our country; please stop the dejection philosophy but adopt a ‘can do’ attitude. Tell us that you want to improve, how you intend to better our education system, our health care system, our regulatory systems, instead of telling us you will simply ‘get rid of’ them.

Robert Reich Explains the Credit Downgrade in a Way Even the Tea Party Can Understand

Robert Reich Explains the Credit Downgrade in a Way Even the Tea Party Can Understand

For your Tea Party friends, who believe that the United State’s credit downgrade, from AAA to AA+ is a good thing, let the smartest guy in the room do the arguing for you (in a way that even they can understand).

JFK: Candidate of the Future

JFK: Candidate of the Future

With the current climate in the GOP, John F. Kennedy looks like a candidate from the future. What Kennedy was pushing, and what many have forgotten, is a human connection that extends beyond religious affiliation and party alignment.

American Infrastructure Is Being Built By The Chinese, NOT Americans

American Infrastructure Is Being Built By The Chinese, NOT Americans

Republicans in Congress have been objecting to new infrastructure spending that would put Americans to work repairing and rebuilding bridges, highways, schools, airports, skyscrapers, high speed rail lines, and clean energy industries. Now we may know why.

There Is No Wrong Way to Remember 9/11

There Is No Wrong Way to Remember 9/11

I chose not to participate in any of yesterday’s ceremony and for that, I took a lot of heat. Any American capable of feeling was deeply impacted by 9/11. I was no exception.

Unaffordable College Costs Strengthens Class Warfare in America

Unaffordable College Costs Strengthens Class Warfare in America

In a country where further education is championed to compete in the world economy, this is totally unacceptable. The cost of college is always increasing and becoming unaffordable to most. If we are truly a country that aspire to inspire the next scientist, doctor, and engineer, then we must begin to look for alternative ways to make college affordable to all, not some.

GAME ON! The Battle for 2012 Starts Now

GAME ON! The Battle for 2012 Starts Now

I have two questions to ask the man addressing a joint session of Congress Thursday night: Who are you? and What have you done with the President of the United States?