Why The Economy Does Better Under Democratic Than Under Republican Presidents
Aug09

Why The Economy Does Better Under Democratic Than Under Republican Presidents

We’ve known for a long time that if you want to live like a Republican you should vote Democratic. The economy has consistently been stronger under Democratic presidents than Republican presidents. Even under Obama, despite all the Republican efforts to block recovery, we have seen record increases in corporate profits and the stock market, which should make Republican love him if they ever turn off Fox and look at the real...

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Is “Trickle Up” Back?
Aug09

Is “Trickle Up” Back?

On Thursday, Paul Krugman wrote that evidence is mounting to support the notion that inequality can sabotage a market economy. There will always be some inequality in market economies. But gross inequality is a drag on economic growth: It’s true that market economies need a certain amount of inequality to function. But American inequality has become so extreme that it’s inflicting a lot of economic damage. And this, in turn, implies...

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‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)
Aug07

‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)

This column by Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt, while providing an unassailable argument for why Western sanctions on Russia are doomed to fail, also serves as a powerful indictment of the Putin years. Beyond his explanation of why there is no likelihood of sanctions working, or of an opposition emerging that is capable of challenging the Putin regime, Bovt lays out why, if sanctions were to bite to the point where Putin were toppled,...

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West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Aug02

West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

In some way, of all the MH17 content we’ve posted from the Netherlands, this column by Imre Wessels, an election coordinator for the Libertarian Party, is the most ‘Dutch’ – in the sense that he expresses that unstinting belief in free markets that made the Netherlands into the dominant trading power of the 1700s. So then, rather than bringing Vladimir Putin to heel, will Western sanctions serve only to harden...

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Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug01

Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)

Why are there so many seemingly intractable conflicts in the world today, and what’s behind the unprecedented deterioration of U.S.-Israeli relations? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta writes that it isn’t Barack Obama’s fault that the American people don’t want to police the world, or that a world without two diametrically-opposed poles lacks the leadership it needs. The best Italian...

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MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)
Jul31

MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)

What would happen if it were proven that pro-Russia rebels shot down MH17, that the Kremlin was complicit, and sanctions began to bring down the Russian economy? Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt forecasts that the situation would be far worse than anything encountered in 1983, when the USSR admitted to downing Korean Airlines Flight 007. Bovt warns that in defense of Russia’s economy and ‘Russian civilization,’ and to...

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Americans Are Still In Debt
Jul30

Americans Are Still In Debt

Even years after the great recession 35 percent of Americans are still deep in debt.http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=171867717 According to a new report by the Urban Institute, more than 35 percent of Americans owe non-mortgage debt that’s been turned over to a collection agency—including anything from credit card balances to student loans to medical bills and parking tickets. If that sounds especially...

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Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)
Jul27

Gaza and MH17: France Pays the Price for its Moribund Diplomacy (Le Figaro, France)

France is not only home to the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe, but with the Kremlin in the global doghouse over MH17 and Ukraine, Paris is in the process of selling Russia two massive Mistral warships for $1.6 billion. For Le Figaro, columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that with pro-Palestinian protests erupting across the country, and allies losing patience with the French for selling such powerful weapons to Russia,...

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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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Working Less
Jul23

Working Less

People can be critical of France and Germany’s   reduced work weeks and lower retirement ages but they really don’t know why they did it.  They did it to reduce unemployment – when people work fewer hours and retire earlier more people are working.  We have reached a point where there are more people who need jobs than there are available jobs.  Some of this is because of outsourcing but also because of automation...

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Inversion or Perversion?
Jul22

Inversion or Perversion?

The house is on fire and the occupants are eating dinner and not paying attention. While our tax base is being whittled away by large American corporations, members of Congress are twiddling their thumbs and doing nothing. The willingness of Congress to allow these “inversions” to occur is another sign of the dysfunction in Washington and the “perversion” in the American political system. To escape higher corporate taxes in the U.S.,...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another bare-chested photo opportunity on horseback? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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Pro-business populism?
Jul17

Pro-business populism?

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. On the one hand: Sen....

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You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)
Jul14

You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)

This was good to see. Rick Santelli is CNBC’s equivalent of Sarah Palin so I really enjoyed seeing his fellow CNBC corespondents taking him on. If you’re at all familiar with CNBC’s Rick Santelli, you know he almost never appears on the network without a shoutfest ensuing. The financial commentator — long considered the godfather of the tea party movement for his 2009 remarks — tends to battle with his colleague Steve Liesman...

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Crude Oil Prices Going Down
Jul13

Crude Oil Prices Going Down

Now that the Kurds have control of the oil in Northern Iraq and the Shia continue to control the oil in Southern Iraq the crude oil price is going down after a dramatic rise after the ISIS incursion. To get the WTI oil price, please enable...

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Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?
Jul13

Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?

When the religious right turned itself into a political action tool, they changed the very nature of our country. Republicans aligned themselves to their movement. It represents a large block of votes. That is what politicians focus on when they are campaigning—blocks of votes. Career politicians spout a lot of rhetoric on the campaign trail, but their biggest concern is getting elected…and re-elected…and re-elected. Before the...

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A Day in the Life of a President – in  Austin, Texas
Jul12

A Day in the Life of a President – in Austin, Texas

As most know, President Obama traveled to Austin this week where, according to the White House, he simply “sat down for coffee with a letter writer, delivered a speech on the economy, and grabbed some lunch at a local BBQ joint.” Of course the President did much more than that. For example, that unassuming “delivered a speech” represents, in my opinion, one of the best, frank, spirited, passionate, telling-it-like-it-really-is,...

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The reality of sudden poverty
Jul09

The reality of sudden poverty

My boyfriend proposed, and we bought a house. Then, just three weeks after we closed, the market crashed. The house we’d paid $240,000 for was suddenly worth $150,000. It was okay, though — we were still making enough money to cover the exorbitant mortgage payments. Then we weren’t. This is the story of an educated, white, middle-class couple (both employed in journalism, but that’s a different story) and what happened to them...

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