Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Obama’s budget bright side

Obama's new budget is meh. It stupidly cuts some programs that help the neediest among us in yet another boneheaded attempt to please conservatives. But at least it doesn’t touch the biggies like Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, which would be fine if we weren’t dedicated to giving millionaires gigantic tax cuts. In any case, […]

Egpyt moves toward democracy, the US slides away

When Democracy Weakens by Bob Herbert (NYTimes): While millions of ordinary Americans are struggling with unemployment and declining standards of living, the levers of real power have been all but completely commandeered by the financial and corporate elite. It doesn’t really matter what ordinary people want. The wealthy call the tune, and the politicians dance. […]

When big businesses run the government

It’s tough to have fair laws: ‘It makes no sense and it has to change,’ Mr. Obama said in his State of the Union address. ‘Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years — without adding to […]

Chairman Joe and the threat of censorship

Joe Lieberman is abusing his post as Senate committee leader on Homeland Security by demanding the censorship of materials posted by Wikileaks. Wikileaks, as of this time, has not been charged with nor convicted of any crime. In fact, our country has long had laws that protect the publication of leaked documents like the Pentagon Papers. It […]

Atta girl!

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi managed to pass the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, with one modification: No bonus tax cuts for people who make in excess of $250,000. Pelosi and the House Democrats made the right move. Not raising taxes on middle class Americans during a deep recession makes sense. Americans need the […]

Washington Post FAIL (update)

Just a few minutes ago, the House of Representatives voted to preserve the Bush Tax Cuts for people who make less than $250,000 a year. Rich folks would see a modest tax increase that will help shore up the deficit. As a result this is the headline the Washington Post runs: More proof that the […]

Counterproductive

Obama will freeze federal worker pay for two years as a “a symbolic gesture toward public anger over unemployment, the anemic economic recovery and rising national debt.” Too bad taking more money out of the economy will hurt the recovery, depress the job market and stunt the kind of growth that would solve our debt […]

You must sacrifice for your betters

Last week the war to cripple Social Security began in earnest. The initial attacks are working in concert. First up, billionaire Wall Street banker and Nixon appointee Pete Peterson riles up fear over government debt with a gigantic new ad campaign: Then, miraculously, the White House has a solution for your fears! Behold the recommendations of […]

Plutocracy has replaced democracy

Stop what you’re doing and read this entire speech by Bill Moyers. Moyers describes how government has been subverted to a single cause: Making the rich richer. Some excerpts: from 1950 through 1980, the share of all income in America going to everyone but the rich increased from 64 percent to 65 percent. Because the […]

Problem solved

The problem with America is that rich people pay too much in taxes. Finally, we’ve elected representatives to solve that problem.