Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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Tammy Duckworth Running for the U.S. Senate
Mar30

Tammy Duckworth Running for the U.S. Senate

In 2012 she ran for the Illinois’ 8th congressional district U.S. Congress seat against a man who — although he never served a day in the military — had the cojones to disparage her heroic, combat service claiming that she — Tammy Duckworth — was not a “true hero.” Her opponent, then-Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), had the audacity to say – after suggesting that President Obama was only elected president...

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Reversing Plutocracy
Feb11

Reversing Plutocracy

Can it be done? Can American citizens roll back the actions of Congress and a conservative activist Supreme Court that are working to transform a flawed democracy into a plutocratic state? Currently, the situation looks grim with political changes already occurring on federal, state and local levels. Money has always played a role in politics, with corporations, unions, and wealthy people contributing funds to candidates for office....

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First you cripple ‘em, then you complain that they limp
Jan17

First you cripple ‘em, then you complain that they limp

Illustration by author Stephen Moore, former CATO fellow who founded The Club for Growth before Koch cronies took it away from him and handed it to Pat Toomey; Stephen Moore who then pontificates for the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board; Stephen Moore who NOW “is a Fox News contributor. He serves as chief economist at the Heritage Foundation“; Stephen Moore, who tells us what the Koch agenda is as faithfully as the...

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The Surprise of the Speaker Vote
Jan06

The Surprise of the Speaker Vote

‘We have an ideology of sniping; a government by slander. It is a debate of low guffaws and name calling.’ In charge … AGAIN.  Déjà vu  (illustration by author) Today, John Boehner won re-election as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, seemingly winning the approval of his caucus after presiding over the two most “Do Nothing” congresses in American history: the 112th and 113th. Thus, assured...

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Mitch McConnell’s Perpetual Perplexity
Dec03

Mitch McConnell’s Perpetual Perplexity

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) not only looks perplexed, he is perplexed — perpetually perplexed. He admits so himself. Most recently, at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting, McConnell admitted that he was “perplexed” because the President of the United States, elected by the people to serve a full, productive, four-year term, didn’t curl up in the fetal position after the midterm election — McConnell calls it...

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Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters
Nov30

Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters

WASHINGTON — Republican voters sure like nostalgia in their presidential candidates. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Republicans “want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game.” They put him atop the leader board among possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, as nearly 1 in 5 mentioned him as their top choice. Next was another… American Spirit /...

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North Carolina Study Looks At Republican Advantage Due To Gerrymandering
Nov29

North Carolina Study Looks At Republican Advantage Due To Gerrymandering

Republicans control both houses of Congress but this does not mean that they represent a majority of the voters. They control the Senate due to small Republican states having the same number of Senators as larger Democratic states. Republicans benefit in the House due to the concentration of Democrats in urban areas, leading to Democrats winning a smaller number of seats by larger numbers. The Republican advantage in the House has...

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Obama’s political legacy fading fast
Nov19

Obama’s political legacy fading fast

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age,… Obama’s political legacy fading...

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Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?
Nov17

Will the New GOP Congress Be the Congress Americans ‘Wish They Had’?

The man who lost the last (presidential) election round and who goes around talk shows pretending he did not, has some advice for the man who beat him in 2012. Appearing on Sunday’s CBS Face the Nation, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Bob Schieffer, when asked about the possibility of “Obama taking executive action to overhaul immigration policy, “The president has got to learn that he lost this last election...

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Trust and the Democratic Process
Nov03

Trust and the Democratic Process

It is worthwhile giving some thought to the role that trust plays in a democracy. Ideally, democracy can be defined as a form of government where all eligible voters have an equal say in determining policy, how they will be governed, and the laws that will be enacted, with the will of the majority being followed. In addition, the rights of minorities will be protected. America is a republic, or a representative form of democracy,...

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O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?
Oct30

O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?

Remember Eric O’Keefe?  You know, from my Wisconsin series*? And my Howie Rich series*? And from the Sam Adams Alliance’s role in the genesis of the Tea Party*, and, finally in possible collusion with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, something called the The John Doe Investigation*; thence the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm, the countersuit in Federal court that stopped the investigation and left the prosecutors PERSONALLY...

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Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed
Sep10

Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed

I hope I don’t scare Mr. Eric O’Keefe with this, as well, but a very interesting trial is taking place in a Federal Courthouse in Wisconsin. Listen to audio of today’s arguments: Eric O’Keefe v. John Chisholm #JohnDoe #ScottWalker by blue cheddar • September 9, 2014 I do not expect to be writing anything on this tonight (the brain is too fried) but I will be adding links to stories penned by others as they come out....

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The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear
Sep07

The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear

“You know keepaway? One of the oldest games in humankind, where …” A very clear outline of the GOP fall strategy is beginning to take shape: Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude John Hinderaker* / Power Line* [* Seemingly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.] President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd.  The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq...

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The Tone Deaf President
Sep03

The Tone Deaf President

I voted for him twice and must say he has terribly disappointed me. Of course, his opponents for the presidency were uninspiring and I believed Obama would do a better job. But in so many areas his indecisiveness has become painful for Americans and he certainly does not project an image of youthful vitality and strength. His ability to say the wrong thing, procrastinate, and do the wrong thing in his role as president are legion....

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The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry
Jul26

The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry

A little less than two years ago, when we were getting ready to elect a new president, or re-elect Barack Obama, I wrote a little piece at the Huffington Post that created somewhat of a mini uproar. In the article I explained why “I [Was] Voting for Mitt Romney on Nov. 7.” It was satire, of course. There were two clues I thought would signal such. First, November 7 was the day after the 2012 elections. Second, my concluding paragraph...

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It’s Any Somebody’s Horse Race in 2016
May05

It’s Any Somebody’s Horse Race in 2016

Why Jeb Bush Won’t Run 4 The Triple Crown A Clinton Always Beats A Bush The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist The skull and bones have been rolled. The die has been cast – and Jeb Bush is definitely running in 2016 – or is he? And even if he is, as Ronald Reagan once said: “you can run, but you can’t hide” (from your brother and your Dad’s record, that is. So the question two and a half years before the...

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Immigration Reform: Cruz, Boehner Vie for Less
Feb02

Immigration Reform: Cruz, Boehner Vie for Less

After building the most powerful nation on earth by welcoming those around the world who want a better and freer life, a significant number of Americans now want to slam the gates. Sorting out and integrating millions of illegal aliens is no easy matter, too long delayed, but John Boehner and Ted Cruz are taking off the masks that Republicans donned after losing the White House in 2012 largely because of the minority vote. Shackled by...

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State of the Union: Super Bowl on Empty Field
Jan30

State of the Union: Super Bowl on Empty Field

The sharpest commentary was a repeated cutaway to John McCain smirking as the President went through a laundry list of ways to improve the State of the Union, mostly by executive action, inviting the GOP to join the game with him. But with John Boehner visibly reacting only to the reference to himself as the “son of a barkeep” who attained high office, the Republicans refused to suit up. It was like the Super Bowl, with one team...

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Did the real Mitt Romney stand up?
Jan28

Did the real Mitt Romney stand up?

Here is another review of the Netflix documentary Mitt for TMV to enjoy. This will appear sometime this week on my site. … In the heat of the 2012 elections, I had a real deep seeded hatred for Mitt Romney. There were a number of reasons for this: He was going up against a man who I considered a hero, I thought he represented a type of venture capitalism that I loathed (the bloke reminded me of Gordon Gekko) and he seemed like a...

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